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Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages

intellitech Not originally, I'm pretty sure. (170 comments)

They were originally called private messages. That might be where the crutch of this case's success will lie.

about 8 months ago
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Greenland Repeals Radioactive Mining Ban

intellitech Staggeringly* (142 comments)

Spelling nazi aside, where is it that you're from where you use don't use 1 as the statistical unit of measurement for counting votes? I guess you could have 73-72, and divide by 5, but that's still a 1 unit deviation. 1/29 does carry more weight than 1/145, but either way, both are quite close. Although I'm not sure what statistical unit you were using in "14.6-14.4," but compared with "15-14," one vote is the most minimal statistical unit that can be used to express the data. The usage of staggeringly seems appropriate.

about a year ago
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Radical New Icebreaker Will Travel Through the Ice Sideways

intellitech It probably has some impact.. (62 comments)

Well, I'm not a scientist in this field of study, but I wouldn't be surprised if these helped that process along.

Break ice into smaller pieces (e.g. cut huge swaths of it in half and so on), and it'll melt faster.

Same way you cut a stick of butter into smaller pieces before melting it down when cooking

about a year ago
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Patent Infringement Suit Includes Linking URLs In an Email

intellitech Now, now. (124 comments)

You are shocked, shocked to know that patents are being used anti-competitively in a court of law.

Don't you tell me what to think now, too.

about a year ago
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BitCoin Mining, Other Virtual Activity Taxable Under US Law

intellitech Eh.. (239 comments)

You can't tax what you can't see.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?

intellitech Sorry, double post. (165 comments)

Also, for the record, I've set this up for clients for self-hosted project space, and I use it for my personal projects as well. It's installation procedure may seem a bit clunky, but it does the job well and is easily extendable. I continue to recommend it, it's excellent software and it's only getting better.

Seriously, check it out: http://gitlab.org/

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?

intellitech Tell me.. (165 comments)

Where exactly did the submission say this was for open source software? Company implies private source to me, but maybe that's just me.

Anyway, something worthy of moderation would be http://gitlab.org/

about a year ago
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Disease Outbreak Threatens the Future of Good Coffee

intellitech GMO plants, huh? (259 comments)

It is not so much the climate change, but the mass production from genetically manipulated plants.

So.. blame Monsanto? ^_^

about a year ago
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Oracle Reinstates Free Time Zone Updates For Java 7

intellitech ORACLE (61 comments)

One Raging Asshole Called Larry Ellison.

Lehk228 had it spot on. They tried to get away with it, and failed. Unfortunately, they usually get away with it.

Fuck Oracle.

about a year ago
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Northern Hemisphere Pollution a Cause of '80s Africa Drought

intellitech The real question.. (158 comments)

If that was caused my industrial pollution in the U.S. 30-odd years ago, what can we expect from the pollution China is dishing out?

about a year ago
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FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

intellitech Uhm, here's my problem. (573 comments)

Define "server." Software? Hardware? I think that clause of the ToS is bullshit, and here's why.

If running a "server" is a violation of a ToS, then every single person that has file-sharing enabled on their Windows computer at home is liable to be disconnected. In fact, anybody that has an xbox or a media center PC is likely in violation of this clause, too. I think that the amount of bandwidth he was using was massively unreasonable, but seriously, if you're going to terminate someone, AT LEAST CALL IT WHAT IT IS. Just put a clause into the residential ToS that states that anything beyond 25-50TB in a month is unreasonable and grounds for termination. Ugh.

about a year ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

intellitech Google overestimates mainstream stupidity, IMO. (533 comments)

Mainstream is also becoming more acquainted with the absolute lack of privacy you are granted when using Google products.

And, more importantly, they're beginning to understand what that lack of privacy means.

An omnipotent device made by a company that makes $$$ analyzing your personal information? No thanks.

about a year ago
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Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products

intellitech Huh? (58 comments)

Driver issue or a hardware issue? I always remember my ZIP hardware being solid as a rock.

about a year ago
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Move Over Apple - Samsung Files For a Patent On Page Turn

intellitech Wooops! (125 comments)

level of restraint on the submitter

Found your problem!

about a year ago
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Canada Revenue Agency To Tax BitCoin Transactions

intellitech LOL (297 comments)

And how exactly do they plan to accomplish this? Technical explanation required.

about a year ago
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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

intellitech In general.. (390 comments)

Technically illiterate people shouldn't make policy decisions regarding technology.

about a year ago
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Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

intellitech Personally. (315 comments)

Yes, we can probably be assured it's just the usual semi-innocent profit-seeking capitalism encourages us to partake in.

