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Comment Re:So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalent (Score -1, Troll) 122

It's also shared with your vendor and your credit card company. Same holds true if you use ISIS wallet - someone who is not either your vendor or your credit card provider has access to your credit and purchase information. Guess what - if you use Apple's wallet app, Apple will have access to your purchase data - or did you think Apple just hired all of the world's best psychics and decided to take 'em on faith?

But don't worry - you just go ahead and enjoy your applesauce.

Submission + - Will ultrasound-on-a-chip make medical imaging so cheap that anyone can do it?

catchblue22 writes: MIT Technology Review has an article describing a potentially groundbreaking invention:

A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside is being developed by entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg.

Rothberg says he has raised $100 million to create a medical imaging device that’s nearly “as cheap as a stethoscope” and will “make doctors 100 times as effective.” The technology, which according to patent documents relies on a new kind of ultrasound chip, could eventually lead to new ways to destroy cancer cells with heat, or deliver information to brain cells.

Submission + - Drones could 3D-map scores of hectares of land in just a few hours (

sciencehabit writes: Unmanned drones aren’t just for warfare. In recent years, they’ve been used to map wildlife and monitor crop growth. But current software can’t always handle the vast volume of images they gather. Now, researchers have developed an algorithm that will allow drones to 3D-map scores of hectares of land in less than a day—an advance that is important for cost-effective farming, disaster relief, and surveillance operations.

Their computer program directly projects the points from each photo onto a 3D space without knowing the exact shape of the land or the camera positions. As a result, the tie points don’t necessarily match up, which means the same corn plant can have two projections on the model. When that happens, the algorithm automatically takes the middle point between the two projections as the more accurate location and adjusts the camera position accordingly, one image at a time. Because the algorithm tweaks far fewer things at each step, the shortcut drastically speeds up calculations. Once the software has adjusted the camera positions for all the photos, the software repeats the entire process—starting from projecting the points to the 3D space—to correct for any errors.

Submission + - The Oracle v. Google Appeals Court Ruling Could Break 1

rjmarvin writes: The long-running lawsuit and countersuit between Google and Oracle resulted in a ruling last month that, in no uncertain terms, could break much of the software in use today. decision insinuates that a developer who implements a standard or specification can now be open to lawsuit by the specification's creator. The federal circuit court did leave room for fair use to be found in Google's replication of the Java APIs. This fair use will be decided by Judge William Alsup, but may not matter in the end if the Supreme Court gets involved. If it sounds like this type of ruling would break the entire foundation of software development, that's because it does.

Comment So sad. (Score 1) 521

You're still just a poor, abused child. Please get help soon - from a therapist, a priest, someone - or were you abused by priests too?

Comment Hey Alex - calm down. (Score 1) 521

It's plain you simply lack social skills. Your continued demonstration of mental instability is strong evidence of both that lack and its source. I'm sorry that you have endured such a life, and I would very much like to see you get help.

If insults and aggressive discourse are the only tools which you understand socially, I suppose we must blame your parents. It's not your fault, and while becoming an adult should make you responsible for your own actions, obviously this is not so.

Please seek psychiatric help at your earliest opportunity.


Comment How many vulnerable routers are in enterprise use? (Score 2) 236

The ability of my ISP to hack and slash my router is nominally annoying. If it truly bothers me, I can buy a compatible cable or DSL modem and use my own router (or even buy my own cable/DSL wireless router) and ensure that it is not vulnerable - assuming such a piece of equipment is available on the consumer market. The cost won't break my bank.

For enterprises, such a vulnerability could be catastrophic and would require immediate remediation regardless of budget considerations. Or more accurately, many enterprises would be forced to choose between preserving their network security and preserving their operating capital. The cost to commerce for this could be devastating if this exploit is not confined to consumer-grade equipment.

TFA only mentions consumer grade routers. Please let that be the extent of this . . .

Submission + - Judge: IP Address Not a Person And Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

An anonymous reader writes: Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Malibu Media against an alleged BitTorrent pirate. Though Malibu Media explained how they geolocated the download site and verified that the IP address was residential rather than a public wifi hotspot, the judge reasoned that the 'Plaintiff has not shown how this geolocation software can establish the identity of the Defendant....Even if this IP address is located within a residence, the geolocation software cannot identify who has access to that residence’s computer and who would actually be using it to infringe Plaintiff’s copyright.' Judge Ungaro's ruling is not the first of its kind, but it could signal a growing legal trend whereby copyright lawsuits can no longer just hinge on the acquisition of an IP address.

Comment Re:This has been an issue for quite awhile. (Score 2, Insightful) 420

People tend to forget that NEED is the real motivation behind technological advances and implementation. Japan, for example, has a high need to handle transit, housing, and recreation within their limited space and with a high population density. Therefore, Japan's need has compelled them to implement technology to handle these limitations. Such examples can be seen in their train infrastructure or space efficient housing.

On the other hand, the United States’ need for the same technology is not as high. Generally speaking, our space constraints are not as limiting and we don't have such a high population density that mass public transit has becomes a necessity rather than a convenience, thus we have large automobiles and expansive houses. The same examples can be drawn for most of the developed world. The transit system in Europe is more developed because the price of gasoline as a commodity is higher - they have a need for a cheaper alternative.

To think that one country is leaps and bounds ahead of others is naive. There are no countries full of Cowboy Astronaut Millionaires. With how globally tied together our countries have become, technological advances tend to propagate worldwide in a year or two, taking into account social and political considerations - the only exception to the trend is military technology.

Comment Re:The color/colour/couleur of her cloak (Score 1) 580

My point is really that it's annoying to be hassled about spelling on the net where it doesn't really matter and spelling differs from place to place anyway. A complete english language education should have a bit of shakespear and chaucer to get rid of that silly fourth grade spelling bee obsession - but sadly in much of the USA it doesn't get that far.

And then add to that the language is "English" and not "American", so technically the English should get first shout on acceptable spelling.

Comment Re:Why doesn't Miguel just go to work for Microsof (Score 1) 443

I rather think we may be talking at cross purposes. I know full well you can browse a sharepoint repository in Firefox, and you can download/upload documents (rather than rely on the integration with Office).

The point I'm driving at is that Microsoft are (IMO) trying to push their customers into using the Office integration features to essentially obsolete a simple SMB fileshare and replace it with a Sharepoint server - thus making migration from a Microsoft platform that much harder.

Comment Re:Waste MORE time!? (Score 1) 1073

A lot of children do not get the topic that is being taught without repetition. When they get it, the homework is done much faster so the hours of homework become a lot less.

Children should not be deciding what they need to learn. Mostly since home nay children are going to say "Yes, please assign us more homework". Teachers need to be better, yes. But also children need to learn. Many kids do not want to learn. And many adults allow these excuses for children to not learn. The acting out and pointing at ADHD, ADD, and everything else. This was not the case 20 years ago. Children that did this either shaped up or were sent else where. Today, these disruptive children are kept with the regular kids and bring the group as a whole down. What happened? I still blame the parents. For these parents are not doing their job of parenting. The parents will blame everything and everyone but themselves and their children.

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