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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Virtucon They'll figure it out. (184 comments)

Materials and Process Scientist and Engineers will continually evolve the processes making it more cost effective. As for the "hype" about Graphine why are companies jumping on-board to manufacture it? Much like industrial and gemstone quality diamonds, or even Carbon Fiber, eventually a process will be found and Graphine will find more uses because it'll be less expensive.

2 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Virtucon You mean Tata (190 comments)

Tata Motors owns both Jaguar and Land Rover, so Tata Motors has invented.. or Jaguar and Land Rover, divisions of Tata Motors

3 days ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

Virtucon Re:Huh (171 comments)

Those are trophies. I'm asking if there's a statue of a horse's rear! Maybe the Assange statue will be the first one?

I did find this however: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wpyK... It's close but not quite right.

about a week ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

Virtucon Huh (171 comments)

I don't think there's a statue of a horse's ass anywhere.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Virtucon Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

I'm sure they'll support the traditional model and maybe come up with a catchy edition title. For example they could label it 'New Windows' for the subscription model and 'Windows Classic' for the one model people are used too. Then of course they could come up with new editions like 'Windows Zero' or 'Windows Light' just to further confuse the marketplace.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

Virtucon Re:Texas Anti-Regulatory Climate (137 comments)

It has nothing to do with conservatives. It has everything to do with preserving the good old boy network. Texas represents a huge sales opportunity for Tesla and much like other states, the laws here mimic the old Dealership mentality. Fishing a battery plant in Texas isn't exactly going to make or break Texas, nor will it probably entice legislative change. It's certainly good for Nevada because high paying jobs, especially in Northern Nevada, are few and far between.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Virtucon Adapt Dumbshits (460 comments)

Shit, if you could get an 85KW storage system with a decent support plan in place, then you'd see large scale electric grids wither in all but the most densely populated areas. Solar/Wind Charging during the day, comfortable power at night and when the recharge capabilities diminish beyond a certain point they come and swap it out for another storage system. Yeah if I were one of the big electric conglomerates I'd be nervous too. Adapt or die.

about two weeks ago
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FTC: Online Billing Service Deceptively Collected Medical Records

Virtucon Welcome to modern medicine (25 comments)

I can't believe that there was any legitimate reason to ever ask for this in the first place, meaning a few felonies have been committed. Hopefully the scumbags will be thrown in prison.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

Virtucon I can see Vegas wanting to protect their revenue (93 comments)

Sorry I travel 2 sometimes 3 times a month to Vegas and I have to say outside of NYC it's the biggest taxi racket out there. Because of the terminal locations, it's a guaranteed $10 sometimes $15 bucks before you even get to the Strip because of the circuitous routing and roads. One time I had a driver "miss" the airport exit and then had to argue with him over the extra $13 bucks on the meter because of his mistake. So now I rent cars when I go there and again, Vegas leads this category in stupidity. Hike to the Rental Car Shuttle Bus, ride for 10 minutes, more lines, more hassle and oh yeah nice "Franchise" fees on top of "Airport Taxes" to pile onto the car. Still, it's better than a taxi there.

about two weeks ago
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Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

Virtucon Re:If he's wanted (130 comments)

pressured in Russia means you're wanted. I'm sure if Putin wanted this guy he could get him but it seems a bit Kim Dot Comic to me. Maybe he'll wind up in New Zealand.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

Virtucon Wordsmithing (114 comments)

Yeah somebody forgot to delete a commentary edit in the text. It's like people who ship word docs around. I have more fun scanning through the comments they thought they'd removed. It's all about the message folks and how clean they can make it. I like how they gloss over that they don't compete which again is another reason that this deal should be through down the shitter. Comcast is a pile of shit and now there's serious consideration to let them get bigger? Fuck that.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

Virtucon Re:Modern Problems (229 comments)

I think putting cutting technology into the hands of students is a great idea. The caveat is that they are mature enough to understand how to take care of it and use it. Kids nowadays are much more advanced than we'd like to think and have access to things both good and bad that I never had when I was growing up. Getting in front of it and leveraging this for educational purposes was a laudable cause.

How do unions equate to an educated workforce? You can also be an outstanding teacher and not be part of a unionized workplace. I'm not anti-union but where education is concerned these teacher unions don't have our kids best interests at heart.