I do find it amusing they chose to single out Google, though. It's really the pot calling the kettle black, although time-lapsed by a decade or so.

Personally, I think they should have targeted Apple if they were going for the "Hail Mary" approach to deal with their own unpopularity.

about a year and a half ago
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Draft Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Update Expands Powers and Penalties

intellitech Write to your representatives! (141 comments)

I’m a constituent calling on you to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030. This law contains vague language that broadly criminalizes accessing a computer "without authorization," carries heavy-handed penalties, and shows no regard for whether an act was done to further the public good. We saw how these laws could be abused in the case of Aaron Swartz, a recently-deceased 26-year-old coder and social activist who was hounded by the Justice Department in a relentless and unjust felony prosecution.

The CFAA needs three critical fixes: first, terms of service violations must not be considered crimes. Second, if a user is allowed to access information, it should not be a crime to access that data in a new or innovative way -- which means commonplace computing techniques that protect privacy or help test security cannot be illegal. And finally, penalties must be made proportionate to offenses: minor violations should be met with minor penalties.

While it is too late to intervene on behalf of Aaron, it’s not too late to ensure that this harm is not done to future social justice activists and security researchers. Please hold a Congressional hearing to examine the ongoing abuses of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and similar laws, and champion reform so that the potential punishments fit the crimes.

You can write to them easily here: https://www.eff.org/aarons-law

Take the time to add a note to the end of the boilerplate about how you WILL NOT vote for them if they don't act.

Senators and Representatives, even somebody like me who doesn't follow all things politics-related can still see how you vote and how well you represent my interests via http://www.opencongress.org/ , at the very least. Just remember, we are watching.

about a year and a half ago

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This Ad Has a Secret Anti-Abuse Message That Only Kids Can See

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about a year ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "From the article: "In an effort to provide abused children with a safe way to reach out for help, a Spanish organization called the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation, or ANAR for short, created an ad that displays a different message for adults and children at the same time.""
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British company claims biggest engine advance since the jet

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Excerpts from the article: "A small British company, Reaction Engines Ltd, believes its Sabre engine, which would operate like a jet engine in the atmosphere and a rocket in space, could displace rockets for space access and transform air travel by bringing any destination on Earth to no more than four hours away. Sabre produces thrust by burning hydrogen and oxygen, but inside the atmosphere it would take that oxygen from the air, reducing the amount it would have to carry in fuel tanks for rocket mode, cutting weight and allowing Skylon to go into orbit in one stage. Scramjets on test vehicles like the U.S. Air Force Waverider also use atmospheric air to create thrust but they have to be accelerated to their operating speed by normal jet engines or rockets before they kick in. The Sabre engine, however, can operate from a standing start. If the developers are successful, Sabre would also be the first engine in history to send a vehicle into space without using disposable, multi-stage rockets. The space plane to incorporate this engine, dubbed Skylon, only exists on paper. What the company has right now is a remarkable heat exchanger that is able to cool air sucked into the engine at high speed from 1,000 degrees Celsius to minus 150 degrees in one hundredth of a second. However, they are tight-lipped on exactly how they managed to do it. The company has deliberately avoided filing patents on its heat exchanger technology to avoid details of how it works — particularly the method for preventing the build-up of frost — becoming public.""
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New Comet Discovered—May Become "One of Brightest in History"

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "From the article: 'If astronomers' early predictions hold true, the holidays next year may hold a glowing gift for stargazers—a superbright comet, just discovered streaking near Saturn. Even with powerful telescopes, comet 2012 S1 (ISON) is now just a faint glow in the constellation Cancer. But the ball of ice and rocks might become visible to the naked eye for a few months in late 2013 and early 2014—perhaps outshining the moon, astronomers say. The comet is already remarkably bright, given how far it is from the sun, astronomer Raminder Singh Samra said. What's more, 2012 S1 seems to be following the path of the Great Comet of 1680, considered one of the most spectacular ever seen from Earth.'"
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NATO In Chicago: Welcome To The Police State

