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Comment Re:The next generation... (Score 1) 342

The public will react the same way that they reacted to fifty years of nuclear fallout. Don't accurately measure the radiation dosage to start with and you can never attribute the mass death and suffering to the radiation exposure! Easy peasy. As long as you feel safe on the airplane, all other worries go roght out the window.

Comment Re:I can't wait. (Score 1) 72

Actually it was an aluminum crankcase, and a cast iron head ... the head gaskets would wear out because of the different heat expansion properties between the two metals. The heavy head also made the engine top heavy and so it would rattle around in the engine compartment like Michael J. Fox on cocaine. ~ Also owned one and did not hate it.

Comment Re:most advanced? (Score 1) 72

"strongest, fastest, most dexterous and most technologically advanced humanoid robot"!!! It almost sounds like it's an article from North Korea, or a 1970's Soviet claim about their great new Russian cars. The robot itself? A bit pathetic really.

Submission + - US court rules against FCC on `net neutrality' (

PoliTech writes: "A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks."

Journal Journal: Microsoft Technical Account Manager nightmare 1

I just had a call from our Microsoft Technical Account Manager and after ten minutes or so of him talking about his tax problems, we finally get around to talking about my MSI and Microsoft Group Policy problem with the new 64 bit GPMC on 64 bit Windows 7 and 64 bit Windows Server R2. (Bugs be tharrrr)

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Journal Journal: I had the neatest thing happen on the train ride home 2

We had to work a bit late and my boss and I ended up on the 9:40pm train. We got there just in the nick of time.

Now it's the late train and that means its the "milk run", with the train stopping at every stop. (express trains during rush hour help make getting to and from downtown a lot less stressful and a little cheaper than driving, but I digress)

An extra twenty minutes of train ride, great!


Submission + - Bill to give President control of the Internet

Attila Dimedici writes: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) has introduced a revised bill to give the President the authority to seize control of private sector networks during a "cybersecurity emergency". The bill also contains provisions to create a new federal certification for "cybersecurity professionals". The bill would require that certain private sector computer systems and networks be managed by someone with this new certification.

Submission + - Bill to give Obama emergency Control of Internet 5

neonprimetime writes: Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

Submission + - Emergency Government Control of the Internet ( 1

TheZid writes: Here is another blow to our freedoms. A newly proposed bill that would give Uncle Sam the power to disconnect private sector computers from the internet in the event of a 'cyber security emergency'. As usual, citing security our government is trying to take away our privacy. What actually counts as a 'Cyber-Security Emergency?' Does the president now have the option of disconnecting people when they disagree with his policies? Disconnect bloggers that criticize his health-reform? What counts as an emergency, can political opponents be deemed a cyber security emergency? This is just the next step in the demise of our freedoms and privacy. Its probably a step forward for any government figure wanting to control our every move and thought. Big Brother here we come

Comment Re:Um... why should EA use its servers... (Score 1) 2

The SecuROM "kill switch" supposedly kills your EA game account, and furthermore it supposedly would prevent you from running the game at all, (unless you purchased a new copy).

There was speculation earlier that a SecuROM "kill switch" was present, and such speculation had been previously dismissed.

Here is the relevant quote: "you [sic] account may be at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore."

According to this Moderator, after the so-called "Kill Switch" is activated the only way to play the game would be to buy a new copy, (or use the pirated version) "in some cases".

My issue is that EA would place a DRM "kill switch" into the game software at all. Remember that the software is a product that you bought and are running on your computer. With a SecuROM "Kill Switch" (if such a beastie exists) EA could deactivate your software without your permission, knowledge or control, and for any reason whatsoever.

The Astroturfing by deletion of EA's own forum comments is just icing on the cake, (which I concede that EA has every right to do).

They do not have the right to prohibit your use of purchased software through the use of what amounts to a root kit installed without your knowledge or consent, just because they don't like that you have written in their forums.

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Submission + - Senate Report Debunks AGW "Consensus" (

PoliTech writes: "
U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007

Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called "consensus" on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.

This blockbuster Senate report lists the scientists by name, country of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation. It also features their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various news outlets, and websites in 2007. This new consensus busters report is poised to redefine the debate.

Many of the scientists featured in this report consistently stated that numerous colleagues shared their views, but they will not speak out publicly for fear of retribution. Atmospheric scientist Dr. Nathan Paldor, Professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of almost 70 peer-reviewed studies, explains how many of his fellow scientists have been intimidated.

This new report details how teams of international scientists are dissenting from the UN IPCCs view of climate science. In such nations as Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Russia, New Zealand and France, scientists banded together in 2007 to oppose climate alarmism.


Submission + - Wal-Mart forcing Warner & Sony BMG to provide (

PoliTech writes: "Acording to Billboard, Wal-Mart is alerting WMG and Sony BMG that it will pull their music files in the Windows Media Audio format from some time between mid-December and mid-January, if the labels haven't yet provided the music in MP3 format."

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