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Comment Re:Finally... (Score 1) 505

Personally, I have never found Firefox to be that much of a memory hog. Sure, I do eventually start having problems with it climbing up to half a gig and slowing down, but I have 4gb of memory, and I leave it running for weeks at a time on my machine without closing it. When it acts up I just close it and restart it and I am good to go. I also often find myself with 20+ tabs open.

Comment Re:It's not the eye color screening that bugs me (Score 1) 847

I think the next stage in human evolution is human driven evolution. We are reached a point where we will soon be able to do a better job than natural evolution and I believe that is our destiny. If I were to choose to procreate, I would like to be able to design my kid from the ground up and make them into a superhuman. Wait, isn't this just a natural conclusion to what all good parents want? Their kids to be the best, brightest, and most successful?

Comment Re:It's not the eye color screening that bugs me (Score 1) 847

I am absolutely one of those people. I hate the idea that everyone has the "right" to procreate. That would be true if their brood were kept away from actual people, but unfortunately they aren't they are "yanked up" in a ridiculous manner, and then set upon the rest of us. And the prison systems are full of them. As long as we continue to allow morons that shouldn't be licensed to drive to procreate, our society will continue to breed reality tv watching idiots.

As for who will take care of me later? When I am too old to take care of myself, I will die. And that will be the end of me. Few will remember me, and fewer will care. That is fine with me.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 109

"Cultured reading material." Bores me to tears. I would rather read something fun, like John Scalzi's stuff. Oh and Alastair Reynolds. Stephen Baxter, Peter Hamilton, Steven Kent (a newcomer, wrote the military sci-fi books about the clone, Wayson Harris). Yea, give me some sci-fi over that old stuff any day. :)

Comment Re:Duh. (Score 1) 1601

No. I wish I could be more specific, but people in this country are generally pretty stupid. A fair number of them voted for Obama entirely based upon the color of his skin or because he was as far removed from George Bush as you could get in this election. Obama promised to prop up the people in this country who do not contribute their fair share, that just take and take, and don't even try to better themselves. He didn't promise to help them get trained, to get jobs. No, it was based upon such stupid ideas as stealing people's 401k assets, and making the people that already carry the lion's share of the burden in this country to do yet more. While the people who sit back and don't even try can get more for doing nothing.

The election of Obama is a tragedy. I guess the people spoke. The Republicans threw this election purposefully if you ask me.

Star Wars Prequels

LucasArts, Bioware Announce Star Wars MMO 346

LucasArts and Bioware held a press conference today to confirm what has been suspected for a long time: they're working on a Star Wars MMO. It will be called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it will be a continuation of the Knights of the Old Republic franchise. Further coverage is available at Gamespot, and IGN has some of the concept art. An official website for the game was launched as well. "According to the game's official announcement, Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader, with the galaxy divided by war between the Empire and the Sith. That's about 300 years after the events of KotOR, a time frame that, according to Zeschuk, 'is completely unexplored in the lore.' Players can take the role of either a Jedi, a Sith or other classic Star Wars characters -- and, as perhaps can be expected from BioWare, Muzyka says story will be a major component, underlying and driving all of the player's actions."
Hardware Hacking

Coating a Motherboard In Thermal Resin? 272

Bat Country writes "I've had an idea in the back of my head for some time (and I'm surely not the only one) that it would be a worthwhile project to coat a motherboard in thermally conductive electrically insulating resin — complete with all of its various components — for the purpose of immersion, shock resistance, whatever. I'm curious to find out if anyone's undertaken a similar project or if it's known to be a shockingly bad idea (due to shrinkage during the curing process) already. Thoughts?" If you've done anything similar (even an experiment that failed), how did you go about it?

Don't Share That Law! It's Copyrighted 481

Nathan Halverson writes "California claims copyright to its laws, and warns people not to share them. And that's not sitting right with Internet gadfly, and open-access hero, Carl Malamud. He has spent the last couple months scanning tens of thousands of pages containing city, county and state laws — think building codes, banking laws, etc. Malamud wants California to sue him, which is almost a given if the state wants to continue claiming copyright. He thinks a federal court will rule in his favor: It is illegal to copyright the law since people are required to know it. Malamud helped force the SEC to put corporate filings online in 1994, and did the same with the patent office. He got the Smithsonian to loosen its claim of copyright, CSPAN to stop forbidding people from sharing its videos, and most recently Oregon to quit claiming copyright on state laws." Malamud's talk at Google ("All the Government's Information") is also well worth watching.

Ghostbusters Is First Film Released On USB Key 448

arcticstoat writes "Are you the USB keymaster? You could be soon if you pick up PNY's new 2GB USB flashdrive, which comes pre-loaded with Ghostbusters. A spokesperson for PNY explained that it comes with a form of DRM that prevents you from copying the movie. 'They have DRM protection,' explained the spokesperson, 'so customers can download the movie onto their laptop or PC if they wish, but they have to have the USB drive plugged in to watch the movie, as the DRM is locked in the USB drive.' The music industry has been playing around with USB flash drives for a few years now, but it hasn't been a massive success yet; will USB movies fare any better?"

The Future of ReiserFS 459

lisah writes "With the announcement of Hans Reiser's arrest this week, many people have been wondering what this will mean for his company, Namesys, and the future of his filesystem work. According to a report at, employees at Namesys are circling their wagons and plan to continue working on the project 'in the short term.' One employee admits, 'we are rather shaken and stressed at the moment, although I cannot say we didn't see it coming.'"

The GIF Format is Finally Patent-Free 369

tonymercmobily writes "Not many people noticed that the GIF file format is only now free from patents, as of the 1st of October 2006. Quick recap: first in 1999 Unisys tried to extort money from users and developers. Then, in 2003 the world hoped that the saga would finally be over. Then, in 2004, it was IBM's turn. Now, the SAGA seems to be over for real! Does anybody find Unisys' page on GIF as hilarious as I do...?"

House Approves Warrantless Wiretapping 733

inKubus writes to mention an AP article about the approval of a warrantless wiretapping bill by the house. The legislation's goal would be to legitimize the wiretapping program President Bush previously authorized, with a few new restrictions. Despite this victory for the President, "Leaders concede that differences between the versions are so significant they cannot reconcile them into a final bill that can be delivered to Bush before the Nov. 7 congressional elections. The Senate also could vote on a similar bill before Congress recesses at the end of the week. For its part, the White House announced it strongly supported passage of the House version but wasn't satisfied with it, adding that the administration 'looks forward to working with Congress to strengthen the bill as it moves through the legislative process.'"

Anything cut to length will be too short.