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Comment Re:Normally, I'd say let them do what they want (Score 0, Flamebait) 396

The crippled hard-drive less X-Box 260 can be found for the same price as a Wii, but that's a pretty dumb thing to buy.

And, um, yes, something that is tied for the lowest price is, in fact, 'pretty cheap' by any sane person's conception of 'pretty cheap'.

And you will notice I pointed out two reasons to get a a Wii. They are priced 'pretty cheap' and they have the kind of games that you can't get on a PC or other consoles, casual multi-player games. (Whereas you can get the same kind of games on the PS3, Xbox, and the PC, although not always the exact same game. The exception might be Guitar Hero style games, which are only on consoles, but, hey, only need one of those.)

Comment Re:Something should be done but not this... (Score 2, Insightful) 133

ah yes.
The thing there is that claims made in the Mirror rarely have any basis in reality or to put it more bluntly they pull figures out of their arse.
As a general rule whenever the mirror says "scientists have found" or some such without naming any names or research establishments then it's almost certainly something written in the PR department.
When they do name names and research establishments it's also normally bullshit but gets followed by denials from the researchers in question that their work has anything to do with what is reported in the mirror.

I'd propose that perhaps they meant *per year* but even that would make no sense as it would put your odds of surviving cancer until the age of 10 a little on the low side.

Hell lets try comparing their odds of dying of cancer with their figures for deaths on the road.
They claim 2500 people die per year from traffic accidents in the UK. Reasonably close.
They call that 8,000 to one odds.
They give cancer 2.5:1 odds.

If you take that 2500 and multiply to figure out how many people would have to die of cancer in comparison it translates to about 8 million.
Which is ballpark figure, very rounded about as many as will die over the next generation.

So what's happened is they've taken the *per year* traffic deaths and compared them to the *lifetime* cancer deaths because apparently the column writer Matt Roper is a massive retard.


Submission + - Ubuntu will switch to base10 units in next release ( 2

CyberDragon777 writes: "Ubuntu's future 10.10 operating system is going to make a small, but contentious change to how file sizes are represented. Like most other operating systems using binary prefixes, Ubuntu currently represents 1 kB (kilobyte) as 1024 bytes (base-2). But starting with 10.10, a switch to SI prefixes (base-10) will denote 1 kB as 1000 bytes, 1 MB as 1000 kB, 1 GB as 1000 MB, and so on."

Comment I know we love sensationalist headlines, but (Score 3, Insightful) 374

Remember, this is only what a model predicts, unlike what the headline suggests. And anyway, I think even if the quake had effects on day length and/or axis, another quake somewhere else on Earth sets it back a little. It averages out to what we witness. Earth is a dynamic place.

Submission + - ECMA script version 5 approved (

systembug writes: After 10 years of waiting and some infighting, ECMA Script version 5 is finally out, approved by 19 of the 21 members of the ECMA Technical Committee 39. JSON is in, Intel and IBM dissented. IBM is obviously in disagreement with the decision against IEEE 754r, a floating point format for correct, but slow representation of decimal numbers, despite pleas by Yahoo's Douglas Crockford.

Submission + - The First iPhone App Development Reality Show (

ElliotLee writes: "The guys at Command Guru have assembled an international team of 10 programmers, from all around the world. They're developing an iPhone app from scratch in only 7 days, and streaming the whole thing live. They literally work as you watch. It's the world's first iPhone reality show. Video is streamed live until December 12. There has to be drama, right?"

Submission + - Sharp Rise in Imprisonment of Internet Journalists (

bckspc writes: The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, "At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail." Print was next with 51 cases. Also, "Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business." China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists.

Submission + - SPAM: Intel Atom SDK Launches In Beta: Netbook App Store

MojoKid writes: "Intel has launched a beta version of the Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit (SDK), which is being made available for Microsoft Windows and Moblin operating systems developers. The kit helps software companies and individuals design and submit applications (“apps”) for Intel-based netbooks to ultimately sell on future-planned stores opening next year. Also, beyond the initial netbook play, clearly Intel has its sights set on their larger market opportunity that smartphones comprise today."
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Submission + - "Lawful spying" price lists leaked ( 1

ogaraf writes: Wired has a story about how the site Cryptome leaked the price lists for "lawful spying" activities of Yahoo and other companies, and subsequently received a DMCA takedown notice from Yahoo. The documents are however still online and in them you can learn for instance that IP logs last for one year, but the original IPs used to create accounts are kept since 1999. The contents of your Yahoo account are bought for $30 to $40 by law enforcement agencies.
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Submission + - Microsoft Won't Pay Murdoch to De-Index Google

Hugh Pickens writes: "AP reports that Microsoft is unlikely to fund a Google boycott contradicting earlier reports that Microsoft is in discussions to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to 'de-index' its news websites from Google. Discussions between Microsoft and News Corp could result in new revenue-sharing agreements or other payments — but an agreement wouldn't necessarily require News Corp or other publishers to boycott Google. "The reality is that people have been trained to go to Google for information, so if you are not showing up in Google, that hurts," says Forrester Research analyst Shar VanBoskirk. Even publishers who are thinking about limiting Google's access to some newspapers realize it probably would be counterproductive to cut all ties with a search engine that is so pivotal in Internet navigation. "We are in no shape or form at odds with Google," said William Dean Singleton, chief executive of MediaNews Group Inc., a private company that owns more than 50 daily newspapers, including The Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News. "There is no question that Google provides us with a large audience for our content, which we monetize with ad revenue." And despite its reported flirtations with Microsoft, News Corp. evidently still thinks highly enough of Google's search engine to pay it for traffic. Entering the words "financial news" into Google's search engine over the past week triggered an advertisement from The Wall Street Journal. Anyone clicking on that link would be sent to the newspaper — and would put more money into Google's pocket."

Submission + - Spammer Lance Atkinson Fined $16 Million (

Nashville Guy writes: According to The Age in Australia:

A New Zealand man living in Queensland and believed to be behind the world's largest spam operation, has been ordered to pay more than $16 million for running the illegal enterprise.

Lance Atkinson, 26, originally from Christchurch, was living in Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast when the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had his assets frozen last year.

The FTC found Atkinson and American Jody Smith were at the centre of the world's largest internet spam operation, dubbed "AffKing", having recruited spammers from around the world.

Submission + - Sun server sales drop 20 percent (

An anonymous reader writes: Sun Microsystems experienced an estimated 20 percent sequential drop in global server shipments and market share in the third quarter, confirming speculation its delayed sale to Oracle is hurting the Silicon Valley pioneer. Analyst firm Gartner estimated Sun's third quarter 2009 server shipments were 50,435 units, down from the 63,412 it estimated in the second quarter. Sun's server market share fell accordingly — down from 3.8 percent to 2.6 percent. The falls in server shipments by Sun appeared to confirm the vendor's recent 25 percent slump in quarterly revenues.

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