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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

guruevi I'm an expert on cybersecurity as well (571 comments)

I've been saying this from the get-go, Sony should not be coddled like they are the victim. This hack went on for months and probably for years they've been hiring the cheapest sysadmins overseas and buying 'solutions' from companies "well reviewed" in NetworkWorld (or whatever sponsored magazines middle management gets) to implement on their network that in the end didn't do squat.

Instead of being coddled, they should be fined for aiding and abetting and breaking privacy laws.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

guruevi Re:Does the job still get done? (657 comments)

As the article suggests, during the industrial revolution there was not a true loss of employment opportunities. Employment shifted, weavers became machine technicians, horse buggy drivers became taxi drivers and car mechanics. Government regulations on mass production created an entire workforce artificially (inspectors and enforcement). In more recent times you have seen how farmers' children didn't remain farmers once industrial farms came about, they became agricultural and machine engineers, programmers etc.

Both the industrial agricultural growth in the West and reduced work week experiments In Europe caused a great deal of benefit. Farmers no longer had to work 16h days for 7 days/week and the children no longer had to help. All of a sudden there was a greater need for entertainment; the movie, music and video game industry exploded in the 90's (contrary to their own statements).

As AI grows (and it hasn't, AI is currently very rudimentary and task specific), the same effect will have to happen. People will be able to work less (30h/week, 20h/week) but people will have to understand the AI's and the ways it can fail which means more programmers, engineers and researchers. Also the entertainment industry will grow and as it grows, so do employment opportunities. People will always want to see people perform whether that is in sports, video games, music or movies, you will not be able to replace those for at least another century and at that point, current economies will have adapted or failed.

3 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

guruevi Re:Out with the old... or not? (295 comments)

Some regulation is necessary but the regulation should be effective. The FDA and similar agencies are doing a relatively good job in most instances but they are corrupted to the core. So are the BBB, Consumer Reports and UL. Anywhere regulation or oversight is being paid for by the inspected is just a plain bad idea but few consumers would voluntarily pay a 'tax' on everything they buy to the BBB/UL/FDA.

4 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

guruevi Re:EFF Says: (158 comments)

He may be able to use contract law or the misappropriation/right of publicity laws but not copyright. You cannot copyright yourself or your likeness. Copyright is (or should be) for protecting the creative result of an artist.

5 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

guruevi Re:Out with the old... or not? (295 comments)

None of your first arguments are true for most cabbies. I worry about getting robbed by the drivers just looking at some taxis in my town, the only thing that makes a taxi a taxi is a tag and a light on the roof. A rusted 1970s Chevy that looks like it could break down anytime and a murky looking non-English speaking guy trying to convince me to take a ride in his car?

And who do you complain to when your cabbie rips you off? The taxi company doesn't care. Hired a taxi once in Miami, prepaid days in advance and everything for a small group from the airport to a hotel. The guy didn't show up, called the company, they had 'forgotten' to schedule us in and it would take a few hours to get someone. They were upset that I didn't want to wait or pay them for the service, I had to take it up with my CC company to get my money back.

GPS these days has gotten to the point anyone can get you to point A to point B in the fastest, least amount of traffic way and anyone can check what you're doing. Uber basically allows for crowd-sourcing the reputation of individual cab drivers, not a large cab company with 100's of drivers where complaints get drowned out by "like us for a 10% discount on your next fare"

about a week ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

guruevi I read that as (232 comments)

... switched to BlackBerry's QNX, a real operating system

about a week ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

guruevi Re:Not just yes, but HELL, YES! (545 comments)

I always knew that salaried meant work whenever you want, as long as you get the job done, nobody cares. If you HAVE to be at your job 40h/week then you are an hourly employee and should be treated as such with overtime paid.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

guruevi So what is it? (239 comments)

Webmail is webmail is webmail. WTF is Inbox and how is it different from Webmail or IMAP?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

guruevi Re:Please . . . (114 comments)

Comcast and TWC never competed. Neither does Verizon or AT&T. The 'big names' all have non-compete agreements. There is no reason for the merger other than to fuck over their customers by having more lobbying done to deny Netflix and others fair access.

