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Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 567

"... like scaremongering, lawsuits to silence opposition. But that is true for any religious group,"
I have never seen a priest outside a church during an abortion protest taking pictures or protesters and people mysteriously ending up with threatening mail the next morning. Crazy people will exist in any religion because religion itself is about blind devotion to a cause, however the antics of the CoS are things real religions do not engage in.

Comment Re:Roll-eyes (Score 1) 126

There are other outlets that cover niche stories. For instance I pay for Stratfor because it covers news on Mexican drug cartels very well. In fact, I have yet to find another outlet that has such detailed information. So as the person above notes, valuable content really is the big determining factor. Niche market, or first with the information where its necessary.

Comment Re:Remote Access ... (Score 1) 576

Typically, at least in the business I work for, users remoting into their own desktop are doing so because their specific machine is setup to handle certain functions, elevated rights, a piece of software that the license was only purchased for one machine, etc. We do have terminal servers for people with generic profiles, however the list of people with custom setups is growing quickly. There are also times when the business does approve a change, perhaps to the network, the users then login to their individual PC's from home to test functionality. So its important to have them be able to reach their own PC.

Comment Re:IT is a customer service group (Score 1) 576

Or that you work for a small company in which that is possible. I work for a large multinational corporation which has many business units within it. Those business units must all agree, within a single geographic location, to approve any changes before the IT department can enact them. So typically, if you work for a corporation, the IT department is not suppose to be proactive and just go around changing things on its own, you know being proactive. Especially because issues arising from such changes would fall on the IT department, instead of the requesting business. My job, working for a cost center, is to keep things running so the people who make money can do so in peace. It is not that I do not

Submission + - SPAM: International Space Station to get crabs

coondoggie writes: "The International Space Station has garnered a lot of "firsts" in its history and soon it will get its first crab meat delivery courtesy of NASA. The Miller's Select crab meat will fly up onboard NASA's shuttle mission STS119 which is expected to launch this week (though a liquid hydrogen tank problem delayed the launch today). NASA says each astronaut is allowed a "bonus food allotment" to bring some of the comforts of home to outer space. The Miller's Select Jumbo Lump Crab Meat is aimed at current ISS engineer Sandy Magnus who has become something of a space chef, whipping up all manner of delights in plastic bags and other accoutrements of space kitchen life. Food can represent a peculiar threat to space life. You may recall that in 2007, an astronaut was trying to make a pretend sushi meal with bag-packaged salmon and accidentally squirted a blob of spicy wasabi into the air. After a lengthy cleanup, the wasabi was exiled to a cargo bay. [spam URL stripped]"
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Submission + - Hitachi Fined $31 Million For LCD Price Fixing (

MojoKid writes: "The Japanese electronics manufacturer has just agreed to pay a staggering $31 million fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the sale of TFT-LCD panels sold to Dell, Inc. The United States Department of Justice made the proclamation, and details show that Hitachi has plead guilty to a one-count felony. The charge, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, blames Hitachi Displays Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., with "participating in a conspiracy to fix the prices of TFT-LCD sold to Dell for use in desktop monitors and notebook computers from April 1, 2001 through March 31, 2004."

Submission + - Improved Lithium-Ion Battery Charges in Seconds 2

Hugh Pickens writes: "Because of the electronic punch that they pack, gram for gram, lithium-ion batteries are the most common rechargeable batteries found in consumer electronics, such as laptops. However, they take a long time to charge and researchers have assumed until now that there was a speed limit on the lithium ions and electrons that pass through the batteries to form an electrochemical circuit. The problem with existing lithium-ion batteries is the way ions passed through minuscule tunnels, whose entrances are present at the surface of the material. The team discovered that to get into these channels, the ions had to be positioned directly in front of the tunnel entrances — if they were not, they could not get through. The solution found by Gerbrand Ceder at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was to engineer the material such that it has a so-called "beltway" that guides the ions towards the tunnel entrances. A small cellphone battery can be recharged in just 10 seconds thanks to the improved ion flow and a large battery that would be used to power a plug-in hybrid electric car could be recharged in just five minutes, compared to up to six or eight hours at present. Because there are relatively few changes to the standard manufacturing process, Ceder believes the new battery material could make it to market within two to three years."
The Courts

Appeals Court Stays RIAA Subpoena 78

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has stepped in and issued a temporary stay of the RIAA's subpoena for the identity of a student at the State University of New York in Albany. The student, 'John Doe #3,' had filed an appeal and motion for stay pending appeal, arguing that the appeal 'raises significant issues, some of first impression' (PDF), such as the standards for the use of ex parte procedures for expedited discovery, the scope of the First Amendment right of anonymity over the internet, the scope of the distribution right in copyright law, and the pleading requirements for infringement of such right."

Submission + - Berners-Lee says no to internet 'snooping' ( 2

Jack Spine writes: The inventor of the world wide has pointed out some of the dangers of deep packet inspection. Sir Tim said that ISPs 'snooping' on data was similar to the interception of mail."This is very important to me, as what is at stake is the integrity of the internet as a communications medium," Berners-Lee said on Wednesday. TBL's comments come as the UK government is gearing up to intercept all web communications in the UK through the Intercept Modernisation Programme, and echo comments he made last year about Phorm.
The Internet

Submission + - Kremlin-backed Nashi Admits Cyberattacking Estonia

An anonymous reader writes: Russia's Kremlin-based youth movement Nashi admits being responsible for 2007 cyberattacks against Estonia. An interesting point is that when you DDoS the systems, it's not the fault of some people who want to crash it but instead the systems' for blocking their users due to technical limitations. So if I shot someone to death it's not my fault for shooting them, but theirs instead because of technical limitations of their body.

Submission + - New Star Trek TV show ( 1

bowman9991 writes: "More Star Trek TV soon? Bryan Fuller, creator of the TV show Pushing Daisies and a former Star Trek writer and producer, is geared up to make it happen. The new Star Trek TV show would be based on "old style" Star Trek, rather than the more recent incarnations and variations: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Star Trek: The Next Generation. There hasn't been a Star Trek TV series since Enterprise was cancelled after four seasons in 2005. Fuller wrote twenty one Star Trek episodes over four years, two in Deep Space Nine's final season, and the rest for Voyager. He also produced Voyager's last season. If J.J. Abrams' reboot is successful (and the latest trailer suggests it will be!) perhaps we'll see him involved with a new Star Trek TV show with the style and impact of Fringe or Lost. The new Star Trek movie featuring a young Kirk and Spock is in cinemas May 2009."

Comment Re:Win-Win? Really? (Score 1) 208

I agree, good know I am not the only one worried about this. Wouldn't all this information be better safe guarded on an internal network / enterprise server? While I am sure its fine for the average user, spending a year to crack the presidents Gmail password is actually worth the time to do it. Its also a web based app, meaning hiring someone to pull something off Google would be a lot easier than trying to get a tech in the White House. Especially considering this environment and the ease of finding a disgruntled employee.

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