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Comment Re:Lucky it was the police (Score 1) 636

Ok let me give you two situations to think about.

House #1

You are told that there is one million dollars in the house down the street. The owner is an anti-gun activist and goes out every Friday night for several hours. He also has no security system and the money is simply lying under a mattress.

House #2

You are told that there is one million dollars in the house down the street. The owner is a card carrying member of the NRA and goes to the rifle range every other weekend. He owns several pistols and a shotgun that you know about. He also has a concealed weapons permit.


Let me preface this, IANAT(I am not a thief); however if I was desperately short on money and I knew of house #1, I would be at least tempted to take some money from there. However knowing what I know about house #2 would completely deter me from any thought of theft. To summarize the extent of the possible consequences determines the number of people willing to commit crimes.

I know I chose two extreme side of the situation, but I believe at the same time they exemplify the ideology that exists in human beings. We are a selfish people, and with that selfishness comes a desire to live. If we know that by violating someone else's rights we will endanger ourselves, we tend to behave. If that isn't enought deterant then typically these are the people that would shoot you anyways if they found you in the home they were robbing. I'm not saying you should sneak up on someone robbing your home and shoot him in the back. But if I approached someone who was robbing my home, told them to freeze and they made any sudden motions, I would not hesitate to shoot them.

My grandfather had a system for dealing with anyone who might break into his home. He had a 45 loaded by his bed. The first shell was bird shot. The second was hollow point. Just in case you need a breakdown of what that does, bird shot could kill him but most likely would just hurt like hell; hollow point would kill him. Basically you should use the necessary force required to protect yourself and your property. Any more than necessary is wrong but I don't believe it should be a punishable offense. The thief took his life into his own hands by wronging another person. If he is in your house uninvited he should expect to be removed from your property anyway you deem necessary.


Submission + - Credit Cards Cut Off Gas Purchases

frankShook writes: "Paul Brisgone of Oxford, Pa shares his pain with filling up the 32-gallon tank in his Ford F-150 pickup. From the article: "When I can go 400 miles a day, it inconveniences me if I need a full tank of gas and can't get one,"

Apparently, PA gas stations are setting a limit on a single gasoline purchase (I've seen it myself). Check out the full story at 007/06/15/financial/f110628D50.DTL&feed=rss.busine ss"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - E for All = R for Ripoff

gm3r_ch!ck writes: It appears that there are still plenty of E for All tickets to go around, despite the advance ticket notice that was sent out several weeks ago. My friend and I received e-mails today regarding the E for All "Father's Day rate", which was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than the advanced rate. Here's a GameDaily link to the news. Signing up for the E for All site reveals that the Saturday/Sunday pass that originally cost $65 during "advance" ticket sales is now $40. This did indeed cause my friend and I to ignite into fits of rage, as our hard-earned greenbacks could have been spent elsewhere (i.e. on my WoW subscription). So what else does an enraged gamer do but send a nasty-gram to the event organizers? Read on:

Mr. Feely and Ms. McCormack, Several weeks ago, your E for All website sent out e-mails encouraging people to "hurry up" and buy advance tickets to the event, implying that more money would be saved by purchasing online versus at the door of the expo, and that demand would be so high that to not buy tickets early meant missing out on the event. Imagine my surprise to see an e-mail this week advertising a "Father's Day rate" for tickets to your event; the rate is, of course, SIGNIFICANTLY less than what was charged for your so-called "advance tickets". As a consumer, avid gamer, and typical hard-working American, I am disgusted and appalled by the lack of organization and forethought being put into this "E for All" event. Clearly, you do not have the interests of the buying public in mind when you are doing all that you can to snatch extra funds from our pockets. Needless to say, your little scam WILL be /.'ed so that people who have not yet been suckered by your ploy can spend their greenbacks on more worthwhile, less costly pursuits.

My advice? Put the cash you would've spent on E for All toward the next Halo 3 or a copy of Guitar'll get a much better return on your investment. Oh, and if you want to get some of that ranting goodness for your own, I suggest e-mailing the people at IDG.

Submission + - Microsoft Signs Deal with Linspire->

Spamicles writes: "Microsoft announced it will license instant messaging and digital media technology to Linspire, adding to a growing number of deals that are meant to assist the Windows operating system work more smoothly with open source software. The deal comes as a bit of a surprise as the two companies have clashed in the past. Microsoft cost Linspire $20 million to switch its original name, Lindows, to Linspire under a trademark infringement settlement. Kevin Carmony, the Linspire CEO, said that settling the trademark lawsuit took care of any problems between the two companies."
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Feed Beat-Fingerprint-Security-By-Cutting-Off-Finger Trick No Longer Viable, Thanks T->

