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Comment: Re:Be careful what you wish for... (Score 1) 735

by ToasterofDOOM (#35757036) Attached to: Tennessee Bill Helps Teachers Challenge Evolution
This is exactly what I thought. In theory it allows science teachers to teach science freely but, of course, it will be used by many science teachers to proselytize schoolchildren. I'm glad when I was in school evolution was taught as science and not preached. ID deserves nothing past a mention in a SCIENCE classroom, not because it is harmful or silly, just because it is not SCIENCE. Secondly, as a practicing Baptist in Georgia, I have been able to reconcile my faith with evolution (and the Big Bang for that matter.) I honestly hate how some people (a loud minority in my experience) feel the need to invent conflict.

Comment: Re:Setup (Score 1) 156

by ToasterofDOOM (#33815330) Attached to: Gaming Mouse Changes Shape For a Custom Fit
Best feature of this mouse appears to be the cord. I love all the razer mice I've used but with friends we've lost at least 3 to frayed cords. There's probably another issue there but honestly that detail really pleases me. As for the mouse as a whole ... I'll have to try it to pass judgment, until then it looks absolutely ridiculous.
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+ - Microsoft Tax is 1/3 Price of French Laptop-> 1

Submitted by kripkenstein
kripkenstein (913150) writes "According to a recent court case in France, almost one third of the cost of a particular Acer laptop goes to Microsoft, while another portion goes to other software vendors:

The total of 311.85 euros of the overall purchase price of the notebook of 599 euros [...] was made up of 135.20 euros for Windows XP Home, 60 euros for Microsoft Works, 40.99 euros for PowerDVD, 38.66 euros for Norton Antivirus and 37 euros for NTI CD Maker.
In the ruling, Acer was forced to refund the cost of the software, which the purchaser returned and did not want. If this price ratio is representative of other computers, is the 'Windows Tax' even worse than previously speculated, especially with more expensive Microsoft OSes such as XP Professional or Vista Home Premium and above?"

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Security

+ - Government sale of used storage tapes not a risk?-> 1

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "There is little risk of the government exposing personal data or state secrets by reselling its used magnetic storage tapes, the General Accounting Office reported today. The Federal Government is the largest user of magnetic tape in the world snapping up one million reels annually, experts say and a large secondary market that buys and resells thee tapes has grown up around it. Critics say federal agencies are selling used magnetic tapes containing sensitive government data to companies which then resell them to the general public. Congress too has been concerned that magnetic tapes containing sensitive government data have become available to the public. The GAO report says there is no general legal requirement that the government erase all data on all magnetic tapes before disposing of them. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/19807"
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Jack Thompson's Violent Game Bill Signed Into Law 368

Posted by Zonk
from the happy-day-for-media-savvy-lawyers dept.
simoniker writes "Louisiana Democratic Representative Roy Burrell's HB1381 bill, covering violent videogames, has been signed into law by Governor Kathleen Blanco. The law takes effect immediately, the latest in a very long line of video game-related bills specific to one U.S. State. The measure proposed by HB 1381, which was drafted with the help of controversial Florida attorney and anti-game activist Jack Thompson, allows a judge to rule on whether or not a videogame meets established criteria for being inappropriate for minors and be subsequently pulled from store shelves. A person found guilty of selling such a game to a minor would face fines ranging from $100 to $2,000, plus a prison term of up to one year. Needless to say, the ESA will likely be mounting a legal challenge to this bill in the very near future."

Top 5 Reasons People Dismiss PostgreSQL 704

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the dispell-rank-2006 dept.
Jane Walker writes "In an effort to dispel some of the FUD surrounding this impressive product, this article puts forth several of the most commonplace reasons for a user to dismiss PostgreSQL." From the article: "While PostgreSQL's adoption rate continues to accelerate, some folks wonder why that rate isn't even steeper given its impressive array of features. One can speculate that many of the reasons for not considering its adoption tend to be based on either outdated or misinformed sources."

Researchers Make Gasoline From Cow Dung 201

Posted by Zonk
from the something-stinks-about-this dept.
McDrewbie writes "Yahoo! News has an article about Japanese researchers extracting a small amount of gasoline from 3.5oz of cow dung. The process uses application of high heat and pressure. Hopefully, when more information is released, we can find out how much energy it takes to produce this gasoline and how energy efficient the process is."

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