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Comment Re:Decline of the American Empire? (Score 1, Interesting) 745

"oligarchs used to look after their people...".

This is not exactly true. School teachers used to be paid by the parents and were directly answerable to them. And parents cared that their children were taught properly. Now we have neither. Lack of family structure and teacher unions that don't care about good teachers don't exactly make for good education.

Transferring education completely to the control of the government results in the education system equivalent of the U.S. Postal System.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 303

...do things that make them fulfilled...

Right. That's the hard part. Most people end up doing things that contribute more to the destruction of themselves and society as a whole when given all this 'free' time and endless pursuit of pleasure. It's human nature to do so. In the end, it's hard to say there's a net gain.

Comment Dust? (Score 2) 41

Just out of curiosity, how is the soldier in the field supposed to deal with dust issues in contacts? Being a long-time wearer of contacts myself, and having experienced issues with wearing them in construction zones, I have a hard time seeing how these could be more of a liability in a combat arena.

Submission + - Passwords: Root of all Evil in the Enterprise? (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: According a recent study, passwords are still a problem in the enterprise, including apathy from senior management, and password related chaos from IT staff.

The results of the study, released this week, reveals a fundamental lack of IT security awareness in enterprises, particularly in the arena of password control and privileged logins. For example, 42-percent of the 300 IT professionals surveyed said that their organization share passwords and 51-percent said they needed to remember ten or more passwords for work alone.

Moreover, 50-percent of the passwords in use remain unchanged, despite password rotation being a basic security practice. This is in addition to the respondents admitting that they were aware of some users abusing shared privileges, in order to access information they shouldn't.


Submission + - Zend Debuts PHPcloud (serverwatch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: New cloud service for PHP developers takes flight with tools to help build and test cloud applications.

Submission + - Building A Sub-$200 Computer

adeelarshad82 writes: When you're building computers, almost anything is possible at any price thanks to some great research, careful thinking and much needed sacrafice. Infact a recent attempt was made to see if a decent PC could put together for less than $200. Turns out that between some great deals, an AMD processor and Linux OS it can actually be done.

Submission + - Nook Color Updates To Android Tablet (barnesandnoble.com)

jcdenhartog writes: Barnes & Noble pushed out an update to the OS for their Nook Color today which turns the Nook Color into much more of an Android tablet, complete with email application, Flash support, and app store. It looks like development for the app store will be fairly open as well.

String Quartets On the Web? 228

rueger writes "Lots of people love iTunes. I'm partial to emusic.com. Ubuntu comes pre-equipped for Jamendo and Magnatune. These are great for those of us hunting popular music — but where do lovers of classical music go to find new artists and albums, download music, and generally keep informed, up to date, and satisfied? As my girlfriend put it, 'I used to go to the big classical record stores downtown, but they're gone.' Where do people go to find the newest Ligeti String Quartet recording?"

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