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Submission + - Amazon Blocks Arch Linux Handbook from Kindle Store ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: We've all heard the horror stories of Amazon swindling the user out of their content on the Kindle, but this time they've managed to do it preemptively: by blocking the GFDL licensed Arch Linux Handbook from the Kindle Store.
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Submission + - Rep. Nadler Proposes The RIAA Bailout Act Of 2012 (

An anonymous reader writes: Ah, the whole fight over licensing and royalty rates for internet radio had been quiet for a little while, but has sprung back up thanks to Rep. Jerry Nadler proposing a music royalty bill that would effectively bump up the rates that cable and satellite radio stations have to pay to make them more aligned with the insanely high rates that internet streamers are supposed to pay (rates so high, and set by a group of judges who don't appear to know what the internet is half the time, that no real business can be built off of them). This is in contrast to a different, but similar, attempt by Rep. Jason Chaffetz to basically bring the internet rates back down to the same rates as those other providers.

Submission + - Detained Ex-Marine Ordered By Judge To Be Released (

Penurious Penguin writes: A few days ago, news of an ex-marine detained for his Facebook posts reached far and wide throughout the interweb. It was a hotly debated affair and considered from many perspectives. Today, a judge citing a lack of facts regarding the detention has since ordered the release of Brandon Raub.

It's a strange case undoubtedly, but perhaps even stranger when taking into account a few things, like the possibility of forced medication. It has been reported that Raub had made claims that one of the psychiatrists involved in the case threatened him with forced medication. For history polymaths, government proposals of forced medication may not be a surprise and the case of Susan Lindauer may be remembered.

The situation may seem more or less strange when harkening back to 2009, when Fusion Centers targeted Ron Paul supporters, certain universities, and conspiracy theorists as threats to national security, even logging anti death-penalty and anti-war activists into federal terrorism databases.

Personally, I find myself wondering what sorts of epic dangers someone like Noam Chomsky might seem to pose after a stressful day and a few beers, if overheard by certain departments.


White House Unveils Plans For "Trusted Identities In Cyberspace" 202

Presto Vivace writes with news that the Obama administration's cyber-security coordinater, Howard Schmidt, yesterday unveiled a national plan for "trusted" online identities. Schmidt wrote, "The NSTIC, which is in response to one of the near term action items in the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review, calls for the creation of an online environment, or an Identity Ecosystem as we refer to it in the strategy, where individuals and organizations can complete online transactions with confidence, trusting the identities of each other and the identities of the infrastructure that the transaction runs on. For example, no longer should individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to login into various online services. Through the strategy we seek to enable a future where individuals can voluntarily choose to obtain a secure, interoperable, and privacy-enhancing credential (e.g., a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone, etc.) from a variety of service providers — both public and private — to authenticate themselves online for different types of transactions (e.g., online banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email, etc.)." You can read the full draft of the plan (PDF), and the White House is seeking public comments on it as well.

Comment Re:No shit (Score 1) 411

My 8-channel Eurorack UB802 blew up after about 6 months; lots of people report failures. I suspect there are even more failures, but they're so cheap (about $60) that people just replace them with something else and move on.

In my case, a PV8, which includes a 5 year warranty.

Comment Re:health insurance is like auto insurance now (Score 1) 2424

My God. Do you understand at all the difference between unemployment and welfare? You pay into an unemployment pool with every paycheck you get. Unemployment is something you draw so you can look for work in your given field rather than flipping burgers. Its supposed to give you time to send out resumes and go to interviews not play video games and there is a minimal job searching activity requirement (granted bastard can do the minimum with no effort and have allot of free time, while real job seekers can put in a good amount of time on cover letters, resumes, and interviews).

Comment Re:He's right. (Score 1) 628

With the XBOX 360, Microsoft has become the Big Brother railed against in the Superbowl ad of 1984.

With the Wii and DS, Nintendo has become the Big Brother railed against in the Superbowl ad of 1984.

With the PSP and PS3, Sony has become the Big Brother railed against in the Superbowl ad of 1984.

