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Novel Model Illustrates The Finer Details Of Nuclear Fission

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mdsolar quotes a report from Phys.Org: For nearly 80 years, nuclear fission has awaited a description within a microscopic framework. In the first study of its kind, scientists collaborating from the University of Washington, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed a novel model to take a more intricate look at what happens during the last stages of the fission process. Using the model, they determined that fission fragments remain connected far longer than expected before the daughter nuclei split apart. Moreover, they noted the predicted kinetic energy agreed with results from experimental observations. This discovery indicates that complex calculations of real-time fission dynamics without physical restrictions are feasible and opens a pathway to a theoretical microscopic framework with abundant predictive power.

China Creates World's First Graphene Electronic Paper

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An anonymous reader writes from a report published on Tech Times: China has developed the world's first graphene electronic paper that can possibly revolutionize the screen displays on electronic gadgets such as wearable devices and e-readers. Developed by Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with another company in the Chongqing Province, the material is also the world's lightest and strongest material in prevalence today. It's 0.335 nanometers thick and can be used to create hard or flexible graphene displays. Graphene e-paper comes with the capability to conduct both heat and electricity, and it can supposedly enhance optical displays to a brighter level, owing to its high-light transmittance properties. What about cost? Since it's derived from carbon, graphene-based e-papers can be easily produced cost-effectively. Traditional e-papers use indium metal for their display, which is very expensive and rare to source.

Will this mean e-ink we can buy?

By dbIII • Score: 3 • Thread
The current e-ink market is heavily controlled thus expensive niche items for products that are very cheap to manufacture. We've missed the boat with e-ink phones despite the technology being available for more than a decade - the patent holders didn't want their IP "cheapened" by ending up in inexpensive phones. Hopefully this will open things up a bit. I've wanted an e-ink monitor ever since the technology has been announced but the closest I've been able to get is an android tablet (Boox) and only in the last year.

Re: China is a big country

By transami • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Why? B/c they are "Chinese"?

Perhaps you should provide some evidence.

Re:Will this mean e-ink we can buy?

By dbIII • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
There are a lot of applications where both of your criteria are not needed.
Do you really need to play movies on the wall panel that tells you what the airconditioner is doing?

this is great!

By Gravis Zero • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

i'm looking forward to cheap epaper for stuff because the current e-ink clowns refuse to work with anyone that isn't a multibillion dollar company.

UAE To Build Artificial Mountain To Improve Rainfall

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An anonymous reader writes: The United Arab Emirates is in the early stages of developing an artificial mountain that would force air upwards and create clouds that could produce additional rainfall. While the Middle East and Africa continues to get hotter, researchers are further motivated and more desperate for solutions to maximize rainfall. "Building a mountain is not a simple thing," said NCAR scientist and lead researcher Roelof Bruintjes. "We are still busy finalizing assimilation, so we are doing a spread of all kinds of heights, widths and locations [as we simultaneously] look at the local climatology." The specific location has yet to be decided on as the team is still testing out different sites across the UAE. "If [the project] is too expensive for [the government], logically the project won't go through, but this gives them an idea of what kind of alternatives there are for the long-term future." Bruintjes said. "If it goes through, the second phase would be to go to an engineering company and decide whether it is possible or not."

They seem to have forgotten

By PPH • Score: 3 • Thread

'If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.'

going for the record

By reemul • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Sounds more like the UAE is jealous of Qatar's single project death-toll record for the World Cup and is determined to take the crown. The ads are probably already going out in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines for the sorts of disposable slave labor the region favors for large civil projects.

Re:This doesn't make sense.

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The problem is the exponential increase in material required to gain any useful elevation.

The increase in material would not be exponential. It would be a quadratic function of the height.

Re:Just the beginning?

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It's time to start steering our kids towards climatology and related fields.

This hill will be built by civil engineers, not climatologists.

Re:Why not a wall

By Pseudonym • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

My guess: for a mountain, all you need to do is pile up dirt.

Even simpler, you could build a molehill and then invite the Slashdot comment section over to do the rest.

