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Comment Re:Let the Market Decide (Score 1) 420

I will agree with the fact that it could be an issue for small business. It depends upon implementation (which I have admittedly not look closely at in this matter). However, in my experience with the ADA (which is what I was thinking more in terms of), it causes less financial difficulty than you imply. It commonly breaks down to a matter of reasonable accommodations. Therefore, I would assume (maybe inappropriately) that if implemented reasonably, it should not be any more problematic than the original ADA.

On the basis of money being spent on accommodations for the disabled, we are talking about 1 in 5 Americans (seems to be the consensus on Google) or more than 40 million (from the article). That seems like a fairly large group, when considering the diversity of the United States. Your example with tennis is not particularly fair. The internet is not some tangential leisure activity. Many peoples' livelihoods depend upon the internet. If we followed the free market from accessibility, then many would be stuck in their homes, without means to do otherwise. If you are fine with condemning that many people to such a fine, that is fine, but I'm not.

Again, I encourage you to really consider the challenges of being disabled. I don't think you fully appreciate it. I don't think I fully appreciate it either, but I can say from my experience at least how hard it is. I'm just thankful there is some chance at normalcy from some.

Comment Re:Let the Market Decide (Score 1) 420

Try having a disability. Then reconsider how well this strategy works. It doesn't. Having internet access is a significant part of most American's daily lives. Why should someone who is disabled (most likely not caused by a choice) be given less access? Should we also return to other types of discrimination?

Comment Re:Fusion Reactor... Crisis?! (Score 5, Informative) 470

I work on a project related to ITER. and we had a discussion about this yesterday. The funding will very likely show up. Some of the countries are just complaining about the amount they must contribute, but the funds will show up. ITER is a long way out, but it should at least get the funding to make it happen.

Comment Re:Been following this for awhile. (Score 1) 1240

Yes, that is true as far as the legal system is concerned, but i would bet that to the school administrators, they were at the very least reminded of the previous incident. Humans connect things and their intentions probably came from a desire to prevent another overdose.

Other comments have implied that the person who searched the student was a predator or something similar. It was a female school nurse who was ordered by the principal to search the student in a locked room, away from any other student. Things went way overboard, and i don't believe that search should be conducted or allowed, but the people involved were acting with malicious intent.

Comment Re:Been following this for awhile. (Score 1) 1240

Just to play the devils advocate, we did a simulation of this case in our government class. One point that that the summary and article leaves out was that another student had previously gone to the hospital for an overdose on ibuprofen. While i think the school administrators are in the wrong, they did not act completely without basis for a search. However, their search went way overboard.

Comment Re:Constitutional basis for the pork? (Score 1) 414

If you going to blame anyone, blame John Marshall ( He created that interpretation in McCulloch v. Maryland, which created the broad interpretation of the necessary and proper clause. In addition, Gibbons v. Ogden allowed for a broader interpretation of interstate commerce. Marshall worked to extend the powers of the federal government and these judgments extended those powers significantly.

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Submission + - Archos 605 wifi hacked (

Nathan Ramella writes: "The ARCwelder project has released a technique dubbed "Go Fighting Tabby!" which exploits an unquoted system() call through the Archos UI, providing the ability to execute arbitrary code with root access on the Archos 605 wifi. In doing so, opening the platform up for further hacking. The Archos 605 wifi runs embedded Linux on an ARM processor, but employes a variety of anti-hack techniques to keep users from modifying its firmware and operating system. Included is a cross-compiled sshd with configuration files to allow for passwordless ssh access to the Archos when it is connected to a wifi connection. Bricks ahoy!"
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Submission + - Microsoft Paid Novell $356 Million in '07

Anonymous writes: At the end of this piece at, it's reported that Microsoft paid Novell $355.6 million last year as part of their "interoperability" deal. It's no small wonder, then, that Novell executives are saying the deal has been a huge success so far.

Submission + - RIAA Insanity-Suing People For Ripping CD's They P ( 2

mrneutron2003 writes: "With this past weeks announcement by Warner to release its entire catalog to Amazon in MP3 format with no Digital Rights Management, you would think that the organization that represents them, The Recording Industry Association of America , would begin changing its tune. However in an inane display of hubris and futility, the RIAA presses on in it's tirade against the very consumers its partners rely on buy (we're not making this up) suing individuals who merely rip CD's they've purchased legally.

The Washington Post reports on the case being fought by a Scottsdale Arizona man, Jeffrey Howell, who is being taken to task for ripping his own store bought CD's to his PC as a violation of copyright.

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.
If the RIAA is successful here, it is safe to say that the overwhelming majority of American music consumers will soon be classified as criminals under the law for attempting to use media they've legally purchased in a manner they desire."

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