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Comment Where are the poles located? (Score 1) 224

Most utility / telephone poles are located on easements of private property, and those easements have restrictions and limitations. Is the ability for the federal /state/ local government written into the easement? Most of them are very specific about what can and cannot be placed in the easement, and to change them most often requires the approval of the governing authority that placed the easement. Ma Bell fought for a long time to keep other peoples wires off their poles and used those very easement rules as a block. Many utility companies do the same. If you put it on a pole in an easement in my yard, Whicxh is still my yard, I still have to pay taxes on it, it is still "my" property, shouldn't you have to tell me about it?

Comment Need good aftermarket encryption (Score 4, Insightful) 201

A pin or pattern / gesture lock is useless if the cops have the phone. They DO have tools to render such trivial things useless. They DO use those tools. I have seen the little box with the multitude of connectors being attached to a phone, and then the phone is unlocked, data dumped, and sorted through. Encryption, strong, non manufacturer based encryption, is the only thing close to safe.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment Re:So? (Score 5, Insightful) 487

My only problem with this scheme, and I work for the local constabulatory as a civilian, is that they hope to give preferential treatment to the 'press'. If they won't let Joe Citizen have access to, then no one should. Just because you work for a paper or TV or Radio station doesn't make you better or more able to access information than anyone else. Maybe it's different in California, but where I live, there is no law granting the 'press' special powers or privilege to information that is denied to everyone else.


Wolfenstein Gets Ray Traced 184

An anonymous reader writes "After showcasing Quake Wars: Ray Traced a few years ago, Intel is now showing their latest graphics research project using Wolfenstein game content. The new and cool special effects are actually displayed on a laptop using a cloud-based gaming approach with servers that have an Intel Knights Ferry card (many-core) inside. Their blog post has a video and screenshots."

MythTV 0.23 Released 214

An anonymous reader writes "After six months of our new accelerated development schedule, MythTV 0.23 is now available. MythTV 0.23 brings a new event system, brand new Python bindings, the beta MythNetvision Internet video plugin, new audio code and surround sound upmixer, several new themes (Arclight and Childish), a greatly improved H.264 decoder, and fixes for analog scanning, among many others. Work towards MythTV 0.24 is in full swing, and has be progressing very well for the last several months. If all goes according to plan, MythTV 0.24 will bring a new MythUI OSD, a nearly rewritten audio subsystem capable of handling 24- and 32-bit audio and up to 8 channels of output, Blu-ray disc and disc structure playback, and various other performance, usability, and flexibility improvements."

Submission + - $1.9 million RIAA verdict reduced to $54,000 (

Yold writes: In June 2009, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was found to be liable for $1.9 million in damages for downloading a whopping 24 copyrighted songs with KaZaa. Upon her appeal, a federal judge denied her motion for a new trial, but did however lower the damages to $54,000. Thomas-Rasset's petition to reduce the judgment to the statutory minimum of $750 per song was also denied. Thomas-Rasset has 7 days to accept the new judgment, or motion for a jury trial to determine damages.

Submission + - Full body scanners see all EXCEPT bomb components

pcause writes: Bruce Schneier points us to a video from Germany that shows the new, invasive full body scanners don't seem to be able to show/detect bomb components. Surprised? Of course this isn't the first time that TSA has rushed to embrace a new, high tech gadget that didn't work in the real world. Remember the failed sniffer technology? Perhaps it is time to reconsider the entire theatre of security and political correctness that TSA provides and get some folks in there that are actually concerned with real security.

Comment Re:Good for apple (Score 1) 1078

Public bans in "Restaurants, Bars, Etc," hmm, who owns the restaurant or bar where you go? Does the government own it? Does the "public" own it? I suspect a person or corporate entity owns it. That would make it a private property, not a public one. Where do you get off telling me or anyone else who my clientele will be? If I want to cater to smokers that should my business choice. Let's have a debate about public smoking since it is an issue, but first, lets remember what "public" is.


Submission + - Mythbuntu introduces CableCARD support (

Mario Limonciello writes: "A partnership between the Mythbuntu project and 2 major US cable companies began today. For the last year there has been negotiations with Time Warner & Comcast about supporting CableCARD on Mythbuntu based consumer PCs. Negotiations are now complete and the engineers have helped to draft a technical preview of support on Mythbuntu. All of the details and a download link are available on the Mythbuntu website at"

Submission + - The birthplace of Romulus and Remus found

jd writes: "A cave known to the Romans as the Lupercal has been found. The Lupercal (a 26' high cave) was believed by the Romans to have been the place that Romulus and Remus (the founders of Rome) were rescued and suckled by a she-wolf. Now, whether these two people ever existed is another matter entirely, but even the place itself had descended into myths and legends, with no serious archaeologist believing it existed. Due to the extreme instability of Palatine Hill, where the cave exists, the archaeologists have not been inside. Instead, exploration has been by robots with cameras, endoscopes and laser scanners. These have mapped some amazing mosaics, marble artwork and an amazing white eagle."

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