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The Problems With Drug Testing

manu0601 Revoked license (136 comments)

The easy way for a doctor to have his license revoked it going outside of mainstream medicine. Reading too much medicine research papers can lead to such situation, and it seems a perfect fit to run human drug trials.

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

manu0601 smart cards (110 comments)

There are smart cards at affordable price. The biggest problem is to find some that can run without a binary blob driver (would you trust it?).

yesterday
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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

manu0601 Proof (76 comments)

While proved software is much better than unproved software, this is not the end of security holes: The proof assumes hardware and compiler behave as specified, which lets a lot of attack surface.

At least it raises the bar much higher.

yesterday
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

manu0601 Re:Not so bad (567 comments)

Well, they moved corpses because of putrefaction (it is summer there), and because dogs and foxes were eating them. That seems quite reasonable.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

manu0601 Re:Not so bad (567 comments)

Well, when somebody invades a city, and you want to drive them out, how do you do it without shelling the city?

Except that this is civil war and nobody invaded eastern Ukraine cities; the one at fight are usual city residents.

Western Ukraine armies have no way to tell apart what is a fighter home and what is not. Do you suggest they need to destroy the whole city and kill and kill everyone to fix the problem?

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

manu0601 Government position (504 comments)

One problem is that while the french government (and therefore the mainstream medias) supports Israel, most french people consider palestinian people as the victims.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

manu0601 Profits (114 comments)

Usual trick: have taxpayers subsiding the support stuff you need, and make profit with activities on top of it. If you can afford a law preventing public service from competing with your business, it is even better.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

manu0601 Not so bad (567 comments)

At least Russia shoots on military units, while on the other side, the army of Ukraine has been shelling cities full of civilians. And I cannot wait to learn who really shot down MH 17.

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

manu0601 Priority (271 comments)

I understand this is just about priority: once you reach a threshold, your traffic has lower priority than others. It seems a reasonable way of implementing unlimited plan on finite network capacity.

4 days ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

manu0601 Portability (194 comments)

That seems to kill Firefox portability. For what CPU is the Cisco binary blog available? And does it depends on system-specific libraries or system calls?

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

manu0601 Illegitmate power (614 comments)

IMO this is not about capitalism vs socialism, but whether people consider the power legitimate or not.

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

manu0601 Another invisible hand failure (192 comments)

Market invisible hand fails here, it seems better suited at destroying value than creating it.

And we even know why: market invisible hand theory relies on a few assumptions, one of them being that products are identical and that buyers' choices are only driven by price. Once we say that "book prices don't seem to be the deciding factor on whether someone reads a book", we know it will not work. If producing books is considered important, then the market should be regulated.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

manu0601 Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

The ECB created 1 trillion euros within 2 months to save the banks, while 30 trillions euros existed. Tthis is a 1/30 increase, this is rather huge.

I agree with you about inflation, but we are very far from the point where USD or EUR are dumped for other currencies. We live the opposite excess, in fact.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

manu0601 Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

if the government thinks it's a good idea to create itself an enormous amount of new money, that currency will likely fail.

Not always. Central banks created huge amount of money to save banks after the subprime crisis, and it did not hurt the currencies. Economists tells us the increase of currency will not hurt when used during a depression, because it will not fuel prices increases.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

manu0601 Political *and* US-centric (278 comments)

The debate is mostly political and US-centric. In normal countries, scientific consensus is not welcomed with skepticism.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

manu0601 Re: Rather far north. (151 comments)

People of Algeria never got french citizen rights, this is why it was a colony. On the other hand, people of French Guiana are french citizen, with the same rights as french citizen from other France's territories.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

manu0601 Increase goods movements (155 comments)

Increasing goods movement seems counterproductive if this is about fighting CO2 emissions.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

manu0601 Parasite elite (123 comments)

Elite scientists? In that 1% group we will find heads of labs that sign the papers of any of their underlying. They also file patents and have stocks in statups. This kind of "elite" is the parasite kind.

Now I find no way to find in publication data who are the really exceptional scientists. We would have to look at paper quality to tell that.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

manu0601 Re:Whenever you can (282 comments)

Your point is valid, but it does not explain everything. If that was the only explanation, European countries with socialized pensions would see a hellish instability, which is not the case.

about three weeks ago

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What makes a new technology freaking or not?

manu0601 manu0601 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

manu0601 (2221348) writes "In Wired, Clive Thompson looks at what facctors make a new technology scaring::

As anyone who reads the news knows, there’s often a side effect to new technologies: moral panic. Facebook causes narcissism! Texting is making us illiterate! But the funny thing is, other technologies don’t provoke such alarm. Take Square, a tool that lets everyday folks accept credit card payments. It’s tipping into mainstream usage, changing how small businesses operate and how friends split a bar bill, but it hasn’t provoked any doomsaying.

What’s the difference? Why do we freak out at some technologies and shrug at others?

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UE treaties threaten democracy

manu0601 manu0601 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

manu0601 (2221348) writes "UE member states are adopting a new treaty establishing a european IMF-like called ESM. The ESM will be immune to suits and laws (art. 32.3 to 32.5), and it is strongly tied (consideration 5) to the Treaty on Stability, Coordination, and Governance, by which member states shall abandon their budget oversight to unelected bureaucrats of the European Commission."
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France mandates DNS filtering for unauthorized gam

manu0601 manu0601 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

manu0601 (2221348) writes "French governement just passed a decree mandating DNS filtering for unauthorized gambling sites. This is only for gambling sites that have not been accredited by an online game commission, and filtering will be oversight by justice"
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