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Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

arcite They'll mod you down for telling the truth (159 comments)

But you're completely correct. The world is going back to a bi-polar state, with the democratic westernized economies on one side, and authoritarian non-democratic countries on another (Russia, Iran, China ect...). To the victor goes the spoils. For there to be victory, the USA (and her many allies) must stay on top of the game.

about 10 months ago
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Google Buys UK AI Startup Deep Mind

arcite Peanuts (113 comments)

Boeing is back on top again, Crashbus only snagged about half the contracts as Boeing in 2013.

about 10 months ago
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Google Buys UK AI Startup Deep Mind

arcite Snowden is a rube (113 comments)

This is how the great game is played. The US just happens to have the deck stacked in their favor; is this a new revelation? Hardly...and Snowden thinks this is a bad thing. So he runs off to China and then Russia with his stolen data, which just happen to be America's key rivals. Let it be known, Snowden will never leave Russia alive, not because he doesn't wish to, but because his current paymasters will never allow it.

about 10 months ago
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NASA extends ISS missions to 2024, but is the science worth it?

arcite Keeping a multinational spacestation in orbit (4 comments)

is vital to the long term viability of the humanity. Think about it, space exploration and exploitation on an industrial scale only works with multinational involvement. The presence of the space station promotes peace, cooperation, and invaluable R&D. Not to mention, the 100 billion cost only amounts to a few months in Iraq/Afghanistan. Cost is irrelevant compared to the long term goal of making space sustainable.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

arcite WTF is happening to slashdot (325 comments)

Forget the super volcano, there's a typo in the title!

about a year ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

arcite Speaking as a non-American (285 comments)

But I have observed that whether there is a big D or R as POTUS, it doesn't really affect political outcomes as much as it may seem. Take for example the relatively new in vogue maneuver of 'redistricting' and 'gerrymandering', perhaps the true root of systemic dysfunction. Essentially a practice of 'divide and conquer', where private interests successfully co-opt larger societal movements. Witness the dysfunction in Congress --- the power players love it! All those political lobbyists, media manipulators, spin doctors, fringe politicians preaching destruction of the government, fat cat hedgefunders, and sycophants of every political and religious affiliation ect... Who would want to change the status quo when they're making so much money from it?

about a year ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

arcite Ask a silly question... (285 comments)

Why do wealthy people live in those areas? Because that's where the money is. Meanwhile, Republican supporters (predominantly living in lower income areas), will continue to vote against their own best interests.

about a year ago
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How China Will Get To the Moon Before a Google Lunar XPrize Winner

arcite Hey Cool (173 comments)

China has caught up to cold war tech from 50 years ago! I'm much more impressed with the Indian satellite effort which just set off for Mars.

about a year ago
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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

arcite What austerity? (87 comments)

I don't know what country you're in, but the US is not doing austerity.

about a year ago
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European Commission Outlines Steps To Restore Trust In EU-US Data Flows

arcite This will be swept under the rug (75 comments)

When the NSA offers to sell the EU the technology at reduced prices. :)

about a year ago
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Reports: Apple To Buy Israeli 3D Sensing Company PrimeSense

arcite Apple bought Israel? (81 comments)

Now we shall have Peace in our time.

1 year,6 days
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NSA Wants To Reveal Its Secrets To Prevent Snowden From Revealing Them First

arcite Re:Psyops at its finest. (216 comments)

Truth is relative, the medium is the message, and the NSA controls the medium. ;)

1 year,9 days
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Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

arcite What's the fuss? (228 comments)

The Internet Kill switch is located on the twentieth sub-floor of the White House, in a small room right beside the cot Dick Cheney hid under in 2001 for three weeks. The switch is enclosed in a nondescript beige controller box with a large round red button that blinks with the pulse of the internet. A sign above reads, only switch off in case of emergency, or alien invasion.

1 year,9 days
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Desert Farming Experiment Yields Good Initial Results

arcite What exactly is your point? (178 comments)

And 40-50% of ALL food goes rotten or is thrown away (from supermarkets or consumers fridges). Locally grown veggies can adapt to local demand, time to market reduces wastage. WIN WIN

1 year,11 days
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Desert Farming Experiment Yields Good Initial Results

arcite Re:Why those vegetables? (178 comments)

To make Baba Ganoush, fattouch, tabbouleh ect... oh god I'm hungry now.

