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Comment: Re:First and Last solution? (Score 0) 849

by mschirmer (#31100472) Attached to: Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

Or... a government funded oversight committee could be created to review these laws and pass recommendation back to the law makers. Then eventually the committee would get tied up in their own review processes and all laws would become null and void due to "underfunding" and "lack of resources".

Comment: Re:IDK... (Score 0) 125

by mschirmer (#31024614) Attached to: Google and NSA Teaming Up

what is Google really getting out of this?

Public and official political backing from the U.S.

This will put more pressure on China for threat of other multi-nationals pulling part or all of their business out of the communist state.

At the moment the U.S. can't denounce the attacks officially because they don't have any connection other than a U.S. based business was supposedly attacked by Chinese operatives. By bringing in a U.S. government organization in to the mix, Google can put more pressure on the Chinese government for answers and immunity from future attacks.

Saying all that, I'm sure that this communication band between the NSA and Google means nothing in the grand scheme of it all. China will continue to operate as it has in the past, regardless if Google pulls out of China or not, and I don't think it's going to affect any of the other multi-nationals operating in China. Money vs a bit of bad publicity from attacks or security breaches over a few years, most will take the money and deal with the circumstances when they arise. So I don't see anyone else following Google's footsteps if they do pull out.

Power

Astrium Hopes To Test Grabbing Solar Energy From Orbit 144

Posted by timothy
from the don't-stand-underneath-when-they-fly-by dept.
goldaryn writes "Word from the BBC today is that Europe's biggest space company is seeking partners to help get a satellite-based solar power trial into orbit: 'EADS Astrium says the satellite system would collect the Sun's energy and transmit it to Earth via an infrared laser, to provide electricity. Space solar power has been talked about for more than 30 years as an attractive concept because it would be 'clean, inexhaustible, and available 24 hours a day.' However, there have always been question marks over its cost, efficiency and safety. But Astrium believes the technology is close to proving its maturity.'"
Handhelds

Asus DR-570 E-Reader To Bring OLED Display 70

Posted by Soulskill
from the oled-tech-is-trouble-for-my-bank-account dept.
MojoKid writes "Reportedly, Asus will be introducing the DR-570 color eReader by the end of 2010, but it won't be just another one in the crowd. In fact, it just might be a game-changer. The reader will supposedly have a 6" screen, but rather than using e-ink like every other reader out there, this one will utilize a color OLED screen. Word is the unit will last a whopping 122 hours on a full charge. It should also be able to run Flash applications, download books over 3G to Wi-Fi, and most likely surf the web, unlike any other reader out there." Asus will be rolling out two other ebook reader models this year as well.
Privacy

+ - Can Facebook get any more creepy? 2

Submitted by whipnet
whipnet (1025686) writes "OK, I am not sure where to start with this. I am thoroughly creeped out right now. I figured Slashdot would be a good place to ask though.

First off, I do NOT have a Facebook account in any shape or fashion. I have avoided it like the plague since the beginning. Every one else I know is on it, but not me.

I'll try to explain this the best I can and try not to sound confused, but I am confused, so I can't promise anything.

It started today when I got an friend request from my uncle in my email. My uncle does not live in the same state as me, never has and knows none of my friends. As most know when you get one of these emails, there are suggestions of people you might know. I do understand how they make connections using their massive database and data mining algorithms, but the list they sent me was so exact and the fact that the people listed have no clue of one another has really gotten my stomach twisted.

I have everything from ex pot dealers to ex wives listed on it... none of them personally knowing each other.

I understand that my sister and wife may know some of my friends, but they have never met or even know of the others. There is no way anyone on that list or even that I know in the real world could have a connection to a pot dealer I used in college (20 years ago).

There are also business associates listed that don't even live in this country and have never met anyone else I know.

How did they make this connection? (Again, I have NO account or NO fake facebook friends)

Thanks for any input you can provide."

Comment: Why does China bother? (Score 0) 320

by mschirmer (#30763644) Attached to: China Emphasizes Laws As Google Defies Censorship

I don't get why China insists on filtering search results at the search engine level. Would it not be easier to enforce ISP level DPI filtering and block the pages accordingly?

Technically it's easier to get Google to do the censorship work, but in the end, Google and just up and leave if they want, whereas employing DPI @ ISP level means it doesn't matter what search engine the end-user uses, it's still going to be filtered, and you can always threaten a local Chinese ISP with much more than you can threaten an international spotlight company like Google.

I'm not saying they should do this, but I don't see why they are chasing this one, other than to make a political statement to the world.

Comment: Re:re (Score 0) 262

by mschirmer (#30763356) Attached to: TV Show Seeks Terminally Ill Volunteer for Mummification

the whole liquefying the brains while their alive, and watching it; is fun for the whole family.

Grab the popcorn, a mug of hot chocolate, whatever you fancy, crack up the sound system.

Death by Mummification (feat. Living Patient) - The Documentary. PG rated. 3D glasses required.

*not suitable for children under the age of 8. May involve mild scenes of blood splatter, organ removal and dying patients.

Space

India Developing Vehicle To Knock Enemy Satellites 178

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the start-humming-the-music dept.
Frankie70 writes "Star Wars are back in fashion. With perennial (and nuclear armed) foe Pakistan always teetering on the brink of political collapse and neighboring regional superpower China taking greater strides into space technology, India has announced that it is developing an exo-atmospheric 'kill vehicle' that will knock enemy satellites out of orbit."

+ - NAIAS 2010: BMW ActiveE Project->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Detroit Auto Show marks another milestone in BMW’s Project i program. Today, Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board executive, revealed the BMW ActiveE, the first BMW to use an all-electric drivetrain, excluding the MINI E launched over an year ago.

BMW ActiveE is the next stop in the direction of emission-free vehicles part of the Project i program and it will serve as a base for the MVC, Mega City Vehicle that will be launched by BMW before 2015."

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Mozilla

Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the onwards-and-upwards dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."

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