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Comment Re:Rogers is terrible (Score 3, Interesting) 238

I run Cyanogen on my Dream as well, but I got around the data blockage like so:

If you were quick enough to take advantage of the free HTC Magic upgrade they offered, you can just root the Magic and install CursorSense (at least 1.2.1). CursorSense is a mod of the official Rogers firmware, so as far as Rogers is concerned, you have a 'patched' phone, so they re-enable data access on your account. At that point you can switch back to your Dream with full 3G access.

I was without data for about a day (my Magic only arrived Monday, a day after they started blocking data), but since then I've been fine.

Rogers can take their mandatory upgrade and shove it. :p

Comment Re:Too bad "being an asshole" is not a crime (Score 2, Insightful) 498

It's not about PERSONAL harm. It's about professional ethics and legal implications. If you were fired from a company, and subsequently went and posted every password you knew on a forum or email list, you'd be sued or charged in a heartbeat.

This is no different in the least -- even if he was already barred from accessing the system, it was still a random group of people whose authority over him and/or the systems was nonexistent, or questionable at best. If he HAD divulged the passwords in those circumstances, he should have been charged, not the other way around.

Comment Re:Too bad "being an asshole" is not a crime (Score 2, Insightful) 498

No one in the room was in Childs' chain of command. His boss wasn't there, nor was his boss' boss, etc. It was a group of random city employees (city police, HR) and random, unknown people on the other end of a phone.

What authority did anyone there have to order him to divulge passwords?

If someone from HR or Finance, even if they're a VP or C*O, came to me and said "Hand over all the network passwords now.", I'd tell them to fuck off too until someone to whom I report said otherwise.


U of MI Produces Strongest Laser Ever 244

eldavojohn writes "Weighing in at a mere 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter and containing a measly 300 terawatts of power, the University of Michigan has broken a record with a 1.3-micron speck wide laser. It's about two orders of magnitude higher than any other laser in the world and can perform for 30 femtoseconds once every ten seconds — some of the researchers speculate it is the most powerful laser in the universe. 'If you could hold a giant magnifying glass in space and focus all the sunlight shining toward Earth onto one grain of sand, that concentrated ray would approach the intensity of a new laser beam made in a University of Michigan laboratory ... To achieve this beam, the research team added another amplifier to the HERCULES laser system, which previously operated at 50 terawatts. HERCULES is a titanium-sapphire laser that takes up several rooms at U-M's Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. Light fed into it bounces like a pinball off a series of mirrors and other optical elements. It gets stretched, energized, squeezed and focused along the way.'" And ... cue the evil chortling.

Submission + - Origin of Antimatter Cloud Discovered

Active Seti writes: "Scientists have proposed a wide range of explanations for the origin of antimatter, which is exceedingly rare in the cosmos. For years, many theories centered around radioactive elements produced in supernovae. Now four years of observations from the European Space Agency's Integral satellite may have cleared up one of the most vexing mysteries in our Milky Way: the origin of a giant cloud of antimatter surrounding the galactic center. Integral found that the cloud extends farther on the western side of the galactic center than it does on the eastern side. This imbalance matches the distribution of a population of binary star systems that contain black holes or neutron stars, strongly suggesting that these binaries are churning out at least half of the antimatter, and perhaps all of it. The antimatter is probably produced in a region near the neutron stars and black holes, where powerful magnetic fields launch jets of particles that rip through space at near-light speed. "We expected something unexpected, but we did not expect this," says Gerry Skinner, co-investigator for Integral's Spectrometer which made the discovery."

Submission + - Senate Approves Immunity for Illegal Wiretapping (

An anonymous reader writes: Senate just passed a bill with an overwhelming majority that will grant immunity to all the telephone companies that participated in the illegal wiretapping. Senate contends that "(Telephone) companies should be thanked, not punished, for helping defend the United States (by helping with illegal wiretapping)". From the article "The Senate bill would provide new protections of civil liberties, such as requiring tougher congressional and judicial oversight." With a congress and judiciary like this say goodbye to our liberties.

Submission + - Time Warner Cable Wins State-Wide Cable Franchise ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Time Warner Cable has received the second state-wide franchise agreement, covering 260 communities, in 60 of Ohio's 88 counties, for 10 years. AT&T was the first to earn a state-wide franchise contract, after a law was passed in September that allowed operators to negotiate a single state-wide agreement. Normally operators negotiate franchise agreements at the local level.

Submission + - Should Wikipedia Allow Mathematical Proofs? ( 4

Beetle B. writes: "An argument has arisen over whether Wikipedia should allow pages that provide proofs for mathematical theorems (such as this one).

On the one hand, Wikipedia is a useful source of information and people can benefit from these proofs. On the other hand, how does one choose which proofs to include and which not to? Should Wikipedia just become a textbook that teaches mathematics? Should it just state the bare results of theorems and not provide proofs (except as external links)? Or should they take an intermediate approach and formulate a criterion for which proofs to include and which to exclude?"

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.