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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 70

Remember all the promises Yahoo made about protecting user data from spying? Well you can forget it now-- Verizon is one of the biggest spying corps on the planet and they will get access to everyone's Yahoo email.

Comment Re:They're leving... (Score 1) 621

Both rising *and* falling prices are bad, einstein. Especially if its rapid and involves housing. It makes either buyers or lenders drop out and the pain deters them from getting back in. Or the lenders declare an emergency and hold an economic gun to everyone's head unless the government prints up a nice big bailout for their cozy little class, screwing everyone else and undermining everything from the work ethic to the currency.

More stability would improve things, but the political class has disappeared up the anus of high finance and "US interests abroad". The only thing that will change is immigration. The UK will now be able to pursue further destabilization in other countries alongside the US--but with less human-fallout in the form of refugees. Whether that is "good" for the UK working class is unknown.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 0) 621

Their gov't seem intent on giving democracy a bad name. First the single-vote referendum requiring only simple majority, and now this move to cage the country into that fateful vote.

I don't blame the EU for wanting to be rid of them quickly. Bad faith and arrogance are toxic to everyone involved.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 167

Because this is obviously just as bad as threatening to kill someone or administering poison with intent to endanger life, which both have 10 year sentences in the UK...

It is if you want the UK to become the 51st state, which is what this bill is signaling in a sense. After losing the EU, the UK elite want access to large markets and this bill is an offering to the US. There is no other explanation for ignoring their population so thoroughly in the wake of brexit.


Pod Planes Could Change Travel Forever ( 298

Max_W writes: Every year we hear about people dying in plane crashes. This does not have to continue as there is a new revolutionary pod plane design [in the works via the Clip-Air project]. A passenger pod is not heavy because it does not contain fuel, engines, avionics, etc., so in case of an accident it can be ejected and land on parachutes. The obstacle to this new invention is that the whole obsolete airport and airline infrastructure must be rebuilt. So what? Shall we continue to get killed because it is easier to produce aircraft with a design from 1950s? The Clip-Air project is created by Switzerland's Federal Polytechnic Institute and consists of the flying component, which includes airframe, cockpit and engines, and the capsules, which are a number of detachable pods that can act as cabin or cargo hold, depending on the chosen configuration. What's particularly noteworthy about them is that they can allow passengers to board capsules well before a flight, and at a location besides an airport, such as a local bus station. As with any concept, many years of research and tests will be needed to validate the concept and turn it into a reality. Claudio Leonardi, manager of the Clip-Air project, and his team are preparing to build a small-scale Clip-Air prototype. They have already initiated some contacts with the aerospace industry.

Comment Re:It's been days (Score 1) 165

I've been telling enthusiasts (who apparently only skimmed the main bitcoin sites briefly, if at all) for years that if bitcoin does rise in utility, then bigger and bigger institutions will come in and swamp the small players -- or force them into their own cartel.

They want a currency created by mathematics, but refuse to look at the logical conclusions it engenders.

Comment Re:Privacy Badger (Score 1) 103

No, the idea is to simply switch the entire context (Mozilla profile ...or meta-profiles) whenever the domain in the location bar changes.

Browsers really should have been designed to have one cache / cookie db / history per visited site. That means referenced third-party content would see something different (a different 'identity') depending on what site you're actually 'at' in the location bar. The only exception would be the browser itself, which could populate the location bar history using all the sub-histories.

Comment Re:Very Interesting Legally Speaking (Score 1) 205

Earlier this year, Microflown's researchers discovered by chance that the device can hear, record or stream an ordinary conversation from as far away as 20 metres, says Hans-Elias de Bree, the firm's co-founder. Signal-processing software filters out unwanted noise like wind or traffic commotion. Work is now underway to increase the range. ...

"Not only could this work, it has worked," says Ron Barrett-Gonzalez at the University of Kansas. He has helped boost the sensor's range by 28 per cent to more than 25 metres. It will be possible to record a parade of people on a busy sidewalk all day using a camera and acoustic sensor, and tune into each conversation or voice, live or via stored files, he says.

Security technologist Bruce Schneier says this new capability is unwelcome particularly given the recent claims about the NSA's success at tapping into our private lives. "It's not just this one technology that's the problem," Schneier says. "It's the mic plus the drones, plus the signal processing, plus voice recognition."

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