US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking
When I had heard that the Russians were calling this kidnapping, I was doubtful -- but now, not so sure. We really do exact our justice anywhere we want to, don't we?
What happened to extradition treaties and such? When did it become "stuff them in a van and drive!"?
Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy
Testify! As was said before on /. change your information to nonsense and leave. Afterthought Look up the British journalist whose photo was used for a prostitution service she objected and was told because the advertisers liked her photo they could use it and there was nothing she could do about it.
I Google'd "British Journalist Facebook Photo" and received zero valid results relating to what you describe. Do you have a more direct link, or a name?
Facebook To Introduce Video Ads
Oh, we're sorry. You haven't NOTICED the text and graphical based ads here. Since we know that can't be because you have no interest, we wanted to make it easier for you to see our advertising!
Reminds me of the project managers where I work. "Oh, reality? Fuck that, we warp it to what we think it should be!"
Injectable Nanoparticles Maintain Normal Blood-sugar Levels For Up To 10 Days
The problem with the pump for me is that the reservoir isn't large enough. As a Type-1 insulin resistant diabetic of almost 30 years I currently take 250u of Apidra insulin a day, along with 85u of Lantus. When on the pump with Apidra insulin forming the baseline it comes out to 325u of Apidra a day. That's a single reservoir, meaning I'd be changing my kit every day - and that's something my insurance company won't pay for and is really a pain in the ass.
And concentrated humulin R insulin does absolutely nothing for me.
And before you scream "eat less" -- if I eat a peanut butter and sugar-free jelly sandwich (two slices of white FKA known as "Wonder" bread, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a table spoon of jelly) I have to take 50u of insulin to maintain my blood sugar.
(Boy, us type 1s sure are defensive about being told how to care for our disease, heh.)
Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs
See the "people are too stupid to run a democracy" study published a few months back.
Really, here in the US, there's no benefit to doing the right thing - or anything. You'll get lambasted from both sides no matter what choice you make. Objective political reporting is dead, if it ever existed. Satisfying the donors and behind the scenes manipulators is about the only approval you can expect.
And that's our (the voting public's) fault. We have become unwilling to compromise and negotiate and instead we prefer highly publicized stand offs over minute issues while our paid taxes slowly swirl down the drain.
Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs
I don't see how having access to everything done by everyone in a nation will help them. Information overload. If they're using it to fight crime, the crime has to occur first. And the potential privacy implications of such a database as well as the identity theft/blackmail potential is simply unreasonable as a counterweight to the gains.
Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs
It's sad that I wanted to post a joke in reply to this post, but I'm afraid it would be logged, tracked, and used against me in a court of law.
Japanese Court Orders Google To Turn Off Auto-Complete Function
Woah, woah, we have no place for your logical thinking here. Get out, heretic!
Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'
I don't get this argument that Android users don't buy apps. Perhaps I'm the minority.
On my phone right now are: Anomaly HD (which if you don't have, get!), Armored II, Bloons TD 4, Settlers of Catan, Dead Space, Dungeon Village, Epic Astro Story, Fieldrunners, Fruit Ninja, Great Little War Game, Gurk and Gurk II, HexDefense, Homerun Battle, Jelly Defense, Majesty and the Frozen North expansion, Monopoly, Myth Defense (and all expansion maps), Pocket League Story, Quell, Quell Reflect, Retro Defense, Robo Defense, Sentinel 3, SpaceStation, Townsmen 6, UNO, World of Goo, Zombie Defense, Zombieville. Not installed (but purchased through the market) are Age of Zombies, Baseball Superstars 2011, Bejeweled 2 (which EA says doesn't work on ICS but works fine), Cell Wars, Heavy Gunner 3D, Reckless Getaway, Simcity Deluxe, Spirit HD, Star Armada RTS, Super KO Boxing 2, Tetris, The Sims 3, Tower Raiders GOLD, Towers Raiders 2 GOLD, and Train Conductor 2: USA.
I've also bought apps from Amazon but since I can't separate what I've bought from what I've obtained through their free app of the day program, I won't list them.
