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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Koreantoast New Market for Rigid Cases? (420 comments)

New incentive to buy rigid cases. Time to go buy Otterbox stock!

5 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Koreantoast Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

We do have something similar, although it is called Texas.

Not really. Less than 20% Texans are polled to be in support of secession. That falls in line with the national average of all US citizens who want their states to cede, from New Englanders wanting to join Canada to Silicon Valley types fantasizing about their own libertarian utopia.

about two weeks ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

Koreantoast Its not registering but passing that matters (144 comments)

The challenge isn't registering for the course but actually passing the course. My undergrad used an equivalent Computer Science intro course as a weed out course for the entire college of engineering. Did a pretty effective job of it too.

about two weeks ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Koreantoast Re:Other side of the story. (118 comments)

While it is a bit complex on the surface, the USPTO's metrics are pretty straight forward: an X level patent examiner should be able to examine Y number of patents in a given quarter. Some patent applications take longer than others, but it all averages out in a year. Meet the minimum requirements, and you get paid. Exceed those requirements, and you get a bonus. In my opinion, its probably one of the most meritocratic agencies in the entire Federal government. All the time tracking issues revolves around the second time card they keep to try and fine tune what Y should be for X, but I didn't get a feel that the situation was so bad that it would significantly impact the numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Koreantoast All politics is domestic (540 comments)

As foreign policy goes, the US' policy on Cuba is probably one of the single most stupid and short-sighted foreign policies there is.

All politics is domestic, and Cuba is the same. As long as there is a very vocal community of Cuban expats that have an axe to grind with the Castro-created regime, the United States will not be lifting sanctions. I think as that generation gets older and fades away, we'll see an easing, but while they're still alive and politically active, change will not happen. Cubans Americans after all make up a large and politically active faction in a crucial swing state (Florida).

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Koreantoast Iran would disagree (540 comments)

If Cuba had oil . . . the embargo would be over really fast.

Ask the Iranians who continue to be under tight US sanctions. Oil hasn't helped them escape thirty years of US economic embargo.

about three weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

Koreantoast Compare to US and Gulf of Mexico (199 comments)

The Chinese love to call hypocrisy, about "Well, the US does blah blah blah..." However, look at the Gulf of Mexico, a good comparative example to the South China Sea situation. See, in the Gulf of Mexico, the United States may actually have a strong position than the Chinese, with greater amount of shoreline touching the water and greater military superiority over its neighbors. There's oil in those water, rich fisheries, and its a critical body of water for American security interests. Yet unlike the Chinese, the Americans didn't scoop up the entire region like a hollowed out grapefruit and tell its neighbors FU. Instead, they sat down, from a position of power no less, and negotiated equitable maritime boundaries, not just with friendly nations like Mexico, but with hostile states like the Cubans. However, the Chinese are different, proving quite greedy and trying to essentially annex other nations' EEZ from Malaysia and Brunei up to Korea and Japan. It's a sad state of affairs, and it only serves to unite China's neighbors against it. With actions like that, they really shouldn't question why their neighbors fear them.

about three weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Koreantoast Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

Unfortunately, that paradigm for large manufacturing employment doesn't work anymore. Even if you could convince every executive in the United States to follow it, the costs would be so high that they would no longer be competitive globally. They would be driven out of business by more nimble and cheaper foreign competitors that either use advanced automation or dirt cheap third world labor. What an automated factory like Tesla is doing is salvaging what it can, keeping what few jobs are left in the United States.

about a month ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Koreantoast Re:why the focus on gender balance? (579 comments)

The problem is that Wikipedia is supposed to be a repository of human knowledge, and the community has created an environment that is hostile to fifty percent of the human species. Now one could argue this doesn't matter as much when it comes to topics that are dominated by men or, a bit more of a stretch, topics that are gender neutral, but if they are finding hostility from men on articles about female sexuality, womens' clothes, gender in the workplace, etc. then there's something seriously off right now.

about 1 month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Koreantoast Re:As someone who went to NC State (595 comments)

Some corrections needed here:

1. SAS wasn't created as an undergrad project, it was a large, multi-university and government agency collaboration with Professor Goodnight, at that time a member of the faculty, one of the researchers.

2. Universities spinoff new companies all the time: this is hardly the first or last time that students and faculty at a university have used their research to start new companies. Nor is NC State particularly unique in this IP clause, and this clause hasn't stopped start ups in the past or present.

