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Comment Re:pig heart donors however (Score 1) 582

Ask three Rabbis and you get four answers. It just depends on who you consult. There's nothing stopping a Jew from donating his or her organs and still being buried in a Jewish cemetery. You won't be excommunicated for saving a life post-mortem. The concern is that the entire body should be buried. It's understood that a donated organ will eventually be buried after the recipient lived a long life (to 120) and passes. Jew receiving a donated organ must also make sure the now expired organ is buried appropriately.
Government

Submission + - Winter tires to be mandatory in Quebec

Yankel writes: "From the Globe and Mail, 'Quebec has become the first province to require car owners to install winter tires on their vehicles as part of a new road safety law aimed at reducing fatal accidents.'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071220.TIRES20/TPStory/National

Great news for tire retailers, I'm sure. I know a few people who swear by all season tires who would be quite upset at this news. Will Ontario be next? I understand if you live in the country, however, is it really a necessary expense for city dwellers given how quickly roads are cleared?"

Comment Re:Getting away with murder (Score 1) 396

Why?

- Because services are bundled for a contract period (two years) to receive a discount.
- Discontinuing a service results in discounts being charged back to the client.
- Because the other choice is Bell (who does the same thing).

It's really a matter of six of one... there's no real competition in broadband here. Even the Toronto Hydro wireless network (www.onezone.ca) charges $30/month for who knows what network speed (access in downtown Torotno only) and it throws you off after 15 minutes of inactivity (requiring a username/password to get back on).
Security

Microsoft Admits XP Has Same Bug As Win2K 161

Arashtamere sends in a Computerworld story on a security flaw in the Windows 2000 pseudo-random number generator published by Israeli researchers earlier this month. Microsoft has now admitted that the flaw is present in XP too. Microsoft denies that the bug is a security vulnerability, since an attacker would have to have gained administrative access to a system before exploiting it. (The Israeli researchers point out that many common exploits provide admin access.) This stance apparently lets them off the hook for patching Win2K, which is in "extended support" mode, though it powers about 9% of US and EU business computers. Microsoft said that XP SP3, due in the first half of next year, will fix the bug. The company said that Vista, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and the new Windows Server 2008 are not vulnerable.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Bicycle Key Unlocked British Nukes

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "BBC is reporting that until 1998 British nuclear weapons were armed by inserting a bicycle lock key into the arming switch and turning it through 90 degrees. There was no code which needed to be entered or dual key system to prevent a rogue individual from arming the Bomb. The British military resisted proposals to fit bombs with Permissive Action Links — or PALs — which would prevent them being armed unless the right code was sent. PALs were introduced in the 1960s in America to prevent a mad General or pilot launching a nuclear war off their own bat — the Dr Strangelove scenario. The correct code had to be transmitted by the US Chiefs of Staff and dialed into the Bomb before it could be armed otherwise it would not detonate. Papers at Britian's National Archive show that as early as 1966 an attempt was made to impose PAL security on British nuclear weapons. The Royal Navy argued that officers of the Royal Navy as the Senior Service could be trusted: "It would be invidious to suggest... that Senior Service officers may, in difficult circumstances, act in defiance of their clear orders". Learn how to arm a WE 177 nuclear bomb (video)."

Amazon's Kindle Sells Out In 5.5 Hours 417

necro81 writes "As reported on Engadget, Amazon's Kindle e-book reader has sold out. Charlie Rose's interview with Jeff Bezos reveals that the Kindle sold out within just 5-1/2 hours of going on sale. Amazon hasn't revealed how many it had in stock at launch, so it may just be that they didn't anticipate early demand. A check of the Kindle's product page shows that more will be rolling out starting December 3rd." Wired also has a brief head-to-head of the more prominent ebook readers and PCWorld has a review of the new gadget from Amazon.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Dearly Departed 2: Most Mourned Dead Products

Esther Schindler writes: "In Dearly Departed: Products and Companies that Didn't Deserve to Die (slashdotted here), CIO.com listed several favorite products—from minicomputers to software utilities—and mourned the best and brightest that died an untimely death. The follow-up article, Dearly Departed 2, looks at the top nominations from the site's readers, such as Be and NeXT, and examines when and why the companies failed."
Transportation

Submission + - Someone getting Hybrids right (cnn.com)

dragonsomnolent writes: A company by the name of H-Line conversions in Wichita, Kansas is converting cars to hybrids by ripping out their standard engines, and replacing them with a setup slightly reminiscent of a modern diesel locomotive. He puts in an electric motor powered by batteries, which are in turn charged by a bio-diesel generator. His client list includes Niel Young and Arnold Schwarzenneger, but at a cost of $40,000, it might take a while for this to get to the masses.
KDE

Submission + - Linux text editors: Do any make the grade? (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: Computerworld's Sharon Machlis has been reviewing text editors on Linux. Nine of them to be exact. She wants something that can do prose and some coding, which turns out to a hard combination to find. Her thoughts on some of them:

Emacs: I'd characterize the UI as actively hostile
KVIM: This is an editor that's so nonintuitive that you'll need instructions before you can use it to type a single word.
Bluefish: This is an appealing piece of software if you're looking for a text editor to do Web coding.
Komodo Edit: has just about everything I look for in an editor except spell check.
NEdit: If NEdit were the only tool available to me, I think I could make it do many of the things I need.

I bet I'll be even happier once that planned UltraEdit version for Linux is released.

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