US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition
The would better start to recognize peoples right to free speech.
Which includes the right of not being pestered by the government (as in: put under surveillance) for it.
Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released
... which is a trademark license anyway.
There is no copyright possible on game mechanics, so you can pretty much write your own completely D&D compatible game, with the rules taken straight from D&D (but rephrased, of course, because the actual phrases are copyrighted). As long as you don't advertise this with trademarked terms, you're fine, you don't need the OGL.
But anyway. Who in his right mind would want to use this complicated mess as a base for his own game, when there is a system from 1978 that is much, much more elegant, named BRP? http://basicroleplaying.org/
Patents That Kill
Should be online. Most of the issues. Unless it was pulled. I couldn't connect, so here's the archive.org link: https://web.archive.org/web/20...
Looks like Gale fucked it up: http://gdc.gale.com/products/t... They seem to have paywalled all the public domain material. Bastards!
Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat
NSA operations are spelt with capitals.
Oh, you mean western countries including the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland are currently the victims of an ongoing cyberespionage campaign, launched by somebody apart from the NSA as well?
The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers
Of course, if some morons decide instead of to fix problems to try to exploit them -- and to create a market for them, the problem sure is to grow even more.
"Yes, this car may be tipping over very easily, but we might need this to assassinate some foreign dignitaries, so we don't hell the manufacturer".
Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality
Amazon wants Hachette to pay premium so it's own customers can get books from Hachette.
That is exactly what missing net-neutrality looks like.
Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job
This is what this is about: http://www.trilateral.org/down... And what it leads to: http://inequalityforall.com/
America 'Has Become a War Zone'
Sadly, most crime statistics don't differ between "hand gun" and "rifle" or somesuch. Because that would change the statistics extremely, with "hand gun" ownership being rather low in most countries other than the US, even those which otherwise have a very high gun proliferation.
If you're counting in the "technically government owned firearms", my country (Switzerland) is probably number two, but these are mostly rifles, and most other privately held firearms also are rifles. Depending on the type of rifle, you can get them without any permit. But you usually can't get more modern than single-shot muzzle-loading hand guns without a specific license. And you need another license for carrying them.
Also, the statistics probably lack murder-by-police ("We mistook his cellphone for a gun"), and I'm pretty sure the US is very high up in that department as well..
Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain
Obviously, GCHQ has done the most damage to "computer infrastructure" since the Morris worm, and funneled data about British citizens out of the country, into the hands of possible malign foreign actors.
The whole GCHQ should be arrested for treason.
Why Snowden Did Right
Yes of course, this new Obama Bush, same as the old George W. Bush. (both of them far worse than the even older George H. W. Bush).
Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild
(Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap)
Yes, I turned off all weak ciphers in my browser. Including most 128bit ones.
DOJ Requests More Power To Hack Remote Computers
"hacking computers", or "placing trojans" and other such things primarily do one thing: They make evidence useless. Because you can't prove anymore that you did not plant it, that you didn't change anything and that you did not open a backdoor for a third party.
How stupid can you get? And why haven't the forensic specialists of the DOJ told them what their request really would mean?
I've got some other great ideas in the same vein:
- Drop cleanliness regulations for DNA testing labs
- Don't require physical evidence be sealed. And leave doors to it unlocked, so everyone can go and tamper some.
I can understand a secret service that wants to do these things, but a law enforcement agency really, really can't allow it. Much less propose it.
US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe
You're a shill, and the points you make a total distraction. And incidentally, the same as rgbatdukes, so I expect you to be some astroturfers.
It's very simple: Pumping energy into a system makes it warmer, yes, but not everywhere, and not every time, but only in the average. So counting up outliers (coldest, warmest, whatever) does mean squat.
What pumping energy into a system does in the first place is raising entropy.
And this means, you get _hotter_ AND _colder_ climate, more rainfall AND less rainfall. In short, climate gets more extreme.
The best way to see this, well, you've already experienced it, it comes with names like Katrina and Sandy...
Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom
Wrong side of history == people that do not agree with the Obama administration.
That's also a frequent definition of "racist".
Mod parent troll down.
This Obama Bush is just the same as that W. Bush. Only Obama looks and talks better.
Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says
"because no windows developers have 'this kind of hardware anymore'.
The reality is, Linux supports much more older hardware than windows does. Because drivers are vendor-produced, they don't tend to upgrade them when new versions are out (and their product isn't on sale any more). So you end up with tons of scanners, drives, printers, and what have you, which can't be made to work on newer windows versions. Which run just fine on even the newest linux versions.
Firefox 29: Redesign
Nope. Cut&Paste on Chrome/Chromium is totally broken on X11. Has been since forever, and they won't fix it. They think cleaning the paste-buffer on the mouse whenever you open a new tab is a good idea.
Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
Well, chances actually are, that some people that know gymel also have a wider understanding of the middle ages, and thus acquired skills, or at least know how, on how the middle ages work. So they might be able to build a fire with flint and steel, or produce pottery, and so on...
reenactors and experimental archeologists might be able to cope rather well without modern technology, because they already tried it.
Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges
Conservatism isn’t http://seegras.discordia.ch/Bl...
But I actually don't see why the party has anything to do with it, besides, the Democrats and the Republicans are both right-wing authoritarians. http://politicalcompass.org/us... So there's no difference anyway.
Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges
> Could we please stop with the endless pro-drug commentary?
It's not "pro-drug". It's "anti-prohibition".
Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes
But nobody who needed to pay the pharma companies for said polio vaccine, because the Foundation was lobbying for more patent protection at the same time.
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