In my town, Verizon was coming with FiOS. TWC and Verizon agreed not to compete here by splitting up some other markets and thus Verizon disappeared, leaving TWC the only choice. The local DSL provider has a 100-year agreement with the city over the government-built phone lines so they're only giving 2Mbps, TWC gives 10Mbps (without TV) at the low price of $70/month.

about two weeks ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

guruevi Re:There is only one way to do this (80 comments)

The governments already built the pipe, the taxpayers paid for it several times over. Wireless is a boondoggle because of the bandwidth limitations and losses. Copper and fiber both have bandwidth well beyond the current necessities. What needs to happen is that our governments need to ask where our money went and mandate the last decade of profits to be spent in the network. This needs to happen for all utilities that have been privatized. Foreign corporations are profiting while the entire US electric, gas, water and digital utilities lie in shambles.

about two weeks ago
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'Mirage Earth' Exoplanets May Have Burned Away Chances For Life

guruevi Re:Um yea no... (62 comments)

My point was that all that stuff we are made out of is abundant in the Universe. Silicon isn't nearly as abundant therefore the likelihood of stuff happening with it is less likely. How would we even know what to look for with "standing waves of energy"? If what we are has happened elsewhere in the Universe, it would've happened a lot. Perhaps with silicon, perhaps with energy but it's more likely to have happened with carbon and hydrogen.

about two weeks ago
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'Mirage Earth' Exoplanets May Have Burned Away Chances For Life

guruevi Re:Um yea no... (62 comments)

"Life as we know it" aka intelligent life requires an enormous amount of energy. We can't measure the output of a pool of bacteria on other planets, only of full ecosystems. To sustain full ecosystems as we know it, we need water. It makes sense because hydrogen is a very common product in space as is carbon. Water has some very specific properties that sustain life (frozen water rises, if it didn't, our oceans would be a frozen wasteland) Although evolution without hydrogen and carbon is probably possible, there is less 'other stuff' out there so it's less likely something happened with the less abundant stuff.

about two weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

guruevi The reasons... (395 comments)

1) Diesel enjoys great tax breaks all over Europe. If you gas up with diesel, the government receives a smaller share than with Gasoline. Diesel cars are a LOT cheaper to own and operate in Europe. From my experience with the EU, this may be mandated and thus may not be able to be fixed by individual states.
2) Gasoline cars are harder to repair at home and break down more often and sooner. Fixing a diesel, especially the older ones, is easier but that is a lot less profitable to either business or government.
3) Many people in Europe skip the Diesel taxes all together by (illegally) driving on "red" home fuel diesel or avoid the markup by having their own tanks of 'white' diesel at home. Truckers sometimes have a switch installed that allows them to temporarily switch from 'red' to a reserve of 'white' for check points.
4) You can make a diesel car (especially the old 70/80's VW, Mercedes, Jeep and other 'tanks') run on several kinds of oil including old filtered frying oil, skipping taxes and duties all together.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

guruevi Re: Market forces don't work on essential utilitie (516 comments)

Depending on your local laws but if the company or a government inspectors hasn't complained about it in >24mo around here, then it's supposed to be 'grandfathered' in.

about three weeks ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

guruevi So... you actually gave them money? (137 comments)

Because, that's what SPAM is intended to do, only a fraction of a percentage of the people have to give them money (even if it's as a joke, opposite research or any reason whatsoever) for them to be profitable.

These sites are literally auto-generated for any field you can think of (I work in association with physicists, biologists and neurologists, they have at least a dozen journals across these fields). I get daily spams from at least 5 of them. The websites are identical (replacing the $field), the journals look identical and they're auto-generated. It is potentially a one-person operation having these half-wit professors publishing close to $3000/month/journal + advertising pages for what is an entirely electronic "journal".

There are similar sites offering help writing your papers, offering help getting NIH/NSF/whatever funding. A small team could easily lift close to $1M/month in a self-enclosed, self-propagating ecosystem of 'products and services'; everything from the creation to the publishing of an entire study.

The problem is not necessarily that these people are doing that (after all, it's a great idea to create an entirely fake ecosystem), the problem is that our public resources (in the form of government and tuition sourced grant money) are being used to publish these professors in fake, non-peer reviewed journals. Universities and government institutions actually accept these fake journals as 'credentials' because being published in a number of official-sounding journals trumps quality research for the beancounters.

about a month ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

guruevi Re:Damned if you do damned if you don't (213 comments)

Ever been to DC? One could 'attack' the White House with an RPG, a short-range rocket or any number of short-medium range military equipment and do serious damage. The problem is there is not 'really' anything there to kill or damage, the true leaders are dispersed in offices on Wall Street.

about 1 month ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

guruevi Re:Moat? Electric fence? (213 comments)

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines has sought to ban land mines culminating in the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, although this treaty has not yet been accepted by a number of countries including the USA. Matter of fact, the US is one of the largest producers of land mines.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

guruevi Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

But, but, ... it's the CLOUD.

