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by think_nix (#47242263) Attached to: EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

Just to clarify, this is not anti GMO or science as many comments have speculated. Currently GMO are non regulated. This means there is no consumer security. Second question why does a US GMO Seed Firm have the rights to take individual EU nations to court if they ban their business model ? This is not science, this is regulation being pushed upon the population who has no choice. Certain individual countries are trying to stop this monopoly.

+ - EU Ministers backing GMO Food. Allowing Nation States Approve or Deny.

Submitted by think_nix
think_nix (1467471) writes "As reported from EU Parliament with a controversial follow up at rt . The EU Parliament is paving way for EU Nation States to decide on banning or allowing GMO grown foods within their respective territories. A further article at der Spiegel (German) (google translate) quotes the German Health Minister if countries cannot specifically scientifically argument the ban, this would allow GMO companies to initiate legal actions against the banning ruling states. Furthermore it was noted, given EU Parliaments current stance on not reintroducing border and customs controls between member states, this will make checks and controls of GMO foods between member states even more difficult. Also noting that the recently passed EU consumer food label law has no mention of GMO foods."

+ - US to auction off 29,656 bitcoins seized from Silk Road, worth over $17.5M->

Submitted by ClownPenis
ClownPenis (1315157) writes "On Thursday, the United States Marshals Service posted a notice that it will be administering the sale of the over 29,600 bitcoins seized in the Silk Road case. At present exchange rates, those bitcoins are worth over $17.5 million.

FURTHER READING

FEDS READY TO AUCTION OFF $25 MILLION IN SILK ROAD BITCOIN
Funds seized from alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht are still in contention.
These bitcoins resided in six different wallets found on Silk Road servers and do not include the “bitcoins contained in wallet files that resided on certain computer hardware belonging to Ross William Ulbricht, that were seized on or about October 24, 2013.”
The USMS said that the first deadline for bidders will be 9am Eastern Time on June 16, 2014.

All bidders must complete the government’s Bidder Registration Form (PDF), which requires that you provide a copy of a government-issued ID as well as a $200,000 deposit sent by wire transfer from an American bank. The government added that the highest bidder will win, and he or she cannot finance its payment in installments—the winner must pay the full amount in cash."

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+ - Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Controversy has been swirling for years over the question of whether analog engineers are relevant in a digital world. Analog engineers themselves are lining up against management in the tussle over whether there really is a shrinking pool of engineers to do the work, or whether companies have unrealistic expectations. As one former analog engineer puts it, "The job descriptions for analog engineers today ask for expertise in all these analog areas, then they throw in 'must know VHDL' [a digital programming language]. Your head would explode if you had to carry all the information in your head!"
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+ - Professional Landscaping Services In Mitchem->

Submitted by andersonsprofessiona
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+ - NASA physicist, artist unveil an enterprising warp-speed craft design

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.
NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light — 186,000 miles per second. White, who heads NASA's Advanced Propulsion Team, spoke about his conceptual starship at a conference last fall. But interest in his project reached a new level this week when he unveiled images of what the craft might look like. Created by artist Mark Rademaker, who based them on White's designs, the images show a technologically detailed spacecraft that wouldn't look out of place in a "Star Trek" movie. Rademaker says creating them took more than 1,600 hours. In his speech, White described space warps as faraway galaxies that can bend light around them. "There's no speed limit on the expansion and contraction of space, You can actually find a way to get around what I like to call the 11th commandment: Thou shall not exceed the speed of light.""

+ - Microsoft runs out of US IPv4 addresses->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States, meaning there is no additional IPv4 address space available. This requires Microsoft to use the IPv4 address space available to us globally for the addressing of new services. The result is that we will have to use IPv4 address space assigned to a non-US region to address services which may be in a US region. It is not possible to transfer registration because the IP space is allocated to the registration authorities by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

At times your service may appear to be hosted in a non-US location.

Service and Data are located where deployed

It is important to note that the IP address registration authority does not equate to IP address physical location (i.e., you can have an IP address registered in Brazil but allocated to a device or service physically located in Virginia). Thus when you deploy to a U.S. region, your service is still hosted in U.S. and your customer data will remain in the U.S. as detailed in our Trust Center: http://www.windowsazure.com/en...

