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Comment Re: Now thats incentive (Score 1) 564

You are already a cyborg. Or maybe a psyborg. Your communication methods are augmented by programmed digital systems. You use it almost as a reflex. Your memory is enhanced by mail, calendars, various mediums of storage. Your finances are digital as well. It is barely possible to exist or compete in your world without digital aid. If you stop blogging, chatting, mailing, etc.... Some of your relations will be angered, others will consider you gone or too odd to maintain as a comrade. Though these things are not inside your skin, these adaptions are part of you now. Resistance is quite futile. Your young will not even see the possible point of resisting. Just as computers are driving cars, soon, if not already a program will be made that does a better job of being you in all electronic and therefore important ways. Your friends will also have programs better at being them then they are. When your friends intervene in the conversations that you are having with them you will find it annoying. 3D relations will become quite repetitive and annoying. Soon natural selection will take it's course. The only humans left will be those who enjoy actually doing things and living for the future.

Submission + - Ask for the resignation of Tom Wheeler (Head of the FCC) (

walterbyrd writes: It is now clear that Tom Wheeler is not a representative of the people, but corporations. Previously to taking his current position Wheeler was the former head of 2 different lobbying organizations, which represented companies like Verizon, Comcast, and At&t. His actions helped turn them into the monopolies that they are today.

Submission + - The Heroic Recovery of the Archimedes Palimpsest (

Nemo the Magnificent writes: This parchment manuscript has been around since the second half of the 10th century, when someone in Constantinople was transcribing and commenting on the mathematics of Archimedes. But it turns out there was a fair bit more on that prepared goatskin. 'Normally when you're looking at medieval manuscripts that have been scraped off, you don't find unique texts,' project director William Noel says in a 2012 TED talk. 'And to find two in one manuscript is really something. To find three is completely weird. And we found three.'

Comment Re:Do you think you are special? (Score 1) 234

It's not that I am special enough for their attention. It's that I am really boring. Surveillance duty on me is an internal punishment. The nice thing about being watched is that whenever my phone is getting bad reception all I have to do is say the magic phrase, "Jehad Pressure Cooker!" and my phone reception becomes perfect!

Comment Re:Russians already did it... (Score 1) 147

You are correct and Ben Franklin was aware of that. He studied heating exhaustively as his book, 'Observations on Smoky Chimneys, Their Causes and Cure: With Considerations on Fuel and Stoves' demonstrates. Ben Franklin designed his stove as a compromise. He loved an open flame despite it's inefficiency.

Submission + - If the NSA can break internet encryption, chances are so can someone else (

An anonymous reader writes: The flaw in building a way around any security protocol is that no matter how altruistic those reasons may be, once there is a flaw, anyone can exploit it. That means the NSA is probably not the only body who could exploit the flaws it has reportedly inserted in some commercial encryption software. Think about well-funded organized crime syndicates, corporate rivals, or nation-state espionage against major commercial companies. Security weakened for one is security weakened for all.

Submission + - Genetic Evidence Found That Humans Choose Friends With Similar DNA (

KentuckyFC writes: The study of social networks has long shown that people tend to pick friends who are similar to them--birds of a feather stick together (pdf). Now a study of the genomes of almost 2000 Americans has found that those who are friends also share remarkable genetic similarities. “Pairs of friends are, on average, as genetically similar to one another as fourth cousins,” the study concludes. By contrast, strangers share few genetic similarities. The result seems to confirm a 30 year old theory that a person’s genes causes them to seek out circumstances that are compatible with their phenotype. If that’s the case, then people with similar genes should end up in similar environments and so be more likely to become friends.

Submission + - Poachers beware: Raspberry Pi-based camera system has its eye on you (

alphadogg writes: The Kenya Wildlife Service has a powerful new tool in its fight against the poachers who threaten endangered species living in the country's most remote areas: a high-tech network of custom cameras built by UK-based consultants called Instant Wild that can instantly locate illegal activity as well as keep tabs on nearby animals. Based on the bare-bones Raspberry Pi mini-computer, each camera unit packs an array of different technologies. Motion sensors trigger the main camera, which uses an infrared flash, allowing nighttime operation and keeping the unit from being detected. Vibration sensors can detect the presence of nearby vehicles, and microphones can pick up the sound of gunshots and locate them via triangulation with other units on the network.

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