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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Meshach Data will be anonymous? (103 comments)

According to Google, the information from Baseline will be anonymous, and its use will be limited to medical and health purposes. Data won't be shared with insurance companies.

Given the revelations from Snowden I see no reason to trust Google or any other large American company.

8 hours ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Meshach Why is this news? (443 comments)

This has nothing to to with the Tesla; wouldn't matter what was being driven.

about two weeks ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Meshach Re:Why 80% (278 comments)

Or is it that 80% are actual audio calls and the rest are just meta-data?

about two weeks ago

Senator Al Franken Accuses AT&T of "Skirting" Net Neutrality Rules

Meshach The committment was only for three years (81 comments)

From the article:

Those rules were written in 2010 — and AT&T has pledged to abide by them for three years if its DirecTV purchase goes through — but were knocked down by a federal court in January.

Even if AT&T did abide by these rules in three years their commitment is over and they can do what they want.

about two weeks ago

Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

Meshach Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (74 comments)

People see this law for what it is, a way for the rich/politicians/scum to get rid of stories that make them look like the twats they are.

To be fair the idea is for results that are libelous or potentially (legally) damaging to a person to be removed. Making someone look like a twat is not to be removed (or at least should not be deleted). Google seems to be pushing the envelope on what they are removing to provoke resistance to the law in the hope of getting it changed.

about three weeks ago

Is Time Moving Forward Or Backward? Computers Learn To Spot the Difference

Meshach Re:Sooo.... (78 comments)

This saves us from the terrorists how?

Is that the only measure of success?

about a month ago

Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Meshach Re:Influence? (231 comments)

An interesting study, but nothing about the rankings has anything to do with measuring being 'influential'.

I guess it is "influential" in the same way that Google news shows the most "influential" sites covering a significant story. Influential means "conforms most to the prevailing viewpoint" (at least in this case). These are the ones that the most people read and hence the most influential.

about a month and a half ago

EU Court Backs 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Meshach RE: Counterproductive (153 comments)

Google isn't the one presenting the data...

This is not claimed by the article. While Google was the one sued the article says that the ruling applies to any search provided who receives a complaint.

about 2 months ago

Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

Meshach Re:just use virtual machines (464 comments)

install to virtual machine, then make copies of that virtual machine. problem solved.

I do not think that this "solution" will work for a typical user. VM machines are not simple to setup and use for the masses as they are for /. users.

As a matter of fact I do not think this will impact the majority of users at all. Most people buy their software with their computer system and are not adverse to having to buy a new version when they get a new machine.

about a year and a half ago

When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

Meshach Re:I Live In the United States (381 comments)

What 'Merica do you live in?!?!?

There are CCTVs on each-and-every goverment building, school, police car, and any intersection with traffic lights.

Not to mention the individual people and businesses that use CCTVs.

And the worst part about those CCTVs is that every one of them is somehow attached to TripWire, aka Big Brother.

mastershake82.... I really like your username but you need to get out from underneath the rock that you live under and stand up for your rights.

AC, meet sarcasm. Sarcasm meet AC. I am sure you will become great friends once you get to know each other!

about a year and a half ago

Nintendo Power's Final Cover

Meshach Re:Surprised it lasted... (79 comments)

... this long considering magazines really haven't been relevant since the late 90's early 2000's for gaming.

Why does everyone assume that if they are not interested in something no one is interested in it?

about a year and a half ago

Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

Meshach Re:Can we get rid of long sigs as well? (248 comments)

Can we also get rid of excessively long sigs, embedded graphics, comic sans and outlook stationary too? Or at least made them more difficult to automate.

Amen. I bet if you added the bandwidth spent transmitting large sigs/wallpapers/stationary and showed it to most CFOs they would agree.

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Participate In Black Friday?

Meshach Re:wiki (231 comments)

The Canadian (or UK) equivalent is Boxing Day.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?

Meshach What about Bob? (379 comments)

Apologies to Bill Murary!

Kidding aside, have you tried bringing it up with Bob?

about a year and a half ago

Green Grid Argues That Data Centers Can Lose the Chillers

Meshach Are building owners really overheating? (56 comments)

If the owners of the building could run cooler I would think they would. Heat is expensive and building owners are cheap; if it is possible to spend less I would think that owners would.

about a year ago

What tech would you un-invent?

