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Comment Good news for yoga instructors (Score 3, Insightful) 466

"The seats Southwest has put on nearly its entire fleet are 31 inches apart, about an inch less than before"
" Boeing says. American's newest 777s are set up 10-across in coach"

I'm 6'6" (198cm) and on behalf of tall people everywhere can I express a warm and heartfelt welcome to this policy of even further reducing the amount of room available, if this trend continues soon the we tall people will only be able to fly coach by adopting the Dwi Pada Sirsasana pose which if nothing else should please yoga instructors.

Submission + - Police pay £660,000 for music licences (

twicepending writes: From the article, "Police chiefs in England and Wales paid £660,952 for licences so staff could listen to music in offices in the past year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed."

Comment The summary (Score 1) 3

I just read through the summary translated into English.

It seems they are proposing

1: The introduction of a digital identity to be used for public as well as private services on the Internet.

2: That automatic security updates are encouraged (this is slightly different to what the original poster mentioned).

3: Compulsory PC inspection "to develop and introduce a PC inspection which will in future be required when using public services on the Internet" (yep, this is the scary one)

4: Compulsory mail filtering

5: Security rating for software

6: Blocking of websites that are without doubt works as an active part of the IT crime

7: That the use of online data storage be promotes and that "public authorities give the rights, that include data stored on third-party servers, a critical view".


As to proposal 1, whatever they do if it's adopted by bank and financial service companies it will be hacked in under a fortnight.

As to proposal 2, encourage all you want but companies will only do what makes financial sense.

As to proposal 3, show me your warrant/court order - I think Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights could come into play here.

As to proposal 4, again I'm pretty sure Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights could come into play here.

As to proposal 5, no comment

As to proposal 6, It's easy enough to use a dns sever other than your ISP's if you want to see what your missing.

As to proposal 7, A persons data should have the same rights and legal protections wherever they choose to store it but in many countries this is not the case so yes a review is probably in order.

E.U. Regulator Says IP Addresses Are Personal Data 164

NewsCloud writes "Germany's data-protection commissioner, Peter Scharr told a European Parliament hearing on online data protection that when someone is identified by an IP, or Internet protocol, address, 'then it has to be regarded as personal data.' Scharr acknowledged that IP addresses for a computer may not always be personal or linked to an individual. If the E.U. rules that IP addresses are personal, then it could regulate the way search engines record this data. According to the article, Google does an incomplete job of anonymizing this data while Microsoft does not record IP addresses for anonymous search."

Submission + - Math Geek Software Smackdown (

An anonymous reader writes: A movement is afoot among some mathematicians in academia to make the switch from expensive, closed-source calculation software to free, open-source alternatives. In early January, thousands of mathematicians will gather in San Diego for the joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. In the exhibition hall, Stein has paid the first-timers' rate of $400 to rent a booth alongside those of the major mathematical software companies, where he and students will hand out DVDs with copies of Sage.

Submission + - GMail integrates AIM chat (

LeandroTLZ writes: "Google has started to roll out support for AOL Instant Messenger from within the GMail interface, running alongside the Jabber (Google Talk) network:

Today we are happy to tell you about a new feature we've started to roll out which will enable you to sign into your AIM account and chat with your AIM buddies right inside Gmail. When you log in to AIM through Gmail chat, your AOL buddies will appear in your chat list with friends from your Google Talk network, and you will see the yellow "running man" logo to the right of your AIM friends' screen names. To your AIM friends it will look like you are logged in to AIM as usual.


Submission + - Eee PC as Portable Security Device (

stoolpigeon writes: "Enterprise Network planet has a nice article on using Ubuntu to turn an Asus Eeepc into an ultra portable security device. This article may be of use to any aspiring Eee pc owner who would like to run ubuntu rather than what comes bundled with the machine. Full steps are given for installing ubuntu and getting the wireless to work with ndiswrapper.

Asus is reporting high demand on the machine and have also said they will be providing a windows version of the machine by the end of this year. (Which would have to be pretty soon if they are going to hit that deadline.) Adding this option may further fuel adoption of the device. I'll be curious to see if there is a difference in the price between the two OS options or if the lower priced of the two Eee pc models is capable of running windows."


Submission + - First Evidence of Another Universe? 2

blamanj writes: Three months ago, astronomers announced the discovery of a large hole at the edge of our universe. Now, Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton thinks she knows what that means. (Subscription req'd at New Scientist site, there's also an overview here.) According to string theory, there are many universes besides our own. Her team says that smaller universes are positioned at the edge of our universe, and because of gravitational interactions, they can be observed, and they're willing to make a prediction. The recently discovered void is in the northern hemisphere. They contend another one will be found in the southern hemisphere.

Submission + - New Government, New Network?

renegadesx writes: "Australia has a new government lead by Kevin Rudd and the center-left Labor party in a landslide victory Saturday night. For months Mr Rudd has promised if elected he intends on bringing Australia up-to-date broadband capacity in establishing a Fiber to the Node (FTTN) infastructure nation wide.

What challenges await the new PM in establishing this? Telstra, who of course want to retain their monopoly over Australia's infastructure. Can Rudd and Telstra play nice in the interests of bringing Australia out of the stone age of DSL capabilities?

Time will tell, the Howard Government and Telstra did not get along at all."

Submission + - WinXP under Parallels "bypasses" activatio 1

crystalattice writes: "Since my bought a new Macbook Pro a few weeks back, I've installed Parallels to create virtual OS environments. Naturally I created a Windows virtual machine so I can run my old PC games again. When I first built my PC many years ago, I had activated this installation of XP on it. I decided to reuse this XP disc for my Macbook VM. Surprisingly it worked. I was able to activate the same XP disc on a virtual machine with no errors or any other problems. According to MS, I shouldn't be able to do this because it's a brand new machine; the hardware is completely different from my old PC. At a minimum I should have been required to call MS support and have someone activate it that way, which is what I expected to do. Is anyone aware of MS not checking on "true" activation anymore? Does this mean that people can create as many VMs as they want and distribute them, a la VMWare Player?"

Submission + - Supreme Court To Rule on Second Amendment (

djmoore writes: "The Supreme Court has granted cert in District of Columbia v. Heller. This is the first case examining the Second Amendment to reach SCOTUS since the much-misunderstood Miller case in 1939. The SCOTUS asks the question,[PDF] "Whether the following provisions, D.C. Code 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02, violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes?" Some links to background information on this case and the Second Amendment can be found here. Oral arguments will likely be heard in March or April.

Roughly speaking, the question is, does an enumerated "right of the people" have as much weight as, say, the unenumerated right to an abortion? Or does the 2nd Amendment, uniquely in the Constitution, use the phrase "the people" to grant coercive power to the state?

Mandatory Geek Link: Eric S. Raymond's "Ethics From the Barrel of a Gun"."

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