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First Ever Criminal Arrest For Domain Name Theft

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Come on... (294 comments)

The first thing you can imagine the officer asked was, "What's a domain?"

I get it! Cops are all dumb, lazy, and technically illiterate!

Seriously, everyone. I know we all resent cops, but to imply that a whole department can't find a single officer who knows what a domain is is ridiculous and insulting. Let's try to keep our government/authority-hate at least sort of grounded in reality.

about 5 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Ordered To Block Dutch Users

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:They should refuse (255 comments)

Who can argue against that?

Probably a corporate-backed lawyer arguing in front of a friendly, corporate-backed judge. Quite successfully, I imagine.

more than 5 years ago
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First MS Retail Stores Will be In Scottsdale, AZ and Mission Viejo, CA

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:I hope they sell... (189 comments)

Yeah, I wonder how long it'll be before the first person dresses in a full-body Clippy suit and goes to troll the stores. I want video!

more than 5 years ago
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How They Built the Software of Apollo 11

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:Fake (220 comments)

Just to be pedantic, it was actually the Commander (Armstrong) who actually flew the LM to the surface, not the misnomered LMP, who mainly monitored things and called out warnings and readings. So if anyone said P66 (which the transcript doesn't indicate literally happened), it was more likely the Commander, who would've entered the program. The transcript has Armstrong saying "I'm going to..." when he goes into P66.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Tentatively Dismisses Case Against Lori Drew

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:As much as I would like to see her in jail... (420 comments)

If they're so inclined (i.e. if the public reaction is great enough), couldn't they re-try on more appropriate charges?

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Censored To Protect Captive Reporter

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:Just thought I'd ask. (414 comments)

It probably has to do with the fact that, generally, MIA soldiers are identified publicly by the DoDâ"at least after a while. Once the Pentagon's gone public, there's no reason not to report on it. This sort of goes to my problem with some of the "double standard" replies here: It's true that the media tend to report widely on kidnapping victims when they're not kidnapped by terrorists, but instead by rapists or murderers or just plain crazy folk. I'm uncomfortable with the scope of some of this reporting, but it has a positive function in that it might just help people recognize a kidnap victim. Just like Amber Alerts. Now, the rules should change when terrorists are doing the kidnapping. Many Middle Eastern terrorists have shown a clear pattern of kidnapping, hyping, hyping, threatening, hyping, and then killing their captive, all for publicity and political ends. If the hype and publicity are denied them, they might not cross the line into killing. They're after a fundamentally different thing from what non-terrorists are after. Of course, part of the decision here was that it was a reporter, and the media like to protect their own for obvious and understandable reasons of human emotion; and sometimes (though not always) the media report on terrorist hostages even when it's detrimental to the hostages' interests, but what the Times did here was probably the right thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Michael Jackson Jokes

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Now that... (34 comments)

Now that Michael Jackson is dead, who will rear the children?

more than 5 years ago
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News Sites Slammed By Michael Jackson Traffic

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Ok, So How Would It Help? (387 comments)

Aside from being annoyed at the "cloud" buzzword I keep seeing, how (honestly, not rhetorical) would cloud computing help here? Wouldn't the often-updated news content (especially audio and video) still have to come, at its source, from CNN or whoever, since they're the ones writing/saying/videoing the news content? I must be missing something fundamental to cloud computing, so what is it, please?

more than 5 years ago
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Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:OK.... (169 comments)

Nah, I identify more with the WRU side anyway (I'm a social scientist, but don't tell anyone here!).

more than 5 years ago
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Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience

CWRUisTakingMyMoney OK.... (169 comments)

I'm aware most of the people here probably don't practice a religion. I do. Troll on.

That said, this is ridiculous; just because a technology exists for something, you don't have to use it for everything. If you're truly interested in bringing your friends to (your) religion, Twitter's not gonna do it. You have to actually bring them into the building and break that ice by showing them that, no, you're not snake-handlers speaking in tongues or crazy terrorists preaching jihad or whatever. Besides, the reduction of religious beliefs to sound bytes by believers and non-believers alike is one of the most damaging processes to those who are religious. This will just end up backfiring on them and making them look like fools.

more than 5 years ago
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"Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Meh. (993 comments)

I buy and use what I like and what I feel lets me work best. I don't think the Apple Tax is that high (hell, it might not even exist), but if Apple can command that price and have people pay it, what's wrong with that? It's just economics: things are worth only what people will pay for them.

more than 5 years ago
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Mixed Outcome of Texas Textbook Vote

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:Score for who? (646 comments)

Yeah, I fail to see how this is bad news for anyone. OK, if the language is code for creationism and is taught accordingly, then that's bad. But if the curriculum is taught as the language says, then it's essentially a rephrase of scientific philosophy: nothing is set in stone, and somebody should always be looking for weaknesses in theories usually taken for granted, just in case they're wrong. Who knows, maybe one of them will find that something in commonly-accepted evolution theory doesn't hold. That's not to say that creationism wins, but human knowledge does. The tendency in this evolution vs. creationism debate of BOTH sides to cling to their beliefs no matter what is troubling. Scientists need to remain always aware that they're probably wrong in the details, and to resist change or criticism makes them no better than creationists.

