Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible
Is a head transplant a body transplant in reverse? If someone gives me a head transplant, then gives me a body transplant, am I still the same person? Questions will now be answered thanks to the awesome, insane power of science.
U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment
Not with that attitude, it won't.
Korea Tensions Lead To Delay Of Minuteman III Test Flight
Just because a man has a bomb doesn't mean he's going to launch it at someone, right guys? Guys? Bombs don't kill people, people kill people. Let's say maybe he gets his warhead out at parties to impress a few ladies. So what? Does that mean we should ban bombs? No. Plenty of people get their bombs out at bombing ranges to blow up a few tin cans with their friends. This doesn't mean we should bomb them.
Now I'm not saying that bombs aren't dangerous. I probably wouldn't let my kid handle it until they were at least three years old. But if some dude has a bomb, and he can legally own that bomb - maybe it's even a constitutionally protected bomb - then he has a right to have a bomb. Even a concealed bomb.
Bomb. Teehee. Sounds funny if you say it enough.
If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...
Join laptops together for more power.
United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea
they've gotta be getting to the point where even China isn't going to take their crap for much longer. They WERE trying to destabilize the region. NOW they're trying to destabilize the entire world.
You think that North Korea is acting in isolation? No, they're China's puppet. That's the only reason the US takes notice of them.
I just hope that china is even a fifth as annoyed with him as the rest of the world is. Seriously, even China-style communism would do that country a world of good. I'd just love to see Jinping make a trip over to Pyongyang and sit the little dictator/delusional-god in a small chair and discuss making some minor adjustments to how NK is run.
China aren't annoyed. They're pulling all of the strings. It's China that's testing the waters. The Cheonan sunk and the US did nothing, so they're pushing it a bit further. The fact is, the US probably couldn't win a war against North Korea. Not with China and Russia on their side.
US, your wars have left you weak, unstable, and poor. Your country is falling into disarray. Why wouldn't your enemies choose to attack you at your weakest?
Supreme Court of Canada Rules That Text Messages Are Private
It's a tricky discussion for most because there can always be extenuating circumstances. If one's child were abducted, they knew it was the other parent (as is mostly the case), and there was imminent harm, a policy of retrospective warrants should be considered as a possibility.
This isn't a "think of the children" argument, it's just that I would make a small sacrifice (of personal liberty) to perhaps save someone that someone else holds near and dear. And I would hope that they would make that sacrifice for me if the worst should happen. Lots of people think that way. It's not that I don't think privacy is important, I just think there are lots of more important things I can trade it for.
Tracking the Web Trackers
1. Install SRWare Iron (Chrome without usage tracking)
2. Add NotScripts
3. Add FlashBlock
4. Add HTTPS Everywhere
5. Add Ghostery
6. Add AdBlock (cos why not)
That's your minimum kit to browse the web these days.
Ghostery's plan is to sell all of your information to advertising companies. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, but you should probably know that before you install it.
Troll Complaint Dismissed; Subscriber Not Necessarily Infringer
Fairness happens through a strict audit chain of deductive evidence. An IP address is not a way of identifying criminal liability. This is a fact, no matter how unfair it may seem. It can identify a person, yes; the account holder. But it does not then follow that the account holder is culpable. Do you think it is better to convict an innocent person, or to let a guilty person go free? The question is deeply philosophical and most tantalising.
Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants
If grasses can be used then the OP's idea isn't so far fetched. Could you imagine racks of dirt and grass 1km high? Creating giant tower racks of biomass to support the creation of fuel could be done to create sufficient energy density. I guess we could call it a "Rack-mount Blade server". Boom boom
IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says
IQ is raw processor speed. The Voodoo visual accelerator is our imagination. Most people are still running integrated graphics, making their imagination IQ bound. Shared visual memory is efficient in low passion environments but useless for any creative work. It also helps to have sensitive inputs. Most people would not doubt the efficacy of Cherry MX switches, but are so jaded by personal experience they would not realize their thin membrane inputs have been worn to death. That's the hardware, but equally important is the software layer. You can have the greatest hardware in the world but if you run proprietary software it is of no use. Note I do not refer to the licensing scheme but rather the software's capacity for interaction.
Most Kickstarter Projects Fail To Deliver On Time
Congratulations, you're an evil person.
Nintendo Power's Final Cover
NINTENDO POWER SUCKS, SEGA POWER FOREVER!
(but seriously, it's sad to see it go. also i need this to get past cap filter)
Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?
Don't sweat it. You'll still be able to to buy separate motherboards and CPUs. Except they'll be called "Enthusiast" equipment and cost a few bucks more.
Gameplay: the Missing Ingredient In Most Games
Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars
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Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?
Can't say whether it's morally bankrupt, but considering your average computer contains PCBs, cadmium, chromium, radioactive isotopes, and mercury - I can say for certain it's toxic.
Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars
If it's a piece of a Terran rover on Mars, doesn't make it the first known alien artifact?
Google Throws /. Under Bus To Snag Patent
I propose that it cumulatively costs mod points to mod up or down. Mod points can be accumulated from a number of different accounts working together to mod a post. E.g.
Mod is at 1 - going to cost 1 to mod it up or down
Mod is at 2 - going to cost 2 to mod it 1 point up or down
Mod is at 3 - going to cost 3 to mod it 1 point up or down.
Mod is at 2 - going to cost 2 to mod it 1 point up or down.
Mod is at 1, 0, -1 - going to cost 1 to mod it 1 point up or down.
Karma is still deducted a point at a time. Makes it much more expensive to karma bomb people. At the moment, if a post is at +5 and you want to bomb to -1, no worries, 6 accounts. Under the new system, 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 15 accounts to bomb a post down to -1 from 5. GNAA, goatse etc will still only cost 1 to mod into oblivion because nobody ever takes that up to 5 in the first place. It will make factually inaccurate posts harder to mod down, but at some point you need to make a choice - what's better, factually inaccurate (which may never go away), or antisocial behaviour (karma bombing, gnaa etc)?
Earth Officially Home To 7 Billion Humans
Carl Sagan said, "The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it. But the way those atoms are put together." In the same way (albeit macroscopic), humans will improve and deepen their existing relationships between each other in order to live in this new global world.
The hallmark of any system is aggregation and connection. Technology is playing a huge role in furthering these concepts. You are all witness to an amazing period in history, have a nice day.
The 147 Corporations Controlling Most of the Global Economy
In order to be a part of the global economy, one must have money. Banks create money. So whilst they may not have direct control of the money once it is in the economy, they have the power to create it and take it away. Would you consider that a form of control?
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