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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:Can we asume ... (173 comments)

No, but someone will anonymously release pictures from the changing room.

about a month ago
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Moon Swirls May Inspire Revolution In the Science of Deflector Shields

AndyAndyAndyAndy More than particle deflection... (76 comments)

...couldn't this sort of principle be used in a weaker sense to help with incoming ionizing radiation? Micrometeorites are a concern, but so is long-term exposure to radiation for astronauts.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

AndyAndyAndyAndy Forget RTFM (248 comments)

Are we not reading the fucking summary anymore?

Microsoft ended up buying just the handset business for $7.2 billion and licensed HERE maps from Nokia.

about 5 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

AndyAndyAndyAndy Stop it. (376 comments)

Once again, you're plowing your way though the comments with a reckless lack of perspective. There's no need to run a police state in order to institute universal healthcare, expand education programs, or build on welfare mechanisms. Nor does running a progressive agenda inevitably give way to the construction of a police state. There is nothing inextricable about the two ideas, and as usual, you don't even attempt to back up your flamebaiting claim. Knock it off.

about 8 months ago
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Romanian Science In Freefall

AndyAndyAndyAndy Not just a Romanian problem. (156 comments)

This is a worldwide issue - when budgets get tight, science and research programs are always the first to go, despite the fact that it's been shown that increased funds to research and basic technology development benefits the economy much more than financial investments, and even more than education programs.

about a year ago
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Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

AndyAndyAndyAndy NBD, it seems (159 comments)

"These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground," NASA officials explained in a statement. [Solar Max Photos: Sun Storms of 2013]

Wednesday's solar storm erupted just 21 hours after another powerful coronal mass ejection (NASA calls them CMEs) on Tuesday (Aug. 20). That solar tempest also sent billions of tons of solar particles on their way to Earth.

So maybe if you have satellite TV you'll see a few spotty moments, but nothing to worry about.

about a year ago
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Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:Windows 8 woohoo! (210 comments)

I still have a hard time believing people sit down and code those.

about a year ago
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Inside Google Ventures' Open Source Product Design Process

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:Generic business plan (14 comments)

Modded "insightful" but not really sure what the insight is. It's a pretty established business plan for data companies. It smells like a criticism with the anal probe hyperbole, but not really sure what the point is.

about a year ago
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In UK, Google Glass To Be Banned While Driving

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:Missing the point. (214 comments)

That article (and many other half-baked clips that were popular earlier this year) was based on a very weak report by AAA. Weak because it relied upon self-reporting, rather than accident report statistics.

The more I read into it, it's just a mess. Graphs correlating phone use with internet use (no bearing on safety?), alcohol use during the last year with phone use during the last month, and importantly, correlates the frequency of car crashes over two years with cell phone use over one month. In that point, which should have been their most relevant, it even showed no statistical difference between the self-reported phone use of "once/rarely" and "often/regularly."

Here is a link to the primary source.

about a year ago
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In UK, Google Glass To Be Banned While Driving

AndyAndyAndyAndy Missing the point. (214 comments)

UI advances like GG are supposed to make driving with technology safer, not more dangerous. Let's be real: we're only a few short years from on-windshield HUDs for navigation, driving metrics, etc.

about a year ago
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:I have a hard time (414 comments)

You probably just need more pixel density.

about a year ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

AndyAndyAndyAndy Standing up to the Feds (339 comments)

"There's a lot of 'over my dead body.'"

I wonder how that really works out, in the long-run. What if you're an online start-up, with little legal know-how? Are you really going to resist demands from such a high level?

1 year,2 days
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What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:Ironic? (756 comments)

I think that word doesn't mean what you think it means.

Inconceivable!

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

AndyAndyAndyAndy Iranian graphic design (612 comments)

Gotta love those great photoshop-jobs they have hanging up.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Party Gains Another Seat In EU

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:I can't possibly be the only one... (156 comments)

Any more silly than "The Tea Party?" Or perhaps a party which refers to itself as the "Grand Old" Party? How about one that represents itself with an ass?

