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Comment Re:Tech (Score -1) 201

Reminds me of the time I asked the Ubuntu community for help with the ultra-user-friendly, ultra-well-designed, ultra-well-deserving of dominance in home OS market Breezy Badger.

me: I can't get into any OS when I tried to dual boot. On startup, the bootloader, GRUB, throws error 25 at stage 1.5 and locks up, preventing further input. I've tried this several times and reinstalled several times and have gotten the same result.
forum: What other OS are you using?
me: what does that have to do with the bootloader error?
forum: moron, we need to know before we are mentally capable of thinking of what could cause that error.
me: no, you don't.
forum: go away.
forum: Oh, I know!!!! Try re-installing!
forum: Oh, I know!!!! It must be a download error even though it's virtually impossible to have gotten to this point if there were any problem with the download!
forum: Oh, I know!!!! Try typing in ...
forum: Oh, I know!!!! Go into the Linux OS that you can't even access and post your menu.1st file!
forum: Oh, I know!!!! Go burn a new CD with strictly less functionality than one you used to do this, from one of the OSes you can't access which was the whole reason you came here!
forum: Here, follow the instructions on the website that we don't understand ourselves or expect to be useful or will follow up on if you do try!
forum: Hey, we're trying to be helpful, what's the problem?
me: Wow, I have never seen a group more worthy of the title "doesn't get it".


Submission + - An inconvenient study?

lego_boy_aus writes:
Climate scientists at the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama, and the University of Virginia report that observed patterns of temperature changes ('fingerprints' ) over the last thirty years are not in accord with what greenhouse models predict and can better be explained by natural factors, such as solar variability...

The report is published in the December 2007 issue of the International Journal of Climatology of the Royal Meteorological Society...

Lead author David Douglass said: "The observed pattern of warming, comparing surface and atmospheric temperature trends, does not show the characteristic fingerprint associated with greenhouse warming. The inescapable conclusion is that the human contribution is not significant and that observed increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases make only a negligible contribution to climate warming."

Co-author John Christy said: "Satellite data and independent balloon data agree that atmospheric warming trends do not exceed those of the surface. Greenhouse models, on the other hand, demand that atmospheric trend values be 2-3 times greater. We have good reason, therefore, to believe that current climate models greatly overestimate the effects of greenhouse gases. Satellite observations suggest that GH models ignore negative feedbacks, produced by clouds and by water vapor, that diminish the warming effects of carbon dioxide."

Particularly in view of the current Bali talks, this would have to be an "incovenient study".

The Abstract for this is available on the website.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Russian scambot passes Turing Test?

UbuntuDupe writes: CNet reports that a chatterbot has been extracting personal information by pretending to flirt in Russian chatrooms — information that could be used for identity theft. Apparently, its flirting is realistic enough to make people want to share that information, as if it were a real human flirter. From the article:

A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, according to security software firm PC Tools.

The artificial intelligence of CyberLover's automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the "bot" from a real potential suitor, PC Tools said. The software can work quickly too, establishing up to 10 relationships in 30 minutes, PC Tools said. It compiles a report on every person it meets complete with name, contact information, and photos.

"As a tool that can be used by hackers to conduct identity fraud, CyberLover demonstrates an unprecedented level of social engineering," PC Tools senior malware analyst Sergei Shevchenko said in a statement.
Via Marginal Revolution.
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court upholds White House faith program (

The Spoonman writes: "In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court struck a blow against freedom of religion (which implies freedom FROM religion) in the U.S. The conservatively stacked court stated "taxpayers did not have "standing" to challenge in court the discretionary spending authority of the executive branch for its Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives." So much for "of the people, by the people, for the people"."

Submission + - Pavlov's cockroaches, they drool from memory (

Lucas123 writes: "Japanese researchers discovered that a cockroach's olfactory senses are sharp and they have memories like that of a dog. When the scientists exposed the filthy, disgusting roaches to an odor while feeding them sugar, and then later gave them a whiff of the odor without the food, the bugs drooled. Another set of cockroaches that weren't exposed to the odor when they ate, did nothing when they were exposed to the same smell later. '"Understanding the brain mechanism of learning in insects can help us to understand the functionings in the human brain. There are many, many common characteristics,"' one scientist said in a telephone interview with Reuters."

