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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

siddesu Re:IMPOSSIBLE (220 comments)

You can't do that when big corporations are truly global. There have been mechanisms in place for the past 50 years to skirt national legislation by creating a 'consensus' among weaker states abroad and then importing it back as the 'international standard'. It is a lot safer to bribe officials outside of the country, where everyone involved is answerable to nobody. It is also a lot easier to keep negotiations under wraps. Not all international standards are bad, or come about by using this scheme, of course, but those that do most of the harm are.

5 days ago
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

siddesu Re:2012 news (89 comments)

I still want to know if you can see anything at all at 2k magnification. High magnification is easy. Good images at high magnification is what matters in a microscope.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

siddesu Re:This happened to my wife (631 comments)

How come these, err, 'dues' aren't rescinded when the person dies?

about two weeks ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

siddesu Re:So.. (313 comments)

No, just plain old Soviet propaganda without any backing whatsoever. As you may have heard, Putin's popular nickname is Obyeshchalkin, which roughly translates as 'the Promise guy'.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

siddesu Re:Paranoia? (198 comments)

They aren't paranoid enough then. It is hard to see how using a Samsung device with Google instead of an Apple tablet and iOS is making them safer from spying.

about a month ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

siddesu Re:To be fair... (653 comments)

Almost all Chinese multimeters look like Fluke, they even advertise them like that. The better ones (that cost $35-40ish) are indistinguishable from a Fluke.

Sparkfun definitely knew this (threads like 'this meter looks exactly like my Fluke' are common on all 'freeshipping' China crapware sites) and I doubt it very much sparkfun buyers have never been to alibaba or dhgate.

That's about all there is to the story.

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

siddesu Re:Must have been written by Captain Obvious (401 comments)

Was it? IIRC, their prediction was for the collapse starting around 2030. I also recall reading somewhere a year ago that so far we're moving along the worst-case scenario with a very good fit.

about a month ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

siddesu Re:Obvious answer (293 comments)

The only obvious answer is "because I'm too lazy". There are several options to both use a smartphone and social networks and have your privacy at your control, from installing a sensible third-party client to going full paranoid and installing OpenPDroid.

about 3 months ago
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Your Phone Number Is Going To Get a Reputation Score

siddesu Re:Interisting... (136 comments)

that's the easiest part -- they'll incorporate in a place that has "liberal" or no privacy laws whatsoever and do all the aggregation there.

about 5 months ago
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Expansion of Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Suspended

siddesu Re:Delays not surprising (114 comments)

Germany has the distinct advantages of being much smaller than the US and of having neighbors with large nuclear and hydro power capacity, so they can trade. If you want to compare US to something, it should be EU rather than Germany.

about 5 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

siddesu Re:But I don't want it. (178 comments)

That's fine on the notebook, but it isn't available on paranoid android yet ;)

about 6 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

siddesu Re:But I don't want it. (178 comments)

It was better when it wasn't Google's -- it worked offline and without the need for a G+ account. I'm glad they didn't buy the better office package for Android, Office Suite Pro.

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

siddesu Re:There is no such thing as 'objective media'. (431 comments)

Foreign press.

Yeah, right. You make a rather general allegation about six specific information outlets ("reported government claims as facts") and then, when asked a question, proceed to dismiss it without:

a) bothering to provide reference to the allegation and
b) bothering to provide a reference that confirms your claim

If you do, I'm sure it will look like this: the "home" media did quote the government side, and when facts came up that disputed the gov't claims, it was the home press then reported those as well. Under a state-controlled media regime, you would not get the second part of the story.

As for the part where the POTUS "called my friendly neighborhood dictator", you support fully exactly the point that I'm making. It would be somewhat harder for the POTUS to call Mr. Hollande or Mr. Harper and order them to imprison reporters.

To sum it up, you're severely ignorant about the ways press operates under a dictatorial regime, but you think you know better and you are okay with making shit up to go along your beliefs. Suit yourself if life is easier for you this way.

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

siddesu Re:There is no such thing as 'objective media'. (431 comments)

In the two cases you bring up, how did you (and everyone else) realize that the reported government claims weren't facts?

about 6 months ago
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

siddesu Re:It begins (163 comments)

"They" didn't. They didn't even provide the money for it. The eradication of smallpox was a huge effort which spanned more than a century. The part that WHO played in it happened in the last two decades, and that was more than 50 years ago.

about 6 months ago
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

siddesu Re:It begins (163 comments)

Actually, this is the beginning of the end. If the UN will be in charge of the defense against the evil asteroids from space, I'd bet on the asteroids. Too bad I won't be able to claim my prize.

