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Comment: Easy Fix (Score 0) 104

by bigspring (#44875657) Attached to: Preventing Cheating At Hackathons
I think when this sort of event is for pride, then whatever, but when cash prizes get involved I can see why the people giving the prizes would want the rules followed. I feel like the obvious way to do this is to have each participant use software that does regular screen captures that can be reviewed by judges if they feel like there was anything goofy going on. I know that privacy is a concern, but in that case participants could feel free to turn it off while not working or at least commit to not producing any work in other screens.

+ - Record Company Imaginary Sales->

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Master Moose (1243274) writes "Boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao (who won his PPV bout with Antonio Margarito last weekend) has just been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit by RBM Group International in L.A. County Superior Court. Apparently Pacquiao signed a contract in 2009 to record 12 songs for the label but never fulfilled his obligations, and kept a $40K advance they gave him on recording. BRM claims they lost $200K out of pocket and $10 million in revenues they would have received from the album.

To me I only see $40k as being lost (with maybe a few man hours of work) but $10 Million?"

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+ - Upton: I'll Block Net Rules Even If FCC Has Author->

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ProEJockey
ProEJockey writes "Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) reiterated his opposition to FCC net neutrality rules and said that opposition holds whether or not the FCC has the legal authority to do so.

"I will block the FCC from regulating the Internet," he headlined item number five in his itemized pledge for what he would do as chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee (he is battling current ranking member Joe Barton (R-Tex.) for the post)."

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+ - Link Between Weird Quantum Phenomena

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have uncovered a fundamental link between the two defining properties of quantum physics. Stephanie Wehner of Singapore's Centre for Quantum Technologies and the National University of Singapore and Jonathan Oppenheim of the United Kingdom's University of Cambridge published their work today in the latest edition of the journal Science. The result is being heralded as a dramatic breakthrough in our basic understanding of quantum mechanics and provides new clues to researchers seeking to understand the foundations of quantum theory. The result addresses the question of why quantum behaviour is as weird as it is—but no weirder."

+ - Cornell Professor Proves ESP->

Submitted by KismetWorldWide
KismetWorldWide (1505331) writes "This article in the New Scientist describes the paper: "due to appear in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology before the end of the year, is the culmination of eight years' work by Daryl Bem of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. "I purposely waited until I thought there was a critical mass that wasn't a statistical fluke," he says."

What's more, skeptical psychologists who have pored over a preprint of the paper say they can't find any significant flaws."

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Comment: Re:No. (Score 2, Insightful) 257

by bigspring (#34211040) Attached to: Pluto Might Be Bigger Than Eris
I wasn't arguing how arbitrary it was. I was arguing that the people who created the definition were smart enough to define it in such a way that the classification can be determined on a case-by-case basis. A basis that won't be substantively changed by comparative measurements. Discovering anything about any new planetary body will not change Pluto's classification because the discoveries will not be about Pluto.

Comment: Re:get a lawsuit (Score 1) 761

by bigspring (#33887114) Attached to: Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These
Nah, just use it against them. If it's legal for them to place the bug on your car with no legal processes, it's also legal for you to take it and put it on someone else's. Slap it on a shipping truck or a train, or hell, a boat heading to international waters. After burning hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing nothing watch them make it illegal.

Comment: Re:Alright! (Score 2, Informative) 485

by bigspring (#33718182) Attached to: Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police
Agreed. If you carefully read the Maryland laws in question (which my IRC channel did, accompanied with a good deal of argument) it becomes clear that this the correct decision. It could only have been considered interception ("wiretapping") if the person recording the interaction was not a participant and did not have the consent of either of the parties to distribute the recording. Since Garber was the one who had the gun pulled on him and he was also the one who willingly posted the video, he is not in violation of the laws in question.

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