Kim Jong-Un Bans All Weddings, Funerals And Freedom Of Movement In North Korea

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Weddings and funerals have been banned and Pyongyang is in lockdown as preparations for a once-in-a-generation party congress get underway in North Korea. The ruling Worker's Party of Korea, headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, is due to stage the first gathering of its kind for 36 years on Friday. Free movement in and out of the capital has also been forbidden and there has been an increase in inspections and property searches, according to Daily NK, which claims to have sources in the country. The temporary measures are said to be an attempt to minimize the risk of "mishaps" at the event, according to Cheong Joon-hee, a spokesman at South Korea's Unification Ministry. Meanwhile, North Korea has been conducting missile tests left and right, many of which have failed miserably.

Re:This is the future that Republicans...

By RightwingNutjob • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You do know that it's the Democrats that want to take your stuff, dictate your pay, tell you what kind of car you're allowed to drive and when, while dictating what temperature you're allowed to set on your thermostat and what kinds of light bulbs you're allowed to buy, right? Difference is they do it For Your Own Good, of course.

Re:This is the future that Republicans...

By DNS-and-BIND • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
What, the No True Scotsman fallacy again? Seriously, when is the Left going to start owning their ideology's problems, instead of every single time using No True Scotsman to dodge responsibility again and again?

You know what's ironic

By MillionthMonkey • Score: 3 • Thread
While we're making fun of all the psychotic shit in North Korea, half of us are carrying cellphones assembled by slaves in factories with suicide nets installed under the windows.

It makes me wonder who put together my Samsung!

Re:This is the future that Republicans...

By wbr1 • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You do know it's the right that wants to tell you what races are safe, what bathrooms you can use, who you can fuck, and what intoxicants are legal right?

Both parties want control. Of you and as much else as they can. They only give you the illusion of choice in the matters that draw in the right voters for their goals.

Re:Great opportunity

By johnsnails • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Its Kim you insensitive clod trying to get rid of his dissidents.

LG's New Fingerprint Sensor Doesn't Need A Button

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: LG Innotek has developed a fingerprint sensor that's placed under a glass surface instead of in a physical button, the company announced Sunday. The new sensor could lead to smartphones that you can unlock by placing your finger on the phone screen. The LG-owned electronics parts manufacturer achieved this by cutting out a 0.01-inch thick slot in the lower part of a smartphone's cover glass, and then inserting a very thin fingerprint sensor into it. In other words, the sensor is still under the cover glass, but the slot moves the sensor close enough to the surface to read a fingerprint. That way, the sensor is protected from water and scratches, and can be installed anywhere under the phone's glass surface.

Expect to see someone breaking the glass

By frnic • Score: 3 • Thread

I expect some serious testing to see just how easy it is to break the glass with the hole has been cut into it.

That's useful

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

Now you can put sensors under any and all glass surface where random passers-by will put their fingers and safely and securely read their fingerprints, whether they like^Wknow it or not. Didn't we predict that fingerprints are the safest and securest passwords ever? I think this pretty well clinches it, don't you?

Re:Motorola Atrix - 2011

By iggymanz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Just shows most people are fashion-tards that buy based on image rather than technical capability. I hate when I have my employer's on-call phone every six weeks, that stupid iphone is much thicker than my android, not to mention longer for same sized screen.

China Probes Baidu Over False Medical Ads After Student Dies

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hackingbear writes: China's Internet regulator said on Monday it will send a team to investigate Baidu Inc over the death of a university student who used the Chinese search engine to look for treatment for his rare cancer, and to find an experimental treatment offered by the Second Hospital of Beijing Armed Police Corps, which eventually proved ineffective. Before dying, Wei accused Baidu online of promoting false medical information, as well as the hospital for misleading advertising in claiming a high success rate for the treatment, state radio said. The post attracted a large public outcry. Baidu says around one quarter of its revenues come from medical and health-care advertisers.

country evolution

By supernova87a • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Well, actually, it sounds like the Chinese government is realizing it needs its own version of the FDA.

