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Comment: Re:Why not make it work the way DoNotCall.gov work (Score 1) 284

by ryan420 (#38071068) Attached to: Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

FTA: "As we explored different approaches for opting-out access points from the Google Location Server, we found that a method based on wireless network names provides the right balance of simplicity as well as protection against abuse. Specifically, this approach helps protect against others opting out your access point without your permission."

Obviously, allowing anyone to enter any MAC address into a web field doesn't work. You'd have to validate ownership of the MAC address. How would Google do that?

Comment: Re:Cool beans. (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by ryan420 (#36638308) Attached to: Magnetic Nanoparticles Fry Tumors

The fact that this approach would require initial radio-imaging (CT/MRI/PET) doesn't take away from its value. Most cancer patients have to have several rounds of CT/MRI/PET scans anyway. It's required to do the initial diagnosis/prognosis/staging/etc. So treating cancer in many cases is already about making this trade off. Radio-therapy (radiation) is a great example. You can kill off any remaining cancer cells, but you do so knowing there is a much greater probability for certain cancers down the road (particularly those cancers related to the thyroid).

Comment: Re:Nexus S (Score 1) 203

by ryan420 (#35580310) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

The current model of Nexus S should work fine in the UK, since it has a GSM radio. I would second this recommendation. If you wanted to save a few bucks, you could also pick up a used Nexus One on swappa or ebay. Both Nexus phones are unlockable, meaning they are not locked to a specific carrier AND you can unlock the boatloader and install custom roms, radios, kernels, etc.

Comment: Re:Ok, some clarification. (Score 1) 268

by ryan420 (#34819586) Attached to: Twitter Fights US Court For WikiLeaks Details

Well, let's take a closer look at this sentence from Attachment B:

1. records of user activity for any connections made to or from the Account, including the date, 1. time, length, and method of connections, data transfer volume, user name, and source and destination Internet Protocol address(es);

Assuming the "Account" refers to the named twitter users like Wikileaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, the subpoena could be interpreted as requesting all information regarding all connections made to these accounts. This would most certainly include their 600,000+ followers, and could even include casual visitors to twitter.com/wikileaks, if Twitter keeps connection logs of this sort including the IP addresses.

Honestly, it's not clear cut. This overarching language seems vague enough that it will get argued by lawyers on both sides.

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Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats 343

Posted by samzenpus
from the urban-opossum-blight dept.
__roo writes "In a bizarre case of life imitates the Simpsons, New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own."
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FCC Declares Intention To Enforce Net Neutrality 343

Posted by kdawson
from the play-nice-now dept.
Unequivocal writes "The FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, told Congress today that the 'Federal Communications Commission plans to keep the Internet free of increased user fees based on heavy Web traffic and slow downloads. ...Genachowski... told The Hill that his agency will support "net neutrality" and go after anyone who violates its tenets. "One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles," Genachowski said when asked what he could do in his position to keep the Internet fair, free and open to all Americans. The statement by Genachowski comes as the commission remains locked in litigation with Comcast. The cable provider is appealing a court decision by challenging the FCC's authority to penalize the company for limiting Web traffic to its consumers.' It looks like the good guys are winning, unless the appeals court rules against the FCC."

Comment: Re:Three options (Score 1) 1032

by ryan420 (#26840235) Attached to: How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

+1 for steel wool.

I once helped with a telescope installation project in New Mexico, and the rats were going to town on the wires (and leaving a huge mess on the inside of the telescope!) Acting on a tip from a local, we sealed all the entry points to the scope with steel wool, and moved all the exposed wire (which was outside of the scope, but inside of a dome with plenty of openings for little critters to get into) into pvc pipe, sealing off the ends of that as well. It made a huge difference!

Comment: Re:That and (Score 2, Interesting) 437

by ryan420 (#17992606) Attached to: Vista Not Playing Nice With FPS Games
Sycraft-fu has a very valid and insightful point. Complaints about this stuff on Internet forums can be incredibly misleading. People that don't have problems don't usually go out of their way to post about it. It's the small percentage of people with some esoteric issue that often seek out an audience on public forums. I'm not saying problems don't exist, but it's mostly a problem of perception.

Just as a point of reference, I have an nVidia 8800 GTS running in Vista without any problems. I haven't had a single lockup since installing Vista.

I'm not a huge gamer, but the games I have tried so far (WoW, Company of Heroes, Flight Sim X) are performing exceptionally well under Vista. I'm getting over 100 FPS in IronForge right now. ;-)

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