Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms
I agree that the Israelis would only use the bomb as a last resort - just don't see how they could do that and still keep their strip of land. Besides, if the issue is preventing Israel's enemies from getting their own nukes, and one of the primary reasons those enemies can cite for pursuing them is "Israel has them, so why can't we", then the best way to end the middle east arms race would be for israel to give up its nukes in exchange for a US promise to retaliate against any nuclear strike against them.
Perhaps Israel didn't trust the US as an ally in the 60's, but they have no other reliable friends now - so they better start trusting us.
If I was the Israelis, I would not trust the USA, even to the extent of pausing a meeting to go for a bathroom break. All too often the USA has let down its partners, and screwed them left, right and center.
Suppose Israel had the weapons (which so far, they have never claimed to have) and they gave them up. As Israel is a small country, comparable to Rode Island in size, would Israel exist by the time the USA reacted? I can just imagine the haggling in Congress as the months go by to decide if they should help Israel, and then under what conditions.
If Israel is going to disappear, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iran, all of these ideologies will disappear, with their lands not habitable for generations. Masada on a larger scale.
Israel's message -- Leave me in peace, I leave you in peace. Hit me, I hit you back. Make money, not war, lets do business together.
Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon
Why should anyone care about this "Potential Tragedy"? It takes 9 cans of American beer to equal the effects of 6 cans of any foreign beer. There was even tests of beer, and it was found that even the 4% beer was diluted to 3% beer. So all this time, you have been overpaying, and overpaying and overpaying. So, if the breweries add the cost, at least insist that they put back the missing percent that they did not provide. As an aside, I noted that my recent cans of beer from the 12 and 24 packs had no percentage numbers on each can, nor was it inscribed on the external packaging. Bottom line, you are paying for 9 cans but getting the worth of 6.
Linux Voice is a New Magazine for Linux Users — On Paper (Video)
Honestly I miss the paper magazine thing.
Yes by all objective measures it's an inferior way to distribute and access data, but much like watching television vs streaming/on demand, it has it's charms and nuances that haven't been reproduced digitally.
Linux Voice specifically doesn't sound like my cup of tea based on reading the snippets on their site, but I can see where they might find an audience.
My local (provincial government) library carries two Linux magazines. One from the UK (A4 paper size) and the second from France( in French and also A4 size) I look forward to reading both. The one from France has a very large readership and produces "specials", which are add-on publications that can be described as books. For example, a special about python. We are not looking at 9 pages, but 90. we are not looking at overviews, but indepth use and examples.
the library maintains the back issues.
The England Linux magazine uses very high quality paper, lots of colour, and above average quality printing. The French magazine prints on very good paper, and mainly in black and white. Photos etc, are shades of gray,. however, links are provided to see the color images.
Both are great mazines, but would arrive in Canada at a newstand price of $15.00 per copy. I believe the yearly subscription (10 issues) is around 120/yr for each.
Occasionally a DVD is included with either publication.
Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance
He probably could have tried legal measures to implement reform if it was actually more important to him than being famous
Really? What legal measures could he have tried while remaining in the US? He would have been arrested faster than SSD read times, and never heard from again for "national security" reasons. The government's first response was to label him a traitor - they don't let you have much freedom as a traitor, in case you didn't know. I doubt any legal measures he could have tried before being arrested as a traitor would even have been reported on by the press, again for national security reasons.
Whether you think his revelations were right or wrong, I think you'd have to agree he couldn't have truly revealed anything successfully by staying in the US.
I guess the policy in the USA for anything that is security related is "Kill the messenger". In other-words, the whistle blower, while legally standing a chance, doesn't have a chance in Hell to survive his job. Whistle blowing in the US government is a career suicide, if such a career exists.
By the way the expression " faster than SSD read times" could be replaced with " faster than an I/O interrupt".
Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?
I'm hungry. Lets eat grandma!
I'm hungry. Lets eat, grandma!
the cat, the rat, ate. the cat, the rat ate,
The Case For a Safer Smartphone
but that would be too much to ask.
Perhaps what is needed is an app in the cellphone and an app in the car, so that if the user was sitting in the car with the car motor running or the car transmission not in park, the cellphone would cease to function.
GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety
Changing part without changing part number is something which the engineer shouldn't have done. Sure, management wouldn't let him make the change and that is bad. However, by making a change without following the basic accepted procedures meant that sleuth work needed to be done to even identify that a change had been made. The engineer clearly did something wrong. That in no way reduces the responsibility of management for their decisions and the consequences of those decisions.
That said, naming names of an engineer is a really bad precedent. What is the goal GM is trying to achieve here. Do they want people to go break the guy's windows? Burn down his house? Call him in the middle of the night or deliver pizza? Apart from potentially removing the guy's livelihood for the remainder of his life because no-one wants to hire 'that guy' ever again, and a lot of abuse being targeted his way, what will this achieve?
