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Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."

Comment Re:Yet another reason... (Score 1) 457

Ah, you've been to L.A./Orange County too! Everything you've said applies to the coastal regions of Southern California and the worst part of it is that there is effectively a continuous city from LA down to Camp Pendleton but no effective mass transit for the entire region. It takes 3 hours or more to go 20 miles since busses are about the best bet. The rail system out here costs so much you're better off getting a cheap sub-compact.

Comment Re:seriously (Score 1) 857

Not to quibble, but the leading cause of fewer births to teenage mothers is birth control (i.e. condoms, the pill, Nuva rings, etc), not abortions. Just to save time, not allowing the fetus to implant into a uterine wall is not an abortion, it is preventing the fetus from implanting. Calling it an abortion is disingenuous at best as an abortion requires removing an already implanted fetus from the uterine lining.

Further, you seem to be under the impression that Canadian citizens don't have firearms. Nothing could be further from the truth, though they certainly do not have as many as the US they aren't exactly slouches either. Hell, Sweden, den of Socialism that it is, comes in third on the guns per capita ratio.

Comment Re:Fight them (Score 1) 857

California does make their own text books, but the curriculum is usually so specific other states don't enact it. This is why Texas school books are so important nation wide (otherwise California would probably have a more prominent role is the nation's text books), and why the rewriting of several historical events is so disheartening. However, given that California generally doesn't use the school books from Texas I think this whole thing is largely symbolic at best.

Of course, anyone wanting to do business in California has to conform to California law (which are usually the most draconian in the nation, but that is just my opinion). I think this is what you're referring to, though from any logical interpretation nothing is being "dictated" to any other state as doing business in California is entirely voluntary. As only nut jobs in either State are discussing secession so I'm not sure what you're alluding to in "also secede".

Comment Re:A La Carte (Score 1) 457

That would likely be suicidal for an ISP, as has pay-per-byte access (except for the most contained of transfer mechanisms like cellular data). But, that said, is it really acceptable to tell a network owner what they have to do their network? AT&T has every right to conduct business like that if they so desire to.

They would have every right to do so if they hadn't been taking government handouts (i.e. my tax money and yours) and been given special dispensation for years. No, for doing that they will have to play by the rules that are put in place for the public benefit, and that includes net neutrality. If AT&T desires to do business as if they had never taken the money or preferential treatment there will have to be some compensation to the citizenry that has paid for it. Privatizing the gains derided from public money is not acceptable.


4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer 164

eldavojohn writes "You may recall the hapless engineer who left a fairly sensitive iPhone at a bar recently. Well, in a PR stunt, Lufthansa has invited him to visit Germany on their dime after citing his latest Facebook status, 'I underestimated how good German beer is' as well as his obvious passion for German beer and culture. It's not clear if Gray Powell has decided to 'pick up where he last left off' (as the letter puts it). I know what my decision would be."

Comment Re:Shining Example (Score 1) 389

Ok, disregard my request for sources earlier. I'd just like to list the methodology used:

1. Public Elementary and Secondary School Revenue per $1,000 personal Income 2. Percent of Public Elementary and Secondary School Current Expenditures used for Instruction 3. Percent of Population Graduated from High School 4. Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools 5. Percent of Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better in Reading 6. Percent of Public School 8th Graders Proficient or Better in Reading 7. Percent of Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better in Writing 8. Percent of Public School 8th Graders Proficient or Better in Writing 9. Percent of Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better in Math 10. Percent of Public School 8th Graders Proficient or Better in Math 11. Average Teacher Salary as a Percent of Average Annual Pay of All Workers 12. Average Daily Attendance as a Percent of Fall Enrollment in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 13. Percent of School-Age Population in Public Schools 14. High School Drop Out Rate 15. Special Education Pupil-Teacher Ratio 16. Percent of Public Elementary and Secondary School Staff Who are School District Administrators 17. Average Class Size in Public Elementary Schools 18. Average Class Size in Public Secondary Schools 19. Median Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Primary Schools 20. Median Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Middle Schools 21. Median Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public High Schools

While I agree that these do show some level of the state of education in these states, it really doesn't demonstrate any IQ score. Most of it seems to be based on class sizes and student to teach ratios. Really, all I'd use from this study (which is never actually linked) is points 4 through 10.

Comment Re:Shining Example (Score 1) 389

I suggest you check (or at least list) your sources. There has been a long running internet hoax regarding this exact topic.

The best source I have makes a good faith attempt to estimate average IQs by state from SAT and ACT scores. However, as you can imagine that isn't exactly definitive. It also lists the methodology for how the results were arrived at.

The original numbers, made by someone trying to claim that states that vote for one political party over another are smarter (in this case liberals though I've heard of conservative claims as well), has been debunked repeatedly. Frankly, it is a sad state of affairs when people have to make up lies in order to further their political or ideological viewpoint.

If you're interested, the US Census keeps records on education attainment level by ethnicity as well.

Comment Re:Funny... (Score 1) 507

Nice work on the weight loss! That can be a rough ride regardless of the diet. I have to say that stories similar to yours (i.e. "I lost it, then went back to a somewhat normal but disciplined diet and gained it back") convinced me that low-carb might not be the ideal for me. For that, the Calorie Counter app in the Android Marketplace has been invaluable. It ties in to so you can look up calorie information from anywhere, be it the phone or via a web browser.

Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Protein ... and Now Fat 210

ral writes "The human tongue can taste more than sweet, sour, salty, bitter and protein. Researchers have added fat to that list. Dr. Russell Keast, an exercise and nutrition sciences professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, told Slashfood, 'This makes logical sense. We have sweet to identify carbohydrate/sugars, and umami to identify protein/amino acids, so we could expect a taste to identify the other macronutrient: fat.' In the Deakin study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, Dr. Keast and his team gave a group of 33 people fatty acids found in common foods, mixed in with nonfat milk to disguise the telltale fat texture. All 33 could detect the fatty acids to at least a small degree."

Comment Re:Tracking of work? Nothing new (Score 1) 619

While I'm not a fan of Mrs. Palin, you appreciate that she did this when she was six years old (i.e. her legal guardians decided to do so for her), right? In addition to that, it was the closest hospital. The real story here is how cooperative the US and Canada were, even accepting each others' citizens for medical care with minimal paperwork. Of course, these days that spirit of brotherhood is missing.

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