More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties
The macro universe is also how the universe really works.
Only when it doesn't disagree with the quantum result.
People used to think that the Earth was the center of the universe, then some allowed that maybe the Sun might be the center of the universe, but really it was always about, and still is, the "me" being the center of the universe.
The approximations of reality that we sense with our ape-minds is really useful, but far from anything True(tm) or objective. What we feel to be "intuitive" is just a collection of rubrics that happen to work well to keep higher order animals alive. That we can even explore QED is a freaking miracle.
"Oh, but those entangled particles must be separate entities because they look like they are separate in our perception of space" is one of those. "But I have a ruler!"
The Problems With Drug Testing
That's how many people (mostly children) have died of malaria since the investigators knew they had a working vaccine in the mid-90's.
That vaccine might actually see the light of day this year, but the regulators are hinting that they might deny approval because it's not tremendously effective in infants.
Because, you know, IN FUCKING THEORY, somebody might get injured from the vaccine.
I'm sorry, the blood of ten million mostly-children on the hands of regulators gets me a bit worked up. And now they're staring at their naval because an investigator might also have a drinking problem? Oh, man, I better hit submit before I say something I might regret.
Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive
completely and utterly fuck over the RIAA and record labels in their war against the people.
In my dream world they go after these morons for barratry, baseless prosecution, and everything else they can find, get them all disbarred with the Copyright Office, and burn down their houses.
Well, no, in my dream world there's none of this "imaginary property" crap that tries to shackle real property, but as far as a happy medium, we could even negotiate the part about burning down their houses (always open bold).
So, pray tell, if writing your representative is worse than useless, what's the action that would actually work?
Working to obsolete that system.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
Politics is an enormous opportunity cost that ought to be left to people who cannot participate in society in a more meaningful way. e.g. Libertarianism is an abject failure by every conceivable measure. Intent isn't important, it's results, and things have *not* gotten better. Yeah, 1 out of 10 battles are won, but any General can tell you how that war will go.
Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?
Right. See if it meets PCI requirements (you need to at least be able to reference them if you're in this line of work). If so, leave a note with the employer as to what might (will) happen and move on.
If every port on the VLAN is 802.1x certificate-authenticated you might not need to actually worry. Hahahaha, yeah, I'm sure it is....
The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released
sold out to the suits at Warner Brothers
That's not going to turn out well for them. After the first steaming pile, the subsequent two aren't even on my list. Even if the next two were great, what were we going to do, show our kids only the last half of the story (well, with other random crap thrown in)? It's not like they were going to go back and fix the first one.
Once the copyright fully expires, somebody will make a great TV miniseries of The Hobbit. The folks doing Pratchet's stories would do a good job, for instance.
Oh, and Jackson has blown his cred with everybody. Hope the contract with WB was airtight on this trilogy because that payment's gonna have to last for quite a while.
35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
Yeah, it should be higher. People are so afraid of a credit rating problem these days that they will often pay off a "bad debt" that is fraudulent to get their score "fixed".
Creditors know this and are abusive because of it. I tell them to go suck a big one if they pull that crap. It's better to pay cash anyway, but I've actually had very few try to report bogus charges I refused to pay (90% or so are just bluffing).
Frankly I'd trust somebody with 'very good' credit more than somebody with 'perfect credit'.
Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
We rewrote this 9 months of Erlang development in 3 weeks (!) using one senior Java developer. it worked like a charm and still runs flawlessly in production today.
Then your project was a very poor fit for Erlang in the first place.
A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World
hey, "print 0" runs in O(1)!
Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
US Government: "Russia caught attacking another country - the nerve!"
World responds with skeptical glances from all corners.
SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget
Like they say: "The first rule of economics is that everything depends on scarcity. The first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics."
Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?
Yeah, 10 Meg isn't tremendous, so a Tor exit is probably as good as you can get. It's too small for a mirror host or a torrent seeder.
I'm assuming you're unwilling to incur 95th percentile charges on your burstable. Tor allows easy bandwidth limiting right in the .conf.
Still, that's only one machine - 10 meg is easy to saturate.
Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets
So much competition, but I'll second the motion.
Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex
You're right - advocates of privitization have always claimed that no private person will ever screw up. Wait, no. So, better to hire somebody who cannot be fired ... because they'll never screw up? Are you sure this story isn't proving the opposite of what you think if does?
Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling
If there are many paths to a node their system should be choosing the fastest path.Verizon obviously is not doing that and deliberately allowing congestion.
And Netflix would happily give them OpenConnect appliances too, to avoid _their_ bandwidth costs as well. But Netflix competes with Verizon's VoD services - this isn't hard to figure out.
There are at least three underlying problems for the congestion issue - one is the DMCA and related copyright laws that prevent any sort of sane caching, the general fear of multicast that everybody on the Internet still seems to have (half a million unicast streams of the same show is insane - where are the global warming people on this?), and the grants of monopolies and/or prohibitions on competition that prevent local competition.
Label me shocked if the Netflix app on mobile devices does not have a P2P mode working in the lab right now, as a workaround for us running a sub-par Internet.
SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short
The SLS is not a deep space vehicle. It's a vehicle to divert tax payer money into the pocket of private enterprises that give a share to politicians. Assuming it ever takes off, it'll be an outdated overpriced piece of shit.
Understanding this provides predictive capability - that there's basically zero chance that the project will be canceled or defunded, for the reasons you stated.
New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1
What a junk article - no explanation of what's actually going on and no link to a standard.
It sounds like what they're inferring is that you need server.example.com, not server.local or server.somemadeupcrap.
I think most of us cleaned up that cruft when BIND 9 came out with views support.
This shouldn't impact anybody who hasn't been dragging their heels on fixing their infrastructure for more than a decade.
Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress
Looking into this, this ip address has been vandalising Wikipedia for over 4 years now...
C'mon, we're working hard enough to undo the "an IP address is a person" myth, to keep the government from smashing people who have shared wifi/tor exits/etc., without perpetuating it ourselves.
You'll notice a few helpful edits from staffers too - only most of them on Capitol Hill are psychopaths, not all of them. Probably the good editors already have accounts, though.
Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
But amazon has been telling "screw you" to investors ever since it went public in 1998. How long is their long term plan? The only reason investors are tolerating this is because the stock price has gone up as apparently there is no shortage of people who think that huge profits are just around the corner.
It's not quite that simple - there are profits at Amazon - they are just in certain divisions that are then funding the money-losing divisions.
Amazon takes a profitable business (remember when they sold BOOKS?) and makes it profitable, but takes those profits to invest in something crazy (like NOT BOOKS, or Kindle, or Prime) and then those divisions get profitable and the cycle repeats.
If Amazon ever wanted to stop growing as a company it could kill off the non-profitable divisions and show a dividend in short order. This is why the stock has value. Perhaps too much, but the entire market is in a bubble, so it's hard to dice which part of the stock price is which. In some ways stock prices are relative with an absurd floor.
Investors who have no appetite for such companies can - :gasp: - invest in other companies.
Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
unless you really though insurance costs would not skyrocket for the new services they provide
Competition lowers costs, not monopolies.
Idle Friends Purge
I'm removing non-fan friends who haven't posted in two years since I'm at my limit and I use friends to game the scoring system to see more interesting posts.
Any of you who have been discontinued - send me a note if you start posting again and I'd be happy to re-friend you.
Signal to Noise Ratios
Slashdot user padonak discontinued his relationship with me today. I have no idea if he was a fan or a freak, but I went to look at his page and found this:
wow. And his account is still active.
Addicted to Slashdot?
iPod Shuffle Clone Shown at CeBit
An outfit out of Taiwan, Luxpro, has introduced a digital music player, the Super Shuffle, that's a no-tradedress-barred physical clone of the iPod Shuffle. Available in .5 and 1GB models, it lacks AAC but adds WMA, FM Radio, and Voice Recording. Playlist has the story.
Atlantic Mega-Tusnami to Hit North America
Massive Solar Flare Headed Straight For Earth
At 1110 UT this morning, the third largest solar flare on record erupted from the Sun, sending a coronal mass ejection directly towards Earth at 5 Million MPH (picture, animation), and starting a solar radiation storm. We may see bright auroral activity tonight. Passengers on high-altitude airplane flights may receive chest-x-ray-level dosages of radiation.
You're In A Political Party's Database
The Democratic and Republican parties have 158 and 165 Million voters in their databases, "DataMart" and "Voter Vault", respectively. They track how you vote, what issues you're concerned about, demographics about your home and family, and who you associate with. From it they mount door-to-door, telemarketing, spam, and junk mail campaigns offering customized versions of the political party to appeal to your passions, while avoiding issues that might offend you.
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