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Comment EU: Check your history books (Score 1) 503 503

U.S. taxpayers funded DARPA's principle research and development of ARPANET, the precursor for what is now known as the internet. IANA, the agency responsible for managing DNS namespace and IP ranges, was funded directly by DARPA up through 1998 when an act of U.S. congress established ICANN to take this responsibility over from the department of defense.

The United States need not forfeit property rights just because European, Asian, and other nations' decided to connect their sytems and infrastructure to the internet.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here (Score 1) 393 393

Wiping the drive has never been a sufficient method of clearing a rootkit. BIOS, video card sram, CMOS, etc. type attack vectors for malware/virus have existed for decades. Any piece of hardware with static memory needs to be cleared/reset/reflashed etc. Is there something unique about SMM exploits that prevents a system owner from reflashing their BIOS?

Comment Re:estate tax (Score 1) 913 913

I have no envy, just a passionate desire to defend the American dream. Maintaining high levels of social mobility means to the greatest extent possible, ensuring one's success in a society is a function of ability and hard work, not a function of one's ancestry. This country has thrived over the last two centuries precisely because we have rejected the European values of plutocracy. Why does society tax my labor? Is the wealth produced by my labor not more valuable to society than idle capital?

Comment Re:estate tax (Score 1) 913 913

"Dynastic wealth, the enemy of a meritocracy, is on the rise. Equality of opportunity has been on the decline."

"A progressive and meaningful estate tax is needed to curb the movement of a democracy toward plutocracy."

"In a country that prides itself on equality of opportunity, it's becoming anything but that as the gap between the super-rich and the middle class is widening." - Warren Buffett, Wed Nov 14, 2007, Senate Finance Committee Hearing

Comment see renice(1) manpage (Score 2, Informative) 92 92

RENICE(1) BSD General Commands Manual RENICE(1)

NAME
          renice - alter priority of running processes ...
DESCRIPTION
          Renice alters the scheduling priority of one or more running processes. The following who parameters are interpreted as process ID's, process
          group ID's, or user names. Renice'ing a process group causes all processes in the process group to have their scheduling priority altered.
          Renice'ing a user causes all processes owned by the user to have their scheduling priority altered. By default, the processes to be affected
          are specified by their process ID's. ...

Google

Google Maps To Add 'Friend' GPS Tracking 259 259

Henway writes "Google is adding the option to Google Maps to place your whereabouts either via cell phone towers or GPS. Think 'locator beacon.' Paraphrased: This would be good for people wanting to let their friends know where they are or for parents wanting to know where their children are at all times."

Comment Re:The First Amendment to the Constitution (Score 2, Insightful) 387 387

Technological innovation in communication by definition expands the ability of the people to freely communicate as they wish. If we accepted your argument that P2P does not expand one's ability to express himself, then what is to prevent government from outlawing any form of technological innovation? Imagine if the internet, radio, television, telephones, etc. were all made illegal. Would this not constitute an abridgement of freedom of speech rights? Why is P2P any different?
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft: "Shipping is a Feature Too"

bughouse26 writes: "REDMOND, Wash.-Microsoft said on Thursday that it is pulling features out of the initial version of its "Viridian" hypervisor to avoid having to delay the virtualization technology."

http://news.com.com/Microsoft+cuts+Windows+virtual ization+features/2100-1016_3-6182852.html
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-6182852.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/10/microsoft_ viridian_thinned/

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