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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

HnT Re:What Jesse wants (514 comments)

Can't be long now before Spike Lee "discovers" this and squeezes a few "oh so controversial" movies out...

about three weeks ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

HnT Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Note that the article talks about a TREATMENT and not a CURE. Your diet and workout regime is also a TREATMENT and not a CURE. As it stands now Type2 can go into remission which usually means your GP will take you off of your meds and people think they are "cured" when actually they are not cured, their condition is just in remission and like your account vividly displays: it can quickly flare up again.

about a month ago

The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

HnT Re:Does it make business sense, though? (78 comments)

All I really hear you saying is these four:

1. money

2. money

3. money

4. money

about a month ago

In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

HnT Re:Facebook encourages posing. (130 comments)

Not only do they facilitate and encourage posing, the whole reason for "web 2.0" and "social networks" is absolutely nothing but posing on a global scale.

about 2 months ago

Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

HnT Re:Dead on arrival (345 comments)

You are of course spot on and everything you said goes double for a Harley. Everyone I know who ever looked at a Harley did so for the "legend" and the noise and definitely not the technology.
Theoretically the e-engine would give this bike some crazy pick-up just like all those e-cars have shown us but of course that does not matter even a tiny little bit for the typical chopper and Harley rider.

about 2 months ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

HnT Re:Thyroid problem (625 comments)

You are technically right, the worst kind of being right. You are completely neglecting the multitude of e.g. psychological issues that cause people to eat so much they become morbidly obese.
This is not such a simple issue and oversimplifying it in a condescending way will not help this problem practically all first world countries are facing.

about 2 months ago

Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

HnT Wait a minute... (100 comments)

So if I actually buy and wear some overpriced "headset" that has built-in brainwave receptors then companies could be mining my brainwaves? Well hold the presses everyone! Next thing you know there are people who will "hack" into my bank account because I decided to print my login information on a tshirt!!

The main article is a farce. There is no "remote" reading going on against your will, you actually have to wear some useless "headset" and then be exposed to pretty obvious material ("flashing" straight or gay couples or candidates, really??) so "they" can gather all that information. This is akin to monitoring someone's heart rate and pupil response which also requires you to be strapped to certain machinery.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

HnT Re:Why stop there? (1040 comments)

Well and while you are here whining and not making any better suggestions, Seattle went ahead and decided for one of the not-so-great options and they decided employees deserve more rights than big, fat corporations in that case.
You thought these topics are easy to solve and the solutions should be clean cut and perfect? I thought you said you were on both sides of that discussion.

about 3 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

HnT Re:Note to governments: (373 comments)

Do not bail out GM and its subsidiaries and daughter companies like a chump like the German government did for Opel. You will get screwed in the worst possible way and GM will still close shop and move east the second they don't need your free guarantees anymore.

about 3 months ago

EVE Online's Space Economy Currently Worth $18 Million

HnT Re:Thrill over the idea at least (88 comments)

This is generally true for EVE as a whole. It has a fantastic game concept, it is a really great game and CCP is one of the few companies actually trying to sell new ideas. Actually playing the game can be extremely dull and much too real and serious for its own good and many actually cool things are happening outside the game with EVE being a platform for the results.

about 3 months ago

An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

HnT Re:single biggest threat to STEM education (264 comments)

The thing is: you do not need a humanities degree to get a working understanding of the things you are wishing for, though admittedly for some of the STEM "nerds" it might take as long as that but it is not like there aren't just as terrible humanities "nerds" as well.

about 4 months ago

An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

HnT Re:I started with a Humanities Degree (264 comments)

But unless your humanities studies were focused specifically on communication and not e.g. on history or philosophy, I don't see what "humanities" has to do with improving your communication skills. And with everyone preaching "soft skills", I wonder how many IT or science related degrees worth their student loans don't already offer "soft skills" and "communication" trainings and courses.