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Officers wearing Chicago Police uniforms raided an apartment in Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago late Wednesday and detained at least eight activists without justification, lawyers working on behalf of NATO protesters alleged today. In addition to the lack of justification, witnesses allege that police broke down doors and searched the units while refusing to show the occupants a search warrant, although they later returned with a warrant, which witnesses claim was not signed. According to law enforcement sources and police reports obtained by the Tribune, the arrests were the result of a monthlong investigation into a group suspected of making Molotov cocktails — crude bombs usually created by filling glass bottles with gasoline. But the National Lawyers Guild criticized the police raid, saying the nine NATO protesters only had beer-making equipment in their possession."
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English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Yesterday, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia. This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made."
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New Non-Invasive Technique Using Light Finds Pre-C

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "After demonstrating that light accurately detected pre-cancerous cells in the lining of the esophagus, Duke University bioengineers turned their technology to the colon and have achieved similar results in a series of preliminary experiments. This method of cancer detection uses a technique known as angle-resolved low coherence interferometry (a/LCI). In this process, light is shined into a cell and sensors capture and analyze the light as it is reflected back. The technique separates the unique patterns of the nucleus from the other parts of the cell and provides representations of its changes in shape. Instead of taking tissue samples, the new system would aim short bursts of light from the tip of an endoscope at locations suspected of having disease. This technology could be a non-invasive way for physicians to detect abnormal cells, or dysplasia, which have the potential of turning cancerous. Current biopsy techniques require physicians to take many random tissue samples, and for some disorders of the colon, these procedures can be disfiguring and life-changing."
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Speed-of-light experiments yield baffling results

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

intellitech writes "Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists — because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a few billionths of a second early. The results will soon be online to draw closer scrutiny to a result that, if true, would upend a century of physics. The lab's research director called it "an apparently unbelievable result"."
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Report Warns Space Junk Reaching Tipping Point

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "From the article: The amount of debris orbiting the Earth has reached a tipping point for collisions, which would in turn generate more debris which threatens astronauts and satellites, according to a U.S. study released on Thursday. "The current space environment is growing increasingly hazardous to spacecraft and astronauts," Donald Kessler, the former head of NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office who chaired the study team, said in a statement. In addition to more than 30 findings, the panel made two dozen recommendations for NASA to mitigate and improve the orbital debris environment, including collaborating with the State Department to develop the legal and regulatory framework for removing junk from space. The study, "Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA's Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs," was sponsored by NASA."
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Biological 'Computer' Destroys Cancer Cells

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Researchers led by ETH professor Yaakov Benenson and MIT professor Ron Weiss have successfully incorporated a diagnostic biological "computer" network in human cells. This network recognizes certain cancer cells using logic combinations of five cancer-specific molecular factors, triggering cancer cells destruction. In a study that has just been published in Science (abstract), they describe a multi-gene synthetic "circuit" whose task is to distinguish between cancer and healthy cells and subsequently target cancer cells for destruction. This circuit works by sampling and integrating five intracellular cancer-specific molecular factors and their concentration. The circuit makes a positive identification only when all factors are present in the cell, resulting in a highly precise cancer detection. Researchers hope that it can serve a basis for very specific anti-cancer treatments."
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Alloy Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel Using Sunlight

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Using state-of-the-art theoretical computations, the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville team demonstrated that an alloy formed by a 2 percent substitution of antimony (Sb) in gallium nitride (GaN) has the right electrical properties to enable solar light energy to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, a process known as photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. When the alloy is immersed in water and exposed to sunlight, the chemical bond between the hydrogen and oxygen molecules in water is broken. Because pure hydrogen gas is not found in free abundance on Earth, it must be manufactured by unlocking it from other compounds. Thus, hydrogen is not considered an energy source, but rather an "energy carrier." Currently, it takes a large amount of electricity to generate hydrogen by water splitting. As a consequence, most of the hydrogen manufactured today is derived from non-renewable sources such as coal and natural gas. The team says the GaN-Sb alloy has the potential to convert solar energy into an economical, carbon-free source for hydrogen."
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Common Cause of All Forms of ALS Discovered

