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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

sugar and acid Re:Uh seriously? (71 comments)

That doesn't mean Coca cola can solve those problems.

Actually they can. See http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/25/coke-applies-supply-chain-expertise-to-deliver-aids-drugs-in-africa.html

Basically coke success has been built on it's supply chain. It can deliver coke to nearly anywhere in the world. That supply chain expertise is being tapped to deliver various other medical essentials to remote places as well.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

sugar and acid Where you based (479 comments)

You don't happen to be based in SE england? Got a CV I can look at?

Your experience is useful. The PhD put into the right context (this is where CV writing skills come in) show a complex problem solving skillset that is more useful in the more interesting dynamic environments more than the lock and key set of on trend skills.

Where your job search is actually failing is the wall of stupid HR and recruitment agency keyword searching techniques. To get around the flood of CV's non-technical people are used to screen CV's before they hit the manager actually hiring. They use key word searchs to find the skillsets, the hiring manager gets to choose from a small selection of people that can write in the right languages and use the right technologies without training.

What you have to find is a way around that barrier. Which is harder than it seems.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

sugar and acid Re:object to the title (460 comments)

The point is, this issue is statistically obvious and the guys that do this stuff are endemic and everywhere. The point is not to blame every man, but to squeeze those wankers out. And that should be a good thing! Just get with the idea, when this crap happens back the woman and not the man.

about a month ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

sugar and acid Re:Playing the ball... (770 comments)

So your argument is we will run out of fossil fuels after a massive rise in cost (essentially peak oil). Therefore the max amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will be lower than predicted.

If that is the case to protect the economy in the future there should be short term efforts (high carbon taxes, subsidies move to renewable and non-fossil fuel energy sources) to move the economies infrastructure off fossil fuels so there are no nasty economic shocks in the future.

Either way the solutions the same.

about a month and a half ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

sugar and acid Playing the man and not the ball. (770 comments)

For climate change skeptics are always attacking the science and the scientists. But they never deal with the known facts.

1. CO2 concentration is measurably increasing year on year and accelerating. If you want a running tally have a look here: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/
This is one of a number of different high quality analytical chemistry studies that all tell the same story. CO2 concentration is increasing significantly.

2. We know this is because of release of fossil fuel sequestered CO2. By careful investigation of the change in carbon isotopic ratios, and by simply accounting for the CO2 released. Human release of CO2 more than enough accounts for the CO2 increase in the atmosphere, and actually shows that a significant proportion is actually getting absorbed into the ocean and other carbon sinks. But clearly no where near all of it.

3. CO2 in the atmosphere traps heat due to the wavelengths of light it does and does not absorb.

This is all hard chemistry measurement, and are known with a high degree of confidence. These are not up for debate!

The only debatable point is what do these facts mean for the climate and the environment going forward. And here we get into prediction and modelling. The best models and predictions shows that the climate will increase in temperature, and that will have significant and mostly detriment effect on most of the worlds environments and sustainability of human populations going forward.

If you are a climate change skeptic scientist, what you have to come up with is a model that sensibly and scientifically shows why this increase in CO2 won't have any significant detrimental effects. Then put it up for publication in peer reviewed journals. And if your scientific argument has any legs it will change the scientific consensus. All the other stuff being thrown around is political motivated bull shit, with no scientific basis and should be simply ignored.

about a month and a half ago
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Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

sugar and acid Hotel wifi. (72 comments)

As a Common international business traveller,, I know very well the issues with hotel wifi.

First of, there is the dodgy reception interference issue. What compounds this is as soon as the wifi is flaky in a hotel, everybody gets the 3/4g wifi hotspots out compounding the problem. My solution is a high power (600mw) usb wifi adapter and high gain antenna in my suitcase. Cuts through all the crap. This one was a boon in a hotel in Lawrence Kansas, and whenever I get stuck in THAT room with sucking wifi reception.

Second is the throttling issue, where each device is throttle. Once I found In a nice hotel in Orange county had wifi hard throttle to 1mbps, I also found I could use the external USB adapter, the laptops internal adapter, and the rooms wired ethernet, and carefully created routing table, to get 3x 1 mbps streams....

I've once had the whole wifi in a hilton hotel come down, after the main login server got a virus, (short hills NJ). On the other hand the best wifi I've ever had at a hotel was at a hilton group hotel (doubletree in chesterfield MO).

