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Comment Re:So google has less patents (Score -1) 257

You seem to have missed the point of the analogy. Come swim with me and Mr. Google in this medium-sized sea we have bought, drained, and filled with solid gold doubloons. Theres a staff of hula girls clad in skirts made of hundred dollar bills to see to all your beverage-related needs. Its sometimes hard to get a handle on the wads of cash google has. The CBC last night made the point that the only single chunk of the worlds economy larger then google is Exxon-Mobil. Thats a lot of money in a place stocked top to bottom with engineers. Kevin Rose put the google method as such: 'Here's 30 million dollars. Go invent something. If it sticks, hey, bonus.'

Comment Re:If this (Score -1) 191

They did real physical disabling not that long ago... remember the early celerons? Up spec P3's underclocked and a laser dragged over the connection to half the L2 cache. Also, not a Mac fanboy, but i feel compelled to point out your sig is referring to IE for Mac, which used the Tasman rendering engine, not Trident like the one on windows and was quite impressive in its time, actually.

Comment Re:Pure Fantasy (Score -1) 191

This is a moronic comment. Study history yourself, there was and still is a pressing need for child labor laws. And your distinction between attendance and education strike me as the supposedly bulletproof legal theories spouted on slashdot that get blown up in real courts routinely. Remember the response to Reiser's conviction?

Comment Re:soooo ? (Score 0) 191

Until last year I had never had the opportunity to purchase unlimited internet. Hell, until 2005 the biggest chunk i could buy was 5 gigs, every gig after that was 20 bucks. And im not out in the sticks, im in a state capital. Regulation should have come to the internet 20 years ago.
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Submission + - Protect Your Pre-1997 IP Address (

CWmike writes: With IPv4 space running out any day now, is your legacy IP address space safe? Computerworld columnist Marc Lindsey writes that if your company obtained its IP address space before 1997, you have probably received several letters from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) encouraging you to enter into a contractual agreement to protect the IP address. But should you sign it? he asks. Be careful — there are several issues you should consider before signing up for this, writes Lindsey, who offers a deep look at the issue.

Submission + - Walgreens Customer Information Compromised

Concerned Customer writes: Walgreens

December 10, 2010

Dear Valued Customer,

We recently became aware of unauthorized access to an email list of customers who receive special offers and newsletters from us. As a result, it is possible you may have received some spam email messages asking you to go to another site and enter personal data. We are sorry this has taken place and for any inconvenience to you.

We want to assure you that the only information that was obtained was your email address. Your prescription information, account and any other personally identifiable information were not at risk because such data is not contained in the email system, and no access was gained to Walgreens consumer data systems.

As a company, we absolutely believe that all customer relationships must be built on trust. That is why we believe it is important to inform you of this incident. Online security experts have reported an increase in attacks on email systems, and therefore we have voluntarily contacted the appropriate authorities and are working with them regarding this incident.

We encourage you to continue to be aware of increasingly common email scams that may use your email address to contact you and ask for personal or sensitive information. Always be cautious when opening links or attachments from unsolicited third parties. Also know that Walgreens will not send you emails asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. So if ever asked for this information, you can be confident it is not from Walgreens.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact us at 1-888-980-0963. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.


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Comment Re:Very easy explanation (Score -1) 383

Thats the most bullshit argument ever. I mean really, it flabbergasts me that its been used. Even Joe Strummer called this one out... You have the right to free speech, as long as your not dumb enough to actually try it.

Comment Re:As a fan of cooking... (Score -1) 302

The hardness scale isn't what determines how quickly a knife blade dulls. Hell, the quickest way to need a new edge on a knife is to cut paper with it. A knife blade isn't the nice coherent surface you see, its made of thousands, probably million of these little tiny teeth or burrs. When they're all straight your knife is sharp, as it gets used they start spreading, going in opposite ways and being bent back over themselves. Thats what gives you a dull knife. A sharpening steel or oiled leather doesn't carve a new blade, it properly aligns those little teeth again.

Comment Re:openness(Google) vs. openness(Microsoft) (Score -1) 336

the paywall on the financial times and the wsj makes sense from a business stand point. They're both highly specialized news outlets doing work no one else really does, or if they do they don't do it well. It's business analysis by well trained people doing popular, but ultimately niche work compared to standard reporting. And heavily utilized by businesses, who just feel more comfortable paying for things. Ad supported news makes more sense in general reporting: The reporter doesn't need a post graduate degree in economics and experience interpreting SEC filings to tell you whats going on at the rally down town last week.

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