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Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by prefec2 (#48651169) Attached to: Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

There is some truth in what you say. Airport security is and will always be not perfect, as it is not possible to realize total security, as long as objects (people and luggage) are allowed to get on board. However, real police officers would be better at the job. They are carefully selected and get years of training before they are policemen (maybe this is different in the US, I don't know.). They are better paid (even though I think they do not get enough for the task they have to perform) and they cannot be pushed around like those rent-a-cop people at the airport. Their only obligation is to do their job right.

On the other side, the private companies try to make a fortune and they must compete with each other. Therefore, they try to become cheaper. In that business this is only possible by buying cheaper equipment, but there are limits to that as minimal standards are applied in that area. Therefore, the only option is in pay and training. The result is obvious.

If you pay peanuts you get monkey.

Comment: Re:What does this mean...? (Score 2) 56

by prefec2 (#48632839) Attached to: Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

No. The genes are already present. They only get activated when you exercise. Therefore, you should leave your basement and walk or run around your block for 45 minutes a day or alternatively walk or cycle to the pizza or Chinese place instead of delivery any you have the same improvement. However, if you do not desire a healthy and long life, and a more optimistic view on the world then please don't do it.

Comment: Perfect! I combine it with my tinfoil hat (Score 1) 110

by prefec2 (#48624233) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Well great idea. First, I chip me, my clothes, my belongings, my accessories. And then I use a tinfoil jacket and trousers to block them all. Great idea. On a second thought. Such clothes are the perfect addition to my tinfoil hat. However, for complete protection I would recommend tinfoil underwear, socks, and - because this is slashdot - condoms to be absolutely safe.

Comment: What the fuck? (Score 1) 567

by prefec2 (#48575475) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Honestly, why does that gets posted on slashdot? Turning monitors sideways is an flipping old feature. And people where using it now for years. Even my professor has one of his screens sideways. The old Xerox machine with the first graphical UI had such screen orientation. For documents it makes much more sense to have it that way. In programming most tools fill up the screen on the left and right. Therefore, for that purpose portrait mode is not an option as long as the tools are that way. But for writing, viewing and editing text portrait is perfect. And I do not need an article about that fact, promoting it like it is some super genius idea.

Comment: In other news (Score 2) 55

by prefec2 (#48537983) Attached to: EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All

The German government was in favor of net neutrality. If Merkel's reelection might be in jeopardy due to her position on net neutrality she will change her position. So this is not the end of it.

Furthermore, if a fragmented EU market hinders US monopolies to extend their services to the EU then this is not necessarily a problem for the citizens here in the EU.

Comment: Embedded Systems (Score 1) 277

by prefec2 (#48517099) Attached to: Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

In Germany embedded systems make up 22 billion eur while information systems are only 8 billion. In embedded sys. you need c and that ISO language bundle.

In both cases entry is 30 or 40 k eur. And real good figures normally involve an architectural or management role where only little programming is left.

Comment: Bathtubs are dangerous too (Score 1) 165

Humans have killed people with all sort of technology. They are quite creative about the topic. They drowned people in their own bathtub or toilet. They burned down houses and even used pest invested dead people as weapon. Of course they will use any new technology also to do it. However, using model planes or helicopters to kill people is not new. Furthermore, they are not Internet of Things or IoT is any remote controlled vehicle implying the radio control is also some sort of Internet. In general IoT is a stupid term as is it Internet of Humans. Internet is just the combinations of networks to form a large one. When at all, it should be called Internet for Humans and Internet for Things.

Comment: Re:map of worldâ(TM)s most racially tolerant (Score 1) 338

by prefec2 (#48466959) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Interesting link. Thanks. However, the question here is the image of the US which I tried to describe. So it is not necessarily necessary that all hold. Anyway, the bureaucratic mayhem which is involved when trying to get to the US is real (and it has nothing to do with the US citizens at all).

Comment: Rubbish (Score 1) 652

by prefec2 (#48460655) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

For starters all renewable energy scenarios involve a reduction in energy us by 80% which is easily achievable when you isolate your homes and make devices more efficient.

The EU thinks this change is possible. And for example Denmark want to be totally free of carbon emissions by 2050.

The problem of these two guys is that they want renewable energy at the same price as coal plants which are directly and indirectly subsidized in many ways. In addition you normally do not pay for the environmental impact of extracting the coal from the soil. There for coal is much cheaper.

And by the way we had in western Europe a decline in energy consumption over the last decades while still the economy was growing. There for, the assumption that growth implies more energy consumption is not generally valid. And furthermore, economic growth might not be a present indefinitely. So many assumptions of those two Google guys are wrong and therefore their conclusion is also wrong.

Comment: Re: Unsurprising if you think about it (Score 3, Insightful) 338

by prefec2 (#48451563) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Here is a list of reasons why many Europeans won't come. You are not one of those socialist European countries with a public healthcare system. You have 12 times more people shot per year and per inhabitant then any EU country. There is a lot of racism in the US. Your immigration procedures and your fear of terrorism.
All in all your image sucks. You are no t the country of the free and brave. You are quite the opposite. There is also a lot if violence in your country. All causes not to come. And for EU citizens the lack of a welfare state shocks us even more than the high rate of gun possessions.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 293

A fuel cell + hydrogen tank have a much higher energy density (even when measured in fuel cell output) as any battery in the next couple of years will have. Therefore, there could be a market. Especially, as with renewable energy sources the production of hydrogen could be triggered just then when there is an overproduction of electricity and store it.

But, true cars (electric or otherwise) are not the best solution for all our transportation problems. Therefore, we must move away from them where they are a sub optimal solution.

Comment: Re: AI researcher here (Score 1) 455

AI are more or less reasoning machines which is not the same as intelligence. There is no awareness or understanding which are necessary to call it intelligence. Most likely your definition of intelligence and that of other scientists differ tremendously. To understand the professor you must obviously use the definition from his field and not yours.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.