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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

InfiniteZero Really? (111 comments)

> a complex fabric of personal, corporate and government organization relationships

Are we talking about China, or America? At that high level, the line between corporations and the government becomes blurry, no matter which country you live in. Just look at Standard Oil, Boeing, Halliburton... The list goes on.


China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

InfiniteZero Re:And well they should. (79 comments)

Liability not in the sense of suing someone, but in the sense that you won't be liable and your ass is safe.

Say you are the CIO of a company. If you pick MS and something goes wrong, you can shift the blame onto MS. If you pick OSS and something goes wrong, well, the blame will be on you.

Hence the old adage: nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.

about three weeks ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

InfiniteZero Book Burners Have Always Won (158 comments)

History is written by the victors.

about a month ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

InfiniteZero Re:Healing without Cuts (688 comments)

Sorry wrong thread (haven't logged on in a while).

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

InfiniteZero Re:What is your goal? (167 comments)

Here's a secret: what you find interesting and exciting while you are 20 year old, and therefore "want to do with the rest of your life", may be vastly different 20 years later.

It's called personal growth, and the trick is to constantly reinvent yourself.

about a year ago

My favorite season:

InfiniteZero It Changes with Age (346 comments)

When I was a restless kid with unlimited energy, it was summer hands down. The seemingly endless summer break, the adventures, the DIY projects...

Now it's autumn. As an adult you appreciate the subtlety and richness under the unassuming quietness of the falling leaves.

I suppose in a few decades when the prospect of graveyard starts to manifest over the horizon, I will find the allure of winter.

Interestingly enough, there is a parallel in my favorite color over the years.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

InfiniteZero Liability (372 comments)

When you work for a big corp. and have the money to burn, it's all about shifting liability to a 3rd party -- the bigger, the better, hence the saying, nobody ever gets fired for buying IBM.

In turn, with the money you pay them, a big 3rd party will more than likely throw all the man power at your problem until it gets fixed.

about a year ago

Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

InfiniteZero Superluminal (288 comments)

Forget supersonic. I want superluminal, aka faster than light.

about a year ago

Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

InfiniteZero Re:Dammit, Texas! (277 comments)

I've lived in Houston for 15 years. I think it has something to do with Texas' root of being a "Lone Star" state in the Union, i.e., we used to be our own country -- the Republic of Texas. And a lot of people here are still proud of that root to this day.

So whenever the federal government starts to impose some draconian policy over the entire nation, Texans have the natural tendency of saying, FU, not here in Texas. And I suspect if/when things got out of hand and a new revolution were ever needed, it might just possibly start in Texas.

about a year and a half ago

MIT's Charm School For Geeks Turns 20

InfiniteZero Probably Won't Help Much (217 comments)

I suspect the reason most nerds are bad at social etiquette simply because they don't see the point and don't care. It's a waste of time and/or something beneath their intellectual pursuits. If you are on the verge of a breakthrough in a new black hole theory, or revolutionary AI algorithm, everything else might seem unimportant by comparison.

If they started caring, picking up proper social etiquette is really not that hard. You don't need a school a class or an instructional manual... Just mirror whatever other "smooth" and "cool" people are doing. (The hard part is to hold an engaging social conversation talking about nothing, but that's a story for another day.)

So the key is to convince the nerd of the importance of social etiquette. Ironically, those who do go to this school probably don't really need it, and those who really need it haven't realized what they are missing... but sooner or later, they will do.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

InfiniteZero Re:The fog of memory is vital (379 comments)

One main reason why history is fascinating is precisely because historical records are rare and incomplete.

Imagine every single person's entire life in known history can be viewed at the push of a button. Nobody will ever watch it except maybe those with great historical importance. The vast majority of it would be more boring than the current crop of reality TV shows.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

InfiniteZero Stack Overflow (379 comments)

Imagine yourself, watching a recording of your past self, who's watching a recording of your past self, who's...

about a year and a half ago

Tech Leaders Create Most Lucrative Science Prize In History

InfiniteZero Re:Immortality. (147 comments)

Agreed. Not the first and won't be the last, cf. Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: I Just Need... Marketing?

InfiniteZero Re:How is this the opposite situation? (212 comments)

Come on now. Yes there are numbers involved in your analytics, but do you really think it even approaches the complexity of real technical fields, such as electronics, aerospace, bioengineering, nanotech etc.?

Not putting down marketing people, but don't try to be someone you are not.

about a year and a half ago

President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding

InfiniteZero Re:Oh, the embarassment (291 comments)

Why will it be so embarrassing??

