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Comment Re:Lasers and deformable mirrors arnt expensive (Score 4, Interesting) 150

The real beast isn't the labor and cost of laying the line, its the legal nightmare of researching and purchasing the right-of-way. First, you have to run title to determine who owns the right of way, then you negotiate with each property owner, and any one of these property owners can object, causing you to reroute your line.

How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors 180

An anonymous reader writes "A new study sheds light on the attitudes of a very exclusive group of IT and security managers — those employed by U.S. defense contractors — at a time when national cybersecurity is under scrutiny. Most indicated that the Edward Snowden incident has changed their companies' cybersecurity practices: their employees now receive more cybersecurity awareness training, some have re-evaluated employee data access privileges, others have implemented stricter hiring practices. While defense contractors seem to have better security practices in place and are more transparent than many companies in the private sector, they are finding the current cyber threat onslaught just as difficult to deal with."

Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business 204

Kensai7 writes "Confirming reports from earlier in the week, Sony has announced plans to sell off its VAIO computer division to a Japanese investment fund. Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will take control of the operation for an undisclosed fee, and Sony will 'cease planning, design and development of PC products.' For a variety of reasons 'including the drastic changes in the global PC industry,' Sony says 'the optimal solution is to concentrate its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and to transfer its PC business to a new company.'" I have some nostalgia for the tiny old VAIO laptops; I wish more companies incorporated the swiveling camera that they came with.

Comment County Clerk's Office (Score 1) 107

What you're actually looking for are right-of-way easements, which should be on record on a county by county basis in the county clerk's office. Or at least they are in my state, Oklahoma. This is not a task for a weekend hobby though. Be prepared to wade through miles of legaleze and title law, depending on who owns the underlying property and how the right-of-way was granted. Another place to start would be the state agency that regulates utilities in your state(ex: Oklahoma Corporation Commission).

Comment Re:Possibly the coolest cyberwar article I've read (Score 4, Insightful) 131

The part about the differences in loyalties of the Symantec researchers was telling, though.

"We don't care if this harms something important our country is doing to stop madmen from getting the Fist of God. We have customers to do business with!"

You're looking at this the wrong way; fighting computer viruses is akin to fighting biological viruses, it benefits everyone. Even if stuxnet was being used in some sort of covert fashion, you don't go around using viruses as weapons without having an effective vaccination/cure in place.

Comment Re:LAMP (Score 1) 467

Yeah, I picked up Linux when I was about 13 or 14. I was trying to set up a web server for a forum my friends and I ran. While my server never really got off the ground, I used what I learned to set up web servers and websites for business and student organizations at school.

Comment Re:Germany w/o Petroleum = Sorta Wrong (Score 1) 764

Today we have massive amounts of both relatively easily obtained oil from oil shale.

Actually, shales are predominantly a source of Natural Gas. The permeability (measurement of ability to transport) of shales is so small due to the tight pore space, that very few liquids actually make it to the wellbore. Its much easier for the gas molecules to make it to the wellbore.
Speaking of natural gas, I believe that's what we'll be running our vehicles on in the upcoming years. Combustion engines only require a few modifications to burn it and we have abundant sources in all the new shale plays being produced right now. Reservoir estimates indicate we have a 200 year supply of natural gas.

Submission + - Trouble sleeping? Maybe it's your iPad (

An anonymous reader writes: More than ever, consumer electronics — particularly laptops, smartphones and Apple's new iPad — are shining bright light into our eyes until just moments before we doze off. Now there's growing concern that these glowing gadgets may actually fool our brains into thinking it's daytime. Exposure can disturb sleep patterns and exacerbate insomnia, some sleep researchers said in interviews.

Comment Re:It should read 'stoopid people hath spoken' (Score 5, Insightful) 982

As stupid as it is, its the law. He has an obligation to follow the law, not a moral technical compass. If there is a problem with the law then it needs to be changed not broken. You are your technical vigilantes need to be stopped from taking technology into your own hands.

How exactly was he breaking the law? As I understand it, the whole issue wasn't that he tampered with anything. Instead, he refused to disclose the passwords when the person requesting them did not follow proper protocols.

Comment Comparison to movies. (Score 2, Insightful) 278

The problem with comparing this to movies is that MPAA Rating system isn't law, merely a voluntary policy (Source Stores that refuse to sell/rent R-Rated Movies/M-Rated games to minors are well within their rights; stores are free to conduct their business as they wish. However, on that same note, stores can also choose to sell these movies/games to whoever they want.

Comment Re:and...? (Score 2, Interesting) 664

With the quality of some professors, you could learn more my specifically not going to class.

I totally agree with this statement. I'm a engineering sophomore right now and there are just some teachers who are just plain horrible. I specifically recall one physics lecture where my grade IMPROVED when I stopped going to lecture. This semester, there are some other classes with the same "quality" teaching, which I'd really like to skip, but the professor has an attendance policy. So, my laptop has become my saving grace. Mind, I dont do anything too distracting, usually just surfing the web or working on other assignments. I've come to find that the classes with attendance policies either mean either the class or the professor is worthless.

Your own mileage may vary.