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Comment: Jack (Score 1) 215

by Sharkus (#43403699) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will
Ripped (pun possibly intended) from The Lurkers Guide to Babylon 5, you stated, about Jack the Ripper:
"Actually, yes, I do have a pet theory about who the Ripper was, but I'm so embarrassed over the west end/east end typo in one of our episodes that I don't know if I'll ever have enough courage to broach it to anyone."

Do you have the courage to broach the theory now?
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:Existing Apps (Score 1) 356

by Sharkus (#39868551) Attached to: Apple Blocks iOS Apps Using Dropbox SDK
They probably won't, too much work involved to look at all existing apps to see if they contain such functionality. If you're submitting a new app then they'll look at that. They *might* if you don't make any changes to the rejected app, send you a note that they are pulling your live app unless you make the changes, if indeed you do need to do anything, it could be something that is changed on dropbox's end which you don't need to change your code to do anything with.

Comment: Re:I'm not in America! (Score 5, Informative) 1002

by Sharkus (#38737640) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?
This is from the wikipedia page on SOPA:

If you're not in the US:

If you live outside the United States, contact your State Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs or similar branch of government. Tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and want the internet to remain open and free.
The decision for a global blackout was made in view of concerns about similar legislation in other nations.

Comment: URLs and email from B&B (Score 5, Informative) 88

by Sharkus (#37598194) Attached to: Borders Books Customers, Watch For Database Opt-Out Email
The URL you want is: http://www.bn.com/borders which redirects to: http://ebm.cheetahmail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=266639891&n=100
Full text of the aforementioned email from B&N below.

Dear Borders Customer,

My name is William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, and I'm writing to you today on behalf of the entire B&N team to make you aware of important information regarding your Borders account.

First of all let me say Barnes & Noble uniquely appreciates the importance bookstores play within local communities, and we're very sorry your Borders store closed.

As part of Borders ceasing operations, we acquired some of its assets including Borders brand trademarks and their customer list. The subject matter of your DVD and other video purchases will be part of the transferred information. The federal bankruptcy court approved this sale on September 26, 2011.

Our intent in buying the Borders customer list is simply to try and earn your business. The majority of our stores are within close proximity to former Borders store locations, and for those that aren't, we offer our award- winning NOOK digital reading devices that provide a bookstore in your pocket. We are readers like you, and hope that through our stores, NOOK devices, and our bn.com online bookstore we can win your trust and provide you with a place to read and shop.

It's important for you to understand however you have the absolute right to opt-out of having your customer data transferred to Barnes & Noble. If you would like to opt-out, we will ensure all your data we receive from Borders is disposed of in a secure and confidential manner. Please visit www.bn.com/borders before October 15, 2011 to do so.

Should you choose not to opt-out by October 15, 2011, be assured your information will be covered under the Barnes & Noble privacy policy, which can be accessed at www.bn.com/privacy. B&N will maintain any of your data according to this policy and our strict privacy standards.

At Barnes & Noble we share your love of books — whatever shape they take. We also take our responsibility to service communities by providing a local bookstore very seriously. In the coming weeks, assuming you don't opt-out, you'll be hearing from us with some offers to encourage you to shop our stores and try our NOOK products. We hope you'll give us a chance to be your bookstore.

Comment: iPhone 3GS vs Garmin GPSmap 76CSx (Score 1) 422

by Sharkus (#28640689) Attached to: Standalone GPS Receivers Going the Way of the Dodo
I have a Garmin GPSmap 76CSx, purchased it a year or so to aid with sailing as I liked the blue chat maps. It's a great device, waterproof, mapping is good, ease of use is good. I also use it on land as well.

I've also got an iPhone 3GS and the GPS is pretty good, but if you don't have internet access then lookups on things are not going to work, and with a dedicated GPS that has the mapset installed on it, that's not a real big problem - of course items not being totally up to date could be an issue.

If Garmin decided to have an iPhone viewer and enabled me to use my existing maps then I would seriously consider ditching my 76CSx. Of course a waterproof case for the iPhone would be required as well, but that is probably available.

I am going to look at Navionics as I believe they do have an iPhone viewer app, and they also do marine mapping, so perhaps switching to a different map provider may be an option to go totally iPhone.

Journal: MySpace Not Guilty in Child Assault Case 228

Journal by AppleButter
The Washington Post reports that a Texas judge dismissed a $30 million case against MySpace for their role in a child assault case. 19-year old Peter Solis lied about his age on MySpace to gain the confidence the confidence of a 13-year old girl. The judge ruled, "If anyone had a duty to protect Julie Doe, it was her parents, not MySpace."

+ - Spyware given seal of approval to be installed

Submitted by smooth wombat
smooth wombat writes: Just when you thought headway was being made against spyware, along comes TRUSTe which has certified the first ten applications that have passed the certification process for TRUSTe's Trusted Download Program.

From the press release:

"The companies whose applications have passed the challenging certification process for the Trusted Download whitelist are all demonstrating a commitment to protecting consumer privacy," said Fran Maier, executive director and president of TRUSTe. "By completely informing users about the particulars of the downloads they offer up front, the participating companies are increasing transparency and giving control to users."

Some of the software which has been certified includes Coupon Bar 5.0 from Coupons Inc, Crawler Toolbar 4.5.0 from Crawler LLC and Save/SaveNow from WhenU.com.

Don't panic.