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Comment: Win7 for me (Score 1) 417

by Hoover,L Ron (#37631052) Attached to: I typically run Windows ...
I run XP at work and 7 at home. While I like 7 and I have to drink the Kool-aid (I'm an SE) the Windows Explorer equivalent in 7 SUCKS and I'm too cheap to pay 90 bucks for Directory Opus (yes, I know there are freebies out there besides DO). I'll check back later to see how much Linux elitism is rearing it's ugly head here ("Well I run Linux and if I HAVE to run Windows it's in a box that is super fire walled off from itself and I only play solitaire on it anyway cause Linux is better in every way")

Comment: Re:Why the sex offenders registration? (Score 1) 584

by Hoover,L Ron (#36747092) Attached to: The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell
Umm kissing a underage boy on the lips while not a "dangerous" sexual offense certainly qualifies as sexual assault on a minor nonetheless. Besides that, this was not the first time he's been accused of fooling around with kids. I wonder if this clown was a USENET KOOK? If so the Feds killed 2 birds with one stone.

Comment: Re:Assange (Score 1) 579

by Hoover,L Ron (#34429606) Attached to: Moscow Has Eyes On WikiLeaks, Too
Everybody here realizes that the "internet" can be shut down if everything gets out of hand don't they? All of the public infrastructure (in the US at least) that carries traffic is subject to a myriad of laws and regulations long ago established by the FCC (i.e. your government). So if anyone thinks there is no way to stop this are somewhat naive because there is a "kill" switch for the internet that the government controls, we just haven't reached the point where using it outweighs the economic and social disruptions such a massive decision such as that would generate ....yet.
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Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes 229

Posted by samzenpus
from the rodent-rain dept.
rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."
Censorship

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-to-you-mrs-robinson dept.
teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, CougarLife.com had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 264

by Hoover,L Ron (#32235934) Attached to: LimeWire Likely To Shut Down Soon
I think it's a little naive to think that if all illegal downloads were somehow eliminated that people would turn to alternative music/software. For one thing the documentation in FOSS is (for the most part) lacking. There are so many bands vying for attention now that you almost need the pay model to separate the wheat from the chaff (yeah I know there's a lot of chaff in the legit marketplace too but it's higher quality chaff). Nobody has the time nor the inclination to "discover" new music and they tend to go with the flow because their peers are into it.
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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn 819

Posted by kdawson
from the revenge-of-the-lawn dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for replacing the grass on their lawn with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, reducing their water usage from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons in 2009. The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and Angelina Ha tore out the grass in their front yard. In drought-plagued Southern California, the couple said, the lush grass had been soaking up tens of thousands of gallons of water — and hundreds of dollars — each year. 'We've got a newborn, so we want to start worrying about her future,' said Quan Ha, an information technology manager for Kelley Blue Book. But city officials told the Has they were violating several city laws that require that 40% of residential yards to be landscaped predominantly with live plants. Last summer, the couple tried to appease the city by building a fence around the yard and planting drought-tolerant greenery — lavender, rosemary, horsetail, and pittosporum, among others. But according to the city, their landscaping still did not comply with city standards. At the end of January, the Has received a letter saying they had been charged with a misdemeanor violation and must appear in court. The couple could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for their grass-free, eco-friendly landscaping scheme. 'It's just funny that we pay our taxes to the city and the city is now prosecuting us with our own money,' says Quan Ha."

Comment: Re:Alvin & the Chipmunks (Score 1) 782

by Hoover,L Ron (#30642540) Attached to: <em>Avatar</em> Soars Into $1-Billion Territory

...Because they don't have to be. Up was an amazing movie.

Sorry but UP (IMHO) was the most overrated film I saw this year. Predictable plot, really BAD 3D (it was like looking at an aquarium) and they pretty much stuck with the CG animated formula. That's what I disliked the most about this movie, they took no creative chances.

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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment: Re:TOR (Score 1) 643

by Hoover,L Ron (#30156632) Attached to: Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job
Regardless if it's "wrong" to use company assets for personal use. I think everyone's missing the point here. The "social media director" (geez where can I find a meaningless do-nothing job like that!) crossed the privacy line even if the moron posted it twice. That's what moderators do - edit and remove trolls - why he felt he had some moral obligation to inform this school of this misdeed is beyond me. Last time I checked, humans were not perfect and to use the "well he loses all of his rights when he walks into the workplace" argument doesn't wash with me in this case. This guy seems like some narcissistic asshole to me that "wanted to get even".
Intel

+ - Intel refreshes 80 core super chip->

Submitted by superapecommando
superapecommando (1667063) writes "Nearly two years after unveiling its experimental 80 core chip, Intel is getting ready to show off its next incarnation of a high-powered, energy efficient many-core research chip.
Intel is developing a many-core chip designed to dramatically improve energy efficiency in the data centre and for the cloud, according to Justin Rattner, CTO and senior Intel fellow. Intel plans to unveil the research chip before the end of the year, he said.
Rattner told us the company plans to unveil the new chip before the end of the year. The chip, which is experimental and not commercially ready, has a "completely new design" and a high core count. While the last experimental chip had 80 cores, Rattner said this one won't necessarily have the same number, but it will have many more cores than chips currently on the market."

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Comment: Re:Fuel vs Food (Score 1) 894

by Hoover,L Ron (#28094073) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam

...Clean coal and clean air is the real solution, but destroying any R&D, even for a temp-solution, is definitely not a solution.

There is no such thing as "Clean Coal" and if you think the current administration will not realize this think again: Big coal was a major contributor to Obama from early on in his political career.

Privacy

+ - Geek Squad "Agents" checking out your pr0n

Submitted by Hoover,L Ron
Hoover,L Ron (610796) writes "If you're going to have your PC fixed by the "Agents" at Geek Squad (located at most Best Buy stores) make sure you back up and DOD wipe your porn collection.For it seems as though they like to take a peek. From the article:"

"...In recent months, allegations of agents copying pornography, music and alluring photos from customers' computers have circulated on the Internet. Some bloggers now call it the "Peek Squad."Any attractive young woman who drops off her computer with the Geek Squad should assume that her photos will be looked at," said Brett Haddock, a former Geek Squad technician."

Another reason to hate Best Buy!"

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