Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!
We just need to transfer wealth from those with a lot to everyone else -- like we did when America was the greatest economic power and had the best education.
+1, I agree...
In other parts of the world, where there there is universal healthcare and decent unemployment support, politicians argue that we cannot afford not to give everybody an education. Because there will no jobs for people without an education.
Note, I'm not saying that everybody needs a STEM degree, or a degree at all. Just an education (without having to accumulate debt).
Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I wouldn't be surprised to see a startup providing third-party support for Xp and Office 2003 by patching binaries...
I mean is it really that unthinkable?
Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs
they'd remove the blacklist completely --- and all the driver vendors would quickly fix the bugs (if there even are any).
Yeah, good luck with that... nVidia doesn't care about linux users, Unity is currently super buggy because of poor drivers.nVidia only recently started working on optimus support.
And using a laptop with an nVidia card is a nightmare, I constantly have artifacts, crashes, and things that misbehave.
On my work laptop I've disabled the nVidia card in BIOS, because I wouldn't get anything done using it... The result is that I can't use external displays etc.
The only graphics drivers that works on Linux is Intel... So if nVidia doesn't care to fix their drivers so that they work with Ubuntus default desktop environment, I seriously doubt they care about chrome.
The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See
Stupid American brat clicks on Facebook ad she doesn't like. The world is shocked.
No... the news will be parent sues ad company for advertising underaged teens as webcam models.
From the summary:
Clicking on it (the ad) ....... did mean they would receive the page's updates and could be mentioned in future versions of the ad.
So when the ad company automatically uses a teens photos in a new version of the ad... Some parents might get slightly angry, and a lawsuit and police charges probably wouldn't be impossible.
Anyways, I for one am looking forward to that story :)
WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action
Forging evidence of and publicly lie about mass-destruction weapons in order to make a case to invade a country...
Hey, I'm no fan of the crimes the US have been conducting over the past decade... But at least the US issued a declaration of war, and gave both Iraq and Afghanistan the option of negotiating their way out of the conflict without deploying troops on the ground.
Here the Russians haven't issued an ultimatum, they haven't given proper notice, nor have they tried to resolve their issues through neither direct negotiations or the UN. And as of right now, they do not seem open to retreat in favor of a UN peace keeping force.
This is an old school imperialistic land grab, seems like the Russians might get away with it because they don't care about sanctions. And sanctions won't last forever anyway, does anybody still remember Georgien? That wasn't so long ago, and more or less equally unprovocated.
How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%
40-50 USD with a subscription from a TracFone subsidiary and that includes 2-3 GB data.
TracFone has a few subsidiarity like net10, StraightTalk, and SimpleMobile, they are mostly the same.
All these runs on AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile networks. I had problems getting a signal with an expensive T-mobile subscription in my apartment, and AT&T which seems to have connection was way to expensive, so I just switched to net10, works fine.
I'm new in the US (H-1B) relocated from Denmark, a small country but with is much more competition on the phone market. I think it due to regulations that certain close-to-monopoly-like carriers must allow other operators to sell their capacity.
Anyways, I'm surprised people go with the name-brand subscriptions, it makes no sense... At certainly makes no sense to pay 70 USD to 115 USD (which is what AT&T tried to sell me).
Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience
running a massive experiment on all of humanity by GMOing foods is more anti-science to me.
I'm no GMO fan... but if you think for a second that we haven't manipulated plants and animals for thousands of years, you're being naive.
There is absolutely nothing natural about the modern cow, the pig, chickens, the size of chicken eggs, the size of strawberries or the length of grain straws...
All of these things about been perfected over hundreds of years.. It's nothing new.
So while I'm no GMO fan, I'm afraid that sad reality is that big changes aren't being made to GMO crops, and we have been making changes to crops for years.
Anyways do you think it's better to farm efficiently with chemicals? In the good olds days, 50ties, 60ties and 70ties we were using much more chemicals than today. And many of the chemicals are scientifically proven to be bad for you.
On-topic, I'm not sure why organic farming is being singled out as pseudo science. Sure, whether it takes better and is more healthy is debatable, but the effects of chemicals on our environment (and water supply) isn't very debatable at all...
Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
I imagine a gay CEO isn't too enthused about doing business with a state that thinks it's ok to refuse to do business with someone because they're gay. It's a two-way street, Arizona.
Let's not pretend the free market can or should fix this... The proposed law will be found to conflict with basic human rights.
Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds
Whoa. Whoa whoa whoa. Clearly illegal? I disagree with that. The owner of an account is the owner of the email account linked to it which is the entire premise of the password reset system.
You might be right... But I wouldn't want to be the poor guy arguing that in court!
It's also fairly reasonable to assume that the owner of an account is the person who created the account. And that the owner of a airplane tickets is the guy to bought them.
Keep in mind, it could be that the buyer bought the ticket over the phone, and gave his email verbally, hence, the error wasn't his. Whilst you feel, well within your right to do whatever you want with stuff that ends in your email box.. I'm not sure perfectly legal, and certainly not smart to do..
Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake Papers
Next step must be to make computer generated papers that gets citations... :)
US War Machine Downsizing?
USA "defense" budget is 90% welfare and employment program.
Lol, That is a whole new category of crazy, I haven't heard that argument before :)
Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds
Sorry, about the messed up quotation... It's early morning..
Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds
This is my biggest complaint. A few years back I had someone in Australia buy plain tickets online and used my email address. I got the info about the account and tickets, did a password reset request and got into the account and canceled the tickets. I sure hope they had a hard time when they showed up at the airport.
