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Comment advice from my wife (Score 1) 755

My wife is somewhat geeky and spent all of college and grad school working in retail jewelry. I'll let her say what she's come up with:

I know you like the Ir as a symbol of permanence, but remember that a ring was first used (as opposed to say a necklace) because it never begins and never ends. That said if you'd still like to do Ir see if you can have an infinity symbol fashioned from it and then inlay it in another softer metal, this allows for minor resizing and emergency removal.

If you want to stick with a band, I distinctly recall one wedding band company that sent us materials that would cast your ring with the DNA bar things (what ever they're called) from your genes, it looked like a rather abstract pattern, but has meaning for the two of you.

If you want a man made diamond, LifeGem can make a diamond out of human hair, it actually has more carbon than ashes do, so you can usually make one from less material. But you'll probably want to save hair clippings for a bit, and it'll take 3-4 months to make, so this may not be in your time frame.

If you'd like to have a more traditional diamond; I'd suggest getting one of the specialty cuts. Many of them are specially engineered for light, brilliance, and even shape. They also have reports, certifications, and laser inscriptions on the diamond (personalized laser inscription is also something you might consider having done)

What ever you pick just keep in mind that if you get a set the wedding and engagement rings must be of the same metal or the softer metal will be worn away by the harder.


Submission + - California to start review of voting machines

An anonymous reader writes: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen just announced details about the previously slashdotted "top-to-bottom review" of almost all voting and counting systems used in the state. The team features big names in e-voting security: David Wagner, Matt Bishop, Ed Felten, Matt Blaze, and Harri Hursti, among others. Vendors have time to submit their machines including documentation and source code until July 1st or face severe restrictions, including decertification, for the 2008 elections. Scheduled to start next week, the review will include a red-team attack and going through the source code.

Submission + - NASA says extreme summer warming ahead

An anonymous reader writes: A new study by NASA scientists says that greenhouse-gas warming may raise average summer temperatures in the eastern United States nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the 2080s. Say the researchers: "Using high-resolution weather prediction models, we were able to show how greenhouse gases enhance feedbacks between precipitation, radiation, and atmospheric circulations that will likely lead to extreme temperatures in our not so distant future."
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Submission + - Anti-ID theft measures fought by credit industry

PetManimal writes: "Brian Krebs of the Washington Post has a very interesting article about the credit industry's fight against consumer rights measures that would force credit bureaus, credit card companies, retailers, banks and even private investigators to protect citizens from having their credit data accessed, by taking measures such as restricting access to credit reports and freezing new lines of credit. While several states have tried to enact consumer-friendly laws, the industry has lobbied hard on the state and national level to water down, eliminate, or reverse them and keep open access to easy credit.

'The banks, the insurance companies, credit bureaus and retailers really came out of the woodwork and fought hard against it,' [activist George Fitzgerald] said. 'I thought it was good for them and the banks. I thought with all the ID theft going on, people might even get to the point where they'd be afraid of using the [banking] system. I thought that since the credit bureaus were making a bundle of money off of trading consumers' information ... that they should offer a way to protect that information.'
The article says that the industry has backed down in some states and some credit-freeze laws have passed, but with conditions and business-friendly exceptions — for instance, Delaware had to eliminate a provision that included fines for merchants that failed to secure customer data, before the law could be passed."

Submission + - Wisconsin Orders Gas Station to Raise Gas Prices

hahafaha writes: "Raj Bhandari, a gas station owner in Wisconsin, offered a 2 cents/gallon discount for gas to seniors, and 3 cents/gallon to those that supported youth sports. However, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is threatening to penalize him for each discounted gallon, with the fine at a judge's discretion. According to the Department, he is violating Wisconsin's Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price."

