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High Speed Evolution

brunes69 Re:Falsifiability (169 comments)

The organism will ALWAYS adapt, it is simple logic. If pressure is placed on an organism, then less of the ones that carry genes susceptible to that trait will reproduce, because they will die. Ones that carry genes that help with that trait, will reproduce more. This WILL cause adaptation over time. And random mutation will be constantly introducing new genes into the mix.

There is absolutely no question on if pressure will cause a species to adapt. The only question is if the adaptation will happen at a pace fast enough to save it. If the entire world was covered in mustard gas tomorrow, humanity would be wiped out. That doesn't mean there would not be a very small percentage of people who would survive. They just would not be enough to continue the species because they would probably end up not reproducing fast enough to keep up with other pressures.

3 hours ago
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

brunes69 Who cares??? (104 comments)

Does anyone actually care about this? So you buy an iPad from AT&T and if you want to use it with T-Mobile, you need to pop in a T-Mobile SIM. Who cares? It's not like it costs money for a SIM when you sign up with a carrier, they will just give it to you. And how is this any different than an unlocked phone?

3 hours ago
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Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

brunes69 Re:I don't like (41 comments)

The data in the panel IS from Wiki data. Nearly all of the information in all of Googles side panels is coming from Wikipedia. They link directly to it.

3 hours ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

brunes69 Re:Ballmer investment portfolio (168 comments)

Cuban is a bit of a prick, but he is a very smart prick. I too used to think he was just a guy who got lucky, but watching him on Shark Tank has changed my mind.

3 hours ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

brunes69 Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (194 comments)

Windows 8.1 was free. And it is widely believed that Windows 10 will also be free. So your argument falls apart. If I can get a refund for one I should be able to get a refund for another. If I want to buy a Powerbook and install Linux or Windows on it, why should I not be able to get a refund for OSX.

This is actually a real scenario, I actually plan to do this. I love Mac hardware, I hate OSX.

3 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

brunes69 Re:Falsifiability (169 comments)

Discussion?

Evolution is easy to falsify. Apply pressure and see if the species DOES NOT adapt to the pressure.

If you believe that genes exist, then you believe in evolution, it's that simple. And if you don't believe that genes exist, then you might as well not believe in medicine either, or believe that cell phones exist, because it's all the same science.

3 hours ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

brunes69 Re: Cloud (145 comments)

A car does not need to tell the difference between those things. It only needs to know something is on the road that should not be there. What that thing is, is irrelevant.

Do you think Google cars can differentiate between trees and police officers? Think again. You are over-complicating the vision problem.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

brunes69 Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

Hook up to what system? You are not making any sense at all.

Like I said already, currently you only scan your boarding pass pre-security. to do your plan, you have to add a second scan, after security. This second scan will be another bottleneck just like the line entering security.

You aren't making any sense. I fly a lot, and the last thing I want to deal with is more BS in the security line to collect simple stats that can be collected in other ways.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

brunes69 Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

If everyone getting out of security has to scan their boarding pass AGAIN, it will just make another line. It is a horrible idea.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

brunes69 Re:Privacy? This is the ID and BODY SCAN line (165 comments)

The monitor only shows an outline, but the scan itself gets a lot more detail, and that is all stored in the system.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

brunes69 Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

Not really because you don't have to scan your boarding pass AFTER going through security, you do it only ENTERING security. If they added this extra step it would just slow everything down even more.

2 days ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

brunes69 Cloud (145 comments)

... needed on garden variety PCs and tablets...

This is where you're wrong and people need to stop thinking this way. Nowadays, any even moderately heavy compute job is shipped off to the cloud where it is done in massively parallel systems. Hell even Google Now and Siri need the cloud for simple voice commands. Picasa uses it for face recognition. All of these things are done in near real time due to our much faster and robust worldwide Internet. There is no reason to think that any of these jobs need to be done directly on the phone or laptop.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

brunes69 Re:Parliment Hill != The White House (522 comments)

Maybe my comment was misunderstood. I am referring to Parliment Hill itself and the grounds of parliment, which are pretty much a public commons. Anyone can just waltz onto parliment hill and have lunch.

Not quite the same ramifications as waltzing onto the south lawn.

