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Kuwait Not Banning DSLR Cameras After All 63

Voulnet writes "The Kuwait Times, the newspaper that started the false rumor of Kuwait banning DSLR cameras, has posted an update saying that after investigation, it turned out they didn't verify their information. They have now issued a retraction. Quoting: 'The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused.'"

Comment Re:C too complex? Hilarious. (Score 1) 878

That whole too complex thing... what, was he hired by Google as a janitor? Or a janitor's helper? Seriously, too complex? For whom? Is he trying to teach a German Shepherd to program? Twit. If you came to my company for a job, and you told me C was "too complex" or "too hard", I'd just show you the door.

I think this guy is onto something. Some sort of unique vision on computing that is totally unheard of. Different than anything we are used to. Something so unconventional that it is controversial and is unthinkable without *really* getting out of the box (and leaving the planet where the box lives). I think this vision is about a revolution in the way which we do computing. A step closer to a day when machines will actually work for humans (not the other way around as Today). Anyone would be able tell a machine, in 'human forms and ways', to do stuff for them, without learning the 'machine rules'.
Too bad you wont hire him, but something is telling me he is not interested in the kind of work you are offering (not to mention salary). There isn't any particular known shortage of good 'regular' coders. Google must have something different for him.

Comment Plausible Deniability (Score 2, Informative) 486

RTFM for TrueCrypt:

It may happen that you are forced by somebody to reveal the password to an encrypted volume. There are many situations where you cannot refuse to reveal the password (for example, due to extortion). Using a so-called hidden volume allows you to solve such situations without revealing the password to your volume.

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The Art of Unit Testing 98

FrazzledDad writes "'We let the tests we wrote do more harm than good.' That snippet from the preface of Roy Osherove's The Art of Unit Testing with Examples in .NET (AOUT hereafter) is the wrap up of a frank description of a failed project Osherove was part of. The goal of AOUT is teaching you great approaches to unit testing so you won't run into similar failures on your own projects." Keep reading for the rest of FrazzledDad's review.
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Submission + - Child porn victim looks to the courts for cash

jswatz writes: ""Amy," whose uncle used her for child pornography, is now trying to get restitution from those convicted of possessing porn collections that include her images. But getting restitution from those who simply possess porn, instead of producing it, is controversial. I wrote the story up for the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/us/03offender.html?hp"

Submission + - Massive disclosure of docs stalls court proceeding

fractalspace writes: An ongoing criminal prosecution of former Nortel executives in a Toronto court were brought to a halt when Nortel 'disclosed' 23 million pages of documents to the court. Justice Cary Boswell called it "staggering" and "... had it been produced in paper form, it would reflect some eight-thousand to 10-thousand banker's boxes of material." he said.

The documents were stored in electronic form using some software produced for Nortel by 'Kroll Ontrack'. Apparently, Nortel did not pay the developer additional "tens of thousands of dollars" that were necessary to "improve the search aspects".

The defence argued that its fair trial rights were affected because there was no way to conduct effective database searches of the material. The judge sort of agrees, noting in his ruling that "Disclosure must be meaningful.", which, in electronic age means " ...must be accessible".
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Submission + - MPEG LA extends H.264 royality-free license (mpegla.com) 1

Sir Homer writes: The MPEG LA has extended their royalty-free license for "Internet Video that is free to end users" till the end of 2016. This means webmasters who are registered MPEG LA licensees will not have to pay a royalty to stream H.264 video for the next six years. However the last patent in the H.264 portfolio expires in 2028, and the MPEG LA has not released what fees, if any, it will charge webmasters after this "free trial" period is over.

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