Submission + - Mercury May have molten hot magma at it's core

mattatwork writes: "According to ScienceDaily, NASA has come to the conclusion that the planet Mercury may have a molten core after all, based on high-precision planetary radar readings. You may (or may not) remember the Mariner 10 probe making 3 passes by Mercury between March 29th, 1974, September 21st 1974 and March 16, 1975. Interesting development...I for one still won't be setting up a colony there anytime soon...."
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Submission + - Practical Freedoms of the Average Citizen?

pie4all88 writes: I've been looking for a list of practical US laws for the average citizen for some time now, so I figured I'd write in to the almighty Slashdot for some answers. The laws I'm referring to include general laws about privacy and freedoms — for example, if you're simply walking down the street, can a policeman stop you and ask for identification? If anyone here knows of a relevant law repository or is willing to share some knowledge to help everyone understand their rights, I'd greatly appreciate it!

Submission + - TV Station posts public employee salaries online

ncstockguy writes: The CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC has generated some controversy by posting names and salaries of local public employees online. After complaints from a large number of public school teachers, and a news story on a competing station, WRAL removed the names of the employees and now just has positions and pay posted online. No question public employee pay is public record, but the question remains, just how easy should it be for casual snoops to look up an individual's pay? 1 &id=5267279
The Courts

Thompson Stifled by Take Two Suit 55

Take Two has done something that many gamers have probably dreamed of: they've managed to make Jack Thompson shut up. In return for dismissing their suit against Thompson (and the dismissal of Thompson's counter-suit), Thompson has agreed to limit communication with Take-Two Entertainment. He's also barred for the time being from filing suit against games made by the company, ensuring we'll see a minimum of court drama around the release of GTA IV later this year. Ars Technica's Opposable Thumbs blog reports: "It appears that his once mighty roar is now to be temporarily quieted, as the well-documented case--which included numerous bold claims, outrageous scandals, and even a counter-suit--between Thompson and publisher Take-Two has reached a settlement ... Any statements or concerns that Thompson wishes to voice will now have to first go through Take-Two's lawyers."

Submission + - OpenOffice Could Soon Become Network-enabled

An anonymous reader writes: has picked up a message from the OpenOffice Dev mailing list in which a new company is introducing the GravityZoo OpenOffice porting project with the aim of bringing it to the Internet. GravityZoo is a networked computing platform that looks very interesting. "When is "GravityZood", it will become a suite of productivity applications that are always available, online, via a broad range of devices. It will be possible to share and collaborate in real-time, to switch from one device (e.g. a PC) to another (Mobile) device. There will also be no need to save data, because everything you produce is saved automatically on the network. There is no need to download, install or update, the latest version is just available and accessible from any GravityZoo enabled client.

Submission + - Wii still #1

Pompatus writes: "According to cnet, U.S. sales of video games, hardware and accessories rose 33 percent year over year to $1.1 billion in March, propelled by sales of new consoles, according to market researcher NPD Group. The Wii was again the No. 1 current-generation video game console, selling 259,000 units in March, NPD said Thursday. I want one!"

Why the RIAA Doesn't Want Defendants Exonerated 199

RageAgainsttheBears writes "The RIAA is beginning to find itself in an awkward position. A few of its many, many lawsuits don't manage to end in success for the organization. Typically, when they decide a case isn't worth pursuing (due to targeting the wrong person or not having sufficient evidence), they simply move to drop the case. Counterclaims are usually dropped in turn, and everyone goes separate ways. But recently, judges have been deciding to allow the RIAA to drop the case, but still allowing the defendant's counterclaim through. According to the Ars Technica article: 'If Judge Miles-LaGrange issues a ruling exonerating Tallie Stubbs of infringement, it would be a worrisome trend for the RIAA. The music industry has become accustomed to having its way with those it accuses of file-sharing, quietly dropping cases it believes it can't win. It looks as though the courts may be ready to stop the record labels from just walking away from litigation when it doesn't like the direction it is taking and give defendants justice by fully exonerating them of any wrongdoing.'"

Submission + - Google Map Directions from Washington to London

derami writes: "With even president Bush admitting that climate change is a sure thing, and the new scrambling for Arctic waterways and other related goods, the world's oceans seem indeed to be the new frontier. Thank you, Republican leadership! Meanwhile, one search engine has risen to the occassion with Google map directions that include long-distance deep-sea swimming Personally, I hope Obama and Clinton will manage to tread water in the coming years — presumably, when the oil runs out, they'll be using this trans-Atlantic tranporation method to contact whoever succeeds Blair."

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