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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Taco Cowboy What do you call a spade? (79 comments)

What I'm saying is that calling people "sheeples" is inherently anti-democratic

So what do you call them?

By any other name the sheeples are still acting like sheeps

They do not like to think, they do not like to think so much that they let others to do all the thinking for themselves

And when that happens, someone else do come out and does the thinking for them ... that someone is nothing but the authority

So the authority tells the sheeples that what they are doing --- that BLANKET SNOOPING THING is "good for them" because it will "protect them from the baddies", you know, them "terrorists", them "pedophiles", them with "bad intentions"

And the sheeples bought that shit wholesale --- with line and hook and barrel and everything in between

You want your democracy, so be it, but do not tell me that calling a spade a spade is undemocratic

We can call the "Sheeples" a "Rose", or a "Tulip", or even "Alfalfa", but that name change ain't gonna change their character, not even a bit, Sir !

7 hours ago
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Taco Cowboy Yes, we do need hope, but still ... (79 comments)

Sir,

I do agree with you that we do need hope, but we must *NOT* forget the fact that 'hoping' ain't gonna do us, or anybody else, any good, especially when what is happening now, from top down (well, the governments are *ON THE TOP* of the people, no matter which government, no matter which nation)

Nowadays governments treat their citizens with contemp

They suspect their citizens so much that they actually take steps to ensure that every single thing their own citizen does must be checked, categorized, and actions must be taken on whoever they suspect (for whatever reason)

Hope in itself is no longer sufficient to fight those fascist, my friend

We no longer live in the 1960's, Sir

We no longer live in a world where the government listens to the people

No man. We are living in the world where the governments DEMAND to be respected, or else

That's the reality all of us are living in, no matter if you live in Canada or China or Saudi Arabia or America or Great Britain, it's all the same --- you, a citizen, better be a sheeple, or we will mark you, we will follow you, we will watch your every single move

7 hours ago
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Taco Cowboy I rather be a paranoid than be totally un-prepared (79 comments)

Dear Sir,

I may have been thinking too much. In fact, you may even say that I am paranoid - but at the stage that we are in today, that the blanket snooping activities into almost everything that we do online and off, we do need to question why the authority's need to do it, rather than accept what they are telling us by default

Yes, they tell us they are 'looking for terrorists' but is that true?

I mean, if they are 'looking for terrorists' the obvious target for those 'terrorists' are those from a particular religion (that peaceful one, to boot)

But is the authority looking into that group only?

Far from that. They are snooping in on ALL OF US, on our email, on our surfing pattern, on the site we go to, on what we download, on our phone conversation, on everything everybody is doing

Then why are they doing it?

Surely the 'looking for terrorists' excuse ain't gonna cut it no more, there gotta be more than what they are telling us

Yes, I am paranoid, I admit it. But you can't blame me from being paranoid

I am from China, a country which is being ruled by some really despicable regime. At the point when I left China the entire society was in turmoil. People were being pulled out on to the street and beaten, sometimes killed, just because they were labeled as 'anti-revolutionary'

I have had that kind of experiences. Most of you do not. I know what the authority is capable of doing, and what they will do to maintain their control over us, the peons

The more I look at what's happening in the so-called "Western countries" the more it resembles that despicable regime that is controlling China

Yes, I am have been 'overthinking', as you put it, but I rather be paranoid and right and be well prepared (as well as knowing what preventive actions to take before the shit hits the fan), than be totally unprepared and suffered the consequences

But it's all up to you guys. What I am telling you is what I, and many millions of older generation of Chinese had gone through --- we do not trust the authority, we do not trust anyone but ourselves

If you guys insist that the authority is to be trusted, that they are doing what they are doing for 'the good of the people', then that's your right to do what ever you want to do

But when the shit hits the fan (which I fervently hope it will never come true) don't blame me for not forewarning you guys

It happened in China, it could happen, and I repeat, it could happen elsewhere, including the Western countries

9 hours ago
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Taco Cowboy Actually, it's part and parcel of absolute fascism (79 comments)

You said:

... as terrorists. I have accepted that. Just change the laws to reflect reality now so we don't have this silly mismatch ...

Actually their target is further than that
 
To illustrate what I mean, let's look at what TFA says ...

... Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects ...

Are they truly looking for "extremist plots and suspects"?

No

Then what they are looking for?

They are looking for potential targets that they deem "dangerous". No, not terrorists but those amongst the people who are NOT sheeples!

You see, those fascists (to put them in a milder term will be an injustice, they are fascists afterall) are not afraid of sheeples. In fact, they WANT all the people to become sheeples so that they can get absolute control over them

What the fascists are afraid, very afraid of, is those amongst us who steadfastly REFUSE to become a sheeple, who instead will use our own brain to think, rather than delegate the thinking to "somebody else", ie, the authority

That is what makes those fucking fascists antsy --- they can't have that, but current laws still do not allow them to pull out all the non-sheeples to the street and shoot them

So they do the next best ... to identify the non-sheeples so that, when it comes the day they can pull people out to the street and carry out summary execution, they would know who to shoot

That is ultimately WHAT they are doing today ... identifying us, closely monitoring us, categorizing us, ... and ultimately, know who they need to eliminate, and where to get those 'trouble makers'

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Taco Cowboy You'd need a lot more beer ! (202 comments)

Beer and lots of offshore help! :)

The more you rely on offshore help to solve the problems on hand the more beer you gonna find yourself gulping down

Trust me on that !

