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Comment Re:Pope starts using the internet (Score 1) 542

Actually, we should be discussing which Papal Candidate has the most Tech Friendly platform.

But just like other political candidates, the Papal Candidates will promise us a tech friendly regime, but fail to deliver after being elected.

Where are the leading candidates' homepages anyway . . . ?

And, do I need ID to register to vote . . . ? This was a bit of a controversy in the last US election.

Education

Submission + - Should Techies Trump Latinos in Immigration Reform?

theodp writes: In an open letter on TechCrunch, Vivek Wadhwa calls on Congressman Luis Gutierrez to lift his 'hold on Silicon Valley' and stop tying immigration reform for highly-skilled STEM immigrants to the plight of undocumented immigrants. So, why should the STEM set get first dibs? 'The issues of high-skilled and undocumented immigrants are both equally important,' says Wadhwa, but 'the difference is that the skilled workers have mobility and are in great demand all over the world. They are getting frustrated and are leaving in droves.' Commenting on Gutierrez's voting record, Wadhwa adds, 'I would have voted for visas for 50,000 smart foreign students graduating with STEM degrees from U.S. universities over bringing in 55,000 randomly selected high-school graduates from abroad. The STEM graduates would have created jobs and boosted our economy. The lottery winners will come to the U.S. with high hopes, but will face certain unemployment and misery because of our weak economy.' So, should Gutierrez cede to Wadhwa's techies-before-Latinos proposal, or would this be an example of the paradox of virtuous meritocracy undermining equality of opportunity?

Comment Re:It's because of the police abuse (Score 4, Insightful) 188

Meanwhile, what authorities are allowing on Egyptian television, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/09/fear-of-assassinations-haunt-egypt-opposition/1905675/

CAIRO (AP) — Watching the events in Tunisia, where a leading anti-Islamist politician was shot to death this past week, members of Egypt's liberal opposition are fearfully asking: Could it happen here too?

Their fears of a renegade Islamist attack on any of the top opposition leaders have been hiked by religious edicts issued by hardline clerics on TV saying they must be killed.

Islamic democracy functions like this: One man, one vote . . . once.

Once they get in power, the first order of the day is to kill off any opposition. There is never a real election again.

Comment Re:I'm not going to apt-get it. (Score 1) 240

In Soviet Kanada, Corporate Spyware apt-gets you!

They'll just send someone by to install it:

Ding-Dong! "Hi, I'm from your local utilities, I'm here to read your power meter, check your gas meter, and install our Corporate Spyware for you."

Easy in Canada . . . nobody bothers to lock their front doors.

Comment Re:DIY Slashdot poll (Score 1) 800

A good set of rules already exists:
1. No poofters.
2. No member of the faculty is to maltreat the "Abos" in any way whatsoever—if there's anyone watching.
3. No poofters.
4. I don't want to catch anyone not drinking in their room after lights out.
5. No poofters.
6. There is no... rule six.
7. No poofters.

Just replace poofters with "imminent threat."

Comment Re:Gutless. (Score 3, Insightful) 61

Actually, I'm surprised that the French are not insulted by the move. Google is not admitting any guilt about "stealing content". Google is saying that French media companies need "development aid", like a Internet Third World country. In other words, Google is not the problem, the French media organizations are, because they have yet to understand this newfangled Internet thingie.

So I wonder where this money will actually be spent . . . ? First a few big lavish kick-off parties for the heads of the media companies and politicians. Then, fund a few big studies at French research institutes, like INRIA.

Poof! That 60 € million is gone, and nobody is the wiser.

Comment Re:Why do they always have to refer to the iPhone? (Score 1) 256

. . . because sometimes, Libraries of Congress aren't appropriate as units.

You could, however, measure total processing power as number of Libraries of Congress filled with iPhones. Which would make just amount sense of comparing a Mars Rover to a smart phone in the first place . . .

Comment Re:Related projects (Score 1) 102

Well, I've got one of these plugged into my Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

http://www.conrad.com/ce/en/product/101316/Voltcraft-CO-20-USB-Air-Quality-Sensor

I wrote some USB host code to read the stick, and send alarms with MQTT to an IBM Intelligent Operations Center.

Maybe I need to move to China, or something.

Perl

Submission + - Perl Isn't Going Anywhere -- For Better Or Worse (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia waxes philosophical about Perl stagnancy in IT. 'A massive number of tools and projects still make the most out of the language. But it's hard to see Perl regaining its former glory without a dramatic turnaround in the near term. As more time goes by, Perl will likely continue to decline in popularity and cement its growing status as a somewhat arcane and archaic language, especially as compared to newer, more lithe options. Perhaps that's OK. Perl has been an instrumental part of the innovation and technological advancements of the last two decades, and it's served as a catalyst for a significant number of other languages that have contributed heavily to the programming world in general.'"

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