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Comment Re:The relativity of time and learning (Score 1) 79

While working as a chef I found that I could put things in the oven, completely forget about them and go on with other tasks. My internal timer would go off exactly when the food was supposed to come out of the oven. It's been timed by others. Correct to within seconds. Didn't bother with timers. Even if I'd forgotten that I'd put something in the oven, the internal timer would remind me at the right time. At a trattoria I knew where every pizza etc was in the belt driven oven too. Could tell the head chef or front of house exactly when each dish would be coming out. Don't know how it works, but it works.

Comment Re:Link no longer there. (Score 1) 79

Give popular science a big miss, they are weird ass copyright freaks, articles not available in other countries, articles deleted at random intervals etc. Just give them a big miss and go somewhere else and never ever link to them, really rather pointless to attempt to do so.

The link was pop-sci Australia. I'm in Australia, can read all the other articles, but it says that one isn't there. Strange. It was however while reading my first article on the main page that I realised that I didn't want to bother with any more...

Submission + - Merkel wants a European communication network to avoid US spying. (aljazeera.com)

dov_0 writes: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will talk to French President Francois Hollande about creating a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US.

Merkel, who visits France on Wednesday, has been pushing for greater data protection in Europe following reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany and elsewhere by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Comment Re:Why do you find it interesting? (Score 2) 166

Well said! Unfortunately, catering for idiots is the mark of the late 20th century and early 21st and it isn't going to get better. People are busy and lazy. They don't want to have to learn new things. Learning for the joy of learning is going out the door and has become 'vocational learning' only. Universities even back in the 70's were dropping art and history courses as well as classical languages and history etc. The industries that have run the American economy that has influenced the world in these things so much just want consumers. People who know what the specials are at the dept store, but don't really think much. They know how to use facebook, are not savvy enough to avoid the ads and know how to use youtube enough to view cat videos. Mostly, they know how to buy, buy, buy and consume what they are told to consume. Stupidity is the desired outcome. Stupid consumers who just buy whatever crap is dished out to them.

Comment Re:Why do you find it interesting? (Score 1) 166

What's useful about it? I mean the laptop itself this time. You have a keyboard and a touchpad. Why reach further and touch the screen? Touch screens are great on tablets, but somewhat limiting. Why the hell would they be useful on a laptop or a desktop? Just seems like more work for the same results to me.

Comment Re:Who wants email hosted by Federal Government? (Score 1) 165

Strange as it may seem to citizens of the USA, in other countries people have this thing called democracy and trust their governments more. Also in other countries, people are sometimes more concerned about what the USA will do invading their privacy or killing off their soldiers than their own government. This is just part of a trend - the world slowly standing up to the USA and putting it back in it's place as just another nation.

Submission + - RSA warns developers not to use RSA products (cryptographyengineering.com)

Weezul writes: "RSA has recommended that developers desist from using the Dual_EC_DRBG random number generator — which happens to be the default in RSA's BSafe cryptographic toolkit." "Dual_EC_DRBG is the random number generator voted most likely to be backdoored by the NSA."

Submission + - Trans-Pacific cable plans mired in US-China geopolitical rivalry (zdnet.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Attempts to build a new Telecommunications cable between the US, New Zealand and Australia have become a nexus for the growing rivalry between the US and China in the Pacific.

The US is reportedly creating a technology ring fence to match its military one and contain China's ambitions in the Pacific. US military could even help pay for any planned new cable to link its bases in American Samoa with its expanding military presence in Australia's Northern Territory.

It has been made "very clear" US authorities would not allow significant Chinese investment in one cable project and it followed that they would not tolerate the use of Chinese gear in its construction.

âoeIt was made very clear. These are cables connecting whole countries. These are very political things," one insider said.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2, Interesting) 311

While managing milestones is important, in Australia it just seems well recognised that after 8 hours of work, people's brains have often turned to mush and the quality of people's work goes down, so we have, in general, the 38 hour week and even strict rest stop and log book requirements for truck drivers.

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