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Submission + - Richard Dawkins: Not Sure There Is No God (

smitty777 writes: Richard Dawkins, arguably the worlds most known atheist, admitted in a debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury that he was uncertain that a God does not exist. In this video, he admits to being an agnostic rather than an atheist. FTA: There was surprise when Prof Dawkins acknowledged that he was less than 100 per cent certain of his conviction that there is no creator. The philosopher Sir Anthony Kenny, who chaired the discussion, interjected: “Why don’t you call yourself an agnostic?” Prof Dawkins answered that he did. An incredulous Sir Anthony replied: “You are described as the world’s most famous atheist.”"

Dawkins has also been in the (virtual) papers lately for reports on how his family had amassed their fortunes in the 1700s.

Submission + - Portal 2 Review (GoozerNation) (

kube00 writes: Portal 2 is a great sequel. Hands down this is a great game. There is no need for any other games to be released this year, gamers have their GOTY with Portal 2. Whether its the story, the puzzles, or the co-op play, fans old and new cannot go wrong with this game. Valve has once again created a classic

Submission + - Fukushima reactors 2 and 3 had meltdowns (

mdsolar writes: "Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, confirmed on Tuesday that there were meltdowns of fuel rods at three of the plant's reactors early in the crisis.

Tepco officials said damage to the No.2 reactor fuel rods began three days after the quake, with much of the fuel rods eventually melting and collecting at the bottom of the pressure vessel containing them.

Fuel rods in the No.3 reactor were damaged by the afternoon of March 13, they said."


Journal Journal: Are the Slashdot site maintainers on strike? 5

Like, what's up? Is somebody putting the infinite monkey theorem to the test for real? Are professionals being enjoined from working here? Leaving just a bunch of pretty boys playing doll house with the facade while the scaffolding crumbles? Such a sad state of affairs.. The place is collapsing like a Minnesota bridge..

Submission + - SPAM: MTG Cards, Mtg singles

inimmsumit writes: " has a huge collection of MTG Magic The Gathering cards at cheap prices. The shop for magic cards singles and buying magic cards online.Here at Magic on a Budget we offer an inventory of thousands of Type II magic cards.We feel confident with our advanced search engine, weekly deals, and guaranteed shipping within one business day you’ll see why Magic on a Budget offers the best value for buying magic the gathering MTG cards on the internet."
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Submission + - Verizon Wireless to issue $90 Million in refunds (

tekgoblin writes: Verizon Wireless had somehow been charging customers extra money on their bills for data that they actually hadn't been using. Approximately 15 million customers were affected by the erroneous billing error. According to BGR the FCC had been pressuring Verizon to resp0nd to the hundreds of complaints that had been piling up. So Verizon's answer was to refund all of the overcharged money as soon as possible.

Submission + - Governator signs senate bill 1449 ( 1

GrowBank writes: Today our Governor Schwarzenegger signs senate bill 1449 to reduce the penalties associated with marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

        (SACRAMENTO) – From California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, on September 30, 2010.

        To the Members of the California State Senate:

        I am signing Senate Bill 1449.

        This bill changes the crime of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor punishable only by a $100 fine to an infraction punishable by a $100 fine. Under existing law, jail time cannot be imposed, probation cannot be ordered, nor can the base fine exceed $100 for someone convicted of this crime.

        I am opposed to decriminalizing the possession and recreational use of marijuana and oppose Proposition 19, which is on the November ballot.

        Unfortunately, Proposition 19 is a deeply flawed measure that, if passed, will adversely impact California’s businesses without bringing in the tax revenues to the state promised by its proponents.

        Notwithstanding my opposition to Proposition 19, however, I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name. The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney.

        In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket.

        As noted by the Judicial Council in its support of this measure, the appointment of counsel and the availability of a jury trial should be reserved for defendants who are facing loss of life, liberty, or property greater than $100.

        For these reasons, I am signing this bill.

        Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger


Submission + - Google Killing Flash Download Extensions in Chrome

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that Google may today just have decided to tell us users that we're no longer allowed to install extensions that allow us to download Flash objects and video in Google Chrome, as it is described here:

Wondering if we're looking at a new Chrome chapter here, as opposed to the big surprise when we were allowed to block ads. Seems we may block Flash, but we may not nick it.


Submission + - US Seeks Backdoor Access To Entire Internet (

An anonymous reader writes: The US Federal Government will be soon seeking the power to require that all communications services on the internet, including all encryption schemes, have a back door built into them for the purposes of government monitoring. It also mandates that these back doors be able to decrypt encrypted communications — that encryption software be redesigned to allow the government to decrypt at will. The New York Times reported on this on the 27th. The EFF report on this is here. This frightening turn of events is something everyone should be aware of.
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Submission + - Microsoft: IE9 To Require Windows 7 SP1 ( 2

CWmike writes: First it was no IE9 for Windows XP. Now this: Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser will require Windows 7 Service Pack 1, a not-yet-released major update to the operating system, according to a FAQ posted on the company's site. People running Windows Vista must have that operating system's SP2 in place. Microsoft has not divulged the release dates of Windows 7 SP1 or IE9, but both are expected to appear in the first half of 2011. That six-month window covers Microsoft's current plans for Windows 7 SP1, while many experts believe the company will ship the final of IE9 in April 2011 to coincide with its annual MIX conference. The FAQ suggests that the final versions of both two products will ship simultaneously, or nearly so. Microsoft has not divulged the release dates of Windows 7 SP1 or IE9, but both are expected to appear in the first half of 2011. That six-month window covers Microsoft's current plans for Windows 7 SP1, while many experts believe the company will ship the final of IE9 in April 2011 to coincide with its annual MIX conference.

Submission + - MPAA Asks If ACTA Can Be Used To Block Wikileaks (

An anonymous reader writes: With the entertainment industry already getting laws to block certain sites, it appears they're interested in expanding that even further. The latest is that at a meeting with ACTA negotiators in Mexico, an MPAA representative apparently asked if ACTA rules could be used to force ISPs to block "dangerous sites" like Wikileaks. It makes you wonder why the MPAA wants to censor Wikileaks (and why it wants to use ACTA to do so). But, the guess is that if it can use Wikileaks as a proxy for including rules to block websites, how long will it be until other "dangerous" sites, such as Torrent search engines are included...

Submission + - Dear Microsoft- Please Remake Halo: Combat Evolved (

Buffalo55 writes: I still remember the first time I played Halo: Combat Evolved, circa 2002. A friend invited me down the hall to see the game, but this was more than a simple play session. For months, I had refused to hop aboard the Xbox bandwagon. I despised the large console, loathed the humongous system and like some people, thought Microsoft had no business entering the console market.

Submission + - Boosting a wifi signal

celtica writes: Dear slashdot,
I live in a large house with thick plaster walls that drastically reduce the strength of my wireless network. I was wondering if anyone knew how to increase the signal strength in my house by either buying a new router or some sort of booster. Thanks.

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