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+ - Bob Pease Dies In Car Accident->

Submitted by Dolly_Llama
Dolly_Llama (267016) writes "Bob Pease, an alpha geek in the field of analog design died last night in a car accident. Pease, recently retired from National Semiconductor, was famous in the valley for his intuitive knowledge of analog circuits and his ability to communicate that knowledge to others.

In a sad coincidence, he died returning from the memorial service for Jim Williams, another great in the field of analog design, who passed away last week from a stroke."

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Comment: Re:In Defense of Obama (Score 1) 345

by Dolly_Llama (#26963717) Attached to: Obama Admin Fights Missing White House Email Lawsuit
The ONLY exclusive power the President has is to grant pardons and reprieves. All other powers are subject to approval by Congress. Even the, much flaunted, Commander-in-Chief power: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States;" (emphasis mine).

I think you've got your emphasis mixed up. The "when called into" bit refers to the militia. The President is the cinc of the armed forces at all times, and the militia too when it's needed. The text says the president has limited powers. The truth is that the president can do what he pleases to the extent that the congress or the courts do not stop him.

Comment: Re:Its good to see ... (Score 4, Insightful) 269

by Dolly_Llama (#26349483) Attached to: State Secrets Defense Rejected In Wiretapping Case

One of the scarier things about the Cheney philosophy to governing was that he knew the judiciary was so slow. In a presidential term of four years, scandals at the very beginning just might work their way through by the end of the first term. Sometimes faster as in Watergate, but usually slower.

The executive also has the huge luxury of using tax dollars and the federal bureaucracy to lean on their political opponents. If they decide to do X, all it takes is an executive order and it's done. To overturn the decision, barring an act of congress, opponents have to undertake the lengthy and expensive litigation. And Cheney chose to litigate EVERYthing, using the entire weight of the federal bureaucracy, stonewalling at every turn, whereas the opponents would be forced to pick and choose court battles.

OS X

+ - OSX Leopard to make Mac accounts portable

Submitted by Colin Burrows
Colin Burrows (666) writes "OSX Leopard looks like it'll make user accounts portable. Any Mac will look and feel like your own, wherever you access it. T3 says "users' settings could be stored centrally, so every Mac can load your individual preferences and home directory...What's more, as Leopard's Time Machine works with removable drives there's the possibility of accessing any file you've ever made on any Mac, from any machine you like.""
The Internet

Vista a Threat to Internet Freedom? 479

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the leave-it-to-business-to-ruin-a-good-time dept.
BBC columnist Bill Thompson warns readers that new DRM technology, especially that found in Vista, is damaging the freedoms that the internet was based on. "The freedom of expression that was once available to users of the Internet Protocol is being stripped away. Our freedom to play, experiment, share and seek inspiration from the creative works of others is increasingly restricted so that large companies can lock our culture down for their own profit. [...] governments and corporations around the world are making a concerted effort to dismantle the open internet and replace it with a regulated and regulable one that will allow them to impose an 'architecture of control.'"
Television

+ - Turner Broadcasting to pay $2 million for ATHF ad

Submitted by elmedico27
elmedico27 (931070) writes "CNN.com is reporting that "Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and Interference Inc. have agreed to pay $2 million" for the recent bomb scare in Boston resulting from the placement of LED signs featuring characters from the Adult Swim cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Is this an overreaction by authorities? Or should Turner be sent the bill for the emergency response?"
The Internet

+ - Why Craigslist won't run ads

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prostoalex
prostoalex writes "USA Today interviews Jim Buckmaster, CEO of popular online classifieds site CraigsList. The company currently has 23 employees, never paid a single dime to advertise itself, but nevertheless is 9th most popular Web site in the US (USA Today quotes Alexa). Viewed as a major factor in declining newspaper subscriptions, CraigsList has this to say: "On the charge of "stealing" ads from newspapers, Buckmaster remains quietly unapologetic. The big newspaper chains continue to be about twice as profitable as the average American business, he says, "so it's not as though they're hurting." Newspapers have become "beholden to Wall Street," he says. "The primary focus is not necessarily on journalism; it's on maximizing revenue.""
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+ - 25 Terrifying IT Horror Stories

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colleesu
colleesu writes "In time for Halloween, CIO (a mag for Chief Information Officers) has published this: "Not for the Squeamish! Witness 25 of the worst IT debacles! So many IT specters in one place could give you nightmares, but those with courage enough to read on will learn from the horrible mistakes of others." They've organized the entries according to: Enterprise Resource Planning; Big Government; Acts of God (and others); Bad Decisions; and, Miscellaneous."

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