3. Goodnight was a statistician, not an engineer (different colleges).

4. Despite your implications that there's bitterness between the two, Goodnight and NC State have very strong relations and a history of collaboration; just this past year, he's got at least a million in scholarships for future statisticians at the university. There's also a lot of research funds, support and materials that flow between him and the university, the Statistics department in particular. I would go so far as to argue that the Statistics department's reputation and ranking are in part driven by the success of SAS.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Koreantoast Re:There's more to EU transport than cheapness (341 comments)

No, these guys are copping a whole lot of shit for trying to offer no-standards transport in nations that have minimum standards for their public transport services... The EU has a lot of consumer protection laws designed to look after their residents (now there's a thought), a concept that is completely foreign in the US where it seems that only company profits matter.

Gross oversimplification for someone trying to score cheap points and apparently has not been following the adventures of Uber in the United States. The constant, very public fights that Uber has been having in cities across the United States are those very same types of "minimum standards for public transport" that you refer to in the EU.

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Koreantoast Re:And no one will go to jail (266 comments)

In particular, I don't know if the Democratically-controlled Senate really wants to create an opening for Republicans to go after their wounded and weakened Democratic White House.

about a month ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Koreantoast Maybe Sentor Feinstein is connected to terrorists (266 comments)

Who knows, maybe the President will come out and say that Senator Feinstein and her congressional staff are connected to foreign terrorists and thus a legitimate intelligence target. Why else would he continue to stand up for Director Brennan? Even in the political cynic in me is surprised that the White House didn't sacrifice him just to make the attention go away.

about a month ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Koreantoast Importance isn't gaming but ease of selling childr (131 comments)

What gets me about this story isn't that they sold their children... you're going to have one or two parents out there in any society that are so screwed up in their heads that they'd contemplate such an option to fund whatever addiction they may have. The significance is that it's so easy to do so in China.

about 2 months ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Koreantoast Re:Another very good reason... (192 comments)

No, they would freak out because where do you think the survivors in that massive neighboring country are going to go? Also, what nation would want their immediate neighbor to be covered in nuclear fallout that may just blow your way...

about 3 months ago
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Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

Koreantoast Might Help Broader EV Industry, More Secure Future (362 comments)

Lot of people are dismissing this, but I think there is sound logic to what they're saying for two reasons. One, by becoming a purely focused battery manufacturer, Musk becomes platform agnostic and will have a much better chance of licensing his tech and selling his batteries to all auto manufacturers. This could benefit the broader electric vehicle industry as the technology is now available to dozens of well established manufacturers who can produce vehicles on multiple orders of magnitude greater than Tesla could possibly reach in a decade or more. If they do it right, they could make a huge amount of money this route, dominating a key control point in the electric vehicle.

The second thing is that they will continue to be highly constrained in their manufacturing capabilities for a while. I love Tesla and would love to own one of their vehicles, but the company's production system will take at least a decade or two to even get anywhere close to the order of magnitude that more mainstream auto manufacturers are able to make. This may not matter much if you want your Tesla to be unique, but if your goal is to see the mass deployment of electric vehicles in the near future, organically scaling up Tesla may not necessarily be the way to go.

All that being said, I HIGHLY doubt Musk will go in this direction. His MO at other companies has always been platform oriented with tight vertical integration, and I don't see that changing anytime in the near future, not with him at the helm.

about 4 months ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Koreantoast Re:Can't find welders? (367 comments)

I think you make a good point. I do believe there is a welder shortage, but it's for niche or highly experienced areas. Companies allowed the pipeline to dry up, and now they are paying the price and scrambling to make up for years of neglect. Don't think you can make a H1B crisis as easily with welding however: people may be confused or intimidated by what advanced scientific and programming fields do, but welding is one that tends to fall more neatly into traditional territory of organized labor. They may be weakened, but they can fight tooth and nail on that one.

about 5 months ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Koreantoast Re:I wonder (154 comments)

That's a silly statement. They're government bureaucrats. At least in the United States, you never join the bureaucracy if your goal is to make money. Even contracting for the government, while better paying than direct government employment, still pales compared to more lucrative areas of the economy, especially for the skill sets we're talking about.

about 6 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

Koreantoast Retraining Won't Be Enough for Unemployed Miners (712 comments)

I'm REALLY curious as to what they expect to replace the coal mining business with in the middle of rural West Virginia. Even assuming you could retrain all those workers, that simply leaves an entire army of now skilled workers sitting in towns that have had their economy completely decimated by the elimination of coal. One doesn't simply regenerate a brand new, magic economy there from scratch. Even something as basic as building a new factory, say a solar panel factory, would require not just the cost of building the factory, but the infrastructure to support said factory (roads, water, power, rail links, etc.), and $50B is not going to cover the cost of doing that for 87,000 workers.

about 7 months ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

Koreantoast Better Question: Why Did It Take the PRC this Long (142 comments)