Off course you will spend more, you have to account for the overhead (sales, marketing, support) of the hosting companies and their profit.

about a month ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

guruevi Re:Why do unelected bureaucrats... (107 comments)

Why do you bother voting, even if nobody voted, the results would be the same. Tom Wheeler was an executive for the same companies he is now supposed to police...

about a month ago

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What is the best starter guide/book for beginning with OOP

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guruevi writes "A (girl)friend of mine just started a CS course and has been dumped head first into programming with Java.

The textbook sucks in my not-so-humble opinion, the teacher just glossed over the theory, didn't really explain anything other than "just do this and it will work" (until yesterday she had no idea as to what String[] args means in the main and why it should or shouldn't be there) and has given them only a few class methods to implement, feeding them the main and tester classes so far then skipped straight ahead to "now implement the main, this class and the tester" leaving (at least one of) his pupils bewildered as to what it actually all means.

Yes, she can parrot what an object is and a string or an integer and how to write it up but she has no idea how it fits together. Constructor methods same problem, parrot the theory but no idea what it actually means and how object oriented programming makes things look different than the methodical sequential programming people are geared towards thinking.

Since I am an already somewhat seasoned programmer I can explain what everything means and it feels very natural after years of experience but I'm not a great teacher. I also like to introduce what is and isn't good practice (and where her teacher goes horribly wrong is teaching good practice such as commenting, variable naming etc.) but it all gets overwhelming for her.

Since I am not really familiar with Java (more of a P*/C/ObjC/C++ guy) I am looking for either a good guide on Java or any objective oriented programming for beginners, something where people can understand how methods/functions work, how variables are passed and what scoping means (things the textbook doesn't explain until a few chapters later, it just assumes the pupil to copy the examples)"
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BREIN removes data from seized hard drives

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

guruevi writes "In January BREIN (the Dutch counterpart to the RIAA) illegally seized 8 servers from a hosting provider. In order to get the servers back, BREIN and the hosting provider reached a settlement where all servers would be returned but 4 servers BREIN claims hosted illegal websites would be completely erased. The other 4 hosted administrative data of the hosting company.

According to BREIN, the servers hosted illegal top sites (sites where data is shared among releasers, not end-users) but the owner of the servers and the hosting provider denies the allegation, the company that owned the websites that were hosted on the servers went into bankruptcy in the mean time.

BREIN settled before a judge could review the case and in return for the servers and in order not to prolong the impact on his business made the owner agree to a gag order as well. According to Tim Kuik, proprietor of BREIN, "we got exactly what we wanted" and calls the opponents lawyers a "bad loser"."

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SABAM wants truckers to pay for listening to radio

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

guruevi writes "SABAM, the Belgian RIAA wants truckers to start paying for the copyrights to listen to the radio in their cabin. SABAM already has a system in place to extract fees from businesses for having radio's in the work area for businesses with more than 9 employees and they find that truckers' cabins are areas of work and thus infringe on their copyrights. The local politicians think this is going too far, they believe truckers need a radio for safety reasons and view a truck cabin as 'an intimate place'.

Can you come up with other places to extract music copyright remittances? Maybe you may want to pay taxes every time you take a dump as your gas may form a tune."

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SourceForge password sniffing or is it phishing?

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

guruevi (827432) writes "I just received this e-mail apparently from SourceForge asking me to change the password on their site. Off course since there were password sniffing attempts I can't be too sure that this is a legitimate e-mail or whether or not the code behind it is safe to use. Maybe I'm getting phished based on my account data?

This is their e-mail:

Hello,

We recently experienced a directed attack on SourceForge infrastructure (http://sourceforge.net/blog/sourceforge-net-attack/) and so we are resetting all passwords in the sf.net database — just in case. We're e-mailing all sf.net registered account holders to let you know about this change to your account.

Our investigation uncovered evidence of password sniffing attempts. We have no evidence to suggest that your password has been compromised. But, what we definitely don't want is to find out in 2 months that passwords were compromised and we didn't take action.