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

sugar and acid Amazon as infrastructure (168 comments)

Amazon is all about market share and building infrastructure to support that market share. So actually the main driver of amazon isn't it's store front/web presence. They sell stuff online, so do thousands of other people out of there garages. What they are driving for in the warehouse/delivery infrastructure to deliver anything, anywhere fast and at the lowest cost. By doing that they can simply offer the same things, faster and cheaper than anyone else.

But that involves building warehouses in strategic locations, and forming deals with delivery companies that lower costs and streamline the process the whole way. At the moment, this extends to delivering to local delivery company and post office depots directly and relying on those delivery services for the last mile delivery.

They have taken that same physical strategic warehouse, tied closely to key last mile delivery infrastructure model into cloud computing. Which is essentially large warehouse of servers, strategically placed for maximum efficiency of running costs and internet connectivity to large markets.

What it means is that they spend all their money that they actually make on razor thing margins, building more infrastructure, to service more customers that they have gotten by out competing everyone on price and delivery speed. All Amazon has to do to turn a profit is to pull back a bit on the growth plans.

The latest foray is into grocerys in some large west coast markets. This is traditionally a direct from store/warehouse last mile delivery service, and offered by a large number of supermarkets etc theses days. What Amazon hope to do isn't to make a lot of money on it, but develop and support a last mile delivery service. Thus completing the vertical integration within amazon of the whole order, pick, pack, ship and delivery process.

 

about 3 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

sugar and acid Re:Wrong priority! (503 comments)

There were a number UK, canadian and Australians killed. Which would mean those countries will get all relevant signals intelligence from the US at least under the United Kingdom – United States of America Agreement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement.

Also when have the CIA ever kept there nose out of anything? :)

about 3 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

sugar and acid Re:Not really (228 comments)

"So what about those of us who refuse a smartphone for various reasons? I wouldn't mind having one but I'm not going to shell out another $20/month for internet on a device that I mainly use in a place where I already pay for the internet."

Simple, you will have access to only higher rate credit cards. The higher rate justified by the higher risk of fraud.

about 5 months ago
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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

sugar and acid Re:This "nightmare" rigns a bell (240 comments)

The replacement date for cell phones is upfront and written into most contracts. It is a fundamental part of cell-phone contract marketing these days. So nobody is thinking 20 years unless they are deluded, and the phone companies are definitely not promoting that at all. The 2 year upgrade cycle is transparent, and well understood between customers and vendors. So what is your point?

about 5 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

sugar and acid Of course this was going to happen (341 comments)

The UK conservative government has an election next year. They are under a lot of pressure from the UKIP, a party that is for the UK being independent from the EU, so very anti EU. And it is about an issue that they can twist into being about them protecting children from the internet, which plays well in the tabloids. Of course they were going to do this no matter how good or bad the EU legislation actually is.

about 5 months ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

sugar and acid Re:I don't need a study.. (392 comments)

The article mentions this, and solves your problem. Move out of Silicon Valley to a lower cost of living place. Some good sized mid-western city will be optimal. This only works if you have an established product and good procedures. Now if your start-up and need funding from VC etc then yes base yourself in SF, NYC, Boston or Chicago....

about 7 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

sugar and acid Armor (330 comments)

The Presidents limo is in a heavily disguised armour. It weighs multiple tonnes.

An electric design just can't make the range or extended get away speed required with the protection needed.

Of course the one true maker of presidential limousines is ford....

about 7 months ago
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CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

sugar and acid Re:It's the *Pot & Kettle Show* (187 comments)

Iran Contra is a good example of what is the problem with the CIA. They believe they are a covert military force and diplomatic wing of government, and NOT an intelligence gathering service. Because of this, after Iran Contra, they just pulled out of everything including the basics of intelligence gathering that would generate actionable intelligence.

The vietnam war murky start was due to it growing out of CIA lead military actions. In many ways a more up front decision decision in government about if there should be any military action in Vietnam could have saved many lives, with either a fully committed profession US force being deployed earlier on or simply not engaging in the conflict at all and coming out at the same result it ended in anyway.

