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Comment: Re: No thank you (Score 1) 267

by Tazor (#48332835) Attached to: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name
Wow, you really took this way off course. First of all, midichlorian don't create the Force, they just help other races "hear" the will of the Force. Secondly, a high midichlorian count don't mean you are automatically a powerful Jedi. Qui-gon says to Anakin that when he learns to quiet his mind, then he will hear the midichlorians talk to him. So control of the Force still requires control and Focus. I will agree that we didn't need the midichlorians. They could just have said "this kid is strong in the Force, maybe even stronger than Yoda".

Comment: New definition of ironic (Score 1) 941

by Tazor (#31191810) Attached to: PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams
Cool, i learned a new definition of ironic today: "School tries to punish students for improper behavior in their homes after SPYING on them".

I'm still thinking "nah, this has to be fake" because it seems impossible that so many people went along with this and no one said "hey, this cant be right". The school should be glad that they are only getting sued, instead of being burned alive ontop of a big pile of laptops.

+ - Real-LIfe Crook-Catching Web Game Launched-> 1

Submitted by corerunner
corerunner (971136) writes "A new internet game is about to be launched which allows 'super snooper' players to plug into the nation's CCTV cameras and report on members of the public committing crimes.

The 'Internet Eyes' service involves players scouring thousands of CCTV cameras installed in shops, businesses and town centres across Britain looking for law-breakers.

Players who help catch the most criminals each month will win cash prizes up to £1,000."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Amusing story (Score 2, Informative) 1186

by Tazor (#28008099) Attached to: US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

42 miles per gallon = 17.8560357 kilometers per liter. According to Google. Sounds very doable. Your average Jap city car these days, already gets that, and more.

My 20 year old VW Golf Diesel goes 22 km/liter (and the motor is pretty worn out), so i really think that new cars should be able to top that. The Mini Cooper Diesel goes 25.6 km/liter in EU mix (thats both urban driving and freeway driving) and it is not slow either.

Comment: Re:How long will it take people to learn? (Score 1) 211

by Tazor (#27436169) Attached to: Aussie Minister Backs Down on Internet Censorship
Just because Hitler was a formal member of the Catholic Church, doesn't mean he was a Christian.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Christian as "one who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus; one who lives according to the teachings of Jesus." Wiki

One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.. are you really saying that Hitler was following the teachings of Jesus... you cant even say that about most of the Catholic priests (or many of the so-called Christians around the world)
The Courts

Supreme Court Holds Right to Bear Arms Applies to Individuals 2221

Posted by timothy
from the founders'-rolling-speed-reduced-slightly dept.
Now.Imperfect writes "In its last day of session, the Supreme Court has definitively clarified the meaning of the Second Amendment. The confusion is whether the Second Amendment allows merely for the existence of a state militia, or the private ownership of guns. This ruling is in response to a case regarding the 32-year-old Washington DC ban on guns." This is one of the most-watched Supreme Court cases in a long time, and Wikipedia's page on the case gives a good overview; the actual text of the decision (PDF) runs to 157 pages, but the holding is summarized in the first three. There are certainly other aspects of the Second Amendment left unaddressed, however, so you can't go straight to the store for a recently made automatic rifle.

Senate Hearing On Laptop Seizures At US Border 526

Posted by kdawson
from the cold-dead-fingers dept.
suitablegirl writes "As we have discussed, Customs and Border Patrol is allowed to seize and download data from laptops or electronic devices of Americans returning from abroad. At a Senate hearing tomorrow, privacy advocates and industry groups will urge the lawmakers to take action to protect the data and privacy of Americans not guilty of anything besides wanting to go home."

"Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries." -- William George Jordan