If he did something criminal, then he should be charged. If he did something extremely incompetent then maybe membership of the engineering body should be revoked, but it isn't the place of GM to throw their engineers to the wolves.
OK, so the part number was not changed. But the date of the change is known, and cars manufactured one week after that date or with the arrival of the first batch of new parts is known. It is therefore not the total of all the cars manufactured. And yes, some replacement parts sales will also have to be checked.
I suppose that they can test if it is the new or old switch, just by testing manually. If the switch turns off with trivial pressure, its the old part.
If the engineer did the change when the company refused to do it, bless the man for saving lives.
Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
Wile the AC made this into a joke it really is the best advice if you do this badly.
Rather than be the person who is going to be perceived as the one who pushes Linux into your workspace I would recommend getting in a consultant from a reputable firm and get written recommendations on "how" or even "why not to". If this is done properly then everyone looks good. A Professional Consultant could come up with relevant recommendations in less then a week (assuming a small organization of say less than 100) contrary to what some would say.
Another thing don't be the person who is going to be stuck supporting a Linux environment unless you really have had experience, one or more support personal and get paid accordingly.
In a small ma and pa shop (as described), consultancy fees may be a serious expense. I would do things as follows:
post a bulletinboard notice asking for two volunteers to try Linux in place of XP for one week. At the end, they should provide a verbal feedback. Recommend or Abort the project. If they like it, convert the other users and have them assist in the training. Choose a woman and a man for the Mint trial.
Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?
...if you like your 7.1 million sign-ups, you can keep your 7.1 million sign-ups.
I think that if there was a strict audit, that you would find numbers closer to the truth, around 9 million. Some opponents are embarassed to report that "affordable care" is a success.
Too bad you don't have what we do in Canada. Single payer.
My friends wife has just had $100k of medical treatment (ruptured bowl, split intenstines, Cerebrial Circulation problems. She had surgery, had machine forced breathing, a trachia tube for feeding, and more. It is now about 1 month in hospital, and she can sit, can write on a tablet, and will be outpatient within the next three weeks. No extra costs for drugs). What would 2 months of intensive care cost in the USA?
My friend pays $16.00/day for parking and about $10.00 for his meals while he stays at her bedside. Socialism has it's place in a country.
Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin
You can only hear up to like 20k Herz.
But there are so called overtones, multiples of the base frequency. In this case 40k, 60k, 80k 100k etc.
No human is able to hear 40k and above frequencies, but we all can hear if a 20k frequency is combined with an 40k overtone, or an 100k overtone even. Modern lossy compression algorithms cut off these overtones (as the overtone itself is unhearable) ... nevertheless we can hear if it is 'there' or not.
Completely false. Often repeated. But completely, utterly false.
The human ear can only make out an amplitude rise equivalent to a ~20k Hz sine wave (lower as you age). No amount of "overtones," monster cables, or megahertz sampling will change the ability of the hairs inside the ear to move/accelerate only so fast. The ear is mechanically band limited.
I believe that you are wrong. The harmonics of two frequencies, say at 18khz and18.1kh will at some point have a difference that is well within the audio range. The point you may want to make perhaps, is that the beat frequencies at the 5th or 6th harmonic, while being in the audible range, are two feeble to be heard and noticed. I bet that with a digital filtering system, the beat frequencies will have a woofer speaker putting out a very nice audible sound.
How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
I mean seriously. There is no down side to going from not hearing to hearing except for having to listen to contemporary "music".
I agree with your comment and agree entirely with you, if it comes to a music, we need to get away from the electronic repetition digital sounds and bring back true musicians that can play an instrument. We need a revival of good wind, string, or real drum music, not the digital perfect pitch of the preprogrammed noise machines.
Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms
Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?
That sounds preposterous to me.
If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.
Microsoft just spent billions of dollars and many years to create Windows 8, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up and moved to Intel and Microsoft.
Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.
I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.
Microsoft stole (cloned) the best parts of OS2. IBM was there, as was Zerox, before MS. Linux started as a clone of a Unix derivative. Please do not heap praise on MS. Their past is not without stealing ideas.
How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.
Churches, Synaagogues, Mosques, Templsw, and other reigious mass meeting places serve two purposes. a) social gathering and b) worship.
The Internet transfers the first to the web. Now, whats left is worship, and cynically, financial dues for building and clergy. The dues rise as memberships drop. It does not take much thinking to come to the same conclusion as did MIT research.
Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?
AFAIK, Fedora 20 has a very good firewall offering, and it is presented as a dynamic software, meaning that you can make changes to network protections, etc., on the fly.
USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge
And I worry about 100W @ 5V, that's 20 A!
Sounds a bit troublesome through these small connectors.
I think that it is possible as the power will be supplied on 180degree pairs of wires.
Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light
So you're that guy who races up to red lights and then has to slam on the brakes.