The reason I pointed this out is because the summary above talks about the shooter "jumping the stone fence", I would hardly call it a fence.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

brunes69 Parliment Hill != The White House (522 comments)

It's important for non-Canadians to realize that Parliment Hill is not the White House or US Senate. Parliment in Canada is a public commons. There is no security at all on the ground of Parliment and the space is routinely used for large scale public protests and demonstrations, less than a couple of dozen yards of Parliment itself. It's a different ball game.

3 days ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

brunes69 Free Upgrade??? (209 comments)

All I care about is if users that are stuck with the never-ending train-wreck that is Windows 8/8.1 going to get a free upgrade to Windows 10.

4 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

brunes69 Re:Lots of things (84 comments)

I didn't say they "dominate in the cloud", I said they were one of the largest companies in cloud. I never even said they were the largest.

The largest players in general compute cloud are Amazon, Oracle, ATT, Verizon, IBM, Microsoft, Google. Any one of these players could compete for a 100 million dollar deal.

You could also group Salesforce, Concur and some other very large cloud-specific companies in there.

5 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

brunes69 Re:How on earth? (84 comments)

The main reason is it costs A LOT of money to lay people off due to severance payments and things like having to pay out retirement benefits etc.

5 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

brunes69 Lots of things (84 comments)

Enterprise Software - IBM is still the kingpin in this

Cloud - Since they bought SoftLayer and combined them in with their existing portfolio, IBM is one of the largest companies in cloud today

Security - Taken as a standalone unit, IBM Security software & services is the second largest company in security today, second only to Symantec. It's bigger than McAfee now.

5 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

brunes69 Re:TV vs Film (187 comments)

It gets better in Season 2.

The thing I loved about Arrow is how real it is. It's the only superhero movie or show I have seen in which the hero comes right out of the gate killing everyone he battles. None of this "letting them live" nonsense. This changes in the later seasons but it gave the character a much more realistic story arc, and made the show a lot more gritty.

about a week ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 2 months ago

brunes69 (86786) writes "When you plan for the costs to span the entire Pacific Ocean with fibre optic communication cable, you need to account for a lot of different factors to ensure that cable will remain protected and intact. Google, for one, is apparently taking no chances with its cables, even going so far as to protect them against shark attack."
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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

brunes69 writes "The convenience offered by mobile apps for unlocking car doors and remotely starting their engines is also a weakness, as two hackers will demonstrate at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik managed to use a laptop to hack the mobile app connection in two different car brands.
The researchers discovered that, when a user pushed the unlock or remote engine start buttons on the app, the phone sends a signal to a service center, which then sends a signal to the car telling it what to do. The researchers intercepted and duplicated the signal sent to the car, afterwards using it to repeat the function."

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Astronaut learns of mom's death while in orbit

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

brunes69 writes "Daniel Tani is the first American astronaut to learn while in orbit of a family member's death. "He is obviously pretty sad," the astronaut's brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times. "He was pretty close to [his mother]. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone." Tani's wife broke the news to him in a video conference call. The 46-year-old astronaut has been on the space station since late October."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google/a> is in talks with DoubleClick's majority owner, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Google's interest comes after reports surfaced last week that Microsoft was considering buying DoubleClick. Yahoo and AOL — a major customer for the advertising Email Marketing Software — also reportedly held talks with the owners, though their interest is judged to be less intense than that of Google and Microsoft.

Google's arrival on the scene is likely to lift the price of any deal to around US$2 billion, The Wall Street Journal report stated. That would be slightly less than double that Hellman & Friedman and other investors paid for the company when they took the company private in 2005."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google has once again become a pioneer with their offer of free WiFi access to everyone via their new Google TiSP service. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "The CBC is running an interesting article profiling the problems with archiving digital data in New Brunswick's provincial archives. Quote from the story: 'I've had audio tape come into the archives, for example, that had been submerged in water in floods and the tape was so swollen it went off the reel, and yet we were able to recover that. We were able to take that off and dry it out and play it back. If a CD had one-tenth of one per cent of the damage on one of those reels, it wouldn't play, period. The whole thing would be corrupted'. Given the difficulties with preserving digital data, is it really the medium we should be using for archival purposes?"

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