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Comment: The committment was only for three years (Score 5, Interesting) 81

From the article:

Those rules were written in 2010 — and AT&T has pledged to abide by them for three years if its DirecTV purchase goes through — but were knocked down by a federal court in January.

Even if AT&T did abide by these rules in three years their commitment is over and they can do what they want.

Comment: Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (Score 1) 74

by Meshach (#47385293) Attached to: Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

People see this law for what it is, a way for the rich/politicians/scum to get rid of stories that make them look like the twats they are.

To be fair the idea is for results that are libelous or potentially (legally) damaging to a person to be removed. Making someone look like a twat is not to be removed (or at least should not be deleted). Google seems to be pushing the envelope on what they are removing to provoke resistance to the law in the hope of getting it changed.

Comment: Re:Influence? (Score 2) 231

An interesting study, but nothing about the rankings has anything to do with measuring being 'influential'.

I guess it is "influential" in the same way that Google news shows the most "influential" sites covering a significant story. Influential means "conforms most to the prevailing viewpoint" (at least in this case). These are the ones that the most people read and hence the most influential.

+ - Harvard Bomber Hoax Perpetrator Caught through Tor->

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Meshach (578918) writes "The FBI has caught the student who called in a bomb threat on December 16. The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor but the FBI were able to trace it because it originated in the Harvard wireless network. He could face as long as five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted."
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+ - Using laptop to take notes lowers grades->

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Meshach (578918) writes "A study in journal Computers & Education found that students who took notes on a laptop got lower marks then student who took notes the traditional way with pen and paper. The study's author hypothesized that using a laptop leads to multitasking (i.e. surfing the net or checking email) which reduces concentration."
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+ - Real version of Homer Simpsons dream car built->

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Meshach (578918) writes "Some fans of The Simpsons have built a real life version of Homer Simpsons dream car. In the Simpson's world Homer finds out that he has a long lost cousin named Herb Powell, (voiced by Danny DeVito) who owns a car company in Detroit. Herb is so delighted to meet Homer that he lets Homer design a car that eventually ruins the company. This real vehicle is a working replica of the infamous car from the series."
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+ - No hands or voice activated texting not safer->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Recent study in the Washington Post verifies that using hands free or voice activated texting is no safer then texting with your hands while you are driving a car. Using a hand-held device to tap out a text message while driving has been banned in many states and provinces with the expectation that using hands free is safer."
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+ - Moore's Law implies life existed before Earth formed->

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Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article in the Digital Journal saying that the current complexity of life on Earth and Moore's Law imply that life had to begin before the Earth was formed. Based on the premise that genetic complexity of living systems double every 376 million years the initiation of life is pushed back to almost 10 billion years ago. Geologists believe the age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years. This means that life is older than the Earth by 5.5 billion years."
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