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Comment: I agree, but 'broadband' is enough (Score 1) 402

by curri (#34997224) Attached to: Two-Thirds of US Internet Users Lack Fast Broadband

I agree the problem is telco monopoly (due to fact that laying cable is expensive, and we don't want 20 cables going to the same place :), but slow broadband is enough for most stuff (not for having your server :)

I have cheap DSL (really cheap now, with more competition :), $15/mo) with (I think) 1.5M down/ 256 up, and it is enough to do netflix and vonage at the same time; do I really *need* more ? (of course, I *want* more :)

Space

TheSpaceGame — Design Your Route To Jupiter 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the try-the-clarke-kubrick-corridor dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency is celebrating World Space Week (4-10 October 2010) with the release of 'The Space Game,' an online game for interplanetary trajectory design. The Space Game is an online crowdsourcing experiment where you are given the role of a mission designer to seek the best path to travel through space. The interactive game, coded in HTML5, challenges the players to devise fuel-efficient trajectories to various bodies of the Solar System via a user-friendly interface. The aim of the experiment is get people from all ages and backgrounds to come up with better strategies that can help improve the effectiveness of the current computer algorithms. As part of the events organized worldwide for Space Week, the first problem of the game is to reach Jupiter with the lowest amount of propellant. The best scores by 10 October will be displayed on the Advanced Concepts Team website and the three best designs will also receive some ESA prizes."
Handhelds

WoW On an iPad Via Gaikai 121

Posted by Soulskill
from the that-doesn't-even-look-like-english dept.
Gametap writes "If cloud gaming works for enough genres, it can't help but find popularity. Even just a game like WoW might be enough to make it happen, and Gaikai's Dave Perry posted a picture of doing just that on an iPad. So is it the future or not? Could somebody make a tablet with nothing more than a screen, battery, network port, and video decoder, and have it be a good gaming platform? Will it change the mobile, PC, console, and TV world as we know it? Lots of questions, lots of skepticism, lots of players and money being invested — but one thing is for sure: it will be very interesting to see how this evolves."
Wii

Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii? 222

Posted by kdawson
from the if-the-wii-fits dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Politicians in the Australian state of Victoria are currently locked in a debate about whether an injured man should be able to claim the cost of a Nintendo Wii for rehabilitation purposes under worker's compensation. The man's doctor apparently recommended he use the Wii Fit exercise device, but both insurance companies and the government itself have blocked the payment and have now ridiculed the idea as paying for video games. But with the Wii Fit increasingly being used for rehabilitation purposes internationally, does the man have a fair case?"
Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"

Comment: but there will be abuses (Score 1) 1590

by curri (#32020284) Attached to: Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

I agree that 'In general, the police have better things to do than walk around randomly asking people for their papers.'; however, I see a big potential for abuse; some US citizens will encounter some cops who happen to be SOBs, and they will have trouble if they don't carry enough documentation (or they want to mess up with those cops :). I don't live in Arizona, and don't plan to visit it; if I lived there, I'd make sure to carry my license, but I'd also try to look for other places to move to :)

Comment: In the US, people do NOT need to carry Ids (Score 1) 1590

by curri (#32020200) Attached to: Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

The main problem is that, in the US, people are NOT required to carry Ids, or even to obtain them (of course, having them makes your life much easier); it is considered (I think) one of the guarantees in the constitution; in many other countries you have to register with the govt, and carry a national Id; not here, and that's the big issue.

Comment: It *added penalties*, and also applies to citizens (Score 1) 1590

by curri (#32019554) Attached to: Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

It does not just makes an effort to enforce the law, it (appears to me, will see how it actually gets applied) adds penalties, at least detention/arrest, even for US citizens !

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

So an American could be detained for 'reasonable suspicion' unless they carry their papers (at least until the status is verified); moreover

E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

It would seem to me that an *American* could be arrested just for not having/presenting their papers, since that could be construed as probable cause ... that hasn't been in federal law.

Comment: which particular homework ? (Score 1) 427

by curri (#31618242) Attached to: BC Prof Suggests Young Children Need Less Formal Math, Not More

My kids are not there yet (my oldest is in 1st grade), but I've helped many friends and kids of friends, and I've always been able to read their textbook and understand what they wanted.

BTW, the fact that numbers have those properties is incredibly useful; the commutative property tells me that 3+15 = 15+3 (the later being much easier to calculate by counting with my fingers) and that 3*9 = 9*3 (the later being much easier to calculate by repeated addition). Making it explicit gives it a name, but also helps with the kids who haven't got it yet (my kids don't know the name, but they know the commutative property and can apply it)

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