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Comment Re:Why not ... (Score 1) 306

I think you're correct in the assessment of the implications of encrypted data being fundamentally different from plaintext -- but I think that the Third-Party Doctrine would come into play as well; they aren't forcing someone to testify against themselves, they are forcing a third party to testify against you.

Submission FCC Introduces Rules to Ban firmware modification for 5ghz Wifi devices->

Nyder writes: According to, the FCC has proposed to block firmware modification for U-NII band, the 5ghz WiFi. While apparently this is meant for just the radio, is this a step towards having to run default firmware on our devices, with all the state sponsored backdoors still intact?
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Submission Ask Slasdot: Is Slashdot closed on weekends?

An anonymous reader writes: For what seems like months, no new stories show up on Saturdays or Sundays. It gets boring around here, making me go to the other rival news site more often. Need more editors or something? This is a serious question... Why no new stories on weekends?

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 265

If the hypothesis is correct then this IS NOT a "fuel-free" engine -- it's using electrons as reaction mass. The novel feature is simply the means by which they are accelerated and the fact that an accelerator isn't required to collimate the beam into a coherent stream, i.e. they don't fly off randomly in every direction as electrons normally would do upon reaching ionization potential.

Submission Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 626

“The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” -- James D. Nichols

Submission Windows 7 Activation Down - Buy Windows 8 1

fibrewire writes: I am getting hammered for license compliance issues due to users reporting that their copy of Windows is not genuine. When I use online actiavtion or call 1-888-725-1047 to activate my copy of Windows 7 Pro, I am told that "activation services are experiencing technical difficulties, please call back in 2 hours." Unfortunately I've been getting this message for several days now, and my clients are getting frustrated. Good news is that Windows 8 activation services are not experiencing this problem. Is this a ploy to force users to upgrade to Windows 8?

Submission Verizon Dropping data rates, but current customers have to call -> 1

executioner writes: n spite of Verizon Wireless’ recent boasts that it’s “a leader, not a follower,” a new announcement from the nation’s biggest wireless company shows that Big V is indeed following the competition down the path of charging customers less for their data plans. However, current Verizon subscribers will need to let the company know they want to save money (or get more data).
It’s a little confusing, so stick with us for a moment. Verizon MORE Everything customers who currently have monthly data allotments of 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB will have an option on how they want to save.They can either get more data for their money by getting 1GB of additional data per month for no extra charge OR they can have their bill reduced by $10/month.So someone with a 2GB plan is currently paying $50/month. If they take the free data option, that goes to 3GB for the same price. Or they can elect to stick with the 2GB and their data bill drops to $40/month.

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