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Comment Re:Pundit (Score 4, Insightful) 713 713

JaRule is likely endorsing whoever promises to legalize marijuana. Vint Cerf is likely endorsing the person that best represents his values. Since he is (presumably) a leader in technology and slashdot is a place for geeks, his opinion may well be relevant for the readers of this site.Stick around for logical fallacies 101.

The problem is that this engineer's should be extolled for endorsing Obama based on the qualified reasoning and logic behind his endorsement, even if those reasons are strictly based on the internet and technology. Instead, he's being extolled for endorsing Obama based on the fact that he invented the internet. It makes for a catchy headline, but it's not logical at all.


Submission + - Apple May Close iTunes->

Mister E. Meat writes: Dailytech cites new rate increases could make service unprofitable, put America's largest music retailer out of business. The labels' dreams may come true when the Copyright Royalties Board (CRB) meets today. The CRB is the U.S. judicial entity which was created by the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 and governs everything from webcaster fees to the cuts labels receive on online music track sales. The CRB already has gained a controversial reputation for enacting rate increases which may put small webcasters out of business.
Now as the CRB reconvenes to possibly enact increases to online track royalties, a threat from Apple has emerged — raise rates, and Apple may pull the plug on iTunes.

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Submission + - Japan Begins to Build $9billion Space Elevator

imstanny writes: The Times has a story that Japan is increasingly confident that its sprawling academic and industrial base can solve technical issues facing space elevator construction, and has even put the astonishingly low price tag of a trillion yen (~$9 billion) on building the elevator. According to Yoshio Aoki, a professor of precision machinery engineering at Nihon University and a director of the Japan Space Elevator Association, the cable would need to be about four times stronger than what is currently the strongest carbon nanotube fibre, or about 180 times stronger than steel. Pioneering work on carbon nanotubes in Cambridge has produced a strength improvement of about 100 times over the last five years.

Submission + - Theoretical Physics->

imstanny writes: Two physicists from Baylor University have theorized what they believe to be a method of faster than light travel that would not break the Theory of Relativity. The Baylor physicists took a recent idea in string theory to devise a method of manipulating dark energy to accelerate a spaceship based on the Alcubierre drive. The Alcubierre drive works on the principle — in theory — that expanding space-time behind a ship and reducing space-time in front of the ship would result in propulsion at faster than light speeds.
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Submission + - Medal Standings: Comparing Countries Via "Weig

imstanny writes: Country Medal Counts have been sorted by total gold medals won, or total metals won. With talk of fairness in the news, neither seem appropriate to demonstrate relative standings of a country, especially since these two methods come to opposing conclusions as to which country is ahead. To reconcile these two methods, it'd be best to provide a weighted system. For instance, a Gold is worth 3 points, Silver is worth 2, and Bronze is 1. As of this writing, China has 48, 15, 22,(Gold to Bronze, respectively). USA has 28, 34, 32. Using Gold count, China has 70% more gold medals than USA. Using total medals, USA is winning by an 11% margin. With a weighted system China ends up being ahead, but by only 7%.

Submission + - Alternative Energy: Water-> 1 1

imstanny writes: "Fox News featured a video on a guy who claims he invented a new technology where H2O used as alternative energy in a new and resourceful way.In the video he has a blow torch who's flame is slightly warm to the touch but when touches anything else, it burns "as hot as the sun." It burns a hole through a brick, in 3 seconds turns a brass ball into glowing liquid metal, and can slice through steel and lead on contact. Allegedly, the system works by combining H2O and electricity and it goes through some kind of electrolysis process (just patented by him), converting H2O to HHO gas. He has a modified car that is H2O/electric hybrid, it takes 4 oz of water to travel 100 miles, and he claims it can run on JUST water. He is already in negiotiations with 1 automaker and the US government."
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Journal SPAM: Danger Room: The Pentagon Wants TiVo to Watch You 256 256

Danger Room, a Wired blog, today cites a study of future electronic snooping technologies from Reuters, written by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board. More than anything, it seems these outside advisers want a surveillance system that would put Big Brother to shame, and they're looking at the commercial sector to provide it. So, what are the implications of using

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long