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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

cayenne8 Re:Moat? Electric fence? (211 comments)

Ok, then, now about setting up a firing range to keep our US snipers in practice.

Just locate the "hot" end of the firing range along the MX border.

Anything that crosses into it...is a valid target. I figure after about 4-5 boxes of .50cal ammo, word will get around and we won't have the illegal crossing problems we currently are saddled with...

3 days ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

cayenne8 Re:Moat? Electric fence? (211 comments)

Actually...why don't we do this at our national borders??

Dig the moat, set mines....etc.

That would solve a LOT of problems and actually be within the mandates the federal govt has from the Constitution....protecting our borders.

3 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

cayenne8 Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

classic case of, "I got mine"

Yes...and exactly what's wrong with this...?

3 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

cayenne8 Re:Easy... (317 comments)

..aim for the turban and beard.

Or...have the robot just yell out "Fuck Allah", or "Look, a woman driving alone" and if it gets a reaction, then shoot.

:)

4 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

cayenne8 Easy... (317 comments)

...aim for the turban and beard.

4 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

cayenne8 Re:They WILL FIght Back (498 comments)

And the coal mine? Coal doesn't just grow on trees. It has to be dug up.

And that...provides a LOT of jobs for people too. So a plus sign there.

4 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

cayenne8 Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

Hey we really don't care what other countries want to do....do what you wish.

It is just here, what we don't believe that someone else should pay your way for most anything.

Aside from a few safety nets, it is about the individual....not the collective.

In the US, sure...get all the healthcare you want, just don't expect ME to have to pay for you, I'm too busy saving for myself and family.

4 days ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

cayenne8 Re:This study is... (123 comments)

Fuck'em.

Hand me the button, I'll shock them for money till they tell me to stop or that they won't give me any more money.

5 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

cayenne8 Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

I did mention I have a business connection coming to my home, unlimited, low level SLA even.

I pay $70/mo.

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

cayenne8 Re: More detailed ratings are a good thing (635 comments)

Screw it...let's just cut a few decades out of the Politically Correct down spiral we're in. From now on:

EVERYONE IS THE SAME.

There are NO differences, everyone is the same, same abilities both learned and genetic.

All white men can jump high and are as good a basketball players as any other race.

Every oriental person is a good driver.

Most men don't have some sort of sexual related thought any time they see an attractive woman.

Italians never gesture when they talk.

All women are excited about and excel at IT work.

Black men do not commit a disproportional amount of violent crime in the US.

There are not a lot of Jewish people in the entertainment industry.

Muslims do not represent the majority of modern day terrorists.

You are wrong to have any opinions of any person regardless of sex, race or religion that say by and large they have traits that are easily pointed out.

Persecute all that dare say or even think such thoughts.

*WHEW*....and now that that is out of the way, the world will live in peace and harmony, and no one will ever have self esteem issues again, and God forbid they get offended.

Oops...sorry, I mentioned God...I guess I broke my own rule and offended someone.

Wow...no sense of humor man.

That's the trouble with political correctness...always the chance of something being said.

I feel sad...Richard Pryor and George Carlin likely wouldn't have existed and succeeded today. They didn't use "PC" language or concepts.

about a week ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

cayenne8 Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

At least in Canada I know what I'm buying then. I get X GB per month, and there is (at least in my area) 3 different ISPs (1 cable, one DSL, and one independent) that I can go to. I go to the one that gives me more bandwidth, higher caps at a lower price (duh). It's $48/month for 300 GB, and there's an unlimited package for about $60, but we just don't seem to ever break that cap. (We came close once but reduced it by lowering the bandwidth settings on my wife's Netflix profile :)

It sounds like you are only talking about your cell phone data usage?

I thought this was for broadband in general. I have a "business" account at home, have for years. Is like $70/mo....unlimited, no caps and they are actually pretty quick to react when I have the rare problem. I mean, they had a guy on the pole one night at 11pm about 30 min after I called...to fix the problem.

Do that many people run into caps on home internet accounts?