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Taco Cowboy The most important prerequisite (202 comments)

Whether or not it is called "Software Development" or "Software Engineering" or "Coding" or whatever the newest trendy iteration, they all boil down to identifying the need and/or problem and then SOLVE IT

From the primitive but extra-ordinarily crucial computer systems that ran the Apollo space program to Lotus 1-2-3 to Linux, all they did was the same --- they identified what is needed and then providing solution to get the problems licked

yesterday
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Europe and China Will Team Up For a Robotic Space Mission

Taco Cowboy I am a Chinese (39 comments)

Which of the accusations are baseless?

Are you saying that because I am a Chinese you can accuse me for being a thief?

Is that what you mean, buddy?

3 days ago
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Quantum Computing Without Qubits

Taco Cowboy Einstein was among the guys ... (81 comments)

... Einstein invented quantum mechanics and you're an idiot ...

Albert Einstein is one of the guys that I truly respect, but I still gotta say that Quantum Mechanics was not invented by Einstein alone ... Other people such as Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Louis de Broglie, Arthur Compton, Erwin Schrodinger, Max Born, John von Neumann, Paul Dirac, Enrico Fermi, Wolfgang Pauli, Max von Laue, Freeman Dyson, David Hilbert, Wilhelm Wien, Satyendra Nath Bose, Arnold Sommerfeld, amongst many others, also have contributed to the theory of Quantum Mechanics

about a week ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

Taco Cowboy There is no anonymity (110 comments)

I've been on the scene since the '70s, and as much as I hope that my real identity to not be revealed to the world, I understand that once I post something online I take a risk (calculated or otherwise) of having my real identity exposed

There is no anonymity online or offline

about a week ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Taco Cowboy History is repeating itself (219 comments)

Rome's biggest enemy was itself, the upper classes saw only their own gain, disdained the masses, and ignored the changing world around them

While them Islamic savages are destroying the social fabric of the European countries what the Europeans leaders want to do?

To open Europe up for even more of them Islamic savages!

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Taco Cowboy 2nd/3rd generation of immigrants are IMMIGRANTS! (219 comments)

... are second and third-generation immigrants ...

France belongs to the French

Germany belongs to the Germans

Sweden belongs to the Swedes

Italy belongs to the Italians

In other words, they are the indigenous for their ancestors, for thousands of years, have settled in that place

And immigrants ? No matter if they are 2nd / 3rd / 4th or whatever generation, once they have decided to harm the indigenous they should be kicked out, immediately !

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Taco Cowboy Why are they punishing the law abiding citizens? (219 comments)

It's the rogues, the Islamists that they need to go after

Why are they snooping around the non-Islamists?

Why?

about two weeks ago
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Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain

Taco Cowboy Most human can't think critically (45 comments)

A good brain can conduct critical thinking

Sorry have to break it to ya ...
 
Almost all the homo homo sapiens in this world have a brain inside their skulls - in other words, they HAVE brains

However, most homo homo sapiens in this world can't even think critically

about two weeks ago
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Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain

Taco Cowboy Does Google lie? (45 comments)

Since TFA talks about Google offering a brain, an online smart brain, I just had to google "Does Google Lie" and guess what the first result was?

A link to Answer.com 'Does Google lie - Answers.com' which does not work !

And the instructions (type cat ./ type cheeseburger Mango) ain't making any sense either

about two weeks ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

Taco Cowboy The French ask for it ! (206 comments)

... the people trying to massacre them ...

Them fucking French have been asking for being massacred for decades

They have imported the savages by the MILLIONS and they still want to import MANY MILLIONS MORE savages into France

I say let the French be massacred

Let France be an example to all --- let the whole world know the consequences of importing them Islamic savages

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Taco Cowboy Compare to RMS, what are you? (551 comments)

RMS is far from perfect, very very far from perfect, but at the very _least_ the guy did create something

What about you?

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

Taco Cowboy Scientists are human beings too (227 comments)

Human beings when become celebrities will get their ego 'floated' when they find themselves becoming celebrities, and of course, scientists are no different

We can see how many of the celebrities have fumbled, sport stars, politicians, movie stars, and yes, even religious leaders, they too fumbled

They act different, the content of their speeches have also changed and become boastful. Most have forgotten what 'humble' feel like, and truth does not matter anymore

And truth is what Science is all about - the search for truth

Once truth is no longer important, then no matter how grandiose a scientific essay has been produced, it in itself has lost all its value

Remember, Scientists are humans too

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Taco Cowboy Yep, the government _is_ the terrorist ! (329 comments)

I ran away from China some decades ago because the Communist government of China was more or less acting like a terroristic entity

I ran away from China and ended up in the West, and I thought I am safe ... apparently, I was wrong!

Now the Western nations are trying to become more China than China !

Oooooh, my !

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Taco Cowboy ... not doing their job properly ... ? (319 comments)

Oh c'mon, folks !

Them spooks are doing exactly what they are being paid to do ... to let terrorist events transpire, to shock the sheeple, to shock them so much that they will voluntarily give up their rights

And that is what is happening, in America, in UK, in Spain, and now, in France

Every single time something really terrible happen them ruling elites will play the "superman" role, to "lead", to "protect", to "save"

But who are they saving? Who are they protecting?

