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'Endrun' Networks: Help In Danger Zones

cayenne8 Re:So, mesh? (24 comments)

Ferguson? Really?

Isn't that really old news....nothing new going on there after the riots/protests finally ended is there?

3 hours ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

cayenne8 Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

Unfortunately, this will also result in the government collecting too little tax and having to look at increasing tax rates or coming up with other ideas for taxation.

No,it would force the govt to spend responsibly within a budget that allows for the govt to SAVE money for years of lower tax income to it, rather than overspending.

3 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

cayenne8 Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

Hey sorry...I may have removed you as a friend...I thought I was friending you..but I misread and it said I was removing the relationship..something new about slashdot only allowing 200 relationships.

Sorry that wasn't the intention.

3 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

cayenne8 Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

Would that be the same middle class that is being destroyed by the current system? Seems like they're fucked either way.

Hear, hear!!

You should have been moderated UP for this one!!

3 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cayenne8 Re:If I were president... (110 comments)

Unfortunately complacency is thought to be the price paid for access. I'd think you'd want a full spectrum of coverage.

I don't mind them reading the WH statements, but it is generally useless unless independent thought, and investigation accompanies it.

The WH could just as easily post their scripts online for us to read...in which case, what use are the news agencies?

4 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cayenne8 Re:If I were president... (110 comments)

So then we are in agreement it has nothing to do with the current president and everything to do with the broken system.

Close, but not quite...

I think with Obama, we've hit a new low, and it has been an agenda pushed by them with veracity we've not seen with previous presidencies.

4 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cayenne8 Re:If I were president... (110 comments)

I'm not saying Bush didn't do it...I'm saying it has been getting progressively WORSE for all administrations starting at least with the last 3 of them...a real decline in independent and investigative journalism.

I think they should stop allowing the President or other officials from "choosing" whom to get questions from in the pool...make it a random drawing who gets question 1, 2, 3....

But has gotten progressively worse...and that means the current admin is about bottom of the barrel with respect to this...until the next admin....

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

cayenne8 Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

I'd go for that, and it would be somewhat "progressive" too...in that rich people tend to buy MUCH more expensive items, and more of them.

I'd say one extra thing...don't tax food, that way it wouldn't be regressive against the poor which is often the argument for a consumption tax.

I'd also be for a flat tax too....one simple form, done.

4 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cayenne8 Re:Already gone (304 comments)

I'm pretty sure that not everyone agrees to such a thing.

I'm pretty sure the majority of married folks agree with exactly what the parent poster stated...married changes it to implied consent unless rejected. You don't have to ask first before you grope in marriage. Marriage for 99.99999% of the people implies sex between the couple. Otherwise, why would you put up with the legal and fiscal baggage that comes along with it?

4 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cayenne8 Re:Already gone (304 comments)

And...what if the chick in questions LIKES sex to be rough, which you do consensually...and then one day, she flips and says "rape"....then you're screwed (no pun intended).

4 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cayenne8 Re:If I were president... (110 comments)

The problem is..the news agencies have been so complacent in all this all along too.

If we had a more independent, and aggressive, investigative news agencies out there, Obama and other politicians (both parties) would not get away with half the shit they do.

I think the news agencies should, in general, always view the administration at the time as somewhat adversarial, and should always be on the look for errors, law breaking and any hint of wrong doing. That should be their jobs, to constantly being on the heels of those in power, and keep them on their toes.

When you lose true news investigation and reporting, you lose democracy....the free press is needed to keep the administration honest, and just parroting news feeds from whatever administration is in office does the country absolutely NO service, and can in fact, allow very bad things to happen to the country as a whole as well as to erode and harm citizens on a more personal level.

4 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

cayenne8 Re: So... (246 comments)

Hmm..is this also sexual discrimination against men?

Are they offering to freeze sperm of the young men...that might not want a kid early too. Sperm quality and motility degrade a man's age too, why are they not being offered this service/perk?

