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Comment Re:Quiet Citizen, this is a National Security Issu (Score 1) 189

ever heard of flying kites? moron

That would also need to be banned, under the same set of rules. Kites are a security threat and must be stopped.

And while we're at calling people names, I'll add:

hot air balloons
blimps/lighter-than-air ships
paper airplanes
ski flying/jumping (and all other winter 'off the ground' sports)
skeet shooting (if the clay pigeons go higher than 50' above the nearest obstacle)
motocross
extreme pogo-sticking
trolling

Comment Quiet Citizen, this is a National Security Issue. (Score 1) 189

Since such actions may affect national security, we better redefine controlled airspace as anything "50 or more feet above the average natural or man-made object height within in any 250' radius from the device in question." By doing this we can eliminate: uncontrolled private aircraft (ie; Cessna fuel bombs), terrorist-centered high-powered rocketry (why would any 'normal' citizen need to launch any device over 250' in the air), surveillance drones (including all forms of remote-controlled aircraft, again, why would any 'normal' citizen need to pilot a 1/24th scale flying model for ANY reason, other than terrorism training), parachuting, etc..

Of course, there will be law enforcement exceptions.

Piracy

Seller of Counterfeit Video Games Gets 30 Months 165

wiredmikey writes "The FBI reported this week that Qiang 'Michael' Bi, of Powell, Ohio was sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling more than 35,000 illegally copied computer games over the Internet between 2005 and 2009. According to a statement of facts read during Bi's plea hearing, agents executed a search warrant at Bi's house and found multiple CD duplicators and more than 1,000 printed counterfeit CDs. Some of the CDs were still in the duplicator. During their investigation, agents learned that Bi would buy a single copy of a game, illegally duplicate it and sell the copies on eBay.com and Amazon.com. He also set up a website for customers to download the games they bought. Bi accepted payment through eBay and PayPal accounts in his name and in others' names."

Comment Finaly, the Catholic Church is catching up! (Score 1) 286

We've been recruiting priests, bishops, popes, hell popes, anti-popes, pope-esses, Doktors, cardinals, ordinals, and rabis via the Internet for nearly 20 years. No mandatory molestation, just $30 for ordainment (Eternal Salvation or Triple Your Money Back!) and the Divine Excuse! It is nice to see organized religion copying US!

Education

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment Re:Assertive, Confident, & Ambitious Folks Fin (Score 2, Insightful) 613

Not all 'nice guys' are wimpy. You can be a nice guy AND be assertive, stand up for yourself, take risks, and take credit for your own work. Heck, you can even be part of a confrontation and still be nice. This IS being nice and perhaps even honest. A person who can't do any of the above is a wimp. wimp!=nice guy.

Now, a 'douchebag' would be a guy that takes credit for others' work, is confrontational, puts everyone else down, and takes risks that put others in jeopardy. Some people like being douchebags, and some people just like douchebags.

go figure.

You CAN win and be an honest, stand-up guy. You won't if you are a wimp, and douchebags never win, even if it looks like they do.

I've hired wimps, douchehbags, and stand-up people. When the time came to let them go, the douchebags and wimps went first. Stand-up people went last, but they got great references and any assistance I could give them. That, in the end, is winning.

Sci-Fi

Submission + - Australian boffins find way to teleport atoms (news.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: AUSTRALIAN physicists have discovered a method that could see atoms being teleported between Sydney and Perth and pave the way for possible Star Trek-like travel in the future. The method involves cooling down a group of atoms and shooting lasers at them, making them "appear to disappear" before using transporting them along optic fibres at light speed to another location where they can be reconstructed.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Ricochet pulls the plug in San Diego

ScottFree2600 writes: "The first wireless internet internet service that really worked is finally dying. While living in San Diego, I enjoyed it 128-150k (wow!) transmission speed and the fact that it was the only high spped internet available to Enlisted Squids who lived in the barracks. It was my first taste of wireless netwoking, and it worked pretty well. There are still "poletops" around San Francisco and San Jose that don't work, and a nearly completed LA system existed for a time. Here's the letter I got: Dear Ricochet Customer: Ricochet will be ceasing to operate the Ricochet(R) wireless network in the San Diego metropolitan area effective July 31, 2007. This notice is in addition to the mail you should have recieved last week. This includes all Ricochet account services (wireless access, dial up access, email and web hosting) for all San Diego users. If you use a Ricochet email address, you will need to forward any email you wish to keep to another program prior to July 31st. Customers who are on a six month or one year contract will be let out of their contract as of July 31, 2007, with no cancellation penalty. The final billing against your account was on or before July 1st, 2007. Customers on month to month plans also received the final billing against your account on or before July 1st, 2007. It has been a pleasure serving you over the past several years. Should you have any questions regarding your account please contact our Customer Care team at 1-888-RICOCHET (1-888-742-6243). Regards, Ricochet Networks Customer Care"
Biotech

Submission + - Craig Venter, Hype, and Collateral Damage

An anonymous reader writes: Forbes has a story about J. Craig Venter, the scientist known for mapping the human genome and, more recently, transplanting genomes between bacteria. "Gene celeb Craig Venter is making new breakthroughs at a new institute," the article says. "Let's hope it doesn't end up like his last one."

http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2007/0723/040.ht ml?partner=yahoomag

The article continues: "At Venter's former genetics lab, the not-for-profit Institute for Genomic Research, managers battled over control of grant money and equipment while his 23-year marriage to renowned genomic scientist Claire Fraser (who ran the place) fell apart. Of the 28 highest-ranking scientists, 23 departed, mostly for better jobs. What's left of the institution (referred to everywhere as TIGR, like the predator) has been consumed by his new Venter Institute."

In a blog entry, Wired grabs onto another piece of news from the Forbes article with the headline "Craig Venter Is Engaged To His Publicist."
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/07/craig-v enter-is.html

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