The FDA in the US is so effective and yet underfunded, that we could afford to increase its budget by multiple x, and it would still be a wise expenditure of government funds. That organization protects us from far more than we give credit for.

Re:Obvious response

By sjames • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

He did go to a doctor. Alas, the doctor's ad claiming a high success rate with the cancer he had was a lie.

Self-Driving Features Could Lead To More Sex In Moving Cars, Expert Warns

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An anonymous reader writes: According to, "At least one expert is anticipating that, as the so-called 'smart' cars get smarter, there will eventually be an increase in an unusual form of distracted driving: hanky-panky behind the wheel." Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence said, "I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars. That's one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, 'Take over.'" Federal officials, who have been tasked with building a regulatory framework to govern driverless cars, highlighted their concerns in briefing notes compiled for Transport Minister Marc Garneau. "Drivers tend to overestimate the performance of automation and will naturally turn their focus away from the road when they turn on their auto-pilot," said the note. The Tesla autopilot feature has been receiving the most criticism as there have been many videos posted online showing Tesla drivers engaged in questionable practices, including reading a newspaper or brushing their teeth.

Let me be the first to say...

By paulpach • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars

Fucking AWESOME!

Seriously, I would be hard pressed to come up with a better ad for self driving cars.

Re:And the problem is?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Sex! Sex is the problem. Fornication without the godly intent of reproduction to strengthen the army of his lord and savior is a vile abomination and the most gravely mortal of mortal sins. Right up there to self abuse while watching pornographic materials on the internet, which we all know is just a tool for Satan

Re:Let me be the first to say...

By Virtucon • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

well if it looked like a VW camper bus with a Z-bed in back with a Grateful Dead sticker in the back window.... Definitely better.

And in other news, water is wet

By mark-t • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Can I mod a headline down as -1 Obvious?

Re:And the problem is?

By TsuruchiBrian • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
I trust an autonomous car to perform evasive maneuvers to avoid accidents or mitigate their damage much more than I trust the general population. I trust a wealthy fuck in an autonomous car more than a trust someone putting on makeup or texting in a regular car.

Greenpeace Leaks Big Part Of Secret TTIP Documents

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An anonymous reader writes: The environmental group Greenpeace has obtained 248 pages of classified documents from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade talks. The group warns EU standards on the environment and public health risk being undermined by compromises with the US, specifically that US corporations may erode Europe's consumer protections. The TTIP would "harmonize regulations across a huge range of business sectors, providing a boost to exporters on both sides of the Atlantic," writes the BBC. After the Greenpeace leak was published, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said in her blog, "I am simply not in the business of lowering standards." Meanwhile, Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said, "These leaked documents confirm what we have been saying for a long time: TTIP would put corporations at the center of policy-making, to the detriment of environment and public health." You can be the judge for yourself. The leaked documents are available for download here.

Re:Not saying there isn't a problem...

By PRMan • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
I was just happy that Greenpeace did something useful for once...

Re:Could be anything

By plopez • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

There actually is a conspiracy, corporations vs. humans.

Re:Not saying there isn't a problem...

By UnknownSoldier • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Focusing on the messenger and ignoring the message doesn't make it any less valid.


Why the fucks was TPP signed in secret in the first place??

Basic problem

By mdsolar • Score: 3 • Thread
Agreement let's corporation sue governments for doing their job and win every time. Makes corporations sovereign and governments unable to act on behalf of their citizens.

Re:Not saying there isn't a problem...

By ADRA • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Greenpeace is a group of eco-terrorists? Even by America's stretch of 'terrorism', that much seems a stretch. I'm all about the attirbution though, so if they've commited acts of terror and somehow slipping through the bungling fingers of the FBI, I'd be glad for the clarification.

