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Comment: Re:Location, location, location (Score 1) 241

by powerlord (#47568741) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Google has lots of offices in places outside the Valley (famously buying a building or two in New York for instance), as do a number of other companies mentioned above.

Is the article just targeting the Silicon Valley office population, or referring to the company workforce as a whole and already taking those other offices into account?

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 801

by powerlord (#47560177) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

You don't understand the issue. There will be new conflicts arise continuously, It's just what people in that part of the world do. You are thinking of the Isreal -Palestinian conflict. Don't forget Isreal-Egypt, Isreal-Lebanon, Iraq-Iran, Iraq versus the Kurds Arab-Isreal, Lebanese CIvil war, and many many more

They all like to fight and kill each other, different actors, same results. Neverending war.

There are things the rest of the world can do something about, and things they can't, Sadly, the rest of the world has not known how to tell the difference.

It's a shame and a travesty. But it's just how things are. There will not be peace in that part of the world, and there never will be.

Yeah, its a pity there can never be peace in the region:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt-Israel_Peace_Treaty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel-Jordan_peace_treaty

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 801

by powerlord (#47559271) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

You may as well say that Hamas shouldn't set up missiles anywhere, because invariably any blow back will guarantee human fatalities. Just submit nicely and live in your holes while your friendly neighbourhood rulers do the same.

Hell no, they should shoot them into Egypt also, and demand a portion of the Sinai Peninsula as an extension to their homeland.

Government

CISPA 3.0: the Senate's New Bill As Bad As Ever 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-easter dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes: "CISPA is back for a third time—it has lost the 'P,' but it's just as bad for civil liberties as ever. The Senate Intelligence Committee is considering a new cybersecurity bill that contains many of the provisions that civil liberties groups hated about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Most notably, under the proposed bill companies could not be sued for incorrectly sharing too much customer information with the federal government, and broad law enforcement sharing could allow for the creation of backdoor wiretaps. The bill, called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014, was written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and is currently circulating around the committee right now but has not yet been introduced. Right now, the bill is only a 'discussion draft,' and the committee is still looking to make revisions to the bill before it is officially introduced."

Comment: Re:Bank them (Score 1) 333

by powerlord (#46844231) Attached to: Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

Real respect is dragging grandpa's corpse to several pubs for a last night of drinking with family and friends.

I know you're joking, but there's nothing I would want more.

You're not the only one.

My wife and I have already told each other a "proper" funeral is fine if it brings comfort to the family, but then we want a good old fashioned party w/proper drinking.

Japan

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific" 188

Posted by samzenpus
from the swim-easy dept.
First time accepted submitter Nodsnarb (2851527) writes "The UN's international Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program is not for scientific purposes. In a statement, the court said that Japan's programme involved activities which 'can broadly be characterised as scientific research.' However, it said that 'the evidence does not establish that the programme's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives.' It added: 'The court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not 'for purposes of scientific research' pursuant to [the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling].'"
Google

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-glasses dept.
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Earlier this week, Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenberg, a PhD candidate at MIT, led a workshop at the MIT Media Lab to showcase an open source project called WearScript, a JavaScript environment that runs on Google Glass. White demonstrated how Glass's UI extends beyond its touchpad, winks, and head movements by adding a homemade eye tracker to Glass as an input device. The camera and controller were dissected from a $25 PC video camera and attached to the Glass frame with a 3D-printed mount. A few modifications were made, such as replacing the obtrusively bright LEDs with infrared LEDs, and a cable was added with a little soldering. The whole process takes about 15 minutes for someone with component soldering skills. With this eye tracker and a few lines of WearScript, the researchers demonstrated a new interface by playing Super Mario on Google Glass with just eye movements."
Microsoft

Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly 183

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-news-for-everyone's-mothers dept.
New submitter DroidJason1 writes: "Microsoft has added new 'player reputation scores' to each Xbox Live member's Gamercard. The scores are represented by icons consisting of the colors green, yellow, and red. The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be. Good players are given a green color, while those that 'need work' are yellow and those that need to be avoided are red. Microsoft says, 'If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an “Avoid Me” rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting.' They add that the system will adjust for false reports."

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