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Comment Re:Economics (Score 2, Informative) 403

you have obviously not shopped for groceries anywhere other than NYC.

Prices are usually 50%-200% higher here for groceries in my super market in Queens compared to grocery stores in San Antonio, Texas where I am from. And it is the cheapest one around that I found.

Of course things in general cost twice as much here compared to San Antonio. rent, housing, gas (well about 25 cents more), groceries, labor, driving (tolls vs no tolls), movie tickets, a night out at a reasonably nice restaurant (not even something fancy, just not mcdonalds).

The 2 big ones, labor + real estate costs are going to be a huge factor in the price of food at a super market compared with whatever small discount they might receive from a shorter distance from the port to the store. Not to mention that the US is a net exporter of food last i checked so not much of your food come in a ship from over seas, but a truck instead, though possibly and often from as far away as california.

Please let me know where you are finding a cheap grocery store in this city. Ditto for cheap anything.

Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 1) 1367

Previously, the 18th amendment banned it, so the only way to lift the ban was to repeal that amendment... with another amendment. Both texts are still in the constitution.

Having not read either of these wiki articles, I'm not sure why the constitutional amendment process was used to ban it in the first place instead of just a regular act of congress. Probably because at the time the interstate commerce clause was not as powerful as it is today (it gained its power in supreme court in the fight over FDR's new deal I believe which is after the prohibition era)

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Rack Mounted PS3s Power Game Server (

DeadBugs writes: "The servers powering the online version of the new game Warhawk, are actually rack mounted Playstation 3s. In addition to being able to host the game on your own system, you can connect to these PS3 clusters for 24 or 32 player games. Additionally Warhawk will be released on both a standard Blu-ray disc or for about $20 less by downloading it from PSN."

Submission + - Space Shuttle Fuel Powers New BMW Luxury Sedan (

Rio writes: A first-ever liquid hydrogen-powered luxury sedan was tested by NASA at Kennedy Space Center this week. The new BMW Hydrogen 7 sedan uses the same fuel powering the space shuttle to reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent, according to a news release. "It is the high-energy density of liquid hydrogen that allows the space shuttle to be accelerated into space," said Karl Heinz Ziwica, vice president of engineering at BMW. "The same concept is used to power the BMW Hydrogen 7."

Submission + - How long do you wait for replies to e-mail?

tinkertim writes: "What I am asking has been asked many times before. I've noticed that people (in general, through my own dealings) seem to be growing increasingly impatient (seems more so over the last year). I'd like to ask slashdot readers, simply, how long does it take before you feel that someone 'blew you off' by not replying to your e-mail and how upset do you get when this appears to happen?"

Submission + - Gmail Increases Capacity to 9 GiB Per User 5

Chris Chiasson writes: "I was a little surprised to see that I was only using 7% of my Gmail storage capacity. Then I read all of the message: "You are currently using 680 MB (7%) of your 9030 MB." That's only 8.82 GiB, but I rounded up for the title. Anyone else?"

Submission + - Netflix's streaming movies service has been hacked (

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like someone has figured out a way to hack Netflix's DRM protection in their streaming Watch Now movies. This is a great day for fair-use advocates, as we can all now play the Netflix Watch Now movies on any OS we like (the DRM-wrapped files will only play on the latest version of Windows Media Player and Microsoft Vista or XP SP 2). More info: -how-to-download-streaming-movies-from-netflix

Journal Journal: Big TechCos cheating H-1B visa laws, American Workers

Acording to Paul McNarma of A conference was held in May this year by a marketing firm Cohen & Grigsby to on how to NOT hire American tech workers but hire foreign workers WITHOUT stating benefits and intial pay intentionally. The goal was to undermind the H-1B visa immigration laws enforced in this country.
The Courts

Oklahoma Security Expert Attacks RIAA Claims 280

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A group of Oklahoma University students has made a motion to vacate the ex parte order the RIAA had obtained compelling the university to turn over their names and addresses. In support of their motion was the expert witness declaration (PDF) of a computer security and forensics expert who essentially attacked the entire premise of the RIAA's lawsuit, characterizing the declaration upon which the RIAA based its motion as 'factually erroneous' and 'misleading.' Among other things he pointed out that 'An individual cannot be uniquely identified by an IP address,' and that 'Many computers can be connected to the Internet with identical IP addresses as long as they remain behind control points.' The students are represented by the same Oklahoma lawyer who recently obtained a award for $68,000-plus in attorneys fees against the RIAA in Capitol v. Foster."

Submission + - Google Toolbar Always Reports Your URLs to Google

Anonymous writes: The Google Toolbar in Firefox is sending every URL I visit to Google, even though I'm not logged in to my Google account, even though I have a web history turned off for my account, and even though I have Safe Browsing/Enhanced Protection mode turned off (hidden away in Firefox's Tools > Options > Security > "Tell me if the site I'm visiting is suspected of forgery". I can see the URL transmitted to Google with the Live HTTP Headers Firefox plugin.

This is a Privacy and Security issue. The Google privacy policy clearly states in the first bullet that the Toolbar will not transmit URLs to Google unless I explicitly tell it to.

Information we collect

        * The Google Toolbar automatically sends only standard, limited information to Google, which may be retained in Google's server logs. It does not send any information about the web pages you visit ( e.g., the URL), unless you use Toolbar's advanced features or use Safe Browsing in Enhanced Protection mode. You do not need to provide any personal information in order to download and use the Google Toolbar.

I have explicitly turned off all of these features, but it still sends URLs.

Here's an example: if I visit a web site like , and Live HTTP Headers shows (some info masked): avclient-ff&features=Rank&client=navclient-auto-ff &googleip=O;;146&ch=...&q=info:http%3

GET /search?sourceid=navclient-ff&features=Rank&client =navclient-auto-ff&googleip=O;;146&ch =...& HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070718 Fedora/ 1.fc7 Firefox/ pango-text GoogleToolbarFF 3.0.20070525
Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,tex t/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/png,*/*;q=0.5
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q= 0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Cookie: __utma=...

HTTP/1.x 200 OK
Cache-Control: private
Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
Server: GWS/2.1
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Encoding: gzip
Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2007 15:32:25 GMT

Clearly, a request was sent to Google with my URL and Google accepted the request, in clear violation of their Privacy Policy. Worse yet, it sends the url in the clear! So if there is any session or security information on the URL, it is there for the world and Google to see.

My Google Toolbar, as much as I used to love it, disappears today.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.