Fact is that sheeples never think

If they ever use their brains to think they would see that the ruling class is nothing but a bunch of lying megalomaniacs

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Taco Cowboy Terrorists are not scapegoats ... (319 comments)

... rather they are the TOOLS

I have a feeling that the politcos have a secret pact with the terrorists, or whoever is/are behind the terrorist movement, just so that they can get a terrorist or two carrying out a really despicable terrorist act, in the middle of a major Western city, something that generates MAXIMUM IMPACT, and the sheeples be of course be scared shitless

The scared shitless sheeples will in turn agree to sign away whatever fucking rights they have left in the exchange (no guarantee, only a promise, an empty promise) of the so-called "safety"

That is why I do not foresee a great future for the so-called "Western Democracy" --- simply because the sheeples are too damn stupid to notice that they have been conned, again, and again !

I am not saying that there is no terrorists, yes, there are !

The act of using "terrorism threat" as a tool to further their goal to concentrate their power over the people, is itself as despicable as whatever the terrorists have done !!

about two weeks ago

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Where are the Linux talents?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  7 hours ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "IT is changing organizations across the globe, impacting enterprises, governments and the wider public sector. Open source in particular is a driver in innovation, giving organizations a competitive edge and an ability to scale and adapt to changing market demands.

According to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, demand for Linux expertise continues to grow, with hiring managers across a number of industries citing Linux talents as one of the top recruitment priorities this year

Unsurprisingly, with more government IT transformation projects under way in Asia Pacific, the need to reinvest in government employees' skills is also on the rise. This may be due to legacy systems, often built on proprietary platforms and supported by IT teams with skill sets limited by the technologies they had to maintain

An example of the legacy system is Lotus Notes system, which was adopted by governments throughout southeast Asia over the past 20 years. When the time came for these governments to move to a new and more capable platform, they had to conduct extensive staff retraining for a new tool. Of course, this led to climbing expenditures given the need for new training

With proprietary systems like Lotus Notes, there is a need to keep learning fixed and limited skills to support proprietary, vendor-specific set ups. Open source knowledge (Linux training) is, generally, highly transferable and can be applied to almost any Linux platform

Hiring managers in both governments and enterprises are bolstering Linux talent plans, according to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report. This report is assembled from a survey taken across 1,100 hiring managers and 4,000 professionals within the Linux space

In fact, the demand for Linux expertise is so high that salaries are being driven above industry norms, in turn causing these Linux professionals to identify Linux knowledge as a career-advancing tool

In Singapore, the Singaporean government appears to understand the need for local initiatives and frameworks, as the new fair consideration framework has led to increased competition for local IT talent

"Due to a limited talent pool in the storage, security, cloud or hosted domains, the market is also facing a shortage of technically skilled pre-sales people," said Regional Director of Hays in Singapore and Malaysia, Chris Mead. He explained that service management, cloud architecture and process and quality specialist roles were also in high demand

"We expect the supply shortage of these professionals to continue as businesses are consistently evaluating their IT operations to enable optimal efficiency and a continual improvement of their IT services"

It is thus important that IT professionals find the appropriate training that will prove to be a long term asset to them and their organizations. On the other side of this transformation governments should consider local initiatives to support Linux training programs, thus growing the skill base for Linux and other open source standards."

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Potential epidemic of autism, said MIT scholar

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  2 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Dr. Stephanie Seneff, senior scientist at MIT has declared that we are facing an epidemic of autism that may result in one half of all children being affected by autism in ten years

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, who made these remarks during a panel presentation in Groton, MA last week, specifically cites the Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, as the culprit for the escalating incidence of autism and other neurological disorders

Roundup, which was introduced in the 1970’s, contains the chemical Glyphosate , which is the focal point for Seneff’s concerns

Roundup was originally restricted to use on weeds, as glyphosate kills plants. However, Roundup is now in regular use with crops. With the coming of GMO’s, plants such as soy and corn were bioengineered to tolerate glyphosate, and its use dramatically increased. From 2001 to 2007, glyphosate use doubled, reaching 180 to 185 million pounds in the U.S. alone in 2007

Even if you don’t consume corn- on- the -cob or toasted soybeans, you are still hardly exempted from the potential affects of consuming glyphosate. Wheat is now sprayed with Roundup right before it is harvested, making any consumption of non- organic wheat bread a sure source for the chemical. In addition, any products containing corn syrup, such as soft drinks, are also carrying a payload of glyphosate

According to studies cited by Seneff, glyphosate engages “gut bacteria” in a process known as the Shikimate pathway. This enables the chemical to interfere with the biochemistry of bacteria in our GI tract, resulting in the depletion of essential amino acids

Monsanto has maintained that glyphosate is safe for human consumption, as humans do not have the Shikimate pathway. Bacteria, however, does—including the flora that constitutes “gut bacteria"

It is this ability to affect gut bacteria that Seneff claims is the link which allows the chemical to get on board and wreak further damage. The connection between intestinal flora and neurological functioning is an ongoing topic of research. According to a number of studies, glyphosate depletes the amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine, which can then contribute to obesity, depression, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer and Parkinson

