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+ - Harvard Bomber Hoax Perpetrator Caught through Tor->

Submitted by Meshach
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->

Submitted by Meshach
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->

Submitted by Meshach
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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Comment: Re:just use virtual machines (Score 4, Insightful) 464

by Meshach (#42889089) Attached to: Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

install to virtual machine, then make copies of that virtual machine. problem solved.

I do not think that this "solution" will work for a typical user. VM machines are not simple to setup and use for the masses as they are for /. users.

As a matter of fact I do not think this will impact the majority of users at all. Most people buy their software with their computer system and are not adverse to having to buy a new version when they get a new machine.

Comment: Re:I Live In the United States (Score 1) 381

by Meshach (#42208261) Attached to: When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

What 'Merica do you live in?!?!?

There are CCTVs on each-and-every goverment building, school, police car, and any intersection with traffic lights.

Not to mention the individual people and businesses that use CCTVs.

And the worst part about those CCTVs is that every one of them is somehow attached to TripWire, aka Big Brother.

mastershake82.... I really like your username but you need to get out from underneath the rock that you live under and stand up for your rights.

AC, meet sarcasm. Sarcasm meet AC. I am sure you will become great friends once you get to know each other!


+ - Google found guilty of libel for listing results->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Google has been found guilty for refusing to take down a libelous search result in an Australian court. Music promoter Milorad Trkulja sued Google for refusing to take down links to website articles promoting libelous claims Trkulja was connected to organized crime in Melbourne. Google has told Trkulja to contact the sites on which the offensive materials were posted, as those webmasters controlled the content but the supreme court found Google was responsible for removing the damaging links the moment Trkulja asked it to remove the content. As a result of the jury's decision in the case, Google will have to pay $200,000 in damages to Trkulja."
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Comment: Re:Can we get rid of long sigs as well? (Score 2) 248

by Meshach (#42082397) Attached to: Companies Getting Rid of Reply-all

Can we also get rid of excessively long sigs, embedded graphics, comic sans and outlook stationary too? Or at least made them more difficult to automate.

Amen. I bet if you added the bandwidth spent transmitting large sigs/wallpapers/stationary and showed it to most CFOs they would agree.


+ - Rise in allergies to cell phones->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Report out of New York claiming that as people use electronic devices more and more persons with nickel allergies are reacting to their phones. Apparently about one-third of BlackBerry devices and 90 percent of flip phones contained nickel, and more than half of flip phones containing cobalt (the most common irritants). Conversely none of the iPhones or Androids studied tested positive for either metal. For those allergic to metals, symptoms range from dry-itchy patches on the face or ears to redness, blistering, lesions, and sometimes oozing."
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