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Comment Re:Kill Switch for the CA Cell Phone Market (Score 1) 233

California has the 8th largest economy in the world, just behind Italy and in front of Russia. Russia is currently in the news because the sanctions being used against that country are creating real problems for Europe.

So yeah, cell phone vendors care quite a bit about the Golden State market. If the past is any guide, this kill switch will be for all phones sold in the US and soon the world.

Comment Re: The interesting question (Score 1) 172

Security

Submission + - Fly Clear is back, like a Phoenix starting 10/30

jmelamed writes: From their email to me on 9/20/10: CLEAR is back! As new owners we will honor your remaining membership term. For example, if you had 6 months left as of June 2009, you will get 6 months for free.

Once reactivated, your existing CLEARcard will work.
If you need to order a replacement card go to Your Account after you reactivate.
The CLEARlanes open in Denver October 31st, Orlando in November, and additional airports will be announced in the coming months.

It looks like there will be one option for an annual membership at $179 and more for families. It is unclear (yet) which airports will have the program and when.
Censorship

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, CougarLife.com had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

Comment Re:Yes, and no. (Score 1) 222

In the States we do it differently. Here we are more concerned with germs and infectious diseases than with the cost of the actual crutches.

So the crutches my g/f received at the American E.R. are hers to keep. Which she did while she flew home to Canada to have the operation.

While going through that process, she was asked repeatedly where she got her lovely crutches and splint, which are the envy of the Quebecois. We'll probably donate them to Goodwill (or burn, do metal crutches burn without magnesium?) when she doesn't need them.

Government

Secret Service Runs At "Six Sixes" Availability 248

PCM2 writes "ABC News is reporting that the US Secret Service is in dire need of server upgrades. 'Currently, 42 mission-oriented applications run on a 1980s IBM mainframe with a 68 percent performance reliability rating,' says one leaked memo. That finding was the result of an NSA study commissioned by the Secret Service to evaluate the severity of their computer problems. Curiously, upgrades to the Service's computers are being championed by Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who says he's had 'concern for a while' about the issue."

Comment Re:Black cars. (Score 1) 685

California received $0.78 for each $1.00 of taxes its citizens paid to the Federal Governement.

http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/266.html

If you're ready to give up on California, we'll can take our Federal Tax dollars and screw the rest of you (or at least the majority red states feeding at the Federal trough at the expense of New York, California, Illinois and NJ).

Two percent of zero is almost nothing.

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