If the CIA concentrated on understanding what is going on in the world and feeding that back to the government. With military actions left to the military, and diplomatic manoeuvring left to the diplomatic corp, the US just wouldn't get into half the messes it does.

about 7 months ago
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The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

sugar and acid And so where is the archimedes (111 comments)

The article skipped over the whole development of the arm processor. It wasn't developed for the newton, the original architecture was for the acorn archimedes risc based computers, launched in 1987.

The key difference that set Acorn apart from every desktop PC type computer manufacturer at the time, is they went down the road of actually designing their own processors for the PC market. This is instead of using one from Motorola or IBM

I think what set the ARM apart going forward was they used modern for the time CPU design principles, but they aimed for a lower end consumer grade market instead of the higher end mainframe/server/workstation/supercomputer market. Because of this they were all about getting the most performance from cheaper slightly older chip fab technologies. All of these ultimately meant that the design constraints imposed early on translated well to mobile applications.

about 8 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

sugar and acid Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Assange's resistance to extradition to Sweden is I think because he believes he is more vulnerable to extradition lock away in a Swedish Jail, not because the extradition process is easier from there to the US than the UK, just that he won't be able to skip bail and the country locked away in a jail. EAW extradition proceedings from the UK to Sweden were in motion, he was out on bail when he skipped off into the Ecudorian embassy. If he had been charged in Sweden for rape, combined with the obvious flight risk someone like Assange represents, bail would have been very very high or not available. Assange's thinking is it would be at that point that the US would start extradition proceedings.

An interesting point here is it is implicit that Assange will not stand and fight any extradition proceedings if he can skip the country. It is a strategy that has left him imprisoned in an embassy in London. Also it has effectively accomplished what the authorities of many countries wanted to achieve, he is trapped, with a progressively smaller political voice.

about 8 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

sugar and acid Black mirror (241 comments)

Charlie Brooker's excellent series "Black mirror". Had exactly this idea in the episode "Be right back".

A company that would take all the tweets, facebook etc as input and create a bot of the deceased personality that you would be able to text with. The story had a pregnant recent widow start talking to her "deceased" husband. To extend it to the logical conclusion the company had upgrades that went from texting, through to phone conversation if audio input was put in, to finally an android based on the person that was fully functional.

The theme was that this was a really bad idea. The imitation can only ever be a imitation, with massive parts of the more private hidden personality missing. And for the people that care the most about the person, something deep in the uncanny valley. All it could really do was draw out the grief process with false hope, and that can't be a healthy thing.

about 9 months ago
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90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

sugar and acid Of course (185 comments)

Lots of business are just in the business of selling stuff. So there is very little IP to be had.

Similarly there is very little IP to be protected in the vast majority of services businesses. That's everything from dog walkers to hotel chains, law firms and banks.

The building industry has very little IP as well apart on certain widgets used.

That pretty much leaves high tech manufacturing, software, and something that is probably best describes as "media".

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

sugar and acid This is pointless (129 comments)

The reason Facebook has any advertising income, and therefore value as a company, is that it has the ability to provide very directed advertising.

If you want to target people who read cnn.com and nytimes.com, why not just advertise there like you always could.

about a year ago
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Tesla Would Be Proud: Wireless Charging For Electric Cars Gets Closer To Reality

sugar and acid Static application is stupid (176 comments)

The static application of this, automatic charging while parked over a mat in a garage is not that interesting really. But what if sections of a similar technology was installed in interstates that could charge a car on the move? Cars with a receiving system, and a way to verify and bill the driver for the electricity while moving. We would then have electric cars with potentially infinite range.

That application we could take a bit of inefficiency for the convenience added.

about a year ago

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NHS and UK government

sugar and acid sugar and acid writes  |  about 3 months ago

sugar and acid (88555) writes "The UK government through the NHS is supporting a project to sequence 100,000 genomes from 40,000 NHS patients and their relatives. http://www.independent.co.uk/l... . The technology behind it appears to be the Illumina HiSeq technology claiming $1000 per human genome sequenced, http://www.illumina.com/system....

The concept is to identify cancer and genetic disease patients within the NHS. Sequence their genomes and their close relatives to identify the specific gene sequences involved.

In the case of cancer the Genome of both the healthy cells and the cancer cell will be sequenced to identify the mutations that triggered the cancer, and also identify inherited genes that predispose people to certain cancers.

Their is assurances that all identifying information about a patient will be removed from the medical diagnosis to protect privacy."

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