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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

escay Re:Hide? Why? (789 comments)

submitter mentioned that the police/government could be complicit so going to the police may not be a smart idea but lawyer and press are good ideas though.

In general, making use of media and putting it all out there is the best chance you have; first, record and reveal, to as wide a public forum as possible, all that you have witnessed and your potential risks as a result. then, start filming your own life as much as you can, at home, at work and in between; broadcast it, put it on youtube, let people watch you and let them watch the people watching you.

it's a really radical step to go the Bourne way, especially with family, but if you really have to do that then your best bet would be actually the Assange way; seek asylum in an embassy that does not have an extradition treaty with any of the G8 countries.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

escay Who's buying? (191 comments)

The interwebs is filled with stories, articles and opinions about why getting in on the Facebook IPO is such a bad idea. I can't find a single piece that argues for buying FB shares now (if you do, can you please share?). So I'm wondering, if there is such an overwhelming negativity against the shares, what's driving this demand up and making fb add more shares?! brokerage firms are offering pre-orders for pre-screened buyers with a minimum number of orders and still are not guaranteeing issuance of shares. If so many people are saying don't do it, who are all the people who are doing it, and why? I find it hard to believe that so many people are actually ignoring the news and willing to put money down - surely there's something we're missing?

what's the pro argument for fb shares?

more than 2 years ago

Nearly 150 Companies Show Interest in the Tech Love Boat

escay Re:Quick primer on the downfall of the US economy (332 comments)

You, and other people who befall the myth of assuming America has no manufacturing industry need to watch PBS's America Revealed series. Particularly the 4th episode for manufacturing America Revealed.

The US has one of the most advanced scientific communities in the world, and leads in terms of innovation and creation. This country is seeing enough heartbreak as it is from extremely divisive and counter-productive religion/political debates, let's at least keep the scientific/technological community above such disparaging and gloomy arguments.

more than 2 years ago

Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

escay Re:Scary (447 comments)

your underlying assumption here is that finite population growth affects the supply of said commodity. How about solar energy? The supply of solar energy is not dependent on population growth. It is equally available (well, more or less among latitudes of greatest population density) to all, yet can be tapped with different levels of efficiency, and can be owned / used / traded. Obviously the biggest problem is storing it, which is essential for a tradeable commodity, but assume we invent a way to store large amounts of energy efficiently. Now imagine a world where everyone trades in kJ of energy - isn't that what one would want to connect to, as a constant value?

more than 2 years ago

Possible New Human Species Discovered In China

escay Re:Ok, how many more are there? (234 comments)

we probably survived merely by superiority in numbers rather than a genetic/social/physical superiority among the competition. like in a couple of millenia later the world will be just people of chinese descent, going, "Yay us?"

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

escay Re:Easy (1276 comments)

Doesn't everyone know that "Everyone knows that X is true" and "X is true" are loosely correlated at best?

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

escay Re:What distribution left for developers? (455 comments)

Thanks for talking some sense among this crowd of boo-hoos. Someone complained that Shuttleworth got an iPad and now he's making everything look 'icon'y. well, so what? Its a good thing, at least he's looking at the future, of touch interfaces (perhaps even Ubuntu on mobile devices), instead of staying in the past and designing static UIs for people refusing to adapt.

Also i think the left sidebar option in Unity is clever because nowadays almost all screens are widescreen, while webpages and documents mostly go vertical - so it makes sense to use some of that side space for the launcher, instead of cutting into the vertical real estate. Besides, as parent pointed out - the key is to get work done, not how snazzy you can make your desktop look like with a zillion customization options. I'll take a consistent and convenient UI anyday.

I was a Debian user (into the famed 3.x series) before I switched to Ubuntu ~6-7 years ago, and while Unity has its quirks and dysfunctions, I feel it is a step in the right direction. It is not trying to become Windows or Mac OS while becoming less linux - it's just becoming more Ubuntu.

more than 3 years ago

Space Station To Be Deorbited After 2020

escay Re:Why? (572 comments)

It was a money sink that did very little of anything valuable

not true. It gave us many spectacular desktop wallpapers.

more than 3 years ago

Scientist Records First 5 Years of His Son's Life, Analyzes Language Development

escay reactionary much? (160 comments)

why is this story tagged 'peeping tom'? if we're able to gain deeper insights into human cognitive abilities and language learning skills (which is a crucial part of developing strong AI), the price of privacy is cheap. the whole up-in-arms-about-privacy that people tend to get into is becoming more and more of a reactionary effect these days without them actually realizing the tradeoff and making a decision on a case-by-case basis.

sometimes, it is worth it.

more than 3 years ago

One Man's Quest To Build True Artificial Life

escay well... (98 comments)

dare i say he's having...Grand delusions?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

escay Re:Evidence and Explanation (596 comments)

Thank you for that extremely lucid explanation! Along the same lines, I'd like to add, what Bing should do is carry out a 'reverse sting' by gaming the Google search system - using the same method: create 100 honeypot terms, search using Google, click on first links until the pagerank bubbles up to top.