Politics is stupid. Might as well be forthcoming about what you stand for.

more than 2 years ago
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Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers

AndyAndyAndyAndy Re:this just in! (179 comments)

+5 "Interesting" is how it's supposed to go for things like that. Remember, there's no +1 Agree / -1 Disagree. I'd say that mod was right on-target. Interesting thoughts that turned out to be wrong. They're still wrong, but they're still interesting.

more than 2 years ago
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US Military To Field Test "Throwable" Robots

AndyAndyAndyAndy Political FTFY (91 comments)

"Robots are a perfect tool to give leaders 'eyes' on a potentially hazardous situation without placing themselves in harm's way."

Won't be long now before grunts are no longer out there.

more than 2 years ago

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Freddie Mac Betting Against Struggling Homeowners

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "Freddie Mac, a taxpayer-owned mortgage company, is supposed to make homeownership easier. One thing that makes owning a home more affordable is getting a cheaper mortgage.

But Freddie Mac has invested billions of dollars betting that U.S. homeowners won't be able to refinance their mortgages at today's lower rates, according to an investigation by NPR and ProPublica."

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Apple kills iOS game about manufacturing horrors

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "In the latest development regarding Apple, Foxconn and the horrible processes involved in the iPhone manufacturing supply chain, a new iOS game lampooning the entire process was pulled from the market by Apple today, only 2 hours after its launch.

From Kotaku:

Phone Story charts a course from Coltan mining in the Congo to the horrendous manufacturing workers' conditions that led to the notorious Foxconn suicides, continuing through commercial release and planned obselescence driven by a culture of "want". The story concludes by depicting the environmental and human toll of unchecked eWaste.

Apple pulled the game on various unseemly grounds, including "15.2 Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected".

Molleindustria says that they are considering coming up with a new version of Phone Story that "depicts the violence and abuse of children involved in the electronic manufacturing supply chain in a non-crude and non-objectionable way."

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ICANN to allow .brandname top-level domains

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web — such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro — if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved.
After years of preparation and wrangling, ICANN, the body that coordinates Internet names, is expected to approve the move at a special board meeting in Singapore on Monday.
Today, just 22 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) exist -- .com, .org and .info are a few examples — plus about 250 country-level domains like .uk or .cn. After the change, several hundred new gTLDs are expected to come into existence.
The move is seen as a big opportunity for brands to gain more control over their online presence and send visitors more directly to parts of their sites — and a danger for those who fail to take advantage."

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Trolling climate change deniers amidst tragedies

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "Bill McKibben is a staunch proponent of doing something, anything about climate change and preserving the environment. He also found a way to get an extremely facetious op-ed article published in the NYT today.

In short, his work sums up each of the various natural calamities that have besieged the US this year, brushing each off as "isolated, unpredictable, discrete events." He concludes, "It’s very important to stay calm. If you got upset about any of this, you might forget how important it is not to disrupt the record profits of our fossil fuel companies."

As someone well-versed in the perils of climate change, I hate to see this kind of attitude toward the subject. It opens up reasonableness and scientific fact to counter-trolling and discounting of the very real and very important message."

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Stock-holding Nuns Petition for Neutrality

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "An interesting piece at CNN Money details the little-known process major companies go through in order to ignore their shareholders' petitions and proposals. Part of the article examines a few embattled petitions, brushed aside by their corporations via 'no-action' letters granted by the SEC.
One such example detailed the efforts of several Catholic monastaries to convince AT&T to adopt net neutrality policies and practices.

"Net neutrality can greatly affect underserved communities that have limited access to the Internet. We need to alleviate those social inequalities," [the petition's contact person Jonas Kron] said, noting that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has published an open letter supporting Net neutrality.

Unfortunately for the nuns and Mike D, the SEC granted a no-action letter on the basis that net neutrality is not "a significant policy issue." Kron called the decision "shocking" and said the group "vigorously disagrees."

