Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking
For banks the virtual coins are but another form of financial vehicles but for government it represents new ways of landing them more $$$
The Evolution of Diet
Also, getting yourself very drunk to near death alcohol levels might help solubilize some of the cholesterol fat deposits easier during periods of starvation, but that has downsides to it too
Good idea !
But I think there ought to be a better way to dissolved the fatty deposits along the veins than getting seriously drunk
While fatty acids does dissolve in alcohol, alcohol is far from being the only solvent that can dissolve cholesterol
Perhaps someone could come up with something that can dissolve the cholesterol buildup in the veins while not getting the person into a serious drunken stage
850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement
America has turned into a police state and you guys are laughing
I, as an American, find it very hard to swallow the hard fact that my country is no longer the Land of the Free nor Home for the Brave
With 850 Billion (and growing) dossiers to search, anyone in any of the so-called law enforcement agencies get to pry open things that they are not supposed to know, maybe even things that have been erroneously included in the dossier
... and you are laughing !!
Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers
America used to be a country which respects the Rule of Law
No more !
Nowadays the government of the United States of America can lie to the congress, can trample the rights of the citizens, can haul up people without any valid reason, in fact, it can do anything it likes --- and we have you, Sir, and your fellow fascists, to thank !
3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple
Apple Stock is at a record high. He did what he was hired to do
I too own stocks of corporations and also am major stock owner of several companies
Stock price for me is not a be all and end all - for me, the future of the company is much more important than the _current_ stock price
For this, Tim Cook has failed, and has failed miserably
Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?
If UK no longer is a country possessing nuclear bombs it would be a big PLUS for the world
This world needs fewer countries which have nuclear bombs, not more
UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
If the government of England wants England to become a nation of ostriches it can use whatever might it wants but if the people doesn't want to, the government can't legally force people to become ostriches
As long as England remains a democratic country, that is ...
China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn
According to the info @ http://www.plosone.org/article...
The GMO rice requires much less application of pesticide than the non GMO counterparts (2 applications versus 5)
If the GMO rice is approved then the pesticide industry in China (both local / international vendors) will stand to lose a lot of sales
It could be their lobby which had killed the GMO rice
Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity
Pic of the wheel ...
The first time when I saw the wheels I was wondering why the hell they spend so much money to send up a robot to Mars and then equip that thing with such flimsy wheels
And I did post question here on /, and there were people (NASA fanbois, perhaps) defending those flimsy wheels
New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'
I've always felt that our meatbrains have a pretty incredible capacity for taking WAGs at NP problems (i.e. traveling salesman). And I feel like an AI would just bring itself to its knees trying to find the 100% best solution to NP questions asked of it
There has been a classical on that topic, and it boils down to Digital versus Analog
In Digital, everything either is a "0" (zero) or a "1" (one), which means, everything is either true, or false
In Analog, as there is no definite "0" nor definite "1", nothing is so clear cut as there are a lot of shades of grey in between.
Our meatbrain can cope with a lot of stuffs that the digital computer can't precisely because our brain makes its decision based on imprecise feedback
Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution
Looking at this thread --- http://science.slashdot.org/st... --- I can't help but think that people who are so adamantly political correct might have been because their DNA are defective
I know, I know, I know that this is just a wild conjecture --- I have tried very hard to prove myself wrong, but so far I have yet to find the concrete proof yet
New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One
I arrived at America pretty late - at the 60's - but at least at that time America had several institutions doing all kinds of wonderful basic research
Xerox's famous lab at Palo Alto
And at that time Darpa funded a lot of basic research as well
Today, all gone
Even Darpa's funding are not aiming at basic research - such as what TFA has outlined - what they are doing at Carnegie Mellon is actually an applied research ... taking what has been known and add another layer onto it
What's happening in America nowadays is very worrying
WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency
If you think Israel is evil, okay, that's what you think, but please, this is /., not some Hamas fanboi club
You wanna talk about Ebola, talk about Ebola. Why the need to drag Israel into this discussion ??
Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits
The zero-day bugs are bugs, while we know bugs are inevitable (nobody is perfect), it does not mean that we should just throw up our hands and say "Oh, there is nothing we can do"
We can !
We can do something at the source level - at the very least we should be able to, after so many years of programming culture, to inculcate the correct way to future crops of programmer so that they produce stuffs that contain less bugs
Some of those bugs were actually added when the original program gone through an update, with extra bells and whistles - and if we can stick to the original Unix principle, in which, one utility does one thing, and one thing only, and does it very efficiently, the chances of "introducing added bugs" would be drastically lessen
Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin
The use of bogus BGP to treat networks into believing that it is connecting to a legitimate network instead of having its own network stream being hijacked can be used for much more than mere Bitcoin snatching
It can also be used to "branch out" legitimate net traffic to some listening posts (something NSA and all other spy agencies like to do) and thus, further compromise the legitimacy of the network itself - and the loss of privacy / data / whatever that the data stream happen to contain
This is a serious threat !