Whatever may driving the autistic/Alzheimer’s diesel train, one thing is for certain: the spectre of half of our children coming into the world with significant brain damage constitutes a massive and undeniable wound to humanity. The rate of autism has skyrocketed from roughly one in every two thousand in the 1970’s to the current rate of one in every sixty eight. Alzheimer’s has become almost universal in the elderly"

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Understanding the mechanisms behind highly focused online ads

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  3 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "So you go to a website, or fb, or anywhere, and an online ad appears on your screen

Annoying or not, many of those ads have been purposely selected — almost tailor-made — for our consumption

And behind all these, lighting fast auctions of the slots for tailor-made ads are going on, all the time, and "Behavioral Targeting" is the name of the game

While traditional cookies can be blocked or erased, forms of cookie-less tracking are taking place all the time. “Fingerprinting” records specifics of a user’s device, and it’s next to impossible for most people to avoid sending information to advertisers, publishers and the bewildering array of specialist firms that serve them

Such information can be exploited in real-time computerized auctions for the right to show online ads to individuals. The algorithm-driven auction process takes place on electronic marketplaces in the hundredths of a second after an internet user clicks a link to visit a website. The winner’s ad appears by the time the site has fully loaded. Millions of individual auctions can take place every second

Advertisers see something like their holy grail: the right ad served to the right person at the right time – for the right price. The real-time bidding process allows ad campaigns to be fine-tuned through instant feedback. In a technique called Retargeting, desirable consumers can be followed around the internet, for example by placing ads on other sites they are known to frequent

Yes, the ads are already there waiting for you, at the sites that you haven't go, yet!

As internet-connected TVs take hold, the kind of highly focused ads now booming on the web will be possible there too. Tracking people better via mobile devices, and the rise of the “internet of things” as fridges and other appliances get IP addresses, will bring even more data into people’s digital exhaust for the industry to draw on."

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Stress level on the rise for IT workers

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  3 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "49% of IT workers say they’re closer to burning out now compared with five years ago

Triggers for IT workplace stress include a lack of exercise, feeling understaffed and job insecurity

The survey also revealed freelance workers tend to be more relaxed, with more than half ( 55% ) believing freelancers’ autonomy to change location and set their own hours reduces stress"

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Intel to form a stylus alliance

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  3 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Last year Apple filed for ten smart pen related patents and earlier this month a rumor surfaced from a prominent analyst claiming that Apple was aiming to introduce a smart pen accessory for Apple's 12" + iPad Pro later this year. On Wednesday Microsoft introduced a new digital whiteboard display system for the enterprise called the Surface Hub that accepts input with a Surface pen working in sync with their OneNote software. Their digital pen was emphasized in their Surface Hub patent that we reported on yesterday. Today there's news that Intel is forming a new Stylus alliance that will be formally announced in February. The first standards-compliant stylus is set to roll out in Q3. It's sure beginning to look as if 2015 will be the year that the stylus of old undergoes its biggest overhaul to date

The current situation regarding the stylus input for touchscreen devices is that every IC designer has its own stylus specifications. Users often find themselves unable to use styluses across different products as well as brands

Intel intends to change that

The chip-making giant is pushing for a standardised Stylus device, that works with all types of displays, be it a notebook ,a smartphone or a tablet

To get a deeper insight into what a standardised stylus would me, Take a Note 4’s stylus for example. You can take notes, dial numbers, highlight text, create your own doodles and still do numerous things that cannot be explained in the length of an article. However, with a standardised stylus, you could do all that, on a device with different config., display, processor or memory

Several chip designers have been invited to take part in the alliance and provide their inputs. Some of them are Atmel, Synaptics and Elan Microelectronics (EMC). Intel has also invited Asustek computer as well as Waltop, the stylus makers that Intel has invested in

It is obvious that this move is directed towards the tablet markets at first. A stylus as an accessory to a 12-inch device makes a lot of sense. The phablet market will benefit too. Nexus 6, iPhone 6 Plus and many of the big screen phones come without a stylus. Actually, only the Note series by Samsung comes with an in-built stylus. The big displays are much easier and fun to use with a stylus

Intel plans to announce the members of the alliance and a draft of the standard in February at the earliest and the official platform will start operating in April or May, with the alliance's first product is expected to launch in the third quarter"

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Chinese poise to buy O2 for ten billion British pounds

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  3 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The second largest British mobile provider, O2, may be purchased by a Chinese, for 10 billion British pounds

Mr. Li Ka-Shing already owns 'Three', another British mobile provider. With the purchase of O2, Mr. Li will inevitably owns the biggest British mobile provider

Mr. Li Ka-Shing is also the owner of many key sea-ports all over the world, from Hong Kong to Panama to Europe and Americas

Mr. Li is also very closed to the Chinese government

Among Mr. Li's many investments, he also invested in a Silicon Valley startup called Hampton Creek, which produces a synthetic egg, made up of plants — http://www.wired.co.uk/news/ar... — which can be used to replace chicken eggs in baked goods"

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The workflow involved in purchasing a Metro Card

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  4 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Slashdot being a geek site I am submitting a link to a very finely crafted workflow analysis comparing the buying of a Metro Card in New York Subway versus that in the Bay Area Rapid Transit

First, start with this simple workflow diagram — http://dhkzkmq0ef5g3.cloudfron...