With my comparison to airlines I should have been specific. Consider things like Flight Attendant paperwork, taking money for onboard services. None of this has anything to do with safely operating an aircraft but the union won't let you change anything until a rigorous amount of work study programs are completed and negotiations have concluded on any additional workload. If you're paying for the employee to work the flight and you provide them with technology to make their jobs easier and more efficient they'll still want something in return for all these innovations. The same can be said for teachers unions even though individually workloads on their members will decrease.

It was a great concept by the LAUSD but again, poorly executed and thought out. Think about kids dragging home tons of books everyday, the cost in textbooks isn't going down and this kind of tech allows for more innovation in teaching. Kids can become more engaged and be given the tools to succeed in life by leveraging the right technology, not just for technologies sake. The blame lies then with the board and those at the top responsible for implementing it. It's a billion dollar mistake but that happens everywhere, even in business. The real issue is a billion in education dollars is tougher to recoup.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

Virtucon Modern Problems (229 comments)

It was a great idea but the fundamental issues barring it from being successful were completely ignored. Organized Labor always wants training and work studies to be completed and approved before anything gets rolled out. I've dealt with this working with Airlines and trust me, you don't change work rules or add tools to the environment without Union buy-in. The training issue keeps coming up and to be fair, the support structure and training should have been thought out well before the first tablets were rolled out. Of course the school district paid way to much for the tablets and that's another investigation point. Finally we have the students who if they're like most kids want to play games and do whatever they want with the devices. You can't give a walled garden experience to an 9 year old kid, he's going to figure it out and bypass what you've put in place or get his older sibling or friends to get him access to whatever he wants. Shit all the kid has to do is google it "how do I jailbreak an iPad" and "how do I sideload apps on an iPad" and at that moment all of the useful school district supplied controls disappear. You've now given 10s of thousands of tablets to kids so they can watch youporn all day. Congratulations LA Unified School District.

about two weeks ago
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Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

Virtucon If he's wanted (130 comments)

how is moving around the world on a Russian passport?

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Virtucon Already been there done that (525 comments)

Montana used to have no speed limit during the daytime but that was overturned for being too "vague" by the Montana Supreme Court. People actually drove reasonably well and there weren't any major issues with it. The major issue was the Susie safety nuts who felt that without telling people how fast was reasonable that it would confuse people, the court agreed.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Virtucon Welcome to the 21st Century (313 comments)

Glad you could make it Microsoft. Glad you could come to the party and support formats that we've had for years. Oh and please make sure you support the latest and greatest too and do a good job? Not like you've done for MP4.

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

Virtucon obligatory (65 comments)

So it's the Johnson & Johnson rock?

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Virtucon Re:gotta give it to those protesters (1128 comments)

yeah but they somehow find the money to live on and fly, drive or hitch into Ferguson just to join in. Now everybody in Ferguson has to suffer. Joy Joy.

about three weeks ago

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IBM divorces itself from chip manufacturing business

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "IBM has reached a deal with Global Foundries to divorce itself from chip manufacturing. The deal looks to have IBM pay GF $1.5 billion USD to take over the ailing division. Meanwhile they've abandoned their long stated 2015 earnings goal which means they expect to have a shitty year. They've divested themselves of multiple business lines and people for over 5 years in an attempt to reach their 2015 goal."
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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 8 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another anti-tech protest happened this weekend outside of Kevin Rose's home in San Francisco. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a Google Ventures partner was targeted with a protest and leaflets were handed out "warning" the neighbors that he is destroying San Francisco.

The anarchistic group protesting Kevin was called Counterforce and has demanded that Google Pay $3 billion. The group has called for the creation of "autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California."

I don't know about you but if two women held up a protest banner threatening to snip something off I'd be a bit concerned."

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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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23AndMe Ordered To Stop Selling DNA tests.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  1 year,23 days

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science. It seems that 23andMe has been slow in responding to the FDA with regards to the testing and methods used in the Personal Genome Service (PGS) as the main reason for the order. The issues were outlined in the order the FDA sent on 11/22. "
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GOCE satellite is falling to Earth but Scientists don't know where.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE Satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend. It weighs over a ton and unfortunately the Scientists don't exactly know where it will land. You can track it here. It should re-enter sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Makr Hopkins, chair of the National Society's Executive Committee said: "The satellite is one of the few satellites in a Polar Orbit. Consequently, it could land almost anywhere,"

The GOCE mission was to create an accurate gravity map of the Earth."
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Engineers Create Urine Powered Robot

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Using the idea that urine can be used to generate electricity, Engineers in the UK have developed a prototype pump that mimics the human heart. This pump presumably could be used to deliver urine to waste powered fuel cells.

