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Comment: Re:Photo Op (Score 1) 190

by SportyGeek (#43854871) Attached to: Scientists Recover Wooly Mammoth Blood
>Beer at over 40 degrees F (4.4 degrees C) tastes bad. It doesn't matter if it is swill like ButWiper or Coors. It can be a micro brew from a hole in the wall, a mini brew from a (growing) company like Deschutes, a small brewery like Mac-n-Jack's near Seattle or whatever. If it is warm, it tastes like crap. This statement just shows you don't know what you're talking about. Below 40f is considered very cold and is general good for a pale lager, but not much else. Even Guinness recommends serving at 6-7c (http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/faqs.aspx#faq23).

Comment: Re:So Iran's standards then? (Score 1) 697

by SportyGeek (#31087000) Attached to: Appeals Court Rules On Internet Obscenity Standards

"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that online content can be judged by the standards of the strictest community that is able to access it. The court upheld the conviction of pornography producer Paul F. Little, aka Max Hardcore, for violating obscenity laws in Tampa, despite the fact that the 'obscene' material in question was produced and sold in California. From the article: 'The Atlanta-based court rejected arguments by Little's attorneys that applying a local community standard to the Internet violates the First Amendment because doing so means material can be judged according to the standards of the strictest communities. In other words, the materials might be legal where they were produced and almost everywhere else. But if they violate the standards of one community, they are illegal in that community and the producers may be convicted of a crime. ... Jurors in Little's trial were told to judge the materials on the basis of how "the average person of the community as a whole — the Middle District of Florida" — would view the material.'"

Emphasis mine. Maybe the summary is different than the one you read earlier, but the summary above is fine. The summary shouldn't have to define how (US) circuit courts work in regards to geographics boundaries and courthouse locations.

Science

Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Posted by timothy
from the ice-tractor-cometh dept.
Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Comment: Re:Easy come.... easy go.... (Score 1) 450

by SportyGeek (#30651272) Attached to: INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

This is really a change of a default assumption than freedom to do anything without penalty. If INTERPOL starts going crazy, it only takes a presidential signature to take this exception back.

No one is taking this exception back, it was granted in the first place.

The question might be why was this ever granted in the first place? Easy - the government wants to make it easier to hunt terrorists on U.S. soil or any other citizen not following the rules. This basically allows to the U.S. government to go and ask interpol to conduct unconstitutional activities on U.S. soil and report their findings. Clap, fail.

Ah, the whole point was to allow INTERPOL the opportunity to hunt terrorists on US soil! I guess that's why the same immunities were given to the Red Cross, IMF, WTO, etc. BTW, INTERPOL doesn't conduct investigations in the way you you imagine.

List of International organizations designated by executive order as public international organizations entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions, and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act (this subchapter)

Science

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

Posted by timothy
from the concealed-carry-in-australian-waters dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"

Comment: Re:Sun Java System Directory Server (Score 1) 409

by SportyGeek (#26512679) Attached to: Best FOSS Active Directory Alternative?
I've looked at the option, but I've had trouble finding adequate information. The problem is that the ldap client in Solaris does not require the plain-text password and I'm not sure if setting up certs will require that the whole system be changed to accommodate linux hosts. I guess I'll just have to read more about it :)

Comment: Re:Sun Java System Directory Server (Score 2, Interesting) 409

by SportyGeek (#26503371) Attached to: Best FOSS Active Directory Alternative?
There's a nasty little caveat to using linux clients to authenticate securely to Sun's LDAP server: if you're using a proxy account for authentication, you need to place a plaintext file (ldap.conf, I believe) so that it can be read (cannot use a hash). I've still yet to figure out a workaround to prevent the need to place the password in plaintext where the only thing I can do is chmod 400 the file.

I would love to be demonstrated otherwise, if someone knows :)
Microsoft

Creative Capitalism Gets Microsoft $528M Tax Break 545

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-good-for-them dept.
NewsCloud writes "Microsoft makes products in Washington but records software sales to PC makers and high-volume customers through an operation in Nevada, where there is no corporate tax. So Washington has missed out on more than half a billion in taxes; revenue it could use for badly needed infrastructure needs — such as the needed replacement of the 520 bridge which connects Seattle ... to Microsoft. Reported by Slashdot in 2004, the numbers have increased with the company's growth to approx. $76M in savings last year alone. The author questions the legality of the practice given Microsoft's 35,500+ employees and 11.2 million square feet of real estate in Washington state."

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