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Comment Re:Freedom of speech doesn't mean that (Score 3, Insightful) 1695 1695

What about the Civil Rights Act? It explicitly makes this type of discrimination illegal. Basically, if a company is selling products or services to the public, it's can't discriminate against its customers. There's a reason why putting up a "whites only" or "no jews" sign outside your business is illegal. This isn't a freedom of speech issue, but a civil rights issue.

Comment Re:"Survey"? (Score 1) 248 248

From wiki: A blind or blinded experiment is a scientific experiment where some of the persons involved are prevented from knowing certain information that might lead to conscious or unconscious bias on their part, invalidating the results.
There's no real reason for this study to be blind or double blind; people either have brain tumors or they don't. I suspect that instead of asking, the scientists took a look at a persons medical history and looked for brain tumors.

Comment Re:Ok. Help me out here. (Score 1) 133 133

But it's not factual information, it's analysis and opinion. You wouldn't call an opinion piece on the economy as factual information, because everyone knows that an opinion piece is a subjective interpretation of the facts. Why would you do the same for a stock tip. This has nothing to do with Google News because Google News redistributes the news and not opinions.

Comment Re:"antivax" people (Score 1) 416 416

I take it you don't know how vaccines work. Why you would think that getting infect with a fully working microbe is safer than getting infected with a attenuated(weakened) microbe is beyond me.
The fact is that children are routinely vaccinated against chicken pox as part of the measles mumps rubella vaccine.
There is NO benefit in being sick over vaccinated, it's not logical.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm not getting it right... (Score 2, Informative) 107 107

From the patent, in the prior art section "However, a VCR cannot both capture and play back information at the same time."
While your button allowed you to watch and record, you couldn't rewind and record at the same time, which is what the patent claims. Things like instant replay are impossible with a VCR.

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Two Chinese Schools Reportedly Tied To Online Attacks 172 172

squidw* writes "Online attacks on Google and other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation. From the NY Times: '... the attacks, aimed at stealing trade secrets and computer codes and capturing e-mail of Chinese human rights activists, may have begun as early as April, months earlier than previously believed. ... The Chinese schools involved are Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School, according to several people with knowledge of the investigation who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the inquiry. Jiaotong has one of China’s top computer science programs. Just a few weeks ago its students won an international computer programming competition organized by IBM — the “Battle of the Brains” — beating out Stanford and other top-flight universities. Lanxiang, in east China’s Shandong Province, is a huge vocational school that was established with military support and trains some computer scientists for the military.'"

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