It's becoming less unusual for devices like laptops, and even mobile phones, to feature fingerprint scanners for secure access. The idea is that only the owner's fingerprint can unlock the device, so if it's stolen, it will be useless to a thief. This tends to help with most of your garden-variety theft, but as anybody who's watched a few action movies knows, fingerprint-based systems don't pose a problem for the really motivated thief, who can simply cut off their victim's finger and use it to access the device or secret lair or whatever. Cue some researchers from Sony, who will have screenwriters scrambling for a rewrite: they've come up with a system doesn't use fingerprints, but rather an image of the capillaries (via Network Computing) beneath the skin of a person's finger. The pattern in the image can only be captured when blood is pumping through the finger in question, so severing it from the rest of the victim would render it useless. Of course, this does little to stop thieves from beating their victims senseless, or otherwise "motivating" them to unlock the system with their finger, but hey, at least they get to keep their digits.
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The Internet

Submission + - What Your Web-Browser Says About You->

Rea Maor writes: "Internet Explorer 6 and below Your son-in-law set up your computer for you on a Thanksgiving weekend, and you haven't had the nerve to try to change anything. The computer is so virus-infested, if it ever does what you tell it to any more, it's a miracle.

Internet Explorer 7 You're content to shuffle along with the herd. They usually know the best thing to do, that's why they're a herd. You're relieved that transparent PNGs finally don't have a blue box around them, and these tab thingies are just great, but you're still troubled by this rumor that browsers can have extensions and themes. Blasphemy!

Firefox You're actually one step ahead of the curve, and are smugly proud of yourself. As long as your PCs memory chips don't actually catch fire and you don't run the rest of your operating system at the same time as Firefox, you'll do fine. Since Firefox has enough bloat to actually be the rest of your operating system, that's a minor point.

Ice Weasel Congratulations; you have taken sides in one of the pettiest web flame-wars ever. You might also spend a due amount of time correcting people on the difference between Internet and World Wide Web, or the difference between Linux and GNU/Linux or the difference between Mac OS and OS X. You would not pass up the opportunity to point out a grammatical error, even if you were running away from a bomb.

Flock You'll download anything, won't you? To you, the web was never anything but social. You are so driven to be on the cutting edge, that most of us never hear from you, because by the time some place is two days old it's no longer cool enough to hang out in.

Opera You're actually one of the few who are elite without being so insufferable about pointing it out to people. You actually like to look at web pages that were rendered correctly instead of looking like they've been through the blender. You don't care about frills and features. It's a web browser, not an operating system, dammit!

Safari Your son-in-law set up your iMac for you on a Thanksgiving weekend, and you haven't had the nerve to try to change anything. Besides, it's so shiny, it works great, and you never have problems. You do spend a bit much time complaining about the lack of media files in Quicktime format, however."

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Submission + - HDMI Enabled Graphics Cards Debut

TrackinYeti writes: "HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), is the first industry supported digital-only interface, that requires a single cable to connect an output source to an HD-ready device, such as a television or monitor and deliver HD video, plus multi-channel digital audio, like Dolby Digital and DTS. Recently, Asus Computer released versions of their GeForce 7600 and Radeon X1600 cards with HDMI outputs on them, driven by an on-board Sil1930 controller. These are some of the first graphics cards to hit the market that can output HDMI natively with an integrated HDCP cipher engine and support HD-audio as well."
The Courts

Submission + - SEC charges 3 hackers with securities fraud

nbauman writes: "The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in Nebraska charging 3 Indian nationals with a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the prices of at least 14 securities with other people's online brokerage accounts. Between July and November 2006, Jaisankar Marimuthu, Chockalingam Ramanathan and Thirugnanam Ramanathan hijacked online brokerage accounts using stolen usernames and passwords. They acquired securities positions in their own accounts, placed buy orders at above-market prices in the hacked accounts, and sold the positions in their own accounts at inflated prices. They made profits of at least $121,500. Online broker-dealers lost at least $875,000. Securities fraud carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. The government will seek extradition to Nebraska. 0037.htm SEC v. Jaisankar Marimuthu, Chockalingam Ramanathan and Thirugnanam Ramanathan, Civil Action No. 8:07CV94 (D. Neb.)"

Submission + - The Battle of Media Centers for Linux

LNXPhreak writes: " has an outlook on various media center applications that are available for Linux. "At the end of this examination, I can only conclude that what is stopping people from working off of existing projects must be related to the framework that is involved or perhaps even the style in which the original set of ideas were first put together. Regardless of why, it seems like a shame and possibly someday, we will find a way to overcome this duplication of efforts."

Submission + - why exercise boosts brainpower

aditi writes: CNN reports that exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss.
Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice — and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise.They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise.

Homemade Cell Phone Call Blocker? 245

G)-(ostly asks: "Recently, I've been plagued by a number of calls that were mis-dialed to my cell phone. They're particularly annoying because, being on a cell phone, the wrong number calls follow me everywhere as opposed to just being ignored in an empty house during the day. Verizon, of course, has scripted their drones to claim they can't do anything about it except change the number (or we can turn off the phone), which of course probably wouldn't change anything since we'd just get different mis-dials. However, since it's in my possession, would it be possible to build a software package that could be used to 'screen' unwanted numbers right on the phone? If so, how would one even begin to find APIs for phones, or load the software, once built, onto it?" How long do you figure it will take phone makers to recognize the need for this feature?

"Can you program?" "Well, I'm literate, if that's what you mean!"