top Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
1 Million monkeys at typewriters don't finish writing Shakespeare either!
top Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion
When someone has plans to point a nuclear missile at you in your back yard, you do what you can to protect yourself.
The net result of the Cuban 'experiment' is a large number of well-educated people who have little or no resources to use that educational wealth.
I chatted with a 50 yr old 'pool boy' in Veradero. I asked him his occupation. He said: "Economist". He was earning 300 times as much cleaning hotel pools in the special tourist area than he would have in his profession.
In Trinidad, Cuba, there are extremely well-trained doctors and nurses at clinics... except that there is a real dearth of medicine available.
Cubans are crushed by their so-called government. It is heinous and loathsome.
"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." Churchill
top Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death
The update crashed 100% on re-boot stopping at 10% install. Fortunately, I was able to disable UEFI, boot to my Ubuntu Linux partition, go online and figure out what to do... then go back and bang away 'till it booted. I ended up going back to a good install point and adding updates incrementally.
Note to self: Always, always put a Linux partition on EVERY Windoze machine!
Yeah, yeah, I could carry a bootable USB around, but this way, it's always IN the machine.
My problem is this: WHO is going to PAY me for my time? Isn't it time that a consumer watchdog agency said: "Enough is enough, Microsoft. You have cost users countless BILLIONS of hours and money. If this were a car, Ford or GM or Toyota would be BANKRUPTED by the recalls."
about a month and a half ago
top Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White
This is so stupid. What is the staffing profile of, say, Glamour Magazine? Would you, as a stockholder, want white, straight males as staffers at Glamour? Not in a million years!
Each staff member is a profit centre. If you hire someone who's return on investment is 20% less but their ethnicity fits your company's profile, your competitors will eat you for breakfast - while hiring the best staff away from you.
If you really want to effect change, create a double-blind hiring system so that race and gender become non-issues - and you end up with the best staff. Period.
about a month and a half ago
top Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly
Here's the upside: Linux users are the 1% ers!!
top Comcast Confessions
Dial: 1-800-Go2-Hell and you'll a direct line to Comcast's tech support - 'cause that's what they are living in - the poor bastards.
top Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers
It is long overdue that government surveillance becomes a major political issue. Yet, we are no longer represented by our elected officials who have been bought off by the oligarchy. Moreover, if you talk to 99% of citizens, they will simply shrug off news items like this and go back to the latest Kardashian wardrobe malfunction intrigue.
This isn't about paranoia, it's about the fact that our personal rights are being completely abrogated by governments that are out of our control.
Our true freedom is doomed until we demand action so that due process takes place - legally and by the rules.
It's time to use the system to give itself back to us: with court challenges and by voting out non-supportive elected officials.
Exposure of incompetence and malfeasance with articles such as this are where to begin.
top Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors
Job Candidate: "Thank you for seeing me."
Interviewer [Hacking into yet another security-flawed MS Smartband product.]: "Thank you for coming. Could you tell me why you left your last employ?"
Job Candidate: "I was
... asked to perform duties that were beyond the scope of my employment contract."
Interviewer [Noting elevated heart rate of interviewee]: "What did these duties consists of?"
Job Candidate: "I am not at liberty to discuss them."
Interviewer [Seeing Smartband perspiration levels soar.]: "Was there a problem with your performance?"
Job Candidate: "None whatsoever."
Interviewer [Running lie detector against heartbeat data.]: "I am afraid that this interview is over."
Job Candidate: "But I was being sexually molested and am involved in a court case that I cannot discuss!!"
Interviewer [Noting extreme blood pressure levels.] "SECURITY!!"
top Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux
I was speaking with a nuclear engineer just this past weekend. The reason that Chernobyl happened was that an unauthorized test took place over the direct objections of senior management. It was like taking the oil out of a car engine and seeing how long it would run. What did they expect would happen? In any event, after the disaster, the existing cover is/was inadequate at best.
Whether the new design is adequate or not is moot: when Putin takes over the country, he will completely shut down any real news and everything will be fine.
top Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings
Yahoo! has stopped honouring so much of its user experience that they are doomed to failure.
Yahoo! Groups is bloated with spam that can't be blocked by its admins.
Yahoo! Messenger is so fraught with bugs and bloatware that users are fleeing in droves.
The main Yahoo! website is dated and mindless.
Yahoo! Mail is an abomination of unusable kludges and missteps.
