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Comment Re:Constitutionality (Score 1) 630

Having sex with a 17 year old is legally no different than having sex with a 10 year old. What changes is that the consent of the 17 year old might be seen as a mitigating circumstance whereas the naiveté of the 10 year old would be seen as an aggravating circumstance.

So, I doubt that he would have been treated the same had he raped a 10 year old. The fact that he raped a 17 year old probably just resulted in less prison time. There's your differential.

Comment Re:Oil is ~$36. The electric car is DEAD. Again... (Score 1) 394

The electric car isn't dead because of cheap oil. The electric car is dead because electric cars are twice as polluting as gasoline cars when the environmental impact of battery manufacturing is taken into account.

GoogleMap Sudbury Ontario and view the 20 mile circle of death around the nickel mines. The Toyota Prius is singly responsible for destroying those 300 square miles of formerly pristine habitat.

Comment Re:Diet soda is toxic chemical waste water (Score 1) 655

HFCS is not significantly different than cane sugar.

Cane sugar is 50% glucose and 50% fructose. HFCS is 45% glucose and 55% fructose, unless you get the "low fructose" HFCS, which is only 42% fructose and 58% glucose.

HFCS is being unjustly demonized not because it is unhealthy, but because of peoples' tendency to consume so damn much of it.

Guess what, if you overconsume cane sugar, the exact same thing is going to happen to you.

Comment Re:Another Altera inside sales job... (Score 1) 112

I did not even remotely sound like a Xilinx "fanboy," as you put it, neither was my post anti-Altera.

My post was meant to call attention to the forced polarization of education by corporate interests. Instead of "learning to learn," students are "trained" in the use of one particular toolchain to the exclusion of all others. Instead, students should be taught to learn things, not taught to use things.

One thing that bugs me to no end when I hire kids out of school is that they don't know how to DO anything. They only know how to regurgitate things. They know how to "turn this knob and hit this button" on the scope, according to their lab manual instructions, but they have no Earthly clue what it is that those things are doing. It's the same thing with these "trained" toolchains.

I hope that clears it up a bit..

Linux Business

Submission + - Upgrade Linux distros with bittorrent? 1

jonathan3003 writes: I recently upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 7.10. I had about a 1000 packages to download, and it took almost 24 hours (via a local mirror). It should be much faster than that. Why don't linux distros use apt-get (or rpm, yum, etc.) together with bittorrent? Surely with bittorrent technology now accepted as main-stream the mirroring system for package repositories can be replaced with a smarter system, where the load on the servers is reduced and download times are faster? A quick google search leads to some related projects, but why isn't there already a distribution with a file-sharing based package management system?
Internet Explorer

Submission + - AntiVirus Products fail to find Simple IE malware ( 4

SkiifGeek writes: "Didier Stevens recently took a closer look at some Internet Explorer malware that he had uncovered and found that most antivirus products that it was tested against (courtesy of VirusTotals) failed to identify the malware through one of the most basic and straight forward obfuscation techniques — the null-byte. With enough null-bytes between each character of code, it is possible to fool all antivirus products (though additional software will trap it), yet Internet Explorer was quite happy to render the code.

Whose responsibility is it to fix this behaviour? Both the antivirus / antimalware companies and Microsoft's IE team have something to answer for."


Submission + - Spam Filtering Algorithm Used to Fight HIV ( 1

akirapill writes: FTA: "In 2006, HIV infections killed as many as 3.5 million people. But there's hope for wiping out this disease, and it may be sitting in your e-mail inbox right now. Efforts to wipe out unwanted spam e-mails could provide the key to ending the AIDS epidemic. Researchers at computer software giant Microsoft are in clinical trials testing the same technology used to create spam-blocking programs against HIV."

Submission + - Brain electrodes help man speak again (

An anonymous reader writes: "He was beaten and left for dead one night in a robbery while walking home in 1999. His skull was crushed and his brain severely damaged. The doctor said if he pulled through at all, he'd be a vegetable for the rest of his life." "Researchers chose him for an experimental attempt to rev up his brain by placing electrodes in it."

Journal Journal: Kinkos has your number 2

CNN is carrying an article about a "new" (or rather, newly disclosed) way to get your personal information.

Now, experts are warning that photocopiers could be a culprit as well.

That's because most digital copiers manufactured in the past five years have disk drives -- the same kind of data-storage mechanism found in computers -- to reproduce documents.

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