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Comment Arguing about "worth" is difficult (Score 2, Insightful) 503

Especially on any kind of absolute scale, when the amounts get so large. It's easier if you consider it in relation to other large governmental expenditures. Fox News (which tends to under-estimate war cost, IMO) has estimated the cost of the Iraq war at >$700B. How does the ISS stack up to that in terms of value to the world? Is it worth about 1/7 of that? More? Less? I'm not sure it stacks up as well against every other possible use of $100B, but I'd personally much rather have another 6 space stations than what we've gotten in exchange for our other $600B spent on war.

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Anti Terror Honor System 74

Fortunately for us, the FAA has imposed the honor system as our next best defense against terrorism. Hopefully this will allow them to increase the volume of non-bladder liquid I'm allowed to take on planes.

Microsoft Takes Responsibility For GPL Violation 364

An anonymous reader writes with an update to the news we discussed last weekend that a Windows 7 utility seemed to contain GPL code: "Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool did, in fact, use GPL code, and they have agreed to release the tool's source code under the terms of GPLv2. In a statement, Microsoft said creation of the tool had been contracted out to a third party and apologized for not noticing the GPL code during a code review."

Comment Re:The #1 Lesson (Score 1) 316

Then when your email gets to google, it's stored unencrypted, google reads the contents of the email and displays advertising based on those contents. (Aside: that bit of the OP was funny. Because while google's customer service reps don't read email themselves, the system does, and you often get ads on your gmail pages that say "you could be doing better than ...") At that point a rule in your intended recipient's gmail configuration could, accidentally or intentionally, forward that message to another server, to which google will make an unencrypted connection and where the message will, a second time, be stored unencrypted.

Though they're improvements over the old status quo, https and POP/IMAP/SMTP-TLS are not substitutes for encrypted email.

Comment Bullshit. (Score 2, Informative) 136

The driver is not specifically for the wind. That's the same chip used in cheap USB wireless adapters like this one and RealTek has been providing their OS X driver for some time. The driver and associated utility do not work very well, FWIW, and I don't suggest trying to use them with a Mac unless you really have no other option.


Submission + - Apple Patches Flaw That Lets Sites Photograph You

Gruber Duckie writes: Apple's security update 2006-008, posted yesterday, is a little more interesting than it sounds. According to information (and a demo!) posted at Macslash the "information leak" mentioned in Apple's advisory actually makes it possible for a web site to send whatever your (isight) web cam sees up to the server. I'm glad they fixed this quickly.

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