"

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Giant Lobster Spotted Terrorizing Boston Harbor

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "The latest from Boston: No word on casualties after a giant lobster was spotted via satellite as it surmounted Boston's Zakim bridge earlier today. Unconfirmed reports linked the terrible beast's appearance with leaking radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident and biohazard garbage floating into the harbor from New Hampshire."
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FDA to Allow Production of Generic Preterm Baby Rx

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "In February, the FDA sent many groups into revolt with the approval of a long-standing generic drug to a a sole pharmaceutical company under the trade name Makena. The widely used generic alternative was thereby disallowed (for 7 years), increasing average price-per-dose from $15 to $1,500. The average number of doses-per-pregnancy is 20.

Now, the FDA has announced that it will not pursue enforcement against pharmacies that continue to produce the generic compound. Many laud this situation-specific exemption as a success for pregnant families, especially those who cannot afford this crucial drug, but what kinds of implications might it have on the development of "longshot" drugs — ones which may cost a great deal to develop and not be necessarily affordable for the consumer?"

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Facebook may bust up the SMS profit cartel

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes " Fortune has a very interesting article today about wireless providers and their exorbitant profit margins for SMS handling, especially when looking at modern data plans.

'Under the cell phone industry's peculiar pricing system, downloading data to your smartphone is amazingly cheap — unless the data in question happens to be a text message. In that case the price of a download jumps roughly 50,000-fold, from just a few pennies per megabyte of data to a whopping $1000 or so per megabyte.'

A young little application called Beluga caught the attention of Facebook, which purchased the company yesterday.

The app aims to bring messaging under the umbrella of data plans, and features group messaging, picture and video messaging, and integration with other apps.

The author argues that, if successful, Beluga (or whatever Facebook ends up calling it) could potentially be the Skype/Vonage or Netflix-type competitor to the old-school cellular carriers and their steep pricing plans."

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Christian radio, TV wary of Net neutrality

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "From the Washington Times: 'The nation’s Christian broadcasters admit they face a challenge appealing to a new generation of listeners, but many say a more immediate threat is coming from an administration in Washington that many worry is trying to limit their right to express their beliefs.'

The Washington Times is owned by a Korean Cristian church, if you were wondering."

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Out of Egypt Censorship, US Tech Export Under Fire

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy (967043) writes "After it was exposed that American firm Narus had sold Egypt the Deep Packet Inspection equipment used to spy and censor its citizens, the US House Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing where Reps. Chris Smith and Bill Keating 'grilled Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg on the sale of this Internet spying technology to an Egyptian Internet provider controlled by the Mubarak regime.' It seems that there is now a push for stonger controls and monitoring for technology exports 'that would provide a national strategy to prevent the use of American technology from being used by human rights abusers.'"
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Net Neutrality Still Priority for Ex-FCC Chief

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy (967043) writes "From PCWorld... 'Former Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin yesterday said he still believes the FCC had the legal authority to enforce network neutrality rules and that he would have appealed a court decision last year that ruled otherwise.

'Speaking after his keynote question-and-answer session at last week's ITExpo conference in Miami, Martin said that the FCC's 2008 order telling Comcast to stop throttling peer-to-peer protocols was on solid legal footing.'

If only incumbents had the balls to speak out as much as their ex-office predecessors..."

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MetroPCS joins Verizon against FCC

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "Not wanting to come off as complacent, MetroPCS today announced it was filing suit against the FCC for its recent language on net neutrality rules. Saith the WaPost, 'The company has been the subject of criticism by consumer groups who say MetroPCS's 4G pricing plans purposefully block certain applications, a violation of the FCC's Internet access rules.' Its turn to a tiered pricing structure for their 4G systems was unveiled a few weeks ago, to much protest from NN advocates.
MetroPCS is the fifth-largest wireless provider in the U.S."

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Google adds to Mozilla's push for "do not track"

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "In a morning blog post, Google announced the release of a Chrome plug-in called 'Keep My Opt-Outs,' which hopes to block all tracking cookies. Interestingly, it is released as open-source with the hopes that it will gain quick deployment on non-Chrome browsers and find a robust foothold against ads.

