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Comment Re:Pareto, I hate you. (Score 1) 84

You forgot the part where you also slow down ambulances, because they're shaped like trucks. And when ambulance drivers complain and you allow them all the truck drivers pick up on it and paint their trucks white and have people lying inside along with the goods so they'll get through. So now you need doctors to diagnose people in white trucks to see if they should get through. The road just costs too much for everyone now with all those doctors manning it and people are still dying in ambulances because the extra diagnosis takes a lot of time... ..but it's all for nothing because you have armored trucks that won't let you peek inside them. You either have to block all those and get sued by doctors if they're armored ambulances or allow them all to pass, or allow them all and pretty soon every truck in the city is armored because, hey, they don't cost anything. ...I might have gone too far with this car analogy.

Comment Re:Not really surprising. (Score 1) 473

This Ubisoft one violates the "don't do anything on the system not related to your product" clause.

I have to mention the NCsoft nProtect here, the reason I dropped out of Aion. They were detecting running processes to see if you were trying to "cheat" by using debugging tools. These included notepad++ and filezilla apparently along with a multitude of applications someone might have on his system for other reasons. Now for the kicker: When detected, instead of nProtect preventing the game from runnung it would KILL those applications. Seems many companies believe our computers are there just to run their game.

Comment Re:not just autorun! (Score 1) 639

The USB stick concept is wrong. Every other popular removable medium was just that, a medium. You could only mount files on a computer with floppies, cds, zips, and even sticking HDs and flash cards. USB sticks are evil because they can be anything. They load a driver that's kernel level and instruct it to do anything it can, as demonstrated by the USB stick keyboard. People need to get SD readers and use those.


Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage 417

An anonymous reader writes "Hold on to your hamburgers — Japanese scientist Mitsyuki Ikeda at the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama has invented an artificial meat substitute made from human feces. The unseemly meal is made by extracting protein and lipids from 'sewage mud.' The lipids are then combined with a reaction enhancer and whipped into 'meat' in an exploder. Ikeda makes the 'meat' more palatable by adding things like soy protein."
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Submission + - Most IPv6-certified home network gear buggy (networkworld.com)

Julie188 writes: "The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab held an IPv6 consumer electronics Plugfest on Feb. 14 and CableLabs has scheduled two more for this year. UNH is tight-lipped about the results, but the sad fact is that most home routers and DSL/cable modems certified as IPv6-compliant by the IPv6 Forum are so full of implementation bugs that they can't be used by ISPs for IPv6 field trials. And that's not helping the Internet have a smooth, fast transition to IPv6. Though OpenWRT and DD-WRT solve the problem, ISPs point out that requiring the average consumer to upgrade their own firmware, because the manufacturer can't do IPv6 right, isn't a practical solution."

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