I have several computers on here at home 24/7/365...I'm constantly streaming stuff...etc. I have no idea how much data I use, but I have guess it is FAR north of 300GB/mo.

about a week ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

cayenne8 Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

At that point, we're on a 12 year transition to Single-Payer, and everyone should be happy (except possibly the Insurance Companies that bought the ACA).

And those that don't want more if any govt intrusion and management of their health.

:)

I don't think the majority if Americans want Federal Govt. run healthcare. You still see that in the polls today.

about a week ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

cayenne8 Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

Well, in the US, rather than tons of red tape, bureaucracy, and regulations...how about simple rules one at a time as needed.

1. You can't price based on traffic..all traffic is treated the same.

Of course...you can flesh this out a bit, to allow for fixing traffic problems, etc...but keep it simple. Make it a law we can ALL read and tweak as needed with time.

We don't need 2000 pages for this...

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

cayenne8 Re: More detailed ratings are a good thing (635 comments)

Screw it...let's just cut a few decades out of the Politically Correct down spiral we're in. From now on:

EVERYONE IS THE SAME.

There are NO differences, everyone is the same, same abilities both learned and genetic.

All white men can jump high and are as good a basketball players as any other race.

Every oriental person is a good driver.

Most men don't have some sort of sexual related thought any time they see an attractive woman.

Italians never gesture when they talk.

All women are excited about and excel at IT work.

Black men do not commit a disproportional amount of violent crime in the US.

There are not a lot of Jewish people in the entertainment industry.

Muslims do not represent the majority of modern day terrorists.

You are wrong to have any opinions of any person regardless of sex, race or religion that say by and large they have traits that are easily pointed out.

Persecute all that dare say or even think such thoughts.

*WHEW*....and now that that is out of the way, the world will live in peace and harmony, and no one will ever have self esteem issues again, and God forbid they get offended.

Oops...sorry, I mentioned God...I guess I broke my own rule and offended someone.

about a week ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

cayenne8 Re:won't share until government tells us to (98 comments)

Here's the best thing they could do to PROVE they are respecting our privacy.

Install a simple OFF SWITCH.

about two weeks ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

cayenne8 Re:Duh (203 comments)

Hey, if they PAY me enough I can withstand almost anything, bad boss or not.

If it weren't for needing to earn money, I'd NOT be working at all, I have plenty I'd rather be doing if independently wealthy.

The only reason to work is money. Paying me enough to suffer it from whatever the source (boss, co-workers, the work itself) is the only thing I'm really interested in.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

cayenne8 Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

The Republicans are in charge of congress now, so we'll see if they're actually going to shrink the size of government or spend the next two years repeatedly trying to repeal obamacare another 40 times.

Well, to be fair...these are not two mutually exclusive concepts.

Dismantling Obamacare would be a step towards shrinking the size of govt and its influence over our everyday lives. That is the most recent intrusion.

That being said, Obama won't sign anything repealing it totally, but they can nip at parts of it, and threaten to defund much of it unless he signs some reforms to it...etc.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

cayenne8 Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

...dunno how long the streak will last, but at least they got this one concept correct.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

cayenne8 Re:Give me a ping... (136 comments)

Sadly, I"m guessing this won't work too well if he is trying to ride a nice loud Harley.

:(

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

cayenne8 Re:Gun Shot Apps (694 comments)

Smart isn't what we get. It will be "Smart assed". As in: I wonder how long before we get some kid trying out different fireworks to see which one brings out the SWAT team?! I suspect the system isn't looking for a "supersonic" signature as a pretty common setup is a pistol with subsonic rounds. (45 ACP)

That make sense.

Do they still make M-80's...with the waterproof fuses? We made more than one toilet explode with those back in high school days....of course back then, you didn't worry about terrorists in schools and the like...just mischief.

about two weeks ago

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Privacy Tradeoff: Facebook, Twitter for Business Accounts, is it worth it?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  about 2 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "I've been a staunch advocate of NOT joining Facebook or Twitter or the other social networks to protect my privacy and to not voluntarily give all my personal information away to corporate America, or even the Government.

