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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Thanshin Re:Still not easy (36 comments)

So just send the weapon maker to enemy territory to build/make it there. Even if he makes a mistake and kills himself, there's a chance his corpse will infect the surroundings.

2 days ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Thanshin Re:Oh my (36 comments)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter/kickstarter.

2 days ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Thanshin Shared atmosphere (36 comments)

Can you imagine how interesting these problems will get once humanity stops sharing a single atmosphere?

I predict the first human colony will be killed by terrorist bio-attack.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Thanshin Re:Scapegoat much? (182 comments)

Don't be silly. Mondays and New Coke predate Snowden.

On the Star Wars Prequels... Hmm... I think your theory merits further investigation.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Thanshin Re:Nostradamus (182 comments)

Meh. My post was still more relevant, true and accurate than the NSA's declarations.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Thanshin Re:Then please stop snooping on us (182 comments)

"Following the disclosure of the stolen NSA documents, terrorists are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance."

Then please stop the surveillance. It doesn't work with the terrorists since they have changed how they communicate and you only get communications from innocent citizens.

You still don't get it. The terrorists who are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance are us. There is no such thing as "innocent citizens".

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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Thanshin Nostradamus (182 comments)

This was clearly predicted by Nostradamus:

The Easterner will leave his seat,
To pass the Apennine mountains to see Gaul:
He will transpire the sky, the waters and the snow,
And everyone will be struck with his rod."

And also:
Through an object the eye will swell very much,
Burning so much that the snow will fall:
The fields watered will come to shrink,
As the primate succumbs at Reggio.

Here, the easterner who transpires Snow is clearly Snowden. And, obviously, the NSA are the primates.

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Thanshin Re:The most logical explanation for this... (323 comments)

Or, alternatively, the envelope got so big it doesn't fit Wheeler's mailbox anymore.

AT&T and Verizon, always pushing for a quicker response to client needs, are installing a larger mailbox at this very moment.

2 days ago
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NASA Inspector General Lobs Big Rocks At Agency's Asteroid Hunting Program

Thanshin 90% (35 comments)

Clearing 90% of an extremely rare but potentially apocalyptic event.

"We're happy to report that, with this program, of all the meteorites that would destroy Earth in the next century, only one in ten will end humanity."

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Thanshin Re:The opinion of an ignorant (489 comments)

Really? I thought it was : Spotless Legitimist Accurate Smothened Heraclidan Double-barreled Objurgatory Tenser

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Thanshin Whatever (377 comments)

He clearly doesn't understand Linux.

What do the true experts think? Where is the Slashdot poll on this topic? Is systemd programmed in COBOL? Did its development follow the innovative FDD? (Fear-Driven-Development, for those who don't follow the hottest new trends)

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Thanshin The opinion of an ignorant (489 comments)

I know essentially nothing of the subject but that won't stop me from giving my opinion.

The benefits of independence are social/cultural/emotional while the benefits of staying together are practical/economical.

I believe they should just stay while using the current situation to get more "practical independence", i.e.: more control over the union's government, taxing and expenses.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Thanshin Free market (231 comments)

If employees stay while working 18-hour/day, 6 day/week, it's because they are unable to find a better job. Thus, they have the best job they can find. So, there is no reason for the corporation to change their ways.

Therefore, the problem lies not in the current job but in the job offer. Thus, to solve it, the employee needs to find a way to get better offers:
- Develop new skills/ get new knowledge
- Switch city/country
- Self employment

Solutions based on forcing the current job to become individually better won't usually work as long as the change is local. (A local union, for example, will simply make external corporations more profitable and able to offer a better salary for the same job). Solutions based on forcing ALL corporations to become a better workplace are usually too slow from a personal PoV.

4 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Thanshin Re:Thanks, but no thanks. (270 comments)

I took COBOL, early 2000s. Best on my "promotion". Years later I still see it as "what I'll do to avoid homelessness and for no other reason".

4 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Thanshin Re:Perspective (320 comments)

real actual slavery that still exists in the world

As someone who demands precision, you should consider using real actual grammar that still exists in the world.

4 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Thanshin Re:Amusing (172 comments)

It says a lot about Quickflix that their CEO just told their remaining clients how to go to the competition.

4 days ago

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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  |  about 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  |  more than 6 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  |  more than 6 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 5 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 5 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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