Even the games that I've spent $4.99 for (Anomaly HD) are well worth the money, especially when compared with the massive disappointment that Mass Effect 3 was at $79.99. (Actually, to clarify, ME3 was a good game with a fucking incredibly horrible, pointless ending, and is the first ME game I have no desire to replay whatosever.)
Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'
Buy an HTC phone. They allow you to unlock them - officially - and install any ROM you want on them. In return you give up support. The same choice that was made previously, but you had to break the law to achieve.
I have an HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile) and I cannot stress how much I love this phone. It's already running ICS despite the T-Mobile official upgrade being available, and if I want a different feature set xda-developers has almost every choice I could want, including how to cook my own from the Android source.
TSA Doing Random Truck Searches On Tennessee Highway
Oh, for moderation points. Not funny -- insightful.
C++0x Finally Becomes a Standard
Say what you will but I've recently decided to go back to my roots and work in C and C++ just for that reason -- there's never a loud outcry that the languages will die a horrible death or go anywhere. In a world of uncertainties I'm tired of having to wonder what language I'll need to master next.
Science Fair Entry Shuts Down Airport Terminal
The last time I flew was when they confiscated my entire collection of medicine: 3 bottles of insulin (I traveled at the time for weeks at a time, sometimes two flights a day), Lithium, Zoloft, syringes, my glucometer, Adderall, and some Xanax. It came out to about $1,500.00 worth of meds. When I objected, they cavity searched me because I was "acting suspiciously". When they were done and I threatened them with a lawsuit, they told me they could put me away in jail for so long that no one would ever hear from me again and to "shut up and get on my plane."
Was the last time I flew. The TSA can bite my ass, and if one ever tries to search my car (which they claim they can do as well; I'm too lazy to look up the link) while I'm driving it without a warrant, he'll regret it. I drive everywhere now - drove from St. Louis to Seattle for a conference. I trust no one. All of you have these pretty arguments about rights and whatnot; the shit that happened to me isn't going to happen again, and it isn't going to happen to my children. That's not a right. That's a goddamned guarantee from me.
Ubisoft Hops On the Online Pass Bandwagon
used products but as someone who has multiple XBL accounts in the house. I'm not paying the publishers extra money just because my son, my daughter and I like to have separate achievements. Figured this out when I went to play the latest NFS... worse, I own it on my PC but there's no way to go, "Hey, I own two copies of this, let me play!"
Fuck the people who do this. The games are already shoddy pieces of crap which are unimaginative, buggy, and overpriced - now you want more? I'll just stop buying - for me, my son, my daughter, my wife. 4 consumers, lost. See you on the flip side, suckers.
Ceglia Sues For 50% Facebook, Old Emails as Evidence
Thank you for recognizing the difference. I'm tired of having people tell me that "if you weren't so fat you wouldn't have diabetes." Sorry -- I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 28 years. The obesity is a partial side effect of the large amount of insulin I take, itself a side effect of insulin resistance, which is a side affect of my lengthy history of it.
Type 1 diabetes is believed to usually develop because of an auto immune disorder... making it genetic rather than a failure to maintain physical fitness.
DRM Drives Gamers To Piracy, Says Good Old Games
literally trust the crackers more than the video game publishers. I cringe at the thought of installing new, store-bought games. You're almost guaranteed to have your system compromised by some DRM garbage that will mess up your system (sometimes even to the point of damaging hardware). The inverse is true with cracks, I find.
The interests of software crackers at least coincide with mine (i.e. playing video games). Software publishers are not interested in games; they are only interested in trying to get my money, whether by hook or by crook.
Mod up. I trust the scene and all the elitist jerks in it who value prestige and honor in it way more than the money grubbing publishers. (Note: Not the developers. Most of the developers are damned cool and I want to support them. The publishers are the problem.)
3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession
You're obviously not a parent. Or any sort of individual responsible for teaching a child. My child, my rules -- consistency is one of the key issues with parenting, and having those rules undermined and changed on a whim because of a school administrator only serves to subvert the authority of the parent -- a fragile entity at any point in a child's life.
The government is stepping way over the line with parenting - constantly. The GP's reply was succinct and to the point - they're my children, my problem. Until schools allow us to divert our tax dollars to a private school and until school officials are not public officials they do not have the right to dictate to me what my children do. Just in case you missed it -- they work for us. Me. They're not an untouchable entity to which I must bow and scrape.
