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Comment Re:The obsession with more government power (Score 1) 670

What the current government want so far [...] Increased government regulation of aired political opinion through the Fairness Doctrine.

Even Fox News says that President Obama opposes any move to bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine and even clarified that their stance was "definitive".

Yeah, a couple other legislators including pelosi want it, but let's be clear that even Fox News claims that the Obama Administration definitively opposes it.

Comment Re:Yeah right -- you lie (Score 1) 1721

The Illinois Governor who won the peace prize is in prison for selling CDLs to people who couldn't drive or speak English and who ultimately killed a fmaily in a fiery death on the highway.

That one wasn't a joke, it was just pathetic.

Mod parent down, as it's main claim is false. The dude did not win the Nobel Peace Prize, and your link to wikipedia is misleading, and even that wikipedia page does not even claim that he won.

He merely was nominated in 2005. You can trivially confirm that in 2005 the Peace Prize went to Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency shared the price in 2005. That's this guy, btw.

You can also find out on that site that the nominations are the result of their requests to thousands of people...."send individual invitations to thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists from numerous countries, previous Nobel Laureates, members of parliamentary assemblies and others, asking them to submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the coming year". So, seriously, as News For Nerds, we need to honest about distinguishing between "nomination" (one of thousands of people said yeah him) versus "winning" the Peace Prize. Which he didn't do.

A basic google search would find you this page that lists all the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. And obviously George Ryan is demonstrably not on the list.

Mod parent down.

Comment Link to the speech reaching out the Muslim World (Score 1) 1721

Yeah, surprising to me to that this happened at this early phase, but it's their right to acknowledge someone who moves in the right direction as far as they are concerned.

For those who haven't seen it, he deserves the Nobel Prize just from his speech reaching out the Muslim World. Most Americans have not seen the whole thing beginning to end. But the world saw it, and you bet your bippy that lots of the Muslim world saw it. It was amazingly awesome.

Absolutely brilliant, strong, and a genuine attempt to promote real peace. I'm proud that we have a leader like that.

Yes, a big change from the bullying, belligerence, and ignorance, from the last 8 years, and probably him winning had some relationship with their dissapproval of his predecessor in terms of a powerful nation doing so much to devalue international cooperation, the UN, and international mutual respect.

At inaugeration he said that the USA... "we are ready to lead once more"...and he seems to be selling it to the world. he's not selling domination and war ***as an end to themselves*** like leaders seemed to do before. Instead he's selling leadership and trying to get along with each other, and then cooperating on zapping the violent extremists of every type. And he even tried to address the rifts between Israel and Palestine, promoting a 2state solution, and explicitly calling out BOTH sides to stuff they did wrong (condemning both sides), and explaining in straightforward language how both side's recent strategies are losing strategies, and laying out a plan for peace.

So, yeah, people who want vocal powerful advocates of peace probably respond well to his speech reaching out the Muslim World and his comments about hoping (eventually) for a world without nuclear weapons.

And btw, the Nobel group has also expanded its role over the years to include promotion of causes that relate to poverty and health, so his domestic healthcare work probably is something they approve of also.

And that's why he got the award. And that's why he deserved it. They want more of that, even if you don't agree with him or think he hasn't delivered yet. They want to make it easier for him to get stuff done by giving him some public kudos at a time he needs it because he's under attack and they want to give him some cred to help him do so.

Comment Re:You're kidding me. (Score 1) 289

The sad fact of the matter is that I don't believe the iPhone offers any way to have "map packs" like a traditional GPS so it's an all-or-nothing type deal.

if they want to, developers of iPhone 3.0 OS apps can offer "add-ons" within their applications, with publicly supported APIs and integration with the iTunes store. See:

I dunno if the size of the downloads would in practice thwart this plan to use those APIs. i guess it depends on the granularity

But either way, it seems like app developer could sell GPS data for each US state (for large states or region (in regions with smaller states) as a separate app in the itunes store.

