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Comment Re:What is the internet verses a network? (Score 2) 339

I am a Ham operator. The government may not force me to transmit on their behalf or shut me down if I don't comply. The only rule I can find regarding this is that I may not cause harmful interference. But this is for all forms of Ham radio communication and not just in emergencies. However, many Hams do participate in emergency communications through two organizations, ARES and RACES.

Comment I don't understand the calculations (Score 1) 221

"...emissions from burning coal, oil, and natural gas fell...because increase in carbon-dioxide uptake by the oceans and by plants on land." How does an increase in the uptake have any effect on what is actually emitted? Does it have an effect on the concentration? Yes, I can see that. But I can't understand how it changes what is being generated.

Comment Re:Already here (Score 2, Insightful) 482

Meanwhile, Slashdot is bringing apostrophe abuse to America.

Are you commenting on the lack of an apostrophe in ATMs? If so, then there is room for interpretation here. Depending on which writing style guide you read it is either appropriate on inappropriate to use an apostrophe to make an acronym plural. Basically, it is up to the writer. However, once the writer selects a style they should stick to it throughout the writing. This writer did exactly that and I can find no mistakes with apostrophes in the writing.

The Almighty Buck

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America 482

tetrahedrassface writes "As the US economic woes continue unabated, a German company is bringing gold-bearing ATMs to Mainstreet America. The machines accept credit cards, and will dispense 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 1 ounce units, as well as various gold coins. The company hopes to install 35 bullion machines in the United States this year, and will hopefully have several hundred up and running by next year. The machines will be decorated like giant gold ingots and be over two meters tall. Physical gold has both pros and cons, but from a safety standpoint would it be fine to have a couple of ounces in your pocket while walking around the mall? The giant, gold-dispensing ATMs will monitor the market conditions for gold every 10 minutes in order to reflect spot price changes as they occur." We already covered similar machines installed in travel hubs across Germany.

Comment Re:Will this "FAIR" decision will include Apple? (Score 1) 336

I'm guessing you were marked as flamebait because of your tone. But your points are valid. I personally do not like or use Mircosoft products at home. But this ruling is clearly unjust for it to only apply to Microsoft. For something to be deemed fair, it needs to be applied industry wide. Note that I said "fair" and did not say "fair and reasonable," because I believe that applying this ruling industry wide would not be a reasonable decision.

Comment Re:If you want privacy then don't use (Score 5, Insightful) 446

I think a lot of folks here on Slashdot are a little paranoid about privacy... Or, at least try to sound like they're paranoid about privacy.

The fact of the matter is that there's precious little privacy in the world. When I'm working out in my front yard, I've got no privacy. When I'm shopping or driving or walking down the street, I've got no privacy. At work I've got no privacy.

Why would anyone expect that posting something on the Internet, quite possibly the most public space in the world, would be private?

Your analogy is seriously flawed. When you are out working in your front yard, shopping, driving, or walking down the street, you do have privacy. Unless of course you walk around handing out cards to every single person you pass that includes your full name, city, country, gender, picture, a list of all clubs/networks, a list of all your friends and their associated full names, cities, countries, genders, pictures, clubs/networks, etc.... I personally don't have such a card much less pass it out to every person I ever see.

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