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Comment Can be used against you? (Score 1) 323

This makes me wonder, since the police can take your phone and peruse through it all they want if it is on your person, could "Keeping track of what you have confessed about" be used as an admittance of guilt by Law Enforcement? I know nothing about the specifics the app has, but IE police take your phone and see an entry Confessed about ..."Murder" on 01/18/2011 and raise an eyebrow. Or even that you went to confession shortly after a crime took place you were suspected about, and use it against you.

Comment Comic Sans (Score 1) 185

So using a not very rigorous study comparing Arial font vs Comic Sans and Bodoni fonts you can of course infer e-ink screens make you forget more. Of course you have to use the proper framing of statements to avoid being called on it. In fact Comic Sans triggers that one area of the brain that makes you remember things more, experts say. Some believe, that if you alternated using Comic Sans and Bodoni fonts your retention of all materials read could be massively higher than those read using less "Brain friendly" fonts such as Times New Roman, and Arial.

Comment Re:Security personel are always dicks (Score 2, Insightful) 712

I agree there is a higher percentage of dicks in the security profession then there are in other ones, however that has more to do with minimum wage lackey given an illusion of power than the profession itself. As long as putting a warm body in a suit and calling it "Security" is the standard accepted practice, we are going to keep getting dicks in those jobs. Find a place where the qualifications for security are a little higher, and the pay is a bit better and you get completely different attitudes.

Comment Re:Science (Score 1) 330

You make a decent argument, however you are lumping all Chiropractors in together. My wife was diagnosed with MS. It wasn't a doctor who figured it out, the regular MD thought her symptoms were nothing to worry about. She went to a chiropractor once, who figured out what the issue was immediately, and made her an appointment with a neurologist before she left. The Neurologist screwed thing royally with office mismanagement, but the chiropractor actually followed up and made sure the Neurologist got the right information to the right people. My wife was diagnosed probably 10 years before any regular doctor would have bothered to take the time to refer her to a specialist, and even the specialist screwed things up at first. There are good chiropractors, and bad doctors, but that doesn't mean you can throw the entire field out because of a couple of quacks.

Submission + - JC Penney Tried to Block Publication of Breach (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Claiming that the disclosure would cause 'confusion and alarm,' JC Penney fought to keep its name secret during court proceedings related to the Heartland data breach, in which more than 130 million credit card numbers were stolen. JC Penney attorney Michael D. Ricciuti wrote that disclosing the company's identity 'may discourage other victims of cybercrimes to report the criminal activity or cooperate with enforcement officials for fear of the retribution and reputational damage that may arise from a policy of disclosure as espoused by the government in this case.'

Submission + - Novell has UNIX copyrights, SCO does not (sltrib.com)

RichMan writes: The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the jury has reached a verdict in SCO's slander of title case against Novell. Apparently SCO does not own the copyrights it accused Novell of slandering.
  A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses.


Submission + - Google, Kansas (cjonline.com)

AjaxIII writes: In an attempt to get recognition from Google and be selected as one of the test cities for Google's proposed fiber project the Topeka Mayor signed a proclamation calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as "Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics". There is enough of an interest in gettng on this program that city governments seem to be willing to go quite a ways to get Google's attention.

Submission + - Google: people with no data not worth listening to (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Google's chief technology advocate has offered a passionate defence of the search giant's activities, as the company faces increasing criticism of its projects. "Google does things and people say things, but we're just a few thousand engineers trying to put as much information in the hands of as many people as possible," he told CeBIT delegates. He admitted that this mission occasionally led Google into trouble, but claimed that the mistakes were part of the process. "Thermal power is expensive and there are several different projects trying to find ways of making it cheaper. So, we've invested in all of them to see which one works. These things may not work, but we'll be the first to know. And if they do work, we'll be the first to tell people... People with no data aren't worth listening to."

Comment Faulty assumption (Score 1) 366

There is a pretty big assumption in this article. The assumption is that Things will change, and google isn't smart enough to change their business model to compensate for changes. If ad revenue goes down to the point that google can not support their services, they can supplement that with a small charge for all of the services they offer. I'd happily pay a couple bucks a month for the google maps, reader, email, voice, translation, calendar, docs, wave, etc. They have many option available to them that may not be obvious now, but may be an option when the "Ad Bubble" pops. Plus it sounds like they are breaking into other areas, ie ISP, etc. I think they've shown enough intelligence to not cling desperatly to a failing business model, assuming things change enough to make their business model fail.

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