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Comment My Top Three (Score 1) 268

* Astonishing Legends - Basically the "Unsolved Mysteries" of podcasts, and it's amaz... er, astonishing!
* The Eastern Border - Latvian Journalist's perspective on living in the baltic states in the soviet era
* The Dangerous History Podcast - An anarchist/libertarian college history professor's take on various historical events.

I found out about Astonishing Legends when I was reading up on Tamam Shud, and one podcast led to the other, which led to the other...

Astonishing Legends is both great and pretty universal. I think everybody should listen to it. The other two are great too, but probably appeal to more specific audiences. I will say, though, that if you're not particularly libertarian (I'm not), you might still give Dangerous History a chance. It's very good about calling out all the actors in any given event on what they've done, without slipping into a mythological "this was the good guy, this was the bad guy" simplified narrative.

Comment Re:Who are we rooting for today? (Score 5, Insightful) 106

Google doesn't need our sympathy--Oracle needs our antipathy. The people behind Oracles side of the case are sociopaths attempting to do something that will set a precedent that is extremely negative for technological progress in American society. Once set, it could extend beyond the country as part of our continual series of copyright treaties, making Oracle responsible for doing serious damage to human society as a whole. They're monsters who should be locked up.

Nobody seriously should care whether Google has to pay a million or even a billion dollars to some company, but they should care about the dangerous precedent Oracle was trying to set.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Another Blizzard 404... (Score 1) 166

In Silent Hill 2, the main character wanders through a forest into the town of Silent Hill. Once in Silent Hill, if you enter a certain building, you're greeted with the following:

If you happen across a 404 on Battle.Net's wow forums, you're greeted with the following:


MIT Tracking Campus Net Connections Since 1999 125

An anonymous reader writes "MIT has been monitoring student internet connections for the past decade without telling them. There is no official policy and no student input." The Tech article says, though, that the record keeping is fairly limited in its scope (connection information is collected, but not the data transferred) and duration (three days, for on-campus connections).

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