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Comment Re:Whatever, stalking mods (Score 1) 377

Being an asshole is not a crime. I'm not saying pressing charges was a nice or even moral thing to do; I'm saying it's stupid to expect the local authorities not to prosecute the actual, identifiable crime of destroying someone else's property.

And again, nobody seems to have established what the original crime was - Psychologically abusing someone? Are we going to define "making a fake myspace profile to verbally abuse someone" psychological abuse? Where do you draw those lines? Are we supposed to enact draconian laws to protect borderline cases like this one, knowing full well that they're going to apply to a hell of a lot of cases where we don't want people going to jail (Like the "psycho ex-girlfriend" example someone proposed)? Or should we just leave it to the lynch mob to decide?

Graphics

Submission + - Compiz and Beryl teams consider merging

mu22le writes: The Compiz and Beryl teams are discussing a merger. Posts on the Compiz forum and Beryl mailing list indicate that the projects are discussing how to execute a merger and work together to deliver a single compositing window manager to give "bling" to the Linux desktop. Beryl forked from Compiz last year, at the time, the Beryl developers said that the split was amicable but necessary because the two projects had different goals. Now it looks like the projects have found common ground.
Censorship

Submission + - YouTube bans makers of the Blashphemy Challenge

Da_Weasel writes: If you followed the YouTube censorship and deletion of of Nick Gisburne's account after he posted quotations from the Quran, here's another slap in the face to freedom of expression. The Rational Response Squad, of Blasphemy Challenge fame, has had their account suspended by YouTube. No explanation yet why the account was suspended.
Science

67-Kilowatt Laser Unveiled 395

s31523 writes "Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has announced they have working in the lab a Solid State Heat Capacity Laser that averages 67 kW. It is being developed for the military. The chief scientist Dr. Yamamoto is quoted: 'I know of no other solid state laser that has achieved 67 kW of average output power.' Although many lasers have peaked at higher capacities, getting the average sustained power to remain high is the tricky part. The article says that hitting the 100-kW level, at which point it would become interesting as a battlefield weapon, could be less than a year away."

A $200-Million Floating Nuclear Plant? 453

Roland Piquepaille writes "In 'A Floating Chernobyl?,' Popular Science reports that two Russian companies plan to build the world's first floating nuclear power plant to deliver cheap electricity to northern territories. The construction should start next year for a deployment in 2010. The huge barge will be home for two 60-megawatt nuclear reactors which will work until 2050... if everything works fine. It looks like a frightening idea, don't you think? But read more for additional details and pictures of this floating nuclear power plant."

Comment Re:free login? (Score 1) 256

But some 25 year old writer should definitely be just dictating prose to her laptop and have it immediately uploaded to her website.

This explains a lot about the general quality of blogs...and my students' assignments. Have you ever heard of editing?

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