How To Thwart the High Priests In IT
Yes, there are explicit laws that govern trade secrets. These laws are separate from employment contracts and vendor agreements.
Is Off-Shoring a National Security Threat?
Correction: Germany is much closer to the size of Montana, than it is to Texas. Germany has 82 million people, versus roughly 1 million for Montana and 26 million for Texas.
Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors
We had this solution in 1994. Sen. John Kerry spearheaded the push to kill it. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_fast_reactor
NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA
Belief versus non-belief is rendered MOOT by evidence. THAT'S why this is awesome for NASA - because they are scientists.
FPS Games That Need a Remake
Yes please - I'd love to see this in a modern engine. The game was fun! The graphics were workable even if they used a heavily upgraded Wolf3d engine (still limited to squares!). They made it look and work pretty well.
I think even something like a mod into Serious Sam would be about right for this.
Senate Votes To Turn Down Volume On TV Commercials
As for the technical side of this, it seems to me something like Replaygain would work well. Especially since commercials are known before hand (no live broadcasting) - the program establishes a baseline sound level that audio is measured against. Depending on track or album gain settings, I think that this would be made to work.
As far as congress goes? I'm so glad they can get this bill passed, when everything else is punted down the road until the lame duck session or beyond. Lord knows we don't pay them nearly enough to think about anything harder than freakin' TVs being too loud ...
What Happened To Palm?
My old boss had a 4 different Treo 650's, followed by a 700. I used to spend about an hour every other day resetting his phone. An acknowledged bug in Palm's software kept corrupting his filesystem, causing it to reboot whenever the currently flawed file(s) were accessed. We had the newest firmware, always. Numerous hours were spent on the phone with support, or back at the store. No relief, until I quit working there.
I know what happened to Palm. They stopped caring about quality, and the market noticed. Let them reap what they have sown.