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Comment Re: Best submission ever (Score 1) 12

There is a new design?

As far as I can tell, it looks the same way it has for years. I have the old mode setting turned on though. Even before Dice showed up all the javascript bullshit just made things suck. If only you could get the old-mode without actually logging in.

Comment Re:As it is said... (Score 2) 273

Awards are for those that need them.

Pissing off the US Govt. may mean that Snowden is happy with that

Yes, that was clearly Snowden's goal. Social change, government by consent, he didn't even think about that hippy-dippy stuff.

No award is going to protect that girl from more attacks by the Taliban. They don't give a damn about what the west thinks about her, if anything they'll see it as a challenge - once again the west trying to attack their religion. But if the award goes to Snowden it makes it that much harder for the US to put him in prison.

If the US tried to put Mandela in prison for being a terrorist, the way SA did before he received the award, the political blow-back would be enormous.

Submission + - Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds (businessinsider.com.au)

schliz writes: People aged over 65 make poorer financial decisions and inconsistent choices than younger individuals with the same IQ, an international research group has found.

The study had 135 healthy participants aged 12-90 make a series of decisions: for example, choosing between gaining $5 and the chance to win $20 in a lottery. On average, over-65s earned 26-39% less than all other age groups, including adolescents — a finding that could partially explain their susceptibility to problem gambling and scams.

Submission + - Italian Man Who Used Infrared Contact Lenses To Cheat At Poker Sentenced (theverge.com)

dmfinn writes: It was back in 2011 when Stefano Ampollini and two other accomplices cheated a French Casino out of over 90,000 euros thanks to the help of Chinese made Infrared Contact Lenses. According to French authorities, Ampollini and two casino workers marked cards using an invisible liquid that would be picked up by the Infrared Lenses, which Ampollini then used to read his competitors cards. Though the contacts themselves cost over 2,000 euros, the crew managed to take 71,000 euros in their first night. However, the trio was finally caught when a lawyer working for the casino became suspicious after Ampollini folded with an unbelievably good hand, which suggested he knew the croupier's cards. This week, a French court sentenced Ampollini to 2 years in prison and a 100,000 euro fine.His main accomplice was handed an even harsher sentence, forced to pay the same fine but spend the next 36 months behind bars. It appears, despite their best efforts and advanced tactics, that the men were still unable to beat the house without raising significant alarms. So, at least for now, it seems modern technology still can't simulate good old "luck".

Comment Re:a few laws of physics problems here (Score 3, Interesting) 90

What governments would those be which are restrained by the law, let alone common decency?

A representative government is a product of the law so of course it is restrained by the law. Just because individual actors within the government aren't 100% restrained by the law does not invalidate the principle that a representative government operates within the law.

The alternative to your nihilism is pure might-makes-right. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Submission + - x86 Computation Without Executing Any Instructions (usenix.org)

jones_supa writes: Trust Analysis, i.e. determining that a system will not execute some class of computations, typically assumes that all computation is captured by an instruction trace. A team at Dartmouth College shows that powerful computation on x86 processors is possible without executing any CPU instructions. They demonstrate a Turing-complete execution environment driven solely by the IA32 architecture’s interrupt handling and memory translation tables, in which the processor is trapped in a series of page faults and double faults, without ever successfully dispatching any instructions. The 'hard-wired' logic of handling these faults is used to perform arithmetic and logic primitives, as well as memory reads and writes. This mechanism can also perform branches and loops if the memory is set up and mapped just right. The lessons of this execution model are discussed for future trustworthy architectures.

Submission + - Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices 1

Dawn Kawamoto writes: IBM reached a settlement with the Justice Department over allegations it posted discriminatory online job openings, allegedly stating a preference for H-1B and foreign student visa holders for its software and apps developer positions. The job openings were for IT positions that would eventually require the applicant to relocate overseas. IBM agreed to pay $44,400 in civil penalties to the U.S., as well take certain actions in the way it hires within the U.S. The settlement, announced Friday, comes at a time with tech companies are calling for the U.S. to allow more H-1B workers into the country.

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