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Comment Currency exchange (Score 1) 121

I may be going against the flow here; but I have the distinct impression that allowing a crypto currency to be exchanged for a fiat currency is one layer of abstraction too far. Thus, I think the Russian central bank got it right by banning the stuff and that the bitcoin bubble is going to burst within the year. If Mt.Gox collapses it might not last the week.

Comment It appears MS doesn't the elephant in the room (Score 1) 513

The consumer market is migrating away from the desktop to mobile devices enmass while business clients couldn't give a rats ass about some GUI eye candy. The Metro interface seems to prove, to me at least, that Microsoft has lost its way. If MS doesn't quickly segregate it's development to "consumer" (devices) and "business" (desktops) the next five years are going to be brutal for their bottom line.

Submission + - Company releases $1,000 Genome Sequencing System ( 2

monkaru writes: Jan. 14, 2014-- Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today broke the ‘sound barrier’ of human genomics by enabling the $1,000 genome. This achievement is made possible by the new HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System. This platform includes dramatic technology breakthroughs that enable researchers to undertake studies of unprecedented scale by providing the throughput to sequence tens of thousands of human whole genomes in a single year in a single lab. Initial customers for the transformative HiSeq X Ten System include Macrogen, a global next-generation sequencing service organization based in Seoul, South Korea and its CLIA laboratory in Rockville, Maryland, the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the world’s leading research institute in genomic medicine, and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, a world leader in biomedical research.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can commercial hardware routers be trusted? 1

monkaru writes: Given reports that various vendors and encrytion algorithms have been compromised. Is it still possible to trust ANY commercial hardware routers or is "roll your own" the only reasonable path going forward?

Comment Re:I used to think totalitarianism came from above (Score 1) 286

"When fascism arrives, it will appear on a Harley with a cheeseburger and a credit card, not wrapped in a flag carrying a Bible." That's where LG dropped the ball; they didn't bundle the snooping with an obvious feature. I'm certain the Panopticon will be bundled with free games that use a camera on the TV for for in play motion detection and the snoop data will be hidden in proprietory encrypted game data. Now back to polishing my tinfoil hat.

Comment Re:Meh, Not the problem. (Score 2, Informative) 380

I really don't know why the Canadian government is involved in these negotiations at all as the treaty doesn't stand a snowballs chance in hell of being ratified. Mostly because it would require an admendment to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms in order to become law as it will be kicked out of court on it's ear otherwise. Also, the Copyright Board of Canada would have to be disbanded in spite of having a Royal Charter. We're talking a great big messy Constitutional crisis over file sharing. Not a good idea at the best of times and for a minority Conservative government it is tantamount to political suicide. Should be fun to watch, though.

Comment Re:enforcement (Score 1) 462

I think I missed the point of the article, one question keeps coming up in my mind: what stops the kid from being truant here? just because their location is monitored, doesn't mean they have to go to school. If you want to stop the kid from being truant, the parents/guardians have to get involved. Drive the kid to school in the morning, teach them the value of an education, show them the importance of being a success in life, most of all try and give the kid a better start than you had. If you raise them like you give a damn, they will care about an education.
Maybe or maybe not. I did a quick look through the Dallas news for crime articles related to Bryan Adams school and the place looks pretty scary with assults on teachers doubling in recent years. It might be that at least some of the truants are displaying well honed survival skills. After all, the teachers are scared.

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