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Censorship

Zero Errors? Spamhaus Flubs Causing Domain Deletions 170

Posted by timothy
from the damn-yankers dept.
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: After I sent 10 new proxy sites to my (confirmed-opt-in) mailing list, two of them ended up on one of Spamhaus's blacklists, and as a result, all 10 domains were disabled by the domain registrar, so the sites disappeared from the Web. Did you even know this could happen?"

Comment: yes, fly by wire downed the plane... (Score 4, Informative) 319

by bigmaddog (#39836981) Attached to: Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster
Did the same person write the title and the summary of this story? Fly by wire has nothing to do with the control stick and everything to do with how the control inputs are sent to the control surfaces; some control schemes simply permit some cockpit/stick design decisions that in turn led to what the story is actually talking about... Though, you know, I think they should go back to lever & cable systems, then the pilot wouldn't be able to stall the aircraft because he'd never be able to exert enough force to pitch up. :P
Sony

+ - Sony Releases Statement Regarding PSN Hack->

Submitted by laxguy
laxguy (1179231) writes "Sony has released a statement regarding the compromise of their PlayStation Network.
"Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. " No word yet on the number of compromised accounts or the security of credit card numbers."

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Science

All Languages Linked To Common Source 318

Posted by Soulskill
from the mitochondrial-chomsky dept.
Old Wolf writes "A New Zealand evolutionary psychologist, Quentin Atkinson, has created a scientific sensation by claiming to have discovered the mother of all mother tongues. 'Dr Atkinson took 504 languages and plotted the number of phonemes in each (corrected for recent population growth, when significant) against the distance between the place where the language is spoken and 2,500 putative points of origin, scattered across the world (abstract). The relationship that emerges suggests the actual point of origin is in central or southern Africa, and that all modern languages do, indeed, have a common root." Reader NotSanguine points out another study which challenges the idea that the brain is more important to the structure of language than cultural evolution.

Comment: Re:Star Wars (Score 1) 1200

by Stunning Tard (#35460862) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

R2D2 simply refuses to speak anything other than astromech droid because he's elitist/racist/facist. Same goes for all the astromech droids. Every time they tried to fix the 'bug' they'd get a droid that sabatoges shit instead of fix it so they gave up. Now go rewatch the original trilogy enlightened. If we could understand them it would probably be a never-ending stream of rants on how george lucas fucks up every computer related scene in his movies.

Comment: Re:Sadism (Score 1) 126

by Stunning Tard (#35289600) Attached to: The Psychology of Horror In Video Games and Movies

How about video of people being murdered in Lybia, you sicko? In all seriousness, I know it's newsworthy but nobody wants to watch stuff like this. I didn't hit play on any of these but if the captions are at all accurate: EXTREMELY NSFW
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-22/libya-protests-shocking-photos-and-video/

Crime

Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers? 483

Posted by Soulskill
from the bonus-points-if-it-catches-texters dept.
cbraescu1 writes "I live in a city with a population in the millions (someplace in the Middle East; the country is not important), and I am mad as hell. The car traffic is going from bad to worse, and I'm sick of all the car accidents that keep happening (we have one of the biggest accident and mortality rates per km of road or per 1,000 vehicles). I just witnessed a car accident a few hours ago, and in the last few months I've given first aid at two other car accidents, all happening within 500 meters of each other. Today's victims escaped alive, but the motorcycle driver who was responsible fled and the police weren't equipped to catch him. There are laws, but not much willingness to enforce them, and no traffic lights at all. After speaking with some of my friends, we decided to take the issue into our own hands: build a traffic radar system able to capture a vehicle's speed, install it at our own expense, and share the generated penalties with the city government (all subject of their approval, of course). We want to start on the main avenue (more than 15 km) and to 'roll' the income from the penalties into covering new streets (so that perpetrators will basically finance the system). We're not rich and we will not ask for our money back. We just need to make the system start and we're confident the penalty fees will cover its spread. So, I'm asking Slashdot: what would be a workable way to build such a system? It must withstand drivers claiming the system is cheating, high temperatures, high levels of humidity, and crappy electricity. Any suggestions would be appreciated. This is about technology saving lives — literally."

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