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Comment Bush's Torture Apologist (Score 1) 837

This was written by Marc Thiessen, the guy who was charged with justifying torture for W. He then went on and wrote a book about how torture is good. Jon Stewart dismantled this guy a few months ago when he was a guest on the Daily Show. Do not confuse what this guy writes with what the WaPo believes (of course the paper believes more and more along these lines in recent years).

Comment OnLive (Score 1) 160

Do people really expect this to take off any time soon? Do you realize the infrastructure that's going to be needed to be deployed regionally to make this work? In it's current state is nearly maxes out a basic cable connection. I just don't foresee it becoming standard any time soon.


Ars Examines Outlandish "Lost To Piracy" Claims and Figures 380

Nom du Keyboard writes "For years the figures of $200 billion and 750,000 jobs lost to intellectual property piracy have been bandied about, usually as a cudgel to demand ever more overbearing copyright laws with the intent of diminishing of both Fair Use and the Public Domain. Now ARS Technica takes a look into origin and validity these figures and finds far less than the proponents of them might wish."

How Do I Talk To 4th Graders About IT? 531

Tsunayoshi writes "My son volunteered me to give a presentation on what I do for a living for career day at his elementary school. I need to come up with a roughly 20-minute presentation to be given to 4-5 different classrooms. I am a systems administrator, primarily Unix/Linux and enterprise NAS/SAN storage, working for an aerospace company. I was thinking something along the lines of explaining how some everyday things they experience (websites, telephone systems, etc.) all depend on servers, and those servers are maintained by systems administrators. I was also going to talk about what I do specifically, which is maintain the computer systems that allow the really smart rocket scientists to get things into space. Am I on the right track? Can anyone suggest some good (and cheap/easy to make) visual aids?"

Submission + - DRM Guru: New BluRay Won't Be Cracked For 10 Years (

Mike writes: "Supposedly the latest issue of HMM contains a quote from Richard Doherty, a Media analyst with Envisioneering Group which claims that "BD+, unlike AACS, which suffered a partial hack last year, won't likely be breached for 10 years." Doherty also said, "and if so, the damage would affect one film and one player." Will the BD+ format really be impervious to hackers for a decade? I've got ten bucks that says it won't. Any takers?"

Submission + - Wii lightsaber game in the works (

moderatorrater writes: Gamasutra's reporting on a Lucasarts employee answer to a question about a Wii lightsaber game. From the article:

We're all over that, and internally we have already played a lightsaber game on the Wii. It's a lot of fun, and we'll get there.
Hopefully it's more like Jedi Academy than Jedi Power Battles.


Submission + - University of Maryland Develops New Supercomputer

CompMD writes: Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a new desktop supercomputer. It is capable of running 100 times faster than current desktops using 64 processors operating in parallel. The inventor sees this as a step in the right direction for computing: "The manufacturers have done an excellent job over the years of increasing a single processor's clock speed through clever miniaturization strategies and new materials," he noted. "But they have now reached the limits of this approach. It is time for a practical alternative that will allow a new wave of innovation and growth and that's what we have created with our parallel computing technology."
Internet Explorer

Submission + - IE7 lets passwords slip 'by design' reader writes: "Visitors can have their passwords for many community sites stolen if they use Internet Explorer 7 or lower. Almost all sites that let their users host images or other binary data are vulnerable. Microsoft has been informed, but tells this bug is 'by design' (translated from Dutch). The problem lies in the way that Internet Explorer(IE) handles binary data. Instead of following the standard (RFC2616), IE determines the content-type in a wrong way. A perfectly valid image like this one or this one is interpreted as HTML in IE. Thereby, JavaScript is executed and passwords for community sites can be stolen (because of this XSS vulnerability). Microsoft will not fix this problem before Internet Explorer 8. On my machine, passwords seem to be safe from this bug with Opera 9.21 and Firefox"

Feed Xbox 360 getting 65nm GPU this fall? (

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While it's hardly a secret that the Xbox 360 will be getting a 65nm CPU upgrade sooner or later, China's Commercial Times (not always the most reliable source) is now reporting that the console's Xenos GPU will also be switching over to the cooler, lower-power chips, supposedly sometime this fall. According to the paper, an "engineering version" of the new and improved 65nm Xenos GPU has already been sent out, with production set to get underway in May, which would certainly seem to make a fall launch a possibility. Unfortunately, there's still no word on a possible disc drive upgrade to go along with these other revisions, which we all know is the real culprit for most of the console's noise problems.

[Via Joystiq]

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Submission + - PE Classes Using DDR to Combat Obesity

carrett writes: "Schools are trying a new measure to combat the obesity epidemic in this country: let the kids play DDR. It seems to make sense, DDR is, for many, especially youngsters, much more fun than the traditional sports. Who knows, maybe soon tons of families will be going to the local DDR competition."

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