However, I'm beginning to look into making money through various means on the side, one of them being photography/videography. With these mediums, being seen is critically important. Having a business facing site on Facebook/Google+ and even using Twitter can be great for self promotion, and can open up your business to a huge audience.

If you were to open your FB and other social network accounts with business ONLY information, and keep your personal information (name, image, etc) off the facebook account...will this keep your personal privacy still from them, or are their algorithms good enough to piece together who you are from the business only sites?

Is the payoff worth the potential tradeoff for generating potential customers for your business and guiding them to your primary website?"
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Film Makers/Entrepreneurs watch as Crowdvesting Bill Stalls in Senate

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "The JOBS Act bill, passed in the house, has stalled in the senate. One section of this bill, which would legalize "Crowdsourcing" in the US, as it is in other countries, allowing companies and startups (like indie film makers) to solicit investments for profit over the internet. This differs from sites like Kickstart, which allow you to only donate money, in that this bill will allow the common citizen to invest for potential profit ($10K or 10% of income for investor limits) in new ideas and companies. Surely this could help jumpstart the economy, and get ideas off the ground quickly, and allow the common man to take some risks and make a little profit. I'm guessing there are plenty of Slashdotters out there with the ideas and skills, that this type of program could help."
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Reasonable hardware for home VM experimentation?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "I'm wanting to experiment at home with setting up multiple VMs and installing sofware such as Oracle's RAC. While I'm most interested at this time with trying things with Linux and Xen, I'd also like to experiment with things such as VMWare and other applications (yes, even maybe a windows 'box' in a VM).

My main question is, what to try to get for hardware? While I have some money to spend, I don't want to, or need to, be laying out serious bread on server room class hardware. Are there some used boxes, say on eBay to look for? Are there any good solutions for new consumer level hardware that would be strong enough from someone like Dell? I'd be interested in maybe getting some bare bones boxes from NewEgg or TigerDirect even.

What kind of box(es) would I need? Would a quad core type processor in one box be enough? Are there cheap blade servers out there I could get and wire up? Is there a relatively cheap shared disk setup I could buy or put together? I'd like to have something big and strong enough to do at least a 3 node Oracle RAC for an example, running ASM, and OCFS."
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Obama AG promotes Internet Censorship

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  about 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "It looks like President-Elect Obama is going to tap former Clinton deputy AG Eric Holder as the new Atty. General.

What should interest slashdotters, is the new officials old statements and stances on restrictions on how we communicate on the internet. Here in 1999 in response to some questions post Columbine, he says there has to be 'reasonable' restrictions on how people can interact...etc. Here's a transcript of the video:

"The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at. — May 28, 1999 NPR Morning Edition"



Is this the 'change' people were counting on with the incoming administration?"

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In Soviet US, Comcast watches YOU

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Ok, this is interesting. At the Digital Living Room conference recently, Gerard Kunkel, Comcast's senior VP of user experience stated that the cable company is experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know who's in your living room — According to this article from Newteevee.com. They're experimenting with cameras on the settop boxes that while apparently NOT using facial recognition software, can still somehow figure out who is in the room, and customize user preferences for cable (favorite channels, etc).

While this sounds 'handy', it also sounds a bit like the tv sets in 1984, where Big Brother watches you, as you watch tv. I am sure, of course, that Comcast wouldn't tap into this for any reason, nor let the authorities tap into this to watch inside your home in real time without a warrant or anything.

I don't think even my tinfoil hat would help with this..."

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UK Student Records in Publicly Available Database

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "According to this article , students in the UK aged 14-19 are to have their student records (with personal informations, exam stats, etc) to be permanently available online in a manner accessible to prospective employers.

Wow, no more fudging the old resumes, now companies can log in and verify if you screwed around in school, and base job offers on this information.

I know some employers actually want a college transcript to verify your bachelors degree (for your first 'real job'), but, I doubt most do. And certainly after the first job, they don't go back to review your school history. But, now....with a systems like this, your "permanent record" really now will carry weight, and help or haunt you for the rest of your adult life.