If/when it happens, we congratulate them. It will be another accomplishment not only for the Chinese people, but the humanity as a whole. After all, we've already done it, and revered the same way all around the world.

Not everything needs to be a race or competition. The cold war is over a couple of decades ago.

about a year and a half ago

35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading For the Stars

InfiniteZero Re:Correction (226 comments)

Sounds like preview can be your friend too.

about 2 years ago



Physicists show self-correcting quantum computers are theoretically possible

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  about a year ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "From the article at

Using exotic components such as color codes, new phases of quantum matter, and extra dimensions, a team of physicists has shown that it's theoretically possible to construct a quantum computer that has the ability to correct itself whenever an error occurs.

"The greatest significance of our work is showing that self-correcting quantum computing at a finite temperature is not impossible as a matter of principle," physicist Héctor Bombin told Bombin was at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while performing the study and is currently at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. "In fact, the original motivation came from claims to the contrary by other authors. We provide explicit constructions that can be checked directly, without numerical simulations.""

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An Asian Origin for Human Ancestors?

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "Researchers agree that our immediate ancestors, the upright walking apes, arose in Africa. But the discovery of a new primate that lived about 37 million years ago in the ancient swamplands of Myanmar bolsters the idea that the deep primate family tree that gave rise to humans is rooted in Asia. If true, the discovery suggests that the ancestors of all monkeys, apes, and humans—known as the anthropoids—arose in Asia and made the arduous journey to the island continent of Africa almost 40 million years ago."
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Exercise Makes You Smarter

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "Latest studies from the University of Tsukuba in Japan indicates that exercise increases the baseline level of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) in the brain, especially in the frontal cortex and the hippocampus which are critical to thinking and memory. According to professor Hideaki Soya, senior author of the studies, while a brain with more fuel reserves is potentially a brain that can sustain and direct movement longer, it also may be a key mechanism underlying exercise-enhanced cognitive function.

Dr. Soya also suggests that D.I.Y. "glycogen supercompensation" efforts seem like an attractive possibility, and the process may even be easy."

Russians set for Mars adventure

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "Russia is about to launch an audacious bid to scoop up rock and dust samples from the Martian moon Phobos and bring them back to Earth for study. Detailed mapping of the moon has been conducted by the European Space Agency's Mars Express (MEx) satellite, and this information is being used to identify a suitable location to land in February 2013. The French space agency (Cnes) has provided instrumentation. The European Space Agency, in addition to its survey information from MEx, will be providing ground support. US participation comes in the form of the space advocacy group, The Planetary Society, which is sending its Living Interplanetar Flight Experiment (LIFE). This package of hardy micro-organisms will make the journeys out and back inside a separate compartment in the return capsule. It is a significant venture also because it will be carrying China's first Mars satellite."
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The stroke of genius strikes later in life today

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "Einstein once said, "A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so." That peak age has shifted considerably, a new study found, with 48 being prime time for physicists."
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Cyber weaknesses should deter US from waging war

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "America's critical computer networks are so vulnerable to attack that it should deter U.S. leaders from going to war with other nations — Richard Clarke, a former top U.S. cybersecurity official said Monday. The U.S. military is entirely dependent on computer systems and could end up in a future conflict in which troops trot out onto a battlefield 'and nothing works.'"
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Stars Found to Produce Complex Organic Compounds

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "Researchers at the University of Hong Kong observed stars at different evolutionary phases and found that they are able to produce complex organic compounds and eject them into space, filling the regions between stars. The compounds are so complex that their chemical structures resemble the makeup of coal and petroleum, the study's lead author Sun Kwok, of the University of Hong Kong, said."
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Cleaning Up Japan's Radioactive Mess with Blue Goo

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "A clever technology is helping hazmat crews in Japan contain and clean up the contamination caused by the ongoing nuclear disaster there: a blue liquid that hardens into a gel that peels off of surfaces, taking microscopic particles like radiation and other contaminants with it. Known as DeconGel, Japanese authorities are using it inside and outside the exclusion zone on everything from pavement to buildings."
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Reprogrammed Skin Cells Turned into Baby Mice

InfiniteZero InfiniteZero writes  |  more than 5 years ago

InfiniteZero (587028) writes "According to this WSJ story, 'Two teams of Chinese researchers working separately have reprogrammed mature skin cells of mice to an embryonic-like state and used the resulting cells to create live mouse offspring. The reprogramming may bring scientists one step closer to creating medically useful stem-cell lines for treating human disease without having to resort to controversial laboratory techniques. However, the advance poses fresh ethical challenges because the results could make it easier to create human clones and babies with specific genetic traits.'"
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