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Comment Re: not at /. (Score 1) 158

Globalization is neither good nor bad, but CETA is a bad deal. Especially when we want to battle resource limitations and climate change. A key problem with CETA is the so called protection for investors, which sounds like we do not have a proper legal system in Canada and the EU. CETA has also a system which allows to modify the treaty later without parliamental control. So in short it is undemocratic and I want to keep my democracy.

explaining this to the quite rule-based society Germany probably, which is typically receiving end of why trade needs state-independet dispute resolution even for established democracies. The 2nd part of the answer is why counterintuitively trade agreements and nation-independent courts would be the most impactful way to address climate change (!) if implemented properly.

(1) The badly termed Schiedsgerichte investment court system (also investor-state dispute settlement-ISDS) protects investors from one country to political arbitrariness. Recent examples are:

* banks having to forgive part of loans by decree of other governments that gift bank loan reductions to its voter clientele (Hungary, Croatia). Technically the exchange rate is modified by changing laws, which in effect forgives part of the loan. Needless to say that people will invest less given this, for which in the end all lose.

That is, it's not uncommon at at all that even developed democracies parliaments/governments change rules affecting the investments of others on the fly. You would not believe how common it is even in more developed democracies for ex post facto changes based on domestic politics that harm investors from other nations, it's possible to cite many more recent examples.

If an investor wants to go to court for this with only domestic courts it may amount to a wish-you-good-luck situation. So there need to be non-national, potentially less biased independent courts (better) or resolution mechanisms. As trade agreements are badly explained and quite complex which makes them prone for popular simplifications. but it's not given that robust democracies have need independent judiciary.

(2) Climate change: I would posit that CETA-alike agreements with China could do more for climate change than lip-service non-binding populism as maybe seen with COP21 (non-binding Paris climhttps://yro.slashdot.org/story/16/10/30/2233243/ceta-signed-off-as-wallonia-folds-under-pressure#ate treaty). If China would need to pay for its environmental emissions enforced by proportional duties and other instruments, overseen by independent dispute settlement courts it could lead to real CO2 parts per million reductions.

A pity that (2) sounds completely unrealistic in a populist climate of trade being bad mouthed and the need for non-national courts weakly understood.
 

Comment not at /. (Score 0) 158

now populism/nationalism/isolationism/*ism including reactionism : wishing the good old times of a non-globalized world back

have caught up with /. Missing this comfy 20th century back? Don't worry the autocrats who tend to be somewhat less free-trade oriented are coming along and will make good on their promises.

Submission + - Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Reactor: First Plasma

ndverdo writes: today the Wendelstein-7-X Stellarator commenced operation with Max Planck Institute announcing the initial generation of about 1 million degrees plasma. The plasma temperature will consecutively be raised to over 100 million degrees C for fusion to occur. Investments over the machine's mission life are over 1 billion Euro. Wendelstein's complex geometry for plasma containment is quite stunning.
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Google Releases Open Source Plans For Cardboard V2 Virtual Reality Viewer 26

An anonymous reader writes: After revealing an improved version of Cardboard, the super-low cost virtual reality smartphone adapter, Google has now also freely released the detailed design documents, encouraging people to use them for projects ranging from DIY fun to full blown manufacturing. The v2 version of Cardboard is easier to assemble, has larger lenses, a universal input button, and is bigger overall to support larger phones.

Submission + - Philae lander online stardate 22:28 CEST 20150614 (esa.eu)

ndverdo writes: Philea, the European lander on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko has made contact at 22:28 CEST 20150614 with the the Rosetta probe that delivered it. "Philae is doing very well: It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 Watts available," explains DLR Philae Project Manager Dr. Stephan Ulamec. "The lander is ready for operations." Approaching aphelion with the sun it was expected that it would gain sufficient energy to reestablish contact. This might set the stage for a daring manoeuvre to catapult Philae to a more sunny spot on the comet surface.

