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Comment Is this even a hack? Is this even a data leak? (Score 1) 129

Is this even a data leak? "Names and social security numbers" -- I'm sure that information is all publicly available. Couldn't anyone simply run a few thousand social security numbers by some official government lookup web service and get these names? Now, TFA says "personal information, SUCH AS names and social security numbers". When I see a wording like that in a context like this, I'm convinced that "names and social security numbers" is precisely all it is!

Comment Re:Watch the messenger (Score 1) 457

First, newer netbook chipsets built within the last year should handle 720p just fine. The only thing holding it back on the web is Flash being a bloated pig, and if you have to use Flash, those videos won't play on the iPad anyway, making this a moot point.

Not really true ... most people watch videos on Youtube, and on the netbook, these are shown with Flash, but on the iPad, they are shown without Flash. I've met so many people who are convinced you can't watch Youtube videos on an Ipad/Iphone that this feels worth pointing out.

Comment Re:overabundance is a GOOD thing (Score 1) 153

It's now possible for anybody to publish a website in a sea of noise, and get noticed, provided someone is looking for their content. This was impossible before google.

I'm sure Altavista was a little worse than Google, but it wasn't so useless that it was impossible to find stuff!

Comment Re:No swaggering... (Score 1, Insightful) 500

Seriously, really, what if everyone on a US jury would be called a "judge"? Would they then not be "fellow citizens" anymore? Fact is, they're not even called "judges" in Sweden either. It's hard to translate; it means something like "committee persons". They are of course also our fellow citizens. They serve on more than one trial (but this is not their job), they're fewer than on a US jury, but the difference is one of terminology and numbers, not principle. They're not there to convict the innocent any more than US jurors are there to convict the innocent. It boggles the mind that smart people toss around the idea that they can be.

Researchers Claim To Be Able To Determine Political Leaning By How Messy You Are 592

According to a study to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, you can tell someone's political affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Conservatives tend to be neat and liberals love a mess. Researchers found that the bedrooms and offices of liberals tend to be colorful and full of books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia. Their conservative contemporaries, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Their bedrooms and offices are well lit and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flags — especially American ones. Sam Gosling, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, says these room cues are "behavioral residue." The findings are just the latest in a series of recent attempts to unearth politics in personality, the brain and DNA. I, for one, support a woman's right to clean.

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