Yes, just in case you haven't been following all the coverage from the last three or four days, the United States has been providing a large amount of satellite data, even leveraging their missile launch detection system to search for possible explosions. The more interesting question is why it took the Chinese this long to provide satellite imagery to search for a plane full of primarily their own citizenry in its own region.

about 7 months ago

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Physicist Proves Mathematically Black Holes Don't Exist

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  5 days ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "Black holes, the stellar phenomena that continues to capture the imagination of scientists and science fiction authors, may not actually exist. According to a paper published by Physics professor Laura Mersini-Houghton at the University of North Carolina and Mathematics Professor Harald Pfeiffer of the University of Toronto, as a collapsing star emits Hawking radiation, it also sheds mass at a rate that it no longer has the density necessary to become a black hole; the singularity and event horizon never forms. While the ArXiv paper with the exact solution has not been peer reviewed, the preceding paper by Mersini-Houghton with the approximate solutions was published in Physics Letters B.

"I'm still not over the shock," said Mersini-Houghton. "We've been studying this problem for a more than 50 years and this solution gives us a lot to think about... Physicists have been trying to merge these two theories – Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum mechanics – for decades, but this scenario brings these two theories together, into harmony.""

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Under Armour-Lockheed Designed Suit Blamed for Poor US Speedskating Perfomance

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  about 7 months ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "The United States surprisingly poor performance in speedskating, despite strong performances in recent World Cup events, has been blamed in part on an untested speedskating suit. The Mach 39, designed through a joint venture between Under Armour and Lockheed Martin, was supposed to provide Team USA with a high tech advantage, using advanced fluid dynamic models and dimpled surface to disrupt air flow and improve comfort. Instead, performances have been disastrous thus far, with athletes going as far as modifying their suits at the Olympics to try and reverse their fortunes. The suits have caused enough concerns that US Speedskating is taking the unusual step of seeking special dispensation from International Skating Union to ditch the high tech suits and switch back to their old uniforms. Teams are normally required to keep the same equipment through the entire Games. Insert jokes and comparisons to Lockheed's more famous product, the JSF, here."
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Silicon Valley's Ultimate Exit: Techno-Utopia or Tea Party with Better Gadgets?

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  about a year ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "Welcome to the next round of the anarchist vs. statist debate: Stanford's Balaji Srinivasan has made a radical proposal of a "techno-utopia", the dream of entire countries, driven by technology, that are free of the "Paper Belt", i.e. paperwork driven, traditional governments like those in Washington D.C. He proposes an anarchist, technologically-driven, "opt-in" utopia free of pre-existing systems and requirements led by innovators in Silicon Valley. Srinivasan presents Peter Thiel's proposed floating tech incubator and Elon Musk's plans for a Mars colony as "good starts." Needless to say, the concept has also drawn significant criticism, with Valley Wag comparing the idea to the "Tea Party with better gadgets." The author, Nitasha Tiku, says that such a concept ignores the fact that Silicon Valley's success were built upon government infrastructure and funds and that many of the newest concepts are simply thin facilitators on top of a more heavily regulated system. Slashdotters, where do you stand?"
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Arrested Chinese Blogger "Confesses" on State TV, Praises Censorship

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  1 year,12 days

Koreantoast (527520) writes "As part of a broader, chilling Chinese crackdown on Internet dissent, Chinese blogger Charles Xue, appeared on Chinese state television in handcuffs on Sunday, denouncing his blog and praising government censorship. He "confessed" to becoming drunk on the accumulated power of his Weibo blog, which peaked at 12 million followers, and confessed to recklessly spreading unverified rumors and slander, disrupting social harmony and becoming a vent of negative emotion on mainstream society. He also praised new government legislation cracking down on Internet freedom, stating how dangerous the Internet would be if left uncontrolled by the government. Xue was arrested on prostitution solicitation charges though his television confession did not discuss those charges. His arrest was also suspiciously around the same time as a broader government sweep that picked up other Chinese Internet activists."
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Analysis Makes Case that Gladwell's Culture & Air Crashes Analysis Badly Fla

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  about a year ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "As a recent Slashdot article showed, interest in Malcolm Gladwell's theory on the impact of culture on airline crashes has come up again following the tragic accident of Asiana Flight 214. Yet how good was Gladwell's analysis of the Korean Air Flight 801 accident which is the basis of his theory? A recent analysis by the popular Ask a Korean! blog shows serious flaws in Gladwell's presentation: ignorance of the power dynamics amongst the flight crew, mischaracterizations of Korean Air's flight accident record (three of the seven deadly incidents characterized as "accidents" were actually military attacks or terrorism) and manipulative omissions in the pilot transcripts to falsely portray the situation. "Even under the most kindly light, Gladwell is guilty of reckless and gross negligence. Under a harsher light, Gladwell's work on the connection between culture and plane crashes is a shoddy fraud." Perhaps Gladwell should have asked a Korean before the chapter."
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Somali Al Shabaab Live Tweet Attack on UN Development Program Compound

