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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Thanshin Lawsuit, paid by... (515 comments)

$7M paid by...The taxpayer!

No need to correct the problem when it's everyone else who pays for their mistakes.

about a week ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Thanshin Re:Huh? (107 comments)

Sometimes this faith involves an old white man with a beard.

Santa?

about two weeks ago
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Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

Thanshin Re:Darknet for kids (52 comments)

Will this be a darknet, where google and wikipedia pretend that santa claus exists?

What do you mean "pretend"...

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Thanshin Re:Strong AI = child (574 comments)

Fundamental:
1fundamental adjective \fn-d-men-tl\
: forming or relating to the most important part of something

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Thanshin Re:sigh (574 comments)

*Slow Clap*

You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Thanshin Re:No problem if it runs Niggerbuntu (574 comments)

Five number ID and you still don't understand /.'s moderation system and how to use the little "full-abbreviated-hidden" slide bar?

I know no one is to be left behind and we are all special snowflakes, but you're on your way to reach the finish line a decade too late.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Thanshin Strong AI = child (574 comments)

It will threaten the human race. It will not threaten humanity, just change it. There is no fundamental difference between creating a strong AI and having a child.

From an external point of view, the singularity is just the moment at which humanity switches from carbon based to silicon based brains. An important milestone, but nothing to be hysteric about.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Thanshin Math (413 comments)

1 - Lower the quality of math teaching and the math requirements to advance through the educational system.
2 - Wait about twenty years.
3 - Rig the elections in a non absolutely obvious way.

about three weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

Thanshin Reading and comprehension (235 comments)

Hence the absence of the word "combined".

about three weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

Thanshin Too late (235 comments)

It's too late now. We'll have fusion in the next 50 years. It's a known fact since the sixties.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Thanshin Re:haven't been following... (189 comments)

Sapphire is the crystalline form of aluminum oxide (-Al2O3). It's a variety of the mineral Corundum.

It's special because its hardness of 9 in the Mohs scale combined with its transparency make it an ideal material for electronic devices' screens.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Thanshin Ending pain (83 comments)

This is one of the big frontiers of humanity.

There is little a person won't do to stop pain. A simple way to stop it with no consequences for the person nor society would solve a huge lot of other problems.

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Thanshin WHOOSH every single one of you! (433 comments)

The OP was obviously joking!

So much whoosh!

Right?

right?

Oh dear god.

America is dying of political trolling.

about three weeks ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Thanshin 50 MILLION DOLLARS! (70 comments)

To read the topic you have to first put a little finger near your mouth.

Merck Revenue in 2011 alone was a thousand times that.

The first $500k of the deal were to pay the golden pen they used to sign it. The second $500K, paid dinner, cognac, cigars and the first round of whores.

about three weeks ago
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LHC's 'Heart' Starts Pumping Protons Before Restart

Thanshin Re:Heart starts pumping.. (50 comments)

I know, right. Also, can we get some Americans in charge of that thing?

Are there Americans under the age of about 35 who have studied enough physics to even know what a particle collider is?

Or you meant put American immigrants in charge of the big toy.

about three weeks ago
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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

Thanshin Re:Personal social media accounts (60 comments)

There is no such thing as a personal twitter account.

"of or concerning one's private life, relationships, and emotions rather than matters connected with one's public or professional career."

about three weeks ago
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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

Thanshin Questionable claims (60 comments)

I wonder what would happen if citizens could sue the government for "questionable claims during campaign".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Thanshin The Internet answer (516 comments)

As with internet providers, just change to a different energy provider. One that puts their cables underground.

The free market is the solution to every problem.

about three weeks ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

Thanshin Re:Moon landing evidence? (65 comments)

It's either really fricking cold figs, or Slashdot erasing the [degrees] symbol.

about three weeks ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

Thanshin Re:Only who ae the terrorists (183 comments)

your terrorist is my freedom fighter

Wow! That has to be fantastic! Almost everybody is fighting for your freedom!

about three weeks ago

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Philae landed three times and is still not anchored to Rosetta.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  about a month ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "A failure with the small thruster that should have counteracted the recoil of the harpoons, was followed by a failure with the harpoons themselves. Finally Philae performed 3 landings,15:33, 17:26 & 17:33 UTC.

We're receiving the first pictures of Rosetta from the surface but Philae seems to not be anchored at this moment.

https://twitter.com/Philae2014
https://twitter.com/esa_rosett...
https://twitter.com/Philae_MUP...
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activit..."
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Using imperfect chips to improve power and cost.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "To ensure correct operation, chips are purposefully running at higher power than needed. Depending on how many errors a designer is prepared to tolerate, power consumption could be cut by up to 30%. With only 1% error rates, power could be cut by 23%.

Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, and colleagues, are putting these ideas into practice by designing chips that are not flawless, and then managing the number and type of errors. The "robustification" of software, as he calls it, involves re-writing it so an error simply causes the execution of instructions to take longer."

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France reintroduces the "Three strikes law"

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "France's lower house of parliament formally passed a revised 'Three strikes' bill that will allow authorities to disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet.

The new bill now allows a judge to make the 'third strike decision of either disconnecting an Internet user, fine of up to 300,000 euros ($415,000USD),or a two-year jail sentence.

The measure was passed on a vote of 285-225.

The first strike will be notified by mail, the second by certified postal mail and the third will cause the disconnection. The user will have to continue paying the connection fee during the disconnection time."

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How dangerous is to bring a laptop to the USA?

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Very soon I'll go to the United States for my honeymoon. The trip implies flights to cross the Atlantic and between NY, Washington, Chicago, Vegas, LA and SF.

I usually travel with a laptop. It allows me to forget about camera disk space limitations, to check maps and itineraries, to make reservations, etc.

However, I don't think I'll like fighting with the security people at every airport. From the news that reach me here in Europe, stepping into an airport in the states with a laptop about as much a hassle as carrying a bomb strapped to your nipple rings and a shirt describing the fact, with diagrams.

So, from a real world standpoint:
- Is it really a problem to carry a laptop?
- Will they waterboard me if I encrypt the whole thing with TrueCrypt?
- Should I carry the cheap one in case they decide to submerge it in nitrogen in case it's a bomb? (Or in case they decide to simply steal it)
- Should I carry the originals of every mp3, movie, game, text, etc. in the HD? Or it's better to simply hard format the entire thing and bring a liveCD.
- Should I carry an encrypted disk and loan a laptop after every flight?
- Should I forget about the whole thing and practice my jock impression?"
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Bone marrow transplants without chemotherapy.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  about 7 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Researchers reported in the 23 November issue of Science that they can use a specific type of antibody to clear away old marrow stem cells in mice, allowing fresh ones to take their place. The discovery could allow patients to receive bone marrow without undergoing chemotherapy and other toxic procedures."
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How will Internet freedom be protected?

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  about 7 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Every day there are news about some government trying to control the internet. Some times it's about media distribution and intellectual property. Other times it's just political or religious repression.

It's easy to find the response of the internet community in individual cases; hosting in foreign countries, browsing through encrypted networks, etc. However, I don't know about serious research regarding how to assure free, anonymous, encrypted communications for everyone.

We already know that blocking the population of an entire country from information coming from the outside doesn't work very well. However, imagine the governments of the entire northern hemisphere decided to concentrate their efforts in eliminating all internet privacy and controlling every movement of information. Is it possible?

If the infrastructure becomes hostile, we'd need an alternative way of transmitting the signal. If the government becomes hostile , we'd need that transmission to be undetectable or non distinguishable from the background.

How will the information flow if the Internet is closed? Radio? CD filled trucks? A laser web crossing from geek house to geek house?"
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Tiny projectors

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Tiny mobile-integrated projectors are almost here.

Cameras had quite an impact. Video recording plus YouTube makes news every day. Do you imagine the effect of everybody having a mobile projector?

What will the MPAA (and it's thousand young) do when people start projecting unreleased movies anywhere?
Can you imagine someone watching a pr0n movie projected in a bus wall?
Will spammers walk around projecting viagra advertising?

http://technabob.com/blog/2007/03/26/ti-working-on-worlds-smallest-dlp-projectors/
http://www.microvision.com/
http://technabob.com/blog/2006/07/03/ultra-mini-projector-with-frickin-laser-beams/
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/tag/projector
http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/20/oculons-hikari-pro920-might-be-the-worlds-tiniest-projector/"

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The right to keep handguns at home

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "In the past, many judges have dismissed the 2nd Amendment as archaic and limited to protecting a state's authority to maintain "a well-regulated militia," a phrase from the opening clause of the amendment. The 2nd Amendment's full text is: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-scotus21nov21,1,4804010.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage"

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Dollar slips to a record low vs. euro

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "The euro reached as high as $1.4819, according to Dow Jones' Interbank foreign-exchange rates, before settling back to $1.4815 late in New York, still significantly up from the $1.4667 it bought Monday.

However, the dollar crept up against the Canadian dollar to 98.32 Canadian cents yesterday from 98.31 cents.

In other news:
The dominant theme that emerged from the cacophonous OPEC summit that concluded in Riyadh on Nov. 18 was countries that have amassed huge piles of dollars from selling oil don't like seeing the value of their currency reserves eroded. While the host Saudis urged restraint lest the dollar fall even more, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad scorned the greenback as a "worthless piece of paper."

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/nov2007/gb20071120_087338.htm
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/11/21/dollar_slips_to_a_record_low_vs_euro/"

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