One example: my wife buys food for my son to take to school. He doesn't like it, so he doesn't pack it. He goes to school and ends up skipping lunch. The food's there -- but in your world the government billing us for him to eat what the school provides is just dandy. We can't force him to take his lunch -- take away their food, you go to jail. Take away their freedom, you go to jail. Take away their game system, you go to jail. The government is making parents into individuals who have all the responsibilities but none of the power -- while conveniently ignoring their own continuing abuse of powers.
The "letter of the law" is not intended to be zero tolerance. These teachers and principals and other officials always claim they're following the letter of the law, but police officers let speeders off with a warning every day -- or ignore the jay walkers -- or the people in the financial industry routinely flipping the SEC the bird while they manipulate away billions of our dollars. Claiming the "letter of the law" is being followed is just an excuse to piss on the individual on question, and not even bother to call it rain.
With the way the world is going we're all going to burn in the next century; that fire may be religious, or indignant, or nuclear in nature -- I don't know.
"People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people."
"There is no justice. There is no balance. Violence isn't the last resort; it's the only resort."
9 MA Cyberbullies Indicted For Causing Suicide
Everything about western teen society is to enforce conformity, intelligence is overrated, originality is shunned and bob forbid you actually have an opinion of your own. Just being a little physically different or a foreign accent is reason enough for one to be ostracised and ridiculed.
Big Bang Theory?
In all seriousness I find myself fighting this battle with my son every day. He refers to things as gay, as retarded, as any number of slurs routinely spewed forth by the teenagers today. I've told him many times in the past that I don't care if he uses the verbiage, but I want him to consider what he's using and why. He would never use the word retarded around his grandmother, who's a special needs teacher. He would never use the word gay around a family friend who is gay. Yet as soon as those individuals are not around he slips back into using the verbiage.
I also believe schools today have a great deal of responsibility when it comes to bullying today. They've removed all of the social resolutions to the issue. You can't return the names, lest you both be punished equally. You can't punch back because you'll be suspended along with the instigator. When I was a teen and someone called me a name or picked on me I made a conscious choice and either 1) acknowledged that there was nothing I could do due to greater intellect, size, or numbers, or 2) beat the living hell out of the individual, usually with environmental aid. [There are no rules to a fight.] Now the schools have removed that choice and the only feeling a teen has is helplessness -- they have no choice, lest the system punish them.
As a side note I have told my son that if he is picked on he is to fight back. He is never, EVER to start a fight or make fun of someone -- that simply isn't right, especially when the target is someone who has no choice in the matter. As soon as someone starts that fight though... he's to finish it. He's won three times [13, football player, 5' 6", 180 lbs], and I've defended his actions twice -- he's never been suspended for defending himself because I've told the school I will sue them into the ground. [When administrators stop trying to apply zero tolerance policies to the world I will stop threatening to sue public institutions -- that's the only threat they'll listen to.]
Remember that when we remove all the avenues of resolution that only one remains: violence. To ourselves or others.
AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data
...and all I see are the same types of statistics that are strolled out by the ISPs when network usage and congestion become a problem. "Blame the top 3%!" "Bandwidth hogs!" "Piracy accounts for 75% of lost revenue!" Whoops, that last one slipped in but I think you get the point.
There are always going to be maximum and minimum users - the whole idea is that, on average, you can handle the load. If you can't handle the load the problem is not the end user - it's you.
AT&T has received plenty of money with which it could expand it's infrastructure. It could relieve the bandwidth bottleneck by releasing the iPhone exclusivity. It could have realized that unlimited users are going to consume as much as they can. Now they're on the hook and they want to blame the user? No, that doesn't float.
(And if I see one more "unlimited*" notation I'm going to scream. When did unlimited get redefined as "limited to ..."? Why is that not false advertising?)
Wal-Mart, Amazon Battle For Online Retail's Future
I'll pay the extra money just so I can have a cheerful cashier, a clean rest room, and a brightly lit store. As well as Target's contributions to the community and schools.