Comparing the two you would notice that in order to add money to the Metro Card of the New York Subway you need to touch the touchscreen panel on the ticket selling machine at least 6 times. On the other hand, for the Bay Area Rapit Transit (BART), well, you see it for yourself on that diagram

The article does not only talk about the work flow per se, but also the insanely cumbersome UI which does no one any good

I hope y'all gonna enjoy the article as much as I did !"

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Europe and China will team up for a space robotic mission

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  4 days ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "China and Europe aim to launch a joint space-science mission by 2021

On Monday (Jan. 19), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that the two organizations will develop jointly

"The goal of the present Call is to define a scientific space mission to be implemented by ESA and CAS as a cooperative endeavor between the European and Chinese scientific communities," ESA officials wrote in a statement Monday. "The mission selected as an outcome of the present Joint Call will follow a collaborative approach through all the phases: study, definition, implementation, operations and scientific exploitation"

The call envisions a low-budget mission, saying that ESA and CAS are each prepared to contribute about 53 million euros (U.S. $61.5 million at current exchange rates). The spacecraft must weigh less than 661 lbs. (300 kilograms) at launch and be designed to operate for at least two to three years, ESA officials wrote in the call for proposals

All proposals are due by March 16, and the peer-review process will start in April. Mission selection is expected to occur in late 2015, followed by six years of development, with a launch in 2021"

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Linux computer - A lean, mean, KILLING machine !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a week ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "As had been covered by /. back in 2013 ( http://linux.slashdot.org/stor... ) and then August of last year ( http://hardware.slashdot.org/s... ) now you can aim and hit your target a full mile away, with the help of a Linux computer

The same company which, back in 2013, brought out a system to help shooter homing into a target 250 yards away has extended the range up to a full mile (1,750 yards)

The Linux powered computer tracks not only the optic target point — the laser dot — in which the shooter aimed at, but also tracks wind speed, direction, temperature, and also the barometric pressure

How come they never use Windows 8 to do the job?"

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Obama's latest tax proposal - cap on profits

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "If you have investments in the USA, watch out! Obama is going to levy hefty tax on ya!

President Barack Obama is proposing new taxes on the wealthiest Americans that would limit their profits from investments and make it harder for them to pass assets to heirs

Obama, who will promote the plan during his Jan. 20 State of the Union Address, will use much of the proceeds — $320 billion over 10 years — to expand tax credits for higher education and child care and create a new break for two-earner couples. The White House released details of the plan Saturday

The president’s address is intended to lay out an agenda for his final two years in office and help the Democratic Party retain the White House in the 2016 election with a legacy of policies that appeal to middle- and lower-income voters, who continued to lose ground as the economy rebounded from the recession

He would increase the top tax rate on capital gains and dividends to 28 percent from 23.8 percent. The rate was 15 percent when Obama took office in 2009, meaning that he’s proposing to almost double it over his two terms in office

He would also impose capital-gains taxes on asset transfers at death, ending what the White House calls “the largest capital gains loophole.” Under current law, assets held until death aren’t subject to those levies, creating an incentive for wealthy people to hold onto them. Heirs only have to pay capital-gains taxes when they sell and only on the value above what the assets were worth at death"

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Future farms may move indoor

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A farming model that can produce 100 times what a farm produces in the same amount of space may revolutionize agriculture as we know it

In a 25,000 square foot building in Japan, indoor farming company Mirai has built a farm producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. Not only is the production staggering, but the farm uses 40% less power, 80% less food waste, and 99% less water than outdoor fields while improving yields from around 50%-90%

What's fascinating about this technology isn't where it is today, but where it could be in 10 or 20 years. This technology could be automated, powered by solar energy, and could even produce high value plants used in medicines, just as an example

The medical and pharmaceutical industries often find valuable plant extracts in remote parts of the world. These plants could be produced indoors in a controlled environment, improving supply

Synthetic biology could also open a world of possibilities for indoor farming. Designer plants could be used to fill industry needs the way algae are beginning to be used to create specialty chemicals today

An indoor farm that can create 10,000 heads of lettuce per day is impressive, but it's just scratching the surface of what indoor farming could do. Biological engineering combined with automated growing could feed the world at a lower cost with higher quality and also produce products for a variety an ancillary industries. This could be the future of farming and could be on a dinner table near you before you know it"

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Laser that is powered by one electron at a time

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots. The tiny microwave laser, or "maser," is a demonstration of the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons

The researchers built the device — which uses about one-billionth the electric current needed to power a hair dryer — while exploring how to use quantum dots, which are bits of semiconductor material that act like single atoms, as components for quantum computers

The device demonstrates a major step forward for efforts to build quantum-computing systems out of semiconductor materials, according to co-author and collaborator Jacob Taylor, an adjunct assistant professor at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland-National Institute of Standards and Technology. "I consider this to be a really important result for our long-term goal, which is entanglement between quantum bits in semiconductor-based devices" Taylor said

The researchers fabricated the double quantum dots from extremely thin nanowires (about 50 nanometers, or a billionth of a meter, in diameter) made of a semiconductor material called indium arsenide. They patterned the indium arsenide wires over other even smaller metal wires that act as gate electrodes, which control the energy levels in the dots

To construct the maser, they placed the two double dots about 6 millimeters apart in a cavity made of a superconducting material, niobium "This is the first time that the team at Princeton has demonstrated that there is a connection between two double quantum dots separated by nearly a centimeter, a substantial distance" Taylor said

