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Comment Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (Score 1) 1060

Why do leading US politicians advocate cold blooded murder by government troops?

Because he is effectively a terrorist. In all of the reports that I have read I have yet to hear revelations about the US killing babies and doing horrible things. If those were the kinds of things being reported this case would be very different. Instead diplomatic cables claiming the the Prince of England is an ass have been released. That only serves to hurt the US's relationship with other nations, and generally hurt its international standing. If these same documents had been released by Osama Bin Laden we would say it is yet another terrorist attack. Instead they have been released by a person who in the past has done good things in the name of public disclosure of information. I fail to see the value in this latest release and as a result I am right in line with whichever US politicians are advocating cold blooded murder.

Submission + - Netflix deal expands instant watch catalog ( 1

SloppyElvis writes: Netflix Inc. has announced a deal, reportedly worth $1 billion, to bulk up its increasingly popular Internet streaming service with Hollywood blockbusters such as "Star Trek," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Godfather."

"What's exciting here is it really reaffirms that the Internet is a serious delivery channel," said analyst Colin Dixon, a senior partner for the research firm the Diffusion Group. Netflix has really been the catalyzing force on the market and it has illustrated very graphically that consumers are very comfortable consuming quality content directly from the Internet and in some respects, it's their preferred medium."

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Comment Re:Copyright laws. (Score 1) 436

In some (not all) cases the content owner is deprived of a sale. That sale would likely have put money into the pocket of the content owner. In that case the content owner has been stolen from. Don't get me wrong; I don't for a moment believe that EVERY download is a lost sale. If a person downloads something that they would have otherwise ended up buying, then the content owner has been deprived of a sale and has been stolen from. The flip side is that if after downloading content a person ends up purchasing the content because of the 'preview' they have added a sale. While I don't have any proof I believe that the former far exceeds the later.

Submission + - FTL Currents May Power Pulsar Beams (

thomst writes: is just now getting around to reporting a story that reported on January 5 (and Universe Today reported on the 6th) about papers presented at the 215th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on a new model explaining the beam emissions from pulsars as products of superluminal currents within the spinning neutron stars' atmospheres. (The actual papers are here, here, and, especially here — all from Cornell University's open archive of half a million or so "eprints" in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.)

According to the authors' model, the current generated is, itself, faster than light, although the particles that compose it never individually exceed the universal speed limit, thereby preventing Einsteinian post-mortem rotation. The new model is a general explanation of the phenomenon of pulsar beam emissions that explains emissions at all observed frequencies (and different pulsars emit everything from radio waves to x-rays), which no previous model has done.


Submission + - Ostendo Demos 3X43-inch Surround Vision With AMD (

MojoKid writes: "Ostendo is primarily a technology-based development company with a focus on design though they productized their CRVD Curved Display technology, initially as proof of concept vehicle. Today they also manufacturer the panels for general sale and other applications in the simulation, training, broadcast, medical and financial markets to name just a few. In the upper press briefing rooms of AMD's spread at CES, Ostendo had married not one but three of their CRVD Curved Displays up with a proverbial bad-ass gaming system built in a Thermaltake Level 10 case. Employing AMD Eyefinity technology with a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card pushing the pixels, the effect was very "immersive" in the words of Ostendo Director of Marketing, Erhan Ercan. Watching the demo, we'd have to agree."

Submission + - RCA reveals Wi-Fi harvesting recharger ( 1

unknown_gamer writes: A hidden gem from this year’s CES; the RCA Airnergy Charger, a product sent straight from the future that convert air to electricity. Or rather, it somehow picks up on Wi-Fi signals and uses them to charge batteries. Apparently it does this surprisingly well, charging a Blackberry from 30% to full battery in 90 minutes. If this sounds like magic then prepare to stare disbelievingly at the proposed price: $40.

Submission + - So What's the Bad Wiring Advice?

Residentcur writes: The popular press is full of stories about a recall of Sunset DIY books on home wiring. The recall is based on supposed bad advice contained in these books and going back three decades, but neither the government body responsible for it nor the publisher is willing to say what the problem is. In my view, it defies logic that this should be kept secret, since presumably many will fail to turn in these dangerous books and may well continue to follow their guidance going forward. No doubt someone in possession of such a book could scour it for at least a likely explanation for the recall. So far I have been unable to find even a speculation about the nature of the bad advice, amongst all the "this will teach you not to try to do it yourself" drivel. Can anyone enlighten this avid home electrician what to look out for in these books?

Comment Re:Wait, really? (Score 1) 1053

As I stated in my first post: If he died from obesity, shame on his family for not helping him. Shame on them for letting someone eat themselves to death. If I die because no one tries to stop me from killing myself then my family and friends DON'T deserve condolences. Friends don't let friends kill themselves.

Comment Re:Wait, really? (Score 1) 1053

I am not arguing that he doesn't have a right to be saved. I am arguing that the he is the person most responsible for saving himself. If people don't take care of themselves NO amount of medical treatment can save them. I am saying to the OP that better access to health care might have saved him, or maybe not eating that umteenth BigMac would have saved him. The OP is arguing that better health care was necessary to save him. I question THAT claim. Because this is all speculation I would like to reiterate that if he was a healthy, active person my most sincere condolences go out to his loved ones.

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