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Comment: Re:Variance is the key (Score 1) 928

by SimonShine (#30349612) Attached to: How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

Although [men and women] are on average the same, the people at the very top and the very bottom of the IQ bell curve are more likely to be men.

This is wrong. What the article intends to say is that people at the very ends of the bell curve are more likely to be men. People at the top are more likely to be women.

Parent post:

Of course, there's more very stupid men, which is reflected in crime rates etc.

This is oversimplified. I wouldn't be surprised if even more intelligent men commit more crimes than average-intelligent women, since crime rates are associated with a bunch of other factors like aggression.

Comment: Why bother with Windows... (Score 1) 324

by SimonShine (#28965797) Attached to: Best Free Open Source Software For Windows
Instead of installing Cygwin, my former flatmate made a bunch of .bat scripts that mimicked ls, cat, etc. to some extent. In my eyes it was a bit silly, but every time I make a switch between Linux and Windows XP, I want to hug XP's graphical interface. I hate X11's paste buffers and its incessantly overconfigurable window management systems. You can call me "raised in the 1990s", but I just find those grey menus comforting. And the damn fakers at the other side of the pond can never get the pixels right in those XP look-alike themes for Metacity. Yours faithfully

Comment: Re:NNTP (Score 1) 265

by SimonShine (#23501864) Attached to: How Japan's Biggest BBS Keeps Things Simple
Whenever I've had to set up a forum on the 'net for some specific purpose, it always crosses my mind "Why don't I just set up NNTP, and then people can either use their own readers or a custom web interface?" and I always quit the idea once I realise how terrible the available UNIX implementations of nntpd are. It's a real pity.
Censorship

+ - YouTube banned nationwide in Turkey

Submitted by
unity100
unity100 writes "As of 07.03.2007, access to YouTube.com has been banned nationwide in Turkey through the nations' one and only internet backbone provider, Turkish Telecom, in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.

The reason for this court's decision is a recent video that has been published on YouTube.com recently which is said to be insulting Turkish Republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal.

Curiously, this follows on the heels of a 3-4 month long campaign by the ruling party and the media supporting them against the freedom in the internet, citing "internet needs to be 'straightened up'".

All internet users nationwide are met with the below message that apparently emanates from Turkish Telecom DNS server or access filters :

"Bu siteye eriim mahkeme kararyla engellenmitir !...

www.youtube.com sitesine eriim stanbul 1. Sulh Ceza Mahkemesi'nin 2007/384 say ve 06.03.2007 tarihli karar gerei engellenmitir.

Access to www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.""
Privacy

+ - Using Copyright to Protect Privacy?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From ABC News:

It was 1996, when Kathleen Stanfield Weinstein was carjacked in a southern New Jersey parking lot. She managed to activate a tape recorder she was carrying and recorded 46 excruciating minutes of her pleas for her life before her attacker bound her hands and feet and smothered her. Last week a judge ruled that the much-sought-after recording of the slain schoolteacher trying to talk her killer out of murdering her would not "under any circumstances'' be released to the media...In a move that legal experts said is virtually unprecedented, Weinstein and New Jersey attorney Carmine Villani copyrighted the recording.
"
Software

+ - FreeBSD & Intel on redistribution of wifi firm

Submitted by
Joel Dahl
Joel Dahl writes "http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/03/prweb509818. htm "The FreeBSD project has received approval from Intel to redistribute firmware for several Intel-based PRO/Wireless devices in the base FreeBSD operating system. The inclusion of firmware for popular Intel wireless devices means that users of FreeBSD will have native wireless support for many Centrino-branded Intel PRO/Wireless devices without downloading additional software. This approval includes firmware for the Intel 2100, 2200BG, 2225BG, 2915ABG, and the 3945ABG devices.""
Movies

+ - Alex Guinness's Star Wars Cloak sold for &poun

Submitted by dws90
dws90 (1063948) writes "The cloak worn by Sir Alex Guinness when he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars original trilogy has been sold at a TV and Cinema auction. The cloak sold for £54,000, which is about $103,923 according to Google calculator. According to the article, the cloak was missing for nearly 30 years, during which it was rented out to a number of other films, including the Mummy. It was found two years ago, and has been part of a film memorabilia exhibition in London since then. The cloak sold for more than any of the other movie costumes the article listed, beating out Sean Connery's dinner jacket from Thunderball and a helmet worn by Terry Jones in Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
Security

+ - Why Millions of Home Alarm Systems are Useless

Submitted by
Michael Jagger
Michael Jagger writes "Here is link to a post that describes why one of the most popular home alarm systems in North America is a complete waste of money. The post describes why the hardware itself is useless as well as shows a picture showing exactly how an alarm should not be installed. The system described in the post, which is unfortunately similar to those in millions of North American homes, offers no value to anyone except for the monitoring companies who charge a monthly fee to provide a virtually useless service. Does your alarm system look like this?"

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