Climate-Exodus Expected In The Middle East And North Africa

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could become so hot that human habitability is compromised. The goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, agreed at the recent UN climate summit in Paris, will not be sufficient to prevent this scenario. The result is deeply alarming: Even if Earth's temperature were to increase on average only by two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, the temperature in summer in these regions will increase more than twofold. This means that during hot days temperatures south of the Mediterranean will reach around 46 degrees Celsius (approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit) by mid-century. Such extremely hot days will occur five times more often than was the case at the turn of the millennium. In combination with increasing air pollution by windblown desert dust, the environmental conditions could become intolerable and may force people to migrate.

Re:Wrong as per usual Warming Alarmists

By quantaman • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Look at the seasonal variation of temperatures in Bahgdad.

A shift of a few degrees C is nothing compared to normal seasonal variation, even adjusting the topmost temperatures doesn't mean that much difference in reality.

Of course that's only kinda relevant if the temperature increases uniformly which it doesn't

In the Middle East and North Africa, the average temperature in winter will rise by around 2.5 degrees Celsius (left) by the middle of the century, and in summer by around five degrees Celsius (right) if global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase according to the business-as-usual scenario (RCP8,5).

That's ~9F, would you consider that change in your summertime average to be inconsequential? The average high in Baghdad in July is 44C, if the projection is right it will become 49C, I suspect there's a few places you start to consider uninhabitable at that point.

Re:Wrong as per usual Warming Alarmists

By angel'o'sphere • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

A shift of a few degrees C is nothing
Says the guy who grasps nothing.

The link you gave is using Celsius as scale, not Fahrenheit.

This article is about: if global average increases by 2C then at "hot spots" that might mean 20C or more.

If at those hot spots such peak temperatures are reached, then the normal seasonal variation has doubled. And the peak is so high that you can't live outside anymore, that is much difference in reality.

more power generation

By xfizik • Score: 3 • Thread
More reasons to build thermal and solar power generation there.

Re:Wrong as per usual Warming Alarmists

By hey! • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Except we're not talking about Baghdad getting uniformly 2C warmer, every day of the year. We're talking about 60 additional hot days in the summer with the rest of the year being roughly similar to today. Those sixty days would, almost own their own, raise the year-round average by more than 4C (not 2C). For that to happen the temperature increase on these days be closer to +20C, rather than +2C.

A lot of denialist reckoning does this kind of simplistic reckoning -- e.g., assuming 2C global warming means exactly 2C warmer, uniformly distributed in space and season across the globe. That of course would only amount to a trivial change. But what you're actually going to get is vast increases in extreme weather (hot AND cold) which averaged out across the globe.

Think of it this way: imagine we hold the global increase in temperature to 2C. The amount of additional kinetic energy per unit volume represented by that additional 2C, integrated over the immense volume of the atmosphere, works out to be a staggering amount of total energy, which will change the patterns of weather. Since that immense fluid is rotating, the additional energy cannot mix and diffuse out uniformly and neatly; instead it will drive massive eddies of hot and cold migrating out of their old geographic limits. You'll get all kinds of extreme weather both hot AND cold, it just all averages out to +2C temperature-wise.

To put that perspective, current estimates are that we're capturing an additional 8 x 10^21 joules of extra solar energy per year, every single year.

Re:That's one way to convince the deniers

By dwywit • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

You're being selective. The plagues during the first half of the second millennium were estimated to have killed killed from 30% to 60% of the population of Europe+Asia. You're making it sound like it killed 90% - that was the death rate from people who caught it. The rest of the population either a. weren't exposed, or b. resistant.

20-Yr-Old Compaq Laptop Is Still Crucial to Maintaining McLaren's Multi-Million Dollar Cars

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An anonymous reader writes: It may come as a surprise to many, but the 20-year-old Compaq LTE 5280 still plays a vital role in maintaining multi-million dollar McLaren F1s. Jalopnik recently visited McLaren's Special Operations workshop where it found several of Compaq's old laptops serving their masters. Why do they rely on these dated computers, you ask? A McLaren Special Operations staff explains, "The reason we need those specific Compaq laptops is that they run a bespoke CA card which is installed into them. The CA card is an interface between the laptop software (which is DOS based) and the car. We are currently working on a new interface which will be compatible with modern laptops as the old Compaqs are getting less and less reliable and harder to find." For those wondering, the Compaq LTE 5280 comes with a 120MHz Intel Pentium processor, up to "80MB" of RAM, and up to 16MB of HDD.

