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Comment Operation freedom (Score 1) 235 235

Those people really lack diplomacy, freedom is not seem the same way everywhere in the world which makes the use of that word to have different meanings.

I don't see the US supporting the freedom in the internet to selling illegal drugs, sending spam, prostitution, DMCA, ...

Likewise is totally acceptable that other countries impose restrictions to Internet use where there is concern to that community, like to pornography until issues of age checking and privacy are addressed.

Surely China's censorship is outrageous but US needs to make a point: What exactly are you talking about? How that compares to others country sovereignty and general laws?

This kind of "freedom speech" is just for the internal audience.

Comment So ... it DOES affects the brain (Score 0, Redundant) 254 254

If this study is confirmed it should also prove that cellphones DOES affect the brain. You may not get Alzheimer but, it can, temporally or definitive, affects how your brain works. Like making bad decisions while using your cell phone or get some kind of dementia.

Comment No 3D TV in the living room (Score 1) 162 162

For a 3D TV to work properly you should use it in a dark room (with dark walls) and preferably with a big screen otherwise you'll get insane headaches.

That's because otherwise you'll perceive not just the TV flipping but the whole environment around it and your body is not just used to that.

They should release just 3D glasses with lcd (oled) monitors within the glasses, that would be much cheaper and practical.

It's also better to expect the 240Hz TVs that are scheduled to release.


Submission + - Round robin not power efficient

Via_Patrino writes: While having to distribute load between several servers, round robin, or any other technique which balances load equally, is usually the most common approach because of its simplicity. But a recent study shows that trying to accumulate load on some servers can improve energy efficiency because the other servers will be mostly unused during off-peak periods and then able to make better use of power saving methods. Specially where load involves lots of concurrent power-consuming TCP connections which was the study case when a new load balancing algorithm resulted in an overall 30% power savings.

Submission + - Google's shareholders vote against human rights->

yo_cruyff writes: Google's shareholders on advice from their board have voted down two proposals on Thursday that would have compelled the search giant to change its human rights policies, with the issue dominating the company's annual shareholder meeting. Several US-based technology companies have been criticized for their activities in China, with Google coming under fire for operating a version of its search engine that complies with China's censorship rules. Google argues that it's better for it to have a presence in the country and to offer people some information, rather than for it to not be active in China at all. However, shareholders and rights groups including Amnesty International and the office of the Comptroller of New York City continue to push Google to improve its policies in countries known for human rights abuses and limits on freedom of speech, and offered several methods for the entity that is Google to consider in order to make those improvements. Sergey Brin, cofounder and president of technology for Google, abstained from voting on either of the proposals. "I agreed with the spirit of these proposals," Brin said. But he said he didn't fully support them as they were written, and so did not want to vote for them.
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Submission + - Stealthy Windows update raises serious concerns

UniversalVM writes: What is the single biggest issue that bothers open source advocates about proprietary software? It is probably the ability of the vendor to pull stunts like this. Windows has stealthily updated components of the operating system using its update service. The update will not be flagged even if you have set up your update to notify you and only execute if permitted.
The weak explanation seems to be a great exercise in circular logic "Had we failed to update the service automatically, users would not have been able to successfully check for updates and, in turn, users would not have had updates installed automatically or received expected notifications." is reporting that all of the updated files on both XP and Vista appears to be in windows update itself. This is information that was independently uncovered by users and still not released by Microsoft.
More interestingly could this be construed as a hacking of Windows users' systems? Does the EULA specify that Microsoft has the right to silently break into my machine, change components of the operating system and ignore any settings that explicitly prohibit this sort of behavior? Seems like a good argument could be made for Microsoft breaking into a system without the users' permission.

Submission + - Impassable Northwesth Passage is open->

An anonymous reader writes: The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week, opening up the Northwest Passage — a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable. Leif Toudal Pedersen from the Danish National Space Centre said: "We have seen the ice-covered area drop to just around 3 million sq km which is about 1 million sq km less than the previous minima of 2005 and 2006. There has been a reduction of the ice cover over the last 10 years of about 100 000 sq km per year on average, so a drop of 1 million sq km in just one year is extreme.
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