‘We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measuring temperature, humidity and air quality,’ said lead researcher Peter Walters of the University of the West of England (UWE), which runs the BRL with Bristol University.

Are pee powered robots in our future? Could the technology be used to power vehicles and would you want it? I mean would you buy a $90,000 Tesla if it smelled like urine all the time?"
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pics and Links of Max Mosley

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "This one goes to the old adage "closing the stable door after the horse bolted." A French court on Wednesday ruled that Google must remove from its search results photos of a former Formula One racing chief, Max Mosley, participating in an Nazi-themed orgy. Google could be fined up to 1,000 Euros/day for not complying. What's strange here is that Mosley A) Sued in a French Court B) Didn't go after anybody else other than Google and C) has definitely strange tastes in extracurricular activities. In this day and age it's laughable to think that once your private photos/videos hit the Internet that you have any expectation of reigning them in or filtering the embarrassing parts out. Google isn't the only game in town so to speak in terms of Internet search. I wonder if his lawyers checked out Yahoo or WebCrawler? Of course Google plans to appeal the decision to ... be able to show pics of an old man getting er um never mind..."
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New Allegations of large scale data collection by the NSA on Google and Yahoo

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another revelation of a new program that goes beyond PRISM, this program called MUSCULAR which gets around sticky US laws by relying on the GCHQ. If true this may actually start to get Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to start flexing some of the legal and lobbying muscle in Washington to outlaw this kind of crap.
David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google has said:


"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."

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California Public Utilities Commission approves Ride Sharing Services

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ride Sharing Services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar received a big boost today when the California Public Utilities Commission approved rules that would allow them to continue to operate as long as the followed a few rules. This makes California the first state to adopt such rules and is expected to preempt local governments who are trying to clamp down on these services and try to regulate them like local taxi companies."
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How do you deal with software publishers who ignore known Vulnerabilities?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "If you have a software publisher who ignores vulnerabilities or distributes software that has third party dependencies that have vulnerabilities, what do you do about it when they ignore the situation? I mean if they keep distributing updates and the vulnerabilities still are present, other than not using the application anymore or reporting it what can you do? Shame them publicly? Also what if it's a home-use product vs. an enterprise product, do you treat those differently?"
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Labor Department wanted $1 million for e-mail addresses of political appointees.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "

The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged—but often happens anyway—due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

The reason for the $1 million dollar request was to do research including going to backup tapes. Some of the information has been turned over to AP but it still seems that the government just can't get their hands on e-mail addresses for their own people."
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Federal Magistrate rules in favor of accused in decryption issue.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "U.S. Magistrate William Callahan Jr. of Wisconsin has ruled in favor of the accused in that he should not have to decrypt his storage device. The US Government had sought to compel Feldman to provide his password to obtain access to the data. Presumably the FBI has had no success in getting the data and had sought to have the judge compel Feldman to provide the decrypted contents of what they had seized.

The Judge ruled:

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman’s act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with ‘reasonably particularity’—namely, that Feldman has personal access to and control over the encrypted storage devices. Accordingly, in my opinion, Fifth Amendment protection is available to Feldman. Stated another way, ordering Feldman to decrypt the storage devices would be in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

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Google is pushing back on law enforcement requests for access to Gmail accounts

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ars technica has an interesting article on how Google is handling requests from law enforcement for access to Gmail accounts. With the recent Petraeus scandal where no criminal conduct was found, it seems that they're re-enforcing their policies and standing up for their users.

"In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of email that's another thing."

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MIT Researchers find that some Android apps collect information when off

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "MIT Researchers have discovered that some Android applications collect personal information including Google Maps even when they are off. Maybe Free isn't so great after all?

From the Article: " After evaluating 36 applications — ranging from popular games such as Angry Birds to text-messaging platforms, social media applications and photography applications — researchers found that most applications collect personal information about their users even when the phone is not in operation. Shih and Zhang found that applications tracked everything from location information to stored contacts and the device's Web history.""

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Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application."

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New Mineral found in Metorite.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electron microscope, discovering nine new materials including panguite."
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Facebook on a slide based on User Data?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A recent report from analyst firm comScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook dropped slightly in May compared to April and March. But an analysis of additional comScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook's high market value by pointing to its growth potential."
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Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 3 years ago

Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although it sputters, they admit.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems say that the engine does basically work, meaning there's nothing, in principle, to prevent the construction of highly efficient, small heat engines."

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