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Submission + - Investment Banks Dishonesty wasn't Limited to the Mortgage Crisis (nytimes.com)

Lt Wuff writes: "Back before Siri, voice recognition was either exciting or awful. Dragon Systems, which when you really break it down, was a mom and pop organization, was changing all of that. When they got ready to really hit the big leauge, they sought the advice of the Goldman Sachs becasue, at the time, Goldman Sachs was considered the professional standard it finaincal advice. Goldman set up a corporate takeover by Lernout & Hauspie without telling the husband and wife founders of Dragon Systems that Goldman had pulled out of investing in L&H because they knew that the company was cooking it's books. In hte end, Goldman Sachs pocketed 5 million and left the James and Janet Baker with nothing.
Seems about right..."

Comment Re:Fight them (Score 2, Informative) 857

I think I know some of the things that the ACTUAL founding fathers thought about the value of religion in politics.....because they actually said them..
And while they were Christian, they certainly give me them impression that the role of god in government was ziltch.

"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."

--The Writings of Washington,

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

--Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?"

--Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ."

--James Madison, America's Providential History, p. 93.

"When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgements for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good."

--James Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.

"The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth."

--Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

"I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man."

--Alexander Hamilton, Famous American Statesmen, p. 126.

The Best Tech You Can't Get in the US 354

DigitalDame2 writes "The US isn't always on the cutting edge of technology. We see a new product release that has just the blend of styling and features we've been looking for, but alas, it's only available overseas. From the Thanko MP4 watch to Sony's OLED TV, these are the hottest new gadgets to drool over, that you can't get here."

Submission + - Jack Thompson Sues Best Buy (gamepolitics.com)

Jthon writes: Game Politics is reporting that our favorite crazy lawyer Jack Thompson is suing Best Buy for selling M rated games to minors online. Apparently Jack is not happy that Best Buy's website doesn't require someone under 17 to submit proof of their age. Best Buy and the FTC both seem to think that requiring a credit card for an online purchase meets this requirement.

Apparently, a more thorough check is needed to stop all those 17 year olds with credit cards from buying games online.


Submission + - Storm Worm Botnet Lobotomizing Anti-Virus Programs (eweek.com)

eweekhickins writes: "The ever-mutating, ever-stealthy Storm worm botnet is adding yet another trick to its vast repertoire: Instead of killing anti-virus products on target systems, it's now doing a hot fix with a memory patch to put resident AV products in a coma. The tack means that users won't be alarmed by their AV software not running. "It's running but brain dead. It's worse than shutting it off," noted ISS strategist Josh Corman. The technique also fools NAC (network access control) systems, which bar insecure clients from registering on a network by checking to see whether a client is running AV and whether it's patched."

Comcast May Face Lawsuits Over BitTorrent Filtering 378

An anonymous reader writes "It's been widely reported that Comcast is engaged in a sneaky form of Internet filtering. The company is terminating its customers' BitTorrent sessions by sending misleading data onto the network. The end result is that instead of targeting key heavy users, Comcast is instead engaged in an all out war against P2P protocols. In an interview with CNET, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann states that Comcast is 'throwing a spanner in the works of the Internet, hoping that this will somehow reduce bandwidth usage overall.' Other lawyers seem to have smelled blood, and are circling in the water. Lohmann reveals that '[The EFF has] already been contacted by attorneys who are considering legal action against Comcast.' Could Comcast be facing a class-action?"

Submission + - Printer drivers do police a favour

Kuku_monroe writes: "What happens if you take richard stallman's life and reenact it in a police drama way? Well, that's what a man from Missouri experienced when he found himself without printer drivers.

"There are a few things in this world that thieves need to keep in mind in order to run a successful criminal operation. For example, don't take the cash you just stole from one bank to another bank down the street to have it deposited into your account. Don't steal someone's MacBook and take it to the Apple Store Genius Bar the next day to get help with OS X. And finally, don't steal a drivers' license printer from the DMV, only to call up the manufacturer the next day looking for drivers.""

Submission + - Superfund365, A Site A Day (turbulence.org)

An anonymous reader writes: http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/superfund/

"Superfund365, A Site-A-Day" is an online data visualization application with an accompanying RSS-feed and email alert system. Each day for a year "Superfund365" will visit one toxic site currently active in the Superfund program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They begin the journey in the New York City area and work their way across the country, ending in Hawaii.

I frequently bike past the first site they visit in NJ — and I had no idea... chilling.

Data Storage

Submission + - How to turn lots of small machines into storage? 1

cyber-dragon.net writes: I am trying to build a storage system which will accommodate the throughput of running about 400 VMWare ESX images without the cost of a SAN or NAS. I know... insert comments about PHBs and budgets.

What I DO have access to is LOTS of appliance level machines which are Linux capable that are small enough I can put two per 1U. They have 80Gb drives or thereabouts and Celeron processors as well as gigabit nics. As I researched storage I kept running across articles about how Google uses tons of small machines for fast access and thought there was a chance this could work for me . Yes I know their requirements are different and that style of array is not what I need but something using the same concepts might work.

The main problems to overcome:
  1. Data redundancy... if I loose one box I want to be able to just plug another one in
  2. Access speed... needs to be fast enough to support 400 running virtual machines so would likely have to span the data across several since each individual HD is not fast enough to support more than one.
    Data point on this... a pair of 10k RPM SCSI drives in RAID 0 runs 12 of these just fine.
  3. Adding space... would love to be able to just plug another one in and get more space
Perhaps this is not feasible as I have not come up with a way yet... but I figured if this crowd could not find a way I should move on to begging for a real SAN budget.

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