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Comment Re:Fucking wow. (Score 1) 95

While the words have changed somewhat over the past few years, one of David Cameron's (current UK Prime minister) key stances in his early opposition was "small government". It still seems that he thinks this way, but has represented his thoughts on the matter ("big society"), and being in a coalition government obviously means his party does not have carte blanch to do as they wish there.

Comment Re:Not a lot different actually (Score 1) 151

In all seriousness I'm looking forward to the day when I can use my commute time for productive things like homework or reviewing notes on the way to class, but I think it's going to be a while before driving AI is reliable enough to trust to deal with the idiotic driving habits of people without paying it any mind.

You could just take the train.

Comment Re:Unsurprising (Score 2, Informative) 166

The second sentence is:

"Although a few metazoans can survive temporarily in the absence of oxygen, it is believed that multi-cellular organisms cannot spend their entire life cycle without free oxygen."

I did Google for a bit, and couldn't find anything to disagree with this, except the word 'temporarily'. While I'm not particularly familiar with anoxia tolerance, my quick searching suggests that certain species of turtle can have up to 3months without oxygen in cold water. There may be others out there, but this is the largest number I found. This is clearly a temporary phase in the life cycle of the organism. Are you trying to argue that they are implying that this is more than merely 'temporary' but a major chunk of the life cycle? Personally, were I reviewing the paper, I'd not have had a problem with allowing that phrase to be used (with the caveat that there is no information that I am not privy to currently, and there is no controversy in this area currently).

The Courts

RIAA Must Divulge Expenses-Per-Download 305

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The Court has ordered UMG Recordings, Warner Bros. Records, Interscope Records, Motown, and SONY BMG to disclose their expenses-per-download to the defendant's lawyers, in UMG v. Lindor, a case pending in Brooklyn. The Court held that the expense figures are relevant to the issue of whether the RIAA's attempt to recover damages of $750 or more per 99-cent song file, is an unconstitutional violation of due process."

Submission + - Dell IS offering complete hardware support

somegeekynick writes: According to this article, a Dell spokesperson has stated that, "Due to an ordering system glitch during the weekend, we inadvertently removed extended warranty and CompleteCare options from our 'configurator.' We're working to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and those options will be reinstated this afternoon [June 5]. If customers ordered systems when extended warranties weren't available, they will have the option of upgrading at the original price. There will be more details on that program soon."

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