This alleged 'sting' is, like you said, just a smart way of gaming the Bing system and nothing else.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone 4 News Roundup

escay Re:You also can't load code onto your microwave (568 comments)

I have a choice as a consumer, and I've made one.

Good for you. So why do you keep commenting on every Apple story about the 'walled garden' and your problems with it? Is it because you are unhappy with your current choice and you would like to go with Apple if only they played according to your rules? or do you really think the readers here (on /., of all places) are so ignorant that you feel the need to constantly remind them of Apple's walled garden, when they make their choices? when you proclaim that you have a choice as a consumer and you've made yours, is it that hard to accept others are doing the same thing, and happy for the same reason?

This is not a personal attack on you, I wholly understand your point but I'm curious to know why the insistence - I can see a legitimate complaint when you are torn between choices - but why after you have made your choice? In fact, let's make this twitter-blunt: can you give the reason in 140 characters?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Reverses Rejection of Ulysses Comic

escay Re:Big surprise there (422 comments)

well - that would be quite the Schrödinger's story then, wouldn't it?

If you heard the story in the media - chances are that Apple will be reversing the rejection. the only stories where Apple does not reverse a rejection are those that you never hear.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fails First College Test

escay sony got this right (256 comments)

for scribbling margin notes, highlighting, syncing notes with PC/mac - and more, the Sony Daily Edition perfectly fits the bill. That device is the right size, feature list and perhaps the correct price point. Sony should be peddling that to the universities to finally gain some respectable foothold in the e-book industry.

more than 3 years ago

Next Ubuntu Linux To Be a Maverick

escay Re:sorry, but Ubuntu failed hard this release (319 comments)

Seems like we hear this with every Ubuntu release...

that's probably because only the ones with problems after an upgrade speak up to air their grievances. the ones for which the upgrade went smoothly (i'm one of them, i upgraded with the beta in fact) are invisible because they don't have much to say. i'd give more weight to a percentage number of users who have had upgrade issues.

and i agree with you, GP ditching the distro entirely does sound like a knee-jerk reaction - although i realize the button placement issue did cause much heartburn in the community (i switch between linux and mac so that change was godsend for me).

more than 4 years ago

Fatal Flaw Discovered In Invisibility Cloaks

escay invisiball (255 comments)

but will the cloaks still work when shaped like small* spheres?

*small where you are almost looking radial from any direction

more than 4 years ago

This Is Apple's Next iPhone

escay Re:FAIL! (492 comments)

well made counterfeits by...the Android lobby? let's look at the benefits -

  • They know everyone will automatically assume this is an Apple leak, further tainting the record of an already unpopular marketing dept
  • They are creating a negative design impact (this ID looks postively non-Ivean). or worse - this is one of HTC's phone IDs and they are testing out public response (as if it were an Apple product)
  • They are setting out a list of expectations for Apple (that Apple itself may not want to, for its own reasons)

Given the number of comments here that seem to take it as a given this is an Apple leak for publicity (one funny commenter went as far as to bid adieu to journalism), it looks like an idea that couldn't possibly fail. On the other hand, maybe Apple did it and timed it to kill the HTC Incredible buzz...

I am not a fanboi of Apple, just a fanboi of tech conspiracy theories. aren't we all?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Sues HTC For 20 Patent Violations In Phones

escay Re:Multi-touch (434 comments)

i wish i could mod you up to 20, insightful. what you stated is something that sounds obvious now that you've said it - but people rarely see it that way. hindsight is usually shortsighted as well.

as to the purpose of patents - there's a subtlety that many are failing to grasp: you don't patent something just because you invented it; you patent it if you think someone else will use it. That is how you make money off patents. in this case, if you find a simple solution to a common problem that is affecting many, it is a no-brainer to patent it asap because if you know a time will come when others need it - and also not any less important, if you won't, someone else will (if Apple didn't, HTC would've). novelty of invention is inconsequential (and so is prior art if it is not legally filed/valid) - if it is an unused solution to a problem, then you file it. as someone else remarked in this thread, patent is not for protection anymore - it is a marketing weapon (but when you think about it, what is 'protection' if not a euphemism for market security?). It does not make Apple noble to do it, and as self-respecting engineers we have every right to revile Apple, but hey they had the sense to realize what they are patenting could potentially be used by others - this awareness is often understated but extremely critical in IP issues.

