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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

wiggles Re:In return.... (52 comments)

Chinese law is arbitrary and selectively enforced, often with no penalty for certain things. For example, smoking in certain areas is illegal, but there is no punishment for doing so, so people just smoke wherever they like.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

wiggles Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (620 comments)

They nixed breeder reactors because they would put weapons grade plutonium into civilian hands - creating proliferation concerns.

Fission of the nuclear fuel in any reactor produces neutron-absorbing fission products. Because of this unavoidable physical process, it is necessary to reprocess the fertile material from a breeder reactor to remove those neutron poisons. This step is required if one is to fully utilize the ability to breed as much or more fuel than is consumed. All reprocessing can present a proliferation concern, since it extracts weapons usable material from spent fuel.[21] The most common reprocessing technique, PUREX, presents a particular concern, since it was expressly designed to separate pure plutonium. Early proposals for the breeder reactor fuel cycle posed an even greater proliferation concern because they would use PUREX to separate plutonium in a highly attractive isotopic form for use in nuclear weapons.[22][23]

2 days ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

wiggles Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Depends on who you're killing with those bombs. Civilian deaths I have a problem with, but I have serious doubts on the civilian death toll numbers provided by our enemies. If we've killed thousands of militants to prevent them from killing, raping, or enslaving hundreds of thousands more, then so be it.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

wiggles Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Yeah, you'd think he was in charge of the State Department and the Defense Department, with a constitutional mandate to defend the country and exercise diplomacy or something...

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

wiggles Re:Savage candidates who are regressive (485 comments)

Reagan's justice department broke up Ma Bell, concluding the lawsuit filed by Nixon's justice department.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

wiggles Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Blame the following issues on Obama's amateur hour policies:

1. Isis - directly resulted from Obama's premature pullout in Iraq and subsequent flip-flop on intervening in Syria
2. Benghazi
3. Gridlock - if he hadn't rammed through his healthcare bill without compromising with Republicans, they'd be much better at doing the political horse-trading it takes to work across party lines to get things done. By pushing it without any buy-in from the other party - something that has never been done for a law on this scale before - he inaugurated a new era of do-nothing politics. The Republicans have held a grudge ever since. Hopefully when Harry Reid is out of the Senate majority post next week, we'll finally get some bills to the White House, where they're sure to be vetoed. He's been protecting Obama for years, preventing him from taking a formal stance on so many bipartisan initiatives by preventing bills from coming to the senate floor for a vote. O's going to pay a political price for each veto, I'm sure.
4. Mexican drug cartels invading Texas and Arizona
5. Russia's return to cold war stance, thousands dead in Ukraine
6. China's emergence as a belligerent military power in the pacific region
7. Botched diplomacy with China, Brazil, India, Russia, Europe, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the list goes on and on...

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

wiggles Watch your kneecaps (468 comments)

Sounds like classic case of voter intimidation - but threatening voters *to* vote is new. Go vote for a third party or something.

about a month ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

wiggles Re:Louisiana too (468 comments)

That's the Koch Bros. if memory serves..

about a month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

wiggles Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

> American POS systems have no support for chip+pin

My new cards came with chips, and the POS systems that have been deployed to the stores I've visited in the last few months have readers. Chip+pin is coming to the US sooner than you anticipate.

about a month ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

wiggles Seriously considering leaving Linux for good. (774 comments)

I have been a consistent Linux user since the 1.x kernel back in the 90's. Before there was even X11 integration, before there was Red Hat even. I have never had a problem with changes to the ecosystem - Switching to Xorg? Fine. Ditching LILO for Grub? OK. But this... this systemd is terrible. It's replacing half the OS, it's fixing stuff that ain't broke, and honestly causing more frustration with trying to troubleshoot compatiblity, daemon startup, and whatnot...

I'm to the point in my career where I no longer need to care about this stuff. My server admin days have given way to more major infrastructure issues. The only things I use Linux for anymore is for my personal file server in my basement, and even that is running old Fedora 17. I've been messing around with SteamOS to play video games in Linux - a long held goal of mine - but I'm asking myself now, do I even care anymore?

I'm done with Linux. Screwing around too much with stuff that doesn't need to be messed with is giving me headaches and sucking up more of my time that I can better spend on other pursuits.

Goodbye, old friend. Maybe we'll meet again once this systemd bullshit passes.

about a month and a half ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

wiggles Re:Hullmetal Plated Armor, Dudes (113 comments)

You're an oddball if you're doing that kind of work.