When the device was switched on, electrons flowed single-file through each double quantum dot, causing them to emit photons in the microwave region of the spectrum. These photons then bounced off mirrors at each end of the cavity to build into a coherent beam of microwave light

One advantage of the new maser is that the energy levels inside the dots can be fine-tuned to produce light at other frequencies, which cannot be done with other semiconductor lasers in which the frequency is fixed during manufacturing, Petta said. The larger the energy difference between the two levels, the higher the frequency of light emitted

"In this paper the researchers dig down deep into the fundamental interaction between light and the moving electron" Gmachl said. "The double quantum dot allows them full control over the motion of even a single electron, and in return they show how the coherent microwave field is created and amplified. Learning to control these fundamental light-matter interaction processes will help in the future development of light sources""

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Humans have pushed Planet Earth beyond the pale

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about two weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "As reported in Washington Post ~ www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/-human-activity-has-pushed-earth-beyond-four-of-nine-planetary-boundaries/2015/01/15/f52b61b6-9b5e-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html ~ humans have pushed the Planet Earth beyond the breaking point in four (4) out of the nine (9) boundaries in Nature

... and they are ...

* The extinction rate;

* Deforestation;

* The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere;

... and ...

* The flow of nitrogen and phosphorous ( used on land as fertilizer ) into the ocean


That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world

The researchers focused on nine separate planetary boundaries first identified by scientists in a 2009 paper. These boundaries set theoretical limits on changes to the environment, and include ozone depletion, freshwater use, ocean acidification, atmospheric aerosol pollution and the introduction of exotic chemicals and modified organisms

Beyond each planetary boundary is a “zone of uncertainty.” This zone is meant to acknowledge the inherent uncertainties in the calculations, and to offer decision-makers a bit of a buffer, so that they can potentially take action before it’s too late to make a difference. Beyond that zone of uncertainty is the unknown — planetary conditions unfamiliar to us

Pierrehumbert, who was not involved in the paper published in Science, added that a planetary boundary "is like an avalanche warning tape on a ski slope"

The scientists say there is no certainty that catastrophe will follow the transgression of these boundaries. Rather, the scientists cite the precautionary principle: We know that human civilization has risen and flourished in the past 10,000 years — an epoch known as the Holocene — under relatively stable environmental conditions

No one knows what will happen to civilization if planetary conditions continue to change. But the authors of the Science paper write that the planet "is likely to be much less hospitable to the development of human societies""

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SpaceX's 'land rocket on platform' trial has failed

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "As have been discussed on /. http://science.slashdot.org/st... and http://science.slashdot.org/st... SpaceX finally launched their Falcon rocket today

The cargo resupply mission to the ISS goes on as planned, but the part where SpaceX attempt to land their spent first stage rocket back on a platform has failed

Elon Musk himself has tweeted "Close, but no cigar this time"

The rocket did land on the platform, but the hard impact has caused irreparable damage to it

BBC also carries the news and the link is at http://www.bbc.com/news/scienc..."

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IoT M&A jumped 40-fold in 2014

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Last year 60 companies in the field of IoT (Internet of Things) were either merged or acquired. The M&A cost totaled US$14.3 billion, and that amount reflected a 40-fold increase over 2013

Google, Samsung, Cisco, Intel, PTC, and Qualcomm are among the big players in the M&A field in 2014

M&A activity in 2014 is almost evenly split between IoT-enabling horizontal infrastructure and vertical applications. In the infrastructure arena, acquirers notched 20 deals, primarily targeting a broad range of sensors, semiconductors, software platforms, security infrastructure and connectivity technologies needed for IoT to work effectively. Within the verticals, the transport and logistics segment led the field with 11 transactions, followed by the fitness and healthcare segment with 10 transactions. Acquirers also purchased five companies related to the home automation segment"

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FCC chief seen siding with Obama on net neutrality

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday endorsed the regulatory standard applied to telephone companies in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he planned to side with President Barack Obama on strict "net neutrality" rule

Comments by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas appeared to show he leaned toward regulating Internet service providers (ISPs) more strictly under Title II of the U.S. communications law, as Obama has suggested

At stake is whether and how ISPs should be banned from blocking or slowing down websites and applications and from charging content companies for "prioritized" downloads

ISPs say they do not object to parts of Obama's plan but staunchly oppose reclassification, which they say will present a regulatory burden and impede investments and innovation. They are expected to mount a court challenge, and Republicans are expected to counter new rules with legislation"

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Islamic Terrorism Strikes Paris !

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "12 people, including at least one policeman, have been shot dead in Paris, and two gunmen with AK47 were seen to fled the scene, shouting "Allawabutt" !

A bloody masacre has occurred at the office of the satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" in the 11th district of Paris. 12 people are dead and 5 are injured

This is not the first attack at the magazine's office. It had been petrol bombed by the Islamic extremists back in November 2011
Live reports link of the event are available at http://www.theguardian.com/wor... and http://news.yahoo.com/paris-sh...

Those of you who are living in the West better watch out

Sydney had been attacked not long ago and now Paris. Which Western city will be next?"

