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Comment Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

actually, I think there's only one Autobahn now that has no speed limits. Everywhere else is pretty much Euro standard.

Really? Because just about everywhere that I can cross the dutch -> german border there is no speedlimit. That's all the same autobahn you say? Wow, so it must be 300 kilometers wide .. that's 60.000 lanes .. amazing German engineering.

Comment Re:Definitely have all email headers (Score 1) 478

The EU has a law from (2005-ish?) that requires all email headers for inbound/outbound users located in the EU be sent to EU-based law enforcement.

Nope. There is a requirement to log MAIL FROM / RCPT TO fields and keep those around for the "data-retention" time (differs between countries, 6 months to 2 years). It basically comes down to "set the rotate time for sendmail logs to 6 months". There is no information automatically sent to law enforcement. What's more, a lot of the EU countries have not implemented this directive in national law yet (unfortunately my country has).

Mike.

Comment Re:Which illustrates what we already knew (Score 2) 298

Unless I am mistaken, Linux has a less stable (as in it change more, not crashes) API than FreeBSD. Having to adapt to this, multiple times, could ad to kludgy patch jobs in applications, making them run less and less efficiently

The internal linux kernel API is not set in stone, but the ABI for applications that run on the kernel is. You can start applications from 1998 on a 3.0 linux kernel from this year, and they will run.

Mike.

Submission + - Hosted E-mail is Protected by the Fourth Amendment (freedom-to-tinker.com) 1

Okian Warrior writes: As reported on the EFF website, today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the contents of the messages in an email inbox hosted on a provider's servers are protected by the Fourth Amendment, even though the messages are accessible to an email provider.
As the court puts it, "[t]he government may not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber's emails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause."

Crime

Thief Returns Stolen Laptop Contents On USB Stick 352

While it's true that Sweden is responsible for unleashing IKEA and ABBA on humanity, not everything they produce is terrible. Their thieves are some of the most considerate in the world. An unnamed professor at Umeå University received a USB stick with all his data after his laptop was stolen. From the article: "The professor, who teaches at Umeå University in northern Sweden, was devastated when ten years of work stored on his laptop was stolen. But to his surprise, a week after the theft, the entire contents of his laptop were posted to him on a USB stick. 'I am very happy,' the unnamed professor told the local Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper. 'This story makes me feel hope for humanity.'"
Space

Submission + - Non-profit manned space rocket launching in a week (copenhagensuborbitals.com) 2

Plammox writes: Well not really manned in the first go, as this is the first test of the boosters and space craft in combination with the sea launch platform they built. The catch? All of this is a non-profit project based on voluntary labour and sponsors. How will they get the launch platform out in the middle of the Baltic sea to perform the test? With the founder's home built submarine pushing it, of course. Enjoy the pictures.
Medicine

Submission + - Look-Alike Tubes Are Killing Hospital Patients (nytimes.com) 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that in hospitals around the country nurses connect and disconnect interchangeable clear plastic tubing sticking out of patients' bodies to deliver or extract medicine, nutrition, fluids, gases or blood — sometimes with deadly consequences. Tubes intended to inflate blood-pressure cuffs have been connected to intravenous lines leading to deadly air embolisms., intravenous fluids have been connected to tubes intended to deliver oxygen leading to suffocation, and in 2006 a nurse at in Wisconsin mistakenly put a spinal anesthetic into a vein, killing 16-year-old who was giving birth. "Nurses should not have to work in an environment where it is even possible to make that kind of mistake," says Nancy Pratt, a vocal advocate for changing the system. Critics say the tubing problem, which has gone on for decades, is an example of how the FDA fails to protect the public. "FDA could fix this tubing problem tomorrow, but because the agency is so worried about making industry happy, people continue to die," says Dr. Robert Smith."

Comment Re:GNAA RULEZ! (Score 2, Informative) 223

As far as I can see the directive would require ISPs to record what sites I visit, not what I do on them. Isn’t this what they already do?

No, ISPs do not record what sites you visit. At least none that I know of (and I work in the industry). Why would they ? It would be outrageously expensive, for no gain.

Isn’t that information already available following a warrant anyway?

Well no, as ISPs do not record what sites you visit. They can put a tap on your line after a warrant though (Lawful Intercept), but that is for one user specifically, and nothing is recorded- a copy of the data that passes over the line is just sent in real-time to the justice department.

Programming

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

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