Re:tl;dr : its because of a dongle

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

A legacy dongle that requires use of obsolete systems to support it is like that Compac computer Mclauren's cars needed to run the custom interface card.

Make it USB/Plug and Play

By istartedi • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Just because it would be funny to see: Windows has detected the following new device: McLaren 675LT. Would you like to install a driver for this device?

Re:Uhhh nope....

By Michalson • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

As an owner of a 5280 (including the insane for the time 80mb ram configuration) I know exactly how a lazy reading could lead to a 16MB "harddrive". Like most laptops of the time the 5280 didn't have a SO-DIMM like standardized slots and so the ram was soldered right on the motherboard. The biggest configuration was the 16MB model, hence "up to" 16MB. But there was a way to get more ram after purchase - a proprietary 5280 daughterboard screwed in behind the rear port cover could add additional ram (largest daughterboard had 64MB) for a total of 80MB when combined with the top range model.

Also the 1.3GB HD configuration was only at release. Larger harddrives where available later on (I've got a 2.1GB) since the HD was the only thing not proprietary to the 5280 and so it could be easily updated without engineering new parts (HD is right between the two multibays and can be exposed without tools).

Systematically distortion of product demography

By dpbsmith • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Because it is beneficial to almost everyone in the industry to believe that "everybody" uses only the newest gear, there is a systematic distortion of the facts of what might be called "product demography." I've seen this everywhere I've worked, including several years at a (long-gone) Fortune 500 computer company.

It seems that almost everyone relies on 15 and 20-year old equipment. Everyone scratches their head in amazement at what's in the back of the server room and the unbelievable story of why it is still in service--but it is there.

I've had several conversations with people at the computer company that went about like this.
"We don't need to support that model, it's too old, nobody is using it."
"I think a lot of people are still using it."
"Why do you think that?"
"For one reason, because we still use it ourselves."
"Sure. Check with Lewis on the 4th floor of building III. They have three of them."
"What on earth for?"
"Because of [reasons X, Y, and Z]. And they can't get rid of them because the new models [have problems Q, R, and S].
"Oh, well, that's a completely unique situation. Nobody else in the world is using them."
"Trust me, if we're using them our customers are using them. Unless you believe that everyone else in the world is better managed and more up-to-date than we are."

Not that unusual

By Webmoth • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

There are many industrial processes and machines running ancient hardware. Also common in the medical field.

A local radio station I service (IT) finally replaced an audio editing computer last year. This computer was running Windows 95. Why? A 'bespoke' audio editing card, which required an EISA bus. So why not some other software solution? Because this software did EXACTLY what they wanted to do, was very easy to use, and very easy to train new users on. We maintained an inventory of spare parts -- including a spare motherboard -- to keep the system running.

So why did they replace it? The audio editing card (which was a dedicated computer on a daughter card) began to fail, and that's the part they didn't have a spare for. The replacement product they are using is Adobe Audition.

I know of many other industrial and medical machines that are running old versions of windows on old hardware because they have proprietary software or hardware that is not cost-effective to upgrade (and is working perfectly fine). Some of the software and hardware would be tens of thousands (in some cases hundreds of thousands) of dollars to upgrade -- just to run a more modern OS. If a return on investment cannot be identified, the hardware will not be upgraded.

Samsung, Nvidia End Their Patent Lawsuits

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Reader itwbennett writes: In September 2014, Nvidia sued both Samsung and Qualcomm, asking for shipments of Galaxy phones and tablets with graphics processors from Qualcomm, ARM and Imagination Technologies to be blocked. Samsung fired back, suing Nvidia for patent infringement, and for supposedly false claims by Nvidia that its Tegra K1 was the world's fastest mobile processor. Now, in an agreement announced today, Nvidia and Samsung have agreed to 'settle all outstanding IP litigation'. Under the agreement, the companies will license 'a small number' of patents to each other, though they said there's no broad cross-license agreement. There's also no financial payment. And no mention was made of Qualcomm.

Without Encryption, Everything Stops, Says Snowden

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An anonymous reader writes about Snowden's appearance on a debate with CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Edward Snowden defended the importance of encryption, calling it the "backbone of computer security." He said, "Encryption saves lives. Encryption protects property. Without it, our economy stops. Our government stops. Everything stops. Our intelligence agencies say computer security is a bigger problem than terrorism, than crime, than anything else," he noted. "[...] Lawful access to any device or communication cannot be provided to anybody without fatally compromising the security of everybody."

Re:Freedom Comes with a Price Tag

By squiggleslash • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Plus, you should probably mention the importance of encryption to DRM. I think everyone on Slashdot can get behind the idea that without strong, well encrypted, digital rights management systems, the studios would find their movies being quite literally stolen from them by people we can only describe as digital terrorists, their revenues and profits destroyed as unpaying freeloaders enjoy the fruits of the studios hard, expensive, work without paying a cent.

(You need to know what arguments to use if you want to persuade the government to knock it off...)

(Oh f---, have I just persuaded most of Slashdot to oppose encryption?)

Re:Snowden opines on something

By Pseudonymous Powers • Score: 4 • Thread

As soon as you're done thrashing that straw man, how about addressing how completely lacking was this publicity post from Snowden in any sort of contextual nuance.

Contextual nuance? In a few minutes of airtime on CNN?

You're absolutely right. Nothing/nobody should be listened to unless it/they completely addresses every facet of the subject at hand. No abbreviations, no summaries, no abstractions can be permitted. No one in the audience can be expected to have anything else going on in their lives. Nothing but perpetual laserlike monomaniacal focus is acceptable. No one in the audience can be expected to have done any research on this matter beforehand, nor can they be expected to do any afterward.

Now, then, let's do this right. In the beginning, the primal monobloc exploded into space and time... but perhaps we should back up a bit...

I am not a technolgist...

By wjcofkc • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
So says Fareed, who also says Snowden is not a "technologist". Fareed keeps mentioning Bill Gates as some sort of all knowing technology god. Bill Gates is a business man with a background in technology. I am more than willing to wager that Snowden has far more expertise in these matters the Bill Gates. Otherwise he would not be in the sanctuary or Russia. I actually sat through the whole debate, and Fareed is so far out of his depth I am left wondering how he was selected at all for his side of the debate. It was so awkward I cringed at times.

Re:I wish I could say 'No fucking shit!' but...

By dejitaru • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
gigs of unconstitutional secret shit

Re: I wish I could say 'No fucking shit!' but...

By UnknownSoldier • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

> and he should be in prison for it.

So jail the whistleblower ... and do what again with the other government officials that broke the law ??

Gas Delivery Startups Want to Fill Up Your Car Anywhere, But It Might Not Be Legal

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Eric Newcomer, reporting for Bloomberg: A new crop of startups are trying to make gas stations obsolete. Tap an app, and they'll bring the gas to you, filling up your car while you're at work or at home. Filld, WeFuel, Yoshi, Purple and Booster Fuels have started operating in a few cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia. But officials in some of those cities say that driving around in a pickup truck with hundreds of gallons of gasoline might not be safe. "It is not permitted," said Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the San Francisco fire department, adding that if San Francisco residents see any companies fueling vehicles in the city, they should call the fire department. "We haven't talked to them. I don't know about that. It's news to me," said Nick Alexander, co-founder of Yoshi. "You can never ask for permission because no one will give it," said Chris Aubuchon, the chief executive officer at Filld. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it's drafting a policy around gasoline delivery. "Our current fire code does not allow this process; however, we are exploring a way this could be allowed with some restrictions," said Capt. Daniel Curry, a spokesman for the city's fire department.

Re:What they mean is..

By FireballX301 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Regulations are an attempt to avoid tragedy of the commons/race to the bottom type scenarios. Why buy expensive ass properly sealed and insulated tanker trucks when I can just toss cheap plastic jerry cans into the back of a shitty toyota pickup, just like Ethiopia? For the three weeks the guy with jerry cans does business before a 'tragic accident' occurs, he can significantly undercut the guy who's doing things cleanly and safely, and once things do go boom, the guy who did things right eats the bill while the guy who cheaps out either escapes to the Cayman islands or gets cooked by his own gasoline.

For every honest businessman who wants to do good by their customers, there's a bunch of shady assholes looking to make a quick buck, and no amount of pretending the bad actors don't exist will actually make them disappear.

Re:I can see this as an environmental disaster

By rubycodez • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Glad you asked, the normal shutoff failed at a pump I was using and gasoline started spilling onto the ground, and it was newer pump without the manual shutoff level. Finally saw kill switch for the whole island of pumps....four gallons plus on the ground. Guy running station saw the mess and killed ALL the pumps and fire department came. Fun times.

You have no idea how the tanker trucks are restricted and designed, do you? The "basic standards" completely prohibit what this company is doing, you can't carry and deliver liquid fuel in *anything* you please, nor to *anywhere* you please, check your state laws your state fire marshal would arrest your ass!

Re:I can see this as an environmental disaster

By bws111 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Have you ever actually BEEN to a gas station? Did you ever wonder 'why is that concrete slab there'? The whole area is usually asphalt, but where the pumps (and where the tanker delivers) is concrete. And that concrete usually has a pattern of grooves around the perimeter. Do you think that is just a nice design they all happened to like? The concrete is there for three reasons: prevent spills (which DO happen) from seeping into the ground, keep spills in one place (the grooves) so it can be properly cleaned up, and because gasoline is incredibly damaging to asphalt.

When you are done looking at the ground, look up. See all those nozzles sticking out of the canopy? More fancy design? No. Automatic fire suppression. Can you think of any reason THAT might be a good idea?

Yes, gas station leaks do sometimes happen. And who is responsible when they do? The property owner. Just think of how happy parking lot owners are going to be when some jackass not only damages the lot with a spill, but leaves them with contaminated property THEY are responsible for. No sane parking lot owner would ever allow something stupid like this in their lot.

And where did you get the idiotic idea that unburned fuel comes out the tailpipe? That stuff you see dripping is water, not fuel. If unburned fuel is coming out something is seriously wrong, and an overheated converter and possible vehicle fire are coming shortly.

Re:I can see this as an environmental disaster

By Higaran • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I have a fleet of 20 semi-truck, and I keep an old tanker in my yard, I call various fuel companies and they will come and fill my tanker with 3000 gallons, no problem. I've been getting fuel this way for over 10 years now, so I don't see this as much different, as long as they guy making the delivery is trained properly then there shouldn't be an issue. Yes I've had stuff happen, like one time when they were filling his hose decided to pop and spilled maybe 20-30 gallons of fuel before he could shut the pump off, they carry enough pads and blocker bags to clean up small messes, or hold back a big mess long enough for someone to come and clean it up properly.

Re:What they mean is..

By safetyinnumbers • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

You were never a teen-aged boy, were you?
Cigarettes make absolutely lousy ignition sources.

Well you clearly never watch any action movies, do you?

WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil for 72 Hours Over Data Dispute

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An anonymous reader cites an article on TechCrunch: WhatsApp, Facebook's messaging service that recently rolled out end-to-end encryption to its users, will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours, starting this afternoon. A Brazilian judge ordered telecom providers in the country to block WhatsApp today in a dispute over access to encrypted data. Judge Marcel Montalvao has ordered WhatsApp to turn over chat records related to a drug investigation, but WhatsApp has argued that it cannot access the chats in an unencrypted form and therefore cannot provide the required records to the court. [...] This isn't Montalvao's first clash with WhatsApp, which boasts more than 100 million Brazilian users. The judge ordered the arrest of Facebook's vice president for Latin America, Diego Dzodan, in March. Facebook has said that WhatsApp operates with relative independence and that Dzodan has no control over WhatsApp data.American lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald said: "WhatsApp shut down again in Brazil as of 1 pm ET today: used by 100m people, 91% of those online: all from 1 judge."

should i laugh?

