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Comment Re:Dark Tan? (Score 1) 964

That's not necessarily true. In Central Europe, nationalism is alive and well (actually increasing due to the perceived cultural threat from the EU), and a picture with three different skin colors for three people will not be interpreted as affirmative action, but unwanted external cultural influence.

Particularly the black guy, as you don't expect to see black people every day.

In Hungary, at least, the original picture would cause outrage from the far-right and a measurable decrease in sales.

So, you're saying the Polish are racists and MS is just bowing to market forces?

Comment And the point is to . . . (Score 1) 693

. . . have these cameras record their crimes for the sake of posterity?

You only have to look at the evening news with their "surveillance camera" footage to know that the ever-present camera does little to deter criminals. What we do get is a better record of the crime, which mostly just helps prosecutors convince the depicted offenders to agree to plea deals, as opposed to being used as a great bit of evidence to support a case to have them convicted and serve the prescribed time for the crime committed.

Comment Re:How exactly did the musuem acquire it? (Score 1) 128

It's my understanding that narcotics sniffing dogs have been allowed to use the narcotics they're supposed to be sniffing for and thus having felt the effects of those narcotics are motivated to find them in the future. Perhaps this is a similar case where an agency is rewarded with the confiscated possessions of their victims...errr...customers.

Comment Re:In my case (Score 3, Interesting) 357

Same here. I've washed SD and CF cards more often than I'd like to admit. Despite that I've never had one fail out of the wash.

I've had one card fail though. My Palm Treo uses SD cards and once when removing the card my fingernail was in the perfect position to split the card open at the seam. When I removed the card from the phone I had 2 pieces. One plastic cover(the part w/o the label) and the remainder of the card stayed together. I re-attached to cover and attempted to read the card in several USB readers and the phone as well. It was dead. The devices never recognized that a card was inserted.


Submission + - UK's Conservative Party Pro OSS

Paul Giannaros writes: "The UK's Conservative Party website top story states that 'an incoming Conservative government would create a level playing field for open source software in the UK', following the Conservative Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's speech on recasting the political settlement for the digital age.
He talks about the importance of the 'equality of information' that the Internet has provided, social networks and their use in society, and open source, saying 'it is estimated that the Government could save at least 5% [£600m] of its annual IT bill if more open source software was used as part of a more effective procurement strategy'. He also briefly discusses 'the lack of open standards in government IT'."
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Journal Journal: One man, one Hero- tells the Corporations NO!

Bad fishing and environmental econazi rules have hit the fishing fleet in Coos Bay hard. Very hard. To the point where many fishermen are essentially homeless- unable to pay for both house and boat. And they're in serious financial trouble- many are 90 days behind in dock fees. An eastern corporation, the Port of Charleston, owns the marina in Coos Bay, and in keeping with their Eastern Rich Yachtyard values, they've sent orders to start foreclosing on boats that are behind in moorage rent p
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Submission + - Congressman: colleges are nests of piracy

Prescott writes: Hollywood's congressman, Rep. Howard Berman of California, has announced that his subcomittee will be accelerating its hearings on piracy at American colleges. More troubling, he is getting ready to go after what he is calling the 'hypocrisy' of American colleges and Universities. 'Unfortunately, many schools have turned a blind eye to piracy,' Berman said. 'I don't doubt that there are legitimate issues that universities must grapple with, including privacy and cost concerns. However, when a university such as Purdue tells the AP that it rarely even notifies students accused by the RIAA because it is too much trouble to track down alleged offenders — such inaction is unacceptable.'

Submission + - Physics falling into own black hole

dspart writes: "At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, I'd appreciate feedback on a couple of thoughts re. the future of physics, computer science and AI. They're itemised on, but to summerise: (1) String theory is going nowhere; all kinds of attempts are being made to shoe-horn new observations into accepted theories, resulting in complex proposals which maintain causality from one observer's POV but not others' POVs. (2) There seems to be a much better model to explain the universe."

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