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TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?

ArieKremen Re:Warned about what? (465 comments)

...but there is nothing to see, ergo you're not supposed to say anything! Being consequent helps.

more than 2 years ago
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Academics Not Productive Enough? Sack 'em

ArieKremen Re:publish shit! (356 comments)

Already Exists: The Journal of Irreproducible Results (http://www.jir.com/)

more than 2 years ago
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Libya Elects Engineer To Acting Prime Minister Post

ArieKremen Re:Engineer in top spot? (188 comments)

Yitzhak Rabin was a civil engineer.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

ArieKremen missing element for conviction (950 comments)

To be convicted, prosecution has to demonstrate intent to commit a felony. Robbing a bank of $1 and declaring that the intent was to obtain healthcare while imprisoned will not suffice for a conviction.

more than 3 years ago
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Voting Machines Selecting Default Candidates

ArieKremen Re:I abstain (794 comments)

It is only a 'no confidence vote' if you show up and/or record a non-valid vote. Otherwise it's laziness and irresponsibility.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

ArieKremen Re:Proof??? (307 comments)

Don't you think that if a state-sponsored agency wrote and deployed the virus, the QA/QC would remove ego-driven references? A basement hacker has an ego, a state-sponsored team of programmers have a task.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Analysis Backs Iran-Israel Connection

ArieKremen Proof??? (307 comments)

They were smart enough to write and deploy a complex virus, but stupid enough to include a reference to an obscure execution date of a prominent Iranian Jew; the first .Google hit conveniently pointing to the relevant Wikipedia entry. That screams red herring (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring_(idiom)), not proof.

more than 3 years ago
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Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

ArieKremen Re:Seriously (553 comments)

I remember flying when there was a three-man crew in the cockpit: pilot, co-pilot, and engineer. On some smaller passenger airplanes there is already only one person on the flightdeck. Eventually technology and technophobes - as witnessed in some of the previous posts - will sufficiently advance to accept a one-person crew flying increasingly larger airplanes. Regulations will be adapted and none of the young'ons will remember a two-person flight crew. Nobody said it will happen tomorrow, but a gradual implementation is reasonable, just as A-380's still have three men crews and a back-up crew on long distance routes.

about 4 years ago
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Family Shoots 'I Will Survive' Video While Visiting Auschwitz

ArieKremen Re:I'll say it, congrats! (26 comments)

Good for them! I wish I could have taken my relatives to the various death-camps for a celebration like this one!!!

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli Border Police Shoot US Student's Laptop

ArieKremen Re:Hyper-security in Israel (929 comments)

No, the Air France flight originated in Paris with a layover in Athens. Tel-Aviv was the destination.

more than 4 years ago
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Unknown 7m Asteroid Almost Impacted Earth

ArieKremen Re:How Much Damage? (289 comments)

It would be a safer bet to assume that the object had a diameter of 10m. So to compare impacts you had to use the volumetric ratio, not the linear ratio. This would make the impact of a 7m diameter object 'only' 35% of the 10m object.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Pulls C64 Emulator From the App Store

ArieKremen Re:And then what? (580 comments)

The commands PEEK and POKE come to mind...

about 5 years ago
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Tour Companies Battle Over Trademarked Duck Noises

ArieKremen Re:Generic sounds, words can not be trademarked (251 comments)

The amphibious vehicles the company uses on their tours are called ducks. They only want to sound-mark the combination of tourists on duck tours.

about 5 years ago
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China Admits Use of Death-Row Organs

ArieKremen Re:A Waste? (309 comments)

You're using population data down to single individuals, yet report results only to the 10,000s. So the question begs, does your population data include or exclude the executed?

about 5 years ago
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What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

ArieKremen REALTORS..., (548 comments)

...never have so few with so little data made that much money for so little work.

more than 5 years ago
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"Definitive Evidence" For Ancient Lake On Mars

ArieKremen Re:Lake champlain? (102 comments)

But Martian gravity is lower. When you normalize by the accelecration due to gravity the numbers will work out.

more than 5 years ago
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14-Year-Old Boy Smote By Meteorite

ArieKremen Re:echte grammar nazi (435 comments)

Sentences start with capital letters. Proper nouns should be capitalized in English as well.

