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Comment Popular vote looks good on the surface, but... (Score 1) 637

The country is made up of 50 states, not one or two. The smaller states would never have any say and their voices will be squashed. We live in a representative society for a reason, mob rule is a bad thing. If the vote went the other way different people would be screaming that the electoral college is unfair.

Submission + - What are the ethics of being a voter? (facebook.com)

thevoterscreed writes: This election cycle in the US is perhaps the most passionate, vindictive and irrational in American history. Apart from talking about candidates and policy, maybe we should also talk about how to be a responsible voter, independent of political beliefs. The Voter's Creed is an effort to describe the traits a responsible voter has. What do you think?

Submission + - OpenWrt turn your 14$ wifi card reader into the smallest wireless AP.

An anonymous reader writes: Zsun Wifi card reader is a tiny micro SD card reader with WiFi connectivity, and while people managed to access the device serial console a few months ago, the plan was to eventually run OpenWrt since it’s based on the popular Atheros AR9331 WiSoC combined with 64MB RAM and 16MB SPI Flash. A team of Polish managed this feat, and have now posted instructions to install OpenWrt, as well as other documentation, for example a description of the board’s GPIOs.

Submission + - Kali Linux on a Raspberry Pi (A/B+/2) with LUKS Disk (offensive-security.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With the advent of smaller, faster ARM hardware such as the new Raspberry Pi 2 (which now has a Kali image built for it), we’ve been seeing more and more use of these small devices as “throw-away computers“. While this might be a new and novel technology, there’s one major drawback to this concept – and that is the confidentiality of the data stored on the device itself. Most of the setups do little to protect the sensitive information saved on the SD cards of these little computers.

Submission + - WASP-43b: Weather map for a planet 260 light years away

kfogel writes: Exoplanet research has gotten sophisticated enough to do a temperature map of a planet that's 260 light years away! Color me impressed. This video explains the new results: https://www.youtube.com/watch?.... See also the full news release at http://hubblesite.org/newscent... (and for details, see the Related Links at http://hubblesite.org/newscent...).

Comment I named mine VIRUS (Score 1) 458

I am in a rural area and not likely that anyone would use it. I leave it wide open and I figure if anyone wants to take a chance they won't get infected they can give it a try. I used to have someone piggyback on it. I haven't seen anyone since I changed the name.

Submission + - Nokia X6 Unlocked GSM Phone (blogspot.com)

Yanst3r writes: "A powerful entertainment and on-the-go social networking device, the Nokia X6 features a lush 3.2-inch widescreen capacitive touch display, 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash, integrated GPS with free Ovi Maps Navigation, and 16 GB of internal memory. You’ll have tons of space to save your pictures, music, video clips, and data, and you can always grab more games and applications downloaded from the Ovi Store. The Nokia X6 provides one-touch access to your music, social networks and messaging, and the Ovi Store. The 5-megapixel camera offers excellent Carl Zeiss optics and DVD-quality video capture...."

Submission + - Rendering PDFs in JavaScript (blogspot.com)

theweatherelectric writes: With the release of Emscripten 1.0, Mozilla's Alon Zakai has put together a demo which renders PDF documents in JavaScript. He writes, 'I released Emscripten 1.0 over the weekend, which came with a demo of rendering PDFs entirely in JavaScript (warning: >12MB will be downloaded for that page). Emscripten is an LLVM-to-JavaScript compiler which allows running code written in C or C++ on the web. In the linked demo, Poppler and FreeType were compiled to JavaScript from C++.'

Submission + - Scientists aim to improve photosynthesis (cam.ac.uk)

vasanth writes: "Two new initiatives at the University of Cambridge aim to address the growing demand on the Earth’s resources for food and fuel by improving the process of photosynthesis.

Four transatlantic research teams – two of which include academics from Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences – will explore ways to overcome limitations in photosynthesis which could then lead to ways of significantly increasing the yield of important crops for food production or sustainable bioenergy.

Despite the fact that photosynthesis is the basis of energy capture from the sun in plants, algae and other organisms, it has some fundamental limitations. There are trade-offs in nature which mean that photosynthesis is not as efficient as it could be – for many important crops such as wheat, barley, potatoes and sugar beet, the theoretical maximum is only 5%, depending on how it is measured. There is scope to improve it for processes useful to us, for example increasing the amount of food crop or energy biomass a plant can produce from the same amount of sunlight."

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