Re: These mail-in genetic tests are crap
Somewhere out of this world!!
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I have a 2nd generation Chinese-American friend who took one. Both his parents came from Guandong/Hong Kong and one of them can trace her lineage pretty accurately because the family have been merchants and small businesspeople in the same town for the last 300 years or so (that they know of).'
His test came back showing that he was only 50% Chinese.
I don't think Iran is planning to nuke a U.S. city with the expectation that the U.S. will essentially surrender because Atlanta, New York or Los Angeles is gone. What they do want is the ability to possibly get a first strike in on Israel and then confront the U.S. with "Well, Israel is gone now, so you can accept that or launch a counterstrike on us that will devastate Iran, but say goodbye to 1-2 of your major cities in return for the counterstrike. And of course over time that number of U.S. cities destroyed goes up as Iran builds more weapons.
Or Iran could use the ICBM to deter a U.S. response to more general Iranian shit-disturbance in the Middle East.
Say for example that the Iranians decided to take a shot at landing their warhead in Trafalgar Square, but their guidance system is kind of crap so the warhead came down on top of Brixton, or Wembley Stadium. I don't think that in the aftermath, people will be too thankful that Nelson's Column dodged a bullet. Likewise if you were shooting for the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan, but the warhead came down on The Bronx, The Battery or Newark in New Jersey. The deterrence point is made.
I wish more people really cared and paid attention to cybersecurity and privacy and data retention, but the fact is that most people want to get on their computer, share pictures/opinions via social media, send some emails and check out the sports scores. I can't really blame them for that.
The truth is that all that utopian stuff from the late 90s and early "oughties" about how the internet would set us free has turned into something much darker. The cost of computing and storage is so low now and both commercial, governmental and social media mob surveillance is so pervasive now that the internet has turned pretty dystopian, veering between political correctness, political extremism, a corporatist data-mining operation and a government tool for tracking populations.
For $1.76 billion, MS will make Clippy sentient, omnipresent and so gung-ho for the stars & stripes that John Wayne will look like a communist tree-hugging vegan by comparison. Imagine the horror America's enemies will feel as Clippy barges into their systems and screws them over as only MS code can!!
"It looks like you are planning to plant a bomb at Disney World. I'm not going to help you with that!! Screw you, ISIS!! In fact, chew on some blue screen of death while I encrypt your hard drive and screw up your Active Directory profile!!"
I wouldn't want to order something based on a certain price, and then find out that the price has gone up when I am actually charged for it. I would guess that the button might also vary delivery dates too, if it is determining that a price has expired and that a new price is in place. A lot of stuff I buy online is stuff I want by specific dates, because they are gifts or I plan on using the item on a trip I have coming up. The value of the item drops siginificantly for me if it has not arrived when I expect it.
Then again, I order stuff from Amazon once or twice a year, so I am not really in their target market.
You can get 40% of Silicon Valley workers to oppose anything that has Donald Trump's name on it. And there is the issue of self-selection and whether or not the sample on this employee website is in any way representative.
The fact is that the abuse of these H1-B visas has allowed companies to outsource jobs held by Americans to crews brought in from overseas. El Reg itself has documented the replacement of many of Disney World's U.S. datacenter employees with H1-Bs, and the replacement of Southern California Edision's IT employees in Rosemead, California with more H1-Bs, and then there was that incident that El Reg covered a couple years back where a Silicon Valley company brought over 6-7 H1-Bs for a project and worked them so much that they ended up getting less than federal minimum wage, once you incorporated mandatory overtime into their pay.
H1-Bs should be used to supplement existing workforces, at existing market rates. They shouldn't be used to replace American tech workers at below-market rates. When that is accomplished, then we can talk about easing up on H1-B restrictions.
My favorite goofy part of that Die Hard movie was Bruce Willis hanging on to the fighter jet for dear life. That and the jet breaking all kinds of civilian and Uniform Code of Justice laws and I am sure mission parameters to fly around at street level trying to shoot up Bruce Willis' stolen semi.
But hey, it looked good in the theaters, and I am sure that is what counts.
Who's falsehoods though? You have a lot of people who write differing opinions of another person/event. For example, Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown going on in the U.S. right now. Frankly, a lot of the opinions don't pass the sniff test, or are just biased in ways that are understandable, but still biased.
For example, I was reading The Guardian's website yesterday, and they had a story about the effects the shutdown is having on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its employees--95% of which are currently out of work because of the shutdown. You had the usual quotes from union officials who represent EPA employees, environmental NGO leaders/ spokespersons--all of them firmly blaming Trump for the EPA shutdown, and here is the important part, basically attributing this to Trump's cosseting of corporate polluters, pollution in general and not mentioning any part the Democrats had in the shutdown at the EPA.
