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Comment Re:Just when I think things are getting better... (Score 1) 73

>So now who's ignorant?

You, you mindless cultist. You know how to parrot the Bitcoin propaganda like any number of other morons hoping to get rich quick for nothing while understanding precisely none of the reasons Bitcoin is a giant, steaming, pile of crap that never had the potential to work for social, technological, business, and economic reasons.

Or you're not ignorant and believe that if you lie hard enough and often enough, you can pump the price and some newb will buy you out and that's good, right?

Either way, you're just a waste of a human being because you're a net negative for society. Maybe you're young and naÃve, and it's just for now and one day you'll be worth something as a person. If you're over 19 though... game over. This is it, the best you'll ever be as a human being. You've failed to engage your brain.

Go somewhere else. I hear http://www.reddit.com/r/bitcoi... is good.

Submission + - Verizon Refuses To Brick the Samsung Note 7 (theverge.com)

caferace writes: According to this article at The Verge, Verizon has refused to push out the Samsung "No-Charge" update.

"...Today, Samsung announced an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that would stop the smartphone from charging, rendering it useless unless attached to a power charger. Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.."

Submission + - Red Hat Container Platform OpenShift Dedicated Launches On Google Cloud

An anonymous reader writes: Red Hat has announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated across Google Cloud Platform, bringing the open source container platform as a managed service to customers using Google’s cloud infrastructure. Google product manager Martin Buhr said that the move will help accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes, containers and cloud-native application patterns. Users will be able to access Google’s platform which is already optimised for container technologies. There will also be the added benefit of tapping into Google’s portfolio of products, including data analytics tools, machine learning, compute, network and storage services.

Submission + - Remarkable New Theory Says There's No Gravity (bigthink.com)

Jeff Socia writes: Gravity is something all of us are familiar with from our first childhood experiences. You drop something — it falls. And the way physicists have described gravity has also been pretty consistent — it’s considered one of the four main forces or “interactions” of nature and how it works has been described by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity all the way back in 1915.

But Professor Erik Verlinde, an expert in string theory from the University of Amsterdam and the Delta Institute of Theoretical Physics, thinks that gravity is not a fundamental force of nature because it's not always there. Instead it’s “emergent” — coming into existence from changes in microscopic bits of information in the structure of spacetime.

Submission + - 5-Year-Old Critical Linux Vulnerability Patched (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: A critical, local code-execution vulnerability in the Linux kernel was patched more than a week ago, continuing a run a serious security issues in the operating system, most of which have been hiding in the code for years.

Details on the vulnerability were published Tuesday by researcher Philip Pettersson, who said the vulnerable code was introduced in August 2011. A patch was pushed to the mainline Linux kernel Dec. 2, four days after it was privately disclosed. Pettersson has developed a proof-of-concept exploit specifically for Ubuntu distributions, but told Threatpost his attack could be ported to other distros with some changes.

The vulnerability is a race condition that was discovered in the af_packet implementation in the Linux kernel, and Pettersson said that a local attacker could exploit the bug to gain kernel code execution from unprivileged processes. He said the bug cannot be exploited remotely.

Submission + - Apache Zeppelin open-source analytics startup reveals new name, fresh funding (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The team behind the Apache Zeppelin open-source notebook for big data analytics visualization has renamed itself ZEPL and announced $4.1M in Series A funding. ZEPL, which swears a certain professional football organization had nothing to do with it ditching its former name (NFLabs), is one of numerous companies smelling blood in the water around Tableau, the $3.5 billion business intelligence and analytics software vendor that has stumbled financially in recent quarters and seen its stock price plummet accordingly.

Submission + - Conexant and Amazon bring Alexa to Raspberry Pi with âAudioSmart 2-mic Deve (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Much of Amazonâ(TM)s success with Echo and Alexa is thanks to third-party developers and hardware. Today, Conexant and Amazon announce the AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit. This add-on for the Raspberry Pi should enable easier development of devices using Amazonâ(TM)s Alexa voice technology. This could ultimately lead to further growth and adoption of the Alexa voice assistant.

Submission + - Korora 25 'Gurgle' Fedora-based Linux distribution now available for download (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: If you want to use Fedora but do not want to spend time manually installing packages and repos, there is a solid alternative — Korora. Despite the funny-sounding name, it is a great way to experience Fedora in a more user-friendly way. Today, version 25, code-named 'Gurgle', becomes available for release.

Submission + - Bluetooth 5 is here (betanews.com) 1

BrianFagioli writes: Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces the official adoption of the previously-announced Bluetooth 5. In other words, it is officially the next major version of the technology, which will eventually be found in many consumer devices.

So, will you start to see Bluetooth 5 devices and dongles with faster speeds and longer range in stores tomorrow? Nope — sorry, folks. Consumers will have to wait until 2017. The Bluetooth SIG says devices should become available between February and June next year.

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 119

>I was wondering what to grow out back, heck an acre of these and I can fuel my car at home eventually

Here's the real problem. A given standard of living requires a specific level of energy. The only truly renewable sources of energy we have - as in 'will last as long as the planet could remain habitable' are tidal, geothermal, and solar (which includes wind and hydroelectric, as they are themselves solar powered). Nuclear will run out. Fossil fuels will run out. IF we get practical over-unity fusion going, that can go on the renewable list, too.

Ultimately, you need a certain amount of surface area assigned to energy collection per person, and it's not tiny, especially as you get further inland or further from the equator.

Comment Re: There's no tweak to make that palatable (Score 1) 588

I dunno... how about a dating site where people are matched to people of the same faith? That's kind of important to a lot of people, and a valid reason for collecting and using the data.

You're not going to capture quite as much of the population as you might with Twitter, but your data might be more trustworthy.

Submission + - Union of Concerned Scientists Pens open letter to President-Elect Trump

PvtVoid writes: The Union of Concerned Scientists has released an open letter to President-Elect Trump on science and public policy, outlining five items essential to sound science in the United States, stating that "... scientists should, without fear of reprisal or retaliation, have the freedom and responsibility to:

— conduct their work without political or private-sector interference.

— candidly communicate their findings to Congress, the public, and their scientific peers publish their work and participate meaningfully in the scientific community.

— disclose misrepresentation, censorship, and other abuses of science.

— ensure that scientific and technical information coming from the government is accurate."

The letter has been signed so far by more than 8,000 scientists.

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