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Comment Re:How about: Write zeros to the disk? (Score 1) 289

OK so say your the NSA and have access to that kind of tech. How do you know where to point your electron microscope ? You weren't planning on going through the entire surface of all platters in the disk with a microscope were you ? And even if you did you'd have to deal with many parts of the disk that were overwritten multiple times in its natural life making the results harder to find and more ambiguous. Let's face it what you're talking about is highly theoretical.

Comment When you already know the punchline... (Score 1) 410

then the joke loses its....punch. "42" isn't funny now because you know it's the answer. The first time you read the book, there's all this build up to it and then...42. The second time around, there's no suspense, no tension.

I have to admit I could watch Dr. Evil say "laser" with finger quotes a thousand times and it would still crack me up.

Company Denies Its Robots Feed On the Dead 154

Back in January we covered the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot, or EATR. The EATR gets its energy by "engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like energy-harvesting behavior which is the equivalent of eating. It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment ..." So many news outlets picked up the story and ran it with titles alluding to the robot "eating flesh" or even "eating corpses" that a company spokesperson put out a press release saying, "This robot is strictly vegetarian." The statement says in part, "RTI's patent pending robotic system will be able to find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment. Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes 'human bodies,' the public can be assured that the engine Cyclone has developed to power the EATR runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips — small, plant-based items for which RTI's robotic technology is designed to forage. Desecration of the dead is a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions, and is certainly not something sanctioned by DARPA, Cyclone or RTI."

Submission + - The Evolution Of Linux ( 3

kickar writes: "Ev-o-lu-tion — "A process in which something changes into a different and usually better form!" In April 1991, Linus Torvalds, then 21 years old, started working on some simple ideas for an operating system. He started with a task switcher in Intel 80386 assembly language and a terminal driver. Then, on 26 August 1991, Torvalds posted to comp.os.minix: read more>> P.S. The Website is Still UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!"
The Almighty Buck

Our ATM Is Broken, Go To Jail 575

Actually, I do RTFA writes "This community recently discussed possible criminal prosecution for people who took advantage of faulty slot machine software. At the time, many here drew an analogy to a hypothetical ATM that dispensed too much money. Well, apparently, that too may result in criminal charges. Although they suspect that someone may have tampered with the ATM, they are considering charging anyone who got extra money from it." Here is an editorial musing on the morality of such unexpected windfalls.

Submission + - Netflix Allows Users to watch Movies online

tolar108 writes: "Today when I logged into Netflix, I saw a new tab: "Watch Now." Netflix is now allowing subscribers to watch movies streaming online. For every dollar of your subscription fee, you get an hour of movie watching online for the month. So since my subscription fee is $15/month, I can watch 15 hours of movies online each month. Requires ie6+, 2gb free harddrive space, windows xp with service pack 2, windows media player 9+. Help Center: iewing&lnkctr=FAQ"

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