1 year,11 days
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Online Journalism Is Becoming a Billionaires' Plaything (Again)

arcite Re:The problem is for profit news... (143 comments)

The BBC has had their fair share of scandals over the years, but their independence from the government and organizational structure has allowed them to largely adapt and repair their reputation.

about a year ago
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Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops

arcite One great benefit of Weaponized robots (182 comments)

Implant a small explosive charge and when their regular ammunition is expended, the operator can initiate a 'kamikaze' maneuver. No retreat for robots! They'll gladly die for their makers.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

arcite Liar (488 comments)

I downgraded my iPad back to 6.1.3.... It's perfectly doable.

about a year ago
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Trans-Pacific Cable Plans Mired In US-China Geopolitical Rivalry

arcite Don't mess with America (162 comments)

Submersible hunter-killer drones lie in wait to defend America's freedom cable and orbital defense platforms defend the space above from communist tyranny. Long live freedom's reign.

about a year ago
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Curiosity Goes Autonomous For the First Time

arcite Run for the hills my martian brethren! (32 comments)

The mechanical beast has been set free! An unstoppable nuclear powered thinking mind, with a lust for martian blood!

about a year ago

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BlackBerry 10 unveiled

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "Research in Motion Ltd's new CEO, Thorsten Heins unveiled BlackBerry 10 in Florida today. Will new features such as a virtual keyboard that learns from typing behavior to a camera that easily focuses on faces be enough to scrape back precious market share (which could possibly fall to 5%) from the likes of Apple and Android? With no physical device yet revealed and a release date ranging anywhere from August to October, it will be an uphill battle."
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Merry Christmas Slashdotters of the world!

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "Merry Christmas to all. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all Men & Women!

Enough of that, what kind of loot did Santa leave under your tree?"
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NASA (MSL) Rover "Curiosity" set for Launch

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arcite writes "The latest and greatest Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover Curiosity, an SUV sized rover packed to the gills with the latest scientific instruments and innovative landing system is set to launch sometime today. As the heaviest and largest Mars Rover yet, if it is successful in touching down on the red planet, will be the best bet yet for NASA to find signs of life. Stuffed with turkey and burned out on holiday shopping, Geeks everywhere will be watching the skies above (or the livestream here) and wishing NASA’s Curiosity GODSPEED!"
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NASA (MSL) Rover 'Curiosity' set for Saturday Laun

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arcite writes "The latest and greatest Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover ”Curiosity”, an SUV sized rover packed to the gills with the latest scientific instruments and innovative landing system is set to launch sometime today. As the heaviest and largest Mars Rover yet, if it is successful in touching down on the red planet, will be the best bet yet for NASA to find signs of life. Stuffed with turkey and burned out on holiday shopping, Geeks everywhere will be watching the skies above (or the livestream here) and wishing NASA’s Curiosity GODSPEED!"
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Earth officially home to 7 Billion Humans

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "It's official, planet Earth is now home to over seven billion ugly-bags-of-mostly-water (otherwise known as Humans). We’re adding ten thousand new Humans every hour, or one billion every nine years. Head over to 7 Billion Actions (put together by the UN with the help of SAP) and check out the population map data. Short of adopting a strict diet of Soylent Green, what viable solutions will enable us to survive living on this increasingly crowded pearly blue planet? What will the role of technology be?"
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Earth is now home to Seven Billion Humans (and cou

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "It's official, planet Earth is now home to over seven billion ugly-bags-of-mostly-water (otherwise known as Humans). We’re adding ten thousand new Humans every hour, or about one billion every nine years. Head over to 7 Billion Actions (put together by the UN with the help of SAP) and check out the population map data. Short of adopting a strict diet of Soylent Green, what viable solutions will enable us to survive living on this increasingly crowded pearly blue planet? What roles can technology play?"
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Steve Jobs made a pledge to destroy Android

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "In another preview of his forthcoming biography, it seems Steve Jobs made the destruction of Android one of his final goals;

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google's Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn't interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.

"I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want." The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.""

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Is extreme weather the new normal?