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "The underlying disease process of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that paralyzes its victims, has long eluded scientists and prevented development of effective therapies. Scientists weren't even sure all its forms actually converged into a common disease process, but a new Northwestern Medicine study has identified a common cause of all forms of ALS for the first time. The basis of the disorder is a broken down protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and the brain. Optimal functioning of the neurons relies on efficient recycling of the protein building blocks in the cells. In ALS, that recycling system is broken. The cell can't repair or maintain itself and becomes severely damaged. The discovery by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine researchers, published in the journal Nature, provides a common target for drug therapy and shows that all types of ALS are, indeed, tributaries, pouring into a common river of cellular incompetence."
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Yeast's Epic Journey Ages Ago Gave Rise to Lager

intellitech intellitech writes  |  about 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria. The stowaway, a species of yeast that may have been transported from a distant shore on a piece of wood or in the stomach of a fruit fly, was destined for great things. In the dank caves and monastery cellars where 15th century brewmeisters stored their product, the newly arrived yeast fused with a distant relative, the domesticated yeast — used for millennia to make leavened bread and ferment wine and ale. The resulting hybrid, representing a marriage of species as evolutionarily separated as humans and chickens, would give us lager — the clear, cold-fermented beer first brewed by 15th century Bavarians and that today is among the most popular, if not the most popular, alcoholic beverage in the world."
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Buffett higher tax call strikes a nerve

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Warren Buffett has touched a national nerve. The 80-year-old "Oracle of Omaha," one of the world's three richest men, has taken to the pages of the New York Times to call for higher taxes — yes, higher taxes — for himself and his well-off peers. "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice," he said. And Buffett is not alone in agitating for change."
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Ultra-Fast Magnetic Reversal To Speed Up ReadWrite

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "A team from Stanford University recently discovered a magnetic phenomenon which could accelerate data storage by several orders of magnitude (pdf). With their observations, the researchers have not only shown that magnetic reversal can take place in femtosecond timeframes, they have also derived a concrete technical application for it. "Translated to magnetic data storage, this would signify a read/write rate in the terahertz range. That would be around 1000 times faster than present-day commercial computers," says Radu."
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New Spin on Graphene Makes It Magnetic

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "A team led by Professor Andre Geim, a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, has shown that electric current can magnetize graphene. The researchers found a new way to interconnect spin and charge by applying a relatively weak magnetic field to graphene and found that this causes a flow of spins in the direction perpendicular to electric current, making a graphene sheet magnetised."
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Circuit Sets Record Beating Microscopic 'Drum'

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an electromechanical circuit in which microwaves communicate with a vibrating mechanical component 1,000 times more vigorously than ever achieved before in similar experiments (abstract). The microscopic apparatus is a new tool for processing information and potentially could control the motion of a relatively large object at the smallest possible, or quantum, scale."
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Star Trek-like communicator to connect hospital

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "Staff at the new patient tower at Royal Jubilee Hospital will be using small devices to remotely communicate with each other -just like characters on the futuristic Star Trek. The devices, part of a $500,000 communication system, will allow real-time conversation between virtually everyone receiving care or involved with its delivery."
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Has Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "With the steep decline in the populations of many species, some scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction like those that have occurred only five times in the past 540 million years. In a study to be published in the March 3 issue of the journal Nature, University of California, Berkeley, paleobiologists assess where mammals and other species stand today in terms of possible extinction, compared with the past 540 million years, and they find cause for hope as well as alarm."
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TSA Pat Downs, Searches After Passengers Get Off T

intellitech intellitech writes  |  more than 3 years ago

intellitech (1912116) writes "According to a first-hand video account from a train station in Savannah, Georgia, the Transportation Security Administration is now performing security pat downs and bag searches AFTER passengers disembark from their trips. This could be expected from a country like China or the former Soviet Union, but there is simply no legitimate justification for such actions in the United States of America, unless our government is now attempting to mimic authoritarian regimes, which seems very much to be the case."
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