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Comment Re:Wait, really? (Score 3, Insightful) 1053

Negative sir. That's the honest truth. If I walked into the hospital tomorrow with no money, and a life ending ailment. I'd live out the rest of my life to the fullest, but I can accept death. I don't know why you can't accept that life ends... sometimes premature.

If you were drowning in a lake, and there were people standing by the lake who were capable of pulling you out and saving you, and those people just stood there - would you then accept death?
I suspect you'd spend your last few minutes being extremely pissed off and wondering why the hell they weren't throwing you a rope.
They weren't throwing you a rope because it was too much hassle, or too expensive.

Comment Re:August (Score 1) 1146

She admitted it, and apologised, and we then proceeded to fix the situation.

Should have made her do the work and you should have told her how to do it, instead of willingly participating in fixing her fuck-up. She'll think twice about being irrational next time :D

You're not married are you? She won't think twice at all, and will be just as irrational next time. And you won't mind, 'cos she's your wife and you love her.

Businesses

EU Bans Sock-Puppet Blogs 393

PhilipMarlowe9000 writes in with news of a new EU directive that will take effect in the UK at the end of this year to ban "sock-puppet" reviews or websites, part of an EU-wide overhaul of consumer laws. From the article: "Businesses that write fake blog entries or create whole wesbites purporting to be created by customers will fall foul of a European directive banning them from 'falsely representing oneself as a consumer.' From December 31, when the change becomes law in the UK, they can be named and shamed by trading standards or taken to court. The Times has learnt that the new regulations also will apply to authors who praise their own books under a fake identity on websites such as Amazon."
Communications

Open Source Phone on the Way 66

prostoalex writes "Dr. Dobb's Journal reports on GPE Palmtop Environment's aim to create a full stack of open source software for mobile phones. Mobile operator Orange and France Telecom are contributing to the project. The goal is to have a fully featured mobile handset with applications like instant messaging and email, with only a portion of the price."
Programming

Submission + - Writing Open Source Documentation?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm an Open Source guy. I run Linux, I suggest FF and OO.org to friends. And I'd like to give back. The problem is, I'm not a coder. So how do I go about writing documentation, and what kind of projects should I look into? What are some stellar examples?
The Internet

Alternative Registrars to GoDaddy? 218

Futurepower(R) wrote in to ask for your suggestions about reliable domain name registrars. With GoDaddy, the one-time favorite registrar, suspending domains based on the wishes of the Irish High Court, and 'requests' from MySpace, is it any wonder that people are starting to lose faith in it? A word of warning from the last article linked in the last sentence: "(GoDaddy) reserves the right to terminate your access to the services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever." Chilling words from a domain name registrar. So what registrars would you recommend for people looking to replace GoDaddy, and how would you suggest they go about transferring their domains in a hassle-free manner?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - How to Install Vista on a Paper Shredder

An anonymous reader writes: Fed up after 12 agonizing hours of trying to install Windows Vista onto his brand-new, top-of-the-line gaming PC, dealing with many driver problems, multiple blue screens of death, and other assorted issues, Anthony Cumia (a self-described geek and co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio program "Opie & Anthony") provides a video demonstration of how he was able to install Windows Vista on his cross-cut shredder.
User Journal

Journal Journal: [misc] Slashdot port-scans on comment submission? 2

This week I am messing with a new firewall package. Several years ago I used Norton, then switched to ZoneAlarm before settling long-term with Trend. At the moment, I am running Panda, which is not as well-known as any of the others but the company has been around for a long time.

Censorship

Submission + - Blogger/Google and Freedom of Speech

Kim Hubbard-Alphandary writes: "Using blogger has it's drawbacks. Before my site was complete, "anonymous" users clicked the FLAG this site for objectionable content. The site is now BLACKLISTED. . . 1) This means that X-amount of email filters will not accept an email with the URL in the content of the email. 2) That blogger will not list the existance of the site. 3) That google will place a notice on their search, if the link actually comes up: "Notify Blogger about objectionable content...". 4) Every other site on the net, just about, that has "analogizing.blogspot.com" within that page — is automatically moved into the BLOG category, this means that lot's of stuff will not come up under the standard google search !!! 5) Some Web-browsers will not recognizing the blog as existing, another way of saying it, will not launch the blog! So between all these things, I'm really regretting spending the time on the Blog, having done so much outreach with the stupid blog etc. I should make a web-page. AND, i have a feeling that this is all google/blogger getting ready, as in developing sophisticated ways of censoring the net. That this is most definitely the BEGINNING of a lot more subtle stuff to come down! UGH !!! Kim"
Google

Submission + - Google scrambling sensitive map information?

Cyphoid writes: While viewing my university (the University of Massachusetts Lowell) with Google Maps, I noticed a select portion of the campus that was pixelated. Incidentally, the building and the water tower looking structure that was pixelated happens to be the operational nuclear research facility on campus. Curious, I attempted to view the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which led to another pixelated section of earth. What or who is compelling Google to selectively smudge out these images? Is there something that Google is being told about our nation's security that we are not? Will all satellite images of facilities that the government deems as "sensitive" soon be subject to censoring?
Google

YouTube To Pay For User-Generated Content 128

An anonymous reader writes "Speaking at the World Economic Forum, YouTube CEO Chad Hurley has revealed that the company plans to financially compensate users who produce and upload their content. With Google's purchase of YouTube last year, followed by more aggressive attempts to monetize the site (such as the deal struck with Verizon Wireless), it was inevitable that YouTube would come under pressure to share some of those fruits with ordinary users. But why didn't YouTube pay its users from the start? Hurley said: 'We didn't want to build a system that was motivated by monetary reward. We wanted to really build a true community around video. When you start out with giving money to people from day one, the people you do attract will just switch to the next provider who's paying more. We're at a scale now that we feel we can do that and still have a true community around video.'"

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