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Comment Re:Some precisions.... (Score 1) 164

Using Java Web Start is comparable to clicking "Yes" when prompted to install "spyware.exe" or any other exe file.

What the hell?

Java has a very finely grained security permissions model, and although I don't know, I would expect javaws to honour it.

grant codeBase "file:{jnlpx.home}/javaws.jar" {
permission java.net.SocketPermission "", "connect,resolve";

Comment Bad headline, hollow story (Score 1, Informative) 336

From TFA:

The researchers think carbon-dating fine wines could help nip in the bud the growing practice of vintage fraud.

According to the study, wine experts have estimated that up to 5% of fine wines sold today are not all they are cracked up to be on the label or in the price tag.

Nothing about the researchers estimating that 5%: that's made up by the "wine experts". (They should know.)

Comment Re:GATTACA (Score 1) 268

Try again.

"We the People...in Order to...promote the general Welfare..do ordain and establish this Constitution."

The first mention of "general welfare" doesn't give the government any authority, so we'll skip that and find the second mention...

"Section. 8. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States"

"General welfare" in this case is a limitation on how taxes collected by the federal goverment can be spent -- it doesn't grant any power to Congress otherwise. Read on in Section 8, which lays out the powers of Congress, and try again to find something that justifies federally run healthcare.

Comment Not surprising. (Score 2, Interesting) 97

My previous notebook was an Acer Travelmate 4403 or something, AMD Turion 1.8ghz, etc; but the HDD would IDLE at 56 degrees C and peak at 62 or so, this thing made my palms sweat - the drive ran cool outside the notebook, putting in a new HDD did the same - there was almost no breathing room. This thing made my palms sweat, Acer refused to fix/replace it on the basis that this was "acceptable" Even a letter I acquired from Seagate explaining the drive was running way out of their thermal guidelines didn't convince Acer that this was a potential risk.

I sold it for cheap and got me a Thinkpad T61 a few years ago - never looked back.

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