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Comment: Not like Ebay or Amazon (Score 2) 126

by rdtripp (#47957377) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?
Have dealt with Alibaba twice. The first time was with a legit vendor and was fine. The second time was with a bad vendor and got shipped misrepresented junk. Alibaba sided with the vendor and cost me 200.00 USD. Dramatically different than dealing with US based similar companies. Non-existant customer service and will screw you over in a minute. Will never buy through them again.

Comment: Re:For us dummies.... (Score 1) 382

by rdtripp (#47458357) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales
Most states have laws regulating car dealers that make it difficult and expensive to open a new dealership. You also must be a dealer to sell new cars. A manufacturer, by law, must sell through a dealer and cannot sell directly to the consumer. The status quo is reinforced by dealers associations in each state (and nationally) that spend lots of money on lobbying to keep the current system intact. Tesla wants to sell direct and bypass the dealers. The dealers are fighting this tooth and nail.

+ - Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats->

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike (242293) writes "A transparent look at some statistics released by a small town's red-light camera program. Specifically in the last fiscal quarter 7,213 incidents were recorded, 2,673 incidents were rejected by the reviewing officer, and 662 incidents were not processed due to technical issues or lack of information. All in all 3,878 citations were issued between April I — June 30 in a town of 17,000 residents. Interestingly enough there are two nearby cities claiming that individuals "have no presumption of innocence" when accused by the red light cameras: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2010/07/cities-ask-judge-to-toss-anti-.html"
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+ - Npw you can make any plane a stealth plane->

Submitted by Dthief
Dthief (1700318) writes "Stealth planes are so expensive these days, what’s a spy to do? You can’t just fly into enemy territory because now the enemies all have those damn radar devices that will go beep boop whenever you get too close, ruining your intricately planned diamond heist. Well for the low low price of an undisclosed amount that’s sure to be less than the price of a plane, you can (mostly) escape all those radar woes with a shiny new coat of paint."
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Software

PETA Creates New Animal-Friendly Software License 356

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-animals-were-hurt-during-the-creation-of-this-story dept.
Anders writes "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world, endorse a new FLOSS license. From the article: 'The Harm-Less Permissive License (HPL) is a permissive, non copyleft, software license. It is based on the FreeBSD license but with one additional restriction; the "harm-less" clause. It prevents software, licensed under the HPL, to be used for harming humans or animals.'" I guess this leaves the bunny-fueled power plant in Stockholm out in the cold.
Cellphones

Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying 344

Posted by timothy
from the they-drown-out-the-bark-of-my-gun dept.
__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."
Operating Systems

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-paid-for-what-we-say-you-paid-for dept.
Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."
Education

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the incredible-journey dept.
grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."
Privacy

Second Swedish ISP Starts Scrubbing IP Addresses 92

Posted by timothy
from the you-may-borrow-the-hashed-list-though dept.
Marzubus writes "Tele2, a popular Swedish ISP, has started to remove IP addresses from its logs. This is the second ISP in Sweden to adopt this new privacy protection strategy." We discussed not long ago when another ISP, Bahnhof, started doing the same. Perhaps this is the corporate equivalent of joining the Pirate Party.

Comment: Re:MINIX guy (Score 1) 376

by rdtripp (#27743449) Attached to: Europe Funds Secure Operating System Research
Fooled around with Minix a couple years back. It appears to be a great teaching tool and I can see where it would be a versatile concept development platform. With Andrew S. Tanenbaum (duh, the guy that developed the OS) spearheading this project I see possibilities. He seems to just the type ornery old non-conformist b*astrd that could possibly pull it off. Hell, he makes most of us liberal open source microsoft-baiting pinko commie linux lovers (just flamed myself to save time) look conservative.
Security

+ - Mac is fun to hack... Windows less so

Submitted by DevStar
DevStar (943486) writes "Charlie Miller generated some buzz from CanSecWest when he said, "Safari on the Mac is easier to exploit. The things that Windows do to make it harder (for an exploit to work), Macs don't do. Hacking into Macs is so much easier." Of course the pushback was that there was a guy there who hit the trifecta, by exploiting IE, Safari, and Firefox — he would probably have a much more balanced view of the world. His take on this whole Mac vs Windows hacking... well it was surprisingly similar, "Dino [Dai Zovi] had a great quote during his talk: "Exploit writing on the Mac is fun. Exploit writing on Windows Vista is hard work." I totally agree with that.""

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972

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