top Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster
Why not just post a status update that sats "I'm fine. Munching on a Pop-Tart."
top Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars
Yup, I went there
top James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
If Chewbacca lived on Endor, he could easily get a basketball scholarship.
top Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other
My kids' elementary school banned running at recess and gym. They also couldn't use bats so they had to hit the wiffle ball with their arm. So glad they've moved on to middle school where they're slightly less paranoid.
top Indian Army Mistook Planets For Spy Drones
It's a moon!
about a year and a half ago
top Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
The lockdown wasn't put into place after the bombings. It was enacted after the murder of a security guard, robbery, carjacking, a shootout with ~200 rounds of ammo, one of the suspects blowing himself up, and the other escaping into the neighborhood with who-knows-what for intentions or weapons.
That, combined with the lockdown happening on a Friday (hey, 'free' day off of work!), and it doesn't shock me that people were willing to comply for a day.
top North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official
Slightly OT, but I have an uncle who sold his dental practice, joined the Army as a dentist and served in Korea. Probably not the same person, since there are likely to be >1 dentist in the US Army, but it was interesting to hear about your friend doing the same thing.
top US Senate Passes National Internet Sales Tax Mandate
Why would they do that? Sales tax is *already* collected on internet retailers with a presence in a given state. This bill would allow states to collect sales taxes even if the internet retailer does not have a presence, but that doesn't mean that establishing a presence would exclude them.
top Canadian File Sharing Plaintiff Admits To Copyright Trolling
IANAL, but why isn't this simply considered fraud, and prosecuted as such?
top Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer
That's a pretty big "if", and probably will be so for a long time.
top Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age
Martin Luther & John Calvin were fairly successful in forking it. One could say Luther published the source code by translating the Bible into German. (OK - better stop before I start doing car analogies!)
top Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age
He'll never switch to Linux - I hear he's far more "Cathedral" than "Bazaar".
top NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites
But paper beats rock, so we are still doomed. Launch the giant scissors!
top BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic
They'll be edited into the background of Darth Vader's funeral pyre, harassing Luke with anti-gay vitriol, in the next release of ROTJ.
top Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices
we could power a small city with that "Whoosh" and a windmill.
top Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown
When I see someone still using film. I mean, come ON, it's 2012 already!
Seriously, though, did anyone else think the rent-a-cops were bullying the guy for using last century's tech?
top Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism
After all, if it had been a legitimate forced-install, the computer has ways of shutting down those ports so the naughty bits can't take hold on the internal disk.
top QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks
I can't speak to whether QR codes can stop forgery of the currency, but a QR code, by itself, can't infect anyone with a virus. What kind of bank system would blindly go to whatever website is suggested by an illegitimate QR code?
top Space Station Saved By a Toothbrush?
Perhaps, but a robot wouldn't have had a toothbrush in space, would it?
top Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie
Just wait 'till he gets his hands on the Silmarillion. It would open the door to a decade+ soap opera television for geeks!
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