Sechs, setzen!

more than 5 years ago
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Best kind of engineering:

ArieKremen Civil Engineering, (491 comments)

first it's polite; it's the one most concerned with common good and improvement of living conditions; and, civil engineers have the broadest educations. And obviously some of my best friends and I are all civil engineers.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite on-screen calculator?

ArieKremen Re:TI-85 (776 comments)

I second this. It is sad to see that HP does now mostly 'regular' calculators and less RPN. I had to buy a replacement 28s on ebay as there was nothing on hp.com that I liked.

more than 5 years ago

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Apple disabling GPS in Egypt

ArieKremen ArieKremen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ArieKremen (733795) writes "The New York Times writes about Apple's cooperation with the Egyptian government in disabling the GPS functionality of its hardware, supposedly to protect Egyptian national security interests (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/08/technology/personaltech/08link.html). Although Google Maps is available in Egypt to obtain aerial imagery and coordinates for sensitive installations. The article then expands on the topic of limiting technology in response to government requirements, and attempts to redefine the freedom of information, specifically as the iPhone is expected to be launched in China — a huge market by any measurement. Apple has declined to confirm whether the company implements policy modifying its products to meet demands of governments worldwide."
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Mathematics

ArieKremen ArieKremen writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ArieKremen (733795) writes "A Russian immigrant mathematician-turned-nightwatchman-turned-mathematician has solved the Road Coloring problem, first posed in 1970 by Benjamin Weiss Roy Adler. The problem states that given a finite number of roads, one should be able to draw up a map, coded in various colors, that would lead to a certain destination regardless of the point of origin. The elusive problem remained unsolved for 38 years, until the immigrant mathematician Avraham Trakhtman found the solution. The problem has real-world implementation in message and traffic routing."
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Korean worker not killed by exploding mobile phone

ArieKremen ArieKremen writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ArieKremen (733795) writes "The "Spiegel Online", a German online publication loosely affiliated with the print magazine "Der Spiegel" has a follow-up on the story of the Korean worker supposedly killed by an exploding mobile phone http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,520640,00.html. According to the short note, a co-worker killed the guy in an accident and tried to hide the fact. After pinning the poor guy between a truck and a rock wall, the co-worker staged the scene with the cellular phone to make it look like an accident. However, police got suspicious, investigated, and eventually arrested the driver/stager."
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Tolerated Use of Copyrighted Material

ArieKremen ArieKremen writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ArieKremen (733795) writes "Tim Wu at 'The Slate' discusses copyright and tolerated use of copyrighted material in the digital world (http://www.slate.com/id/2175730/entry/0/). He starts with examples describing two competing interests of the copyright owner: increased visibility vs. protection of copyrighted material. The gist of the story is a paradox, where the current law is so expansive and extreme that the very firms, ie. the copyright owners, that first sought it cannot even make of the law. He points out that while in a functioning political system a copyright reform would be negotiated between all involved parties, this is not applicable to the US. BTW, the article is part of a series discussing versus aspects of laws in the US. Worth reading!"
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ArieKremen ArieKremen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArieKremen (733795) writes "The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/business/07cnd- patent.html?_r=1&oref=slogin) discusses an overhaul of the patent system, initiated by the administration, to improve quality of patents and to "curb the rising wave of patent disputes and lawsuits". The reform is to encompass "requiring better information from inventors and allowing public scrutiny of applications, according to the director of the government's patent office", and would address software patents as well. The article does discuss an ongoing pilot underway at the USPTO to reform the software patent application and review process. Other steps aimed at improving performance are mentioned, such as increasing the number of reviewers from less than 4k to more than 5k."
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ArieKremen ArieKremen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArieKremen (733795) writes "The New York Times reports NASA's deputy administrator, Shana Dale, saying, that the United States would develop rockets and spacecraft to get people to the Moon and establish a rudimentary base, to be started soon after astronauts return there around 2020. NASA officials said the agency envisioned a base at one of the lunar poles, to take advantage of the near-constant sunlight for solar-power generation, and giving it an "open architecture" design to which others can add the capabilities they want.
According to this time frame, most of us are likely to be around to see Sci-Fi turn fact."

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