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Comment Re:Sad to say (Score 1) 351

I think you are falling for a false stereotype. Gamers are great patrons. I live in Indianapolis and Gen Con is hosted here. Every year I see stories on the local news talking about how the local businesses love the Gen Con attendees. This year I saw the owner of The Ram, a local restaurant/brew house, on the news talking about how great the business was during Gen Con and how his staff enjoyed working during the event. They wouldn't be saying that if they were all sitting around drinking water and taking up space.

Comment AAA has been great (Score 1) 11

My wife and I have had AAA for a few years, and we love it. I have used it for a dead battery, a tow when my transmission died, and a flat tire with lug nuts so tight I couldn't get them off. My wife also used it when her car started to overheat. It has been well worth it. We recently went to Disney and stayed off site. Because we were AAA members we were able to get "diamond" parking right up front at every park. I can't say enough nice things about AAA.

Comment Re:BSG (Score 1) 31

yeah, Baltar was definitely working the Jesus beard.

Did you find the brown haired woman that "rescued" Baltar to be a bit creepy?
It seemed like she was using him as a pawn so she could be in control of the group. She didn't appear to believe in him the way the followers did. I wouldn't be surprised if she was poisoning the boy, and then stopped so she could create a miracle just to set him up as the real deal.
The Courts

Vote Swapping Ruled Legal 496

cayenne8 writes "During the 2000 election, some sites were set up for people across the nation to agree to swap votes, among them and They were established mainly to benefit the third-party candidate Ralph Nader without throwing local elections to George Bush. The state of California threatened to prosecute these sites under criminal statues, and many of them shut down. On Monday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the vote-swap sites were legal (ruling here, PDF). The court held that '...the websites' vote-swapping mechanisms as well as the communication and vote swaps they enabled were constitutionally protected' and California's spurious threats violated the First Amendment. The 9th Circuit also said the threats violated the US Constitution's Commerce Clause.'"

Journal Journal: Scientific tattoos 1

Blogger Carl Zimmer wondered if any of his readers had tattoos associated with their research or scientific enthusiasms. Terrifyingly, they sure do: atoms, animals, ATP, Necker cubes. The renaming of transuranium elements probably takes on new importance when you have a periodic table tattooed on your forearm!

New Dynamic Updating Discussions 100

Slashdot users of the Discussion2 system now have a new 'Update' button visible on their floating control slider, as well at the end of the discussion. This button will update your page to include comments posted since the page was loaded, so now you can keep discussion pages up to date without doing a full reload. It's nowhere near complete yet, but it's a nice step that goes a long ways towards making it easier to use larger discussions while they are actively updating. If you aren't using Discussion2, you need to log in, and toggle the checkbox visible on every page. You probably need bother only if you are using Firefox 1.5 or 2.x or Safari. You can send bug reports to me if you want.

Submission + - Combined hovercraft and helicopter

An anonymous reader writes: Have British engineer Geoff Hatton brought us the best of two worlds with his UFO-looking machine? The US military thinks so and are investing in it.

The design is sturdy (as opposed to a helicopter) and can fly high (as opposed to a hovercraft). It is based on the "Coanda Effect" ( ). hnology/technology.html?in_article_id=447317

Submission + - Hacker's Case May Add to Students' Privacy Rights

An anonymous reader writes: Article in Inside Higher Ed says the legal loss of a hacker in federal appeals court may result in students at public universities having MORE privacy rights. The hacker lost, but federal appeals court also said he had (generally) a right to privacy on computer in his dorm room: enkamp
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Embedded Appliance-Specific Platforms?

HaloZero writes: "Having just recently discovered pfSense, I am now looking for a platform to run it on. It's running currently on a 2.2GHz P4 with a gig of RAM, and that seems to be way, way too overkill for this type of application. The box itself is also huge in comparison to what I'm used to having as my 'firewall' appliance. I've done some looking into MiniITX stuff like the VIA EPIA offerings (and those seem to be the most promising), but the cases are still very large. I'd prefer a device that offers me a small case, compact flash (or an IDE port) fanless, and atleast three ethernet ports. Has anyone out there had any success with any of these small, embedded platforms? Form factors, hardware, their cases, loading media onto the device — what else should I be wary of?; that sort of thing. For the sake of argument, pfSense's hardware requirements are pretty basic; a 233MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM will do you just fine."

Submission + - MIT Professor: Who Cares About Global Warming?

Jomama writes: Noted climate expert Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, writes in a recent Newsweek article that the global warming debate is irrelevant because global warming is actually a good thing that has naturally occured throughout the Earth's history. From the article:

Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature — a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Global Warning - Live With It

belligerent0001 writes: From Newsweek via / we discover that alot of the Global Warming Indicators may not be what they seem. FTA "There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators — and many scientists — seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes. The earth is always warming or cooling by as much as a few tenths of a degree a year; periods of constant average temperatures are rare". So Greenland was once green, warmer regions produce more foods, and its the middle of April in Cleveland and there is 12 Inches of snow on the ground. 'F' the F-ing climate.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Boston Bomb-Squad Strikes Again

Brian writes: Boston Police discover (and destroy) the latest pseudo-threat. This time it's not an animated LED sign, but something far, far more nasty — A Traffic Counter. You know, the little boxes that the city (!) places on a roadside to measure the number of cars that pass in a given amount of time. Wow.

via BoingBoing.
United States

Journal SPAM: Immigration Follow Up

Here's another msnbc article. This one is about identity theft and what they have pieced together about one person who had her identity stolen and it has been used by various illegal aliens, in order for them to gain employment.

The opossum is a very sophisticated animal. It doesn't even get up until 5 or 6 PM.