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Journal Journal: Happy New Year Everyone 9

I love you all, and hope that this year will be one that you will be able to look back on a couple of decades from now and say "that was when things started getting better."

Take care, and thanks for everything you've all done for me. I really appreciate it.

-- Barbie.

Submission + - "No refusal" DUI checkpoints coming to Tampa? (wtsp.com)

schwit1 writes: From 'The Ends Justify the Means' department ...

With New Year's Eve only days away, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects this to be one of the deadliest weeks of the year on the roads. But now a new weapon is being used in the fight against drunk driving.

Florida is among several states now holding what are called "no refusal" checkpoints. It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test.

MADD won't be satisfied until suspected drunk drivers can be shot on the side of the road.

Comment Re:The moderation math is almost worse... (Score 1) 6

I would never have expected that anyone crazy enough to count me on their friends list would get mod points more than once a year or so; and frankly I would have expected that my placing you on mine would be another nail in the same coffin.

Found that quite funny :)

(Guess this is just proof the system works so well here)

Submission + - Student Arrested for Airport Protest (wtvr.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Aaron Tobey, a 21-year-old student, was arrested for disorderly conduct after protesting the TSA screening rules at the Richmond International Airport. While in the screening line, he stripped down to a pair of running shorts and revealed that the text of the 4th Amendment was written on his chest in marker. Aaron has been questioned by the FBI, airport security and U.S. Marshals before being cited with disorderly conduct. His arraignment is on January 10th.
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Journal Journal: Polls, don't convert to integers! 6

Ok, the latest poll looks at which Star Trek technology we all wish would be implemented. The only issue is I see 199 votes for "Phaser" at the time of me writing this with 0% total? Being the math geek (and future computer science) that I am I hate this!
Solution:
A simple request: if you must use an integer representation for the percentage of voters which chose a particular choice in the polls, please due so after calculating said value as a "double" or floating point and rounding!

Comment Re:Heterodynes (Score 1) 163

Curses!

I have finished all of Girl Genius Online up to date and I'm pissed that it just stopped! I really did find that a good read: airships, AI, mad science - brilliant!

It has been added to my RSS feed and now I have another thing to wait for on a continuous basis...

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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit 314

BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game Frogger. Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway. Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom?"
Politics

Submission + - Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet... (rasmussenreports.com) 1

masterwit writes: The story reads:
"American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure." Interesting as I did not think the opposition to regulation was this high.

Movies

Submission + - Danish film company Zentropa blackmails Germans

An anonymous reader writes: According to the news in Denmark, the Danish film company Zentropa has made more money blackmailing Germans than they have in combined DVD, video and theater screenings of the film "Antichrist". They send letters to illegal downloaders of the movie in Germany stating that they can pay 1,200 Euro now or be sued for 6,000 Euro. 600 Germans have paid up, earning Zentropa 720,000 Euro. The director of Zentropa states: "It is nice to deal with a society like the German one which takes this seriously, and where the violated party can go after the violator. That is not possible in Denmark". Based on this, the right wing government in Denmark is ready to introduce the same rules as in Germany so Zentropa can continue the blackmailing campaign there.

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