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Comment Re:Are you rich? Is your dad a senator? (Score 1) 1059

From your link:
"U.S. vs Davis goes onto to state '[an administrative search is allowed if] no more intrusive or intensive than necessary, in light of current technology, to detect weapons or explosives, confined in good faith to that purpose, and passengers may avoid the search by electing not to fly.'"

So, is the answer to this Ask Slashdot: Elect not to use that form of transportation (or at least that particular station) that day?

That seems almost too simple. Can one really just say, "Okay, if you need to search me in order for me to get on this train, then I'll just leave the station?" That's been my plan, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it out, thankfully.

The Internet

Submission + - Free Hotel Wi-Fi Overwhelmed by iPads (nytimes.com)

Spy Handler writes: According to iBAHN, a firm that provides Wi-Fi and computer services to hotels, free Wi-Fi networks are struggling to cope with the huge increase in traffic since the iPad was released.

"The iPad is the fastest-selling device in consumer electronics history, and because of it the demand placed on any public place Wi-Fi system has gone up exponentially in the last year and a half," said David W. Garrison, chief executive of iBAHN.

Hotels are now facing a tough choice; keep Wi-Fi free and risk angering customers with slow internet, upgrade their internet pipe and charge customers for Wi-Fi (which also might anger customers), or upgrade their internet and eat the costs.

America Online

Submission + - Google fumbles AIM integration - users annoyed!! (google.com)

MmmmYah writes: "Google changed the way it integrated Google talk/chat integration with AIM. The familiar dual signon to AIM from Gmail chat was suddenly dropped. Two big OOOPS that have users riled up:

1) Users now have to invite ALLL of their AOL buddies into gmail, rather than them automatically appearing.

Even this is broken since AOL users cannot talk to Google talk users anymore — they appear offline

2) AOL's mass import tool overwrites all Gmail chat contacts!

This has led to massive user dissatisfaction and one of the worst planned migrations in recent history. No wonder Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo are sitting smug on the sidelines."

Comment Re:"Minority Report" strikes again (Score 2, Interesting) 238

Actually, the people who made Minority Report (the movie, not the story) got their idea for the way it would look and be used from an actual project:

From the page:

The similarity is no coincidence: one of Oblong's founders served as science advisor to Minority Report and based the design of those scenes directly on his earlier work at MIT.

Comment Re:This is microsoft trying to help kill open sour (Score 2, Insightful) 383

Isn't this pretty much why RMS argues against using the phrase "open source"?

IIRC, his point was basically that "free software" allows you to study, modify, and use the software. Open source, on the other hand, means just that; the source is there for you to look at, but different licenses have different restrictions on the use and modification of the code.

In RMS's own words: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html

OSI's definition of Open Source: http://opensource.org/docs/osd

Submission + - Creationists Launch Peer-Reviewed Journal

oostevo writes: CNet is reporting that the Institute for Creation Research has started to solicit papers for the International Journal for Creation Research, which is, in effect, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, where all papers must support the idea of a young-earth. Says the call for papers, the IJCR is "a professional peer-reviewed online technical journal ... for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific research from the perspective of a recent Creation and a global Flood within a biblical framework." It also states that papers "must be from a young-earth perspective and aim to assist the development of the Creation Model of Origins."

Their call for papers can be found here, their instructions for authors can be found here, and their review "process" is here (all PDFs).
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - 2007 U of Chicago Scav Hunt underway!

An anonymous reader writes: The University of Chicago has just announced its 2007 Scavenger Hunt.

330 Items grace this years list and rage from the strange (198. The most disgusting ice cream flavor on the market — 3 points) to the frightening (219. Build the Internet as described by Ted Stevens — 60 points) to the seemingly impossible (252. While at Carhenge, drive the earth into the sun! 1,000,000,000 points).

Would you have what it takes?
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Red Hat Releases Liberation Fonts Under GPL

Espectr0 writes: "On May 9, 2007, Red Hat announced the public release of a set of high-quality fonts under the trademark LIBERATION at the Red Hat Summit. There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono). The press release covers the details."

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