[To clarify, I am not a fundamentalist creationist or anything like that; I believe in evolution. But I don't treat the prevailing theories necessarily as Holy Gospel. Pun intended.]

more than 5 years ago
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Strip-Search Case Tests Limits of 4th Amendment

CWRUisTakingMyMoney In light of her age and sex? (1240 comments)

Wait. Not excessively intrusive in light of her age and sex? What the hell does THAT mean? Since when does a person's gender or age mean that a strip search is less intrusive? You're making somebody who's dramatically underage, BUT old enough to know what's going on, strip naked. If anything, the fact that she's young and female makes it MORE intrusive (I think the average boy would shrug it off better than a girl would; I might be wrong in that assumption, though). It sounds like whoever said that thinks young girls are worth less than other people, but I hope they're not actually saying that.

more than 5 years ago
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March 14th Officially Becomes National Pi Day

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:Typical good timing.... (321 comments)

I'm not quite THAT dumb. But the resolution only recognizes 14 March of this year as Pi Day, and 14 March 2009, will always be on a Saturday.

more than 5 years ago
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March 14th Officially Becomes National Pi Day

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Typical good timing.... (321 comments)

[curmudgeon]

Good work on declaring a National Pi Day on 3/14, for whatever significance a Congress-designated "National * Day" has, but they had to do it when it falls on a Saturday? Methinks that schools won't do much to teach about Pi and math on a Saturday, and a lot of the significance of the date would be lost if they taught about it on Friday or Monday, neither of which are 3/14.

[/curmudgeon]

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Argument About Streaming To Be Streamed

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:Recusal/change of venue? (92 comments)

Of course not, but they might if he'd been hit by one. The fact that this court records/streams its proceedings means that the judges on it see no problem with it. Given that, it might be tough to expect them to hear RIAA's argument that there IS a problem with it in quite as unbiased as a way as maybe they should, just like a judge who'd been hit by a car might not be completely impartial during a hit-and-run case. I certainly don't think there's anything wrong with streaming court cases, generally speaking, but this particular situation raises the rather interesting prospect of a venue change or something similar. Unless of course Ray says otherwise.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Argument About Streaming To Be Streamed

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Recusal/change of venue? (92 comments)

If the court is to decide on the acceptability of something they do (i.e., streaming), can the RIAA fight for a change of venue? I mean, you wouldn't want a Ten-Commandments-in-the-courtroom case to be decided in a courtroom where the Ten Commandments are on the wall, right? Usually, if there's a conflict of interest, the judge can just recuse him/herself, but that wouldn't work here. Can RIAA put up a straight-faced argument about changing venue (say, to a court they think might be more friendly anyway)?

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Re:Indeed it should (1656 comments)

I read it differently. "Before he enter on the Execution of his Office..." To me, that means that, sure, he's President at noon, but he can't *execute* that office---do anything with it---until he takes the oath. (As an aside, I don't think that the 20th Amendment is the first time the starts-at-noon provision appears. I think it duplicated a provision from the Constitution proper, but changed the date.) What trips people up, I think, is that everyone seems to think that taking an oath requires a bible, the Chief Justice, and TV coverage. But all that's required is someone authorized to give oaths or affirmations as some sort of witness. A hurried new President could easily recite the oath in the presence of a notary or something while running somewhere, if necessary. Of course, realistically, no court would ever disqualify a President's action based on that under unusual circumstances. That takes a level of balls that probably doesn't exist.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Tries To Appeal Order Allowing Internet TV Court Broadcast

CWRUisTakingMyMoney I Know I'll Be Watching (209 comments)

I can't wait for the RIAA to air out their ridiculous tactics and for the judge to laugh them right out of court. Would it be legal to record this and, say, put it on YouTube?

more than 5 years ago
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Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?

CWRUisTakingMyMoney Won't matter (664 comments)

Part of me wonders if this is not-trivially for publicity, like Greenpeace goes after Apple a couple times a year. But either way, not many people will care and I certainly doubt that they'll convert anybody. iTunes does, IIRC, sell non-DRM'd music (at a premium but also at a higher bitrate), and the DRM they do have is fairly unobtrusive as DRM goes. I don't like DRM'd media any more than the next person, but I can think of much worse offenders to go after than Apple.

more than 5 years ago

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The Pirate Bay Sold to Swedish Software Company

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) writes "Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X AB said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy free file-sharing website The Pirate Bay for 60 million crowns (USD7.7, EUR5.5, GBP4.69), and that it would find ways to compensate copyright owners for downloaded material. 'We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site,' said Global Gaming Chief Executive Hans Pandeya in a statement. No immediate word on when the sale will take effect, nor if/when the Pirate Bay as we know it will cease to exist."
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Atlantis Found Via Google Earth?

