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Austin Police Want Identities of Online Critics 320

An anonymous reader writes "The police chief in Austin, TX is not happy that people are voicing their disapproval of him via anonymous blog posts and comments. He claims that 'such posts erode public trust in the department.' The chief wants to find out who these people are and investigate and prosecute such posters for statements he deems defamatory and libelous. Interestingly, the article notes, 'the Associated Press has reported that most of the cases fail because statements of opinion are protected under the First Amendment.' One wonders if this is a legitimate problem that warrants public money to investigate, or whether it's that the people who deserve the most public scrutiny don't like it when others take issue with their job performance."

Students Call Space Station With Home-Built Radio 330

Pizzutz writes "Four Toronto college students have accomplished a technological feat that their teachers are calling a first. The Humber College seniors made contact with the International Space Station Monday with a radio system they designed and built themselves. School officials say that, to their knowledge, that's never been accomplished by students at the college level." Somewhat disappointingly, the students actually did have permission to make contact.

AMD Phenom II Overclocked To 6.5GHz 303

An anonymous reader writes "During CES a group of overclockers with access to liquid nitrogen and liquid helium for the extra boost of coldness cooled an AMD Phenom II X4 chip to -232 degrees Celsius. Once they got the chip cooled to this frigid temperature, they pushed the clock speed all the way up to 6.5GHz, which is a world record for a quad-core CPU, and then dished out an astonishing 45,474 3DMark05 score!"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Been gone a long time

I've been reading back on some of these journals I've written and realised how much of a fool I've been so far in my life. It's not hard to see where I've fucked up, dropped the ball or just plain not followed through.

Oh the fuck well. Don't care. Next?

Technology (Apple)

Journal Journal: How Green is that iPhone?

After one week in the market, nobody knows yet how green the iPhone is. Not a single word from Apple about any green features. Nothing about reducing toxic chemicals or encouraging recycling for old phones dumped for the iPhone. Due to the successful Green my Apple campaign Steve claimed: "Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors" on environmental issues. But the iPhone appears far beh
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - How do you get the best value building a PC?

ObiWanStevobi writes: Although I should ask before hand, I recently ordered everything I need to build a new PC. The high points of the system are a 3.2 Pentium D, ASUS ATX SLI Ready Motherboard, SLI Ready power supply, and GeForce 8500 Graphics card. I also added a DVDRW, DVDROM/CDRW combo drive, 250 Gig Seagate HD, 2 Gigs Kingston RAM, and a Wireless NIC. All of this in an ATX Mid Tower. Grand Total of ~$600. The best part is that I don't have Vista pre-installed.

Now this is not a great machine by current standards, but it is alot more bang for the buck than you can get from a manufacturer. I used TigerDirect and NewEgg to get all the hardware. Those are the sites I typically use at work and have been pretty reliable for me. But what I wonder is what everyone else is using to build their PCs. Where are you getting the most value these days?

Anyone have any particularly great machines they put together for much less than you would expect? What are your favorite discount hardware sites, or any to stay away from?

Submission + - Arguments for/against IT Managers getting an MBA

Esther Schindler writes: "The pressure is on IT leaders to prove their business savvy, and job postings for CIOs and other top-of-the-heap positions commonly ask for an MBA. But do you really need one to be an effective CIO? IT professionals worry that not having an MBA will eliminate them from job opportunities and severely limit their prospects for career growth. But many IT professionals remain resistant because earning the degree requires so much time and money—not to mention the concern that it'll turn them into a PHB. In Should You Get an MBA?, CIO Magazine assembled 10 arguments for getting an MBA and 6 reasons not to do so. Which do you think are more compelling?"
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Journal Journal: I'm alive!

My poor, poor, neglected journal. How I've abused you so! I am guilty of the most heinous of offenses and now must face the most grave of punishments.

Or something like that. :-P

Soon I'll have a writeup about Shana and Matt's wedding, along with some details about what's been going on this summer.

In the meantime, random entertainment in my world:

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Journal Journal: Today's Rant Sponsored by Jealousy, Inc 1

I have a buddy back at school who is getting a kidney transplant next week. I asked a mutual friend for some crashspace so I could head up and wish him well, and give a general visit to my peeps in Rachacha. My friend whose place I was going to crash at said they'd have to check with their parents. Cool by me.

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Journal Journal: Lamentation

I don't know what to lament.

Jeff thinks we should do a study in online lamentation. I'll see what I can do.

I have spent five years at college and not gotten a degree yet. SO my fault.
I have so far spent over $120,000 on school. My fault.
I am going to be indebted to my parents until I am 35. Oh Yeah. My Fault.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison