top US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures
Lifetime imprisonment is actually less expensive than the death penalty. California could save $1 billion over five years by replacing the death penalty with permanent imprisonment. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement.
http://www.deathpenalty.org/article.php?id=42 Also see: http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001000
top Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished
First line of the Abstract:
We report on the largest corpus of user-chosen passwords ever studied, consisting of anonymized password histograms representing almost 70 million Yahoo! users, [...]
about a year and a half ago
top 'Wall of Shame' Exposes 21M Medical Record Breaches
Deciding to outsource data processing doesn't make you any less responsible for the data.
top FreeBSD 5.2 Released
1. You can not play games on it.
You can play Linux games on it (ok, no games)
2. It cannot be used by my grandma.
If your grandma is able to use Gnome or KDE, she can use FreeBSD.
3. It lacks a GUI of any note.
4. There is no support available for it.
There are a lot of places on the net were you can get help from the community. And some companies provide commercial support for FreeBSD.
5. It is an assortment of fragmented OSes.
FreeBSD is a complete OS by itself, it's an evolution of 4.4BSD.
6. It cannot be run on the x86 platform.
Of course it runs on x86.
7. You have to compile everything and know C.
Thanks to the ports collection, you just have to type "make" to get something compiled for you.
8. Support for the latest hardware is always poor.
Support for the latest hardware is sometimes poor indeed.
9. It is incompatiable with GNU/Linux.
FreeBSD has a complete Linux compatibility layer which allows to run Linux binaries.
10. It is dying.
Well, some people like to repeat that every month since 1993!
Life isn't fair, but the root password helps.