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North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile 294

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-no-attention-to-the-missle-behind-the-curtain dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that nobody would describe North Korea's mission control as imposing. It is a small, unremarkable, two-story building, tiny compared to Nasa's Houston home in America or Russia's space command. But the North's secretive regime, now headed by the third of the Kim dynasty to rule here, Kim Jong-un, is opening up, for the first time in an attempt to allay fears it is about to test missile technology that could deliver a warhead as far as America. 'Sixteen technicians man the satellite command center. Dressed in white coats, like doctors, they sit behind computer screens,' writes Damian Grammaticas. 'On a big screen are live pictures from the launch pad, showing North Korea's rocket being fueled up. The satellite it will carry has already been loaded on board, we are told.' Pyongyang says the minibar refrigerator-sized satellite covered with solar panels and golden foil to protect its instruments will broadcast martial music praising North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung and is designed to monitor weather, natural disasters and agriculture patterns. As the five-day window for North Korea's rocket launch opens today, the United States has warned a launch would be a breach of UN Security Council resolutions that ban the North from testing missile technology. If North Korea goes ahead it could lead to UN sanctions, it has warned. 'That's why we have invited you, to clearly show that this is a satellite launch not a ballistic missile,' says Paek Chang-ho, head of the satellite control center. 'I hope you become supporters in showing the transparency of our satellite launch.'" After all that North Korea decided to launch a missile anyway. From the article: "The three-stage rocket, called the Unha-3, blasted off from the Soehae launch site near North Korea’s western corner with China, at about 7:39 a.m., the South Korea Defense Ministry said."

Comment: Question? (Score 1) 562

by CristalShandaLear (#38529416) Attached to: Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

I'm with Cricket Wireless and they charge $3 if you pay your bill in person at a Cricket store or at a reseller that accepts payments, but it's free to pay online.

Cricket will also allow you to do a bridge pay (half now, half in 7 days) if you're short of cash, but you can't do that online, only in person, so you're paying an extra $6 for being short of money.

I'm wondering if Verizon charges an additional fee to pay in person at one of their stores.

Comment: Are corporations people? (Score 2) 348

by CristalShandaLear (#35186922) Attached to: Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation

It seems to me it all comes back to the pesky problem of whether a corporation is a person, with the same rights as a person. To me, the anser is an obvious no, but for some people, the answer is yes, and I have yet to figure out why.

But it seems to me, giving corporations personhood is key to what a lot of people are saying here, particularly the poster who pointed out that issuing patents to corporations and not people is a problem. However the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people. So now what?

Comment: Re: How does (Score 1) 1088

by CristalShandaLear (#33222538) Attached to: Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks

I have abandoned all hope in the present government.

There are 50 states and I don't believe that a single Senator or Representative in any of the 50 represent me, my interests or mean to do anything to help the overall good for America or the world

I don't think anything less than armed resistance is going to change anything.


Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser 853

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-meant-to-do-that dept.
Stoobalou writes "Not content with its iPhone scoop, Gizmodo has probably ruined the career of a young engineer. The tech blog last night exposed the name of the hapless Apple employee who had one German beer too many and left a prototype iPhone G4 in a California bar some 20 miles from Apple's Infinite Loop campus. Was that really necessary?" It also came out that they paid $5K for the leaked prototype and that Apple wants it back.

Comment: You may get in.... (Score 1) 403

by CristalShandaLear (#31188462) Attached to: I Use Twitter, Please Rob Me

My daughter and I are going out of town this weekend. We've both Facebooked it and she's Twittered it.

Now if, someone surmises from that, it's a good weekend to rob my house, they're stupid. Upon breaking in they'd find my 6'4" 275 boyfriend and a loaded shotgun and two enormous dogs that don't cotton to strangers.

And even if they get through them, they'd have to get past our Militia Member neighbor, who, when we first moved in 11 years ago, told us plainly upon meeting, "I don't have no use for blacks." He's since taken a better liking to us since his wife died a few years back and my daughter insists on baking him cookies every week and seeing after him when his own kids stopped coming by.

