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Comment: Re:Cost of policing illegal traffic in recycled ca (Score 1) 740

by GregPK (#26508171) Attached to: Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker

The initial wording of the bill puts these restrictions on it.

Only in 2009 can they buy car and get the federal rebate.

They must have owned the previous car since before Dec. 31st 2008.

The new wording puts a spin on this.

The rebate goes from 1500-4500 depending on how much cleaner the new car is in comparison to the older one.

Personally, I think the US should lax up on safety regulations and work with the EU to make a worldwide standard on auto safety regulations.

That way, auto manufactures can create vehicles that meet the minimum safety requirements and produce fewer emissions than older vehicles. While at the same time offering premium demanded vehicles that offer greater safety for consumers.

Comment: I agree, they don't need more broadband (Score 2, Interesting) 161

by GregPK (#24946021) Attached to: Google Invests In Broadband For Poorer Countries

They could use it, sure.

However, countries in Africa could really use a 4 billion dollar investment into Concentrated solar power.

4 billion is all that it would take to make the necessary power for the entire continent out of sun power, mirrors, and liquid salt and some high power lines.

Once you get past the corruption anyways.


+ - Knight Foundation News Challenge Winners Announced

Submitted by
NewsCloud writes "The MIT Media Lab received a $5 million grant from the Knight Foundation "to create a Center for Future Civic Media to develop, test, and study new forms of high-tech community news." Other winners included $700k to MTV for mobile youth journalists to cover the 2008 election. ChicagoCrime received $1.1M "to create a series of city-specific Web sites devoted to public records and hyper-local information" and VillageSoup received $885K "to build free software to allow others to replicate the citizen journalism and community participation." E & P also reports "Eleven other grants of between $25,000 and $340,000 were awarded...[and]...nine bloggers will each get $15,000 to blog about topics ranging from GPS tracking devices to 'out-of-the-box' community publishing solutions." Congrats to all the winners! For the rest of us, there's always next year."
United States

+ - Taped Confession of Russian Secret-Service Agents

Submitted by
reporter writes "According to a report by the Associated Press, several agents of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) gathered in 1998 and videotaped a message for release in the event that one of them should die "accidentally". One agent in the videotape is Alexander Litvinenko, who was fatally poisoned by polonium-210. In the tape, the agents describe how the FSB has degenerated into a thug organization, planting evidence on suspects and plotting to kill them. Litvinenko expresses fear that the FSB may kill his wife and child. These Russian agents gave the videotape to Sergei Dorenko for safe keeping. He has now released it to the "Wall Street Journal". Life in Russia is starting to resemble the plot in the latest James-Bond movie ."

+ - Sex Offender Banned By MySpace Asks, Why Me?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A registered sex offender tells WIRED what it's like to be one of the 7,000 offenders kicked off MySpace as part of its new database-driven purge. "Carl H." claims his nonviolent sex crime was committed nine years ago, and didn't involve children. "I use (MySpace) for the most part to find good music bands to listen to, as well as more buddies to game with... Are we so choked by fear as a country that we've forgotten or denied the ability of persons to change?" MySpace has an appeal process, but only in cases of misidentification."

+ - A Mac Gets Whacked

Submitted by
Macthorpe writes "The Register is reporting that a MacBook Pro has been sufficiently compromised to give a remote user complete control of the computer, with the flaw discovered as part of TippingPoint and CanSecWest's pledge to reward the first two such exploits found. The prize was shared by two people, with Shane Macauley walking away with the compromised MacBook for executing the exploit and Dino Dai Zovi taking the $10,000 bounty for finding the flaw and successfully exploiting it.

Dino Dai Zovi, a self-described 'Mac fanboy', explained: "It works. It is real. This is not something that I have made up... It seems that a lot of people harbour the belief that the Mac doesn't have these problems, but it does.""

+ - Why does Firefox on OS X suck?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm a recent switcher to Mac OS X from Windows. Firefox on Windows is excellent, Firefox on Linux is pretty good, but Firefox on OS X is terrible: intermittent crashes, freezes, tabbing between input boxes on web pages skips all drop-down boxes. So how come? The OS X version gets the updates that all the other versions get, but they never fix anything major."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Hacked DX10 for Windows appears

Submitted by Oddscurity
Oddscurity (1035974) writes "According to The Inquirer someone managed to write a wrapper allowing DirectX 10 applications to run on platforms other than Vista. The Alky Project claims to have reverse-engineered Geometry Shader code, allowing Windows games to run on Windows XP, MacOSX and Linux. The Inquirer is understandably cautious about these claims, urging readers to investigate the releases themselves to assertain whether or not it's a hoax."

Nothing happens.