So, as a proactive measure we've invalidated your SourceForge.net account password. To access the site again, you'll need to go through the email
recovery process and choose a shiny new password:

https://sourceforge.net/account/registration/recover.php

If you need help with this, feel free to e-mail us:

sfnet_ops@geek.net

We appreciate your patience with us as we work to respond to this attack. We'll be working through the weekend to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Watch for updates on the service outages on our blog:

http://sourceforge.net/blog/

Thank you,

The SourceForge Team"

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First known binary star is a sextuplet system

guruevi guruevi writes  |  about 5 years ago

guruevi writes "The two stars named Alcor and Mizar, sometimes also called "Horse and Rider" can be seen with the naked eye and has been thought to be a binary system since ancient times. Using his telescope, Galileo documented Mizar to be itself a pair of binaries with later discoveries in spectroscopy showing it was actually four stars orbiting each other. However an astronomer at the University of Rochester made the discovery that Alcor is actually two stars and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the Mizar system making the whole group a sextuplet.

The discovery is surprising since Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. Eric Mamajek, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, and leader of the team that found the star says "We were trying a new method of planet hunting and instead of finding a planet orbiting Alcor, we found a star." The star seems to be a cool and dim M-class dwarf star."

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Brain Separates Living and Non-Living Objects

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "For unknown reasons, the human brain distinctly separates the handling of images of living things from images of non-living things, processing each image type in a different area of the brain. For years, many scientists have assumed the brain segregated visual information in this manner to optimize processing the images themselves, but new research shows that even in people who have been blind since birth the brain still separates the concepts of living and non-living objects.

The research, published in today's issue of Neuron, implies that the brain categorizes objects based on the different types of subsequent consideration they demand — such as whether an object is edible, or is a landmark on the way home, or is a predator to run from. They are not categorized entirely by their appearance.
"If both sighted people and people with blindness process the same ideas in the same parts of the brain, then it follows that visual experience is not necessary in order for those aspects of brain organization to develop," says Bradford Mahon, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and lead author of the study. "We think this means significant parts of the brain are innately structured around a few domains of knowledge that were critical in humans' evolutionary history."

Previous studies have shown that the sight of certain objects, such as a table or mountain, activate regions of the brain other than does the sight of living objects, such as an animal or face — but why the brain would choose to process these two categories differently has remained a mystery, says Mahon. Since the regions were known to activate when the objects were seen, scientists wondered if something about the visual appearance of the objects determined how the brain would process them. For instance, says Mahon, most living things have curved forms, and so many scientists thought the brain prefers to processes images of living things in an area that is optimized for curved forms.

I just wonder where zombies and the undead would appear on your fMRI."

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Regular Light Bulbs Made Super-Efficient

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "An ultra-powerful laser can turn regular incandescent light bulbs into power-sippers, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester. The process could make a light as bright as a 100-watt bulb consume less electricity than a 60-watt bulb while remaining far cheaper and radiating a more pleasant light than a fluorescent bulb can.

The key to creating the super-filament is an ultra-brief, ultra-intense beam of light called a femtosecond laser pulse. The laser burst lasts only a few quadrillionths of a second. During its brief burst, Guo's laser unleashes as much power as the entire grid of North America onto a spot the size of a needle point. That intense blast forces the surface of the metal to form nanostructures and microstructures that dramatically alter how efficiently can radiate from the filament.

In 2006, Guo and his assistant, Anatoliy Vorobeyv, used a similar laser process to turn any metal pitch black as reported on Slashdot. The surface structures created on the metal were incredibly effective at capturing incoming radiation, such as light.

Guo's team has even been able to make a filament radiate partially polarized light, which until now has been impossible to do without special filters that reduce the bulb's efficiency. By creating nanostructures in tight, parallel rows, some light that emits from the filament becomes polarized. Guo is also announcing this month in Applied Physics Letters a technique using a similar femtosecond laser process to make a piece of metal automatically move liquid around its surface, even lifting a liquid up against gravity."

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Pure IPTV providers in the US

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "We currently have Time Warner Cable in our area but no viable competitors. We have no FiOS, we have no decent DSL (unless you call 512/128 good, we have no U-Verse. We only have TWC for Cable and High-Speed Internet or DirectTV for Sattelite. TWC knows this and thus can charge anything for no service. Currently we were forced in their All-In-One package since it is cheaper than buying just cable and internet from them. Recently the quality of the basic cable (analog) offer has been degrading to the point that there is visible pixelation and the color has been degraded to something that looks like 256 color VGA (looks like a 90's era compressed DivX) especially during peak hours. This is (I think) done to save on bandwidth since they are offering more HD and On-Demand channels and a whopping 10MBps Internet (Turbo Boost).

