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Comment Re:A stain on my country's tattered honor (Score 1) 844

Good answers. I personally knew all that already, as well as the answers to my other questions. The person above me on the other hand didn't have a f*cking clue. I really should stop expecting rationality out of the regular /. point system. Not to mention avoiding sarcasm.
I would like to add just one more point to the above post.

If one has armed enemy combatants that are hiding among civilians. One is legally, morally and tactically allowed to destroy said enemy with what ever force one deems appropriate and proportional. And any responsibility for civilian deaths, again legally as well as morally, is placed squarely on the combatants who have hidden among them.

Comment Re:A stain on my country's tattered honor (Score 1) 844

How far away were the apaches from the armed individuals? How far away were the ground troops the apaches were providing close air support for? Why should the apaches not fire on non uniformed, unidentified, ARMED individuals within line-of-sight of active combat involving friendly troops? What is the effective range of the 7.62x39 round? or the 5.45x45 round? What is the effective range of an RPG7? Informative my fluffy white ass.

Submission + - Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV Infection ( 1

rhathar writes: A 42-year-old HIV patient with leukemia appears to have no detectable HIV in his blood and no symptoms after a stem cell transplant from a donor carrying a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to the virus that causes AIDS.

  "The patient is fine," said Dr. Gero Hutter of Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany. "Today, two years after his transplantation, he is still without any signs of HIV disease and without antiretroviral medication."

Submission + - HP Envy breaks cover (

Barence writes: "HP is launching a stylish rival to the MacBook Air and the Dell Adamo, dubbed Envy, in both 13in and 15in models. The all-metal casing (magnesium and aluminium) follows the blueprint laid down by Apple and Dell, but unlike its rivals the Envy will sport a removable battery. The larger 15in model will also have an optional "battery slice" that slots neatly into the base of the laptop, which will boost battery life from six to 12 hours, according to HP's figures. The device will sport a 400 nits "radiance display", which is around 50% brighter than the average laptop screen. The laptops are expected to launch with Windows 7 in late October."

Submission + - The seven deadly sins in building security (

MattSainsbury writes: "Creating a physically secure environment is not as simple as just setting up a few cameras and hiring some guards. But at the same time, it's an exciting field to be in, with a number of new technology developments giving administrators a huge range of options when setting up a building's security. This feature looks at the common oversights and mistakes to avoid when setting up security infrastructure."

Submission + - Pirate Party goes to the EU Parliament (

MisterCIA writes: "With 5570 of 5664 election districts counted in Sweden it is now clear that the Swedish Pirate Party takes a seat in the European Parliament. In what has been seen by traditional media as a surprising upset in the expected outcome of the Swedish election to the EU Parliament the Pirate Party has received 7.0% of the vote surpassing many older and more established parties involved in the fight for Sweden's 20 seats. Following the link leads to a auto-translated story."

Comment Re:other potential things (Score 1) 433

Handheld communication devices had been around for many years when Star Trek was first aired. Just look at the backpack radios of vietnam or the handheld military radios of WWII. The first patent for a wireless phone is from 1908. All star trek did was postulate that a communications device could be miniaturized. I doubt you would make the statement about TNG if you really knew how many principles of Physics, Security, Engineering and a whole host of other subjects the writers for that show regularly raped out of sheer ignorance and disintrest. Star Wars is far more correct in any scientific sense than Star Trek. And Star Wars is probably one of the "softest" science fiction out there.

Strange Glitches In Games 282

Parz writes "Even the best of game developers can leave a big dirty glitch buried within its products that can turn a gameplay experience on its head (sometimes literally). Gameplayer has trawled through the web to locate video footage of some of the more amazing and hilarious examples of glitches in games. It acts as an interesting insight into the bugs that some games — especially today — ship with. What interesting bugs have you encountered?"

FileFront Reopens Its Doors 25

boarder8925 writes "FileFront, who announced on March 24th that they would be shutting down, has been given new life. The original owners of the website bought it back from Ziff Davis Media, who shut down FileFront because it had become financially unviable. 'We're happy to announce to the gaming community that as of today, April 1st, 2009, FileFront is a completely independent company again and is no longer part of Ziff Davis Media. All previously suspended services should be active and working again. We thank Ziff Davis Media for their cooperation and willingness to keep the site and community alive.' They repeatedly state that this is not an April Fool's Day joke, and indeed the site appears to be up and running as usual."

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