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Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 297

Without the force of Churchill's personality, it's likely that the government would have been swayed by Lord Halifax into making some kind of settlement with Hitler.

In that case, the other things wouldn't have had the chance to happen.

Maybe the US would still have got the A-bomb. But with only one front to fight on it's possible the Germans would too.


Canadian Town Outlaws Online Insults To Police and Officials 39

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-canadians-are-so-rude dept.
Pig Hogger writes: The Canadian town of Granby, Québec, just strengthened its municipal bylaw that prohibits insulting police officers and town officials by extending its "jurisdiction" to online postings. Fines range from $100 to $1,000. The town's mayor said, "In my opinion, if I threaten you via my keyboard, it's as though I am making that threat right in front of you. For me, it's the same thing." Critics worry about the implications for freedom of speech, and wonder why police and officials should get protection an average citizen does not.

Comment: Re:BIG ROUND NUMBERS!!! (Score 1) 96

by penguinoid (#49627251) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

No, you moron, if you actually read beyond two sentences, they talk about per-capita consumption, and it's STILL higher than non-megacity living.

But why would he read beyond where they're obviously spouting irrelevant crap using absolute numbers instead of per-capita numbers? If you used your critical reasoning skills, you might suspect that the only reason New York City has higher than non-megacity consumption is because they're comparing megacity Americans to third world populations. But feel free to insult someone who can both read and think.


French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the privacy-surrenders dept.
Taco Cowboy writes: Thanks to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and other instances of terrorism, the French legislature has voted 438 to 86 in favor of the "Intelligence Service Bill," essentially a French version of the Patriot Act. It awards the French intelligence services sweeping powers to tap and intercept any kind of digital correspondence, including phone conversations, emails, and social media.

The bill decrees that hosting providers and Internet service providers in France must be equipped with a "black box" that can retain all digital communications from customers. "The new law would create a 13-member National Commission to Control Intelligence Techniques, which would be made up of six magistrates from the Council of State and the Court of Appeals, three representatives of the National Assembly, three senators from the upper house of Parliament and a technical expert. ... The only judicial oversight is a provision that allows the commission to lodge a complaint with the Council of State, but lawyers are doubtful that it could be convened on a routine basis." We previously discussed news that ISPs may leave France in protest if the bill was passed. Now we'll know shortly if those ISPs will live up to their word.

The World's Most Wasteful Megacity 96

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-new-york dept.
merbs writes: The world's most wasteful megacity is a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia where we buy, and throw away, a staggering amount of stuff (abstract). Where some faucet, toilet, or pipe, is constantly leaking in our apartments. Where an armada of commerce-beckoning lights are always on. Where a fleet of gas-guzzling cars still clog the roadways. I, along with my twenty million or so neighbors, help New York City use more energy, suck down more water, and spew out more solid waste than any other mega-metropolitan area.

Comment: Re:Shuttle (Score 4, Insightful) 50

by catchblue22 (#49626675) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow

I mean, who's SpaceX's biggest customer? The US Government.

They are the world's cheapest launch service provider and that is without re-usability. They will likely become the dominant launch provider in the world. If they get re-usability to work economically, this will enable mass launches of inexpensive satellites, which could change the entire communications industry. Musk doesn't think small.

Comment: Re:Last time one was used? (Score 2) 50

by catchblue22 (#49626639) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow

I suppose its not a bad thing to have just in case but I don't see the reasoning behind the fixation on it as a design requirement and their ranting about its "importance" in press releases. In almost 300 manned space launches a Launch Escape system has only been of verifiable use in a single incident(Soyuz T-10-1).

The same rockets used for the launch escape will also be used as a propulsive landing system that can land like a helicopter.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 178

by gurps_npc (#49625847) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant
As the telephone company has an expectation of privacy for their data, they must either ask the telephone company or get a warrant.

This means the Sting ray should still illegal.

But I am majorly disappointed in the wording of the ruling. Knowledge of technology should have NO bearing on expectation of privacy. My knowledge of what people can do does not make it legal for them to do it.

Comment: Re:Ah, 18 cores (Score 2) 41

Why would anyone use a Xeon with that many cores in a desktop?

I can think of quite a few specialised but realistic applications: CAD/CAM/CAE, rendering/pre-viz, high-end audio or video mixing work, simulation, and running modern web apps as fast as their traditional desktop equivalents used to run on a Pentium II.

This is now. Later is later.