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Comment Re:Summary. (Score 2) 201

About being a little more Star Trek,

Picard: The economics of the future are somewhat different.
You see, money doesn't exist in the 24th century.

Lily Sloane: No money. You mean, you don't get paid?

Picard: The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force of our lives.
We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.

  - Star Trek: First Contact

Somehow i think the notion of 'no money' sits uncomfortable with advertisement companies, such as Google.

Comment EU looses. Iceland wins. (Score 0, Troll) 92

The BBC: "The two leading parties, which will now enter coalition negotiations, are also seen as
Eurosceptic, and their poll success could slow down Iceland's efforts to become a member of the European Union."

What does the BBC mean by "slow down". Why should anyone *want* to join a farce such as the EU,
and then even worse, the Euro? As if joining the EU was inevitable.

What the BBC could have said,
"The majority of the Icelandic population wants to remain free from the EU, and the Euro."

Submission + - Icelandic Pirate Party received 3 members of parlament

Thorhs writes: According to preliminary results (all votes counted, no official word yet) the Icelandic Pirarte Party was able to secure 3 members of the national parlament, first PP to reach a national parlament. Things were hairy during the election night when the PP lost all their MPs when they dropped below the 5% barrier 'needed' in the somewhat complex election system. Thankfully they managed to slip back up above, ending up with 5.1% of the total votes. The old 'crash parties', the ones in charge before our epic financial crash, (Independent and Progressive parties) are the prime candidates to form a new government with just over 51% of the votes, but 40 of 63 seats. RUV (icelandic) has good coverate, while BBC has some info in english.

Comment Re:Not religion, but purpose (Score 1) 931

While belief in God(s) or any perfect imaginary friend can provide a sense of hope and a sense of purpose, it's still just a placebo effect. Ignorance is often bliss. I think solving the actual, real causes of illnesses should be preferred. Sorting out and making sense of feelings, thoughts, and physical situations.

Sending any depressed or hopeless person to church or mosque, or leaving them to their own superstitions, to prevent suicide is a very cruel mistreatment.

Atheism and science are far from perfect, much remains to be discovered and understood. Yet compared to religions, at least science *tries* to fix problems.

Submission + - LHCb experiment observes new matter-antimatter difference

An anonymous reader writes: Matter and antimatter are thought to have existed in equal amounts at the beginning of the Universe, but today the Universe appears to be composed essentially of matter. By studying subtle differences in the behaviour of particle and antiparticles, experiments at the LHC are seeking to cast light on this dominance of matter over antimatter.

Now the LHCb experiment has observed a preference for matter over antimatter known as CP-violation in the decay of neutral B0s particles. The results are based on the analysis of data collected by the experiment in 2011.

Comment Scotty knows (Score 5, Informative) 297

La Forge: The Captain wants this spectrographic analysis done by 1300 hours.
Scotty: Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way.
But the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want.
La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour.
Scotty: How long will it really take?
La Forge: An hour!
Scotty: Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would *really* take, did ya?
La Forge: Well, of course I did.
Scotty: Oh, laddie. You've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

- TNG 6x04

Comment Grownups too (Score 1) 1

Take away the Pads and Phones from adults and many of them will start to cry too. (Especially the Apple-religious persons).

Humans *likes* bright surfaces. Try it yourself, start a TV and try to focus on something near the screen. It's very hard. The screen keeps flickering and constantly begs for attention. Step one for sucking us in.

Comment Collective punishment (Score 1) 2

So punish everyone that's using Tor. Great.

Also, some person used a knife to commit a crime. Obviously there will be a ban on all knives.
Also, some person ran over someone with a car. Obviously there will be a ban on all cars.
Also, some person drowned another person. Obviously there will be a ban on water.

Submission + - Japanese Police Urge ISPs to Block Tor (paritynews.com) 2

hypnosec writes: Authorities in Japan are presumably worried about their inability to tackle cybercrime and, in a bid to stem one of the sources of anonymous traffic, the National Police Agency (NPA) is asking ISPs to block Tor. The recommendation comes from the special panel formed by the NPA after a hacker going by the name Demon Killer was found to regularly used Tor to anonymize his online activities like posting of death threats of public message boards.

Submission + - Secret Chat between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt published by Wikileaks (wikileaks.org)

milkasing writes: Via The verge (http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/19/4241486/eric-schmidt-and-julian-assange-conversation-published-on-wikileaks)

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange secretly met in 2011 and held a lengthy interview, according to a transcript published on the whistleblowing site. The leak is surprisingly timely — Schmidt was apparently conducting research with Jared Cohen for the pair's book The New Digital Age, which is set to be released on Tuesday. Assange was under house arrest in England at the time the five-hour conversation took place. The conversation is a fascinating look into the minds of the two men, both of whom have had immeasurable impact on issues surrounding technology over recent years.

Submission + - YouTube wins again 3

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: Once again YouTube has defeated Viacom and other members of the content cartel; once again the Court has held that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act actually does mean what it says. YouTube had won the case earlier, at the district court level, but the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, although ruling in YouTube's favor on all of the general principles at stake, felt that there were several factual issues involving some of the videos and remanded to the lower court for a cleanup of those loose ends. Now, the lower court — Judge Louis L. Stanton to be exact — has resolved all of the remaining issues in YouTube's favor, in a 24-page opinion. Among other things Judge Stanton concluded that YouTube had not had knowledge or awareness of any specific infringement, been 'willfully blind' to any specific infringement, induced its users to commit copyright infringement, interacted with its users to a point where it might be said to have participated in their infringements, or manually selected or delivered videos to its syndication partners. Nevertheless, 5 will get you 10 that the content maximalists will appeal once again.

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