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Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad 414

Posted by timothy
from the you-have-your-opinion-I-have-mine dept.
First time accepted submitter oyenamit writes "Ars Technica reported a while back that FAA is going to reconsider the ban on use of electronic gadgets during take-off and landing. If this ban is revoked, you will be free to use your gizmos for an additional 30 minutes or so. Peter Bright has an interesting take on why lifting of the ban may not be such a good idea."

Comment: Re:I want one! (Score 1) 85

by _Stryker (#34774336) Attached to: MIT Media Lab Researcher Prints Playable Flute
The page you link to doesn't seem to agree:

Warning: Please note that the 3D printing materials we use for manufacturing the designs make the products suitable only for decorative purposes and they are not suited for any other purpose. The products are not suited to be used as toys, to be given to children. The products should not come in contact with electricity or food & drink and should be kept away from any heat sources.

+ - EFF Wins New DMCA Exceptions->

Submitted by rdnetto
rdnetto (955205) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions today, carving out new legal protections for consumers who modify their cell phones and artists who remix videos — people who, until now, could have been sued for their non-infringing or fair use activities."
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The Courts

+ - 16 Years Jail For Videotaping Police?->

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) writes "The ACLU of Maryland is defending Anthony Graber, who potentially faces sixteen years in prison if found guilty of violating state wiretap laws because he recorded video of an officer drawing a gun during a traffic stop. ... Once [the Maryland State Police] learned of the video on YouTube, Graber's parents house was raided, searched, and four of his computers were confiscated. Graber was arrested, booked and jailed. Their actions are a calculated method of intimidation. Another person has since been similarly charged under the same statute. The wiretap law being used to charge Anthony Graber is intended to protect private communication between two parties. According to David Rocah, the ACLU attorney handling Mr. Graber's case, "To charge Graber with violating the law, you would have to conclude that a police officer on a public road, wearing a badge and a uniform, performing his official duty, pulling someone over, somehow has a right to privacy when it comes to the conversation he has with the motorist.""
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Comment: Re:Why do the vendors have a say? (Score 1) 640

by _Stryker (#28574751) Attached to: Browser Vendors Force W3C To Scrap HTML 5 Codecs
I think you need to check your facts when it comes to possible submarine patents related to MPEG: MPEG-2 FAQ

Q: Are all MPEG-2 essential patents included? A: No assurance is or can be made that the License includes every essential patent. The purpose of the License is to offer a convenient licensing alternative to everyone on the same terms and to include as much essential intellectual property as possible for their convenience. Participation in the License is voluntary on the part of essential patent holders, however.

So each implementer is still on the hook if a new patent holder pops up.

Idle

+ - Is Tux moonlighting? Or did he get laid off?->

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hsjones
hsjones writes "So this evening I'm driving by a convenience store in Gainesville, Florida, when my daughter Guinevere (now 6 yrs. old) suddenly blurts out, "Hey! That store has a Novell penguin!" I figured it was just some picture of a penguin that maybe kinda looked like the Novell Tux that used to sit on my desk. We love penguins (who doesn't?) — especially Linux penguins — so I backed up to investigate. My jaw dropped. It was Tux! Not just sorta-kinda Tux, but the real, official Larry Ewing-drawn Tux, faithfully reproduced — four times! — in roughly 2.5 foot treatments on the walls above the beverage coolers and "Beer Cave"."
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Software

Symantec Support Gone Rogue? 268

Posted by Soulskill
from the less-than-helpful dept.
DigitalDame2 writes "PCMag Security Analyst Neil Rubenking has always praised Symantec's tech support. Lately, though, a number of readers have reported problems with chat support, so he investigated. Rubenking was trying to install Norton 360 version 3.0 on a malware-infested system when the computer crashed with a blue screen error. He connected with Symantec tech support and was told that they could fix the problem, but for a fee of $100! (Here is the transcript and screen-captures of the chat.) Even more, Symantec support suggested that he use a malware-removal tool that wasn't even made by Symantec."

Comment: Re:Abroad? (Score 1) 386

by _Stryker (#26246681) Attached to: Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?
I went to Sweden as an exchange student through ISEP (International Student Exchange Program). I attended the University of Karlstad. I ended up liking it so much there that I ended up staying for four years, I even finished by degrees there.

Here are some of the current Computer Science classes being taught in English

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