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Comment: Improve environmental impact of old cars (Score -1) 176

by easyEmu (#48578679) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession
I know it is probably not as sexy or may not make as much money for the auto industry but why not provide parts and services that are capable of improving the efficiency and reducing the amount of pollutants expelled by older vehicles? This would help consumers by lowering costs and the environment by lowering emissions but it would likely lower the amount of money going to the auto industry.
Social Networks

+ - Twitter,public proxies aid in possible Iran revolt->

Submitted by easyEmu
easyEmu writes: If your not reading, http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/ then you are in the dark about the potential revolution brewing in Iran. Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in the streets while unprovoked religious police use force to kill, and beat back peaceful protesters. Coverage of all this is being made possible by twitter. Protesters are getting the word out to the international community by feeding public proxy servers live cell phone footage and pictures found by addresses posted to twitter feeds. The Iranian government is helpless in trying to stop the online coverage. Great stuff!
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Censorship

+ - Set up a proxy server for Iranian citizens->

Submitted by RCulpepper
RCulpepper writes: Austin Heap describes how to set up a proxy server for users with Iranian IP addresses. The Iranian government has blocked SMS and most cell phone service in the country, and filtered or DoS'd sites the protesters use to organize and communicate. Scores of protesters have been beaten and some, including students, have been shot and killed. This is an opportunity to give the Iranian people more than our best wishes.
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Comment: Misleading article... (Score 1) 129

by easyEmu (#28020501) Attached to: Wal-Mart Enters the Used Game Fray
Wal-Mart is not in the used game business, the company making the machines is in the used game business. The machines are in the entrances and Wal-Mart leases space to the company just like with Redbox. I have seen a machine and it has Wal-Mart branding on it, but it is owned by e-Play. I didn't RTFA, only the title, so please don't scream at me if it mentions that in the article. :)

Comment: Acer Extensa 5420 (Score 2, Interesting) 354

by easyEmu (#23672057) Attached to: Acer Bets Big On Linux
I bought a $550 Acer Extensa 5420 at Best Buy a few months ago. It came with a soft-load of Vista. I wiped that and loaded PCLinuxOS-2007. Most everything works fine including the web-cam. The only trouble I have now is getting sound from the headphone jack, and using the built in microphone. The mic jack works fine, and the built-in speakers work fine. Two quirks that are easy for me to overlook given all the benefits. It appears that Acer hardware tends to be mostly Linux compatible when new for whatever reason. I know that in the past I have had issues with Dell and Linux when the Dell is less than 1 year old.
Robotics

+ - SPAM: Killer military robot arms race underway? 1

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coondoggie writes: "Can it be that the Terminator movies were right and robots will consume the Earth? Seems that's what one researcher thinks at least. We are beginning to see the first steps towards an international robot arms race and it may not be long before robots become a standard terrorist weapon to replace the suicide bomber, according to professor Noel Sharkey, from the Royal United Services Institute Department of Computer Science. The professor made the comments in a keynote address to the in a keynote address to the RUSI. Indeed robot technology is being rapidly developed. Many nations are now involved in developing the technology for robot weapons, with the US Department of Defense being the most significant player, according to Sharkey. According to the Unmanned Systems Roadmap 2007-2013 (published in December 2007), the US said it will spend an estimated $4 billion by 2010 on unmanned systems technology. [spam URL stripped]"
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