Wait, which device were you talking about again? Oh, right. Apple. It's different when they do it, huh?

Comment Re:Here's the actual paper. (Score 1) 231

Insofar as the algorithm involves fewer operations I could see it consuming less power.

However, parallelizing an algorithm shouldn't save anything at all. Running an algorithm in parallel allows the operation to take place in less time, but it shouldn't allow it to be performed using fewer instructions. In fact, many parallel approaches might actually take more instruments (but this is vastly compensated by the ability to scale it up).

I don't know enough about matrix algorithms to really comment on the details of the paper, but it seems like making this more parallel doesn't improve the efficiency of the algorithm - only its utility.

Comment Re:Been testing it (Score 4, Interesting) 154

Anything complimenting BSD on /. tends to get an initial troll mod I've found. It's amazing how much hate Linux users have for it.

My experience is quite different from the above AC (of course, both are anecdotal, take your grain of salt - and mine are with FreeBSD, not BSD in general). FreeBSD users tend to be pretty laid back, if it isn't working, they recognize it. They may not care, they don't need it, or they may be working on it.

Linux users tend to get up in arms if you don't treat FreeBSD like the second coming of satan for taking away a small amount of their user base and development power, when Linux is obviously the true and correct solution.

Comment Re:Photos in public (Score 3, Insightful) 300

"Officer, I was clearly standing on the street with my camera. It's not my fault that the girl was naked in her bedroom. She shouldn't have left the curtains open."

There's Peeping Tom laws in many places, for one thing, and there's lots of instances of individual efforts being acceptable where organized efforts are held to be unacceptable. For instance, refreshing on a site. One person does it, they're checking for new content. Many people do it, it's a DDoS.

Comment Re:What if deciding such things is not in your han (Score 1) 162

the tribesmen ran around in panic, shot crude arrows at the helicopter, and tried to shoo it away.

what if the odd sightings of 'unidentified flying objects' here and there, and all the ridicule or stampede that accompanies with them is something similar to the event above

Now that is freaky.

Comment Re:Openness (Score 1) 176

I actually like to see more of these from different companies. Most interestingly, Facebook has a lot personal data. And what about Google? Yahoo?

If anything, such openness is good for MS in this case (even while they don't seem to agree to it, until now that it's leaked).

Other companies policies are also on the site. And it is good for Microsoft. That's why they did it; Striesand effect, and then withdraw the objection...

Comment Re:Ageism (Score 1) 507

Well the OP is right that age has little do with maturity. My dad just celebrated his birthday and even though he's 80, he still acts like the spoiled brat he was as a kid. (Wants everything his way, wants his wife to clean-up after him, throws a temper tantrum at least once a week, and so.)

As for the article -

If this was my kid I wouldn't care if she was suspended. I'd use it as an excuse to send her to private school, or a neighboring public school, pay the required tuition these schools demand, and then stop paying my School Tax to the assholes in my local district for that 1-2 years until she graduates. Just the same way I stopped paying Comcast when they increased my rates from $30 to $65, or stopped giving money to Microsoft since I switched to Linux.

Comment Re:Not a good letter. (Score 1) 315

Are the video formats from the late eighties really all deficient in some important way? With all the formats that were floating around back then, competing to cram more video into less space, it's difficult to imagine that NONE of them can meet our needs in this decadent era of cheap storage, extravagant bandwidth, and powerful multi-core CPUs. What am I missing?

To give you an idea, in the mid-eighties, computers like the commodore 64 (1mhz cpu) and early pc's (up to 8mhz) ruled the world. The audio cd came out in 1983 and contains uncompressed sound because there no compression hardware (or algorithm for that matter) was invented yet. Only in the early 90's did mp3 become popular because by then cpu's were in the 200mhz range, enough at the time to play(!) an mp3 at 90% cpu utilization. By then transferring 3mb files had also become possible because of falling hard disk prices. So no, the 80s had no codecs, and the first popular audio codec was mp3, still in use today. Video followed many years later with divx/xvid.

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