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Los Angeles Flirts With Pre-Crime ( 390

An anonymous reader writes: The city of Los Angeles is considering a new plan to fight prostitution: sending letters to men who solicit prostitutes in the hopes that the letters are seen by family members. Why not just arrest them while they're doing it? Because these letters aren't being sent to the houses of men who were convicted, or even arrested. Instead, automated license plate readers would scan the cars driving down streets known to have a prostitution problem, and the letters would be sent to the address associated with those vehicles. An article about the plan says, "There isn't 'potential' for abuse here, this is a legislated abuse of technology that is already controversial when it's used by police for the purpose of seeking stolen vehicles, tracking down fugitives and solving specific crimes."

Comment Re: XP (Score 1) 527

I stopped updates on my win8 pc soon after the win10 fiasco in the previous weeks. today my install was suddenly not activated. It claimed my serial was used on another pc when I tried to reactivate. I had to call the automated system to reactivate. Im still on the fence as to whether this was related to the updates or if my system was actually infected. Do you have any further insight into the matter for me?

Comment General Purpose/Gaming Rig (Score 1) 558

I use my current setup for everything, watching movies on dvd, streaming netflix/amazon video, web browsing, and of course gaming. My current rig consists of:

Asus z97 Motherboard
i5 4690k
8GB of 2400Mhz SDRAM
LG Bluray burner

I play everything from retro/indie titles to free to play games to current games like witcher 3 wild hunt.

Comment Re:My encryption key is... (Score 1) 1047

You mean srm -rf /

And between journalled filesystems and NAND based storage, it probably still won't erase your data.

WTF is srm? I did "man sm" and "man srm" and my system said there's no man page. All Linux (etc.) software is great, because it's GNU and/or open source. All great software comes with at least minimal adequate documentation telling someone what it does, or what it is, and man could not tell me, so the command srm must not exist. :) Right?

Was this a typo? Or perhaps a Stypo?

Comment Re:Imagine... (Score 1) 96

But if you're just playing Flash games on Facebook,

I just upgraded my brothers computer, a six year old economy diy I built him because his hard drive crashed. Built him a new pc because he was thinking of upgrading anyways. He wanted to be able to play his flash games on facebook without his pc slowing to a crawl.

Comment Re:The obvious response... (Score 1) 566

I think you are completely ignoring an important factor in fuel economy, driving style. Here's my example: When travelling from Las Vegas to Los Angeles I go roughly from 0 to 90 miles per hour, depending on road conditions. If I'm going 0 there is traffic, I go 90 no when there is little traffic on the downhills. my wife on the other hand used to try to go 75 the whole way, unless there is heavy traffic. In the same vehicle when she arrives in LA she usually had less than a quarter tank of gas. while I would usually have about half a tank of gas left. Yes, we both start off with a full tank of fuel. I'll leave the fuel efficiency maths to the reader.

Submission + - Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon

adeelarshad82 writes: When you look at the Apple iPad's sales figures, it's not hard to see why every technology company on the planet is jumping on the tablet bandwagon, alot of which are Android tablets. Unfortunatley though, some of these Android tablets were born way too early. They are haunted with a series of problems including flimsy hardware, low-quality resistive touch screens, serious display resolution issues, and old Android versions with limited or non-existent access to apps. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab came well before it's time. Even though it's fast, well-designed, and comes with a decent Android implementation, it's functionalities are limited to those of an Android smartphone. So here's to hoping that Honeycomb's functionalities make up for the lost ground.

Submission + - A Lamborghini Reventon you can actually afford: a (

hasanabbas1987 writes: At long last even us plebeian supercar lovers can afford to say we own a Lambo. And we wouldn’t even be lying if we claimed it had an internal combustion engine (3cc, vroom vroom!), hydraulic shock absorbers, disc brakes, or permanent all-wheel drive. Such must have been the stringent requirements handed down from Lamborghini HQ to DeAgostini, which has scored the license to produce a limited run of 65 1:10 scale models of the Reventon. The radio-controlled mini-supercars haven’t been priced yet, but we suspect they’ll fall quite a few zeroes short of the real deal’s $1.2 million sticker.

The Fuel Cost of Obesity 285

thecarchik writes "America loves to complain about gas mileage and the cost of gasoline. As it turns out, part of the problem is us. How much does it really matter? A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 1.1 percent increase in self-reported obesity, which translates into extra weight that your vehicle has to haul around. The study estimates that 1 billion extra gallons of fuel were needed to compensate for passenger weight gained between 1960 and 2002."

Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search 370

An anonymous reader writes "Starting in Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx release, Firefox's default search engine will be switched from Google to Yahoo. The switch was made after Canonical 'negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo.' Google will still be available as a choice. Since Yahoo search is now powered by Microsoft's Bing, this would seem to mean that Microsoft will be paying people for using Ubuntu."

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