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Comment: Re:Wow, (Score 4, Informative) 1079

by KefabiMe (#30412282) Attached to: Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing
Being homeless on public property may be a crime, but have you ever been homeless? I have. It sucks getting cops come up to you, handcuff you, search through all your shit for crack or whatever, then tell you you're not legally allowed to exist there for the night. This has happened to me on multiple occasions. When I asked the cop where I could spend the nigh, I was told not within the county border. Do you understand how shitty this is? Just because being homeless is a crime doesn't mean you can have zero compassion for "law breakers." Seriously, do you know how much it sucks to be homeless???

Comment: Re:Time Machine (Score 4, Insightful) 441

by KefabiMe (#30381626) Attached to: AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data
It's fact that the US is falling behind techonolgy wise and infrastructure wise. We don't have the best cell phones, or good internet access, or a highway system that's in good shape. Most of our energy is from coal and oil. Compare to ther counties that have modern nuclear power plants. Hell, we quit our own particle accelerated program and now cutting edge science is done at the LHC. I don't need the US to be the best, but I don't want the country to seem run down after a couple of decades of not moving forward.

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 5, Insightful) 280

by KefabiMe (#30359370) Attached to: CRIA Faces $60 Billion Lawsuit

Past evidence shows what is likely here. I know this doesn't have anything to do directly with music, but corporations have taken over the government. They insist on having the same rights as a human being, yet when it comes to punishments they know they can get away with murder.

If I had attempted to root kit even a small fraction of the PCs that Sony did, or commit copyright infringement on a much much smaller scale than what this story talks about, I would be ruined. I would lose all my possessions, probably be thrown in jail, unable to contribute to society, and disconnected from social ties. But we all know that these record companies won't be drastically hurt by this. Besides, the executives have already given themselves bonuses and spent the money on blow, or whatever else it is that these people spend millions on.

No one is going to jail over this. The industry will not be hurt. And no lessons will be learned.

Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."
News

Murderer With "Aggression Genes" Gets Reduced Sentence 507

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the blame-it-on-genetics dept.
Noiser writes "New Scientist reports: 'In 2007, Abdelmalek Bayout admitted to stabbing and killing a man and received a sentence of 9 years and 2 months. An appeal court judge in Trieste, Italy, cut Bayout's sentence by a year after finding out he has gene variants linked to aggression.'"

Comment: Re:Question. Won't this weaken the RF signal? (Score 1) 246

by KefabiMe (#28287287) Attached to: Nokia Developed Wireless Power-Harvesting Phones
Some numbers for my own comparison... KPWR (A popular Hip Hop radio station in Los Angeles) transmitts 25,000 watts of power. This article claims that it can pull 50 milliwatts. If this technology became standard on all cell phones, 1 million cell phones in Los Angeles would be able to pull a collective 50,000 watts out of the air.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS

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