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Comment Re:Give him everything right now. (Score 1) 148

Cut out the middle man send Attorney-General Nicola Roxon every thing right now. CC him on every email and photo upload and send him your daily web browsing histories, if he has twitter the update him on what your are doing.

This is what they did in Canada and they crashed the Parliamentary mail and web servers. After a few days of this the bill was effectively withdrawn.

Her. Send *her* everything right now. Surely the name and the photo were reasonable clues to the gender?

Comment Re:so in otherwords (Score 4, Informative) 116

your social behavior is monitored for the severely unlikely event your in a emergency situation 24/7 instead of requesting for help

anyone see an issue with this?

If you read the article, you would note that this is specifically for Natural disasters, ie widespread events like earthquake or tsunami. It is not for your small-scale emergencies.

Comment Re:It's not "911" in Japan (Score 1) 116

even the ITWorld article put 911 in the title despite correctly noting in the text that it is 119 in Japan.

The most important part of this is how to treat reports of survivors. After 9/11 many people from my company called in to report that they were ok and that they had seen other survivors. Because of many false reports, we would only record someone as definitely alive if they personally contacted us.

In theory using twitter would help with this but how do you verify that it is the real person and not someone setting up a fake account?

Comment Re:Who Would Have Thought? (Score 1) 267

If you really think there is a 'tiny' amount of radiation being leaked, why don't you go live there?

My aunt-in law lives in the 80km exclusion zone - along with thousands of other people, my wife will be there later this week and I will be there the next time I am in Japan.

The problem isn't from the nuclear power station, it's from all the services being destroyed by the tsunami. Christchurch had an earthquake just prior to the Japan earthquake and they are also having massive rebuilding work going on. There are no nuclear power stations in NZ.

Comment Re:Glaring errors in the techweek article. (Score 1) 196

yes there is such a beast as an implanted pump, but in practice, the things are very, very rare and you are unlikely to meet any diabetic who is even aware that the device exists, let along find someone who has one.

The version that is out there is 20 years old and is basically being maintained, there isn't new models coming out all the time. Common approaches to security 20 years ago is not the same as we would view them now.

Yes, it is something that should be addressed in future models (if they ever appear) but the GP points about pumps are much more relevant when there are thousands more external pumps than there are implantable ones.

Comment Re:Why is this crap even on Slashdot? (Score 1) 242

And conversely, I get pain in my fingers and wrist if I use a standard shaped mouse for any length of time, and the Logitech MX1000 is my mouse of choice which I use 8-10 hours per day for several years without any pain.

Horses for Courses - what is a bad design for you is not necessarily a bad design for others. Ain't choices great!

Comment Re:Socialist pig! (Score 3, Funny) 725

Never gonna happen. There are too many politically conservative idiots, like my mom, who believe attempts at converting to metric represent a "socialist" conspiracy, and almost literally scream at any attempt to remove Imperial units in favor of metric. Socialist? The fucking metric system? Seriously?

How about approaching it by telling those same people that using Imperial units is propagating the British rule over America and until it is dropped, the US will never be truely free?


Submission + - Microsoft To Kill Windows Phone 7 Unlocking

Chris writes: In the first update to Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is planning to block ChevronWP7, which allowed users to unlock any retail Windows Phone 7 device for application side-loading without having to pay $99 per year for a WP7 marketplace account. The update, which is slated for release this month, will also introduce copy and paste functionality, among other improvements. ChevronWP7 was discontinued less than a week after its release about two months ago. ChevronWP7's three developers, Long Zheng, Rafael Rivera, and Chris Walsh were approached by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, and decided to kill their app.

Comment Re:complete with tracking and statistics (Score 1) 244

Won't affect me - I never click on any shortened link. If I can't see if it goes to the site that I am intending to go to, I won't click it. Unfortunately lots of people do click on these links and then wonder why they get virus and malware. If google can make the links safer that would be good but I still plan to avoid them.

Comment Re:Chatter is a Salesforce product...shrug (Score 1) 82

We use salesforce all day long and yet none of us at work use "chatter". It's almost as if it's a clunky, superfluous facebook-alike shoehorned into what's otherwise a good CRM system.

Does anyone here on /. actually use chatter?

First thing I did when it was enabled on my account was to find the settings to turn it off - have no desire to use it.


Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life 207

Have you ever been so drunk that you passed out and your dog ate your toe? I haven't either, but luckily for Michigander Jerry Douthett, he has. It turns out Jerry has type 2 diabetes and a wound on his toe had becoming dangerously infected. After a night of drinking Jerry passed out in his chair and the family dog Kiko decided to do a little doggy doctoring. From the article: "'The toe was gone,' said Douthett. 'He ate it. I mean, he must have eaten it, because we couldn't find it anywhere else in the house. I look down, there's blood all over, and my toe is gone.' [Douthett's wife] Rosee, 40, rushed her husband to the hospital where she's a gerontology nurse — Spectrum Health's Blodgett Campus. Kiko had gnawed to a point below the nail-line. When tests revealed an infection to the bone, doctors amputated what was left of the toe."

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