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Submission + - The Dutch teleport data, reliably (

Bysshe writes: "In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet."

Which, given that the Dutch also invented the stock market, means we can welcome our klomp-wearing overlords in the near future.

Submission + - Ferrari's douchbaggery response to years-long fan devotion on Facebook (

Bysshe writes: Ferrari, having been very successful in offline branding, had a criminal copyright case filed against them by a fan who's built up their most popular Facebook page over the past years. Ferrari took control of the page despite no money ever being made off the page. Ferrari's attitudes are much like the music industry's archaic approach to protecting their intellectual properly. The law (at least in the EU, where Ferrari is based) clearly states that fans have the right and own the intellectual property of their fan pages and yet companies that are highly dependent on fans seem determined to use legal tricks to enforce protectionist attitudes instead of taking the more successful route of accelerating the activities of their fans through clear and enthusiastic support.

Comment Re:Now, with centralized user tracking! (Score 5, Informative) 127

Considering Zimmermann's track record of not including backdoors and that he was investigated for several years much to his personal detriment for several years in the 90s for his release of PGP I think this particular protocol is pretty safe. Lastly and business case is based 100% on total security. If ever it leaked that there's any kind of backdoor it would all be for naught. I highly doubt the core team (there are 4 of them, including Zimmermann, 2 ex seals, and Callas) would risk their reputations on including a backdoor. In addition any real backdoors would flag an interference.

Comment Living in Holland (Score 4, Interesting) 374

There is not great public support for this. Outside of that podunk village there's plenty of people, me included, who would go tell the authorities to go fuck themselves. Slippery slope this is. Destroy data? yeah right. They've also said, only after the case has been solved. What if its not solved? And is data ever really destroyed?

On the radio and in the media they're just not playing the sound bites of people who refuse, they're only playing clips of people who say "what's the big deal if you have nothing to hide". The old line secret police everywhere like to use.

I for one will tell the justice department to shove it if they ask me for this.

Comment Re:Power in developing countries... (Score 1) 413

Not different problems since they all contribute to the same effect that we're trying to prevent. The problem being externalized costs not being accounted for as mentioned earlier in the thread. Where they differ is in the engineering, or more specifical in the end use of the resulting energy (being conversion into motion, or into electricity [let's ignore electric engines for a moment]. Also, they can both be addressed by regulating the fuel input, whether that's coal or gasoline, heavy fuel oil, or jet fuel.

Comment Re:Power in developing countries... (Score 1) 413

That's right. Its the same problem that we're all facing in the airline industry: China, Russia and US oppose European airline CO2 tax.

I'd say tackle the problems in power generation, airlines, passenger cars, land and sea-freight and you've tackled pretty much the whole problem. This can be accomplished by regulating and the input (fuel). Of course the income made from these taxes should go to actually solving the problem then instead of random pet projects from politicians. Regardless, none of this solves India's current problem.

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