Firefox 29: Redesign
Firefox changed "A" to "X", and instead of saying: "A" was better because all these reasons, you are saying: Where is my "A"? How can I restore "A" again?
These are not valid objections.
Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life
A few centuries ago, we could have concluded that there is an absolute limit to human life span because at some point someone can't eat anymore while he lost all his teeth.
Do you know about soup?
MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
One way to evaluate the value of any given currency is to look at its usefulness.
Paul Krugman, a critic of Bicoin, said:
Gold’s value comes in part because it has nonmonetary uses, such as filling teeth and making jewelry; paper currencies have value because they’re backed by the power of the state, which defines them as legal tender and accepts them as payment for taxes. Bitcoins, however, derive their value, if any, purely from self-fulfilling prophecy...
But what Mr. Krugman doesn't realize is that cryptocurrencies offer a unique advantage over other kind of payments. Instant, unblockable, long distant, anonymous money transfers. No other currency or payment method allows that.
Let's see some possible uses:
- You are a gay man in Uganda. You want to make a donation to an organization defending homosexual rights without disclosing your sexual preferences to the government.
- Some whistleblower revealed some corrupt/shade practices about your government. The government immediately blocks any financial money transfers to that site
- You want to buy any service or intangible asset (eg. porn, software, data) without the transaction recorded in your credit card and without revealing your identity
For the first time it is now possible to do these things. And these things are too valuable to disappear. Cryptocurrencies are here to stay.
Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct
There is a classic article by Jacob Cohen on this subject.
Also there is a simpler analysis of the above article
FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins
SSH will not help here. A modified SSH client (eg. WinSCP) could do exactly the same. It can even steal your private keys.
If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy
It has an unsigned 16 bits integer. It is called "char"
Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App
Corporations have no morals. But then it is the responsibility of us, the customer, to reward (with our wallet) corporations/CEOs that are noble, and punish the ones that are evil. For these actions to be successful a great number of customers must behave this way. To get many behaving this way we need to announce/advertise these kind of actions taken by corporations. This is the main purpose of articles like this. So, if by saying that Tim Cook is "evil", we will help, in the long run, to make corporations more charitable and decent, then I am very fine with that
Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?
Escalators and automatic elevators are destroying elevator operator jobs
India To Send World's Last Telegram
Service is still available in Argentima national post offices. About 3 usd per 20 words http://www.correoargentino.com.ar/precios/telegramas/nacionales
Disease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee
Anonymous Leaks 1M Apple Device UDIDs
When the IQ tests were created, they did not evaluate every single individual, just a small sample. So it is fair to say that the average IQ of the population is near 100, but not exactly 100.
California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled
The rational decision is to eat the food we have been eating for millennia and leave the experiment to the progressive guys like you who think corporations are acting in people's best interest.
Good luck finding in the supermarket any food that have been eated for milennia. All food have been modified during the centuries trough mutations and selective breeding. If you happen to find a supermarket that sells this kind of food, I hope you enjoy your bananas
Given the consequences of eating bad food, it's like knowing whether the piano teacher of your daughter is a sex offender with tastes for younger people.
We don't know any GMO was harmfull to humans. I would say that putting GMO label on food, is like putting a "possible sex-offender" label to the piano teacher, because he has a cousin who is suspected to be a sex offender.
Come on guys! We are suppossed to be nerds pro-science and technology. Puttng a fear mongering label on foods is not logical. If you are worried about Monsanto Glyphosate herbicides, then put a label that says if that herbicide was used or not. This is not related to GMO foods. It is just another case of herbicides and pesticides.
GMOs have saved many lives, by producing cheaper medicines (like insuline) and increassing supplies of food. If we think regulations for approval of GMO foods are not strong enough, then push for legislating tighter rules.
By putting a GMO label on foods you can make the same informed decision as if the food had a label saying that the president of the company is Taurus.
California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled
What an informed or rational decision can a consumer make with a GM label in foods? If there ere any scientific prove these foods may be dangerous, they would be prohibited by governments.
What's next? Putting "GAY" and "JEW" labels in people so we can make an informed decisions who we relate to?
I do not like Monsanto procedures and patents either, but this not make me support irrational legislation.
App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy
I usually hear some critics about Android. Mostly in 2 areas. 1) Fragmentation. Both in device hardware, and OS versions. It is difficult to develop for Android because there are too many variants 2) Piracy. Android is too open. It is too easy to pirate software on Android.
How is this different from the PC software market? There were many companies who succeed in the PC software market facing the same problems. From Microsoft, Adobe, Steam, and many small independent developers. Like Humble Indie Bundle and more.
National "Do Not Kill Registry" Launched In Response To Drone Kill List
I've never understood this concept, that moral rights only apply to American citizens. May be I am not smart enough to grasp the idea.
It seems to be Ok to kill any non-american without due process or self-defense. Even to kill anyone including (or around) his family/kids. It seems also fine to detain and torture foreigners for an undetermined amount of time as long it is done outside USA soil.
Can someone explain it to me? Does it mean, for example, that I can own a slave, as long is not American?
Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil
Monsanto designed these seeds to be sterile, ...
I can't believe this post was moderated "Informative".
The seed are not sterile! Are perfect fertile seeds Else they would be useless.
Why farmer will buy sterile seed? Why Monsanto will prosecute farmers who re-used his sterile seeds without paying royalties?
Meebo Discontinuing All Services Except for Meebo Bar
IM+ and IM+ Pro
Oracle Not Satisfied With Potential $150,000; Goes Against Judge's Warning
Not only simple and small. The author of both copies is the same person: Josh Bloch. He wrote the original lines while working for Sun, and repeated the same code while working for Google. So, according the law, Josh Bloch plagiarized himself
Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard
The russians have no spaceflight fatalities since 1971. That is more than 40 years without deaths
Sergey Brin Says Facebook, Apple and Gov't Biggest Threats To Internet Freedom
Mostly agree. Only 1 correction. Eric Schmidt is still a Google "empoyee" (if you can call it that way). He is executive chairman.
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