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) writes ""Quick--fire up Google Earth on your PC, and find the following coordinates: 31 15'15.53N, 24 15'30.53W (hint: it's about 600 miles west of Morocco, deep in the Atlantic Ocean). Zoom in, and check out that rectangle on the ocean floor. Could it be ... Atlantis? Apparently, the oddly shaped box marks "one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato," said New York State University historical archaeology curator Dr. Charles Orser."

I guess Google is saying that the grid on the ocean floor is an "artifact of the data collection process," but I'm not sure I buy it. Maybe I just don't want to."

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Nelson Mandela Removed from Terrorist Watch List

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes "'The United States has removed former South African president Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress from a three-decade old immigration watch list for possible terrorists, the White House said Tuesday.

'In time for the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner's 90th birthday on July 18, President George W. Bush signed a bill Tuesday which effectively ended a system in which Mandela had to get special certification from the US secretary of state that he is not a terrorist in order to visit the United States.

'Now Mandela and members of the ANC will be able to simply apply for visas to travel to the United States, the State Department said.'

I seriously thought this was an Onion story that got picked up by the media by accident, but it doesn't look like it. This is shameful."

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Report IDs Most Dangerous TLDs

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes "Companies that assign addresses for Web sites appear to be cutting corners on security more when they assign names in certain domains than in others, according to a report to be released Wednesday by antivirus software vendor McAfee Inc.

McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are .hk, .cn, and .info.

Of all .hk sites McAfee tested, it flagged 19.2 percent as dangerous or potentially dangerous to visitors; it flagged 11.8 percent of .cn sites and 11.7 percent of .info sites that way.

A little more than 5 percent of the sites under the .com domain — the world's most popular — were identified as dangerous."

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NYPD Watching Citizens in Unmarked Helicopter

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes "Yahoo! has a story of an unmarked chopper used to spy on citizens and tourists in New York City.

On a cloudless spring day, the NYPD helicopter soars over the city, its sights set on the Statue of Liberty. The helicopter's unmarked paint job belies what's inside: an arsenal of sophisticated surveillance and tracking equipment powerful enough to read license plates — or scan pedestrians' faces — from high above the nation's largest metropolis.

Police say the chopper's sweeps of landmarks and other potential targets are invaluable in helping guard against another terrorist attack, providing a see-but-avoid-being-seen advantage against bad guys. "It looks like just another helicopter in the sky," said Assistant Police Chief Charles Kammerdener, who oversees the department's aviation unit.

The chopper is named simply "23" — for the number of police officers killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty happy I don't live in NYC right now."

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US Court: Paper Money Discriminates Against Blind

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) writes "A US Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday that paper money discriminates against blind people who must rely on others to tell them what denomination of money they have.

A US federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the country's one-sized paper money discriminates against the blind and told the government to change the currency's size and texture. The court upheld a previous ruling in November 2006 by federal Judge James Robertson who had ordered the Treasury Department to find a way to accommodate the more than three million visually-impaired Americans who have trouble distinguishing the different US denominations which are all the same size and color. By a vote of two to one, the appeals court agreed with the earlier decision favoring the American Council of the Blind and referred the case back to Robertson to examine practical steps to be taken. "A large majority of other currency systems have accommodated the visually impaired, and the (treasury) secretary does not explain why US currency should be any different," the court said in its ruling.
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.su Lives On, Stronger than Ever

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) writes "Yahoo! Finance has a story about the defunct Soviet Union's .su TLD. "Sixteen years after the superpower's collapse, Web sites ending in the Soviet ".su" domain name have been rising — registrations increased 45 percent this year alone. Bloggers, entrepreneurs and die-hard communists are all part of a small but growing online community resisting repeated efforts to extinguish the online Soviet outpost.""
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NYC man Arrested for Reciting First Amendment

CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) writes "'Reverend Billy' — a cross between a street-corner preacher and an Elvis impersonator (but blond) — was arrested on harassment charges last week while reciting the First Amendment through a megaphone in Manhattan's Union Square. Have we reached the point where we can't even (rather uniquely) recite from our own Constitution without being arrested or shouted down?"
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CWRUisTakingMyMoney CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) writes "Knowing that Slashdotter-types are generally finicky about the tools they use day in and day out, are you equally picky about what you use for writing? What are your favorite writing instruments: ball-point pens? Felt-tip pens? Mechanical pencils? Hammer and chisel? Something else?"

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