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Comment: Re:It feels old and already seen (Score 1) 413 413

That's an interesting statement. I know a number of people both IRL and in-game who went to Rift and every one of them returned to WOW within 2 months saying that it was no better than WOW and they missed the group of people they played with. I do agree there is a lot of competition, but it's in the "other things to do" category more than the "a better MMO to play" one.

+ - Toyota Scion iQ Electric Car To Launch In 2012->

Mightee writes: "Toyota's all-electric Scion iQ will be launched next year in the United States, the Japanese automaker officially announced yesterday at annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas.

According to Toyota, Scion iQ can only go 50 miles on a single charge. Because of this, it will be facing tough competition from 73-mile Nissan Leaf and 85-mile Mitsubishi i. The price of Scion iQ will be the determining factor in its success and will also influence potential buyers one way or the other."

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Comment: Another perfect example... (Score 1) 272 272

Has anyone else noticed that many substances declared as illegal by the US government have been found to have very valuable medical benefits? Alcohol was once prohibited and now you'd be hard-pressed to find a cardiologist who wouldn't suggest a glass or 2 every day for heart health. LSD, cannabis, and even shrooms are very low in toxicity and don't destroy your liver and/or kidneys like most prescription pain meds will.

Comment: fear-mongering (Score 1) 758 758

Congratulations - you are a shining example of how well the paranoia-generating fear-mongering of the RIAA is working. Contrary to what the RIAA wants you to believe, you are innocent until proven guilty. If you can't figure out what is legit and what is not then how the hell do you expect them to?

+ - New laser data transfer rate record set at 26 Tbps->

MasterPatricko writes: Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany have published a technique to push optical data transfer rates to new levels.
"We demonstrate an optical fast Fourier transform scheme that provides the necessary computing power to encode lower-bitrate tributaries into 10.8 and 26.0 Tbit s-1 line-rate data streams ... To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest line rate ever encoded onto a single light source."
Slashdot readers may find it useful to know that 26Tbps is approximately 0.1 Libraries of Congress per second.
Original paper in Nature Photonics

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+ - Poor Security for Electronic Medical Records->

cheezitmike writes: A report released by the US Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found that the push to convert health care providers to electronic medical records overlooks computer and network security concerns. From the story: "To underscore the point, the second audit examined computer security at seven large hospitals in different states and found 151 security vulnerabilities, from ineffective wireless encryption to a taped-over door lock on a room used for data storage."
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Comment: Re:I hope this passes (Score 1) 241 241

I agree. Airport security is just a very expensive dog and pony show. There have been more incidents of banned items found on aircraft such as guns, knives, etc. than terrorists arrested and the majority of the items were put/left there We taxpayers are paying insane amounts of money not to arrest terrorists but to get felt up and patted down.

+ - New US bill requires ISPs to retain user info->

Wesociety writes: The House Judiciary Committee, lead by Rep. Lamar Smith, is preparing a bill which would require internet service providers to retain information about their users to aid in criminal investigations. This particular bill would be a smaller part of a large measure to strengthen sanctions against acts such as child pornography. The most interesting part of this bill however is not who it targets but rather who it does not. The bill would make wireless companies exempt from the requirement to store user data.
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