In most modern IT departments, nobody does custom programming anymore. Solutions are purchased from software vendors, and 90% of those vendors write software for Intel platforms. The long tail uses Sun, IBM, or HP platforms, but those are getting more and more rare as the cost advantages commodity hardware outweigh the performance advantage of proprietary hardware. HP is exiting the business, Sun crashed and burned into an Oracle only platform. The only one left in the space is IBM.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

wiggles Re:Check out Detroit (100 comments)

>education is too low for just about any high tech work

Really? Places like Huntsville (NASA), Ann Arbor (U. Michigan), Raleigh (IBM), and Austin (Everybody these days) don't have top talent for tech work?

about 4 months ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

wiggles Re:Check out Detroit (100 comments)

Maybe not Detroit, but definitely not in Northern California - it's way too expensive to do business there. For an R&D/Skunkworks style office, perhaps drawing on the local talent is worth the cost, but putting general office workers and blue collar labor there is silly when you have nice states like Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and Michigan which have friendly labor laws and cheaper labor pools, along with some top minds in places like Austin, Huntsville, Raleigh, and Ann Arbor.

about 4 months ago
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Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

wiggles Re:Space Junk Chain Reaction (150 comments)

All of that is secondary to survival, and until we figure out how to make government leaders stop being such assholes, threatening each others' populations with annihilation, we're going to need plans for defense - and if the enemy leverages space for any tactical or strategic advantage, then so must we.

That said, the article says they're just using telescopes to track stuff in space for military purposes, not building Gundams, so you can untwist your panties now that you know this.

about 4 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

wiggles Re:Good... (181 comments)

Worse? No.

Just as bad? Arguably yes.

about 4 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

wiggles Re:Good... (181 comments)

People bag on Christensen without remembering how terrible Mark Hamill was.

We used to play a Star Wars drinking game in college - one of the items was to take a shot every time Luke whines.

about 4 months ago

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Study shows that wifi signals are making trees ill

wiggles wiggles writes  |  about 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Trees placed closest to the Wi-Fi radio demonstrated a "lead-like shine" on their leaves that was caused by the dying of the upper and lower epidermis of the leaves. This would eventually result in the death of parts of the leaves. The study also found that Wi-Fi radiation could inhibit the growth of corn cobs."
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U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

How do we feel about NSA spyware in all of our infrastructure?"

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Google ditching Windows completely

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to move to other operating systems including Apple Inc's Mac OS and open-source Linux began in earnest in January after Google's Chinese operations were hacked. "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO (chief information officer) approval.""
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What happens when your implant gets a virus?

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first human to be “infected” with a computer virus, as part of research into the potential risks associated with electronic devices implanted into humans.

Dr Mark Gasson, of the School of Systems Engineering, said the study had important implications for devices such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, which have now developed to the point where they could be attacked by computer viruses."

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Google engineer Blair-Goldensohn in freak accident

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "A "Google genius" (NY Post's words) was in a coma Wednesday night after a rotting branch snapped off a tree in Central Park and smashed him in the head. Sasha Blair-Goldensohn was walking to work through the park when a 100-pound limb came crashing from a massive pin oak tree near W. 63rd St. The 33-year-old computer engineer and father of two was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center after the 8 a.m. accident and was in intensive care. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/07/30/2009-07-30_horror_in_park_fells_dad_of_2_100lb_limb_crashes_onto_google_engineer.html#ixzz0Mmj4MXOT"
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Midway Games Faces Possible De-Listing, Sale

wiggles wiggles writes  |  about 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The Chicago-based video game publisher, which hasn't posted a quarterly profit since the end of 2004, reported another loss for the third quarter last week. Midway's stock closed at 29 cents Friday, having tanked 90 percent this year. The NYSE told the company it has six months to fix the problem or face delisting.

"How much value is left in essentially a few development studios, the 'Mortal Kombat' brand and a library of classic games?" asked Ed Woo, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan."

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Activision-Blizzard merger finalized

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The merger was first announced in December of 2007. Through it, Blizzard and Sierra parent Vivendi becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, scoring 295.3 new shares of Activision stock. It'll also buy 62.9 million new shares for a total of $1.7 billion — the result is that Vivendi owns a stake of about 52 percent in its new parent company."
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Nanotechnologists develop "Chemical Brain"

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "According to the BBC: "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously in a test. ""
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Bioshock goes gold

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Title says it all. From the press release: "2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that BioShock(TM) has gone to gold master exclusively for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system and Games For Windows""
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Duke Nukem Forever Release Date: 12/1/07!

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "It's offical. According to this Best Buy page, Duke Nukem Forever is scheduled for release on December 1st of 2007. Talk about a solution to global warming! All we need to do is find hell, and use the sub-zero temperatures to siphon off our excess heat!"
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wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "According to the Chicago Tribune, the recent surge of video sites such as youtube and Google video are pushing the limits of the internet's bandwidth, or soon will be. Pieter Poll, chief technology officer at Qwest Communications, says that traffic volumes are growing faster than computing power, meaning that engineers can no longer count on newer, faster computers to keep ahead of their capacity demands. Further, a recent report from Deloitte Consulting raised the possibility that 2007 would see Internet demand exceed capacity. Admittedly, this seems sensationalistic, but are we headed for a massive slowdown of the whole internet?"
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wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "George Broussard randomly posted a thumbnail-sized screen shot from the game on the Shacknews message boards. Georgey says it's in-game, but they've also said the game will be released some day, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt. The screenshot can be seen here on 1up."

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