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Comment: Re:Snowden (Score 1) 601

by SnowDeath (#44107611) Attached to: Edward Snowden is ...

I think Bill Maher said it best (this isnt a direct quote): Just like the founding fathers couldn't have foreseen a world with automatic weapons/assault rifles when they wrote the second amendment, they couldn't have foreseen a world with religious fanatics with potential access to access to nuclear weapons that can destroy a whole city in the blink of an eye when they wrote the fourth amendment.

If Bill Maher said it best, then it wasn't never said well. The second amendment is clear and purposefully vague as it is not an enumeration of the natural right, but a broad protection of the most important in protecting the first amendment. Anything the Congressional funded Armed Services shall procure shall be procurable by the People - aka the militia.

Comment: Publishers still force Punkbuster on customers?! (Score 1, Informative) 74

by SnowDeath (#42888341) Attached to: Punkbuster Service Goes Down, Hundreds of Online Game Servers Affected

I haven't had that horrible piece of software on my PC in years... Valve's VAC is far superior with less resource usage. Yes, I am a Valve fanboy and yes I am a talented TSQL developer in a fortune 300 company looking for a job with them ;)

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Artist Wants to Replace Lost Eyeball With Webcam 156

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-the-better-to-film-you-with dept.
A one-eyed San Francisco artist, Tanya Vlach, wants to replace her missing eye with a Web cam. There has even been talk of her shooting a reality TV show using the video eye. "There have been all sorts of cyborgs in science fiction for a long time, and I'm sort of a sci-fi geek, with the advancement of technology, I thought, 'Why not?'" said Vlach. I'm a bit perplexed that the obvious things you'd want in a cyborg eye: range finder, infrared/lowlight vision, and a hypno-ray are not discussed in the article.
Math

Prominent Mathematicians Rebuke Recent Riemann Hypothesis Proof 172

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the here-is-your-peer-review dept.
Bryan writes "Xian-Jin Li's purported proof of the Riemann Hypothesis (reported on recently) has been rebuked by Fields Medalist Terence Tao. Fortunately, Dr. Li's proof fails alongside a respectable graveyard of previous attempts." Relatedly, jim.shilliday writes "The proof cites and appears to be based in part on the work of the leading French theorist Alain Connes. A few hours ago, Connes posted a comment on his blog stating that the purported proof is so badly flawed that he stopped reading it."
Music

+ - Reznor releases new NIN album via 'net experiment->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Convinced the current music business infrastructure (requiring artists to rely on labels) is broken, Nine Inch Nails front man, Trent Reznor, released his band's new album, Ghosts I — IV (Ghosts Volumes One though Four), on Sunday at 6 PM via his official site, marking yet another business experiment for this artist in the changing music market."
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Wireless Networking

Cellphones to Monitor Highway Traffic 119

Posted by Zonk
from the using-the-fillings-in-your-teeth dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "On February 8, 2008, about 100 UC Berkeley students will participate in the Mobile Century experiment, using GPS mobile phones as traffic sensors. During the whole day, these students carrying the GPS-equipped Nokia N95 will drive along a 10-mile stretch of I-880 between Hayward and Fremont, California. 'The phones will store the vehicles' speed and position information every 3 seconds. These measurements will be sent wirelessly to a server for real-time processing.' As more and more cellphones are GPS-equipped, the traffic engineering community, which currently monitors traffic using mostly fixed sensors such as cameras and loop detectors, is tempted to use our phones to get real-time information about traffic."
The Internet

President Bush Releases US Broadband Policy 190

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the twice-nothing-is-still-nothing dept.
Ars Technica is reporting that while most people wouldn't know we have a national broadband policy in place, the president claims that not only do we have a plan, it's working spectacularly well. "That's the main conclusion of the just-released 'Network Nation: Broadband in America 2007' [PDF] report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). What's shocking about the report isn't what it covers [...], but what it leaves out: it doesn't contain a single extended discussion of the fact that the US has been slipping in a worldwide broadband rankings throughout the decade."

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