BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban
>>...new $360 million mini-refinery...demand for simple, one-step plants capable of transforming raw crude into exportable products such as propane is feeding a construction boom along the Gulf Coast.
Call me cynical, but it seems that most legislation aims to protect the existing jobs of stalwart political supporters in sponsors' districts. (e.g., Obama's first term "stimulus," which was mostly used to shore up the existing salaries and pensions of his political base.) Perhaps the intent of this bill was to continue a Gulf Coast construction boom, leading to more voter, er, labor-intensive refinery jobs?
The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
It always makes me chuckle when one of my self-anointed "green" friends whips up a cup of Keurig and then chucks the plastic container in the trash.
The Higgs Boson Re-Explained By the Mick Jagger of Physics
His best years are about 50 years behind him?
WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time
Who needs advertising when you can sell the company for $16B? They'll just punt the founders and add in-stream/in-text ads related to the content of the text streams the user recently engaged in. Done.
Star Trek Economics
>> The difference with capitalism is that there is no big investor owning the company, doing what he wants and (the most important part) living from your work.
And in the Soviet Union...the party bosses did what? :) Time to re-read "Animal Farm," I think.
>> A cooperative is the best example of people working in those conditions.
As are churches, many charities and other groups where the membership is small and motivated to achieve a common purpose (as typically demonstrated by a large body of volunteers). The model falls apart once applied to government of any size, however...
Star Trek Economics
>> and technology hasn't changed at all since, has it.
That's my point: France and Venezuela and other countries have money and access to the latest technology, but have still been unable to summon their slacker's utopia.
If you want a counter example, look how much the lives of Chinese citizens have improved since they began to emphasize reward-for-effort models (capitalism) over exist-get-paid models (socialism).
Star Trek Economics
>> we're in the nascent stages of...a post-scarcity economy...'no longer constrained by scarcity of materials—food, energy, shelter, etc.
Tell that to:
- The homeless in our streets
- People blowing their savings on heating costs this winter
- Middle-eastern residents getting blown up because there's oil under nearby ground
- African children still dying of starvation
>> European socialist capitalism vastly expanded to the point where no one has to work unless they want to
Yeah...ask the Soviets or Cuba how that worked. (Or Venezuela if you need a more recent example.) Hell,. just ask Europe how that's going. (Looking at you, France.)
Hackers Sweep Up FTP Credentials For the New York Times, UNICEF and 7,000 Others
As a "pen tester"... Since FTP servers aren't often monitored as closely as higher-profile web applications, but are still often tied into a company's AD or other common credential store, they're often a great resource to use if you want to harvest some high-value credentials before you go on site. (I like to use this:
http://www.filetransferconsult... for that.)
Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice
Looks like Slashdot's newest experiment is to pop an ad before you get to the article. Looks like I'll have that disabled in 5...4...3..
Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science
>> what's behind this data?
I think the grind of the crappy economy over the past five years is driving more people back into the arms of faith, including astrology because it has such an easy on-ramp. (Published horoscopes...) Anyone know any surveys that might confirm/deny?
Five Easy Pieces: Short Product Presentations from CES 2014 (Video)
So...the SlashDot community asks for "no more lame videos, ever" and the editors give us FIVE videos? What's next...keeping beta?
Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player
>> Para Bellum Labs might face the toughest job in politics.
Nah...I think that belongs to the folks in charge of presenting Hillary as candidate of change and reform so Obama's coattails don't kill her campaign before it starts.
Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years
Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit
>> Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater...formed sometime early this decade
Former Red Hat COO Helps Health Care Providers Work Together (Video)
"While I was working for Red Hat, I got very sick... I ultimately had to go to 10 doctors to be diagnosed. "
Good news, under Obamacare, you'll never have that problem again.
1) Are you connected to a political bigwig? Goto #8.
2) Set appointment for doctor. Wait X months.
3) Get appointment. Roll 1d6 and goto #5 on a "6."
4) Otherwise, learn you cannot see specialist now, goto #2.
5) Get appointment with specialist. Wait Y months.
6) Get diagnosis. If you do not like it, goto #2. If you go like it, get on list to be treated.
7) Die of old age.
8) Get approved for treatment.
9) Begin treatment.
OpenSSH 6.5 released (with lotsa D. J. Bernstein crypto)
Too bad this crappy new "beta interface" doesn't catch dups
Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him
>> "Misstatement," of course, being the favorite euphemism for "lie."
I though it was, "If you like your X, you can keep your X." :)
CES 2014: Now You Can Make 360 Degree Videos With a Single Camera (Video)
Or...just spend $60 for a GoPano for iPhone
I'd say the price war is on - $200-500 bucks for this gizmo already seems too high.
International Space Station Mission Extended To 2024
"If you like your space station you can keep your space station."
Let's hope Obama wasn't kidding this time.
How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time
>> wrote his own software for the new device. Total cost: $50.
Sure, if the time to write the software was worth nothing.
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