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Comment Re:Can't opt out of data collection? (Score 2) 127

Perhaps Teksavvy won't themselves, but knowing Bell, it would not surprise me to see them collecting data on their wholesale DSL lines that they lease to Teksavvy.

With all the BS they were pulling with capping the wholesale lines, it would actually be more of a surprise if they weren't... "Oh we had to install the monitoring appliances in our core. We just happen to monitor everyone now."


Comment Re:MegaUpload bust was highly successful (Score 2) 336

Many libraries do have ebook lending programs. They have a set number of licensed copies they can "lend". You must wait for people to "return" the ebook before you can get a copy. Yes... you have to wait. The main advantage I see is that I never have to pay overdue fees to the library since my book just expires when its "returned".

Comment Re:All I see is (Score 1) 282

Basing this solely on GDP is a bit presumptive. A good deal of income is Newfoundland is subsidized (both corporate and government) in order to give people incentives to come and work in high risk jobs (offshore oil, fishing). Think Alaska... same idea... high pay, high risk. Permanent population sticks around to service these guys, but when the resources bust or dry up, entire towns get deserted.

Comment Re:IRC (Score 2, Informative) 491

I cannot attest to the current quality of Sony products, as I have refused to even look at their products for 15 years (well before all this rootkit business).

I was bilked by their shoddy products many years ago, and discovered then that Sony has very distinct lines of products: 1) High end... which are probably worth it, but which I will not touch simply because I think other companies provide better products for the same price point and 2) everything else, which is at various price points. While the external style of these various products is quite good, I personally feel the internal electronics are no better than buying bargain electronics brands like Emerson, RCA, etc.

Just my opinion though.

Comment Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (Score 1) 685

Any future society capable of devising the technology required to time travel into the past is not going to bother with anything as quaint as a cell phone. There are sufficiently capable in-ear devices in use even today that are capable of audio based communication and are much less conspicuous than holding a box to your head. Are we to think that we'll still be slugging around cell phones in our distant future, when sci-fi writers would have us believe that in-eye HUDs will be supplementing our realities? What is the point of toting around technology, when its built right into us?

Now, I know what you're thinking: BUT Doctor Who replaces the SIM card for each of his companions so they have a time-travelling cell phone. Yes, that's right, but its also because that's what that person's time is comfortable using. Heck, the form of the TARDIS itself is a throwback to this same idea. It was a comfortable icon at the time the series was actually created.

Now, yes, maybe this time traveler is "lost" and is improvising a makeshift communicator with readily available materials. I mean, that's what Data would do.

Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

On the serious side, though: The way the US government is trending I think it's a really good idea to have a large number of weapons in the populace.

The general population may not figure into these comments, but there is some parallel thought among Americans. This is evident by the firearms shortage in the US. It started shortly after Obama was elected. This was primarily due to fears that the new administration would crack down with legislation on firearms, and to a lesser extent the extremists on right that believed that he was the anti-christ. In particular, ammo was in very short supply. It has abated to some extent in the last couple of years.

From what I understand, pure shortages are no longer much of an issue, but price of ammo in particular is considerably higher (basically doubled) than it was 2 years ago. This of course depends on the specific local market, etc, but on average the firearms market in the US is basically in a big... ummm... boom.

Comment Just the FAQs ma'am (Score 5, Informative) 145

This isn't exactly a "prize". No one who submitted any of the ideas is the intended recipient of any of this money. Google's corporate board (re:advisory committee) will decide what to do with the money, and its going to places where the ideas can be implemented.

Just a couple of notes from the FAQ:

How many ideas are you funding?
We have committed $10 million to fund up to five ideas selected by our advisory board.

How will Google implement these ideas?
Once we've announced up to five ideas for funding, we'll begin the process of identifying the organization(s) that are in the best position to help implement the selected ideas.

How involved will Google be in the implementation of the ideas?
We didn't focus on ideas that Google would implement alone; instead, we looked for ideas whose implementation will required another organization's expertise or resources. These organizations will be the recipients of the funding grants.


Submission + - Plastic solar cell reaches 6.5% efficiency (

mdsolar writes: "The MIT Technology Review reports on work published in Science about a tandem polymer solar cell that achieves 6.5% efficiency, a new record for this potentially inexpensive form of photovoltaic cell.

Until now, however, the tandem architecture spoiled plastic photovoltaics such as Heeger's, which are "printed" by spraying solutions of conductive plastics and other materials onto a plastic film. Layers of different plastics sprayed on top tended to mix, degrading rather than enhancing power output. Heeger and his colleagues beat the mixing problem by finding an effective spray-on separator to keep the layers in place.
Given other developments in this field, achieving 10% efficiency may be within reach."

The Matrix

Submission + - Iraq base plans left on open servers

Just.... wow... writes: Reporters trawling un-indexed FTP servers have recently been able to download large amounts of secret US military data, it has been revealed. Documents found included plans of a new military prison camp in Iraq and a fuel dump in Afghanistan — both likely to be targets for insurgents. Associated Press hacks who carried out the investigation suggested that less tech-savvy people in the US military-industrial complex thought it safe to put the files on open FTP(File Transfer Protocol) machines because they were not crawled by search-engine bots and thus could not be Googled. However, the AP scribes could get to the files in many cases by simply substituting "ftp" for "http" in their browser address bars. And I thought Military and Intelligence were hand in hand.

Submission + - 26 Arrested in Poste Italiane Phishing Attack (

smitty writes: Members of an alleged international phishing gang have been arrested following an investigation by Italian police. The Guardia di Finanza apprehended 18 Italian citizens and eight foreign nationals from Eastern Europe in an operation dubbed 'Phish & Chip', following a widespread phishing campaign that targeted internet users of Italian postal operator Poste Italiane's home-banking services. The gang is alleged to have spammed out messages directing users to a bogus Poste Italiane website that stole their login information.

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