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Comment lack of PR & photo skills in scientific commun (Score 1) 125

Scientists do not understand that people want to see a nice quality inspiring images from Lune, from Mars, etc. They are not interested in X-ray diagrams, or geological survey results.

Still it is people who pay for these flights. I am sure it is doable to shoot good JPG files on Mars or Lune. And instead we get blurry low resolution images.

I read that an engineer had to buy a photo camera for Mars rover with his own money. Otherwise we would not see any pictures at all.

I think the best photo & video camera is the first, the most important device to place on a rover. And to send to the people of Earth the quality images the first minute after landing.

And not broken panoramas, but a nice even high resolution panorama. There is open source software called Hugin to make nice panoramas.

Comment Moving data centers into patriarchal countries (Score 2) 312

The NSA surveillance is the serious damaging problem for business. And not only for the US companies. The usage of the cloud SaS, say, the Google Apps for Business could be very profitable for a company, but the internal opposition is bringing in the data security issue. The say, - first the company data gets into hands of a rogue government official, then later it could be sold to a competitor.

However, moving data centers to patriarchal countries could be even worse. The data centers would be periodically stopped by government officials to check sanitary conditions (as a pretext).

All the servers could be taken out by trucks to check for an illegal content. The employees of the data centers would be hired via nepotism system, so up-time would be not great.

The US officials are not perfect, but at least they could be called reasonable. In patriarchal societies the cloud computing model, the data centers, would not work at all. We would be obliged to switch to the silos model of desktop documents once again.

Comment Re:Nine, eh? (Score 1) 153

What is an alternative to a random person? A well-organized corporation? Then we would be still stuck with IE4.

Learning to write code, specifically to write extensions is a good investment.

Firefox is my favorite browser, and I would like to thank the Firefox team and congratulate with the ninth anniversary.

Comment Re:I'm for this (Score 1) 394

I would not agree with that. There was a medical tent with highly experienced medical professionals near the finish line. Otherwise the number of killed would be much more.

Nevertheless, I would agree that more people are killed in Boston in traffic accidents. And nobody really cares about it. Like installing speed control in the cars.

Comment Just wait... (Score 1) 610

I remember living in the USSR. It seemed that it would last for at least a thousand of years. Elections were won by 99% of votes, after all.

But if something is wrong, as it certainly was with the governance in the USSR, it will surface sooner or later. Even if at first people are scared and vote 99%.

Comment world before Snowden and after, - B.S. & A.S. (Score 3, Interesting) 247

Snowden demonstrated and proved the reality of the computing and networking. It Is much bigger than CIA, NSA, and even the USA.

Modern computing allows to organize effective mass surveillance. It is not only about the US government. The technology itself is inherently dangerous. It registers ans sees everything, and forgets nothing. The 1984 is hopelessly outdated and over-passed.

Snowden is like Jesus of the new era. He is hated, crucified, persecuted, but the jinn is out of the bottle. We know now.

He did not receive Sakharov's prize, but it had been exactly what Sakharov did, - truth at any cost.

Submission + - Internet and computing in post-Snowden world 2

Max_W writes: Edward Snowden has not received any international award. Neither the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, nor the Nobel Peace Prize.

Snowden had stopped releasing any new documents and stopped giving press-conferences. We had a glimpse under the hood, into the machinations of the world, and it seems to be over.

So, is jinn back in the bottle and we can carry on as before with "secure computing", "unbreakable encryption", "safe browsing", "social networking", etc.? Or are the Internet and computing will never be the same again?

As for me, I am a bit worried nowadays anytime I switch on a computer or smartphone. Who or what is lurking beneath a glossy hardware and graphical user interfaces? How can a feeling of security could be returned? Or are the Internet and computing in general inherently unsafe?

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