How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?
Agreed. Can you imagine South America and Australia+SE Asia fighting over El Nino/La Nina?
You think oil wars are bad ....
Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech
Quota driven diversity just makes the bigots right. If you hire based on attributes other than competence, then people having those attributes will, on average, be less competent than their colleagues without those attributes.
Yes that's the way it often works. It is the way we do it where I work. Data centres have multiple firewalls and IDS protecting groups of servers.
Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen
I agree. The reassurances being uttered recently by health authorities were totally a odds with the facts. Two western patients and three resulting infections to health workers, despite having all the facilities and protective gear.
I'm still somewhat confident it could be contained in a major western country (if we can stop those stupid exposed health workers mingling with the general population), but imagine it getting into parts of Asia and South America.
Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?
yacc is very likely to be useful there
also awk and lex.
Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?
I assume "damage public transport" actually means "lessen demand for public transport". How is that a bad thing?
Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General
this is like the most prestigious post a female scientist has had, in the physical sciences. I knew one of the previous directors, and he was very laid back, I think she'll do fine.
... and possibly the most prestigious post for a person with the initials FG who was born on her birthday.
Being a woman doesn't mean she's competing in the scientific special Olympics.
Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court
Oh, come on. Following your logic, criminals could just toss evidence of any sort into the sea with impunity.
"Sorry your honour, I did not destroy those financial records. I tossed them into the sea, and they're probably still there."
Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court
"Overly literal"; Seriously, for a law? Laws are supposed to be taken literally.
If congress hadn't intended this outcome (and I'm just assuming from the summary that this outcome is indeed a direct consequence of the law) then they should have passed a different law.
Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate
Well we did before we started adjusting them down.
Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots
I hear Russell is good at fighting ebola, or something like that.
Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days
Adobe lecturing anyone on security?
I must have imagined all those flash vulnerabilities.
China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"
Nice racist typo!
Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption
Is iCloud encrypted under the consumer's key? That seems like the smart thing to do.
No, that is absolutely not the smart thing to do. Brute force attacks on the key are throttled by the phone hardware, but there would be no throttling on internal iCloud attacks on that same key. Not only could a government get your data from the cloud but it then has the key for anything you didn't backup to the cloud.
Presumably attacks within the cloud could normally only be performed by government agencies, and I guess its is slightly better that your naked selfies be accessible to only the government than available to any skilled hacker.
The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown
Facebook is disingenuous. If there's no problem with their policy, how can enforcing it be a problem?
OK, so this guy is weird and his reports targeted a specific demographic - but why is Facebook apologising? Is Facebook henceforth only going to enforce the policy against non-drag members, or are they going to ensure that the policy enforcement proportionately represents all demographics, or are they going to do nothing and keep this policy - while mouthing some PC mumbo jumbo?
Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?
Presumably Apple has this. Or, someone is due an ass-kicking.
Underwater Landslide May Have Doubled 2011 Japanese Tsunami
Nice choice of units. Luckily volume isn't important.
Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
cut utility profits between 8 and 41 percent?
Many panel installations are subsidised. Probably that won't continue if market penetration increases 50 times. No, I haven't read the article to see whether they've taken that into account, because I'm not new here.
Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right
... and if right or left twisting DNA could equally support life, then the fact that all DNA is right-twisting suggests that life arose just once (or very few times).
Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US
Do you trust Alibaba to distribute their profits to shareholders? I don't.
I don't expect dividends or buy-backs, but I do expect that shareholders will be left holding theoretical chunks of value that can never be realised, and that are thus worthless.
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