You do not need a PhD in linguistics to communicate well, on the contrary it might make matters worse and you will find just as "awkward" humanities majors as you find in "STEM".

about 4 months ago

Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

HnT The problem with easy access networking... (40 comments)

If you are trying to do any "networking", which everyone seems to agree is oh-so-necessary these days, from the comfort of your office chair and you yourself have nothing valuable to offer so you have to fall back to easily accessible means like open groups or open profiles on social media then the only people you will meet are others like you who have nothing to offer but who are also trying to claw their way up some social ladder.

Pretty much any form of networking that will actually give you valuable access to influential people is going to be a lot harder to get and will somehow be limited. These people can choose and they don't talk to or share their influence with "nobodies" who got nothing equally valuable to offer but try to get their foot in the proverbial door by stalking on facebook or xing.

about 4 months ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

HnT What a waste of time (641 comments)

I prefer to use my computer for actually DOING something else than spending all that effort on just keeping it running.

about 4 months ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

HnT Facebook: $16bn WhatsApp, $1bn Instragram (469 comments)

There are more than enough examples of ridiculous amounts being spent on not much more than popularity or a whim. Why is it so surprising people are willing to spend a lot on legendary and very rare instruments from several hundreds of years ago?
Maybe our modern-day instruments can hold up to those legends simply because today violin makers are standing on the shoulders of giants like Stradivari? A brand-new violin still costs a fortune and the most famous violin-makers today still select their clients very strictly. You essentially have to apply to even be allowed to pay them all that money.

And without trying to be too "voodoo" about this but as a musician myself, I am wondering just what kind of effect this privilege of playing such a rare instrument could have on the violinist. Maybe part of the "myth" is simply that the feel-good knowledge of playing one of the most legendary instruments out there can slightly improve an artists performance to push it to where "magic" happens?
World-class athletes do all sorts of "magic" to push themselves beyond their limits, to get just a slightly better performance. Why should the same not be true for performing star musicians?

about 4 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

HnT Re:Part of this is a late April fools joke. (364 comments)

Real world examples: in certain towns in Austria the red-green phases are synced up to the speed limits in such a way that you will continue having "green" when you stay within the limit.

In the Netherlands, speed limits on the freeways are set to prevent traffic jams from building up and people are quite likely to follow the limits because they know they won't get stuck in jams that way.

about 5 months ago

Hacking Charisma

HnT Re:Ob. (242 comments)

He was also vegan, made it on Times' cover and was indeed considered charismatic back then.

about 5 months ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

HnT Whaling bad, mass breeding cattle and pigs good? (188 comments)

So, can someone explain to me why whaling is such a very bad thing the whole Western world has to get in an uproar - yet destroying huge portions of the rain forest and endangering species living in it to breed cattle or grow soy is ok? It's not like our culinary preferences are not endangering other species and destroying their natural habitats.
But when it's whales, all of a sudden it matters?

about 5 months ago

Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

HnT Re:Just sit back and enjoy the show (133 comments)

Oh and he has been the victim of investigations since the 90s. First for telephone fraud, then for (you guessed it) copyright violation by running a BBS to distribute "warez" and he promptly ratted on everyone in the scene just to get a better deal for himself.

Then he went on to swindle the German "TÜV" out of money by selling them a company he had "built" which turned out to be a complete lemon.

Then he was found guilty for fraud and insider trading concerning "".

He has a long history of dirt and selling people close to him out.

Entertaining? Maybe. An egotistical, megalomaniac criminal? Definitely. Do not let the current news coverage of him blind you like that. He has been doing basically the same kind of scams for more than two decades now and it was nothing but a PR stunt to appear as the "internet savior" when people mostly have forgotten about his criminal activities.

about 5 months ago



iWork for iCloud beta now available for registered Apple developers

HnT HnT writes  |  about a year ago

HnT (306652) writes "Registered Apple developers got an email today that their iCloud accounts now offer a beta test access to "iWork for iCloud" and it looks very promising!"
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More details on the German government malware and

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 2 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports details on cases where the government malware was used so far — all of them actually unlawful and in violation of its initial intention to only be used against serious crime and threats of terrorism."
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Skype Protocol Reverse Engineered

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The skype protocol for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x has been reverse engineered including rc4 and arithmetic compression and there is source code available to send a message to skype."
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Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for OSX

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort."
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