He never sleeps, is watchful of every house in our neighborhood and will shoot anything in his yard (or ours if we simply call and ask) after dark.

So, good luck. God speed. Cuz they'll definitely be picking you up in pieces should you choose to rob our house. You may get in, but you won't get out.

Comment: Minor observation (Score 1) 514

by CristalShandaLear (#30147874) Attached to: Bing Gains 10% Marketshare

I can only think it's because they've severly ditched MSN to get Bing's numbers up.

I work in several PC labs on my college's campus. Some of them are "classroom labs" where they only have IE not both IE & Firefox.

IE's search bar used to default to MSN but now the minute they launched Bing that changed. At first I thought the search was being hijacked to some search site I'd never heard of and sent of a note to IT. Then I saw the commercials and felt silly.

Someone said MSN used to have 16% marketshare. Well if Bing is up to 10% I wonder if MSN is now down to 6% because of these kinds of shenanigans.

Comment: Times, They Are Changing (Score 0) 304

by CristalShandaLear (#29440247) Attached to: Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

"Apple missed a golden opportunity to lock down Snow Leopard when it again failed to implement fully a security technology that Microsoft perfected nearly three years ago ..."

Sign of the times that I thought this might be a flashback to April Fools...and then I remembered. Slashdot doesn't hate Microsoft on GP and actually gives them credit where credit is due. Everyone's not an Apple or Linux fanboy anymore. But this shift to admitting that Microsoft has succeeded in an area Apple has overlooked...

Wow. How times have changed...


Musicians Oppose Anti-Piracy Measures In the UK 150

Posted by kdawson
from the let-it-be dept.
BluePeppers writes "The Guardian has a story, primarily about a deal that allows YouTube to broadcast music videos again, but also covering a coalition of artist unions that are opposing new legislation in the UK that would punish file sharers more severely. From the article: 'A coalition of bodies representing a range of stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and Damon Albarn attacks the proposals as expensive, illogical and "extraordinarily negative." The Featured Artists Coalition, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and the Music Producers Guild have joined forces to oppose the proposals to reintroduce the threat of disconnection for persistent file sharers, which was ruled out in the government's Digital Britain report in June.""

Comment: Smells like.... (Score 1) 441

by CristalShandaLear (#29109625) Attached to: Up To 90 Percent of US Money Has Traces of Cocaine

Just earlier today I was thinking that some of the bills I had smelled like marijuana. There were only a few them and they came from my banks ATM but they had the distinct odor of weed. I don't smoke or use weed and I haven't been around anyone that has in at least a few years.

I thought I was imagining things and then I come across this article. Which may not be news to some, but was definitely news to me.

Comment: 20 year old McIntosh story (Score 1) 533

by CristalShandaLear (#28650363) Attached to: Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

The other day I found my mom & daughter laughing and playing Yahtzee on an old McIntosh circa 1989. She's a retired school teacher and it seems anyone who wanted were given them back in the day. She still has it plugged in & hooked up to a dot matrix printer.

It still has a start up disk. God forbid the disk ever gets corrupted? Where will she ever find another one?

Comment: Making it easy on purpose? (Score 1) 303

by CristalShandaLear (#28012487) Attached to: Study Shows "Secret Questions" Are Too Easily Guessed

There is a possibility that people choose questions and answers that their nearest kin or friends could actually guess. In case of emergency or in the event of my death, there is the possibility that I would want my family to be able to access my main email.

Not all of my email, but definitely my main one...

Comment: like, whatever (Score 2, Interesting) 311

by CristalShandaLear (#27950689) Attached to: Flash Drive Roundup

One day I said to my 16-year-old daughter, "Hey, cute bracelet" and she says, "It's my flash drive."

I remember being amazed and a bit amused when you could get a Swiss Army knife with a USB drive. That was cool. But it's hard, and kind of interesting in weird sort of way, to see tech relegated to the fashion accessory of a teen girl.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)