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "Across the United States (and the world) extreme weather appears to be the new normal. From floods, hurricanes, storms, to droughts, extreme weather events are breaking all records. "In addition to hundreds of deaths from cold and heat and tornadoes, the national economic toll for extreme weather so far this year is estimated at $35 billion, more than five times the average annual loss. ... "This summer is a good wake-up call not to take nature lightly," said Katherine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University. "No matter people's perspectives about climate change, this year has helped highlight our vulnerability. Climate change increases the risk of what happens naturally." What changes can we make on a practical level to mitigate future risks to these increasing incidences of extreme weather? Have you personally changed the way you live to adapt to the changing climate?"
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Apple to go for the low end of the market?

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "Apple may be building a cheaper iPhone for the masses. Rumored to be around the $200 price point, will this new cheap smartphone ensure long term dominance for Apple, or is this just the start of the next phase of its war with Google/Motorola? What tricks does the competition have up its collective sleeves?"
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Hypersonic aircraft to fly 20 times speed of sound

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "According to Los Angeles Times:
"The flight is slated to test new technology that would provide the Pentagon a lightning-fast vehicle, capable of delivering a military strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour.

The unmanned aircraft, dubbed Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, is scheduled to be launched at 7 a.m. PDT into the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket, made by Orbital Sciences Corp.

The aircraft will then separate, screech back toward Earth, level out and glide above the Pacific at 20 times the speed of sound, or Mach 20."

Perhaps a coincidence the testing is taking place just days after China launches their first aircraft carrier"

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An iUnion for Apple?

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arcite writes "An Apple store employee has taken it upon himself to do something rather innovative and amazing; he is trying to form a union. Cory Moll is fighting for, "better wages and benefits and to address what he says are unfair practices in the company’s glass-and-steel retail showroomsThe core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits,” Mr. Moll said, adding that he decided to go public with the union to encourage other employees to come forward.""Mr. Moll, who has been working at Apple for four years, said he makes $14 an hour at the San Francisco Apple store. The minimum wage for 2011 in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, is $9.92 an hour. The 30-year-old employee primarily communicates with other Apple store employees through Twitter, Facebook and the Apple Retail Workers Union website. Mr. Moll has received little public support from employees so far, though he said he has emails expressing support."
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An iUnion for Apple?

arcite arcite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arcite writes "An Apple store employee has taken it upon himself to do something rather innovative and amazing; he is trying to form a union. Cory Moll is fighting for, "better wages and benefits and to address what he says are unfair practices in the company's glass-and-steel retail showrooms. 'The core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits.' Mr. Moll said, adding that he decided to go public with the union to encourage other employees to come forward." Mr. Moll, who has been working at Apple for four years, said he makes $14 an hour at the San Francisco Apple store. The minimum wage for 2011 in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, is $9.92 an hour. The 30-year-old employee primarily communicates with other Apple store employees through Twitter, Facebook and the Apple Retail Workers Union Website, which he created in May, without disclosing his name. Mr. Moll has received little public support from employees so far, though he said he has emails expressing support.""
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arcite arcite writes  |  about 8 years ago

arcite (661011) writes "The real origins of Cancer and how to treat it may have to be completely rethought in light of recent breakthroughs:

The Globe and Mail reports:

Abnormal stem cells have now been identified as the engines driving certain cancers of the blood, breast, brain, bone and prostate. And today, two research groups — one in Canada and another in Italy — report in an advance online publication of the journal Nature that they have pinpointed aberrant stem cells as the source of colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

"...mounting evidence suggests that cancer's real culprits — the roots of perhaps every tumour — are actually a small subset of bad seeds known best to the world as stem cells."

"It is not unreasonable to say that all this time, the 30 or 40 years that chemotherapy and radiation [have] been around, we've been going after the wrong cells," said Alan Bernstein, president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the country's main medical research funding agency. If the theory bears out, he said, "All of our therapies have been targeting and killing the pawns.

"Dr. Rich acknowledged that a great deal of research remains to be done to clarify the role of cancer stem cells in all stages of the disease. "We are remarkably ignorant about the biology of cancer," he said.

But the growing evidence that cancer stem cells grow tumours, he added, "is like finding the Grand Canyon in your backyard."

Isn't it amazing how advances in technology constantly force us re-evaluate previously accepted theories?"

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