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Comment Re:Towns (Score 5, Interesting) 206

What I thought was the most interesting paragraph:

The possibilities of this CPU and generator are... Fascinating. For instance, users players (see, lines are already blurring) can exchange programs, so you can expect a lively scene of people exchanging programs. There's a nefarious side to this as well - Notch will not stop anyone from making viruses, so even computer security becomes an element of play. A virus could, for instance, disable a ship's weaponry or shields.

Comment Re:Social Security et. al. (Score 1) 456

Social security is also dependent on the taxpayers paying back all of the IOUs that have been written when government took money from the funds to pay for other projects. But that is often neglected when the government wants to funnel more of your money into large corporations. The government, the banks, and wall street all know that in order for the bubble to continue long enough to get rich, they have to keep feeding the monster. Social security is not the pyramid scheme here, the US version of capitalism is the pyramid scheme.


DARPA Building Futuristic Space Exploration Group 141

coondoggie writes "What started out as an idea about how to further explore the outer reaches of space is now beginning to take more serious shape as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today issued a call for industry information on how to form such as cosmic entity. Specifically DARPA said it issued a Request For Information intended to solicit ideas and information on structure and approach, and identify parties qualified and interested in furthering what's known as the 100 Year Starship project."

ITC Investigates Xbox 360 After Motorola Complaint 71

FlorianMueller writes "The US International Trade Commission, which is increasingly popular as a patent enforcement agency, voted to investigate a complaint filed by Motorola against Microsoft last month. Motorola claims that the Xbox infringes five of its patents. In October, Microsoft complained against Motorola, alleging patent infringement by its Android-based smartphones. Apple, Nokia and HTC are also involved with ITC investigations as complainants and respondents. A new one-page overview document shows the ongoing ITC investigations related to smartphones and the products that the complainants would like to have banned from entry into the US market. The good news is that any import bans won't be ordered until long after Christmas. The ITC is faster than courts, but not that fast."

Comment Re:Another reason (Score 1) 460

"If I understand what communism is, the businesses are actually run and controlled by the government."

No, that's socialism. Communism is where people are all equal in the fact that they all use their specialties and innate talents to contribute to the greater good. In a true communist society, there is no government. There may be people who speak for the group, but it is supposed to be speaking the general consensus.

Of course, as a realist you can see the issue with that, can't you?

What we currently call communist regimes are actually socialist, bordering on fascist. I don't think that the world has seen anything resembling the ideal of communism outside of the hippie communes that dotted the landscape in the 70's, or an abby or something of the sort.


Submission + - e-Paper Technology Goes Far Beyond Newspaper Apps (

uriNate writes: LG recently released their own version of e-Paper, to be in competition with other e-readers like the Kindle. The applications for digital paper replacing print goes way beyond newspapers. There are ideas of this technology reaching into restaurants as hand held digital menus. The possibilities are endless, especially in the realm of honing in on specific demographics for advertising. While traditional paper may be dead, its up-and-coming replacement is not far behind.

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