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+ - Billboard advertising banned products in Russia hides if it recognizes cops

Submitted by m.alessandrini
m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition software, that's able to change to a different ad when it recognizes the uniform of Russian cops. Link: http://gizmodo.com/this-ad-for...

+ - New Technique to Develop Single Molecule Diode

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson writes: Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, that has rectification ratio as high as 250, and 'ON' current as high as 0.1 microamps. The idea of creating a single-molecule diode was suggested by Arieh Aviram and Mark Ratner who theorized in 1974, which has been the 'holy grail' of molecular electronics ever since its inception to achieve further miniaturization, because single molecule represent the limit of miniaturization.

+ - Judge Classifies as Class Action An Email Scanning Lawsuit Against Yahoo->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: A lawsuit that alleges Yahoo’s email scanning practices are illegal can proceed as a class action complaint, a development that will shine the spotlight on the Yahoo Mail use of messages’ content for advertising purposes. Plaintiffs allege that emails sent to Yahoo Mail users by people who do not have Yahoo Mail accounts are scanned by Yahoo in violation of federal and California wiretapping laws.
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+ - EU Plans Mandatory Cross-Border Rules To Fight Corporate Tax Evasion->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: In a bid to fight tax avoidance by international business behemoths like Amazon and Apple, the European Commission is proposing mandatory rules to make companies pay taxes to all the countries in which they generate profit. To make sure that companies are taxed for all the profit they generate, the Commission wants to introduce a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), said Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission vice president responsible for economic and financial affairs. EU countries in which a company is active would be entitled to a portion of its unified tax return.
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Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 742

by ruir (#49773219) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
It does not matter what it is. Historically all pensions schemes were private in my fathers time, and they were basically appropriated and stolen by the government, with the exception of a few odd ones (one of them is the private bankers pension scheme, that continued private to this day). On a rather curious historical footnote, whenever our former ditactor asked for the private pension scheme for money, he always treated those requests as loans that were to be repaid, and honoured the debt. The money was always more than enough, the problem is that successive governments stole much of it for other purposes.

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 742

by ruir (#49771501) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
Healthcare is not already being provided as it used to be. The amounts asked for routine visits and specially for the more complicated theatre operations , while not often covering the full amount, are not trivial to pay for pensioners without savings. And no matter how you spin the excuses, the pension money historically in Portugal was private money and was always promised as a safeguard in the old age. Now if governments are dipping on that funds, it is not peoples fault.

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 742

by ruir (#49770151) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
There are no "promised" pensions. Pensions are just money lent by the workers to be given back later. Historically they were all private run schemes before the government "confiscated" them, and used the huge lump of sums over the years to give money to people who never discounted a cent, robbed from the funds as it pleased them, managed them with prejudice, and also even paid Kosovo soldiers with pension money. To add insult to injury, that money lent from the people, that already paid taxes, got a 20-40% dent with IRS on top of already IRS paid when people worked and paid their dues, and now on top of that the shavings. This has got nothing to do with accounting, and everything to do with robbing people of their money, and robbing the most vulnerable sector of the population.

Comment: Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 742

by ruir (#49768967) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
The problem is that you are comparing apples to oranges. You are comparing a country where much of the people tries to abide by law to countries like greece, spain, portugal and italy where it is a national sport to cheat employees, the state and suppliers. Most of the tactics on the situation you described above is to: send money to off shores, fake a divorce to save at least half of your possessions, invent expenses and not declare proceedings. Actually the politicians are the first ones doing it...

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 742

by ruir (#49768901) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
No, it is not conspiracy stuff. That line of bullshit talk has been being used in Portugal to rob us blind, and almost half a decade as passed away with salaries and pensions being robbed and the deadline of it "ending" being kept pushed back more longer in the future several times.

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 1) 742

by ruir (#49768815) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
Sure "it can". This is a german ploy to get at other countries gold reserves. And greedy politicians have put us in Greece and Portugal with all this debt, because it is far easier to have a lot of money going in today and have money for their corrupt schemes and getting some under the table at the same time, than planning for the future, which does not matter to them, because someone else will be there and will have to handle paying the debt. It is pretty much like the average citizen maxing out several credit cards to buy sports cars, luxury watches and LCD TVs when they are flat broke.

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