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Submission + - Senator Ted Cruz believes that Kirk is a Republican while Picard is a Democrat ( 1

McGruber writes: Republican presidential candidate and Trekker Ted Cruz claimed in an interview with The New York Times Magazine that "It is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.”

Cruz also stated a strong preference for Kirk: "Let me do a little psychoanalysis. If you look at ‘‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’’ it basically split James T. Kirk into two people. Picard was Kirk’s rational side, and William Riker was his passionate side. I prefer a complete captain. To be effective, you need both heart and mind."

William Shanter responded via Twitter: "Star Trek wasn't political. I'm not political; I can't even vote in the US. So to put a geocentric label on interstellar characters is silly"

Submission + - Olympic Organizer Wants to Feed Athletes Fukushima Produce (

Grady Martin writes: Toshiaki Endo, Japan's government-appointed parliament member in charge of planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has expressed hopes of supplying the Olympic/Paralympic village with foods grown in Fukushima, stating, "Using foods from Fukushima in the village is another possibility. I wish to strengthen ties with ground zero in numerous ways."

This is a resubmission sans spin.


UK Can Now Hold People Without Charge For 42 Days 650

the_leander writes "Prime Minister Gordon Brown has narrowly won a House of Commons vote on extending the maximum time police can hold terror suspects to 42 days. There is talk of compensation packages available for the falsely accused. The chances of you getting that money however are slim to none, lets not forget, this is the same country that charges prisoners who have been falsely accused for bed and boarding costs."
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Submission + - Apple recommends upgrading to Vista

Dreben writes: "Interesting conversation with Apple support yesterday after my son purchased a new iPod Touch. They recommended I upgrade to Microsoft Vista, or if that weren't possible to Microsoft XP so that my son's new iPod could synchronize with iTunes. Our home has a fully functioning, what some might regard as robust intranet. However, Ubuntu Linux is what drives most all of it. I keep a functioning copy of Windows 2000 Pro SP4 operational so that if and when a need arises to do something in Windows we have this relatively stable platform accessible. Primarily it is used as a gaming console for WoW or when need be a host platform for running Windows applications with Wine. Apparently iPod Touch drivers will not successfully recognize the iPod Touch on Windows 2000 and allow the installation to complete. I was floored when the (very nice) Apple support tech told me I had to purchase Vista or XP for us to be able to use our new iPod. My two-pronged rebuttal was to have Apple start supporting Linux if they're going to be developing external peripheral devices or make returning devices for a full refund easier. This is rediculous! Anyone else have this experience? Any workarounds to be able to load audio/video to his new iPod Touch either with Linux or W2K?"

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