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Comment Re:breaking news (Score 4, Insightful) 190

What are you even talking about?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
These systems have been around forever, SpaceX is (once again) doing nothing new or special. They only work when there is forewarning, and that is unlikely to be had during a fueling mishap. This isn't a cartoon or action movie, you can't just outrun an explosion in progress by jumping fast and wearing cool shades.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot anti-trade? (Score 4, Informative) 158

Read up on Investor State Tribunals in CETA here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Basically it allows corporations to sue states in arbitrary "tribunals" if a state violates its Non Discriminatory Treatment obligations (CETA, section 3, p 156 f) or because of a violation of the guaranteed investment protection.

So corporations can claim that environmental protection laws are arbitrary and give unfair advantages to domestic companies that comply with those laws, while penalizing foreign companies that do not comply.

The fear is that corporations will claim, "You are only enacting those environmental, worker protection, and social justice laws to penalize us, it's just code for 'protect local business.'" This is a realistic fear because it has happened before.

Comment Here's a study that proves you right (Score 4, Interesting) 192

I remember reading about this study this years ago, it shows that people with more bumper stickers are more likely to be involved in road rage incidents. The theory is, people who personalize their vehicle tend to view the vehicle as their own private space, even when on the public roads. Because they are in their own private space, they literally do feel that they own the road.
http://www.nature.com/news/200...

Comment Worry about QUALCOMM AMSS on your phone! (Score 1) 238

There is a megabyte worth of firmware on your phone on a chip that has access to your camera, the mikes, the flash, virtually everything
on a device such as an "Sprint EVO 4g".

This device has two cores on a SOC, the general application ARM11 core you know about that runs a linux kernel and then there is another ARM9 core that
runs Qualcomm's AMSS software which is a CDMA2000 stack. This radio core has the same access like the general application core
to the camera and the mikes, in fact there is support for the camera in AMSS (aka "multimedia extensions").

The radio is my main worry right now. I've already gotten rid of the smithmicro device management software and all the other HTC agents in the
android environment but I'm seeing that the kernel(!) is maintaining http connections to sprintpcs.net servers. These I address with iptables right
now. The cameras both the front facing (!) camera and the camera in back are taped over by the way I suggest you do the same.

My impression is this thing is a turd of a mobile tracking bug and I'm thoroughly disgusted with it and the scum that is pushing it.

FYI on Qualcomm AMSS (Advanced Mobile Subscriber Software): http://avs234.net/docs/cpu/qualcomm/80-VH700-1_B_AMSS_Overview.pdf

Comment Re:hey editor guy! (Score 1) 767

What made me think that? You are a Republican, all the legislation they have passed in the last thirty years has been pro corporate and anti working class. I would assume if you wanted something different, you would have voted differently. To be fair, there are a few Democrats who are in bed with a few industries, but nothing like the wholesale sellout that is the modern Republican party.

I mean, are you rich? And I don't mean $250,000 a year or less, that's middle class. I mean, do you make most of your money from working, or investments? I could understand why a rich person would vote for the Republicans, but I've never understood why a poor or working class person would vote against their own interests like that. Republicans are out to destroy the working and middle classes, so that people are so desperate, they accept any job offer, no mater how crappy, dangerous, or demeaning. Republicans want investors to make all the money, and the only way to do that is to make sure everyone else is poor and desperate.

Comment Re:hey editor guy! (Score 1) 767

You have something against transsexuals? Even though your own mother is one? Man, I knew you Republicans were vicious, racist, prejudiced little turds, but that is taking things too far. She's your mom. Or dad? Anyway, whatever she was, she's a vivacious, attractive lady now, God alone knows what sick, fetid demon must have raped her to produce subhuman scum like you.

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