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Comment Re:Worry about China? (Score 2) 101

Sprout a brain. The US "warns" the world about China, Russia, Iran, and pretty much EVERY nation who dares to try to achieve anything unless they're a member of the "Five Eyes." The US is so fucking paranoid it is disgusting, and every single excuse that there is to post a "warning" about the achievements of other nations, Slashdot's "editors" do so.

Comment It wouldn't work anyhow (Score 1) 284

Such a search only "works" in the minds of a few people because they have a navel-gazing mindset that presumes all data is managed by a select group of companies they know about, and which are hosted by one country (usually the US in these narrow-minded viewpoints.)

In reality there are hundreds of thousands of service providers around the world, and you'd have to scan them all. Even Google mail is a drop in the bucket compared to the oceans of emails floating around the world.

Medicine

Emergency Room Visits From Distracted Walking Skyrocket (cbsnews.com) 142

schwit1 writes: An estimated ten percent of pedestrian injuries that land people in emergency rooms are due to distracted walking, a recent study found. That's thousands of people injured — sometimes killed. In San Diego, investigators believe Joshua Burwell may have been trying to take a picture of the sunset when he took a fatal fall some 40 feet off Sunset Cliffs. "A lot of people don't admit that they do it," said Dr. Claudette Lajam, an orthopedic surgeon. "It's getting worse as we have more and more features on these devices that we carry around with us that can distract us."

Comment Re:Going to be keeping my car for a while... (Score 1) 112

How far we've come...
Remember back in the early 90s? All we dreamed about was cramming a computer into everything.

But with experience, our optimism has cooled a bit, hasn't it?

And we're the PRO-tech guys.

Well at least we got a little out of it, if you compare public perception of computers today with that of our childhood; back then, people really were afraid that monstrous computers would become all-knowing. Today, common people have realized that computers are NOT intelligent, are rather fragile and consequently have an appreciation of the gulf between what computers are and what they used to be afraid of.

Comment Re:Going to be keeping my car for a while... (Score 4, Interesting) 112

Thank you for writing out what lots of us are thinking.

I bought an android 'smartphone' 5 years ago. At the time, it was cutting-edge.

Now it's constantly locking-up/rebooting and incredibly slow.

I also can't install many of the newer apps on it because its firmware revision is too ancient(?!).

I thought "maybe if I go to the telephone vendor and ask if they can upgrade the firmware"

"Naw, we can't update it, buy a new phone"

I can just imagine what dumb excuses the car-makers will have.

Education

North Carolina Town Defeats Big Solar's Plan To Suck Up the Sun (arstechnica.com) 760

mdsolar writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: The citizens of Woodland, N.C. have spoken loud and clear: They don't want none of them highfalutin solar panels in their good town. They scare off the kids. "All the young people are going to move out," warned Bobby Mann, a local resident concerned about the future of his burg. Worse, Mann said, the solar panels would suck up all the energy from the Sun. Another resident -- a retired science teacher, no less -- expressed concern that a proposed solar farm would block photosynthesis, and prevent nearby plants from growing. Jane Mann then went on to add that there seemed to have been a lot of cancer deaths in the area, and that no one could tell her solar panels didn't cause cancer. "I want information," Mann said. "Enough is enough."
The Media

Montana Newspaper Plans To Out Anonymous Commenters Retroactively (washingtonpost.com) 246

HughPickens.com writes: Eugene Volokh reports at the Washington Post that in a stunning policy shift, The Montana Standard, a daily newspaper in Butte, Montana, has decided to replace commenters' pseudonyms with their real names. "The kicker here is that the change is retroactive," writes Paul Alan Levy. "Apparently unwilling to part with the wealth of comments that are already posted on its web site under the old policy, but also, apparently, unwilling to configure its software so that comments posted before the new policy is implemented remain under the chosen screen names, the Standard announces that past comments will suddenly appear using the users' real names unless users contact the paper no later than December 26 to ask that their comments be removed." In a November 12 editorial outlining the new real-name policy, the newspaper said, "We have encountered consistent difficulty with posts that exceed the bounds of civil discourse — as have many sites where comments from anonymous posters are allowed."

The paper's new policy has proven controversial among readers. "This is the end of open and honest comments on this site," wrote one user, who goes by the name BGF. "It is easy to put your name to your comments if you are retired. But it is another thing altogether if you have to worry about upsetting your peers and bosses at work." The newspaper editor, David McCumber, says he has extensively investigated the feasibility of configuring the newspaper's software to keep comments posted before the new policy is implemented under the chosen screen names. He says he was told by his content-management software experts that such a configuration is impossible. "Based on that, I am trying to do what is most equitable to all of our readers," says McCumber. "When a relatively small city is at the center of your market, just about everybody commented about is known, and the anonymous comments sting."

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