5 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cayenne8 Re:Already gone (304 comments)

Err...it is a common way to refer to someone you have a relationship with. I have "my" friends. I have "my" cousin, I have "my wife"...I have my woman....My girlfriend.

I'd think if you were old enough to try to contribute to the discourse on Slashdot, you'd have a better grasp on semantics.

5 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cayenne8 Re:Already gone (304 comments)

Two different concepts.

If you're married, and no constraint warrants out, etc...I think it is perfectly normal and acceptable for spouses to keep up with each other, that way for years...just that tech is putting a new spin on it.

As for marital rape, I think there is so much implied consent, that it would and should take a much higher level of proof on that one. I'm sure it happens, but it seems harder to prove to me. After all, marriage implies consent to sexual relations.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

cayenne8 Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

I don't think there are any direct flights from that area into the US. Thomas Duncan came through Brussels. It's probably impossible to totally quarantine such a large area.

Well, I'd think with today's computer systems, it would be pretty easy to keep track where someone is flying from. We could pull up his history ,see he came from WA within the danger period, and put him on a US no-fly list till he passed that danger time limit.

Note that both of the Ebola patients were health care workers directly involved in the care of Mr. Duncan and so were exposed to him when he was extremely contagious. None of the people in the family he was staying with or the Emergency Room workers appear to have been infected and it's been long enough that we would probably know that by now.

And if patient "0" hadn't made it to our shores at all...these two people wouldn't now be ill and in jeopardy.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

cayenne8 Re: Just tell me (463 comments)

It's all about money and large corporations-----you and I don't make a difference.

That doesn't make any sense.

Exactly what large financial contribution to the world is made currently from West Africa?

I can't imagine the US or world economy would even register a *blip* if West Africa was totally cut off from the world. Not that I was saying that, I was merely saying normal, commercial flights from there shouldn't be allowed. Special military and sanctioned flights would be ok, since you could that way ensure quarantine actions be observed from anyone coming back from one of those very, very limited flights.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

cayenne8 Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

It might be better to simply bite the bullet, acknowledge that there is Ebola in Texas, and after giving non-residents a chance to leave, simple seal up Texas and route all flights to and from infected areas to that state.

There's a BIG difference between taking care of your own, vs allowing other outsiders in to damage you.

5 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

cayenne8 Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

simple. because those persons can go to a third country and then travel from there. it creates an impetus for persons from West Africa to simply try to evade such controls. this would of course worsen the situation, not improve it.

the world as a whole needs to be sending more resources to West Africa to fight the epidemic *there*. that is the only thing that will help stop this from becoming an actual pandemic.

Err...with our flight systems, can we not pretty readily track anyone flying OUT of that area, and know if they are coming from a connecting flight within the 20 or so day incubation period?

I have nothing wrong with sending resources...BUT, I still see no reason to allow free travel out of the area especially with cases on the rise, I hear projections that soon it will ramp up to 10K a week or so over there. At some point, we need to expand the quarantine to the NATION and not just hospital rooms.

Better than have it reach pandemic proportions, and we "rest of the world" find ourselves in a position of deciding to do something even more drastic. Better to close the area off till it can be controlled, than to have it become Uncontrollable, and we have to resort to measures to protect the world by "cleansing" the area in a much broader sense. (warms up the nukes).

5 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cayenne8 Re:Already gone (304 comments)

I don't get it.

I have no problem with a woman of mine "emotionally cheating". Just as long as she isn't actually FUCKING someone physically, what's the big deal?

5 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cayenne8 Re:Already gone (304 comments)

WAIT...this summary of the article bears one HUGE question.

How in the world is it even possible to "stalk" your spouse???

I mean, if you're married, living in same house, etc...by definition isn't stalking impossible, there is all kinds of implied consent there, no?

I'm not arguing right or wrong on what the guy did, but either that is a huge stretch on saying what "stalking" is, or the law was written FAR too broadly!!!

:O

5 days 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  |  more than 5 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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