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Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

My point of confusion was that she worked for a "money transfer service." Now, I don't know exactly what that means, but does it mean she had money that she went around transferring to people? And in that case, an employer might be motivated to know where the employees are all the time, as well as all the money. But I think it's all electronic transfers, and she didn't have anyone else's money, and wasn't bonded. In which case, buy some aluminum foil and get yourself your own phone.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by turning in circles (#49661137) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?
Actually no is the correct answer according to a recent opinion piece in Seismic Research Letters , which doesn't specifically address Terra Seismic, but which notes operational earthquake forecasting is not very far along, and can at best note regions with increased probability of earthquakes of a certain size, utilizing not only seismic data but also geomorphology, geologic and tectonic studies. And as others have noted, if you frack and actually cause earthquakes, then they are much more predictable.

Comment: John Hancock, Boston (Score 1) 21

by turning in circles (#49557001) Attached to: Seeing Buildings Shake With Software
Yes, you read that correctly in the summary, there actually is a John Hancock tower in Boston (240 m tall). It is shorter than the better-known one in Chicago (321 m tall, twice as many hits by Google). The Boston one looks very skinny, so maybe it shakes enough for the video gizmo stuff to pick up vibrations. (What me, make fun of MIT?)

Comment: Sweet Georgia Almond (Score 1) 678

Almonds are fascinating, using over a trillion gallons of water per year in California. I always thought eating nuts was lower impact on the environment than eating meat and so a better use of resources. Not sure why we can't grow almonds in water-wealthy states - almonds grow all over the Mediterranean. In fact, almonds are very genetically close to peaches, and I'm sure would make Georgia more money than peaches, with a little investment.

+ - 2 former federal agents charged with stealing Bitcoin during Silk Road probe->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road.

Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents.

The two now-former agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service are charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses for allegedly stealing Bitcoin during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an underground illicit black market federal prosecutors shut down last year.

The charges in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court paints a picture of corrupt federal agents trying to enrich themselves as they tried to bring down one of the Internet's top cybercriminals.

The charges against the agents could end up causing complications for the government's case against Ross Ulbricht, also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts", the Silk Road founder. Ulbricht was found guilty last year of aiding drug trafficking with his site. He is awaiting sentencing. As a result of the case against Ulbricht and others, the federal government seized bitcoin that it said at the time was valued at over $33 million.

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+ - Seed from ancient extinct plant planted and brought back to life

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Israeli scientists have successfully gotten a 2000-year-old seed of an extinct date plant to grow and now reproduce.

Methuselah sprouted back in 2005, when agriculture expert Solowey germinated his antique seed. It had been pulled from the remains of Masada, an ancient fortification perched on a rock plateau in southern Israel, and at the time, no one could be sure that the plant would thrive. But he has, and his recent reproductive feat helps prove just how well he’s doing.

For a while, the Judean date palm was the sole representative of his kind: Methuselah’s variety was reportedly wiped out around 500 A.D. But Solowey has continued to grow date palms from ancient seeds discovered in the region, and she tells National Geographic that she is “trying to figure out how to plant an ancient date grove.” Doing so would allow researchers to better understand exactly what earlier peoples of the region were eating and how it tasted.

Comment: Featured apps only will be analyzed? (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by turning in circles (#49288689) Attached to: Google 'Experts' To Screen Android Apps For Banned Content
So this is telling me that the apps that Google "Features" currently are not inspected or analyzed by any humans before they become featured. "Featured," to my way of thinking, means recommended. So, currently, are algorithms recommending apps, not people? And if so, how long before algorithms recommend movies, books, music? (Currently, Wikibooks notes that "Featured books are books that the Wiki community believes to be the best . . .")

+ - FTC targets group that made billions of robocalls->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie writes: Given the amount of time the FTC and others have put into curing the robocall problem, it is disheartening to hear that a group of companies for almost a year have been making billions of illegal robocalls. The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general today said they have settled charges against a Florida-based cruise line company and seven other companies that averaged 12 million to 15 million illegal sales calls a day between October 2011 through July 2012, according to the joint complaint filed by the FTC and the states
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Comment: Re:Rookie mistake... (Score 1) 230

According to James Clapper, "Even more than terrorism, the threat of cyberattack is the biggest peril currently facing the United States". If Cybersecurity is a major threat to the US, you would think that some agency in the government would be interested in making it easy to report security flaws and not prosecute people for reporting security flaws. "And I said to myself, what a F&$#ed up world."

Comment: Live the present, not the future (Score 5, Insightful) 698

Hi, A friend of mine was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Stage 4, and he spent the next 6 months lecturing his sons (grades 5 and 8) and getting them to promise to be good. I hated to watch him do it because it put a tremendous extra burden on them. One year later, I would have to say the sons are not being "good." The burden of living up to Dad's expectations was overwhelming, I think. I lost my father the summer after 6th grade. I remember him telling me I could do anything I wanted, after he listened to me sing, "I am Woman, hear me Roar," probably slightly off key, and telling him I wanted to be a rock star. You won't be there in person in the future, but you are there now. Love her every day as if there is no tomorrow, thinking about today's concerns. Respond to her questions today. She's not ready for the future now, but trust that you've given her enough by who you are and she will be when she gets there.

Of course, you can always read the Last Lecture, and do what that tells you to do.

-A geeky scientist Mom

Comment: Re:works great on campuses (Score 1) 73

by turning in circles (#49068211) Attached to: Cellphone Start-Ups Handle Calls With Wi-Fi
I had a phonne that did this; very helpful on campus where, due to instruments/equipment, whatever, you can't cell a cellular signal in many buildings, including the med school, but you can easily get wifi. Now my kid is in college, I signed him up for Republic because hey, he's nearly always around wifi and he can afford the monthly fees.

We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated.