55 posts • joined 22 May 2008
Re: Warming Occurring Rapidly Despite Pine Forests
" but it is likely that billions of humans will die this century due to global warming "
You are mad.
Communism and China
It's not just pines. The changes of temperatures or recent lack of expected changes may be due to
1. Collapse of communism at the end of 90-ties. During following few years very dirty heavy industry in East Europe and Russia collapsed or filters were put in place - improvement in air quality was very noticeable, and therefore less cloud formations happened.
2. But then China took over and started releasing a lot of real pollution into atmosphere (I am not talking about CO2 :-) ) and more clouds have been forming.
Re: Which taxes, though?
All pay sales tax, but some from money government handed out - so they are net receivers. If share of such people (and that actually should include all government workers) reaches 50%, very bad things will follow.
You seem to live in a strange place where a fix to (extremely unlikely of course :-) ) bug in FOS never introduces another one, and generally new releases never introduce new bugs. I am afraid it is not planet I live on.
Re: Posting negative information about a firm on online firms or actively ...
Snowden has not been just talking about scope of the surveillance programs, but also revealing technical means (and exaggerating here) and details of foreign operations. This is helping American, and generally western, enemies. He is a traitor to the agency, USA, and Western civilization.
Re: As you'd expect
Yes. I fully expect that in a few weeks time Snowden will reveal that NSA achieved complete control over space and time, which will be greeted with anger among the commentators here, who will fear that they will be first in line to have every second of their life checked by millions of evil NSA employees.
“can neither spell CONSUMER nor DEVICE”
That would be great! I just hope he will have no problems spelling ENTERPRISE.
All of that is very mundane and rather obvious - it should never be allowed to be patented.
Re: The long march!
Chinese operating system containing spyware from NSA.
You need to rest quite a bit.
"Intel's mainstay PC division took another walloping, with flat revenues of $8.5bn, compared with $8.4bn the previous quarter and $8.5bn a year ago"
Really, flat revenue in a difficult environment is called "another walloping"?
Not a biggie. If humans survived 74k years ago, they (at least some of them) will survive now. Apart from that, greenies always wanted less people on this planet and cooler planet, so at least they will be happy.
Re: Anyone remember "Freedom is the right to be uncomfortable."
I'd rather be alive.
"Surveillance without cause --> Imprisonment without trial" ???
You are wrong in both cases.
NSA did not violate any US laws.
KGB never operated independently of government, and more correctly, Party control.
Re: Any chance...
You are naïve. Really.
"this has not made any substantive impact on terror attacks."
The interceptions did work. Firstly, there has been no major terrorist attack in USA for quite a few years. Secondly, how do you think "martyrdom" of so many senior commanders of Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan was facilitated?
"If an individual is prepared to martyr themselves in order to strike at a target there's not a whole hell of a lot you can do to stop them."
Wrong , there is a lot what you can do and NSA, CIA are doing the necessary things.
Re: Let's see...
You are completely incorrect. Your data is not available to the hoster nor its customers nor NSA (unless they listen on the pipe)
Done some time ago, e.g. http://www.araneus.fi/products-alea-eng.html
I am impressed. Google is going into right direction.
Microsoft, like other companies, is supplying only what is ordered by a judge, according to laws of USA.
If he had only revealed extend of NSA activity in USA, then with a big dose of good will, you could say he did something defendable (although he sill violated terms of his employment). However, he is revealing foreign activities of NSA and other western intelligence agencies, and this is pure treason. I hope he will spend many years in jail.
But exploration by bunch of "shaved apes" is 50-200 times more expensive and if a robot gets stuck, it is cheaper to forget it and send another, better one. Keeping a bunch of human guinea pigs floating 200 miles above the ground has very little to do with science and space exploration.
Re: To boldly go......
Yes, they do conduct experiments. I asked what discoveries (hopefully important ones) have been made there.
Re: To boldly go......
OK, so please tell me what, apart from effects of weightlessness on human body, was discovered there?
I believe there is very little of any science going on there - this is just a cover for keeping this program and station afloat. The real reason is this erroneous belief that humans should be exploring space - no, they should not, robots are much better for this.
Re: Comparing 'Walled Gardens'
Google mines emails and text documents for business opportunities. This is order of magnitude more intrusive to what other companies are doing.
Re: Who's freaking who?
No, they cannot. USA is a free country, not a Russia or North Korea. And you need a tinfoil. You know, they are out to get you.
And what did you want to say?
You do understand that we are talking here about Azure, so all customers' data and programs run inside MS datacenters.
Snowden is not whistleblower - he did not reveal any crime committed by his company. Hi is just an idiot traitor.
If he only revealed scope of NSA's domestic activities, then with a lot good will you could say so. However, he also revealed a lot of details of foreign activities, and therefore he is just bloody traitor.
The models have been consistently overestimating:
Re: If Google were stiffing their competitors...
Microsoft _was_ much worse. Things did improve in the last 10 years or so.
damaged by alcohol in womb
OK, poor bastard, but there is something wrong with job selection procedure, that guy like that got access to classified information.
Re: Shock and horror
Scanning email for simple pattern matching against known spams differs quite a bit from analyzing your emails (and docs!) to understand you advertising profile. The Google is the worst privacy offender, and while every company is tempted to use fully all the data available, no, it is not true, that all companies are doing the same.
Re: Shock and horror
American government require a court order to read you emails, here we are talking about companies.
I do not know about Yahoo, but in Hotmail you data is private - no Microsoft employee or machine learning algorithms are pouring through your emails. Please note, that Google has recently announced a voice search service, where you can ask things like "When is my next flight". That means that Google looks not just for keywords, but must be using some advanced algorithm to _understand_ meaning of your emails.
Re: @ AC 0647hGMT - Whatever.
Perhaps you should spend less time writing on "denial industry" and go to e.g. http://climateaudit.org/ and check how crappy the "climate change science" is.
Re: Come on
These are not children. This is Apple suing every major phone manufacturer and now getting something in return.
Unlikely. If it was used for over 10 years, then surely was fit for the purpose.
He will soon appear on Russian TV, praising Putin and, at least in comparison to USA, personal freedoms and government openness citizens of Russia enjoy.
Re: Postgres? No, thank you.
Really? Sybase is better than SQL Server?
This is outrageous. It is not business of government to tell people what is true and what is not (especially that they produce a mountain of idiotism every day).
Re: Oh dear.
Oh dear. You definitely need to cut down on watching Hollywood movies.
How predictable. Leftists' hero, fighter for open government and freedom of information, goes to Cuba... :-)
Rule of law is certainly upheld here, you just not like the law.
Re: Goldman Sachs downgraded Microsoft's stock to a "sell" rating
They "totally and utterly failed to move with the times" Really, and that's why for example their Server and Tools division grows in double digits for the last several years ? :-)
The new IBM - wonderful! IBM is a great company with very solid profitability and great R&D.
You know, toys are not everything...
Re: Internet *privacy*?
No, Chinese government's actions do not derive from a "patriarchal notion of what is best for Chinese society", but from desire of Chinese Communist Party to stay in power.
Re: Delete Java
And these second division developers will write their Java code quicker and with less bug than you will with your C++ :-)
Re: In other words, $20 isn't going to sway anyone - WRONG
You do not mind that Google uses Machine Learning algorithms to go through all your Google docs?
Re: SO what?
I am afraid , this is a very childish talk. Fortunately, even your politicians are wiser.
Re: Somehow ..
You did not quite get what I wrote. I said "US government does not have a large organization devoted to hacking foreign companies to get their secrets"
Do you believe that the role of NSA is "hacking foreign companies to get their secrets"?
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