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Comment Re:Who watches the watchers? (Score 1) 583

How can the voters watch congress when congress is hiding things from them? In order for voters to make an informed decision, they need to know the facts.

Now Snowden has given us the facts - the fact that the US government is spying on its own citizens. Its now up to said citizens to make this legal or illegal through their votes and protests.

Also - the NSA is only a cog of a much bigger machine called Echelon.

Comment Re:Iran vs US (Score 1) 194

Absurd? Insane? I think not. Facts speak for themselves. The US killed 2 million in Vietnam, 2 million in the Korean war. Another million in the 2 wars in the gulf. And I'll leave you to count the innumerable casualties in the so many other wars the Americans have fought, and continue fighting. To even say that "America wasnt as bad as Pol Pot" is saying something for a nation that pretends to be the champion of human rights. You can look up Wikipedia for the references:

Comment West cutting its nose to spite its face (Score 5, Interesting) 667

The SWIFT system was constructed by the west to manage bank transfers. You can be sure that Iran will alternatives to it - just as Iran has found alternatives to every other sanction the US has imposed ove more that 30 years. So what the west is actually doing is facilitating the deconstruction of a once universal system, and facilitating the construction of an alternative that the west does not control.

Submission + - LSE SUSE Linux proximity service smashes 100 micro (

DMandPenfold writes: The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has dramatically slashed round trip latency times for proximity hosting, in collaboration with Colt, on its Novell SUSE Linux-based MillenniumIT matching engine.

The LSE said that as it hit a new speed milestone, it had also vastly expanded capacity and reliability for the system. UK traders using the service connect through Colt's state of the art data centre in Wapping.

Nigel Harold, head of business development technology at the LSE, told Computerworld UK: "We now have sub-100 microsecond latency on proximity hosting."

Traders who typically use a proximity hosting connection include those looking for a more managed service, whereby Colt handles their networking connections and bandwidth, and aims to ensure highly reliable uptime. Speed is highly important, but reliability and managed scalability are also vital attributes for these clients.

The speed compares to sub-30 microsecond latency cross connections on co-location, a setup in which trading firms place their kit within the stock exchange's datacentre. It is the preferred option of many of the high frequency trading firms, such as the LSE's largest client Nomura, for which speed is everything – and they have a large team of their own to manage the technology.

Harold said the proximity trading solution is preferred by those traders looking to have a powerful, fast, all-round service. "It's connectivity in-a-box. The key is to offer the managed route onto the exchange for those traders, handling scalability, reliability, capacity and functionality.

"There are all shapes and sizes of client, with diverse speed requirements, but what they have in common is the need for ease of use and reliability."

The LSE's MillenniumIT matching engine is based on Novell Suse Linux, and was developed in C++. It offers trading on the FIX and ITCH protocols. "We feel we've got the fast, reliable, secure system that the market needs," said Harold.


Submission + - The News Site Governments don't want you to watch 3

dataxtream writes: Censorship is becoming the flavour of 2012. After PIPA, SOPA, and Megaupload, last Friday at 1400 BST, PressTV, the news channel the US and Britsh governments dont want you to watch, was removed from UK's SKY Satellite Platform in a blatant act of censorship. A Wikileak described the US government requesting the UK government to shut down PressTV — and the UK dutifully complied. Strangely, the Murdoch Media still continues to operate in the UK despite the Hacking Scandal, and multiple payoffs to celebrities for hacking into their voicemail, sometimes with the collusion of the UK Police. George Galloway, former Member of Parliament, and of Senate fame, weighs in with his characteristic bluntess. The light at the end of the censorship tunnel is that in a few years, Web TV will begin to be commonplace so that banning of channels on satellite platforms or terrestrial airwaves will be irrelevant.

Submission + - Google Updates Algorithm to Punish Websites with E ( 2

hypnosec writes: Google has decided to take punitive actions against those websites that flood the top of their web pages with ads due to which the visitors have to scroll down to finally view the relevant contents on the page. According to Google, this type of layouts annoys the users and thus the web search company will be penalizing those websites through search results. The company disclosed this on its blog. According to Google over the top ads is not good for user experience and thus such websites might not get high ranking on Google web search.

Submission + - Israeli Group Distorting Wikipedia Info (

dataxtream writes: The Guardian reports, "Since the earliest days of the worldwide web, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has seen its rhetorical counterpart fought out on the talkboards and chatrooms of the internet. Now two Israeli groups seeking to gain the upper hand in the online debate have launched a course in "Zionist editing" for Wikipedia, the online reference site." Salem News and PressTV also have articles.

Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn 819

Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for replacing the grass on their lawn with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, reducing their water usage from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons in 2009. The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and Angelina Ha tore out the grass in their front yard. In drought-plagued Southern California, the couple said, the lush grass had been soaking up tens of thousands of gallons of water — and hundreds of dollars — each year. 'We've got a newborn, so we want to start worrying about her future,' said Quan Ha, an information technology manager for Kelley Blue Book. But city officials told the Has they were violating several city laws that require that 40% of residential yards to be landscaped predominantly with live plants. Last summer, the couple tried to appease the city by building a fence around the yard and planting drought-tolerant greenery — lavender, rosemary, horsetail, and pittosporum, among others. But according to the city, their landscaping still did not comply with city standards. At the end of January, the Has received a letter saying they had been charged with a misdemeanor violation and must appear in court. The couple could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for their grass-free, eco-friendly landscaping scheme. 'It's just funny that we pay our taxes to the city and the city is now prosecuting us with our own money,' says Quan Ha."

Using Infrared Cameras To Find Tastiness of Beef 108

JoshuaInNippon writes "Might we one day be able to use our cell phone cameras to pick out the best piece of meat on display at the market? Some Japanese researchers seem to hope so. A team of scientists is using infrared camera technology to try and determine the tastiest slices of high-grade Japanese beef. The researchers believe that the levels of Oleic acid found within the beef strongly affect the beef's tenderness, smell, and overall taste. The infrared camera can be tuned to pick out the Oleic acid levels through a whole slab, a process that would be impossible to do with the human eye. While the accuracy is still relatively low — a taste test this month resulted in only 60% of participants preferring beef that was believed to have had a higher level of Oleic acid — the researchers hope to fine tune the process for market testing by next year."

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