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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Sique Re:No escape from the tea party nomenklatura. (198 comments)

I got herpes already at birth. Pray tell me, o wise Anonymous Coward, how I could have possibly avoided it. (Herpes is a STD in just the same sense that the Common Cold is a STD. It can also be transmitted through sexual contact, but this is not their main infection vector.)

6 hours ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Sique Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (344 comments)

I was just browsing my own business mail, and I found that 90% of them don't belong in public, because they are talking about customer installations (information which belongs to the customer, not us) or about internal administration and HR (like courses, oncall schedules, sick leaves, vacations). Only 1% are directly about what I am doing, like solution concepts, scripts or possible configurations. I can imagine that this is not so much different from most other people's business email.

2 days ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Sique Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (344 comments)

There is lots of administrative stuff, human resources details, meeting arrangements and much more in daily mails, which all belong to your work, and none of them belongs into the public.

2 days ago
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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

Sique Re:Ancient? (34 comments)

Actually, "civilisation" is derived from "civitas" (town), thus originally a civilisation has started to live in or around cities, which has happened already during the Copper Age. There are even Late Stone Age towns.

3 days ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Sique Re:I'm unclear (136 comments)

Actually, they don't. There have been situations where a seed company was collecting seeds of traditional crops, selecting the ones with the most marketable potential, patenting and reselling them again and suing the farmers they got the seed from originally from infringing the patent on the seeds and prevailing.

Curse the judges that handed down the verdict and the laws that allowed the company to prevail, but currently there is nothing that prevents a company from doing the same again and again.

3 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Sique Re:My Notice to General Mills (214 comments)

In a certain way they are, if you have a contract with them allowing them to do so.

3 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Sique Re:Possibly Worse Than That (214 comments)

Contracts have not to be signed. It is sufficient if both parties have an agreement. The signed, written form makes it more easy to prove afterwards which conditions were agreed upon, but it is no requirement.

3 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Sique Re:Possibly Worse Than That (214 comments)

As you buy the stuff not at the company, but through a trader, the only contract which exists, is the contract between you and the trader about the transfer of money in exchange for a box of cereals. So there is no contract you could be ever ignorant off. First Sale Doctrin and all that...

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Sique Re:Revolt? (806 comments)

Guns in the hand of people also means that the people who can afford the largest guns also have the largest influence. It makes no difference to a system where money buys the government directly, except that it requires more bloodshed.

5 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Sique Re:Wouldn't trust Apple (193 comments)

Or just be like me and not care about in-car-entertainment. All I use the car radio for is listening to some news channel. I don't have ever burned a CD for my car, I never took a bought CD in my car, I don't have any USB-based devices or anything else.

5 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Sique Re:Structure vs Outcome (806 comments)

Sometimes I wonder how many people like to state that "The car body is made from steel" to make an argument the car was not blue. It seems to be some sentence once learned in some class or read in some book that reoccur again and again without ever being called in question. There are other themes (like: "Nikola Tesla is the most underreported inventor"), but this one always striked me as especially odd.

I once learned that Democracy is a measure of how easy it is to remove someone from power. If it requires a bloodshed, you live in a tyranny. If it requires some violent pressure on someone, it's not as bad, and if all it takes is a public statement of wishing someone else in power, you are pretty close to a full democracy. Elections in this case are just a means to an end, a way to formulate a public statement. A referendum would be another way. As it seems from the study, it's nearly impossible to remove someone in power via a public statement, because the amount of money to bend the public statement in your favor is so exceptionally large, that only some elites can afford it.

5 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Sique Re:Good (78 comments)

I think what we have here is you pulling accusations out of your ass without backing them up.

5 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Sique Re:Good (78 comments)

And you expect the media to be able to correctly asses the abilities and the inner workings of a secret agency in a foreign country? And not just blindly speculating what could have happened? Does the media read the press releases of the KGB, where the KGB announces his new spy programs?

