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Comment Re:Bioterrorism (Score 1) 157

A antibiotics-resistant version of Yersinia pestis would be optimal - high killing rate, high infection rate, and the disease spread can only be stopped with drastic measures.

If I were a terrorist, I'd forego using Ebola since this disease kills it's host rather fast. Too fast for a successful spread of the disease.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Man Spends 2,200 Hours Defeating Bejeweled 2 179

An anonymous reader writes "A California steel contractor spent 2,200 total hours over the last three years racking up a high score in Bejeweled 2. He exceeded the 2^31-1 maximum score programmed for the score display, proving that there is, in fact, an end to the game. I suppose congratulations or condolences are in order."

Comment Re:Fix the real problem ? (Score 1) 385

They tried that in the UK, in Germany and some other places. And guess what - they still have guns. Better use ShotSpotter if it really works, at least with non-sound-suppressed guns.

The problem is not the huge amount of guns (Switzerland, Norway, Finland and even Sweden have a rather high gun density, but rather little violent crime), but the social breakdown of society. If you want to fix that, it's either by making these people think that legal work is more desirable than ten years in a hellhole of jail, or by simply having a death squad clean up the gangs, sans due process.

Comment Re:In Europe PayPal IS a bank, right? (Score 1) 509

Down in Switzerland, they need to be registered as a financial intermediary, at least. Which basically means that if they aren't, any enterprising lawyer could catch them for not fulfilling the legal rules regarding money laundering. And regardless of what they talk about tax laws, the Swiss money laundering rules are strict.

Comment Re:Here's an idea... (Score 2, Insightful) 457

Then go for a 12 gauge shotgun with bird shot. Perfect up to 10 meters, and yes, it can and does kill, even with less-than-perfect shot placement. At less than five meters, you have the same effect as a huge Glaser safety slug that upon impact, transforms from a solid bullet into a frangible one, for a fraction of the cost of that new-fangled bullet and it's legal everywhere where smooth-bore shotguns are legal (which might make it California, Ohio and New Jersey-legal).

However, there's not much over-penetration, if any. A brick wall will stop the pellets, and at more than 10m, even a wooden door might.

And most criminals, upon hearing a shotgun being racked WILL rethink their idea to burglarize your home. And if you're against taking life, just do what Marsellus Wallace did in Pulp Fiction on Zed.


Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting 390

An anonymous reader writes "For years, Microsoft has allowed Visual Studio users to define arbitrary tab widths, often to the dismay of those viewing the resultant code in other editors. With VS 2010, it appears that they have taken the next step of forcing tab width to be the same as the indent size in code. Two-space tabs anyone?"

Comment Use fascist GPOs (Score 4, Interesting) 320

In our company, we have resorted to implementing a fascist GPO to solve the problem. Actually, in the untrusted zone, IE can't:

- run javascript
- directly launch an associated application (like a PDF)
- run Flash
- run ActiveX
- change of the default home page
- install toolbars
- use any other search provider except Google

amongst others. It has become a sport to lock down IE as much as possible without removing it completely - this encourages using other browsers.

Annoying people so much that they switch browsers has actually been the best strategy so far to prevent IE security problems in a predominantly windows company.


Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives 292

Sockatume writes "Residents in Craigavon, South Africa complained of '[h]eadaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns' after an iBurst communications tower was put up in a local park. Symptoms subsided when the residents left the area, often to stay with family and thus evade their suffering. At a public meeting with the afflicted locals, the tower's owners pledged to switch off the mast immediately to assess whether it was responsible for their ailments. One problem: the mast had already been switched off for six weeks. Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds."

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