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Comment Re:Not a parody. A love letter. (Score 1) 87

In TOS, there were a number of plot holes (e.g. in "Balance of Terror", Spock hitting a button that causes a beeper to go off, alerting the Romulan ship--this ignores the fact that sound doesn't travel in a vacuum).

While the sentiment may be correct, I have to disagree with the example.

While it's true that sound doesn't travel through space, even archaic 20th Century technology like laser microphone would detect Spock's beep. While it's true that the cloaked Romulan probably wouldn't be using such an active sensor, there could be a legitimate way of detecting such vibrations passively. Indeed it might be exactly these types of vibrations that the show refers to every time Spock says something like "I'm [not] detecting any life signs, captain". So that particular example is well within the framework of the Trek canon.

Comment Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 4, Informative) 234

Anonymity plus rape accusations will equal lawsuits and destroyed lives.

Actually, if you RTFA (I know, this is /., why would you?), you'll see that a student cannot accuse anonymously.

They can either non-anonymously report the event to the authorities using the system, or they can record details but not report. If they choose to record, and someone else makes an accusation on the same person, the system will then allow the student to non-anonymously report.

Comment Re:People CHOOSE to work for Amazon (Score 1) 331

what business is it of ours, what they ask of people willing to work for them?

It's our business where we chose to spend our money. Some of us look beyond price and convenience, towards moral and ethical issues. It's our business because it informs our conscience and allows us to make better informed decisions about where we do business.

Comment Re:Uprising? (Score 1) 331

Starting off by fucking with the title tells me they have no interest in actually bringing the book to the screen, which is a real pisser, because it's one of my favorite books and it would make a great movie.

By that logic, I guess the publisher had no interest in bringing the story to print, seeing that Heinlein's original was called The Brass Cannon and the publisher "fucked with the title" as you so eloquently put it.

Submission + - Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots-> 1

schwit1 writes: Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

Marriott has been operating the center since 2012, and is believed to have been running its interruption scheme since then. The first complaint to the FCC, however, wasn't until March 2013, when one guest warned the Commission that they suspected their hardware had been jammed.

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Comment Re:This is going to end so well for them! (Score 1) 147

And on top of that, they don't cut you off, they just throttle you.

The point is, though, that T-Mobile sells unlimited data to everyone, and what they charge extra for is unlimited 4G LTE data. So if you're being throttled, you're not getting the 4G speed you paid extra for.

Open Source

Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU 136

First time accepted submitter PotatoHead (12771) writes "This is a big win for Open Hardware Proponents! The Parallax Propeller Microcontroller VERILOG code was released today, and it's complete! Everything you need to run Open Code on an Open CPU design. This matters because you can now build a device that is open hardware, open code all the way down to the CPU level! Either use a product CPU, and have access to its source code to understand what and how it does things, or load that CPU onto a suitable FPGA and modify it or combine it with your design."

Submission + - Google Lowers Search Ranking of Websites That Don't Use Encryption->

itwbennett writes: Google is taking Internet security into its own hands, punishing sites that don't use encryption by giving them lower search rankings. The use of https is now one of the signals, like whether a Web page has unique content, that Google uses to determine where a site will appear in search rankings, although it will be a 'lightweight' signal and applies to about 1 percent of search queries now, wrote Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes, both Google webmaster trends analysts, in a blog post.
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Comment Computer Gaming Gaming (Score 5, Informative) 82

...the world's first magazine dedicated to gaming...

Okay, I'm being pedantic here, but this is one of my pet peeves. "Computer Gaming" is not Gaming. It is a lesser thing--a subset of the greater whole.

This was not the first gaming magazine-- Games magazine came out in 1977 and The Dragon was in 1976. Both of these magazines were dedicated to gaming (with Games being the more general use of that term).

Don't even get me started on calling computer games RPGs.

Submission + - Indian space agency prototypes its first crew capsule->

sixsigma1978 writes: India is about to take one small step towards human space flight. Last week the country’s space agency unveiled a prototype of its first crew capsule, a 4-metre-high module designed to carry two people into low Earth orbit.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning a test flight for later this year – even though it still awaits government approval and funding for a human space-flight programme. The unpiloted capsule will fly on the maiden launch of a new type of rocket that would otherwise have carried a dummy payload.

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