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The Iranians finally got around to showing Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith on TV last month, with some added commentary. Turns out we Americans have the story all wrong. George Lucas's sci-fi saga, they tell us, is in fact a parable about our own day and age. And guess who the bad guys are... So George Bush is Anakin Skywalker... Dick Cheney — he must be Darth Sidious. Or is he Count Dooku? More at:
Having Won a Pulitzer for Exposing Data Mining, Times Now Eager to Do Its Own Data Mining.
Barely a year after their reporters won a Pulitzer prize for exposing data mining of ordinary citizens by a government spy agency, New York Times officials had some exciting news for stockholders last week: The Times company plans to do its own data mining of ordinary citizens, in the name of online profits."
The sad thing isn't that the floppy division is shutting down; it's that hardly anyone will notice the passing of this once essential component of computing. Slackware 1.0 distro anyone?""Diskettes have been a significant portion of our product portfolio for more than two decades, but they are now only a small, rapidly declining part of the market and they are nearing their end of life," said Subodh Kulkarni, vice president of research and development and manufacturing for Imation, in a press statement.
There is likely an optimal system size that reduces consumer costs, but with things in flux you'd want some flexibility in your system."The difference between peak and off-peak rates is particularly large in the 11 counties of Central, coastal and Southern California, where Edison provides electricity service to 13 million customers.
Edison charges summer time-of-use rates that range from 29.7 to 35.9 cents per kilowatt-hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. It drops to a range of 16.3 to 18.6 cents per kilowatt-hour from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays and all weekend days and holidays, according to documents filed with the PUC.
This is total crap, as we already know that the Canadian Movie Piracy Claim is Mostly Fiction. But as is the norm in Canada, we try to make it sound like it's not as bad as it may first appear. Douglas Frith of the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association says,Citing a failure by the government of Canada to make illegal the recording of movies directly from the screen by camcorder, the studio will not issue advance screenings of such audience pleasers like "Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix" and "Ocean's 13."
Well, not yet, anyway."We're not looking at the individuals who go in for fun to camcord a film in a theatre. It's organized crime. People are going in, they get paid between $5,000 to $7,000 for a very good copy of a film."
- I thought that QP tries to generate a set of numbers that hasn't been picked (either manually or automatically). The rational here is that it gives the player some assurance that if he/she wins, he won't have to split it with someone else.
- He thought it was just a random number generator that didn't look at the existing set of picks.
- Who is right?
- What algorithm do they/would they use for my scenario?
The blog tells how a Harvard researcher failed to get access that would have been grated in the past. Follow ups, here and here."Los Alamos National Laboratory will no longer permit historians and other researchers to have access to its archival records because Los Alamos National Security (LANS), the private contractor that now operates the Lab, says it has "no policy in place" that would allow such access.
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