Wow, sure it's annoying when people accidentally uses the wrong email... I can understand that you complain about. Given that you had to commit a federal offence by illegally obtaining access to an account that wasn't yours.
I mean becoming a criminal is worth complaining about, but you could just have contacted the airline, which is perfectly legal, and asked them to resolve the situation.
Instead of going out of your way, to be an a**hole, and actually make yourself a criminal in the process.
Verification emails should be sent on all new account creations and when signing up for any mailing list. Clearly the latter won't happen because companies want the emails to go to someone, they don't care who.
Sure, but an error somewhere in the system, does not make you owner of the account. Seriously, why don't you think before you hit somebodys password reset. That's clearly illegal.
I mean, wow, just wow, given how long time the US is willing to lock you up for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, I'm surprised you decide to just go ahead... No wonder 1% of the US population is in prison :)
How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?
Or the fact that we are still coming off of an Ice Age that lasted for more than 100,000 years, and ended less than 10,000 years ago (Or the little Ice Age that ended in 1850). Several models predict that the average temperature at the END of the last Ice Age was 15-20C lower than today.
So over 10k years temperature raised 20C, that is (20 / 10000) * 10 = 0.02C per decade, very far from 0.7 / 3 = 0.23 per decade that we see now.
I don't have sources from your numbers, and it's probably safe to assume that the rate of temperature change isn't constant either... So maybe we shouldn't try to model this at all, my calculations above are certainly as ignorant and non-sense as your postulation of numbers...
Is global warming happening? Yes. Is the human race a contributing factor? Probably to some degree. Is the human race the only cause? No.
True, there are many factors that affect the environment, but non other does it with the same speed as humans.
Global warning is primarily man-made, it's a real problem, that's the scientific consensus. And I'm fairly sure that most people on slashdot as just as qualified to discuss the scientific consensus around global warming, as soccer moms are qualified to discuss the merits and "dangers" of vaccinations.
A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check
I was trying to draw a distinction between problems that are beyond human comprehension and those that are merely beyond human time and ability, with huge SAT instances falling into the latter category.
Exactly, the use of SAT unsatisfiability certificates is just a proof strategy... Just like reductions used to show complexity classes, nobody comprehends all of them...
Star Trek Economics
No. We choose not to 'fix' these issues, not because we would rather spend money on drone strikes, but because spending money on these issues does not fix them. One does not throw resources blindly down a hole in the hopes that they will do some good.
So people with mental issues don't benefit from showers, a comfy bed, regular food and professional treatment?
People with early stages of breast cancer who can't pay for healthcare doesn't benefit from treatment?
People without healthcare who accidentally get their fingers cut off in a freak accident, don't benefit from having them reattached?
People who are have problems paying for food and heating at the same time, won't benefit from financial aid, or higher minimum wage?
People who can't pay for tuition wouldn't benefit from free public universities?
I think there is a lot of things the working poor would benefit from, and I never said you should throw money blindly.
The Problem With How We Think Of Surveillance
it’s not a coincidence that the harshest legal punishment short of the death penalty in modern states is solitary confinement.
It should probably have said:
it’s not a coincidence that the harshest legal punishment in modern states is solitary confinement.
EU Parliament Rejects Asylum For Snowden
Many things in the EU is actually just statements, so they rejected a statement calling for member countries to grant asylum,
Such, statements have no legal implication or effect, but it is a very strong political message to send.
If they had decided to do this, they would essentially have endorsed Snodowns actions. It would also be a strong message to send the US, saying that the EU is willing to help people who stand up to the criminal activities conducted by the US government.
Yes, spying is illegal! it's a clear human rights violation.
Star Trek Economics
The homeless in our streets are primarily a mental health issue, not a resources issue.
People blowing 'their savings' on heating costs are doing something fundamentally wrong.
These are resource issues that the US could easily fix, but chooses not to because you would rather spend money on drone strikes, surveillance, prisons and tax breaks.
Middle eastern residents are getting blown up because their governments are incompetent.
Well, also because US drones are dropping the bombs... and who knows what would happen if you stopped funding totalitarian regimes.
African children are similarly dying of starvation because their governments are incompetent.
You right, this is foreign political issues, that the US can't easily fix by throwing resources at them.
But even a competent african government can't do anything without external funding...
Oh, and don't tell me it's all their own fault for not electing a competent government, it's not like the US citizen can do that either :)
Star Trek Economics
>> we're in the nascent stages of...a post-scarcity economy...'no longer constrained by scarcity of materials—food, energy, shelter, etc.
Tell that to:
- The homeless in our streets
- People blowing their savings on heating costs this winter
Yeah, I always how you Americans can be so heartless to just ignore this...
>> European socialist capitalism vastly expanded to the point where no one has to work unless they want to
Yeah...ask the Soviets or Cuba how that worked. (Or Venezuela if you need a more recent example.) Hell,. just ask Europe how that's going. (Looking at you, France.)
Soviet union and Cuba are not related, they were totalitarian regimes foiled as implementations of communism, no different from the regimes the US is supporting in the middle east. Oh, and Cuba, might have been a lot better of if it weren't for the pointless US trade blockade! Let's face it the US is a sore loser...
As for France, ask your self if you were broke, unemployed or homeless, where would you rather live? Is the French system expensive, sure, but they'll balance the sheets and be just fine...
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