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Comment: Re:Beat them to the punch (Score 3, Interesting) 280

by freeballer (#33693640) Attached to: US ISP Adopts Three-Strikes Policy

now that I have some options (dsl, cable) I'd immediately cancel if my isp followed suit.
Its not that I'm for or against dmca, frankly to me its a pandora box they can never close imo.
If people were proven without a doubt violated copyright then I could see disconnections. But without a
trial or whatever there is nothing to the accusations. No real proof, or even a proponderance of evidence.

Comment: Re:Get the LD rip (Score 1) 420

by freeballer (#33254774) Attached to: Lucas Promises <em>Star Wars</em> on Blu-Ray in 2011

yeah thats part of the problem with torrent. I downloaded a while back to re-watch, but deleted them. I refused to open my "limited editions" because I knew lucas would never re-release the originals again after VHS.

Maybee I'll look that up again. If quality is good its probably best way to remember them as they were when I was younger

Comment: george lucas can kiss my ass.. We need ORIGINAL (Score 4, Insightful) 420

by freeballer (#33253598) Attached to: Lucas Promises <em>Star Wars</em> on Blu-Ray in 2011

George. Get the hint. Even if you aren't happy with your creation years ago - WE ARE
I will not buy anything without original footage, with solo shooting.
I'll keep my "original" trilogy dvd set until format is dead or he gets some balls
and give us what we all want - Choice of either or, or both

Comment: freeballer (Score 1) 825

by freeballer (#33155958) Attached to: Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

Very interested in seeing what is posted here. Ever since I bought a diy motion detector I've
wondered about low cost, diy security systems and home automation. I hope some other
solutions than zoneminder are available. I have relatively small area to cover right now, so a
camera and motion sensor is enough but I'd like to know how to scale it.

If you are looking for multiple camera application, and using windows, I've used webcamxp
with some success. (not free) but it supports some wifi cameras and my logitech orbit (with tilt/zoom).
A 20$ motion sensor phones any phone call and plays a pre-recorded msg. The webcamxp will email me
and record/send video

Comment: what wacko out there actually beleives this? (Score 0, Redundant) 561

by freeballer (#32915494) Attached to: Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?

I'll be honest. I'm going to go an listen to some.. But how is this news?
its neer been proven audio/radio waves have any effect on anything.. Let alone the human mind
we can't even have a consensus on cell phone = cancer and I'm suppost to take this seriously?
I think the kids are mind-f--king their parents and seeing how !@#$% stupid they are.
This is why the states and all over the world can't find a \\sensible\\ drug policy. Too many
wackos stirring up stupid bull-sh-t. Instead of pointing and laughing at their stupidity
somehow these "people" are taken seriously

Space

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-for-one dept.
likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-reading-this-you-bequeath-me-all-your-possessions dept.
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
Space

Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova 21

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-a-big-star dept.
davecl writes "ESA's Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well as a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry and physics behind star and planet formation as well as the last stages of stellar evolution before VYCMa's eventual collapse into a supernova. More coverage is available at the Herschel Mission Blog, which I run."

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