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Comment Oblig. Holy Grail reference (Score 5, Funny) 537

      GOD: Arthur! Arthur, King of the Britons! Oh, don't grovel! If
            there's one thing I can't stand, it's people groveling.
    ARTHUR: Sorry--
    GOD: And don't apologize. Every time I try to talk to someone it's
            "sorry this" and "forgive me that" and "I'm not worthy". What are you
            doing now!?
    ARTHUR: I'm averting my eyes, oh Lord.
    GOD: Well, don't. It's like those miserable Psalms-- they're so
            depressing. Now knock it off!


Submission + - Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday in USA

An anonymous reader writes: A speedbump on the road to a cash-free economy will go into effect Sunday in the USA, as retailers in 40 states will have the option of passing along a surcharge to customers who pay with credit cards. The so-called swipe fees arose from the settlement of a seven-year lawsuit filed by retailers against Visa, Mastercard, and big banks, who collect an electronic processing fee averaging 1.5 to 3 percent on transactions involving credit cards. The banks naturally have opposed the consumer surcharges, preferring that the extra costs to be passed along in the form of higher prices. Consumers in ten states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Texas) won't be affected, since laws in those states forbid the practice (it seems that gasoline station owners here in Massachusetts got a different memo, though). Also, the surcharges won't be collected for debit or prepaid cards.

Submission + - Norwegian Research Institute says Global warming less extreme than feared.. (forskningsradet.no) 3

bricko writes: "Norwegian Research Institute says global warming is much less than anticipated.

Internationally renowned climate researcher Caroline Leck of Stockholm University has evaluated the Norwegian project and is enthusiastic.

“These results are truly sensational,” says Dr Leck. “If confirmed by other studies, this could have far-reaching impacts on efforts to achieve the political targets for climate.”
Temperature rise is levelling off

After Earth’s mean surface temperature climbed sharply through the 1990s, the increase has levelled off nearly completely at its 2000 level. Ocean warming also appears to have stabilised somewhat, despite the fact that CO2 emissions and other anthropogenic factors thought to contribute to global warming are still on the rise.

It is the focus on this post-2000 trend that sets the Norwegian researchers’ calculations on global warming apart."

Submission + - Operation Last Resort-Anonymous takes revenge for Swartz (zdnet.com)

emil writes: "Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Sentencing Commission website (http://www.ussc.gov) was hacked and encryped government files distributed by Anonymous, which threatens to release decryption passwords should the government not comply with demands for legal reforms. Anonymous cited the recent suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz as a "line that has been crossed" in the retaliatory defacement. Anonymous has not specified exactly what files they have obtained. The various files were named after Supreme Court judges. At a regular interval commencing today, Anonymous will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents. Anonymous called the launch of it new campaign a "warhead."



Submission + - Sinofsky leaves Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green now in charge of Windows Division (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: Steven Sinofsky, the man who was behind the development and marketing of Windows (including the recently released Windows 8), Internet Explorer, Outlook.com, and SkyDrive had apparently left the company. In his place, Julie Larson-Green will run the Windows division while Tami Reller will take charge of the business of Windows.

Submission + - ACLU: Most US police don't seek warrants before tracking cell phones (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Many law enforcement agencies across the U.S. track mobile phones as part of investigations, but only a minority ask for court-ordered warrants, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union. More than 90 law enforcement agencies said they track mobile phones during investigations, but only six reported receiving court-approved warrants after demonstrating that there's probable cause of a crime, according to an ACLU report http://www.aclu.org/protecting-civil-liberties-digital-age/cell-phone-location-tracking-public-records-request based on public information requests filed by the group last year.
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Submission + - Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense (nytimes.com)

inode_buddha writes: The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that people arrested for any offense, however minor, may be forced to strip before being jailed even if no reasonable suspicion of contraband exists.

TFA has an amazing case of a man who was detained due to incorrect information, leading to the suit at hand.


Submission + - iSlaves in America

Reformed Lurker writes: Feeling sorry for the average Foxconn employee? Maybe sympathy should begin at home. Excellent piece from Mother Jones showing life in a mail-order warehouse. Makes one wonder how typical these working conditions are in America...

Submission + - A Behind The Scenes Preview of Diablo III (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Diablo III is the sequel to one of the most popular games of all time. Its launch on May 15 could cripple college graduation rates, triple the number of insomniacs worldwide, and slash national productivity. A preview here takes a view of the current beta from a couple of angles; a big-picture examination of the game and a fine-grained, behind-the-scenes look at how Diablo III deals with some of the problems and design flaws endemic to its predecessor. Diablo III's foundations are better-laid, with fewer obvious pitfalls, while its skill and rune system is far more graceful than Diablo 2's talent trees. In short, better math makes for better games. Diablo III appears to be more consistent, better balanced, and more fun than its predecessor."

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