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

siddesu Re:There is no such thing as 'objective media'. (431 comments)

If you lived in a country with a state-controlled press, there would be no "unverified, unsourced" claims. You would not know from the official media anything about what the NSA counterpart there is doing, except for the official line.

Things like the Iran-Contras affair, Watergate, the Wikileaks and the Snowden leaks are impossible to happen in an environment where media is controlled by the state by definition, as they would simply not have been covered by the press.

When most media is tightly controlled by large financial interests, the outcome may begin to approximate state control, but it is still a far cry from it.

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

siddesu Re:There is no such thing as 'objective media'. (431 comments)

This guy has never seen state-controlled media in operation from his porch. Certainly hasn't followed any in a language he can understand well.

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

siddesu Re:There is no such thing as 'objective media'. (431 comments)

There is no such thing as "objective media", but there is a definite and unsubtle difference between media that are influenced by the government in a democratic state, and media that run errands on behalf of a dictator. I'll let you figure out which is which in this case. It ain't very hard.

about 6 months ago

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Japanese "cyber crime" suspect arrested for petting a stray cat

siddesu siddesu writes  |  about a year ago

siddesu (698447) writes "A man was arrested this morning in Tokyo because he was videotaped approaching a famous stray cat in the popular tourist destination of Enoshima near Tokyo.

The animal was used some months ago to deliver (via an SD card strapped to its leash) a message ridiculing the cyber crime unit of the Japanese police for their failure to apprehend a "hacker", who posted "threatening messages" to several popular boards.

The investigation of the pranks since October last year has so far resulted in four arrests of innocent people."

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Room Temperature Superconductivity Found in Graphite Grains

siddesu siddesu writes  |  about a year and a half ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Here's an interesting recipe. Take a spoonful of graphite powder and stir it into a glass of water. Leave for 24 hours at room temperature and then filter the powder. Finally, bake overnight at 100 degrees C and allow to cool.

And voila! A material that superconducts at over 300 kelvin--room temperature. At least that's the claim today from Pablo Esquinazi and buddies at the University of Leipzig in Germany."

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Fukushima One Year Later: Reality Check FAQ

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 2 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "The Asahi Shimbun has published a rather thorough and readable Q&A article, which is addressing many frequently asked questions about the consequences of the radioactive pollution that followed the accident.

Answers are given by Mariko Takahashi, a writer with the paper, who is, according to the introduction, "well-versed" in the issues at hand."

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Electricity rationing in Tokyo

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "The TV in Tokyo is just announcing a schedule for electricity blackouts to last from tomorrow until the end of April.

Practically all suburbs of Tokyo will be affected by the blackouts. The 23 districts of central Tokyo seem to be exempt for the moment, but if supply is not sufficient, blackouts are possible.

Electricity will be interrupted for about 3 hours a day in each area."

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File organization - how do you do it?

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "After 30 years of being around computers, I have, like everyone else, amassed a huge amount of files in huge amount of formats about a huge amount of topics. And it isn't only me — the family has now a ton of data that they want managed and easily accessible.

Keeping all that information in order has always been a pain, but it has gone harder as the storage has increased and people and files and sizes have multiplied.

What do you folks use to keep your odd terabyte of document, picture, video and code files organized — that is, relatively uniformly tagged, versioned, searchable and ultimately findable, without 50 duplicates over your 50 devices and without typing arcane commands in a terminal window?

I found this discussion from 2003 and this tangentially relevant post from 2006. How have things changed for you in 2011?

And how satisfied is your extended family with the solution you have unleashed upon them?"
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Apple bans online sales in Japan

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Japanese big retail stores were ordered a week or so ago to stop selling Apple products online. The comments in the Japanese business newspapers suggest that Apple believes online shopping adds an aura of "cheapness" to their products, but killing the competition of the Apple store has surely been considered as well. As of today, most of the largest retailers have notices on their Apple catalog pages that ask you to kindly visit the shop if you want to acquire a piece of magic. It seems that for the moment the campaign is aimed at the big fish, as smaller shops still seem to carry and sell Apple items.

(Link goes to a google translate of the commentary of cnet japan, this is the original in Japanese)."

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Water found on a Saturn moon.