So I wanted to switch to digital and HD since it's supposed to be better, we payed for HD service and were forced to rent their DVR with it (they don't offer HD service without). Not a problem, the channels are decent. Now we want a second television so I have an HD television but you can't receive their HD channels without a DVR since they are all encrypted. No problem I think, I plug into the Firewire plugs on the back of the DVR which are supposed to be able to tune the box and stream it over the network using MythTV however these plugs have been (illegally or intentionally) disabled. Calling TWC doesn't help, they don't want to ship me a DVR with the plugs enabled nor do they want to ship me a cable box that can decode the HD service I'm paying for. The only solution they have is to pay for another DVR box ($120 for the box + $120 installation) and rental (~$20/month for the box + $4/month for the remote (no kidding) + taxes and fees). CableCard has recently been discontinued on the network so I can't buy a TiVo.

I think the best solution in my situation would be to dump TWC all together for cable and switch to a pure IPTV provider. The problem is however, I found a few IPTV providers outside the US (Israel, China, India, Europe, ...) that offer some type of TV channel offer (either with or without a set top box) but I can't find any that offer the US. I don't need local channels however I would like to have at least NBC (although I can get that over antenna), ABC, A&E, Discovery, Comedy Channel etc. Ideally I would be able to integrate an IPTV offer in my MythTV setup but it's not a requirement. I am more than happy to pay for a set top box rental or pre-paid as long as I can get some decent service for a decent price. My bandwidth is good and stable enough for certain HD channels (they are currently already compressed with TWC and I can stream 720p QuickTime) and I can always upgrade my bandwidth from the current 3 Mbps. Anybody that tried out some good providers or content distributors and had good results?"
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Scientist forced to remove prediction was right

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "It seems that the scientist that was forced to remove his prediction about earthquakes in the L'Aquilla region was right after all. According to CNN up to 150 people have lost their life in that region because of a powerful earthquake. No word yet from the news tickers on what became of the bully that censored this scientist because of the 'panic' he started."
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Apple silently introduces new iPod Touch

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "Apparently Apple has really stopped introducing stuff at big events and are silently introducing products on their website without much fanfare as seen with Safari 4 Beta.

The new iPod Touch (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipod/) has a shiny metal backplate (compared to the previous all-plastic one) and comes into it's previous 8GB and 16GB versions as well as a (new) 32GB version and seems to be marketed towards handheld gaming."

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DRM-free iTunes also means increase in pricing

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "Apple just announced that all iTunes songs will soon be available in DRM-free format. The concession for this will be the 3-tier pricing structure. Now the media generators finally got it's much wanted price increase. Songs will now be available for USD 0.69, USD 0.99 or USD 1.29. Other announcements from the company were a new (expected) MacBook 17" and new versions of iWork and iLife. Online versions of iWork are also going to become fee-based and Keynote Remote is going to cost money as well. Does giving up Steve Jobs as Apple's main man also mean giving up the set, relatively low prices of it's services?"
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Controversial wiretap law passed through the House

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "The controversial wiretap law which has had quite some coverage here on Slashdot and created an outcry with people concerned about their privacy has finally been passed through the House and is now going to the Senate. The law will grant retroactive immunity to the telecom industry which has aided the Bush Administration and 3-letter agencies with illegal wiretaps and will legalize such wiretaps.

For future wiretaps, the new measure would require a special court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to approve any effort to spy on Americans. Authorities could act for up to seven days before seeking a warrant — more than twice the three-day emergency period under the current secret laws and courts.

The House vote was 293-129, with 188 Republicans and 105 Democrats voting for it. One Republican voted against the measure.

Bush said the legislation will "allow our intelligence professionals to quickly and effectively monitor the plans of terrorists abroad while protecting the liberties of Americans here at home." He's also fearmongering by saying that 'the enemy' that attacked us at 9/11 will attack again and this legislation will allow

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, said the bill would prevent administration officials from conducting any new warrantless surveillance. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said the new plan is "not perfect" but "strikes a sound balance" between intelligence-gathering and civil liberties.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the intelligence community depends on "the backing of patriotic private companies."

"The telecom companies simply have to produce a piece of paper we already know exists, resulting in immediate dismissal," said Caroline Fredrickson, the head of the ACLU's Washington legislative office. She said the bill "does nothing to keep Americans safe and is a constitutional farce.""

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Anonymous Coward steals data of 6m Chili's

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "Slashdot's most favorite poster, the one and only with uid 666, Anonymous Coward stole personal data of 6 million Chileans — reportedly including a daughter of the president — and posted it briefly on the Internet, authorities said Sunday. The hacker said he intended "to demonstrate how poorly protected the data in Chile is, and how nobody works to protect it."

