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Comment Re:Anti-US Government, Maybe (Score 1) 1018

You are blowing this way out of proportion. Privacy is one thing, but I personally don't think crimes that affect... you know.. a country deserve that excuse to remain hidden. Whether or not it's a government, industry, or individual shouldn't matter. Inexcusable actions remain inexcusable whether or not people know about them, and people do deserve to know about them, because then something can be done to address the issue. In regards to what you were saying about evidence released by wikileaks being void in court... you're making it sound as if any crime published by wikileaks is granted legal immunity. If wikileaks publishes evidence of one person murdering another, then all one has to do is legally obtain the evidence themselves. If an officer legally obtains a security tape of a crime, no judge would rule the evidence as void simply because wikileaks published the tape first. It doesn't matter how others obtain evidence; what matters is how the prosecution obtains it.

Comment Re:what has the university to do with it? (Score 1) 167

Over in the actual article (I know, nobody ever reads it, but I still did), they say this:

Rich Martell, 21, a final-year computer sciences student at University College London, has taken the site down under pressure from university authorities, who were concerned that it was distracting students from their studies.

The /. summary also says this:

"A computer science student at University College London..."

There was no need to read the actual article to know that this did not take place in the United States

Comment Re:Oblig XKCD (Score 1) 98

Mod parent up. He's completely right--the electrical signals of the brain have to be interpreted by computer software in order to do the most basic of functions. It took years just to get a monkey to move a robotic arm, or a quadriplegic to use a computer mouse. You can't just connect something to the brain and expect it to eventually work.

Comment Re:No *buggy* executable required? (Score 1) 234

It means "exploit" a reader as in "take advantage of a bug in", not "make use of in any way".

In other words, a perfectly coded pdf reader with zero bugs whatsoever would still be vulnerable..

You contradicted yourself from one sentence to the next. I'm not trying to be a Grammar Nazi here, I'm just honestly wondering if it was intentional, because the only thing I've gathered from your comment is "don't use Foxit." The rest doesn't make much sense.

Comment Another idea: (Score 1) 187

the system could one day be used to generate power from anything that produces noise — cars whizzing by on the highway, crashing waves in the ocean, or planes landing at an airport.

...what about nightclubs? I'm pretty sure the heavy bass would be able to produce at least enough energy to cover the lights, especially since they're off for the most part.

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