US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?
They want the smartest and fastest and strongest ...
They should look at that guy in the White House, the epitome of "smart", "fast" and "strong"
City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns
You still believe that due process is still practised in England or America or France ??
Welcome to the REAL WORLD !!
Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China
That's a quite naive point of view
Really? When was the last time an American was arrested on American soil by the Chinese police?
Even if you spend time in both countries (as I do), you have a far greater chance of being arrested by American police. On a per capita basis, American citizens are four times as likely to be incarcerated as Chinese citizens
When you were still in Shanghai, you needn't worry of being arrested by the American authority but now you have moved back to the States, please, Shanghaibill, do not say what you said so loudly
I do fear for your safety
PS. I'd continue to stay outside of the USA if I were you
Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix
No need when HAD instantly back down and alter the content of the page
Perhaps this is not intended, but a side benefit of DMCA is that the use of DMCA against a certain website will give indication of which site has backbone which site hasn't
HAD certain hasn't
Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker
They will call the whistle blowers "TRAITORS" and they will come up with all the usual justifications - that they need to fight "terrorism", or whatever it is ...
America is turning into an extra-large-size concentration camp and still there are people wanting it to happen !
The Danger of Over-Reliance on the Net
When are you going to tackle the spam problem, Slashdot ?
The thread http://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/08/10/2250205/new-nsa-funded-code-rolls-all-programming-languages-into-one has been seriously spammed, and that troll that does the spamming always spam threads that are related to "NSA"
So what are you going to do with the spam problem, Slashdot ?
If you can not stop that bot from spamming you, at the very least offer us an 'un-friend' feature so that we can make a tick on the box next to that fucker, and forever and ever we won't need to see any more of his spam
Will you do that, Slashdot ?
Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?
In the comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4728375&cid=46105237 I was commenting that the Nobel Peace Prize committee should take back the prize that they have wrongly awarded to Obama.
In the comment I used the full name of Obama, which is Barack Hussein Obama, which in fact, is the LEGAL NAME of the current POTUS.
For whatever reason, a fella "Stargoat" flamed me for using the full name of Obama and specifically accuse me of using the name of "Hussein" !
I was totally floored by the way that knee jerk threw his temper tantrum. I mean, The word "Hussein" isn't my invention, I wasn't the one who "gave" Obama that name.
It was Obama's dad who gave him that "Hussein". Not me.
Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?
If it has become illegal to use Obama's full name, why don't they make an official law from now on, making it a federal offense for any "peon" to call the Emperor/ President / Dictator of the United States of America by his/her full name ?
Comparing Barack Hussein Obama to Edward Snowden
The Smartphone Kill Switch
A chill ran up my spine after I read http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/12/19/2113235/proposed-california-law-would-mandate-smartphone-kill-switch
Right now, as it is, NSA can listen to your telephone communication, can read your sms/email, can know where you are, who you regularly communicate with, can profile your behavior (when you will do what at where), but they still can't shut you off (unless they send in a "cleaner").
With the Kill Switch, they can do that.
Yes, the law as it is, is for people who report to the police that their smartphones were stolen, so that the authority can issue a "kill order" to brick that lost smartphone.
And we also know what NSA is all about - no law on the land can touch them - and with the availability of the "Kill Switch", NSA can effectively KILL THE PHONES of those who they do not like, cutting them off the communication grid, and leaving them out in the cold.
I can foresee the consequential abuses that will accompany this new "Kill Switch" law. It'll only make NSA (and all the other BIG BROTHERS) that much stronger.
When *GENOCIDE* becomes a non-issue
will show you the complete 180-degree change of direction Obama has taken on the Genocide in Sudan.
will guide you to the shameful decision by the Obama White House in refusing to display an 88-year-old rug, despite having promised so earlier, for a Smithsonian Institute project.
I, as an American Citizen, is very shameful to have Obama as my president. Although I never cast my vote for him, millions of my fellow Americans were stupid enough to elect this two-faced liar into the White house, not once, but twice.
If issues such as GENOCIDE can become a total non-issue, what kind of message the United States of America is going to give to the world, that America is a non-principled, rogue country ?
China building its 3rd space tracking station in Argentina
10 year anniversary to an official absurdity
Google has become a stranger to me
I was one of the early investors in google, naturally, when others were still using altavista or yahoo I put my homepage as google.com
Google has always have that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, and will send visitors to random sites (from a pre-chosen, pre-approved bunch, of course, don't want to send children to porn sites) ...
