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Comment Re:I have seen SSDs used just to load the OS (Score 1) 331

I, personally, have over 580GiB of games installed on my machine (the vast majority legally purchased!), completely excluding Windows and all other software. Admittedly, Games are much closer to data than apps, so installing them all to a separate drive would not trouble me at all. But they are still, strictly speaking, apps, and so every app I could possibly run on a cheap SSD? Not a chance in hell. My work machine, on the other hand, totals up 160GiB, data and all, so that would happily operate on a cheap SSD.

Submission + - UK man jailed for "offensive tweets" (

Motor writes: "A UK judge has jailed a man for 56 days after he posted offensive comments on twitter about a footballer who had a heart attack during a game. He's also been thrown out of his university degree course weeks from graduating. His comments may have been offensive... but do they really justify a prison sentence and ruining his life?"
Open Source

Submission + - Blackboard buys Moodlerooms and Netspot (

crumley writes: Blackboard, the proprietary giant in the learning management software market, has purchased two companies, Moodlerooms and Netspot that sell support for their open source competitor Moodle. Blackboard said that they plan to allow Moodlerooms and Netspot to continue operating with their current leadership. It will be interesting to see if this move leads to an exodus from Moodlerooms and Netspot, since many of their client were intentionally trying to avoid doing business with Blackboard.

Comment Re:"Ideas are very dangerous things"... (Score 1) 245

If they cared about the truth, the Tiananmen square would be available for computer users in China...

Right, because if Google decides that they'll display *all* results for Tiananmen, Tibet, Xinjiang, etc., the Government wouldn't block them at all... Google *cannot* give information to the Chinese people that the Chinese government does not want them to see. If they try, they will be blocked and we will be back to where we started, except with one less search engine available to Chinese people.

Besides, I'm fairly sure Google censors content in America too. I'm not certain of that, but I'd be *extremely* surprised if you could find, say, Child Porn through a Google search, no matter where in the world you are located. If you can, then the rest of my post will look a bit silly, but I certainly wasn't going to looking for it. Don't see anyone making a fuss about that, though, because we all agree (well, almost all - the people who produce it probably don't) that Child Porn is *wrong*. And viewing it is against the law.

It's not like anyone's really noticed, since this isn't something you go and search for every day (well, I *hope* it isn't...), and I reckon that most people would instinctively agree with the decision to censor it. Hell, they probably wouldn't have it any other way. But then, as soon as Google (according to another countries laws) starts censoring things that we think people should have a right to find, we get all up in arms. This is despite the fact that a lot of the people on whose behalf we are aggrieved probably agree with the censorship.

So who the hell decides what it's OK to censor and what's not OK? The Government? Hmm... Don't think I like that idea, relying on the Government to do our thinking for us has lead to all sorts of problems. The majority? Well, since the majority seem happy to let the Government do the thinking for them, I think this is basically the same as the first option... Where does that leave us? Letting some minority of people decide what it's OK to censor and what's not? But which minority? The most vocal one? Seems even worse than the government to me...

Maybe we just shouldn't censor anything. *Anything*. If people want to look up Child Porn then we'll let them, and just arrest them later. But wait, what's stopping the Government from passing laws and arresting/fining/harassing/etc. people who view things they don't approve of?

This looks like a tricky question, and I don't believe there's a perfect answer. Shit, there might not even be a good answer, just a 'less bad' one...

If we start down this road, the next stop is censoring the 9/11 conspiricy folks, because they're ideas are disturbing people, and so on and so on...

Wouldn't be too terribly surprised, to be honest. And who's going to stand up for them? People already think they're weird (I think they're weird. Harmless, mostly, but weird), and if you're on their side you risk being seen as 'one of them'.

And again, most people *won't notice*. Maybe they're wonder why they don't see all these 9/11 conspiracy crackpots around so much, but I can't imagine it will worry them. They'll just be happy the internet is a 'cleaner' place.

Guess it's up to us to ensure that we're censoring the right things. Well, us and everyone else who actually gives a shit...

Comment Backups? (Score 3, Interesting) 304

Either this is a really, really serious meltdown which completely killed not only the server but all their backups as well (and what're the chances of that?), or their IT guys have been really, really slack and just didn't make any backups...

Guess they should have used a better smartphone, like *anything* else on the market... Even the cloud-centric Pre will still work if you don't have access to the Cloud - even if Google and/or Palm dies, you'll still have all your information on your phone! Jesus... Doesn't inspire confidence...

Comment Re:Does Brother Make Any Label Printers? (Score 1) 188

Java Printing on Linux broke at some point. Before upgrading to 9.04, try installing Java 1.6 and Java 1.5, and seeing if either of them work. If they don't, then you'll probably need to upgrade to 9.04, assuming the bug has actually been fixed. Otherwise, you're completely SOL. Some Java applications (like Eclipse) seem to bypass the Java Print API and can print, but if you're using the default Swing/AWT Print stuff, you're screwed.

The Internet

Comcast's FCC Filing Called Unfair, Not Good Enough 157

Shoemaker brings us a follow-up to Comcast's recent defense of its traffic management procedures. The companies involved in the original FCC investigation are not satisfied with Comcast's response. From Ars Technica: "Comcast made an aggressive defense of its policies, claiming that it only resets P2P uploads made during peak times and when no download is also in progress. Free Press, BitTorrent, and Vuze all say that's not good enough. In a conference call, Vuze's general counsel Jay Monahan drew the starkest analogy. What Comcast is really doing, he said, wasn't at all comparable to limiting the number of cars that enter a highway. Instead, it was more like a horse race where the cable company owns one of the horses and the racetrack itself. By slowing down the horse of a competitor like Vuze, even for a few seconds, Comcast makes it harder for that horse to compete. 'Which horse would you bet on in a race like that?' asked Monahan."
The Military

Computer Models Find Patterns In Asymmetric Threats 214

The Narrative Fallacy brings us a story about a project by University of Alabama researchers to develop a database capable of anticipating targets for future guerrilla attacks. Quoting Space War: "Adversaries the US currently faces in Iraq rely on surprise and apparent randomness to compensate for their lack of organization, technology, and firepower. 'One way to combat these attacks is to identify trends in the attackers' methods, then use those trends to predict their future actions,' said UA-Huntsville researcher Wes Colley. 'Some trends from these attacks show important day-to-day correlations. If we can draw inferences from those correlations, then we may be able to save lives by heightening awareness of possible events or changing the allocation of our security assets to provide more protection.' Researchers reviewed the behavior signatures of terrorists on 12,000 attacks between 2003 and mid-2007 to calculate relative probabilities of future attacks on various target types."

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