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Comment Re:Cue the crying (Score 1) 482

Just because someone is to stupid to do some research to understand what gold should be bought and sold for, does not make it a scam. Is goldline shady, maybe. But it is not a scam. Social Security is a scam. Buying and selling for anything over 1%-2% is dumb. A couple of years ago when silver was moving up and down on a daily basis I bought and sold 10 oz. silver bars every couple of days depending on price. There was no problem covering spot on the trade because the moves were huge. One day I would go in and buy 100 oz. of silver at $8 or 9$ and in a week or so it would go to $14-$15 range I would sell. Then go back a few days later and buy it all back from the same guy for $8 or $9 an ounce. There was always someone buying at $14 plus 2% over when I was selling for the same money. Once the prices stopped moving as much I quit trading. That simple. If you are paying 150% over spot your a fool. Gold and silver should not really be used as an investment though. It is nice to have some Krugerrand and Maple Leafs around. I do have a few Gold Buffalo coins but they were a wedding gift. They still sell for way to much over spot for me. They were selling for numismatic value. This is the realm of the coin collector. And this is probably what Gold line is doing. Again, an individual who makes a poor choice based on ignorance does not make a scam, just a bad choice. People really need to be responsible for themselves.

Data Storage

"Limited Edition" SSD Has Fastest Storage Speed 122

Vigile writes "The idea of having a 'Limited Edition' solid state drive might seem counter-intuitive, but regardless of the naming, the new OCZ Vertex LE is based on the new Sandforce SSD controller that promises significant increases in performance, along with improved ability to detect and correct errors in the data stored in flash. While the initial Sandforce drive was called the 'Vertex 2 Pro' and included a super-capacitor for data integrity, the Vertex LE drops that feature to improve cost efficiency. In PC Perspectives's performance tests, the drive was able to best the Intel X25-M line in file creation and copying duties, had minimal fragmentation or slow-down effects, and was very competitive in IOs per second as well. It seems that current SSD manufacturers are all targeting Intel and the new Sandforce controller is likely the first to be up to the challenge."

Pluto — a Complex and Changing World 191

astroengine writes "After 4 years of processing the highest resolution photographs the Hubble Space Telescope could muster, we now have the highest resolution view of Pluto's surface ever produced. Most excitingly, these new observations show an active world with seasonal changes altering the dwarf planet's surface. It turns out that this far-flung world has more in common with Earth than we would have ever imagined."
PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

Zombie Pigs First, Hibernating Soldiers Next 193

ColdWetDog writes "Wired is running a story on DARPA's effort to stave off battlefield casualties by turning injured soldiers into zombies by injecting them with a cocktail of one chemical or another (details to be announced). From the article, 'Dr. Fossum predicts that each soldier will carry a syringe into combat zones or remote areas, and medic teams will be equipped with several. A single injection will minimize metabolic needs, de-animating injured troops by shutting down brain and heart function. Once treatment can be carried out, they'll be "re-animated" and — hopefully — as good as new.' If it doesn't pan out we can at least get zombie bacon and spam."

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