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Comment Re:It's a RENTAL, not a purchase (Score 1) 136

That's a silly statement. I can't legally disable the emissions controls on my car nor can I legally modify my router to use banned spectrum bands, but that doesn't mean i don't own both things.

Of course you can. You can legally disable whatever you want on your vehicle. What you won't be allowed to do is have it pass inspection, or drive it on public roads.

And as the other poster mentioned, (and I actually do have an amateur license,) I can modify my router to transmit on any band that I have privileges on, that allows that particular emission type, (60-meters/5MHz is the only one I can think of that would completely bar something like that.) For that matter, I could modify it to transmit on bands where I don't have privileges, and you could, too. What neither of us would be allowed to do is transmit on publicly owned airwaves not allocated to that use.

In both cases, it's not that you can't modify your own equipment, (car, wifi router,) it's that you cannot use uncertified equipment on a public owned resource, (public roadways, public airwaves.)

Comment Re:And the cost of such design flubs ... (Score 1) 99

A lot of businesses give their employees a choice only between either the current Samsung flagship products or the iPhone. It's IT policy where I work for sure. Maybe the everyday consumer can walk away, but many professionals are going to be hit hard if/when such a thing occurs.

Furthermore, this battery issue isn't just limited to Samsung if you RTFA.

This is ridiculous. If your employer's IT is saying they can only support the latest Samsung flagship, or an iPhone, (you didn't specify latest,) then they need to be fired. Even in the "worst case" scenario of having to support Exchange, ActiveSync has been available Android, and hence Samsung's phones, for a VERY long time.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Can't replicate (Score 4, Informative) 135

I can't replicate it either. The YouTube video claims I double-tap the home button but the second tap is slightly longer? By the end of the first tap it's already bringing me back to the lock screen, i.e. by the time I'm pressing down for the second tap, I'm already being taken back to the lock screen. iPhone 5, updated last night to 7.0 (11A465).

Submission + - Another Climate-Change Retraction (thinkprogress.org)

jamie writes: It seems every time someone twists global-warming science into 'good news,' a retraction is soon to follow, and so it must be for Slashdot. Yesterday, the conservative Wall Street Journal published yet another apologetic claiming "the overall effect of climate change will be positive," by someone who (of course) is not a climate scientist. Today, Climate Progress debunks the piece, noting 'Ridley and the WSJ cite the University of Illinois paper to supposedly prove that warming this century will be under 2C — when the author has already explained to them that his research shows the exact opposite!' We went through this same process last year, with the same author and the same paper, so it's pretty embarrassing that he 'makes a nearly identical blunder' all over again.

Submission + - Gore Misquoted on Hexametric Hurricanes (washingtonpost.com)

jamie writes: In a story on Thursday, Slashdot and its readers had a little fun at the expense of Al Gore, who was quoted as saying that the hurricane severity scale was going to go to 6. A correction was made the next day. The author of the piece that Slashdot linked now writes "I retract the balance of my criticism." Turns out Gore was misquoted.

Luckily for Gore, this is the first time he's been ridiculed for something he didn't actually say. Well, except for Love Story, Love Canal, farm chores, and everyone's favorite, inventing the internet.

(The original Slashdot story is at http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/08/22/2111247/for-overstated-claims-gore-tesla-upbraided-by-nws-nhtsa-respectively and its central link now includes the Washington Post's correction.)


Submission + - One-line software patent expires (lightbluetouchpaper.org)

trombonehero writes: Here's a particularly silly example of a software patent which has been holding real innovation back for 22 years: a patent on an if statement which is required to correctly implement the JBIG fax codec.

This silly patent, which held some open-source software back for 17 years, comes out of patent today, but it might be a little bit late for bold new innovations which interoperate with the fax network.


Leaked Heartland Institute Documents Reveal Opposition To Science 615

New submitter bheerssen writes with an excerpt from an article by The Bad Astronomer: "The Heartland Institute — a self-described 'think tank' that actually serves in part as a way for climate change denialism to get funded — has a potentially embarrassing situation on their hands. Someone going by the handle 'Heartland Insider' has anonymously released quite a few of what are claimed to be internal documents from Heartland, revealing the Institute's strategies, funds, and much more." At least one site has the documents in question.

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