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Comment Re:Why redirect them? (Score 1) 512

My school refuses to upgrade from IE6, and as a result a lot of us have been running portable Firefox from usb flash drives. So what does the brilliant administration do? They actively put measures in place to prevent us from running anything except IE; now they have the systems set up to instantly kill your session if any window has the word "Mozilla", "Firefox", "Iceweasel", or "Chrome" in the window title (I guess they're not aware of the Firesomething extension).

Comment Re:Good (Score 2, Insightful) 440

Unfortunately 2 GBs *ain't* enough for anybody, and the 32-bit address space is a bit short for properly managing more than that.

Right now I'm running Firefox with 12 tabs, listening to music, and editing a lengthy file in OpenOffice, while running KDE with full composing effects enabled... and I'm using about half of my 1GB. What use could I possibly have for 4GB?

Comment Re:"Hate" speech is Free Speech (Score 1) 651

This is Canada. It's *not* the USA. We do not have absolute rights here when it comes to freedom of expression. Those rights are tempered by the reality that such expression can bring about great social harm. The right to freedom of expression can be infringed if is necessary to serve the goals of a multicultural, free and democratic society.

To criticize Soviet policy goes against the will of the people, and opposition to the people cannot be allowed in a free socialist society.
The Courts

Student Faces 38 Years In Prison For Hacking Grades 645

the brown guy writes "An 18-year-old high school student named Omar Kahn is charged with 69 felonies for hacking into a school computer and modifying his grades, among other things. He changed his C, D and F grades to As, and changed 12 other students grades as well. By installing a remote access program on the school's server, Kahn was able to also change his AP scores and distribute test answer keys, and could be looking at a lengthy prison term. Not surprisingly, his parents (who have only recently immigrated to America) have decided not to post the $50,000 bail and Kahn is in jail awaiting trial."

Do Women Write Better Code? 847

JCWDenton writes "The senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres-and one of Silicon Valley's highest-ranking female programmers-insists that men and women write code differently. Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. They'll intersperse their code ... with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it. The code becomes a type of 'roadmap' for others who might want to alter it or add to it later, says McGrattan, a native of Ireland who has been with Ingres since 1992. Men, on the other hand, have no such pretenses. Often, 'they try to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code,' she tells the Business Technology Blog. 'They try to obfuscate things in the code,' and don't leave clear directions for people using it later. "

Building a Green PC 190

Kermit writes "Ars Technica has put together a green DIY system building guide. The idea is to build a PC offering decent energy efficiency as well as solid performance. The 'Green Gaming Box' draws about 125W at full load (not including a monitor); the minimalist 'Extreme Green Box' uses a mini-ITX case and a VIA CPU-motherboard combo for about 30W at typical load. If you want to mix and match components, or modify your current system so that it uses less energy, there are plenty of options for swapping out individual components."

Best Presidential Candidate, Republicans 1481

A few days ago we posted a story for you to discuss the best presidential candidates for Super Tuesday, but I figured it would be an interesting idea to try that again, but split the discussion into 2 halves. This is the Republican half — please only discuss the Republican candidates in this story. Huckabee, McCain, and Romney only.

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