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Comment Re:Quick question... (Score 2) 90

The somewhat clever answer would be that the computer would have already contacted Google Maps and been rerouted around a problematic area. When the computer is making the route instead of a far less knowledgeable driver, it should be an easy thing to require all roadwork to be submitted to a central database that would inform all routing operations. In other words, this scenario is anachronistic - in the future, the routing accounts for all those weird situations.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable.. (Score 1) 1271

The most common vaccine that conflicts with egg allergies are the influenza vaccines, which are now recommended annually for every child 6 months to 18 years. Even then, it's such an important vaccine that we only avoid it if the child has anaphylaxis (the most severe reaction) to egg.

Comment Re:as well they (Score 1) 1271

These statements are incorrect. For one, JWs get most health care routinely. There is an institutional opposition to the use of blood products, but this also doesn't apply to all individuals and is sometimes circumvented with technology (more routine use of self-transfusions). While many of the vaccine refusers I meet do belong to faith groups, their rationale is not often related to religion. For example, one of the big groups of devout individuals are those who choose to home-school their children because they don't like turning over control to public schools. I think these are the same types of people who independently research the mercury/MMR/autism rumors as a matter of correlation rather than causation.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spawns Real-Life Car 93

Car Analogy Please writes to tell us that a new car unveiled at the Paris Auto Show was modeled after the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue car. GTbyCITROËN is the first car that has been designed in tandem with a video game to then spill out onto the actual pavement. "The GTbyCITROËN is the product of a partnership built up during the creation of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Takumi Yamamoto, from Citroen and Kazunori Yamauchi from Polyphony Digital Inc, the games developer were inspired by each others industries to design a concept car for the game that then flowed further into the real-world. The game version of the car mirrors the real-world performance of the concept."

Comment Re:This is a dumb poll. (Score 2, Insightful) 639

Mobile phone.

With a cell phone I can call a friend to loan me everything else on the list, including a place to stay and transportation. My answer might differ if I was in an area with plenty of public transportation where a few bucks could get me anywhere.


Submission + - Google Buys Mobile Social Network Zingku

HairyNevus writes: "Ina an attempt to provide more services for mobile phone users, Google has acquired the social networking company Zingku. Zingku allows people to send photos ans conduct polls via their mobile phone easier, and also allows businesses to send out "mobile flyers", advertisements. As of now, new Zingku account sign-ups have been frozen and all current accounts will be transferred to Google. The article also pointed out something interesting about Zingku's privacy policy, "It's privacy policy begins: 'The success of our business depends on maintaining your privacy. Also, our mothers brought us up properly so even if our business didn't depend upon protecting your privacy, we would STILL protect it because we would experience extreme guilt if we didn't.'""

Submission + - Two Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unconstitutional

buswolley writes: Judge Ann Aiken in Federal court ruled two key provisions of the Patriot Act unconstitutional. According to the ruling, the Patriot Act provisions unconstitutionally circumvented the 4th Amendment, and removed the checks and balances provided for by our Constitution. This is a great victory for the people of the United States, and demonstrates the inherent strength of our system of government.
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Submission + - Vote to Evict Useless PC Features (

narramissic writes: "Like the appendix or pinkie toes, our venerable PCs have a number of features that could disappear tomorrow and not be missed one iota, muses Sean McGrath in an article on ITworld. Function keys F1-F12, the parallel printer port, mouse connector, and the analog telephone line modem connection are all due for evolutionary phase-out. What features does your PC have that you never, ever use?"

Artificial intelligence has the same relation to intelligence as artificial flowers have to flowers. -- David Parnas