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Comment Seen this storyline before (Score 1) 230

Although insulated by iPhones etc, Apple would still do well to recall what happened to another computer company that ignored what users were *actually* using their computers for. I speak, of course, of Commodore, whose Amiga ruled the video world for a while, even as C= executives pushed low end game machine versions of the Amiga, vainly hoping to repeat the success of the C-64.

Comment Re:I like what the US Navy came up with better (Score 1) 119

One of the biggest problems with wind farms is that peak demand (hot days, little wind) correspond with least output, and vice-versa. Putting one of these water to fuel plants with every wind farm located near water would solve that. Note that jet turbine powered generators are used for peak power demand anyway ( ) so half the needed infrastructure for this is already in place.

Comment Re:nonsense (Score 1) 441

...It might also be worth noting that Israel, who'd been attacked generally by the Arab states around it in 1948, 1967, and 1973. It has not been openly attacked since.

Well, yes; the wars against Israel all depended on Egypt to carry the brunt of the fighting (and the costs). With Egypt taken out of the line of battle by the peace treaty, no one else had the ability to launch a land war against Israel.

Comment How cheap would a WIFI chipset need to be? (Score 1) 3

How cheap would a WIFI chipset have to be to make dropping a spambot into teapots worthwhile?
Texas Instruments is offering this chipset TI CC3000 at $10 ea which would seem to be a minimum feature set, since in the absence of a PC of some sort having its own TCP stack, you'd need that built in.
This seems more likely something that an attacker would have to 'shotgun' at a target (distribute to vendors selling to intended victim) vs 'carpet bomb' (sell to everyone).

Alternately, could this be a feature teapot that got hacked by spammers? A teapot that sends you some sort of message over your local network when it is ready, instead of relying on you to hear a possibly weak whistle, might be worth another $20 or so more.

Submission + - SPAM: Meat so cheap you can die

safakvoorden writes: Ten days after the shutdown began, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 317 people in 20 states and Puerto Rico had confirmed cases of salmonella from Foster Farms chicken. Although 42 percent of them had to be hospitalized, thankfully none had died by that point.
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Submission + - Genome hacker uncovers 13 million member family tree (

ananyo writes: Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned ‘genome hacker’ has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled. The researcher and his team now plan to use the data — including a single uber-pedigree comprising 13 million individuals, which stretches back to the 15th century — to analyse the inheritance of complex genetic traits, such as longevity and facial features.
In addition to providing the invitation list to what would be the world’s largest family reunion, the work presented by computational biologist Yaniv Erlich at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Boston could provide a new tool for understanding the extent to which genes contribute to certain traits. The pedigrees have been made available to other researchers, but Erlich and his team at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have stripped the names from the data to protect privacy.

Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 2) 1255

...2. The school budget should focus solely on math, science, the english language (in the USA), history (not 'social studies'), and a life-skills program (minus the political correctness in current health classes). ...

Students in any democratic country also need civics, teaching HOW THEIR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO WORK.
If, for example, idiot voters think the president can unilaterally change things that the constitution explicitly states are solely the juristiction of congress, then blame him for change not happening while ablsoving from blame the congressmen who ARE to blame, all hope of fixing things is lost.

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 187

As a Java developer let me just say - God I hate Oracle... Can't we just turn Java over to the Apache project now? They would be far better stewards of the technology. Christ *anybody* would probably be a better steward of it than Oracle.

Everyone keeps misspelling that. Correct spelling is now:

As a Java developer let me just say - God I hate Orcacle... Can't we just turn Java over to the Apache project now? They would be far better stewards of the technology. Christ *anybody* would probably be a better steward of it than Oracle.

Comment Re:They're just getting a head start on Obamacare. (Score 4, Insightful) 365

I believe part of the law states that insurance companies must spend a minimum of 80% of premiums on actual health care.
  How would the IRS, or whatever body is supposed to police that part of the law, verify what is ACTUALLY being spent on that, versus what the insurance companies are CLAIMING they spend?
  If seizing medical records en-masse was their solution, perhaps a better method might be needed. Still, that might be what is going on here.

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