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Comment: Vested Interest (Score 1) 391

by Akita24 (#38675872) Attached to: Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans
Microsoft is the only antivirus software provider for the Windows platform that: 1) Has a vested interest in keeping viruses off the O/S. 2) No vested interest in the continued existence of viruses. Everybody else is pretty much like a pharmaceutical company. There is a lot more profit to be had selling you pills and band-aids the rest of your life than actually curing the disease. Actually fixing the problem is not in their best interest. AFAICT this holds true for all of the platforms. Anybody profiting from the problem has a vested interest in the problem continuing to exist.
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Satellite-Based Laser Hunts Woodpeckers From Space 53

Posted by samzenpus
from the where's-woody dept.
University of Idaho scientists have figured out a more effective way to track woodpecker populations than following the incessant laughter. They're using a laser onboard NASA's Icesat spacecraft to determine where the birds might be living. From the article: "NASA's Icesat satellite was initially intended for measuring glacial surfaces at the Earth's poles but has proven to be quite effective in measuring vegetation also. The satellite's laser bounces off of forest canopies, tree trunks and the ground making important characteristics about the forest easily measurable. For example, forest density is determined by the relative amount of light returned versus that which is returned from the ground. Once ideal woodpecker locations are identified 'we actually conduct ground-based woodpecker surveys in these locations as well to verify it,' says team-member Patrick Adam."
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed 1352

Posted by samzenpus
from the fair-balanced-and-simple dept.
A survey of American voters by World Public Opinion shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. One of the most interesting questions was about President Obama's birthplace. 63 percent of Fox viewers believe Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear). In 2003 a similar study about the Iraq war showed that Fox viewers were once again less knowledgeable on the subject than average. Let the flame war begin!

Comment: For fuck's sake (Score 1) 699

by Akita24 (#32411104) Attached to: Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues
I can believe people are even debating this. 1) She's a greedy cow who wants to make money off of her own stupidity no matter the long term consequences such asinine litigation has on everything else. 2) She followed directions given to her by an Internet provider via her fucking cell phone without paying attention to and/or expecting somebody else to be responsible for her safety. She's too fucking stupid to breath on her own without somebody giving her instructions to inhale and exhale and is a leech on the ass of society. 3) All of the above. I vote she just fucking kill herself and save nature the trouble.

Comment: Re:good idea there, buddy (Score 1) 352

by Akita24 (#32138996) Attached to: TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident
This whole thing plays rather nicely into the "the TSA 'professionals' won't abuse or misuse this technology" arguments. Yep, it's readily apparent that they are mature, dedicated professionals who would never use this invasive technology for sophomoric antics. "You can trust us to only ever use this technology for good fighting the evil terrorists." Whatever assholes. I'd rather play the odds flying without your security theatre than deal with this sort of bullshit. And to think that we pay these assclowns.

Comment: Amendment IV (Score 1) 699

by Akita24 (#31235310) Attached to: School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." What part of "I don't give a fuck if it was reported (I'm still not sure it was from what's been reported) stolen, you still don't have the right to spy on me in my home" did they miss? If you think it's stolen and you think you have evidence that it's in my posession, then you get to go to the police and if they agree they can talk to a judge about a search warrant. If the judge agrees, they get one.
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64-Bit Flash Player For Linux Finally In Alpha 172

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
Luchio writes "Finally, a little bit of respect from Adobe with this alpha release of the Adobe Flash Player 10 that was made available for all Linux 64-bit enthusiasts! As noted, 'this is a prerelease version,' so handle with care. Just remove any existing Flash player and extract the new .so file in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins (or /usr/lib/opera/plugins)."

Comment: Re:News flash (Score 1) 819

by Akita24 (#31104196) Attached to: Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly
If you don't agree to their terms then you can: 1) Quit using the software. 2) Take them to court. Option #1 is available to most people. Option #2 is only available to people who have pockets deep enough to fight Microsoft's bazillion-dollar legal machine and the years, decades or lifetimes required to do so. I posit that the handful of people capable of taking Microsodt to court over their EULA don't need to because they play golf with Ballmer and Gates. The rest of us, outside of interesting theiry are completely and totally fsck'd. The RealWorld is not an ivory tower. Google RIAA and extortion for a small example of legal theory vs practice.
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Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All 269

Posted by Soulskill
from the act-now-while-supplies-last dept.
cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that's impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole." That said, they estimate the required energy for creating a black hole this way to be roughly "a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum"; though if one of the theories requiring compact extra dimensions is true, the energy could be lower.

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