By zlives • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

people trust facebook for privacy?!!

91% makes it an election issue

By Alain Williams • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The trouble with most stories of government attempts at grabbing data and hindering those who try to protect the individual is that it is generally seen as "someone else's problem". This means that politicians can ignore those who it affects and continue eroding freedoms. If it affects a large proportion of the population then some aspiring politicos will see it as one way of getting up the electoral greasy pole; if (and a big "if") they keep their promises when elected we could see legislation to curtail the likes of Judge Marcel Montalvao. I certainly hope that this happens, it might make politicians in the USA and Europe think twice before they grab more privacy from us.

"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." Supposedly Thomas Jefferson

Re:Unleash the Mobs

By Dogtanian • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Someone just needs to post the Judge's home address and let those users show up at his door.

Internet Tough Guy likes the idea of mob justice when he's comfortably behind his computer and only has to imagine the scenarios where this plays out in his favour.

Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer For Most Popular Desktop Browser

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Google Chrome is now the most widely used desktop browser. According to the latest figures from marketing and research firm Net Applications (which looked into data from over 40,000 websites), in April, Chrome captured 41.66 percent of the market, surpassing Internet Explorer which now sits at 41.35 percent. Brad Sams writes: This growth by Chrome should not be too surprising as Microsoft has left Internet Explorer behind for Edge but unfortunately, the Edge browser available to the vast majority of Windows 10 users is a sub-par experience as it lacks basic features like extensions. This is a big milestone for Google as their browser faced and uphill battle against Internet Explorer when it was introduced back in 2008.Also read: Windows Desktop Market Share Drops Below 90%

Re:Netcraft confirms it

By Tablizer • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Too bad. I hate to see the main browsers controlled by conglomerates with records of being anti-competitive and playing games with privacy.

Firefox could clean up its UI act and market itself as the anti-corporate choice. People might care about it again. Tap into the vibrant Bernie Sanders crowd.

And yet many websites don't work with it

By DidgetMaster • Score: 3 • Thread
I am still surprised when I connect to some website with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari and basic things do not work. I can't print their document or fill out their form or get some basic thing to work. It spits out some obscure error message or just does nothing. Then I go to the same site with IE and it works fine. This drives me insane.

Re:Google becoming too powerful?

By mrchaotica • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

What's the end-user alternative?

What we really need is to make a concerted effort towards replacing all these centralized web services with distributed equivalents:


By PmanAce • Score: 3 • Thread
Just curious on how the vast majority of users (the parents type or the not so savvy type) would care about extensions let alone use them? "sub-par experience as it lacks basic features like extensions" Don't think for them it's a sub-par experience.

Re:Netcraft confirms it

By KGIII • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Have you seen what some of their employees do? Do they really need half of those people? Do they need dozens of evangelists? Does a non-profit need a director of diversity or whatever that title was that was brought up the other day? No - really. Do they need one of those? How much are these people making? It's a non-profit. They should be making a browser and, I guess, an email client. There. Done. They should be damned good versions, all told.

That said - try the "Aurora." It's their special dev build. It's not the dev tools - it's their special dev build. It's not even installed, I just load the binary from a folder. It even updates like that. I stuck some binaries around and made shortcuts and made an alias so that I can load it. Oh wow...

I've not been a fan of Firefox for years - but I've always tried to be supportive. Even my first paragraph is me being supportive. Whatever they're doing with the Aurora version? Do that. Stop with the crap. Stop with the social statements. Make a browser. Make it good. Done. They don't need evangelists, they're a non-profit browser company. They don't need diversity - they need skilled people who will do their job.

Seriously, write a browser and keep Thunderbird. Thunderbird and Aurora are the only two good things they have right now. Aurora, by the way, is awesome. The dev tools are great but it's still great as a browser. It is not my default but it's almost good enough to be my default.