The story is also covered in Computerworld, which has a more broad insight to the issue, looking at Google, Mozilla, and Firefox and seems to indicate more rapid change is looming — potentially from the FCC itself."

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Comcast-NBC merger approved by FCC

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "It seems that the FCC has approved the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC, effectively kicking apart hopes for protection against "pipes and their water" frameworks. Pres. Obama's 2008 goal also goes ignored: "I strongly favor diversity of ownership of outlets and protection against the excessive concentration of power in the hands of any one corporation, interest or small group." The Dept. of Justice is also onboard, leaving little hope that this will be stopped."
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Cell provider MetroPCS violates Net Neutrality?

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "Yesterday, it became known that MetroPCS, fifth-largest cellular provider in the US, is deploying a new pricing plan to its customers — one designed to impose tiered pricing based upon specific service usage. It terms services like Netflix and Skype as "advanced HTML" sites, and blocks access to those not paying for the premium tier. Interestingly, MetroPCS allows access to YouTube for the non-premium tier.

are pushing to have the FCC investigate this pricing scheme, in what might be the first real test of the Comission's new outlines for NN."

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New York to get free Wi-Fi network via livery cabs

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "NYC may finally have a viable plan for free, ad-supported public Wi-Fi service. By next year, company LimoRes Car & Limo plans to roll out 20,000 vehicles with transmitters, providing in-car Wi-Fi with a radius of 200 feet. Each car will be able to support up to 16 separate connections. It may be a longshot to say this will provide complete coverage in Manhattan, but if each cab company in New York got onboard..."
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NRDC sues FDA over heel-dragging

AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "The National Resources Defense Council has filed suit against the FDA over the non-regulation of the drugs triclosan and triclocarban, commonly found in antimicrobial/antibacterial soap products. The drugs have been found, according to the article, to cause disruptions in the endocrine and reproductive systems.

The suit was filed on the grounds of very long-term heel-dragging on the part of the FDA. The Administration originally stated its intention to regulate the OTC delivery of these drugs back in 1978. The plaintiffs argue that the delay is in violation of federal law, and that the continued, unregulated and widespread availability of these drugs in household items is a threat to public and environmental health. The suit seeks an order requiring the FDA to finish its research on the use and availability of these drugs by a specific deadline.

Moreover, this represents a step in the right direction for those looking to restrict the use of antibiotics, citing a looming antibiotic-resistance disaster within healthcare around the world.

Official press release from the plaintiffs is here."

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AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "It seems that some Microsoft execs, unsatisfied with the digital media player options offered for the Windows platform, were considering the development an iPod rival, or even more suprising, a partnership with Apple in 2003.
These leaks were made public during Microsoft's ongoing Comes antitrust trial.
From the article,

"[Microsoft consumer media exec.]Amir Majidmehr wrote that Microsoft planned to offer incentives to partners to improve their products, including "cash, technical support, direct interface to developers" and more. "In other words, we are going all out and hoping that at least a few will listen," Majidmehr wrote. "If none do, then it is time for us to roll up our sleeves and do our own hardware."

[Windows Vista development chief] Jim Allchin replied: "I think I should talk with [Apple CEO Steve] Jobs. Right now, I think I should open up a dialog (sic) for support of the iPod. Unless something changes, the iPod will drive people away from [Windows Media Player]."

(Nov. 13, 2003)
"Allchin later said that he was "ranting" and being "purposefully dramatic" in his e-mail."

He seemed pretty serious at the; maybe he is now, in retrospect, regretting the iPod-rival tactic."
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AndyAndyAndyAndy AndyAndyAndyAndy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "A Japanese recording engineer has developed the world's first glass CD that is guaranteed not to warp, lose quality, or otherwise erode. From the article:

"Music critics who have tried out the CD said that it's outstanding and virtually like listening to a live performance.
But high quality music to last forever comes at a price — 98,700 yen apiece to be exact — as glass CDs have to be made by hand."

...Just don't drop it."

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