The article mentions the student can limit access, but, what help with this be? If a prospective employer wants to view your scholastic information, and you refuse, well, you must be hiding something.

What's next? Having your DNA profile put up in a permanently accessible database? I'm sure prospective employers and insurance companies would LOVE to check that out."
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Mitt Romney pulls out! Ron Paul still going!

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "In a recent press conference, Mitt Romney announced that he is pulling out of the race for nomination to the Republican party .

That leaves McCain, Huckabee and Paul. Anyone think this will give Huckabee or Paul a chance to get more in in a debate or gain more delegates? The ones Mitt formerly had have to go somewhere.....

Romney said: He then told the crowd he disagrees with McCain on a number of issues, but that he'd given the mater a lot of thougth and if he fought on all the way to the Republican convention, " I forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I'd be makign it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."



You think this is what he really thinks...or are there some backroom politics going on? Maybe he's saving up for another run in the future? Surely with all the mud slinging between him and McCain, he isn't on a short list for VP?

You know...think what you will about Clinton/Obama if you're on the Rep. side, but, associating them with "terror in a time of war" is really kind of low, isn't it?"

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Trent Reznor: ISP tax for free music needed?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Interesting article and interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. Recently, Trent bankrolled and produced a collaboration with musician Saul Williams on the album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust.

Like the band Radiohead, they wanted to experiment with releasing the album sans a record label attachment, and make it available over the internet for download......asking for $5 as a volunteer price tag.

Trent was disappointed in that only about 18% of people paid for the music.

In an interview with Trent, he was asked what would be a better way....he said that with so many people considering music to be "free" today that another revenue method may be needed:

"I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your a — if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'"

I guess he didn't consider that not EVERYONE with an ISP connection downloads music..."

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Apple updated 8 Core Mac Pro

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Well, it appears that Apple has just released a new update to the Mac Pro line. This time, they're equiping them with the latest Intel Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Harpertown" processors, up to 3.2 GHz. It also appears that the RAID card that previously quietly supported SAS, is now being touted publicly to support "15,000-rpm Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 3Gb/s drives with 300GB of capacity". The Mac Pro also comes with dual Superdrive DVD units....The grapics are standard with ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, and two dual-link DVI ports, or optional NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics with 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory and "a 3D stereo port for stereo-in-a-window applications".

Baseline unit starts at $2,799.00 which is with two 2.8 GHz Quad core Xeon processors, 2G RAM and at 320 GB Serial ATA harddrive. As usual, it looks that it is much cheaper to buy the box from them with the bare RAM and Harddrive config....and to add those on yourself to save a large amount of $$$.

This looks to be quite a 'beefy' box that Apple has put out. Loaded up, and running VMware Fusion software, will allow you to run OSX, any windows you need, and some linux too. Lots of money, but, you'd then have the licenses, and horsepower to run a large number of machines all at once....so, drop a little cash had have the best of all worlds of computing.

Now...where's my checkbook?"

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Will Guitar Hero Create Next Real Guitar 'God'?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Interesting article at CNET that indicates already that possibly playing Guitar Hero, will help influence the kids of today to pick up a REAL guitar and learn to play.

It has been reported by guitar instructors, that enrollments of all ages have been increasing, and that possibly the Guitar Hero series of games is responsible. It seems that the game has opened the door to youngsters (and some not so youngsters) to great guitar driven songs and bands of the past. And while the game doesn't really give you any music skills as far as melody, harmony, etc....it does help one to generate a good sense of rhythm.

Personally, I hope it opens the eyes of kids today of what a good rock band should be. That tomorrow's bands may reach back to the past to become entities that actually PLAY their own instruments, and have stage presence and actually sing without twelve tons of electronic help.

As the article says: "Is tomorrow's Clapton playing 'Guitar Hero'(Today)?"

