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Comment Re:Spoiled americans (Score 3, Insightful) 402

You're right. I'm Canadian, and I also live in a location where everything is spread out. I also do not own a car. I also live in a city that has poor public transportation (on most days there is none at all). I walk and bike. 39 years old, own my own home. Aside from not spending money on a car or fuel, I find that I spend less on impulse purchases. When you have to carry everything in a back pack (or think about it on the way home and then come back or order online), you spend less money on stuff.

This has nothing to do with being spread out, either. It comes down to urban planning. Why do people have to live so far from the things they need on a daily basis? We need to do better.

Submission + - SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches ( 1

MalHavoc writes: After an aborted launch attempt last week, SpaceX finally became the first commercial company to send a rocket towards the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 3:44 a.m. EDT and if everything checks out, it will attempt to dock with the ISS on May 25th.

Comment Re:It'll save $11 million a year? (Score 1) 473

By 'circulation', you probably mean that pennies sit in mason jars or under couch cushions for 30 years.

I really wish we'd just do everything electronically. I hardly ever have physical cash on me. Everything here takes debit, CC, or some other form of electronic transaction, even our buses. Looking forward to not seeing the penny any more.

Comment Re:No. (Score 2) 640

They will ride a big Cylon mecha called Sauron.

Your description is epic and I would gladly pay ten bucks to see it. However, you need something dinosaurish. Therefore, I think they should ride a Sauronisaurus Rex, instead. It could stomp around emitting Polish sausage farts and flatten on Ewoks with impunity.

Submission + - WikiLeaks DNS pulled by EveryDNS (

Archon-X writes: According to the BBC and several news outlets, WikiLeaks has had its DNS revoked by long-standing free DNS provider — citing reasons of massive attacks.
This isn't the first time EveryDNS has received attacks on behalf of its clients; one could ask if the new management are unprepared to take the heat.

Open Source

Submission + - Nmap Developers release a picture of the Web (

iago-vL writes: The Nmap Project recently posted an awesome visualization of the top million site icons (favicons) on the Web, sized by relative popularity of sites. Once again proving that they're the kings of scanning, this project used the Nmap Scripting Engine, which is capable of performing discovery, vulnerability detection, and anything else you can imagine with lightning speed. We saw last month how an Nmap developer downloaded 170 million Facebook names, and this month it's a million favicons. I wonder what they're going to do next?

Comment Baxter State Park (Score 1) 635

I'm in Eastern Canada but do a lot of hiking in Maine, near Katahdin. Baxter State Park has a notice on their website specifically telling people to not use services like Tom Tom to find the park, or they will get completely lost or spend tons of time driving around for no good reason.

I was bitten by Google Maps a few years ago when I was trying to find a small inlet to get into a trailhead. Google Maps gave me driving directions that ultimately had me crossing a channel on a ferry to an island I really had no business going to. Well, at least the banjo sounded nice.

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