That was the google I knew
Nowadays, everything change
No matter if you start with google.rw or google.com.au or plain google.com, and click on that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button you will end up in the "doodle" page
What kind of fucking crap is that ?
The U.S. Space Program
" I don't know if your listeners or people living in the U.S. understand these changes, but as I observe them from the outside, I feel that America is gradually contracting and closing itself off. It's a very strange thing." "
The person who said the above is Mr. Wu Ji, the director of China's National Space Science Center ( http://cssar.cas.cn/ ), English version @ http://english.cssar.cas.cn/ .
As an American, the above quote left a very bitter taste in my mouth.
What the fuck has gone wrong with my country ?
Do you still trust the United States of America ?
First, it was revealed that America cracked the email of the Brazilian President.
Then, it was Mexico's turn, closely followed by revelation of NSA tapping on France' telecommunication network
Now, it's Germany's chancellor which got the unwelcome tap.
Would you still trust the United States of America as your ally ?
TOR is not safe
If you think TOR (The Onion Router) is safe, if you think that you can get away from the prying eyes of the BIG BROTHER you could not be more wrong.
TOR originated from a research project of the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and currently still receive funding from the states department of the US government, the Swedish government, and others.
And there already have been several cases of the fed successfully cracking the myriad layers of TOR and some people have already been apprehended.
This link outlined how FBI has successfully cracked TOR
The following link outlined the background of TOR
A statement from Edward Snowden
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised â" and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013
Idealist Geeks ?
Just heard the term "Idealist Geeks" over the BBC worldservice
The guy was talking about folks like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden - digital age kids (geeks really) who are really good at the technology that spy agencies (like NSA) just can't do without
Of all the people in the world, why we Geeks have to take all the responsibilities all by ourselves ?
Is Slashdot afraid of the truth ??
The Boston bombers are MUSLIMS
Those who slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York were MUSLIMS
Same with the people who bombed the Madrid train station --- MUSLIMS, --- the those who bombed the London subway --- MUSLIMS
It's the MUSLIMS who have created all these havoc onto us, but yet, if anyone dare to tell the TRUTH in Slashdot, they will be modded down ...
Why is Slashdot so afraid of the truth ?
The truth is very simple --- ISLAM IS VIOLENT
Time and time again THEY have attacked our society, from the World Trade Center to London tube to Madrid train station to Boston Marathon
I am an American, and I am VERY SICK AND TIRED of the ISLAMIC VIOLENCE
If them MUSLIMS want to live in America, they better live peacefully.
If they can't, or do not want to live peacefully with the others in America, they should move out !
We can no longer tolerate people who want to bring their RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE into our society --- if they want to kill, they can go killing their own kind in Iran, or Iraq or Saudi Arabia, or Yemen or Egypt or Turkey
Stop making troubles in America !!!
Persistent problems for open-sourced program
The idea of open-sourcing is great - that everyone gets to see the source code of the program, or even start experimenting with it, implementing ideas / features that were not yet in there.
But there are problems too ...
Case in point ---
I was like typing "pivot table" on a search engine and click away ... and before I know it I ended up on the two above links
The program is Gnumerics - an GNU implementation of spreadsheet
The wanted feature is "pivot table"
The problem is two fold --
1. No one cares enough to code
2. No one wants to include that feature in the official release of Gnumeric
And judging from the date stated, that "pivot table" had already been requested for the past few years.
100 dams to be built in Africa
Coding Android in Assemblies
Link @ http://www.eggwall.com/2011/09/android-arm-assembly-device-set-up-part.html
I just came across it, don't have time to try it out yet.
Very troubling news about what happened to Christopher Stevens before he died !!
There is a report from Middle East claiming that ambassador Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, was raped before he was killed by a bunch of Libyan gunmen.
Additional information disclosed that it was the Libyan security team which revealed the location of Mr. Christopher Stevens to the attackers
From - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57511043/assault-on-u.s-consulate-in-benghazi-leaves-4-dead-including-u.s-ambassador-j-christopher-stevens/
"Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building - deemed safer - after the initial wave of protests at the consulate compound. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack"
More information at http://www.inquisitr.com/330504/ambassador-stevens-was-raped-before-his-murder-reports-claim/
Very weird display
If I log in my own account, I can't find my own comment - as well as the replies to my comment
But if I log out and access slashdot as an AC, I can see my comment
Case in point -- TFA http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/09/10/0245230/how-spyware-reaches-oppressive-governments
I have a comment - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963
It's just that when I am log in, as Taco Cowboy, comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963 and all the replies beneath it are gone
But when I log out, all of them re-appear
Why is that??