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Zeppelin Reunion has Slashdot Effect

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Apparently the long rumored Led Zeppelin reunion is going to happen. It will be a one off show with original members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bohnam (John's son) in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who died recently.

The website where you can register for a lottery for tickets has crashed due to demand for the tickets. Apparently, Led Zeppelin, a group long defunct, can still have the power to 'slashdot' a website. Why not? They did recently set records for their DVD released a couple of years ago. Is there any group today that will have that kind of staying power?

To add insult to injury to the crashed site, it is at Ahmettribute.com"
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Vote Swapping Ruled Legal!

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Way back when (2000), during that election, there were some sites set up (voteswap.com and votexchange.com) for people across the nation to agree to swap votes. This was set up mostly for Nader and Gore voters to work against Bush.

California representatives threatened to proscute these sites as criminal offenses, and many of them shut down. On Monday, the 9th US court of appeals upheld that "the websites' vote-swapping mechanisms as well as the communication and vote swaps they enabled were constitutionally protected" and California's spurious threats violated the First Amendment. The 9th Circuit also said the threats violated the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause."

See the story HERE ."
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Nissan now hits the Brakes for you...

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Well, a few days ago, we heard that Nissan was fixing its cars up to detect if you've had a drink or two, and not let you drive. Now, it appears that Nissan is going to brake for you now too. .

From the article, "When speed and distance sensors on the car detect an imminent crash, the gas pedal lifts slightly to warn the driver. If the driver eases pressure on the gas pedal in response, the car automatically brakes instead of waiting until the driver slams a foot on the brake pedal".

A more detailed article on this is HERE

Personally, I like to be MORE in control of my own car, not less....remind me not to buy any newer Nissan model cars in the future, unless these options can be disabled or left off the car entirely."
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iPhones in UK to be tied to one provider

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Well, if you are in the U.K. and want an iPhone, it looks like you will be in the same boat as those in the US — stuck with one choice of provider. According to this article it appears that O2, will be getting the nod from Apple as the exclusive network partner for the iPhone in the UK.

It appears O2 will beat out Vodaphone which had hoped to land the iPhone deal for the UK. I'm wondering, will Apple be cherrypicking a different provider for each country in the EU? It sounds like at this point, with the iPhone in the EU, you won't be 'free' to be switching SIMS they way you have in the past. If you get an iPhone, it sounds like you will be stuck with that provider for that country."
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cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "It looks like Apple has upgraded the MacBook to use the Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 Ghz processor, 1GB of Ram, and larger harddrives in all models.

I wonder if this means the MacBook Pro will be gaining soon? I was thinking of getting one in the next month or so, but may put that on hold to see since the newly upgraded MacBook's processor is the same as the lower end Macbook Pro's at a $999 difference. I'd have to think the Pro's are gonna be upgraded soon."
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cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "It looks like the Dept. of Homeland security is at it again. This time, a data mining system, used to evalute you the air passenger as to your security risk, and give you a rating. You think you have problems with a faulty credit score? Wait till you get a faulty risk assessment rating...because you cannot legally find out what your rating is according to the article about the new Automated Targeting System.

"The Automated Targeting System (ATS) is a data-mining system that will let the agency create "risk assessments" of tens of millions of travelers. The information will be held for 40 years, and even U.S. citizens will have no right to view those risk assessments. ""

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Bo Diddley dies

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Well, it appears that we've lost another pioneer of modern music, Bo Diddley. RIP...Who Do You Love?

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Led Zeppelin to perform one off concert!!

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago "Apparently the long rumored Led Zeppelin reunion is going to happen. It will be a one off show with original members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bohnam (John's son) in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who died recently. The website where you can register for a lottery for tickets has been crashing due to demand for the tickets. Apparently, Led Zeppelin, a group long defunct, can still have the power to 'slashdot' a website. Why not? They did recently set records for their DVD released a couple of years ago. Is there any group today that will have that kind of staying power? To add insult to injury to the somewhat already overloaded site, it is at Ahmettribute.com

EDIT: Just confirmed story again on the ledzeppelin.com website

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