Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance
In my opinion the US skaters are just looking for a scapegoat. The truth is much simpler, us Dutchies are completely and utterly dominating the speed-skating competition at the Olympics.
A good suit is vs a bad suit just gives you a very very marginal advantage, the rest is training and professionalism. It's not just the US that is being squashed right now, each and every country competing in speedskating is getting a good ass-kicking. ;-)
23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds
Reminds me of an old saying:
Every person you meet is always better at something then you are...
Iran Behind Cyber Attacks On U.S. Banks
I think this is the second or third accusation from the US to Iran about something or the other this week.
This pastern of preparing people for another war again is getting a bit obvious by now,
Upgrading Software From 350 Million Miles Away
That, and I also imagine there are separate systems for the rovers main controls and for the "work"-tasks it has to do over there.
Since they issue about a 1000 commands *each day!* it seems to me that those commands go to a sort of sandboxed environment on the rover to ensure that a relatively "simple" command like "focus camera C on that rock to the right" can never cause major malfunctions to the main system on the rover itself.
India Plans Mars Mission in 2013
Sending a probe to Mars without any electricity, damn..... We're really lagging behind in terms of innovation :)
Facebook Settles With FTC, Admits Privacy Violations
From Mark Zuckerberg's post:
As a matter of fact, privacy is so deeply embedded in all of the development we do that .....
....These privacy principles are written very deeply into our code.
You've gotta admit, the guy does have a good sense of humor ;P
Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001
Remembrance my ass. It became a another national day to make more money and get extra exposure for politicians. The way 9/11 is commercialized is shocking
Floating Houses Designed For Low-Lying Countries
Floating houses were already designed 1000's of years ago, they're called boats.
But on topic, 'floating' houses are nothing new, we've had them for decades already here in the Netherlands
'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound
One report I read about the data seizure spoke of hundreds of dvds, cds, usb-sticks, memorycards and harddrives that were captured during the raid.
While I am sure OBL and his organization took security *very* seriously I however doubt that such a pile of data is all encrypted in equal thorough fashion.
As some posters already mentioned, it takes only one good fuck-up to compromise everything. I'm willing to bet that in such an a huge volume of data/media there is a fuck-up somewhere.
Also, while I'm also sure his organization had some good it-experts on it's payroll the majority of the people surrounding him, including OBL himself, were probably not very skilled in the use of computers and other modern media/information techniques.
A 54 year old man who spent the better part of his life fighting and hiding in hills and caves.. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he actually *did* write down his password(s) somewhere. Especially considering the fact he lived in the same compound for several years and must have felt relatively safe.
His form of security came in physical form, guns blazing, relocating often (though he fucked up on that one) and trust in the people surrounding him. He understood guns and bullets, not bits and bytes.
Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites
Considering that this would be the most important discovery in the last 500 years, it's a little worrying that it's not in Nature, or any science journal I've ever heard of. A few mintes looking at their site and other's opinions shows it to be remarkably "open minded" in the articles it publishes: "Sex on Mars"; "Cosmological foundations of consciousness".
Excuses in advance for my ignorance but as far as I understand this guy claims to have found evidence of bacteria that did not originate from earth.
As a layman I interpreted that as extraterrestrial life.
Life that has started and evolved somewhere else in the Universe instead of earth. Wouldn't that make it by far the most important discovery ever?
Of course I could have understand it completely wrong and got exited about nothing ;-)
Chrome May Drop the URL Bar
Same here, I have no need to hide anything in my personal situation. Our porn dir is shared across the home network for convenience matters actually.
For professional situations I use a spare laptop that I never use for anything personal.
How To Build a Telescope That Trumps Hubble
This is the part that always gets me..... the "nothing"
I understand that "nothing" is a concept that is very hard to grasp for a human being, but still...
As far as I understand the big bang is a series of events that led to the creation of our current universe. The part I can't get my head around is how "nothing" can turn into "something".
It seems to me that an event like the big bang had to be triggered by at least ''something". And that that "something" must have had some form of physic laws in order to trigger the event.
Easy, before the Big Bang there was nothing, when there is nothing there are no laws of physics, when there are no laws of physics there is nothing to prevent anything from happening.