on a side note, wow - what unanimous animosity! didn't know Apple has already become the new Microsoft for the Slashdot crowd. IANAAF, but some objectivity please!!

more than 4 years ago

India Moves To Put Its First Man In Space By 2016

escay Re:First call center in space scheduled for 2021 (242 comments)

May I point out that what TFS claims as a victory for India with its Chandrayaan-I discovering water on the moon, was actually done by an American instrument (M^3)? Sure India's got the goods and ambitions to compete in the space race, but to think US's space technology will be summarily superceded because Obama cancelled budget for the moon mission is naive and presumptuous. Besides - you really think technological progress is somehow superior to solving social problems? The post-industrial issues that US is facing today are issues that China and India will have to battle with tomorrow. For instance - the chasm that is developing between India's rich and poor today is a simmering recipe for civil unrest and instability that India has no clue how to deal with. Sending vyomanauts into space is not going to solve that.

Disclaimer: I'm an Indian.

more than 4 years ago



G1 gets Adobe Flash 10

escay escay writes  |  more than 6 years ago

escay (923320) writes "Kevin Lynch from Adobe introduced full-fledged Flash 10 for mobile devices at the Adobe Max Conference yesterday. Adobe has been working on a lighter version of Flash for mobiles (Flash Lite), but decided to port the full version for today's more powerful smartphones. Among platforms demoed at the conference was Google's open-source platform, Android, on HTC/T-mobile/Google's G1. No Flash for iPhone yet though, Kevin noted much to the disappointment of the audience, as Adobe continues its efforts to cozy up to Jobs."

Netflix coming to Xbox 360

escay escay writes  |  more than 6 years ago

escay writes "Microsoft announced a partnership with Netflix at the ongoing E3, that puts a lid on the earlier rumorsXbox 360 can soon stream movies from Netflix. The service is expected to start Fall 2008, and is only available for Live Gold members (which costs $50/year), with any unlimited Netflix plan (starting at $8.99/month). The stream is expected to be of the same DVD quality as is currently available on the 10,000 or so Netflix movies online. While this is good competition to Roku's Netflix player, it is also a big blow to Sony and PS3 users who had hoped to see the same happening on PS3."

escay escay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

escay writes "Google has now added commercial essay writing services to its advertising blacklist of businesses, which include online gambling, prostitution and cigarettes. Many universities have been complaining about essays/papers written by others for a fee are submitted by students as their own, which amounts to plagiarism and affects quality of education. In a survey conducted earlier among undergraduates, one in 10 admitted they had tried to find model essays on the internet. Essaywriter, a UK-based company that charges $90 for a 1000-word essay, commented that this blanket ban hurts legitimate businesses like theirs but does not weed out the cheap $7.95-a-paper services which are the real causes of low-quality material.

For comedic measure, here's a 'student' testimonial from www.mycustomessay.com, a random pick from the list of sponsored links a google search on "essay writing" brought up.

"When parties gets in the way of my school research, i know who gonna help MyCustomEssay, these guys rocks!" — Timothy (California, USA)

escay escay writes  |  more than 8 years ago

escay writes "After Gizmodo's cryptic post about the Monday iPhone release sent apple watchers into a media frenzy, today's announcement of its release turned out to be anti-climactic. The iPhone is a VOIP based phone from Linksys — not Apple. For those wondering about the trademark on the name, FTFA: "Cisco has owned the trademark for the name since 1996 — it chose to capitalize on the name now that it's the buzzword of the tech circles." The BBC report on the announcement lists the iPhone at $180/$200."



My sig has been answered

escay escay writes  |  more than 7 years ago The sig: "If your car is going at the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?"

by vistic (556838) on Tuesday April 17, @05:06PM (#18773319) (http://www.public.asu.edu/~corba3/)

You can not travel *at* the speed of light. And speed is relative.

I don't feel like doing the math, but as I recall from modern physics class... if you're standing still (i.e. you are the frame of reference) and you see a space ship traveling at 0.8*c, and then a ship undocks from that ship and travels forward (from *that* ships frame of reference) at 0.8*c... then from *your* frame of reference, the new ship is traveling at something like 0.95*c... not at 0.8*c + 0.8*c = 1.6*c. The relativistic effects don't work by simple addition.

Even if your car were going really near the speed of light, and you turn on the headlights... from your frame of reference the light still shoots forward at the speed of light. The speed of light limit is a speed limit for two things relative to each other... you always need some frame of reference.

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