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Comment Re: This works for me (Score 1) 416

Nobody in Germany in the 20s would have ever guessed that the 30s would see them in a Nazi dictatorship.

Not an expert in German history, but it's my understanding that the democratic traditions in Germany were still young in the Weimar Republic, so while they might not have expected to the Nazis to take over, I think this statement is perhaps somewhat speculative? Do you have some sources you can quote? Young democracies seem fragile.

Submission + - International Authorities Cooperate To Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named 'Avalanche', estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.

"The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, five individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. In addition, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked."

Comment Diplomacy in action (Score 1) 534

Perhaps this is just diplomacy in action.

It's clear that Obama is not fond of Edward Snowden and would never pardon him. But admitting that to a bunch of German Snowden fans is probably not wise. So he just tells them a little lie that seems legit enough for people not used to the American legal system, adding some hints that the case is not black and white.

Comment Re:Open Source doesn't care for your software free (Score 1) 53

... here you have an open source booster (Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst) pitching proprietary software as a good thing unto itself.

I think he's just commenting on the fact that while people are still deploying and using proprietary software, they're increasingly going to do it on open-source infrastructure.

So while he's not pitching proprietary software as a bad thing, I think it's quite a stretch to claim the opposite, from this story.

Comment Re:I have to ask... (Score 1) 75

It seems to me that you are not actually asking a question, but merely stating your opinion (or perhaps just venting), but anyway:

It sounds like you didn't read the original paper. It answers some of your questions so read it instead of speculating. The tubes were not supposed to be transparent, but made of run of the mill steel. The concrete pylons are there to enable the project to be erected in connection with existing infrastructure, to save on land cost.

As for the upsides: the hyperloop design was intended to enable much higher speeds than maglev. And this is why it got all the hype - basically the designers took an existing idea, maglev in an underground vacuum tunnel (I remember reading an article about this in a pop sci magazine from the 80'ies or early 90'ies, and modified it to (perhaps) be economically feasible (not vacuum, just low pressure and run of the mill steel tubes on over-ground pylons), but still enabling a significant speed boost and environmental improvement (powered by electricity) over other means of transportation.

And it was presented by a person who has a history of succesfully launching ventures that people usually think have a low chance of success.

Now, will it ever happen? Is it really feasible? Does it make sense with a high-speed line with so few stops? Can't answer that, but IMHO it was stated in an honest engineering spirit.

Comment Re:Some truth... (Score 1) 270

True, but if you set aside Tesla for a moment, as we've debated here before, the negative press is probably going to be a big problem in the future, to the point that even a ten times safer driver assist/autonomous vehicle may be fighting against a generally negative perception.

Everyone knows the mass media is just waiting for an accident to happen so they can write their zOMG! IT'S A DEATHTRAP! story.

With great power comes great responsibility. My old grand mother was afraid to go out in the evenings because the local news paper was always full of stories of people being robbed, despite her neighborhood being safer than it ever had been. Easy stories to write. Depressing.

Comment Re:Society Advances? (Score 1) 228

Children have more history to learn, more science, more technoloy, and they have to be better thinker/problem solvers/etc.

I don't think you're right. The answer to vastly increased human total knowledge isn't to spend more time studying. That would be like trying to empty the ocean with a single glass. It is simply not possible. Progress would halt immediately if people tried doing that.

I recall I think it was Donald Knuth recollecting that when he started it was possible for him to follow all computer science publications available to him. Well, that era ended some decades ago.

Instead we spend more time specializing. Self-determination, learning how to navigate through the ocean of information yourself and being inventive are what's important. That's not the kind of things you can learn by sitting on your bottom listening to a teacher. It requires playing with things yourself.

Comment Re:Already Implemented in Ontario, Canada (Score 3, Interesting) 228

I have two happy kids in a Waldorf kindergarten here in Denmark, and here's a biased opinion: basically you leave the kids alone and let them play with whatever they want to play with for most of the day, preferably outdoors in a calm setting.

Kindergarten is not really for intellectual stuff. Your wife should forget the curriculum and let the school handle it - the fact she's called a teacher is part of the problem. She should see herself as someone providing inspiration and someone whose behavior is worthy of replicating, not as someone who instructs.

In my kids' kindergarten, the adults study fairy tales so they can retell them to the children (recounting them orally, never reading directly from a book) to provide fodder for their imagination. They also cook and do other household chores each day, again setting examples for the children to participate in and replicate in their play.

For a small child, there's a lot to be learned about self-motivation, inventing things, experimenting, self-confidence and important topics such as friendships and life. Counting and reading is easy, in comparison, for a determined, self-confident child. So better wait with that.

In a nutshell, as far as I'm aware, you don't end up being a better reader by learning to read one year earlier. But you might end up being more self-confident and self-motivated by having entertained yourself through play for that year.

Comment Re:not gonna happen (Score 1) 630

Could you please back this up with some citations?

For instance, I find it odd that you claim that "the US is already spending considerably more per capita than any other country on social welfare (as well as education and healthcare)" given that most of the stuff that you get for free in my country is something you have to pay for in your country. I could perhaps accept that the US would be near the top - but considerably more than any other country... That can't be right unless you cherry pick the right misleading numbers.

(I get it you're a happy American. Good for you. Happy European here.)

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