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Comment Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 440

Not to mention that most of the railway trackage that would have to be built, in both the Russian and the American sides, would be mostly going through permafrost. Permafrost is not the most stable foundation for a railway bed - when the Chinese built the Qinghai-Tibet railway they had to include passive cooling with ammonia refrigerant to keep the soil at a stable temperature, and avoid warping of the tracks. And even then, they are running the risks of having to reconstruct the permafrost section of the track due to unanticipated global warming effects. The chinese only had a short 500km section with which they had to contend with permafrost. The Russian-American railroad would have to contend with thousands of kilometers of permafrost.

And if there were really that much of a business case for a US to China railway connection, the same case could be argued for a China to Europe railway connection,which already exists. Yet despite being a more direct route to Europe than an ocean route, the existing Eurasian Land Bridge only carries 1% of the China-Europe trade. The vastly more expensive US to China connection would be an even more dubious business case.

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 508

The difference is that you own the property rights including air rights above your property up to 500ft, so any aircraft flying below that altitude above your property is trespassing. Ownership of air rights is an old and established concept from as far back as medieval roman law - "Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad caelum et ad inferos", or "For whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell". In modern times a practical limit of 500ft has been established by the US supreme court for air rights above your property, in urban areas extending to 1000ft. This has been sufficiently established that one's air rights above your property can be sold, and in places like New York City can command large sums of money.

So whether the drone was 50ft or 200ft is irrelevant - he was still trespassing on his property either way.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1181

This was already decided by the US supreme court as 500ft above your property. See Griggs v. Allegheny County (1962). Air rights over your property are a clearly defined and old concept - it was already established in medieval roman law. They're an established form of property rights, so much so that in many locales air rights over one's property can be sold for substantial sums. NYC developers in particular have been keen in acquiring property air rights.

Comment Hydrofluidic computer from the 50s (Score 1) 619

I once assisted a university physics laboratory that was using a mechanical hydro-fluidics computer originally developed in the 1950s. Because it was used as a controller in a radiation environment which would have interfered with electronic computers, it was never replaced. To my knowledge, the computer is still used precisely because it fills such an important niche.

Comment Length of time doing a degree (Score 1) 306

The biggest problem is that there is large length of time between deciding on a degree and getting a job after graduation. A typical STEM degree will take 4-5 years, and another 2-3 to complete a master's degree, unfortunately a requirement for many positions. With the 7-year gap between entering a degree program and graduation, the employment market could fundamentally change. Degrees that pay well currently do so because there is a shortage of qualified people in those programs - if large number of people enter those programs, it is likely there will be a glut of people later on in those programs, and the wages will return to average levels.

Comment Re:Take pictures and look at them later (Score 1) 60

True, but now you have to ensure that the drone won't accidentally veer off course and accidentally strike the aircraft, causing a very expensive repair job. I would think that if you wanted to merely snap photos of the top of the aircraft, one could mount cameras at the top of the hangar looking down, to provide an overview of the aircraft. More reliable than a drone and no need for operator training.

Comment Re:How can they afford it? (Score 0) 528

They can afford it because:

1) They get a third of the number of foreign students that the United States attracts

2) German universities tend to be a "no-frill" affair, with large auditoriums, limited to no athletics programs, and none of the social life seen in American campuses, Most students tend to study locally, so generally there are no dorms. They are more comparable with American state colleges. This isn't a bad thing, in my opinion, but those who go to college hoping for the experience of the "college life" will be disappointed if they go to Germany.

Submission + - Egyptian repairman outranks Google->

wired_parrot writes: An Egyptian repairman found unexpected fame when typing google into Google within Egypt turned up his name instead. The unassuming repairman managed to unexpectedly outrank Google in search results, a finding that surprised even him, who was unaware of his high search ranking when contacted.
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Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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Comment Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 1) 743

The intention of the IMF is not to help those it gives money to. The intention is basically to control them.

If you accept money from someone, don't be surprised if they try to put conditions on how you spend the money. When you're begging for money in the international market because no private investor will give you a loan due to your reckless spending behaviour, don't be surprised that donors ask for conditions on how that money is spent. If the Greeks didn't want conditions, they could always radically cut expenses to meet tax revenues and not be dependent on any handouts to make the budget balance.

Comment Re:Not all bad (Score 1) 328

The summary makes it sound like all of the bills are AGAINST ride sharing... but that's not the case. For instance, in Massachusetts(which is highlighted in the summary) Uber is actively campaigning FOR the regulation bill.


Because the bill states once and for all that ride sharing is a legal activity. Yes, it puts some protections in place: but not much beyond what Uber already provides.

As someone that uses Uber quite a bit (2-3 times per month) I welcome the new legislation as long as it allows Uber to continue to operate. Regulation is not all bad, as long as it is fair and reasonable.

There already exists taxi regulations that cover Uber, which in every respect is taxi company. However, you're dead right as to why Uber is pushing for these changes - it allows them to operate and claim legitimacy, while providing a framework of regulation that is a "light" version of what real taxi companies have to deal with, addressing only the most egregious flouting of commercial taxi operations such as commercial insurance and background checks. These so-called ridesharing regulations appear to completely ignore allowable fare increases (Uber's surge pricing), who they can or cannot pick up, handicap access, amongst others. They are a way for Uber to legitimize into law their competitive advantage.

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