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Comment I predict... (Score 3, Insightful) 361

Assuming technology exists to accelerate space ships to interplanetarily practical speeds, what's to stop warring planets from accelerating an asteroid in the same way and in the direction of the enemy planet? Or take that acceleration technique and speed up some ball bearings to ridiculous speeds and send them on their way towards something with a predictable position like a space station? Hell, you could use millions of ball bearings like a mine field, because any ship traveling through the bearings will have such a high speed relative to them. I just wonder that if we currently get so butthurt about orbiting space debris, a space war will focus on simple kinetic weapons at huge speeds and from huge distances.

Submission + - Intel delays Larrabee indefinitely (tomshardware.com)

hatemonger writes: This past weekend Intel announced that its plans for the graphics processor codenamed 'Larrabee' have been put on hold. According to Reuters, Intel reps cited delays in the project that would make 'Larrabee' uncompetitive. Intel's Nick Knupffer said yesterday that the company had decided to delay plans for the graphics card because Larrabee's silicon and software development are behind where it had hoped they would be at this point in time. Knupffer went on to say that Intel's first Larrabee project would be used as a software development platform for both graphic and high performance computing.

Submission + - Cyberattacks on US military jump sharply in 2009 (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Cyberattacks on the U.S. Department of Defense — many of them coming from China — have jumped sharply in 2009, a U.S. congressional committee has reported. Citing data provided by the U.S. Strategic Command, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said that there were 43,785 malicious cyber incidents targeting Defense systems in the first half of the year. That's a big jump. In all of 2008, there were 54,640 such incidents. If cyber attacks maintain this pace, they will jump 60 percent this year. The full report is available here (PDF)."

Comment Re:Children are likely to get confused (Score 1) 212

Games already contain situations that resemble real emergencies and commonly contain simulated alerts where some government official type tells you what is happening. There a possibility of the alert being ignored because people think it's just part of the game. But far worse is children getting scared or taking unsafe actions to evade perceived hazards because they really believe there is a nuclear attack in progress or that mom and dad turned into blood-sucking zombies. After all they have been taught that they can be alerted to an emergency through a game.

Spot on. Queue the War of the Worlds radio broadcast. We can only hope that these alerts would also come with SMS and broadcast TV alerts as well.

Comment Re:Ninite installs only programs you pick? (Score 1) 265

Actually with nearly 15 years in the PC repair biz I can tell you with authority that a good 97+% of users pick the default install, which is why i have to clean out toolbars and why Ninite is a blessing.

Now if you want to tweak the hell out of the program and THEN have it automated, the tool you are looking for is NOT Ninite but Almeza. It is $30 but has a 30 day free trail. I haven't tried it on Vista/Win7 yet, but on XP it made the most awesome software install discs. Open Office, Klite Mega Codec pack, anything you wanted to serious tweak and then automate Almeza was the way to go, I just haven't had time to give it a spin on Win7. If you do let me know how it goes.

But you are complaining Ninite is a hammer and you want a band saw. Ninite is made for the average home user who just don't want to do the "toolbar tango" and I can tell you from experience a good 97+% have no clue what all those options are, hence why they always use default. If you are a power user you may want something more complex, and that is where Almeza comes in. Almeza also has features Ninite don't like making auto-installing CDs/DVDs. So to me it is all about having the right tool for the job, Ninite for basics and Almeza if you want total customization.

Comment Re:There goes that escape hatch... (Score 1) 212

I fail to see how allowing emergency services to send you in-game messages is an "invasion of privacy". Those channels are mostly filled with 12 year-olds shouting their racist and homophobic opinions anyways. The real question is how the important alert will cut through the chatter, not whether it should be allowed to.

Comment Re:Pussy. There, I said it. (Score 2, Insightful) 643

Wait - what are you trying to prove here?

That some school somewhere has a rule on the books about private use of the Internet? /shock /amazement /awe

Fortunately, school systems can determine their own rules. And they do.

Let's also not forget that lots and lots of companies and institutions have these kinds of rules on the book, completely unenforced.

Submission + - Reach out to an unhappy customer, get fired. (dustincurtis.com)

thatseattleguy writes: It started with a blog post complaining about the poor user interface design of American Airlines website (including a suggested redesign). The poster didn't expect a response, but received a nice and detailed email from a UI guy there, explaining why it was often tricky to good design at large companies, due to all of the different interests — but says that good stuff is coming, even if it may take some time.

So, how did AA respond when they learned of this? It fired the guy.


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