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Comment: Re:You've GOT to be KIDDING (Score 1) 189

by Duncan Blackthorne (#25837361) Attached to: Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids
Don't be so damned literal. "Children in their own age group", or "Their peers", if you prefer.
You can't really try to argue to me that online interaction through some MMORPG is as good or better than interacting with people in person? Like they're going to have to do, say, in school and in the workplace? You must simply be a troll.

Comment: You've GOT to be KIDDING (Score 2, Insightful) 189

by Duncan Blackthorne (#25835947) Attached to: Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids
I'm most emphatically not one of the "think of the children!" asshats, but all I can think, is that amidst a growing problem with childhood obesity and general disconnectedness from reality, we want to encourage kids to sit in front of a computer more than they already do? Instead of, say, something completely radical and outlandish, like, say, going outside, doing something physical, and maybe interacting with live, real children their own age??!? Quick, somebody do the research, find out which (or how many) of the game companies these people were paid by to do this so-called "study".

Comment: Establishing legal precedent, backdoor edition? (Score 2, Insightful) 400

by Duncan Blackthorne (#25833721) Attached to: Studios Sue Oz ISP Over Allowing Piracy
Perhaps they're suing an Australian ISP because they know that it won't fly here in the U.S., and they're hoping if they win enough overseas cases against ISPs that it'll significantly influence future actions again American ISPs? I know we would all like to believe that the MPAA and RIAA are all knee-jerk, but it stands to reason.
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FCC Publishes "White Spaces" Rules 63

Posted by timothy
from the dude-white-spaces-totally-rule dept.
Stellian writes "The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Second Report and Order that establishes rules to allow new, sophisticated wireless devices to operate in broadcast television spectrum on a secondary basis at locations where that spectrum is open. It's the first time we have access to clear specifications for these devices, dubbed TVBDs — 'TV band devices' by the FCC. The published guidelines allow manufactures to create protocols and build compatible devices, which could be available in 18 Months, according to Larry Page. The full PDF text of this Second R&O is published on the FCC site."

Comment: 4500psi? Somewhat daunting! (Score 1) 173

by Duncan Blackthorne (#25696535) Attached to: Compressed-Air Car Nears Trial
Having read TFA, and following the link at the end to the manufacturer's site and reading up on the technical details of the vehicle, I'm more than a little daunted by the possibility of air tanks under 4500psi of pressure failing while I'm inside the vehicle. I read their claims that the carbon-fiber technology used to create the tanks makes them safe, but I'm having a hard time accepting that having air under that much pressure released (worst case scenario) all at once isn't going to injure me in some new and interesting way, and I'm certainly not down with the idea that any chunk of matter propelled by that much pressure is not going to cause greivous harm to my person. As a possible example of such (although it may not be a fair example), has anyone seen the episode of Mythbusters where they explored whether or not a welding tank could propel itself through a wall made of concrete blocks, if the valve was broken off the top of the tank? Granted those were steel welding tanks and not carbon-fiber, but there's a serious amount of force involved there. I'm not trying to say EVERYBODY PANIC! and put them off the technology -- I think it would be a great thing to have, if practical -- but I would be foolish to not be leery of a scary amount of pressure being used in essentially a confined space.

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