Yes, I have no doubt that Donald J. Trump loses less sleep at night over the EPA being shut down than your average Democratic party congressperson. However, it is demonstrably true that those Democratic congresspersons colluded in the current EPA shutdown. The EPA would be open for business right now if Democrats in Congress had approved the spending bill in question. They chose not to over this issue of funding Trump's "border wall" with Mexico. However you feel about spending money on that wall or the EPA or any other discretionary U.S. federal government spending, it is demonstrably true that the Democrats helped facilitate the current shutdown of the EPA, and that therefore the actual fault for the EPA shutdown is shared. And while, yes, Trump is certainly in favor of deregulation that would lead to greater levels of pollution than your average Democratic congressperson would like to see, that doesn't necessarily mean that he is in favor of pollution or polluters in general.
So here you have an example of The Guardian and the various sources cited in the article using their right to expression and information to say things that are understandable and supportable in large part, but also involve omission of key facts and a certain amount of character assassination/ad hominem.
So people may feel it is necessary to post on social media about how "Marketing Hack is a terrible racist and a fascist", and that may be absolutely true, or it may be that I said something along the lines of how we need more resolute "law and order" in a neighborhood that happened to be a minority-dominated enclave and therefore my actual interest in racism and fascism is debatable, or it may be a complete fabrication by people who just don't like me for some reason and are intent on bullying me and my own right of expression. And surely this is the kind of post/data that would be included in a right-to-be-forgotten action if I wanted to pursue one.
BUT THE MEMBER STATES CAN CHANGE THE GODDAMN RULES!!! The EU member states (and Brexiteers) need to grow up and realize that come "Brexit Day +1", they will still be neighbors. They will still face many of the same mutual challenges. They will still be natural markets for eachother's goods and services. They will still have large numbers of eachother's citizens in their territories.
I'm fine with Britain pushing on with Brexit. I'm fine with Britain "Remain-ing". What I do not understand and am not fine with is this mindless "Well, you're not part of our polity anymore, so we are going to go out of our way to tweak or piss on you because you hurt our precious feelings."
I have to agree more with Walter Bishop on this one. The EU could simply say that they won't renew .eu domains for UK residents once Brexit happens. They could say that they appreciate that the people who have .eu domains are current EU citizens and put measures in place to grandfather these domains as a token of goodwill to people who are probably backers of the EU.
But instead they are saying they will rather aggressively and proactively shut down these domains once Britain leaves the EU (assuming that things go as currently expected). That seems pretty petulant and zero-sum to me.
Because its not as if every year millions of Muslims make some sort of pilgrimage to Mecca or some such place.
And the border cops are right, someone carrying $2500 in cash is obviously a major international financier of who-knows-what-deviancy. Oh wait, forget that last part, I was thinking it was 1918, and not 2018.
This isn't about Conservatives or any other political party. You're forgetting Gordon Brown and Tony Blair's (Hmmm, can't say that I blame you about that, now that I think of it.) forays into mass surveillance. With their love for CCTV and license plate readers splooged all over Britain, you can only be thankful that facial recognition was not even ready for trial during the New Labour era. If you had come to them with this tech 12 years ago, they would have been on it like white on rice.
Um, did anyone else catch this? Fine, if those recordings are immediately destroyed, and are do not somehow become subject to access by criminal, civil, intelligence-gathering, business or regulatory proceedings.
"Hey, we found that so-and-so was struggling with medical condition X, so we declined to hire/promote/keep him onboard."
Get some technologists to come over to your offices, schmooze them and stroke their egos, get them to discuss what they are doing in some detail, and then patent or develop the product first.
It's underhanded. Always make sure anyone you talk to about technology advances you are working on is under proper NDAs.
Good, patriotic American alligators would never offer their participation in the NSA & Friends encroachment on the rights of fellow citizens....Unless the alligators recognized that the leadership of the 5 Eyes agencies were in fact their fellow-reptilian lizardmen overlords....
Cotton candy is spun sugar. That's it! Just sugar!! Often they won't even put food coloring in it to make it yellow or blue.
What kind of reputable lab takes 3 months to figure out that something is just sugar??
Numbskulls. The company that made the test is going to have to fork out somewhere in 6 figures for this. Not sure about the police department involved.
It's a very bad idea to have software making decisions based on the output of a single sensor. Didn't we learn that several years ago when the pitot tubes on that Airbus airliner out of Brazil iced up and that caused the plane to assume that it was stalling, and that forced a crash into the South Atlantic with no survivors?
If you are going to give software the ability to countermand the flight crew, then you need to have fault-tolerant redundant sensing systems in place to make sure that the systems on the plane have accurate information. Otherwise you arrive at the horrific logical end of "garbage in, garbage out".
I'm fine with my software validating that it is properly paid for and valid. I'm fine with the option to send telemetry data that may be useful in bug fixes and customer support tickets. However, the idea that MS is storing sections of documents because they are being spellchecked is just nuts.
Look at your average couple page word-processed document. You probably spellcheck it in 5-10 places, maybe more. If those sections are being stored, then you have a significant security risk, because I could piece together a good deal of what a competitor is doing if you were to give me 20 or 30 sentences from said couple-page document.
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