Comment Re:And as usual US-only (Score 1) 232

Not available in the Canadian app-store (or in Europe).

I really am saddened by this aspect of 'progress', you can order physical CDs, DVDs, kindles, anything from all over the world and nobody has an issue with that, but the second anything becomes distributed electronically boom, we're transported to this strange super-protectionistic world where things do not move freely anymore.

DVDs bought anywhere in the world and "nobody has an issue with that"?

Actually, DVD region codes thwart many cases of doing just that and that's built into the DVD standard (unfortunately).


Submission + - Google Earth & Mechanical Turk to find Fossett

mikee805 writes: Google in a bid to help the search for Steve Fossett has released updated images of Nevada an Amazon Mechanical Turk project is being used to systematically search the new images.

Submission + - Upright Citizens Brigade Season 2 on DVD!


Bonus Material Includes LIVE Audio Commentary Recorded With The Entire Cast In Front Of A
Live Audience At The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater In Los Angeles,
Audience Q &A, Early Live Performances, Deleted Scenes And Traditional Audio Commentary

NEW YORK, September 4, 2007 — In the second season of COMEDY CENTRAL's cult favorite series "Upright Citizens Brigade" starring Matt Besser ("Walk Hard"), Amy Poehler ("Saturday Night Live"), Ian Roberts ("Arrested Development") and Matt Walsh ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), the group trace the origins of the deadly drug Supercool, see Jesus in strange places, deal with an infestation of friars, and party with the Wu Tang Clan. Released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete Second Season" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, September 18 and will also be available at

"Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete Second Season" DVD is a two-disc set featuring all 10 episodes which originally aired on COMEDY CENTRAL in 1999. It features a unique LIVE audio commentary recorded with the entire cast in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. This LIVE audio commentary appears on episodes "Spaghetti Jesus" (207) and "Supercool" (210) followed by a Q&A with the audience members. Traditional audio commentary with the cast is available on the remaining eight episodes. Additional bonus material includes early live performances and deleted scenes.
The Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh) sketch comedy troupe perfected its craft in Chicago, performing for Second City and the Improv Olympics Theater. In 1996, they moved to New York City. Noticing an absence of "Chicago-style" long form improv known as "The Harold" where sketches intertwine and eventually become one, through plot, theme and recurring characters, the four members of the UCB soon began their training program in 1997. It became so successful that the group needed to open their own theater.

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater ( ) opened February 4, 1999 quickly became the place for great, cutting-edge, comedy. Casting directors, agents, festival producers, and journalists all flock to the UCB Theater to see the best comic talent in the city. Now there is also a UCB Theater in Los Angeles. Both theaters aim to offer the best and most innovative improv, standup, and sketch comedy in those cities seven days a week. In addition to the performance space, UCBT is home to an intensive Improv Guerilla Training Center where students learn the art of improvisational and written comedy. In October, the UCB will launch their "third stage" which will be a comedy video website, featuring performers from the theaters.
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA, VIA.B), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 91 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL's press Web site at

Renata Luczak
(212) 767-8661

For Paramount Home Entertainment:
Brenda Ciccone
(323) 956-8091"

Submission + - Government Backsliding on Open Source Promises (

willdavid writes: "By Tash Shifrin (ComputerWorld UK): Parliamentary battle looms over failure to break proprietary software stranglehold. The Liberal Democrats have hit out at the government's failure to use more open source software, three years after it pledged to avoid 'lock-in' to proprietary systems. The government published a policy document, 'Open Source Software: use within UK government' in 2004, promising to consider open source alongside proprietary products in IT procurements."

Submission + - Running Vista in Parallels will Cost You More

Anonymous Coward writes: "This press release details about the way MS will limit your ability to run Vista in a virtual machine. One cannot run run Vista virtually unless you pay for the more expensive versions of their new operating system (starting at $299.) On top of the loss of extra funds from your checking account, you will also lose your XP license with the upgrade. There are some definite DRM questions that come into play here. tml"

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