Submission + - Philae has woke up

An anonymous reader writes: According the ESA's Rosetta blog: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2...

"Rosetta's lander Philae is out of hibernation!

The signals were received at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt at 22:28 CEST on 13 June. More than 300 data packets have been analysed by the teams at the Lander Control Center at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

"Philae is doing very well: It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 Watts available," explains DLR Philae Project Manager Dr. Stephan Ulamec. "The lander is ready for operations."

For 85 seconds Philae "spoke" with its team on ground, via Rosetta, in the first contact since going into hibernation in November.

When analysing the status data it became clear that Philae also must have been awake earlier: "We have also received historical data — so far, however, the lander had not been able to contact us earlier."

Now the scientists are waiting for the next contact. There are still more than 8000 data packets in Philae’s mass memory which will give the DLR team information on what happened to the lander in the past few days on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Philae shut down on 15 November 2015 at 1:15 CET after being in operation on the comet for about 60 hours. Since 12 March 2015 the communication unit on orbiter Rosetta was turned on to listen out for the lander.

More information when we have it!"
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool 154

realized writes in with a closer look at the NSA's QUANTUM system. "Today QUANTUM packs a suite of attack tools, including both DNS injection (upgrading the man-on-the-side to a man-in-the-middle, allowing bogus certificates and similar routines to break SSL) and HTTP injection. That reasonable enough. But it also includes gadgets like a plug-in to inject into MySQL connections, allowing the NSA to quietly mess with the contents of a third-party's database. (This also surprisingly suggests that unencrypted MySQL on the internet is common enough to attract NSA attention.) And it allows the NSA to hijack both IRC and HTTP-based criminal botnets, and also includes routines which use packet-injection to create phantom servers, and even attempting (poorly) to use this for defense."

Comment Re:Handling of recall-level issues (Score 1) 359

Having posted the referenced lengthy account of my GPU issues above I need to retreat the line of argument that it falls into the same issue category as my MBP and is not the by others faulted Early 2011 model.

My MacBook with the issues described is a:
Retina MacBook Pro Mid 2012 a.k.a.
MacBookPro10,1 Sales# MC975LL/A, Model# A1398, Production week 27-2012
with a discrete NVIDIA GT650M chip.

The issue of a lack of transparancy on HW issues I can nevertheless underline from having an issue-ridden MBP from another prior episode. The (first) Intel MBP 2006 I had in use produced a high pitch whining noise which similarly resulted in 2 mainboard swaps. The time it took until it became an acknowledged issue with service being aware of it was lengthy, and the customer experience then mimicked the one described before...

Comment Re:Apple Forum Post, Account crippled within 5' (Score 1) 359

Having posted the referenced lengthy account of my GPU issues above I need to retreat the line of argument that it falls into the same issue category as my MBP and is not the by others faulted Early 2011 model.

My MacBook with the issues described is a:
Retina MacBook Pro Mid 2012 a.k.a.
MacBookPro10,1 Sales# MC975LL/A, Model# A1398, Production week 27-2012
with a discrete NVIDIA GT650M chip.

The issue of a lack of transparancy on HW issues I can nevertheless underline from having an issue-ridden MBP from another prior episode. The (first) Intel MBP 2006 I had in use produced a high pitch whining noise which similarly resulted in 2 mainboard swaps. The time it took until it became an acknowledged issue with service being aware of it was lengthy, and the customer experience then mimicked the one described before.

Submission + - Naps Nurture Growing Brains (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Few features of child-rearing occupy as much parental brain space as sleep, and with it the timeless question: Is my child getting enough? Despite the craving among many parents for more sleep in their offspring (and, by extension, themselves), the purpose that sleep serves in young kids remains something of a mystery—especially when it comes to daytime naps. Do they help children retain information, as overnight sleep has been found to do in adults? A new study provides the first evidence that daytime sleep is in fact critical for effective learning in young children.

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