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Comment: Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (Score 1) 356 356

I used to own a compact Ford 4x4 pickup with a manual transmission and unfortunately the towing capacity was very low. Automatics are just a lot more heavy duty than the manuals they put into mass market trucks. As I recall the gross combined weight rating for the manual trans was some half a ton below that of the automatic.

Comment: Re:More of what's going on here. (Score 1) 257 257

Google OneBox launched in 2006. I have no idea when the Yahoo! thing you reference launched.

If the idiot who wrote TFA wants to really have his mind blown, he should search for "Refinance" and look at the very first thing at the top of the page (above the featured adverts, even).

Comment: Re:When you can't compete, sue... (Score 1) 178 178

But as the state's budget shortfall widens-to as much as $18 billion, or about 20% of the next two-year budget, according to the state legislature's latest analysis released earlier this month-critics are complaining that Mr. Perry's policies have left the state with little room to reduce spending.

From the WSJ's article on Texas's massive budget deficity, which is substantially larger than California's.

Comment: Re:Security issue? (Score 5, Informative) 154 154

Yes, but there has never been a time where Mobile Safari was free of remotely exploitable flaws. If you look at the history of the iPhone OS release notes, you will always find gaping holes that were closed in Safari, and many of them were uncovered by third parties. For example see the release notes of iOS 4.0 which contain nuggets like "Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution" due to CVE-2009-2195 in WebKit.

Comment: Re:Swing and a miss... (Score 1) 312 312

Google has long advised people to make illegal turns in San Francisco, including at the infamous illegal right hand turn from Market onto the freeway at Octavia. Although that's been fixed, there are still problems surrounding the complicated four-divided-lane Octavia boulevard. For instance this route is perfectly illegal as can be seen in this street view.

Comment: Re:Not News (Score 1) 433 433

Wrong. The Telecommunications Act of 1934 gives the executive branch sweeping powers to shut off any and all telecommunications for indefinite lengths of time.

(d) Upon proclamation by the President that there exists a state or threat of war involving the United States, the President, if he deems it necessary in the interest of the national security and defense, may, during a period ending not later than six months after the termination of such state or threat of war and not later than such earlier date as the Congress by concurrent resolution may designate, (1) suspend or amend the rules and regulations applicable to any or all facilities or stations for wire communication within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission, (2) cause the closing of any facility or station for wire communication and the removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment, or (3) authorize the use or control of any such facility or station and its apparatus and equipment by any department of the Government under such regulations as he may prescribe, upon just compensation to the owners.

The current proposal would severely curtail and circumscribe the executive powers in this area.

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