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Comment Not to defend them, but ... (Score 1) 528

I'm not saying that what they did is right, or warranted for the situation; they handled it very poorly. But in this day an age where lawsuits or fear of them restrict most into inaction when it comes to a gray area like this, you almost have to admire their gumption- that is if it was not instead complete stupidity.

Middle-School Strip Search Ruled Unconstitutional 528

yuna49 writes "The US Supreme Court today ruled 8-1 that the strip search of a 13-year-old girl by officials in an Arizona middle school was unconstitutional. However, by a vote of 7-2, the Court also ruled that the individual school officials could not be held personally liable. A suit for damages against the school district itself is still going forward. We discussed this case at length back in March when the Court decided to hear the case on appeal."

Comment Soup cans and string (Score 1) 541

The majority of the country lives in mud huts with goats in their yards and are lucky to have elelectricity for even part day if at all. Those that happen to live in the city are a little luckier in that they have a few more amenities- possibly a phone, and even fewer a computer. What use is setting up an infrastructure if the population is unable to use it? Are we going to air-drop netbooks?

Submission + - Koenigsegg's Quant Solar Supercar on the Horizon (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Auto manufacturer Koenigsegg recently revealed that it has obtained a controlling interest in Saab in a development that will pave the way for the production release of its fully-electric Quant supercar. The smoking-hot solar powered vehicle has a top speed of 170mph, a 0-60 speed of 5.2 seconds, and its entire body is covered in a photovoltaic thin-film coating designed by NLV."

Comment Re:What I think should happen (Score 1) 439

A copyright security company called MediaSentry downloaded those 24 files from her. She was sharing considerably more.

The recording companies accused Thomas-Rasset of offering 1,700 songs on Kazaa as of February 2005, before the company became a legal music subscription service following a settlement with entertainment companies. For simplicity's sake the music industry tried to prove only 24 infringements.

He said MediaSentry downloaded a sample of them from the shared directory on her computer. That's an important point, given Davis' new instructions to jurors.

IMO she was guilty- but still don't agree with how they categorized her infraction as "willful infringement". The punishment was ludicrously excessive and she probably will not be able to escape it through bankruptcy. Jury Rules Against Minn. Womain in Download Case


Submission + - EcoCar Challenge Winners Improve Efficiency 300% (inhabitat.com) 1

lilbridge writes: "Students from Ohio State University recently took top honors in the 2009 EcoCar Challenge for the upgrades they made to a Saturn VUE. The EcoCar Challenge, sponsored by US DOE, Canada and GM, asked competitors to improve the efficiency of Saturn without loosing any performance. OSU responded with a vehicle fueled by ethanol coupled with a lithium battery to achieve a 300% increase in efficiency and the same performance."

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