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Submission + - Testimony in WikiLeaks Trial (

ExE122 writes: A US Army Investigator presented testimony incriminating Private Bradley Manning as the source of information for WikiLeaks. Evidence includes documents found on Bradley's computer and several emails in which Bradley is boasting about his role in the information leak. There are also several emails tying Bradley to Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website. His defense is trying several tactics, challenging that there is little evidence that Bradley shared the information in his posession.

Submission + - Fukushima Reches Cold Shutdown Milestone (

ExE122 writes: Japan's PM announces that the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged in an earthquake and tsunami earlier this year has finally been stabilized. Although this is good news, according to experts, 'it will take years — perhaps decades — to fully clean up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.' Health and safety is still a concern in an area where over 80,000 people were evacuated after food and soil was found to contain radioactive contamination.

Submission + - Fracking Disclosure Rules Approved in CO (

ExE122 writes: Colorado has approved new measures taking a tough stance on the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. The new law is "requiring companies to disclose the concentrations of chemicals in addition to the chemicals themselves". Fracking is a controversial method of natural gas extraction that raises concerns about health and safety issues to surrounding communities. This measure is said to be tougher than similar measures passed in Texas earlier this year.

Submission + - Netflix CEO Comments on Recent Decisions (

ExE122 writes: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings makes several comments about mistakes that were made over the past year. Hastings claimed, "We moved too fast with it", and explains that he still thinks Internet video will dominate in the coming years. From the article: 'Hastings also faced tough questions about last month's double-bomb disclosure: Netflix now expects to lose money for all of 2012, and it is looking to raise cash in a secondary offering of its stock.'

Comment Re:We've been laughing at you for years... (Score 1, Funny) 510

Yeah, we should be more like the British! They don't ever come up with any silly legal ideas like us Yanks do! Oh, except the following:
  • Under the reign of Elizabeth I, any person found guilty of "harboring a Catholic priest" would be tortured or even hanged. Any priest of the Catholic faith that was caught would be hanged, drawn, and quartered.
  • With the exception of carrots, most goods may not be sold on Sunday.
  • All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy. Explanation: This law dates from the middle ages when there was no standing army, so in times of war each gentry was required to produce a quota (depending on its size) of knights, archers, infantry, etc. As the church was the only centralized instrument of bureauacracy (the lords were independent for the most part), they were used for such tasks.
  • London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats. Explanation: The London Hackney Carriage Laws covers hackneys in other towns too and have remained unaltered for over 100 years. Firms have been known to manufacture very small bales of hay to carry in a taxi during disputes during local councils (who license the hackneys everywhere except London). Also the vehicle has to be tethered at a taxi rank, and the council have to supply a water trough at said ranks (that could be fun on a Saturday night!). The one about urinating against the back wheel is a Hackney Carriage Law too, and has also been done, on mass, during taxi/council disputes (allegedly).
  • The severest Penaltys will be suffered by any commoner who doth permit his animal to have carnal knowledge of a pet of the Royal House (enacted by George I).
  • It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (in a pub or bar).
  • It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person. Explanation: Introduced to outlaw "molly houses" which began to appear in the big cities of England in the late 16th Century. In these bordellos, homosexuals engaged in sex, sado
  • masochism, transvestitism etc., and they were perceived as a threat to public morality, and so outlawed.
  • Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI).
  • It is illegal to stand within one hundred yards of the reigning monarch when not wearing socks (enacted by Edward VI).
  • Chelsea Pensioners may not be impersonated. Explanation: Chelsea Pensioners are entitled to enhanced state benefits and subsidized accommodation, so pretending to be one is simply fraud!
  • A bed may not be hung out of a window.
  • It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.
  • Mince pies can not be eaten on Christmas day. Explanation: Ingredients of mince pies and plum puddings were pagan in origin, and their consumption part of ancient fertility rituals. The law dates from the Puritan era, the same time that dancing in church, maypoles, and holly and ivy decorations were outlawed. The laws were never officially repealed because upon the restoration of the monarchy, (in the form of Charles II) all laws formed under the protectorate were ignored as invalid.
  • Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked mannequin.
  • It is illegal to leave baggage unattended. Explanation: Many terrorists in the UK favor the practice of placing a bomb in a bag, then leaving the bag to explode later. Since this became a real threat, this law was passed to deter the crime and prosecute those who commit it.
  • Picking up abandoned baggage is an act of terrorism. See above.
  • It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour. Explanation: The law dates from the renegotiation of royal/political power on the accession of Charles II, designed to stop the MPs storming the house if it makes a decision they disapprove of. The Monarch is not allowed to enter the House of Commons (the legislative house) for similar reasons
  • Destroying or defacing money is illegal.
  • If a steam locomotive is driven on roads, a man must walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag during the day and a red lantern at night to warn passersby.
  • All steam locomotives are limited to 4mph on roads.
  • Anal sex is prohibited.
  • You may not make out in public.
  • It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle. Explanation: One of many Hackney Carriage Laws that have been unaltered for over 100 years, and it has alledgedly been done on mass during taxi/council disputes.
  • Committing suicide is classified as a capital crime.
  • Interfering with the mail or sleeping with the consort of the Queen is classed as treason, and as such, carries a maximum penalty of death.
  • Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen (or King) upside down is considered treason.
  • One may not "blemish the peace".
  • A license is required to keep a lunatic.
  • Damaging the grass is illegal.
  • In Chester, you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight.
  • You may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close in Hereford.
  • In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
  • In London, companies may vote in local elections.
  • In York, excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.