Submission + - Professor is denied tenure for criticizing Israel.

pasha2891 writes: Finkelstein, son of holocaust survivors and outspoken critic of oppressive Israeli policy in Palestine, has come under attack from detractors like Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who seeks to silence critics of Israel and has successfully interfered in internal DePaul tenure processes. Despite being in the midst of their hectic finals-week and upcoming graduation, student leaders are currently sacrificing their time by occupying the Executive Offices of DePaul University indefinitely until their demands for the tenure of Professors Finkelstein and Larudee are met. Link to protest site.

Submission + - Church of England Chastises Sony (

eldavojohn writes: "The game "Resistance: Fall of Man" has been called sick & sacreligious by the Church of England due to a point in the game in which rival gunmen kill hundreds inside Manchester cathedral. The Church of England said that Sony did not ask for permission to use the cathedral in their game and demanded an apology. The bishop of Manchester is quoted as saying, "It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem. For a global manufacturer to recreate one of our great cathedrals with photorealistic quality and then encourage people to have gunbattles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible." A representative for Sony said a formal letter of apology will be sent Monday."

Submission + - 14-yr-old girl's self portrait stolen for porn DVD

titaniumdoughnut writes: "14 year old girl's self portrait stolen from Flickr and used as cover for porn DVD "Body Magic." TVX Films refuses to acknowledge infringement, claiming to have purchased the image from an unknown stock company and business partner of 25 years, and later blames girl (now 17) for putting her photo on Flickr in the first place. U.S. lawyers requesting £50,000 to take up case.


The DVD continues to be sold and marketed with the photo in question attached. DVD info claims that all models featured are over 18."

Submission + - Hard drive failure greater thant vendor estimates.

Agent2592 writes: "Here is a very interesting article on a study about hard drive failure. Notable from the article: -Hard drive failure rate is much higher that what the vendors suggest -SCSI/FC discs ("server class"), contrary to common perception DO NOT have a significant advantage over PATA/SATA ("desktop class") when it comes to failure rate. -Operating temperature and failure rate DO NOT have a significant correlation. In other words discs kept at a lower operating temperature fail just as much. (RAPID & frequent temperature change do have an impact) -There is NO reliable predictor of failure. (SMART included)"

Submission + - NASA Focuses Launch Efforts on Virtual Island

theodp writes: "Speaking as avatar 'Simon Pete Raymaker' until repeated crashes forced him back into the real world, NASA Director Simon Pete Worden announced that the Ames Research Center has launched an island in Second Life, which will allow the public to take part in future missions to Mars. 'This is not your father's space program,' Worden said. NASA joins other government agencies that have jumped on the Second Life bandwagon, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institutes of Health and its National Library of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. No word if the efforts are funded by real or virtual tax dollars."

Submission + - Robotic Ecologies

Roland Piquepaille writes: "The University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture has started a new program about 'robotic ecologies' which wants to answer the question: Will robots take over architecture? As said the program leader, 'This research is not just about architectural machines that move. It is about groups of architectural machines that move with intelligence.' Apparently, buildings tracking our movements and adapting their shape or texture according human presence are not far fetched. Maybe one day, we'll talk to our homes and they'll answer... Read more for additional details and a picture of Super Galaxy, 'a high-rise apartment complex that's constantly in motion and responds to the needs of its inhabitants.'"

Submission + - Star Wars cast: where are they now?

solitas writes: A Breitbart news story interviews certain StarWars alumni about what the trilogy has done for them.

They were part of one of the biggest movies in history but almost without exception the cast of "Star Wars" faded from view after lighting up cinemas during the 1970-80s.

While George Lucas' intergalactic fairytale proved to be a launch pad for the career of Harrison Ford, other prominent members of the blockbuster franchise have not come close to enjoying Ford's iconic status.

..."Without naming names, you meet some stars and afterwards you go 'Gee, I wish I hadn't met him,'"... Oh yeah? Do: tell.

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