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Comment Re:In a bind (Score 5, Insightful) 865

At the bare minimum, you need to move closer to where you work. Your commute is costing you your health and is eating your paycheck. Looking at the money you are making versus the costs, you might be better off working at the 7-11 down the street.

Where does your social life fit in to this? I know when I work a 60+ hour week I need the weekend just to unwind, let alone see friends or do things I enjoy.

My solution, get an apartment within 5 miles of your work and then ride a bicycle there.

Communications

Submission + - Verizon Sells Phone Lines in 14 States (wsj.com)

gmagill writes: Quoted from article: "Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to sell local phone businesses in 14 states to Frontier Communications Corp. in a deal valued at $8.6 billion, the latest move by Verizon to focus on markets that are better tailored to its fiber-optic services."
The Courts

Submission + - Judge in Pirate Bay case formally scrutinized 2

metacell writes: The judge in the Pirate Bay case, who was accused of being partial due to being a member of pro-IP organizations and having several connections to the prosecution's lawyers, will be formally scrutinized. The appeals court has selected Anders Eka to perform the scrutiny. Anders Eka is himself a member of a research team at Stockholm University, together with the prosecution's two lawyers, Monique Wadsted and Peter Danowsky.
Article in Swedish, sorry!
http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/musik/the-pirate-bay-nya-turer-i-javsfragan-1.870677
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor's Cyberlaw Record

Hugh Pickens writes: "Thomas O'Toole writes that President Obama's choice for Associate Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, authored several cyberlaw opinions regarding online contracting law, domain names, and computer privacy while on the Second Circuit. Judge Sotomayor wrote the court's 2002 opinion in Specht v. Netscape Communications Corp., an important online contracting case. In Specht, the Second Circuit declined to enforce contract terms that were available behind a hyperlink that could only be seen by scrolling down on a Web page (pdf). "We are not persuaded that a reasonably prudent offeree in these circumstances would have known of the existence of license terms," wrote Sotomayor. Judge Sotomayor wrote an opinion in a domain name case, Storey v. Cello Holdings LLC in 2003 that held that an adverse outcome in an administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy did not preclude a later-initiated federal suit (pdf) brought under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). In Leventhal v. Knapek, a privacy case, Judge Sotomayor wrote for the Second Circuit that New York state agency officials and investigators did not violate a state employee's Fourth Amendment rights when they searched the contents of his office computer for evidence of unauthorized use of state equipment. While none of these cases may mean much as far as what Judge Sotomayor will do as an Associate Supreme Court Justice "if confirmed, she will be the first justice who has written cyberlaw-related opinions before joining the court," writes O'Toole."
The Military

Submission + - Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage CyberWars 3

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that the Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials say, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare. Obama is expected to sign a classified order in coming weeks that will create the military cybercommand, The decision to create a cybercommand is a major step beyond the actions taken by the Bush administration, which authorized several computer-based attacks but never resolved the question of how the government would prepare for a new era of warfare fought over digital networks. The main dispute has been over whether the Pentagon or the National Security Agency should take the lead in preparing for and fighting cyberbattles. Under one proposal still being debated, parts of the NSA would be integrated into the military command so they could operate jointly. Officials declined to describe potential offensive operations, but said they now viewed cyberspace as comparable to more traditional battlefields. "We are not comfortable discussing the question of offensive cyberoperations, but we consider cyberspace a war-fighting domain," said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman. "We need to be able to operate within that domain just like on any battlefield, which includes protecting our freedom of movement and preserving our capability to perform in that environment.""
Sci-Fi

Half-Life Short Film Grabs Attention 72

switchfeet writes "For any of you Half-Life fans out there, this new short film based on the game by The Purchase Brothers is really garnering some attention on pretty much every gaming site out there. 'It's a mixture of live action and game footage, and makes smart use of in-game sound effects, and some really fantastic location hunting. ... The Purchase Bros describe the production as 'guerilla style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500.'"
Businesses

Submission + - Valve now sells in Euro, USD to EURO rates: 1:1

nautsch writes: The online distribution platform of valve, Steam (Steampowered.com), has just introduce new pricing for big parts of the rest of the world outside of the US. Steam News. The funny thing is, that the rates between Euro and USD are 1:1, which is kind of a price increase of up to 50%. European customers feel ripped of and theres a thread in their forum which got 1000 replies in under two days (Steam forum thread.

Anyone else thinks, that valve has made a horrible mistake?
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - EA is Now Officially on Steam; Spore Loses SecuROM (gamecyte.com)

Trevor DeRiza writes: "Today, Valve and EA revealed that this week's earlier rumors were true: Spore (and other EA games) are coming to Steam. As of today, Spore, Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack, Warhammer Online, Mass Effect, Need for Speed: Undercover, and FIFA Manager 2009 are all available for download on Steam. In the coming weeks, EA will add Mirror's Edge, Dead Space, and Red Alert 3. On the official Steam forums, when asked whether or not Spore would contain the dreaded DRM that "caused" it to be the most pirated game of 2008, a moderator replied, "It does not have third party DRM.""
Patents

Submission + - Student Invention Extends Battery Life by 12x (carleton.ca)

imamac writes: From the article:

Atif Shamim, an electronics PhD student at Carleton University, has built a prototype that extends the battery life of portable gadgets such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, by getting rid of all the wires used to connect the electronic circuits with the antenna.

Unlike many of the breakthroughs we read about on Slahdot and elsewhere, this seems like it has a very high probability of market acceptance and actual implementation.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Mechanical AI made in Little Big Planet

Laurens writes: Despite slow sales of Little Big Planet in the USA, you might have heard of the calculator made in Little Big Planet, but now that has been topped. I found a fully-functioning AI machine which plays Tic-Tac-Toe against the player. Considering that you can't actually program in LBP, this feat is impressive: it is a machine wich has mechanical AND and OR ports made of pistons and proximity detectors, a phyically moving Program Counter, and hundreds of wires. The level is called 'Tic Tac Toe' and is by author Cristel
Robotics

Submission + - SPAM: Unmanned machines fight to the death

coondoggie writes: "What happens when science-fiction becomes reality? In what certainly could be a precursor to future battles, the Air Force said this week its unmanned MQ-9 Reaper aircraft destroyed and unmanned, remotely controlled vehicle containing an explosive device in Iraq. While the event was extraordinary in that it was the first time a Reaper had blown something up since arriving in Iraq in late July, it was also one of the first documented cases of two unmanned vehicles doing battle. The Reaper is a faster, larger, higher-flying version of the highly successful MQ-1 Predator. The Reaper has engaged enemy forces in Afghanistan, the Air Force said. Such battles are likely to accelerate in the future. According to the Unmanned Systems Roadmap 2007-2013 the US said it will spend an estimated $4 billion by 2010 on unmanned systems technology. The total spending is expected to rise above $24 billion. Over 4,000 robots are currently deployed on the ground in Iraq. [spam URL stripped]"
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