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Scientists working on the Cassini mission (thttp://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm) have found evidence of liquid water on the planet's icy moon Enceladus, suggesting the possibility of life below its surface and further limiting parking availability in the solar system."
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Quantum effects behind photosynthesis efficiency

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Wired has a fascinating story about a recent discovery that sheds light on the quantum physics mechanisms behind the efficiency of photosynthesis. Antenna proteins appear to "use" quantum effects to route energy almost without loss from photon-sensitive molecules to nearby reaction-center proteins, which convert it to cell-driving charges. As a bonus, the article provides a car analogy."
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A proof of life on Mars - at last?

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Compelling new data that chemical and fossil evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars was carried to Earth in a Martian meteorite is being elevated to a higher plane by the same NASA team which made the initial discovery 13 years ago. Time to bow to our Marsian overlords?"
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Herschel telescope sees first light

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Herschel, the infra-red space telescope, opened its eyes on 14 June 2009, precisely one month after the launch. It carried out test observations labeled a 'sneak preview' making use of time initially allocated to 'thermal stabilization', following a request to attempt producing an early observational result. Here's the first pictures and more."
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Japanese researchers read images from human brain

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "TV Asahi reports (video attached to the news clip, all in Japanese) that a Japanese neuroscience research institute has read images as they are processed by the brain for the fist time in history. The video shows pictures being shown to a subject and the reading of the images in the brain by a scanner developed by the institute. The researchers expect to perfect the technology so that it reads dreams and images in the near future.

(The scoop is a rough translation of the news article)

The site of the institute: http://www.cns.atr.jp/indexE.html
Video: mms://wmt-od.stream.ne.jp/tv-asahi/tv-asahia/news/0703/wmt/20081211-181211004-563-300.wmv?now=20081211185155_300k"

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EU police prepares to "remote search" comp

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "BBC mentions briefly that EU police will perform remote searches of suspect computers as a part of an EU plan to tackle hi-tech crime. "The strategy encourages the much needed operational cooperation and information exchange between the Member States," said EC vice-president Jacques Barrot in a statement. Now, that is a crime prevention I can subscribe to."
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2025 NIC predicts multipolar and dangerous world

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "BBC and other news agencies report that the most recent National Intelligence Council report suggests that by 2025 the influence of the US over the world will diminish, new powers — notably Brazil, India and China will emerge, and with the onset of global warming and new superpowers with diverging political values the world will become a more dangerous place, prone to conflicts in which nukes may be used. This is a much gloomier outlook on the world compared to the report from only two years ago. Dig that shelter and stock up on ammo where legal.

Link to the PDF report."

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skype helps chinese authorities snoop on messages

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "For all people like me, who think skype is sort of secure against eavesdropping, here is a reminder from the real world:

"Citizen Lab, a group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers, has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.

The system tracks text messages sent by customers of Tom-Skype, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and eBay, the Web auctioneer that owns Skype, an online phone and text messaging service."

More is available from the BBC and the NYT, as well as on the site of Citizen Lab.

Citizen Lab:http://www.citizenlab.org/

BBC story:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7649761.stm"

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brain evolution similar to hardware development

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "A new research by the Sanger institute suggests that the widely accepted view that brain power is a function only of size and that nerve cells are similar accross species is incorrect, and that complex brains depend not only on the number of neurons and connection, but also on the complexity and capabilities of its neurons.

The study compares proteins found in synapses accross many species and finds that in simpler organisms not only the brain size is different, but the number of proteins in their neurons is also significantly lower than that of animals with complex brains or humans.

This suggests that complex brains need more complex "hardware", and that the evolution from simple sensory "components" (as found in the various yeasts) to the complex neurons that build the human brain is similar to the development of computer hardware."

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Intel drops OLPC support

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Intel has pulled out of the OLPC project, citing "philosophical differences". An Intel representative, Chuck Molly has commented that OLPC project has asked Intel to drop support for "rival" low-cost PC projects, including Classmate PC, and "to focus on the OLPC platform exclusively. At the end of the day, we decided we couldn't accommodate that request."

The OLPC has not yet commented on the story.

More available on the BBC site and here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119940537839566305.html"

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Big Brother keeps watching on

siddesu siddesu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

siddesu (698447) writes "Nice high-level BBC overview of some technologies for surveillance developed in the US and the UK.

From the article:

"The US and UK governments are developing increasingly sophisticated gadgets to keep individuals under their surveillance. When it comes to technology, the US is determined to stay ahead of the game."

"But it [a through-the wall sensing device in development] will also show whether someone inside a house is looking to harm you, because if they are, their heart rate will be raised. And 10 years from now, the technology will be much smarter. We'll scan a person with one of these things and tell what they're actually thinking."

Time for developing the next generation tinfoil hats?"

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