This is kinda what I mean.
In my (surely overly simplified) logic for "anything" to happen there must be "something" to begin with in the first place. But all I keep reading is that that is not the case.. And *that* boggles my mind almost to explosive levels ;)
Disclaimer: I'm just a layman who tries to get his head around theories like this purely out of interested (and is failing horribly most of the time)
UK Cosmetic Retailer Lush Targeted By Hackers
Agree, iDeal may not be the end all, be all, solution for online transactions but it's pretty solid, safe and simple.
Currently I only do payments via iDeal or paypall only. My paypall accounts is empty most of the times. If I want to buy something via paypall I transfer the amount of money needed first and then make the transaction.
Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot
How is publishing information from/about a device you own a legal offence?
Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead
Agree, the first 75% (orso) of the book is a very decent "King". The ending however...
I read that he had the story in his mind for 15 years but never written and published it because he felt it wasn't good enough yet. He should have waited a few more years in that case... (purely my personal opinion)
Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line
You shouldn't be moving in line with the fastest cashier, you should pick a combination of speed and experience by the cashier.
A cashier with a lot of experience will be able to deal with difficult customers a lot faster then a 'newbie' would. For example, a experienced employee doesn't have to call the store manager to solve a problem, he/she already knows what to do.
When I aproach a line in a supermarket I always try to get in line with the most experienced cashier (unless I know he/she is really slow) But I also check the type of customers that are in line before me.
Lot's of old people? Skip that, they are to slow. Lot's of uptight persons? Skip that, there's a bigger chance of arguments with the cashier.
Lot's of younger people? Take that one, they'll tend to be in a hurry more.
Also, a line with a few people that have a lot of groceries tends to be faster that a lot of people with few groceries since the payment process is the most time consuming factor.
And actually, I disagree with the article since I'm usually in the fastest queue line. I basicaly made a study of it on my own, the pleasant side effect of ADHD I guess ;-) (Bet you couldn't tell that already ;-)
Wikileaks Vows Release '7x the Size' of Iraq Leak
Wikileaks accepts donations by mail. If you're paranoid, and you should be ............
The subject at hand is donating to a website that publishes information not in favor by the U.S. government.....
"and you should be"
Whoever was behind 9/11, mission accomplished.
An Astronaut's View of Space Station Tech
I understand how they like the reliability of the old machines, but it just seems like we should send them up there with only the best technologies as to optimize production.
Seems to me that you'd wanna supply them with the best tool for the job. In an environment like the ISS the best tool would be a very reliable tool.
Optimizing production up there means making sure it works, always and forever. Since you can't simply replace broken stuff it's either full production or none..
Considering a Fair Penalty For Illegal File-sharing
Since there is no accurate way (not even remotely) to determine how many lost sales there were from sharing a song I'd say it's utter nonsense to base a fine on that.
A fixed fine per song seems the most fair to me. Considering I can purchase songs online for a dollar or less I'd say the fine per song should be somewhere in the lines of 2 to 5 dollar tops.
Both the industry as the legal institutions have to get out of their caves. The world has changed, movies, albums, songs don't have the status anymore they had 20 years ago.
Even the most casual music listener has thousands upon thousands of songs in their libraries. A mp3 hardly has any value at all anymore.
It sucks for the big boys in the industry, multi billion dollar profits down the drain for two reasons.
1. Technology ripped their monopoly to pieces, the multi billion profit days are over, forever. Suck it...
2. They missed the boat when they had the chance. They should have looked at Napster as a new market, not the root of all evil.
They laughed at Steve Jobs when he was trying to get iTunes store from the ground. Look who's laughing now. He has the music industry by it's balls. They could have done that themselves but didn't.
It's their own fucking mistake, common citizens shouldn't have to bleed for that.
Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie
The bigger problem we're facing with corporate practices like this is that, when the revolution comes, we won't have a wall big enough to put all these marketing departments against.
Not a problem at all, we just need one big island where we can dump them.
Supply them with massive ammounts of high-tec surveillance equipment and shitloads of all kinds of weapons. Then keep the food supplies limited to 'almost enough to survive'
Come back in 10 years and shoot the ones that survived.
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