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Bowhead whale have two anti-aging genes

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about three weeks ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The Bowhead whale, each of which has more than 1,000 times as many cells as a human, are known to live more than 200 years of age, and yet they show few signs of the age-related ailments that plague other animals

A team of scientists has mapped the bowhead’s genome and they compared the whale’s genome with that of nine mammals, including other cetaceans, cows, rats, and humans

Reported in the publication Cell Reports the comparative analysis uncovered mutations in two genes, one that is thought to confer resistance to cancer and is also linked to aging and DNA repair; the other is involved with DNA repair only

The next stage of the experiment is to insert these genes into laboratory mice to see if the gene mutations increase the longevity of the mice, and offer resistance to diseases"

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Zapping drones with laser

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Mini-UAVs like quadcopters and hand launched drones has proliferated amongst the hobbyists, activists, journalists, businesses, and in the case of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, terrorists as well

Counterterrorist agencies from Washington to London, Moscow to Jakarta, are worrying about the ability of terrorists to use mini-UAVs to scout out attacks, or act as impropmtu bombers

In December 2013, a mapping drone flying near airplane flight paths within the vicinity of the Beijing airport, China mobilized 1,200 troops, two fighter and two helicopters to arrest the drone's three rogue operators. Learning from that experience, a group of Chinese companies has developed a powerful anti-drone laser for use in urban areas

The 10 kilowatt (coincidentally the same output as the initial laser on Lockheed Martin's HEL MD truck) laser can destroy drones flying at speeds of 180km, at ranges of 2km and a 50 meter altitude. The laser relies on electro-optical sensors for targeting; it takes about five seconds to compute a firing solution. These specifications match the needs in the target market of urban law enforcement and military operators

According to a spoke person of the consortium, snipers and drones are less than optimal solutions for dealing with small drones due to operator mistakes

Compared to missiles and anti-air cannons, the laser has a far lower likelihood of causing collateral damage and injury to nearby civilians. The anti-drone laser is light enough to either be installed to protect a fixed position like a stadium or government building, as well as to be mounted on trucks

The anti-drone laser has a perfect record of shooting down over 30 drones in a single test run"

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Cambodian village hit by HIV mass infection

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a month ago

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "More than 100 out of the 9,000 residents of a Cambodian village have tested positive for HIV. Patients ranging from 3 to 82 years old

First detected in late November after a 74 year old man tested positive for HIV, the unusually large number of cases in the Roka Commune of Battambang province has sparked panic among the community, causing more than 800 to come forward for testing. “It has been confirmed three times by different techniques. Around 90 [people] have tested positive,” Dr. Didier Fontenille, director of the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia

According to Reuters sources, a 55-year old man by the name of Yem Chrrin has been charged with murder and practicing medicine without a license. Facing death threats, he was taken into police custody over the weekend for questioning and his own protection

The mass infections come as a blow to Cambodia which recently announced intentions to have a zero percent infection rate by 2020. Since an outbreak which swept through the country in the 1990’s, Cambodia has managed to reduce the rate of HIV infection among people aged 15 to 49 from 0.6 percent in 2013 to 0.4 percent in 2014"

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Wanna create stuffs?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 months ago

You like to tinker with stuffs? You like to create new things? You are interested in IoT (Internet of Things)?

Then you are in luck. There's a site (no, not related to me in any way) that has been set up for people just like you

It's been funded by Foxconn (and no, I ain't related in any way with Foxconn either) and what the site is doing is to provide tinkerers a venue to propose their idea and if their idea has merit, Foxconn will build it (prototype and all) and if the idea is really interesting, Foxconn might even make your product for you (of course, Foxconn gonna take a big cut, but then, they provide the funding)

Site's name? http://kick2real.com/

One last thing ... a minor inconvenience. This site is in Chinese

I am posting this site on /. because Slashdot supposed to be a place for geeks who like to get their hands dirty inventing stuffs

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The Danger of Over-Reliance on the Net

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 6 months ago Since its inception the Net has taken over much of human civilization's attention and it has become the main viaduct for much of the communication and information flow, so much so that the act of letter-writing has become an ancient (and almost extinct) art

In other words, an over-reliance on the Internet has developed, and the problem is getting more and more serious

Internet will not last forever, and if that happen, what will human societies become?

History is filled with stories of collapsed of civilization, one of which we can learn lesson from is the Late Broze Age Collapse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Bronze_Age_collapse

Before the arrival of late bronze age collapse, nation states around the Mediterranean Sea and the Anatolia region had trading ties with each others. Along with the trade ties, cultural exchanges ensured that new ideas, new stories, new designs continually replendish and revive the otherwise isolated cultural groupings dotting along the coast line of the Mediterranean

However, with the collapses of the Hittite empire and the New Kingdom of Egypt, trade between the nation states dwindled and cultural centers all around the Mediterranean Sea suffered a domino-effect cultural crash

While people might argue that the Internet will not fail, that it will go on forever, but what if it fails and ceases to exist ? What will happen next ?

Our over-reliance on the Net is a worrying trend, and we should ponder the possible consequence before it happen

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When are you going to tackle the spam problem, Slashdot ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 6 months ago

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 ?

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Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

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 ?

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Comparing Barack Hussein Obama to Edward Snowden

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  1 year,11 days Mr. Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States. He currently lives in the White House, and enjoys all the privileges of the presidency, including 24/7 security protection (including that of the protection from food poisoning).

