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Comment Re:I'm Not Sure Why People Believe This (Score 2, Insightful) 1088

There are about 100 posts saying exactly this same thing in the thread, but it doesn't make any sense! It's already exactly what the candidates do. After the primaries, the candidates make only token appearances in the states that one side or another already has in the bag and spend most of the rest of their time in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Why would a republican, or a democrat, presently campaign in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Montana, or Texas? If any of those states are a tossup, the election isn't going to be close. The electoral college is only one of several bad structural features in the US system of governance, but it's the easiest one to fix.

Malware Spreading Via ... Windshield Fliers? 207

wiedzmin writes "Another interesting article published by the SANS ISC Handler's Diary is describing a very unusual vector for malware distribution — windshield fliers and fake parking tickets. A website URL provided for "disputing a ticket" actually leads to a malicious website, and a "toolbar" required to find the photo of your violation is, you guessed it, a trojan posing as a fake antivirus. The best part is — according to the VirusTotal report, it doesn't look like most antiviruses have signatures for this one yet."

Comment Re:What a bunch of BS (Score 1) 439

Only because we've killed off most of the things that are dangerous.

Bears (brown moreso than black) will hunt you for food but their range is pretty limited now. Moose, bison, and even elk can be quite dangerous if startled or at the wrong time of the year, but we've killed most of them too.

Comment Re:Age difference? (Score 1) 423

I'm 25, and I have two decent sized bookshelves worth of dead tree books. It's probably about 1/3 textbooks and technical stuff (including old binders full of papers) and then whatever other novels and nonfiction I've accumulated. The textbooks usually can't be found in a library and a fair portion of the balance is $1 and $2 stuff I've picked up at used book stores or yard sales. I prefer print copies to PDFs. I can scribble in the margins or take it outside with me. I also don't get distracted as much by the wonder of the internet if it's not on a computer.

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Submission + - Why don't people work? (

coondoggie writes: "While there is a multibillion dollar industry out there that tracks every move of the working public, what nonworkers are doing remains somewhat of a mystery, according to the US Census Bureau. Today the agency released an interesting study that looks extensively at why people don't work. For example, for nonworkers 25 to 44 years of age, taking care of children or others was the main reason — 44% — for not working at a paid job. Nearly 2 out of 5 or 38% nonworkers 45 to 54 years old did not work because of a chronic illness or disability. Men nonworkers were more likely than women nonworkers to be retired or going to school. Almost 5% of respondents said they had no interest in work."
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Submission + - Jack Thompson Suspended 1

Dr. Eggman writes: has the story the Florida Bar has ordered Jack Thompson to undergo psychological testing and have suspended his license for 91 days. According to his 2005 book, he has been asked to undergo such testing by the bar before, but sued and successfully settled with the bar for $20,000.

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