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Comment Re:Why would you refuse a breathalyzer? (Score 1) 1219

I just don't understand any legitimate concern to decline a breathalyzer test.

How about the fact that the evidence that is used to convict you rejoins the atmosphere, and there is no way for you to independently check the results?

DUI laws and enforcement are stacked in favor of the state, to a ridiculous degree. Even here in MN.


Is Twitter Censoring Wikileaks Trends? 191

comforteagle writes "There are suspicions coming to the surface this morning that Twitter may be censoring WikiLeaks-related tweets from forming a trending topic. Why is still unclear at this point, as during Iranian protests a short while ago Twitter appeared to be in the fray of helping to spread the word. As of this morning it appears that Twitter may have some explaining to do. One of Twitter's engineers has chimed in over the weekend, but some aren't convinced."

Comment Re:Cue Bush Derangement Syndrome (Score 2, Interesting) 372

Maybe because they are using those tax dollars to do pointless things that waste the money and fail to do any good. If the U.S. government and the States can't keep things going with close to half the GDP of the richest nation in the world, isn't it time to think the people in charge are incompetent?

Like the TSA, DHS, Border Patrol, and the astronomical amount of defense spending? I look forward to the link to your comment pointing out these failures when Bush was the head cheese.

Blind faith in government is what's nuts.

We agree on something! We probably both like ice cream too!

Comment Re:Cue Bush Derangement Syndrome (Score 2, Informative) 372

Please, enlighten me. You said, "I've never heard anyone wish physical harm on him. I've never heard of people in the media fantasizing on the airwaves about his assassination or any of the many other reprehensible things that were directed towards Bush, and seemingly accepted as perfectly reasonable by people I would think are above all that."

I said, and I paraphrase, "WTF, dood. It's everywhere. Open remaining eye, and take spoon out of cup."

Comment Re:Cue Bush Derangement Syndrome (Score 1, Troll) 372

Tea Partiers might be perfectly sane, but when you're that willfully ignorant about *everything*, anybody's going to look crazy.

As strongly as people feel about President Obama, and there is as much _strong_ feelings against him as there ever were for President Bush, I've never heard anyone wish physical harm on him. I've never heard of people in the media fantasizing on the airwaves about his assassination or any of the many other reprehensible things that were directed towards Bush, and seemingly accepted as perfectly reasonable by people I would think are above all that.

Really? You've seen enough rage against Bush to name/quote an invented disorder about it, but 'just haven't seen any evidence' of the Right's ridiculous, over-the-top, impotent rage over having a black 'liberal' man as president? The Facebook pages, the chain emails, the snippets of AM talk radio, the hand-painted signs, the mass-produced bumper stickers, and completely context-free anti-Obama comments that just "pop-up" when talking about other, politics-free subjects, like say, the weather?

You lose your keys when they're in your hand, don't you?

Comment I can absolutely guarantee (Score 4, Insightful) 764

that if any of the jurors were 'investigated', you would find quite a bit of infringing material in their homes. I have yet to meet anyone that doesn't have a old cassette of songs dubbed from someone else, a CD of tunes made for a party or wedding, a photocopy of some book or newspaper, lyrics on their website or profile, etc. Even if they don't have these items currently, they've made infringing copies in the past.

Everyone in the US is guilty of copyright infringement at one time or another. Most people don't ever think about copyright, or if they do, it's to make up the rules as they go.

I wonder how the jury would react if they were sent invoices for damages for their past and current infringements, based on the ridiculous damages they approved for this woman.

Comment Re:A true innovator (Score 2, Informative) 227

You're all wrong. Paul Bigsby invented the solid electric Spanish guitar (held like 'normal'). The Frying Pan was a lap steel. Les Paul actually had a Bigsby guitar before he came out with the Log. Loyd Loar of Vivi-tone did the first electric hollowbody. Read "The Bigsby Book", it just came out. I actually did a wee bit of work on photography for it, and know the guy who did quite a bit of research for it.

There's a lot of misinformation about the early years of guitars as people like Bigsby didn't keep records, he wrote tiny pencil notes on his homemade pickup winder. There's going to be some books coming out that show a lot of people who did what when, and I expect there's going to be quite a lot of controversy. Les Paul did give us the multi-track, for which I am eternally grateful.


Submission + - Zune Pass songs can be loaded on non-Zune players

Harvey Chute writes: "A member of Zunerama has discovered that songs downloaded from Zune Pass can be synced to his daughter's Creative Zen. The link has screen grabs showing Zune Pass songs being loaded onto a Creative Zen. We're monitoring to see what happens over time — i.e. if the songs remain available as long as the Zune Pass is maintained. LINK — — Harvey Harvey Chute Editor, Zunerama"

Submission + - File Deleting Software a Hoax

teamhasnoi writes: "In a followup to yesterday's story the developer of Display Eater has responded to the poor publicity, admitting that the app does not delete files. Quote: "It was my hope that if people thought this happened, they would not try to pirate the program. I could stop wasting time writing copy protection routines to be broken over and over. It turned out to be a mistake." He has now made the application free by posting a registration code, and plans to open-source it."

Submission + - VMware attacks Microsoft?

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday VMWare will release a white paper detailing its concerns with license changes on Microsoft software that may limit the ability to move virtual-machine software around data centers to automate the management of computing work. This was reported by Steve Lohr of the New York Times in an article published on February 24, 2007. Two choice quotes: "Microsoft is looking for any way it can to gain the upper hand," said Diane Greene, the president of VMware. ... "This seems to be a far more subtle, informed and polished form of competitive aggression than we've seen from Microsoft in the past," said Andrew I. Gavil, a law professor at Howard University. "And Microsoft has no obligation to facilitate a competitor."

Submission + - Software Deletes Files to Defend Against Piracy

teamhasnoi writes: "Back in 2004, Slashdot discussed a program that deleted your home directory on entry of a pirated serial number. Now, a new developer is using the same method to protect his software, aptly named Display Eater. In the dev's own words, "There exist several illegal cd-keys that you can use to unlock the demo program. If Display Eater detects that you are using these, it will erase something. I don't know if this is going to become Display Eater policy. If this level of piracy continues, development will stop." Is deleting user data ever acceptable, even when defending one's software from piracy?"

Submission + - Myspace and GoDaddy shut down security archives

Gerald writes: "According to a post on the nmap-hackers mailing list early this morning, Myspace had GoDaddy shut down the entire domain. is run by Fyodor of Nmap fame and hosts many important security-related mailing list archives. This is an important service for the security community.

It looks like someone posted a list of Myspace usernames and passwords to one of the lists archived at Instead of contacting Fyodor directly about the problem, they contacted his DNS provider (GoDaddy) and had them shut down the entire domain."

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