If there are any new tactics at the KGB and the chinese Zhong Chan Er Bu, they surely will not tell the papers you are reading. And if any american intelligence agency detects new tactics of foreign spy agencies, they won't put out a press release either. So we have wild guesses in the news papers you read, and nothing else.

What we have is the former head of the NSA excusing before Germany for completely misunderstanding the german sensibilities when it comes to complete surveillance of everyone. We have about every intelligence agency running to their respective government to demand more money, and we have the intelligence agencies of Brazil and Germany begging for pardon for being that inept.

5 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Sique Re:Good (78 comments)

I wonder where you get that (surely classified) information from and what you deserve for revealing it to the enemy. Yes, chinese and russian spies can read slashdot, and you are revealing secrets here.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Sique Re:I am against any climate engineering (341 comments)

Lets suppose, we just exclude the U.S., and then we have the consensus that GW is human caused.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Sique Re:What if we overcorrect? (341 comments)

Fertilizing the ocean with iron will not increase the fish population, it will rather kill it off. Yes, phytoplankton will increase, but at the same time this will bind much of the oxygen in the ocean, thus animals (including fish) will just suffocate. Ask someone who lives near the ocean what happens if you have an algae bloom: fish populations die.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Sique Re:What if we overcorrect? (341 comments)

Climate change is quite well understood (science is never settled). And the question if climate change is something we are largely responsible for is answered with a sound yes. There are some nests of people still trying to argue that, but they are mainly located in the U.S.. The rest of the world just shrugs the shoulders about the ongoing debate in the U.S. and thinks: Americans, ey? Can't just accept a fact, if it means they might be wrong.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Sique Re:What if we overcorrect? (341 comments)

They were not a serious problem 200 years ago, because 200 years ago, there were many more serious problems overshadowing them. Basicly the only illness you can catch today that didn't exist 200 years ago is AIDS.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Sique Re:Why do people listen to her? (586 comments)

There are times when a child can receive up to 6 vaccines at the same time and that's a little bit shocking.

Yes, they get a preparation that is called Hexavac. It is one shot with six vaccines. It works. And you prefer your child to get six shots? Six times in a doctor's office, six times being pierced, being hurt and feeling dizzy afterwards? I prefer Hexavac everytime (and both my children got it).

about a week ago

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Oldest known multicellurar lifeforms on public display for the first time

Sique Sique writes  |  about a month ago

Sique (173459) writes "The Natural History Museum in Vienna is the first to show the oldest fossils of macroscopic multicellular life. These outstanding fossils were investigated by an international team of scientists led by French-Moroccan geologist Abderrazak El Albani from the University of Poitiers and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). This sensational discovery fundamentally changed our understanding of evolution and pushed back the known origin of multicellularity about 1.5 billion years. Despite their evidence for the evolution of life, the Gabon fossils have never before been open to the public."
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Used software can be sold, the Court of Justice of the European Union say.

Sique Sique writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the
use of his programs downloaded from the internet. The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence is
exhausted on its first sale. This was decided today by the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case of UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp.."
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Humans and Baboon have separated later than though

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "The science magazine Nature reports recent findings of a fossil, called Saadanius hijazensis. Comparative anatomy and cladistic analysis shows that Saadanius is an advanced stem catarrhine close to the base of the hominoid — cercopithecoid clade, e.g. close to the last common ancestor of hominoides (apes and humans) and ceropithecoides (Old World monkeys). Genome-based estimates for divergence of hominoids and cercopithecoids range into the early Oligocene (roughly 35–30Myr ago), but the fossil is estimated to be 29–28Myr old."
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Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sique writes "The german technology news site Heise.de reports under the title Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption: At the Black Hat security conference, Austrian IT security specialist Peter Kleissner presented a bootkit called Stoned which is capable of bypassing the TrueCrypt partition and system encryption. A bootkit combines a rootkit with the ability to modify a PC's Master Boot Record, enabling the malware to be activated even before the operating system is started."

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