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Comment Re:Stupid is as stupid does. (Score 1) 314

You do realize that if someone jumps right in front of your vehicle while attempting to play "frogger", you have no time to hit the breaks (after reaction time) regardless of your speed. That rule is reserved for things like an Elk which you can see ahead of time and which can reasonably be thought of as crossing the road at a bad time. People generally have better judgement, and as such you don't slow down to a crawl every time you pass one on the sidewalk.

Canada

Submission + - Pirate Party of Canada to field federal candidate (theglobeandmail.com)

PegNorthPirate writes: Abbreviated release: Jeff Coleman is expected to officially enter the race for parliament in Winnipeg North...This makes Coleman the first non-European Pirate to run for office, and also marks the Pirate Party of Canada meeting its final requirement to become a fully registered federal party. "The Pirate Party is going to bring a whole new voice to Canadian politics, and I'm deeply honoured to be part of that," said Coleman....Coleman, who runs a small design and 3D printing business in the riding, has pledged to combine the Pirate Party's core platform of modern information reform with a crowdsourced "listening campaign" that will identify the needs and wants of the community.
NASA

Submission + - NASA's Stunning Close-up Photos of Comet Hartley 2 (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: A NASA spacecraft has beamed back the first close-up photos from its rendezvous with a comet — and the images show an ice ball that looks like a giant chicken drumstick, or perhaps a peanut or bowling pin. Deep Impact zoomed to within 435 miles (700 kilometers) of Comet Hartley 2 at 10:01 EDT (1401 GMT) this morning (Nov. 4), and the probe beamed down the first close-up shots an hour later. Cheers erupted in the Mission Control room of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as five high-resolution images flashed up on a big screen. In the photos, the comet, which is about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, looks like a big chicken drumstick, or a peanut.

Submission + - Over 7,000 New BitTorrent Lawsuits

An anonymous reader writes: Slyck is reporting that there's over 7,000 new BitTorrent lawsuits against those sharing the adult port title "Batman XXX". But the real story may be the fact that the law firm filing the complaint has copied, almost word for word, the complaint filed by the US Copyright Group. Ars Technica referred to this practice as 'no honor among antipiracy lawyers'.
Science

Submission + - Why Computer Science Grads are unemployable (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A banking headhunter lets rip at the pathetic quality of new computer science graduates who only know Java and seem scared of the technology they are supposed to have mastered. To make it even nastier Dominic Connor is a CS grad himself, having debugged O/S code for IBM and Microsoft, a task that newbies seem to reagrd with the suspersititous fear you'd expect from medieval peasants.

Submission + - Data center house of horrors (techtarget.com)

mstansberry writes: A colony of freaks in a data center wasteland, the server vendor from hell, the mainframe that wouldn't die... read these submissions and prepare for the hideous, the absurd and the all-too-real terrors in this data center house of horrors.

Submission + - Alienware: The Wallet Strikes Back (igniq.com)

robj_ie writes: Back in August I set out to build a decent PC gaming rig without breaking the bank. I wanted to show how much money can be saved when purchasing all the parts separately and assembling it yourself. For the price comparison I chose Alienware as they are pretty well-known for making high-end gaming PCs and Notebooks but with a hefty price-tag.

Since the PC is now built, I figured I’d follow the last post up with some performance benchmarks and updates on the changes made (notably the price). It has pretty much remained the same apart from the graphics card and a few minor changes. But the few minor changes have saved even more money. All the parts arrived about 2 weeks ago and I have found the time to put it together and run some benchmarks. So if you’re interested in building your own rig, read on if you want to see the kind of performance that can be attained on this budget.

News

Submission + - Pay or else, News Site Threatens (techdirt.com) 5

WED Fan writes: "An Up State NY news blog says users who read beyond a single page of an article must pay up or they will be tracked down:

A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in a theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved, particularly Verizon Droids, Frontier and Road Runner, and will then pursue individual legal actions.

They don't have a pay wall. If you go beyond page 1, you owe them.

So, is this like going into a grocery store and eating the food and the manager hauling you up to the check out to pay for what you ate? Or, is it like picking up a discarded paper on the ferry and the guy at the news stand demanding that you pay him?"

Google

Submission + - FTC ends probe of Google StreetView privacy breach (thehill.com)

GovTechGuy writes: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wrote to Google on Wednesday to end its probe into a major privacy breach in which the company collected and stored private user information, such as passwords and entire e-mails, without even realizing it after the search giant promised to improve its privacy practices.
Security

Submission + - Most Americans Support an Internet Kill Switch (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: Sixty-one percent of Americans said the President should have the ability to shut down portions of the Internet in the event of a coordinated malicious cyber attack, according to research by Unisys. The survey found that while Americans are taking proactive steps to protect themselves against cybercrime and identity theft, only slightly more than a third of Internet users in the U.S. regularly use and update passwords on their mobile devices – creating a potentially huge security hole for organizations as more consumer devices invade the workplace. The findings illustrate that recent events such as the Stuxnet computer worm attack and the attempted Times Square car bombing may have heightened the American public's awareness of and concern over global and domestic cybersecurity threats.

Submission + - Scientists Find Evidence for Psychic Phenomena (psychologytoday.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Have scientists finally found replicable evidence for psychic phenomena? A social psychologist at Cornell University has conducted a series of experiments that reveal the brain may be able to anticipate future events.

Dr. Daryl Bem, a social psychologist at Cornell University, has tested over 1000 participants in nine experiments that test for retroactive, or "time-reversed," influence. In other words, the brain is reacting to events before they happen. Precognition used to be in the domain of science fiction, mutants, and superheroes, but there may be truth behind the myth. Fifty years ago, this notion was utterly unthinkable; however recent experiments in quantum mechanics are challenging our view of time and space. The effect may not be large enough to give you tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers, but experiments like this may lead the path to new discoveries in neuroscience, cognition, and consciousness research.

This is not the first time Dr. Daryl Bem has garnered attention for his parapsychology experiments. In 1994, he, along with Charles Honorton, published an analysis on the Ganzfeld experiments, one of the strictest protocols to test for the existence of telepathy. Parapsychology often gets a bad rap from mainstream science; however its experimental methodology has improved dramatically since its inception in the late 19th century. Long gone are the days of playing cards with funny symbols on them, modern parapsychology experiments are conducted with computer systems and sophisticated equipment.

Suggested Reading:
Bem, D. J. (in press) Feeling the Future: Experimental evidence for anomalous retroactive influences on cognition and affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Canada

Submission + - Canada: Google Wi-Fi Collected Personal Data

adeelarshad82 writes: Canada's privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, has announced that Google's recent Wi-Fi sniffing was a serious violation of Canadians' privacy rights and included the collection of personally identifiable information. Stoddart's team, who travelled to Google's Mountain View headquarters to examine the data, found complete e-mails, e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords, names and residential telephone numbers and addresses. Google has been asked to do four things before the Canadian Government would consider the matter resolved.

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