Police Chief Jaime Jara confirmed that authorities were investigating the theft of the leaked data, which he said included identity card numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mails and academic background. The data is currently offline but it could have been downloaded by some visitors. Torrent anyone?"

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Researchers compress 20s of music onto 1kb

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester have digitally reproduced music in a file nearly 1,000 times smaller than a regular MP3 file. The music, a 20-second clarinet solo, is encoded in less than a single kilobyte, and is made possible by two innovations: recreating in a computer both the real-world physics of a clarinet and the physics of a clarinet player.

A comparison of samples of both reproductions (MP3 and this new algorithm) can be heard on the site.

Apparently they sample all physics that interact with the clarinet at speeds a human can produce (as opposed to sampling the sound it produces thousands of times per second) and then reproduce the sound. I don't know if this would be similar to MIDI but according to the researchers, even the human voice could be synthesized this way."

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The 'Planet' in Planetary Nebulae

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "Astronomers at the University of Rochester, have announced that low-mass stars and possibly even super-Jupiter-sized planets may be responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking objects in the sky.

The news is ironic because the name "planetary" nebula has always been a misnomer. When these objects were discovered 300 years ago, astronomers couldn't tell what they were and named them for their resemblance to the planet Uranus. But as early as the mid-19th century, astronomers realized these objects are really great clouds of dust emitted by dying stars.

Now, researchers have found that planets or low-mass stars orbiting these aged stars may indeed be pivotal to the creation of the nebulae's fantastic appearance. Pretty pictures and more information in the link."

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Is Apple becoming shy of the spotlight?

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "We've all come to know the big releases of Apple through Steve Jobs' typical keynote in black turtleneck and jeans. Lately however, more and more products have come to the daylight without the big announcements, without the keynote, without Steve? Recent releases include the new XServe and the replacement of the XServe RAID with Promise gear, the 2GB iPod Shuffle, Pink iPods, Aperture 2 and today the new Macbook models featuring faster processors, multi-touch touchpads and NVIDIA chipsets. Is Steve on his way out? Is this a change in future direction for Apple? Or is Apple working on something so much better for their next keynote?"
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Apple drops XServe RAID, continues with Promise

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "When I went to configure a server today on the Apple Store, I couldn't find their XServe RAID systems anymore. Apple released Xsan 2 today but silently they also replaced the XServe RAID, Apple's in-house PATA-based RAID solution with a Promise VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystem which can seat up to sixteen 750GB 7200-rpm SATA or 300GB 15,000-rpm SAS drives for up to 12TB of raw capacity. These solutions come in at $11999 for 8x 750G SATA drives, $14999 for 12TB and $18999 for 4,8TB of SAS drives spinning at 15,000 rpm So no more nicely brushed aluminum storage enclosures, hopefully they are just as simple to maintain."
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TSA testers slip fake bombs through security

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "But apparently it's not all that difficult. According to the CNN writeup, about 60%-75% of tests fail (as in, the investigators successfully slip through security successfully with a potential bomb. This doesn't inspire much confidence in the TSA security systems which have become more of an annoyance ever since 9/11 to any Slashdot and non-Slashdot reading traveller. This particular investigator actually has a bomb strapped to his back, gets a pat down because of a metal leg and gets away with telling it's a back support. Scary or common knowledge?"
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Hip-Hop and Cell Phones Attract Girls to Science

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

guruevi writes "In order to attract girls to Science, seventh and eighth grade girls from Wilson Foundation Academy will be searching for real scientific answers to questions on topics that interest them most. As part of Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science), an after-school program at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, middle school girls will investigate how hip-hop dance affects balance coordination and reaction time, what the impact of hairstyling products on hair is and how cell phones distract us through everyday usage. So is this just going to be a fad or will girls really be attracted and make the 'science choice' later in life by these type of programs?"
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"Electromagnetic Wormhole" with Invisibili

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

guruevi writes "Allan Greenleaf, professor of mathematics, and others at the University of Rochester first created the mathematics behind the "invisibility cloak" announced last October. In a study in the Oct. 12 Physical Review Letters, the team has now shown that the same technology could be used to generate an "electromagnetic wormhole".

"Imagine wrapping Harry Potter's invisibility cloak around a tube," says Greenleaf. "If the material is designed according to our specifications, you could pass an object into one end, watch it disappear as it traveled the length of the tunnel, and then see it reappear out the other end."

More information and pictures can be found here: http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3012 The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities."

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