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Comment: Re:LHC IT people are far from top notch (Score 1) 53

by lepidosteus (#32220800) Attached to: A Look At CERN's LHC Grid-Computing Architecture
Anonymous Cowards people at Slashdot are the biggest liars in the universe, they are also pretty incompetent and get confused by simple questions...
One actual example (specifics removed to protect the innocent):
"So you have any proof of such IT incompetence by them, it's not just jealousy right ?"
"Oh dear no! I am a story teller guy, I dont deal with proof! Proofs are a wikipedia problem..."
and so on...
Medicine

Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality 380

Posted by timothy
from the applied-psychology dept.
the3stars writes "'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." One critic's quoted response: "It's important to recognize that the whole study is based on changes in one self-report measure, which is a coarse measure that includes some strange items."
Businesses

GameStop, Other Retailers Subpoenaed Over Credit Card Information Sharing 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-can-trust-us dept.
New York State's Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, has subpoenaed a number of online retailers, including GameStop, Barnes & Noble, Ticketmaster and Staples, over the way they pass information to marketing firms while processing transactions. MSNBC explains the scenario thus: "You're on the site of a well-known retailer and you make a purchase. As soon as you complete the transaction a pop-up window appears. It offers a discount on your next purchase. Click on the ad and you are automatically redirected to another company's site where you are signed up for a buying club, travel club or credit card protection service. The yearly cost is usually $100 to $145. Here's where things really get smarmy. Even though you did not give that second company any account information, they will bill the credit or debit card number you used to make the original purchase. You didn't have to provide your account number because the 'trusted' retailer gave it to them for a cut of the action." While there is no law preventing this sort of behavior, Cuomo hopes the investigation will pressure these companies to change their ways, or at least inform customers when their information might be shared.

Comment: Re:Encryption ... (Score 1) 379

by lepidosteus (#30429954) Attached to: French Military Contributes To Thunderbird 3
Oh come one now, you're just making things up. You really think we french monkeys paid over the internet "without any kind of encryption whatsoever" until "fairly recently" ? There was one such law during the nineties to limit the level of encryption allowed (I said limit, not forbid) but it was never enforced for obvious reasons. Now there is no such limitation anymore except for companies exporting encryption materials, like pretty much any country has.

As for your comment regarding privacy and personal rights in France (and the retarded thing about what you call our "swat teams") well ... Maybe you should inform yourself a bit more; what you read on digg isn't always true.

Comment: Re:Let's not leap to conclusions. (Score 1) 1079

by MickyTheIdiot (#30409794) Attached to: Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

Why is getting out of the car being equated with "acting like an asshole" ?

Maybe he didn't know what "the protocol" was? I might of done the same thing in that situation and the idea of doing something aggressive doesn't even enter my mind in situations like that. It could be handled by a simple "Please get back into the car, sir."

I don't know the story yet as I've said elsewhere, but common sense has to say here that there has to be something other than that for justification of a physical beatdown.

Games

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-or-less dept.
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."
Intel

Microsoft Advice Against Nehalem Xeons Snuffed Out 154

Posted by Soulskill
from the keep-that-under-your-hat dept.
Eukariote writes "In an article outlining hidden strife in the processor world, Andreas Stiller has reported the scoop that Microsoft advised against the use of Intel Nehalem Xeon (Core i7/i5) processors under Windows Server 2008 R2, but was pressured by Intel to refrain from publishing this advisory. The issue concerns a bug causing spurious interrupts that locks up the Hypervisor of Server 2008. Though there is a hotfix, it is unattractive as it disables power savings and turbo boost states. (The original German-language version of the article is also available.)"

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