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Comment Re:The competition is OSX (Score 1) 792

I don't have a Sony/Vaio. I built my computer from the ground up, and yet I had the same problem with Ubuntu as you did. So many people on /. seem to tell you and me that we are wrong, but I have to agree with you. This is one of the primary reasons why I can never get anyone in my house to use Linux, because with Windows, things just work and if they don't, there is some alternative that seems faster and easier at least. You don't have to apt-get this and apt-get that. and still some things just don't work. It is up to me to say, "I guess I have to live without that" or "I will find a workaround for that one day". It is little wonder why Linux is not ready for the mainstream.

Comment No different (Score 1) 440

How is this different from being watched inside the store anyhow? We are always being watched no matter where we are and sometimes we don't even know it. Sooner than later, this will become the new norm, where scaremongers will run the state/country/world in the name of protection and the few people that object will be dealt with in the manner appropriate to the "law" of the land. We can fight it, and hopefully will keep it away for a couple of years.

Comment Re:Idiocy (Score 2, Informative) 676

I didn't realize that people that took so many pains entering the U.S. illegally, took planes back to their country so frequently or so easily. "Yeah, it took me 2 weeks of walking the Arizona desert, in 120 degree heat and I almost died of thirst and hunger, and being chased by dogs, vultures, and minute men, but let me go by plane to see my family, and make the same exciting and adventurous trip back". Maybe some people do that, but I can't see how many illegal people would travel this way. This clearly seems to be yet another way of keeping tabs on people, who are in the United States legally, but are not citizens. I wonder how long it will be, before they extend this policy to U.S citizens as well.

Comment Re:What?!??!? (Score 1) 676

Come on people. Atleast pretend to read the article. If you did, you would have seen that it clearly states that this is for US-VISIT program which is NOT for U.S. Citizens, but only for visitors. Will it be applied to the U.S. Citizens in the future? Maybe, or maybe not. Just don't try to deceive people my stating that is not accurate.

Comment Re:Remind me again will you (Score 1) 97

Keep in mind that even though India is launching satellites, it does not mean that the country is somehow rich. It just means that the government is controlled by hungry/greedy companies that want profits and are able to buy the politicians into spending money on such things, while largely ignoring even the most basics of the people. Many people are dirt poor, live in horrible conditions, and malnutrition is everywhere. But, as long as the ultra rich get richer, and the politicians run the India, it will never prosper.

Comment Rail System (Score 1) 1385

This is a great idea. Where I live, (Georgia, US), the commuter train system absolutely sucks. On top of which, I don't understand why the government won't use the existing rail line to ease the traffic burden. MOST people live way out, and for someone like me, the nearest subway is about 15 - 20 miles. Hell, if I drive that far, I might as well drive another 10 miles to get to work, instead of driving 15 miles, getting on a train, going ALL the way downtown, catch another train to another station, then take the bus, and the bus will drop you off, about 2 miles from where I work, meaning I have another 20 minute walk. All this would take about 1.5 hrs each way. It has saved me any time, and it is EXTREMELY inconvienent. On top of all this, why can't they just have a "regular" train run at set times in the morning and evening. This way, people can get to downtown, from the boondocks and not have to worry about all the hassles of driving an hour just to get to the subway. Who owns the rail lines that AMTRAK and CSX use?
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Game Engines that Changed the Industry (gamealmighty.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Game Almighty as posted a retrospective piece looking at some of the most important game engines in the history of gaming. Included is discussion about SCUMM, Source, Renderware, and other engines that have left a mark on the industry. Here's an excerpt from the SCUMM section: "Created by Ron Gilbert in 1987 while at Lucasarts (then Lucasfilm Games), the Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion was a hybrid game engine and programming language for adventure games. SCUMM allowed the creative minds at Lucasarts to design puzzles, locations, items, and branching dialogue sequences without having to directly modify the game's source code. Their endeavors turned out to be some of the most memorable adventure games of all time, including Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, the Monkey Island series, and Full Throttle."
Networking

Submission + - F-22 Radar Used as High-Capacity Data Link? (theregister.co.uk)

Lord of Hyphens writes: "According to The Register, The USAF is looking at a new use for the F-22 Raptor's sophisticated electronics systems: control of grounded robotics.

[A]n alliance of Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and L-3 Communications has duplicated the AESA ground tests in the air, using a Raptor radar mounted in a BAC 1-11 test plane to exchange data with a ground station at 274 Mbit/sec, "fully duplex". AESA radars are well able to handle two simultaneous information streams, apparently. All you need is an "off-the-shelf, L-3 programmable modem".
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Security

Submission + - Top 10 Internal Security Threats (says CIO.com) (cio.com)

Esther Schindler writes: "An endpoint is any device that can connect to the corporate network (desktop computer, notebook, cell phone, whatever). The Bad Guys who want to break in are focusing more attention on those endpoints because, after all, users are known to be lax about security even if the IT department is professionally paranoid. In Securing the Endpoints: The 10 Most Common Internal Security Threats CIO.com enumerates the top 10 internal-to-the-company vulnerabilities, and what companies can do about them."
United States

Submission + - Bush Tells Agencies to Ignore Laws

ardent99 writes: President Bush has used signing statements to instruct federal agencies in the executive branch to disobey the law. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office has studied a small sample of recently passed laws for which Bush has issued signing statements, and found that under presidential advisement, 6 of 19 laws have been disobeyed, 10 were enforced as written, and 3 have not yet been found applicable. Bush believes that as president it is his prerogative to set aside laws.
Media

Submission + - ossnews.com down?

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that ossnews.com now points to a parked domain.
Space

Submission + - Volunteer to be a Space Pioneer for ESA experiment (physorg.com)

number6x writes: "The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for volunteers for a simulated trip to Mars. The simulation will put a crew of six in isolation for 17 months. The crew will be made up of 4 Russians and 2 Europeans. In all the ESA will need 12 volunteers for back up purposes.

Seventeen months was chosen to simulate the time needed for the journey to Mars and back, as well as a 30 period spent doing experiments on the red planet."

Security

Submission + - Bank IT execs blame merchants for data breaches (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: "During a conference session last week on the new Payment Card Industry data security standard, Bank IT security executives from JP Morgan Chase & Co. and other financial services firms vented, and pointed the finger of blame for high profile data breaches squarely at merchants who've caused the industry to suffer higher IT costs and endure more rules. 'The TJX incident "was not a JP Morgan [data breach], it wasn't First Horizon or CitiGroup, it was a merchant, and yet all the plans to remediate that has been with the banks," said Christopher Leach, chief information security officer for First Horizon,'"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Computer Games Hidden in the Grooves of Vinyl

Kozar_The_Malignant writes: Lots of things were reported to be hidden in the grooves of vinyl LP albums; satanic chants, the last five girls Paul slept with, etc. BoingBoing is providing a link to a story on computer games hidden in the grooves of old vinyl. Most were for the Sinclair Spectrum. You recorded the vinyl track to tape and loaded the tape into the computer. A King's Quest sort of game from a Thompson Twins album is emulated on the web.

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