We are currently working with a few major IP geo-location database companies to update the location of these IPs which should help alleviate the issues this may be causing."

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+ - After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Former Sun executives and employees gathered in Mountain View, Calif., in May, and out came the "real" stories. Andy Bechtolsheim reports that Steve Jobs wasn't the only one who set out to copy the Xerox Parc Alto; John Gage wonders why so many smart engineers couldn't figure out that it would have been better to buy tables instead of kneepads for the folks doing computer assembly; Vinod Khosla recalls the plan to "rip-off Sun technology;" and more."
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Comment: joke is on the consumer (Score 1) 207

by think_nix (#47129999) Attached to: 4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

While 4k is technologically cool the joke again is on the consumer. As in Blu Ray "Mastered in 4k" which isn't realy 4k but "Re-mastered" and downscaled to 2k. IIRÄ they are having difficulties getting true 4k onto disc still? Then apart from the few US streaming services (available in US only TM). Sounds like another hype from the content providers to make even more money, unfortunately.

Medicine

The Light Might Make You Heavy 138

Posted by Soulskill
from the switch-to-zero-calorie-light dept.
Rambo Tribble writes: "Writing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers have found that sleeping with high ambient light levels may contribute to obesity (abstract). In a survey of 113,000 women, a high correlation was found between higher bedroom light levels and increased propensity to be overweight or obese. Excess light in the sleeping environment has long been known to adversely affect melatonin production and circadian rhythms. It is posited that such an interference with the 'body clock' may be behind these results. Although there is not yet enough evidence to call this a smoking gun, as one researcher put it, 'Overall this study points to the importance of darkness.'"
Sony

Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks 108

Posted by timothy
from the thanks-for-the-help dept.
TuringTest (533084) writes "Popular culture website Wikia originally hosted its user-contributed content under a free, sharealike Commercial Commons license (CC-BY-SA). At least as soon as 2003, some specific wikis decided to use the non-commercial CC-BY-NC license instead: hey, this license supposedly protects the authors, and anyone is free to choose how they want to license their work anyway, right? However, in late 2012 Wikia added to its License terms of service a retroactive clause for all its non-commercial content, granting Wikia an exclusive right to use this content in commercial contexts, effectively making all CC-BY-NC content dual-licensed. And today, Wikia is publicizing a partnership with Sony to display Wikia content on Smart TVs, a clear commercial use. A similar event happened at TV Tropes when the site owners single-handedly changed the site's copyright notice from ShareAlike to the incompatible NonCommercial, without notifying nor requesting consent from its contributors. Is this the ultimate fate of all wikis? Do Creative Commons licenses hold any weight for community websites?"

Comment: Rest of the world (Score 2) 886

by think_nix (#40158121) Attached to: IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

Well America. Maybe if you pay your "IT experts" decent wages and offer them decent benefits like the rest of the world does people would be willing to work there.

Recently I had an offer at a very well known vendor in the US. With 12 years working experience plus a few important industry certifications under my belt I felt I would get a decent offer. They (HR at this company, I felt like I was talking to a wall) wanted to offer me coming from Europe, 55k USD/salary yearly, 10 days vacation a year, some crappy health insurance plan, no relocation, no yearly bonus, no overtime pay.

I told them what I make here in Europe plus benefits and the HR lady almost fell out of her chair. "Saying we cant do that." Career wise would have been an excellent opportunity. Although, the pay and benefits would have been a step back into the dark ages. I told them thanks for the offer but no thanks.

+ - How have Slashdotters dealt with divorce digitally?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am a long time Slashdotter and currently find myself in the beginning of a divorce process. How have slashdotters dealt with dispersing of shared data, accounts and things online in such a situation? Domains, hosting, email, sensitive data backups and social media are just a few examples."
Games

+ - Is the game publishing model broken ?->

Submitted by think_nix
think_nix (1467471) writes "The first debate at the Dice Summit asked this very question. Analyst Michael Pachter said, 'publishing model today is a broken system that exploits the creative talents of game developers'. Also Ars Technica quotes him again saying, 'The big publishers have mimicked the worst of Hollywood's focus on retreads and sequels'. So is the 'golden age' of gaming finally over for publishers ?"
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