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Comment Re:Airstrikes on population centers (Score 1) 410

I think we are discussing of irrelevant matters.
Just look at the video of the hospital partially reduced to cinders, with a few rooms still up [(your favorite search engine)+MSF+hospital+Kunduz], to verify that neither it was nor it is not under Taliban control.
This is not "collateral damage". It is wanton bombing of a notoriously neutral NGO, who has my financial support.
Go figure why this decision was taken...

Comment Forget IE: Secure Boot far more important (Score 1) 176

Please mod up parent , even if AC.
Secure Boot should be monitored by the Commission competition investigators, and not just on ARMs, but on any CPU.
It is far more nefarious and dangerous than crappy little IE, where M$ has always had an unbelievable cheek: they claimed that the browser was an integral part of the operating system... (Sure, and I have my trackpad magicglued to my right hand, so I can only accept work which requires trackpad usage or else I can only eat lasagne for trackpads...).
Agenda for the Commission's DG COMPET on SecureBoot:
1. act now to discourage SecureBoot via all available international fora, given that your investigation procedures are far too slow;
2. make it clear that SecureBoot will NOT have any impact on malware/security, only on M$ role in HW control;
3. tell your legal counsels, also not particularly known for their astounding speed, to prepare an advance legal advice on the breach of the competition rules which is bound to the current specs of SecureBoot;
4. start tackling Apple for IOS and iTunes: under cover of security they are just playing exactly as M$ [not for nothing the French competition authorities investigated iTunes].

Comment Scientific proof (Score 0) 188

You state: "Scientific proof is available for few things in the human experience.".
Like e.g. the entire corpus of experimental physics, astronomy, biology, etc.
You do need to take Basic Science for Freshmen 101...
It would be perhaps best avoiding to repeate rather stale arguments used by a bunch of illiterate theists. They carry no weight.

Submission + - The sexual habits of the British (

An anonymous reader writes: It's off topic, but this might be a bit of fun for the quiet days of August. It's a data visualisation showing what the British get up to between the sheets:

It is unique (or at the very least unusual) in that as well as showing aggregate data, you can click on each person to find out more about each individual who makes up the totals. So, for instance, you can see that of the 167 people who have had sex in their parents bed (, 10 now drive a BMW (


Submission + - Facebook Tweaks Site To Clarify Who Can See What (

CWmike writes: "Facebook is making a series of design changes to the site to make it clearer to users who can see the content that they post, an issue Google has been criticizing Facebook about since it launched its own social network, Google+, in June. 'You have told us that 'who can see this?' could be clearer across Facebook, so we have made changes to make this more visual and straightforward," Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday. The main change is that Facebook will now display the intended audience for a photo, a text post, a tag or any other piece of content right next to it, or 'inline.' Until now, those controls have been on a separate Settings section of the profile. 'Your profile should feel like your home on the web — you should never feel like stuff appears there that you don't want, and you should never wonder who sees what's there.' Another change Facebook is introducing is allowing users to modify the audience of a post after it's published, which they couldn't do before."

Submission + - US health administrative costs 4x that of Canada ( 3

microbox writes: Free-market healthcare is a hot political topic, with both Republicans and Democrats heavily invested in their positions. Republicans often claim that US healthcare is the best in the world thanks to Adam Smiths' invisible hand. The US system certainly has advantages; however, no other country spends anywhere near as much on healthcare, and US physicians and administrative staff spend 4x as many hours per week dealing with payers and insurance companies as their colleagues in Canada. Is it possible that laissez-faire health-care is an inefficient solution, or are high administrative costs nothing to be concerned about, and reflect a more efficient and higher quality healthcare system?

Comment A supranational assessment code (Score 1) 742

Rather that push my favourite show/novel/TV series, I take the liberty of proposing an assessment code which is not only for Americans.
1. Thou shalt not compare books with movies, ever;
2. Thou shalt not compare movies with video games, ever;
3. Thou shalt not vilify fantasy/hard SF/vintage SF/alternate history, etc.;
4. Thou shalt not believe that the inordinate passion for vampires/demons/supernatural horrors extends to countries which are far less religious than the USA;
5. Thou shalt not acritically judge any prequel, as so far, in most areas, from Star Wars to Star Trek to Caprica, they were chemically pure drivel.
And, to prove that human beings are illogical, here I go now providing contradictory advice.
Read books like "Twister", written by a real research physicist, if you want to read very entertaining hard SF, not Greg Bear, not Isaac Asimov.
You will instantly see the difference from folks like Asimov (a biochemist) who had (forgive me...) a manifestly insufficient grasp of physics.
Even I, research physicist, was always underwhelmed by his forays in areas he knew precious little about (a PhD in biochemistry does not make you an authority on particle physics or quantum mechanics or a number of other things).
He even proceeded to top up his display of ignorance by publishing divulgative stuff on any possible subject.
That he is still considered a saint by a sizable community makes me wonder...
And to finish in beauty: casting a Scotsman who was famous for roles as e.g. the lead male actor in The Full Monty was not just catastrophic, but plain dumb. This contributed greatly to transform a would-be SF series as Stargate Universe into a boring reality-like show, eventually killing (deservedly) the show. Just like dreadful Caprica.
Should I be so dumb to want to watch a reality, then I will go for the real thing, not for an SF travesty...

United States

Submission + - Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans 1

Pickens writes: "CBS News reports that the Obama administration is currently drafting the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which will be released by the president in the next few months. "We are not talking about a national ID card," says Commerce Secretary Gary Locke whose department will be in charge of the program. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities." Although details have not been finalized, the "trusted identity" may take the form of a smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt says that anonymity and pseudonymity will remain possible on the Internet. "I don't have to get a credential if I don't want to," says Schmidt. There's no chance that "a centralized database will emerge," and "we need the private sector to lead the implementation of this.""

Submission + - IE9 May Not Be Enough To Save IE (

An anonymous reader writes: The October market share numbers are in and Net Applications' numbers show a surprising drop in IE8 market share — the first time since browser was introduced. Strangely, IE9 has not gained much and IE7 as well as IE6 are losing as well. The only two browsers gaining are Chrome and Safari — and both browsers have hit new record market shares. The frenzy around IE9 may have subsided already and Microsoft is under tremendous pressure to roll out IE9 soon. StatCounter's numbers indicate that Firefox is close to be surpassing IE in Europe.
The Internet

Submission + - Facebook developers sold User IDs (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has revealed that app developers for the platform have been selling user-identifying data to a data broker.

The anti-social time-wasting site confessed on its developer blog that it had discovered "some instances" a data broker was paying developers for user IDs.


Submission + - Obama in a town hall meeting - What would you ask? (

rajeevrk writes: In a few days time, President Barak Obama will be addressing a town hall style meeting at St. Xaviers College, in Mumbai India.. 300 students from diverse backgrounds will have a chance to post questions to him, on an open forum, and i do believe we may have some bouncers tossed at him. Speculation is already rife about the kinds of questions being prepared.

Now, if ever such a meeting was held with 300 Slashdotters, what would the questions be like? Let the grilling begin......

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