Comment Re:Forget MySQL, What about GlassFish and NetBeans (Score 1) 144

GlassFish competes directly with Oracle AS, and Weblogic (which Oracle acquired through BEA's acquisition a while back).

NetBeans competes directly with Oracle's JDeveloper.

I wonder if Oracle will keep these tools around. Personally, I think Oracle would be a fool not to. The NetBeans/GlassFish combo is by far the most productive way to develop server side Java Applications.

I agree, and I don't think Oracle will be pulling the plug on these. Some of these technologies might get integrated, and some will probably just continue on.

Look at how they've handled BEA. They have silently admitted that WebLogic is superior, but are still integrating it with some components of OAS to make an even better product. I think we can probably expect something similar with their IDEs.

As far as Glassfish/MySQL... I really don't think they will get rid of these either. WebLogic/OracleDB are powerful (and expensive) enterprise class closed-source products. However, there will still be a large community of open-source developers that Oracle will probably want to hang on to. This should allow Glassfish/MySQL to live on.

I think if they do for whatever reason try to get rid of these, there will be a huge migration of developers to other FOSS products, ultimately leading to more competition for Oracle.

What I'm really curious about is the O/S and server fronts. "Oracle Solaris" and "Oracle Fire" just don't sound right.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to (Score 1) 397

I saw MYST available as an iPod app. I didn't feel like dishing out $5.99 for it so I can't tell you if it's any good. However it's a sign that somebody somewhere is still getting picking up some loose change from it.

The "remastered" original Monkey Island game is also available on Steam and iPod. It has received high marks on both.

Comment Go Postal (Score 1) 297

From reading these comments, it's quite clear that stamped mail is still preferred for financial transactions. Quite interesting to see. I guess the fact that an average slashdot user spends the day reading articles about hacked systems and identity theft might have something to do with it.

My guess is that almost nobody still uses stamped mail for personal letters other than wedding invitations and Hallmark sentiments.

Comment Large Hardon Collider *ouch* (Score 4, Funny) 338

From the article:

We ourselves find it hard not to suspect the involvement of some pan-dimensional police force, seeking to prevent humanity acquiring parallel-universe portal capability before we're ready to use it responsibly.

I have devoted a large portion of my life to playing countless hours of Doom and Halflife, reading Kurt Vonnegut novels, and watching numerous reruns of Quantum Leap and Sliders... I think I'm "ready to use it"!

Oh, wait... "responsibly"... hmm...

Submission + - Britain's Apology to Alan Turing

ExE122 writes: "British PM Gordon Brown gives a posthumous apology to mathematician, chemist, logician, cryptanalyst and the father of computer science, Alan Turing. For slashdotters, Turing is probably best known for the Turing Machine, a device which has laid the groundwork for modern computer algorithms. To the rest of the world, he is commonly known as a World War II hero, deciphering several German crypts including that used by the Enigma machine. Though his contributions to science and the war efforts put him among the most influential men of the 20th century, Turing was criminally prosecuted in Britain in 1952 because of his lifestyle. Alan Turing was a homosexual, which at that time was a criminal illness and was punished by chemical castration. He committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41. On Sept 10, 2009, Britain's Prime Minister gave a public apology for the "appalling" post-war treatment of Alan Turing, and acknowledged his contributions to the war effort."

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