Here's what happens. You and I are stopped at a light with you in front of me. There's another light 20 seconds away at 35 mph or 10 seconds way at 70mph. The first light turns green and the second is due to turn green in 20 seconds. You arrive at the second light in 10 seconds and have to come to a complete stop. I arrive in 20 seconds the moment the second light turns green but I have to stop because of you. Everyone behind me also has to stop because of you. Your actions caused us all to decelerate and accelerate unnecessarily.
Actually, I wouldn't stop. I'd slow down giving you enough room to accelerate so to minimize my change in speed, but most people wouldn't apply that forethought.
The concept of aliasing is not applicable to the timing of traffic lights for a number of reasons. First, you're going the wrong way, a more reasonable answer would be 17.5 mph also works for lights timed for 35mph, but that's not true either. The timing is a phase variance, not a change in frequency. There's pretty much nothing you can do to beat the system of lights timed for a given speed other than drive that speed. That's a pretty optimal solution anyway.
We had an interesting situtation at a local traffic jam. It was on a through street in a residential community.
Two police officers worked together. They determined the number of cars that could get through on a light, and one of then walked back in the queue. He had them shut off the motors until the queue in front was clear, then he let in a another packet of vehicles. It worked out well. Polution was down, but there was some discomfort in that the A/C in the car had some catch-up to do.
Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services
I for one used this service to share files between my Ubuntu desktops, it worked seamlessly. It is especially useful for development files (programs and scripts) that I share between my different workplaces.
If anyone has a replacement suggestion that integrates well with the Ubuntu desktop, I would be glad to hear from it.
Dropbox or Spider Oaks.
Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods
I have made the open offer before that anyone who thinks waterboarding isn't torture is welcome to explain to me why that is, as long as they can do it while being waterboarded until I am satisfied with what they are saying is the truth.
water boarding is a beautiful torture. It leaves no physical bruises. Allows the perpertrators to be in denial and get away with it.
It only has consequences if the victim drowns or dies of a heart attack. Blue bodies from interrogators are signs of oxygen deprivation.
Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
It's as simple as asking: "do you want to take that risk"?
There's plenty of people in the world willing to participate to something that will likely end their lives, as long as they perceive it as heroic. It's one of the freedoms I value in a civilized world.
With that being said, 15 years ago I would have volunteered, but today, for the sake of my family, I wouldn't.
on earh, that person may be a paraplegic, but in space, he would become as agile as the person with legs. Ergo, for this individual (a Steven Hawkins ) health category of person, it would be advantageous.
If the trip has the high risk of failing (death), then why should I be complicit in the risk?
Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)
Why should they be on a network at all? My refrigerator does just fine with a basic thermostat, electrical fusing, a device to pour water into a mold, dump it in a bin when frozen, then stop dumping it when the bin fills up, a switch to turn on the light when the door opens and a fan so it runs without the need to be defrosted. The additional gewgaws don't help with core operation.
Same with a stove or a microwave. For safety's sake, it should only be able to be turned on by someone who is physically present.
Sometimes, there is just no real point in adding a device to the IoT, and the fewer devices that have networks, the fewer attack vectors an attacker will have to operate with.
This doesn't mean that isolated networks are bad... for example a vehicle needs the CANBus. However, if one doesn't need to have that functionality in a toaster, why built it in?
If we have to have a network or bus for statuses, why not a read-only bus, essentially like a serial port with the return line cut so the device can send status messages out, but not have them go back. The basic concept of a data diode. This way, one can tell if their fridge is over temperature, but a blackhat can't log on and turn the fridge off and spoil someone's steak stash.
There are appliances that I would absolutely like to have under internet access. Here are a few and my justifications.
a) I am a working stiff: In the AM, I put a roast in the oven, I set the turn on time for 20 minutes / lb (50 min/kilo) and I leave for work. Suddenly I have to work late. I want to delay the cooking of the roast.
b) I have a setback thermostat in the house. I would like the heat/air-conditioner to turn on to normal temp 1.5 hrs before I plan to arrive. I am coming home late, and want the system to start 1.5 hrs later.
c) I have a keypad access to the garage. I have a repair man coming for the washer/dryer. When he arrives, I want to see who she/he is, and then change the keypad code once to allow him in.
d) Usually turn on the sprinklers early am, but I know it is going to rain tomorrow. I want the system to skip a watering and therefore I use my cell to tell the sprinkler system to skip the day. Ditto if the gardener is coming to work in the yard or on the flower beds.
Probably you noticed that most of the access is not to control temperature, but to control when a device that is preset to a temperature or action, that it may start or be stopped. And of course, access security. If I have a security system that alarms to me about someone in the house, I want to see if it is my mother-in-law visiting, or a stranger. And I want an event message sent to me if someone goes into the master bedroom.
Quebec Canada Wants to pass SLAPP Law (Bill 9)
It would be great if this law was passed in each of the United States, or was adopted as a Federal law. It could be applied to certain companies who are forcing bankruptcy of individuals and students.