Mr. Edward Snowden currently lives in an undisclosed location somewhere in Russia. He currently is under 24/7 threat from the United States of America for allegation of "treason".

One is currently the "President" and the other is currently labeled as a "fugitive".

For the past several months, revelations from the so-called "fugitive" has deeply troubled that "President", so much so that, few hours ago, that "President" had to come out to admit that the United States of America has spied on millions of people for no reason whatsoever.

It took MONTHS for that so-called "President" to admit his own wrongdoing, but even when that "President" has confessed to his own sin, Mr. Snowden, the "fugitive", is still under constant threat.

This is year 2014. The 14th years into the 21st century, and yet, our society still treats people with integrity, such as Mr. Edward Snowden, as a "fugitive". Meanwhile a man with no integrity whatsoever still gets to live inside the White House.

Is this the United States of America the founding fathers had envisioned ?

Or has the United States of America turned into the very DICTATORIAL MONSTER the founding fathers was fighting against ?

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The Smartphone Kill Switch

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

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.

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When *GENOCIDE* becomes a non-issue

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago Hussein Barack Obama, when he was a Senator, spoke eloquently about the issue of GENOCIDE.

Senator Hussein Barack Obama spoke about the GENOCIDE in Sudan, and also the GENOCIDE of the Armenian people by the Turks.

That was, of course, before Senator Obama became President Obama.

Once Obama moved into the White House, he stopped talking about GENOCIDE altogether. This page:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/09/28/Mia-Farrow-President-Obama-has-joined-that-silence-on-Genocide-in-Sudan

will show you the complete 180-degree change of direction Obama has taken on the Genocide in Sudan.

These pages

http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/21/white-house-refuses-to-display-88-year-o

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/armenian-orphan-rug-remains-in-white-house-storage-as-unseen-as-genocide-is-neglected/2013/10/21/90458518-3a6d-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html

http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-10-25/white-house-says-rug-gifted-calvin-coolidge-armenian-orphans-will-stay-storage

http://www.anca.org/yesitsgenocide/obamarecord.html

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 ?

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China building its 3rd space tracking station in Argentina

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago Based on the following reports, all in Mandarin:

One dated 2009:

http://www.chinamil.com.cn/jfjbmap/content/2011-01/07/content_47810.htm

In which it outlined the need to build a network consist of three (3) deep space tracking stations, to prepare China's up and coming space missions, including Chang-e 5, and beyond. Two (2) of the stations have been built, they are inside China. The third one will be build in Argentina, at the cost of $80 Million, and will be completed by 2016. This page, from a state-owned construction company in China, Second Engineering Company Limited of CCC Fourth Highway Engineering Company Limited, gave the location of the 3rd Chinese deep space tracking station:

http://www.ccfourth.com/004/level3.jsp?id=381

This page, dated 25th October 2013, stated that the building of the 3rd Chinese deep space tracking station has begun. The deep space tracking station will be build on a high plateau in between 800 meter to 900 meter above the sea level.

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10 year anniversary to an official absurdity

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago Back in 2003, the city of Los Angeles demanded that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stopped using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms were unacceptable and offensive.

http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/11/26/master.term.reut/

From 2003 to 2013, many more such absurdities came into being, from Obama's wish to revamp NASA into an organization to please the Muslims

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7875584/Barack-Obama-Nasa-must-try-to-make-Muslims-feel-good.html

to Obamacare website fiasco originated from the a no-bid $93 Million contract to Mitchelle Obama's ex classmate.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477403/Michelle-Os-Princeton-classmate-exec-company-built-Obamacare-website.html

When I signed on to become an American I never imagine that my new country would become the buttjoke of the world, but unfortunately, it is.

Sigh !!

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Google has become a stranger to me

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

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 ?

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The U.S. Space Program

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

" 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 ?

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Do you still trust the United States of America ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

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 ?

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TOR is not safe

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year ago

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

http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/08/13/crikey-clarifier-how-the-fbi-cracked-tor-the-secret-internet/

The following link outlined the background of TOR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network)

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A statement from Edward Snowden

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half ago http://wikileaks.org/Statement-from-Edward-Snowden-in.html?snow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

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

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Idealist Geeks ?

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

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 ?

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Is Slashdot afraid of the truth ??

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  about 2 years ago

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 ...

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3663921&cid=43488935

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3663921&cid=43489101

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3663921&cid=43490981

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 !!!

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Persistent problems for open-sourced program

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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 ---

http://old.nabble.com/Pivot-Table,-a-revisit-td31307325.html

http://projects.gnome.org/gnumeric/faq.shtml

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.

Hmm ....

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100 dams to be built in Africa

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago There have been a lot of reports on land grabbing by Chinese in Africa, and the latest report is from the famed Oxford University of United Kingdom - a paper just published ( @ http://oucan.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.php/blog/14059-big-is-beautiful-megadams-african-water-security-and-chinas-role-in-the-new-global-political-economy ) is claiming that the Chinese are planning to build 100 hydroelectric dams in the African continent !

That will surely be a grand scale ecology disaster in the making.

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Coding Android in Assemblies

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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.

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Very troubling news about what happened to Christopher Stevens before he died !!

Taco Cowboy Taco Cowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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.

http://www.tayyar.org/Tayyar/News/PoliticalNews/ar-LB/usa-killed-lybia-zek-970.htm

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/

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