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Comment Here in Canada (Score 1) 277

I get some robocalls but not that many, and zero of them are politically affiliated. What I do get though are ethnically targeted telemarketers calling me up and speaking in hindi or urdu. Somehow someone sold the company information which includes my ethnic background and they try to cater to me by speaking my language. I ask them where they're calling from and most of them say they are in India or Pakistan, and sometimes a Middle Eastern place like the UAE where lots of South Asians have moved. They sell all sorts of stuff from insurance to long distance plans to duct cleaning service and travel packages. There's nothing I can do to stop these guys and when I answer the phone they speak as though they are some seldom-spoken-to relative calling me after a long time. Friggin annoying. I'm on the Canadian National Do Not Call List which reduced telemarketing calls by about 75% despite its huge list of exceptions...but of course it doesn't apply to international efforts to sell crap.
Power

Printable, Rollable Solar Panels Could Go Anywhere 187

Al writes "A startup based in Toledo, Ohio, has developed a way to make large, flexible solar panels using a roll-to-roll manufacturing technique. Thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells are formed on thin sheets of stainless steel, and each solar module is about one meter wide and five-and-a-half meters long. Conventional silicon solar panels are bulky and rigid, but these lightweight, flexible sheets could easily be integrated into roofs and building facades."

Comment Bah (Score 0, Flamebait) 171

'Suppose we have the capacity to make it possible for the president of the United States at will to communicate with hundreds of thousands of Iranians at no risk or limited risk? It just changes the world.'

What a pathetic example of typical Western arrogance. The usual "America is the best place in the world and everyone should want to be like us" bullshit. Fuck off and learn your place in the world already...what exactly is any Western leader going to say to the Irani population that would "change the world" ? Iranis are using anti-censorship tech to get access to information they want, which doesn't happen to be your propaganda message. Maybe you conveniently forgot but they still vividly remember how the US financed and supplied Saddam's war against Iran in which biological and chemical weapons were used. How about lifting your sanctions and shutting your hypocritcal cakehole about state sponsored terrorism when America supports Saudi Arabia and Israel, the two REAL biggest state sponsors of terrorism? Those actions would speak a lot louder than some pointless, hollow two minute webcast. That won't happen however...as they need both Saudi oil and the Jewish vote. For the US government, those two things are, figuratively speaking, as addictive and judgement-clouding as heroin.
Medicine

Submission + - Lithium in water 'curbs suicide' (bbc.co.uk) 1

SpuriousLogic writes: Drinking water which contains the element lithium may reduce the risk of suicide, a Japanese study suggests. Researchers examined levels of lithium in drinking water and suicide rates in the prefecture of Oita, which has a population of more than one million. The suicide rate was significantly lower in those areas with the highest levels of the element, they wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry. And I was only worried about fluoridation affecting my precious bodily fluids before....
Microsoft

Microsoft Asks Fed For Bailout 346

snydeq writes "Microsoft requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controls an overwhelming share of the OS market, it is too big to fail. Low adoption rates for Vista, the ensuing ad campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout, the company said. 'We want to make it absolutely clear that this is not a crisis of mismanagement,' said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a prepared statement. 'This is simply a crisis of dollars — a crisis of not having enough dollars coming our way.'"
Businesses

Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay 348

mlingojones writes "TorrentFreak breaks the news of The Pirate Bay's acquisition by Warner Bros: 'After years of hostility, lawsuits, police raids and heated invective between the two groups, the Pirate Bay has today announced they have settled their differences with US media conglomerate Warner Bros. The largest BitTorrent tracker has sold out to Hollywood and the two have agreed a deal.'"

Comment Re:It seems ironic... (Score 1) 1147

>No, the price difference is so the Faithful can run around flaunting their glowing logo and think they are superior people. Bah.

I make no claims about being a superior person but I know that I am having a superior computational experience versus the guy next to me with an Acer laptop running Vista. Credit goes 100% to the glowing logo.

It was worth the Apple tax and I would be overjoyed to continue to pay that tax so that I can use a computer whose UI is not an insult to my intelligence, as limited as that intelligence may be. I wish people would shut up about the proprietary hardware. If you don't "get it", go use Vista or some distro of Linux on commodity hardware. If you like that, fine. A lot of us couldn't be bothered to put up with that crap.

Comment Indian democracy is a hash. (Score 5, Interesting) 131

Shiv Sena are a bunch of corrupt racist bastards. This judgement smacks of someone having bought the Supreme court so that they would have the power to crack down on people who have negative things to say about them and their bullshit political agenda. They are not above violence, torture, extortion, anything. I fear that nothing can stop these sectarian fucks from ruining my country. Where once the press had the freedom to poke fun at any politician they felt like, now they have to walk on eggshells.

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