Lastly, who uses Yahoo! to search for anything anymore, anyway?
Put a wooden stake in it, this thing is dead.
top Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs
My veterinarian did an excellent, cheap and painless euthanasia of my dog. I don't know why we can't have Vets manage the process. They are cheap, professionally trained and experienced.
top New White House Petition For Net Neutrality
The recent Princeton research shows that the U.S. appears to be an oligarchy.
Let me put this out there: if they don't want net neutrality, mark my words, all the petitions in the world won't make a whit of difference.
Let's review this topic in two years and see whether I'm right.
top Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?
Microsoft open-sources it's code and goes to a support model of doing business.
The tides stop.
Republicans and Democrats dance together in the streets.
top Researchers Hope To Grow Human Ears From Fat Tissue
McDonald's prepares ears for grinding into Big Macs to make people fat...
Ahhhh, the circle of life!
top Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will
Most hardware is relatively static. Except for gamers, tweakers and industry professionals, it is very rare that people replace MoBos, Processors or Buses.
When will Linux auto-detect the 'static' components of the hardware and do an install with a kernel compiled and optimized for that hardware - along with a vanilla kernel for emergency backup? (Something like Gentoo does)
top A New Car UI
I don't want to hear a station, I want to here a genre of station or a sports event or a specific artist or song - regardless of frequency or media.
I don't want to adjust the volume, I want the volume to adjust to a) number of people in the vehicle adjusting for people in the back seat, b) conversation in the vehicle, c) ambient road noise d) my 'usual' volume levels
I don't want to adjust the temperature, I want the vehicle to defog the windscreen and keep the car at a reasonable temperature. I want it to blow air on me or away from me or my passengers
I don't want to punch in directions, I want to go to a) work, b) friends, c) a store, d) when the gas is low, automatically look for the nearest, cheapest gas etc. I should simply say: "Costco" or "Mom's house"
I don't want to deal with communications, I simply want to call someone.
I don't want to look at speed limits, but I DO want to be warned when: a) I am over by xMPH or b) when the speed limit DROPS and puts me over
I don't want to worry about maintenance, I want the car to find the best deal on the maintenance and parts required and suggest a dealer/garage based on ratings
I don't want to lock or unlock the car or worry about leaving interior lights on. The car should know I am near it and that I want in.
I don't want to deal with parking fees or tolls, the car should have an account that is universal to all those and simply ask for confirmation to deduct monies - either by route chosen or by length of time parked.
I don't want to have an accident. The car should assist with monitoring traffic conditions, other drivers and blind spots
top Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
The biggest issue surrounding higher education is the lack of oversight of university administration over-spending.
There is also an enormous trend toward creating universities in towns and cities that are suffering economic collapse just for the sake of optics.
No one is looking at employment outcomes nor are they looking at job trends. Putting a tax on the lucky few employed graduates to subsidize fat-cat administrators, university contractors and their ilk does nothing to help the ones who need it most, the students.
Stop this lunacy before it starts.
top An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On
At least Plan 9 From Outer Space was funny.
I can just see it: "Yahoo develops new O/S, suicides soar!"
top Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?
Loved the dead parents joke above....
When the Old Man was alive, I set him up with SuSE Linux and locked it (mostly) down.
He ran it for 5-6 years. It never crashed, got a virus or had any known breaches.
With the release of WIndows 8.1/8.2 which demands and tracks huge amounts of personal information, Microsoft's offering is contra-indicated.
I'll let better people than I argue about the details of which distro/browser combination to use...
top Africa, Clooney, and an Unlikely Space Race
When I was a kid in the 60s, we had an African student stay with us. He was studying climatology. He was also fascinated by space. After graduation he returned to his home country. Using the information he had acquired, he collected satellite data on weather conditions (which was very advanced thinking for that time). He went into the country-side and advised local farmers of impending droubts, locust infestations and floods. The first year he did it, they were, at best, dismissive. When he went back to them after his forecasts has proved correct, they eagerly listened to him and it changed the agrarian economy. He also advised fishermen of temperature changes off-shore indicating optimal times to fish. This allowed local fishermen to get out to the fish before the huge Japanese trawlers came and took everything.
He went on to have his own department at the local University.
Of course, because of his good work, his nation rewarded him with threats to the lives of himself, his wife and his family so I won't state his name or other information about him here.
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