Meshach Bad analogies (572 comments)

They are about as bad as cat mittens.

about 2 years ago

Scientists link deep wells to deadly Spainish quake Read more: http://www.ctvne

Meshach "Read more:..." sjould not be in the title (2 comments)

Sorry that was an errant cut-paste mistake. The title should read the following: "Scientists link deep wells to deadly Spanish quake"

about 2 years ago

Austrian Skydiver Prepared to Leap From Edge of Space

Meshach Re:Heh (97 comments)

Let's hope that the weather on the 8th is as good as they hope for...

I just hope that if he gets too hot during re-entry he can unzip his suit!

Maybe there will be precipitation and rain will not be the only thing to fall.

about 2 years ago



Harvard Bomber Hoax Perpetrator Caught through Tor

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about 7 months ago

Meshach (578918) writes "The FBI has caught the student who called in a bomb threat on December 16. The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor but the FBI were able to trace it because it originated in the Harvard wireless network. He could face as long as five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted."
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Real version of Homer Simpsons dream car built

Meshach Meshach writes  |  1 year,19 days

Meshach (578918) writes "Some fans of The Simpsons have built a real life version of Homer Simpsons dream car. In the Simpson's world Homer finds out that he has a long lost cousin named Herb Powell, (voiced by Danny DeVito) who owns a car company in Detroit. Herb is so delighted to meet Homer that he lets Homer design a car that eventually ruins the company. This real vehicle is a working replica of the infamous car from the series."
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Moore's Law implies life existed before Earth formed

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about a year ago

Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article in the Digital Journal saying that the current complexity of life on Earth and Moore's Law imply that life had to begin before the Earth was formed. Based on the premise that genetic complexity of living systems double every 376 million years the initiation of life is pushed back to almost 10 billion years ago. Geologists believe the age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years. This means that life is older than the Earth by 5.5 billion years."
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Google found guilty of libel for listing results

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Meshach (578918) writes "Google has been found guilty for refusing to take down a libelous search result in an Australian court. Music promoter Milorad Trkulja sued Google for refusing to take down links to website articles promoting libelous claims Trkulja was connected to organized crime in Melbourne. Google has told Trkulja to contact the sites on which the offensive materials were posted, as those webmasters controlled the content but the supreme court found Google was responsible for removing the damaging links the moment Trkulja asked it to remove the content. As a result of the jury's decision in the case, Google will have to pay $200,000 in damages to Trkulja."
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Rise in allergies to cell phones

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Meshach (578918) writes "Report out of New York claiming that as people use electronic devices more and more persons with nickel allergies are reacting to their phones. Apparently about one-third of BlackBerry devices and 90 percent of flip phones contained nickel, and more than half of flip phones containing cobalt (the most common irritants). Conversely none of the iPhones or Androids studied tested positive for either metal. For those allergic to metals, symptoms range from dry-itchy patches on the face or ears to redness, blistering, lesions, and sometimes oozing."
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Death of cassette tape is greatly exaggerated

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article from Toronto about how although they have been virtually abandoned for music cassette tapes are being actively used an an inexpensive storage medium. Companies looking to archive large amounts of data are always looking for a cheaper solution and cassette tapes are the newest fad. Apparently when access time is not a priority they are perfect and they require zero energy use when not in use."
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Scientists link deep wells to deadly Spainish quake Read more: http://www.ctvne

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about 2 years ago

Meshach (578918) writes "Research has suggested that human activity triggered an earthquake in Span that killed nine and injured over three hundred. Drilling deeper and deeper wells to water crops over the past 50 years were identified as the culprit by scientist who examined satellite images of the area. It was noted that even without the strain caused by water extraction, a quake would likely have occurred at some point in the area but the extra stress of pumping vast amounts of water from a nearby aquifer may have been enough to trigger a quake at that particular time and place."
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Flatlining user base may spell end of RIM

Meshach Meshach writes  |  about 2 years ago

Meshach (578918) writes "There is an article in the Globe and Mail that says that ase for Blackberry has stopped growing the first time in the companies history and speculates that this is the beginning of the end of RIM. The main problem seems to be that RIM's new Blackberry models like Bold and Torch are selling poorly and their production costs are so much higher then other products manufactured in China. A recent research report says that after BB10 the company will need to sell or drastically change its business model."
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Google to devs: use our payment system or be dropped

Meshach Meshach writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Meshach (578918) writes "Google has been pressuring applications and mobile game developers to use its costlier in-house payment service, Google Wallet for quite some time. Now Google warned several developers in recent months that if they continued to use other payment methods — such as PayPal, Zong and Boku — their apps would be removed from Google Play, The move is seen as a way to cut costs for Google by using their own system."
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