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  about a year ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "In another interesting example of the increasing use and sophistication of social media by non-governmental organizations, the Somali-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab live tweeted their latest attack, a suicide assault against a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) facility in Mogadishu which left 15 dead. During the event, they denounced UNDP, tweeting during the attack that the UN is "a merchant of death & a satanic force of evil, has a long inglorious record of spreading nothing but poverty, dependency & disbelief" and proceeded to mock newly appointed UN Representative Nicholas Kay who is to arrive in Somalia later this month. Also of note is their initiation of communications with various press entities including the AP, BBC and IHS Janes through Twitter. Hat tip to Foreign Policy magazine for the story."
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Sterile Environment Causing Increase in Allergies

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  about a year ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found in the United States that immigrant children born in the developing world are are less likely to develop allergies, ranging from food allergies to hay fever to eczema, than those born in the US, and long term, foreign born immigrants are more likely to develop allergies over time versus their peers back in the developing world. This phenomenon isn't particular to the US either: studies done in other industrialized nations show a similar pattern. Scientists hypothesize that people in the developing world benefit from greater exposures to infections and microbes, and that the cleaner, more sterile environment in the industrialized world has weakened people's immune systems, making them hypersensitive to otherwise harmless particles. Has the Western world gone too far in creating a sterile society, swinging the pendulum to the point where now it hurts their health?"
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North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  about 2 years ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "

After failing miserably on numerous occasions, North Korea has finally put a satellite in orbit. But according to US officials, it is now "tumbling out of control." This is bad news, and more bad news, covered in a double layer of extra bad news.

According to US officials, it appears that North Korea's new satellite has failed to achieve a stable orbit and is now "tumbling out of control." The greatest danger is the threat of it colliding with another satellite, adding to the growing debris field around the earth. A separate Gizmodo article provides links for tracking the current location of the satellite."
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The coming end of "free content" news?

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway recently purchased 63 newspapers and plans to purchase more over the next few years, noted during an interview that the current free content model is unsustainable and will likely continue pushing toward more electronic subscription models. This coincides with moves by other newspaper companies like Gannett and the New York Times which are also erecting paywall systems. Buffett notes that newspapers which focus on local content, their unique product, would succeed even if they lose subscribers because their services are irreplaceable. Is this the beginning of the end of "free content" for local news?"
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Asian Nearsightedness Due to Time Spent Indoors Studying

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "A rather amusing study completed in Australia shows that the rate of myopia amongst East Asian children may be driven in large part due to the lack of sunlight from being indoors too often, i.e. studying.

"Scientists say an epidemic of myopia, or nearsightedness, is sweeping through Asian children, and is likely due to students’ spending too much time indoors studying and not enough time outside in the sunlight.

It has long been thought that nearsightedness is mostly a hereditary problem, but researchers led by Ian Morgan of Australian National University say the data suggest that environment has a lot more to do with it."


On a more serious note, the study found that rates of myopia are higher amongst Caucasians in the UK versus Australia where the former gets less sunlight."

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US deploys "heat-ray" in Afghanistan

Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Koreantoast (527520) writes "The United States military has deployed Raytheon's newly developed Active Denial System (ADS), a millimeter-wave, "non-lethal" heat-ray to Afghanistan. The weapon generates a "burning sensation" that is supposedly harmless, with the military claiming that the chance of injury is at less than 0.1%; numerous volunteers including reporters over the last several years have experienced its effects during various trials and demonstrations. While US military spokesperson Lt. Col. John Dorrian states that the weapon has not yet been operationally used, the tense situation in theater will ensure its usage soon enough. Proponents of ADS believe the system may help limit civilian deaths in counterinsurgency operations and provide new, safer ways to disperse crowds and control riots, but opponents fear that the system's long-term effects are not fully known and that the device may even be used for torture. Regardless, if ADS is successful in the field, we'll probably see this mobile microwave at your next local protest or riot."
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Koreantoast Koreantoast writes  |  more than 7 years ago

koreantoast (527520) writes "An article in the British newspaper "The Independent" states that a limited study done by Landau University has found a possible link that the radiation from cell phones is interfering with the navigation system of bees, leading to the collapse of many commercial bee hives in the United States and Europe. The implications are serious: with the disappearance of a large number of bee hives, farmers will be unable to pollinate many of their crops, leading to shortages of many agricultural products. Although there is still a lot of research that needs to be done to confirm this link, the possibility is worrisome."

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