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Comment Price!! (Score 1) 207

Was about to buy a kindle book on Amazon when I realised that the kindle version was more expensive than the paper version! And it was not only for this particular book, but almost all the book are more expensive in Kindle version. This is insane! At least with a real book, I can give it to one of my friend and share it indefinitively. When they will come to more reasonable term I may resume to buy eBook but for the time being I'm not going to be their milk cow :)

Comment Re:Willing to bet.. (Score 5, Insightful) 1706

Still there is a chance that you would be able to do that under lucky circumstances. And that chance justifies permission to carry weapons.

And what is the probability to hit a perfect innocent in these circumstances?

If gunman knew that many people would be carrying concealed weapons, he probably would not even consider such an attack.

You mean like no one is attacking NATO force in Afganisthan because they are openly carrying weapons? If some nuts decide to go mass murderer it is not some concealed weapon that are going to make him change hist mind, he will just use clever tactics.

Comment Re:That's because it isn't usually done (Score 1) 911

In my case, I would need to be pulling in well over 200K after foreign taxes per year to owe the IRS. Most normal Americans who work in foreign countries probably won't owe the IRS any taxes.

As the dollar is currently not very high and as other countries have different standard of living 200K can be reached quite easily. Being a MD, Manager, Lawyer, or whatever in upper salary range in Switzerland will get you over 200K easily. The problem is also with the banking system, as the IRS tries to police the world, it's a nightmare for a US citizen to open a bank account in Switzerland, and a lot of Swiss bank just refuse to open an account to American citizen. That's maybe why ceremony of renunciation are hold quite often in Switzerland.

Comment Re:Not a very graceful move (Score 1) 911

Ok so as his family decided to move to the US and take American citizenship, he should be prohibited to immigrate somewhere else? What about the citizenship of his parents prior the US one. Did they sell their soul when the took the US one? By the way, a lot of people are renouncing to the US citizenship because of the US tax system. IRS ask you to pay whatever the local tax system can be. For instance being a US citizen in Switzerland is such a hassle (try to open a bank account...) that ceremony for US citizenship renunciation are hold every week....

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 403

ESTA is already a visa that hides its name (and you have to pay for it). I'm pretty sure that US make more control on an ETSA that Iran for a visa. It seems that only Brazil has the corones to treat US the same way the treat the rest of the world. UE is just surrending at the first opportunity!
Medicine

Submission + - Your probability of dying doubles every 8 years (singularityhub.com) 2

kkleiner writes: "What do you think are the odds that you will die during the next year? Try to put a number to it — 1 in 100? 1 in 10,000? Whatever it is, it will be twice as large 8 years from now. This startling fact was first noticed by the British actuary Benjamin Gompertz in 1825 and is now called the “Gompertz Law of human mortality.” Your probability of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years."
IT

Submission + - Moving a Data Center Without the Heart Attack (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia offers hands-on advice to IT admins heading up a physical data center migration. 'As the dust settles in the aftermath of a successful physical data center move, I'm nursing my bruised and cut hands, kicking back with a Scotch, and reflecting on what went right. I said "successful," but actually there's no such thing as a failed data center move: If something's going wrong, there's nothing you can do except keep working until everything's up and running,' Venezia writes. 'But a successful data center move is no accident. Whether it's a data center relocation or new data center build-outs, detailed plans must be made months or even years in advance.'"
Android

Submission + - Samsung Could Soon Start to Twist Google's Arm

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "For the past three years, Android has experienced a kind of free space expansion but as we enter 2012, it seems the game may be changing. Instead of the old “there’s more than enough room for every Android handset maker to be a winner”, we have a three-horse’s-length leader, Samsung shipping close to 55% of all Android phones, while Motorola and HTC lag behind. "[Samsung] could be in a position to twist Google’s arm," writes Jean-Louis Gassée."If last quarter’s trend continues — if Motorola and HTC lose even more ground — Samsung’s bargaining position will become even stronger." But what is Samsung’s ‘‘bargaining position’’? What could they want? Perhaps more search referral money, earlier access to Android releases, or a share of advertising revenue. Will Google let Samsung gain the upper hand? It's not likely because Motorola is about to become a fully-owned but “independent” Google subsidiary that with 16% of the android market could counterbalance Samsung’s influence to some extent. So what could Samsung do? "Consider the Kindle Fire example: Just like Amazon picked the Android lock, Samsung could grab the Android Open Source code and create its own unlicensed but fully legal smartphone OS and still benefit from a portion of Android apps, or it could build its own app store the way Amazon did," writes Gassée. "Samsung is a tough, determined fighter and won’t let Google dictate its future. The same can be said of Google. This is going to be interesting.""
China

Submission + - Inside the Great Firewall of China's Tor Blocking (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: The much-discussed Great Firewall of China is meant to prevent Chinese citizens from getting to Web sites and content that the country's government doesn't approve of, and it's been endowed with some near-mythical powers by observers over the years. But it's somewhat rare to get a look at the way that the system actually works in practice. Researchers at Team Cymru got just that recently when they were asked by the folks at the Tor Project to help investigate why a user in China was having his connections to a bridge relay outside of China terminated so quickly.

Not only is China able to identify Tor sessions, it can do so in near real-time and then probe the Tor bridge relay and then terminate the session within a couple of minutes.

Submission + - Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Her Computer (denverpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From the SANS NewsBites:
Federal Prosecutors Seek Order to Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Computer (January 4, 2012) Federal prosecutors in Denver, Colorado are seeking a court order that would force Ramona Fricosu to enter the password to decrypt her laptop computer. They believe that the machine contains evidence that would help convict Fricosu and her former husband in a bank fraud case. The pair was allegedly involved in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that stole more than US $900,000 from banks in the Colorado Springs area.
Prosecutors say that Fricosu does not have to divulge her password; she can enter the password without it being noted as long as they eventually gain access to the information on the computer.
http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_19669803
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/01/can-a-court-make-you-give-up-your-password/
[Editor's Note (Murray): The court is entitled to the best evidence. It cannot force one to make a record. However, once a record is made, one may not conceal it from the court. The intent of the 5th amendment was to prevent "witch trials," the conviction of one on only their own coerced testimony. The written or electronic record, on the other hand, says what it says.

Comment Re:EU still has some sense left, compared to US (Score 1, Interesting) 225

Costly? Never heard of the UK budget rebate ? As a little reminder:

The UK won the rebate in 1984, after the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher threatened to halt payments to the EU budget. Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher is misquoted as saying: 'I want my money back!' "We are not asking the Community or anyone else for money," she said at a summit in Fontainebleau. "We are simply asking to have our own money back".

And guess who pay for you? The others EU members.
Robotics

Submission + - Rupert Murdoch's "The Daily" uses Drone for video (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Has The Daily sorted out its COA, will this use of the simple ARdrone open the floodgates for citizen journalism using multirotor platforms?? I doubt very much if the FAA will step in and rule on this one but it is commercial use of an sUAS. Technically illegal.

The footage is compelling though and certainly shows how useful a simple machine can be in conveying a story."

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