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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

cayenne8 Re:Rick Perry finally thought pf the third one? (307 comments)

WTF is the Dept of Energy supposed to be investigating fucking climate change?!?!

The Energy Dept, should be only working on current and NEW forms of energy.

Of course funding should be cut for things that should not be part of their mandate.

This makes about as much sense as instructing NASA to make more efforts to placate muslims er oh wait.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

cayenne8 Re:Missing option (701 comments)

"Ay yo, Jamal blast on dat foo"

*BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAM*

"I's staight busted dis GAT in dat nigga ass. I ain't even seen da body drop"

Holy Eubonics Batman!!

about two weeks ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

cayenne8 Re:Pft (962 comments)

Sorry..but they need to grow a thicker skin.

If they can't play by the big boy rules then they don't belong in a big boy game.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:Unions are not a big problem in Michigan anymor (172 comments)

If all that is true...they certainly have NOT been getting that message out nationally.

The national picture of Detroit and surrounding area..is pretty much one big,decaying heroin/crack den with abandoned and dilapidated properties...with tumbleweeds aplenty in the streets.

Hell, the episode of Drugs, Inc on the Nat. Geo channel alone painted a pretty bleak picture of Detroit spreading heroin around to not only itself, but the surviving suburbs that are still around the area.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:Texas! (172 comments)

Nope. California's budget is very solidly in black, average salary is way higher than in Texas and industry is _growing_. It turns out, that being a nice place to live attracts business.

Got any links to stats that back that up?

Certainly not what I'm hearing on the national news stations....MSNBC, CNN, FOX..etc.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

cayenne8 Re:Pedos, drug lords, and terrorists take notice!! (98 comments)

So, are there *that* many people out there, that actually trust their phones enough to keep really private stuff on them?

Sheesh.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

cayenne8 Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

In these difficult times of wars and crisis, Obama is one of the best presidents Americans could have hoped for.

Are you serious?

Obama is completely disengaged from the turmoil happening in the world. I don't think it is him being "stand offish", I don't think he actually knows WHAT to do and is paralyzed by that.

No one in the world has respect for the US admin...he doesn't know when to make a stand, nor will he stand on it. And the world knows this and is testing this right now.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:The walken-comma (172 comments)

You would think that Tesla would build the plant in Detroit, not only is land cheap and most likely loads of incentives but it would be a direct slap in the face to the big three automakers.

The trouble in setting up there would be, what are you going to use for a workforce?

Likely as not, not locals, and how are you going to convince folks to me to Detroit, not much incentive to move to a barren, economically sparse, drug infested/violence infested area. I mean, Tesla can't possibly pay THAT high of wages to give folks incentive to brave it by moving there.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:Texas! (172 comments)

Yep.

The over regulation and high taxes in CA are the killer for any business possibilities there. Large companies are leaving California due the the bad fiscal management out there and overbearing govt restrictions on businesses out there.

You'd think at some point, sensible folks would see this and do something to curtail the problem, but when you let political philosophy outweigh what common sense should present to the current vision, you get much of what you see in CA, and more recently in the entire Federal admin overall.

Sadly, some seem to hold their philosophical vision over and above solutions that could fix things at ALL costs. Some folks wold rather fail by breaking, rather than to bend and survive.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

cayenne8 Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

Said someone about every president since WW2. You guys elected him twice, collectively you fucking love the guy.

Hey, don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!!

:)

But seriously, I used to think Carter was the worst, and I wasn't terribly happy with Bush Jr., but Obama, ugh.

I used to think it was just his agenda, but I'm starting to think it is more fully explained by incompetence. I used to joke and ask my friends that voted for him "How's that Hope and Change" working out for you.

Not anymore, I'm frankly a bit scared about the US and the world. He has no answer and seems to really not even care about:

Problems in Libya, Syria (draws imaginary line in sand when not going to back it up), ISIS coming in from Syria, Our southern US border currently being overrun by illegals, when he actually COULD with a swipe of his pen, fix the problem there, or at least send national guard and militarize the damned thing, economy still in the toilet, etc.

He's a great speaker with a teleprompter and good politician (for getting elected), but I think as far as presidency, he's in way over his head and I'm frankly worried about the state of the world under his last 2x years.

about three weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

cayenne8 Re:DAC (502 comments)

Hmm.

But none of those DACs, nor the SoundBlaster seem to have an offering with good old fashioned Vacuum Tubes?!!?

Stereos that glow are cool, and sound OH so good, especially through a pair of Klipschorns.

about three weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

cayenne8 Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

I would have thought that Obama would have told his spooks to lay off for a while. But instead, it seems that he has racketed up the spying on Germany.

Can someone tell me what Obama is trying to achieve by this? I mean, there must be some purpose behind all this. I just can't figure it out.

Have you stopped to think that it might just be that he's a fucking idiot?

I mean, so far, in the polls, he's already being rated as the worst president since WW2. And he had some serious "talent" to beat out in that contest, you know?

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

cayenne8 Re:And another question (144 comments)

*sigh*

Is this soccer thing still going on? Once the US was out of it, I lost interest and figured this would have been done and over with by now.

Its like what, 4 years or something before soccer starts up again when this one is done?

:)

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

cayenne8 Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Yep, kinda like how they argued that making us wear helmets on motorcycles again in LA (Thanks Gov Blank-stare)â¦.we'd save lives and insurance.

Well, rates never went down, and I don't believe there was any significant change in motorcycle accident rates or survival.

about three weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

cayenne8 Re:Good news though (74 comments)

This is just flat out wrong. Have you ever actually seen a 1099? If you are paying an individual, the SSN is the tax id, and must be listed on the form. If you are paying a corporation, then you don't use a 1099.

Not so, I contract, I am an individual working for my own S-corp.

I have never given out my SSN when being paid 1099 through my company.

I give out only my TIN, they pay me with checks, and at EOY I get a 1099 from them for my tax purposes.

about three weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

cayenne8 Re:Good news though (74 comments)

I think you missed the part where I mentioned the TIN.

Any smart Dr will be incorporated and use a TIN for tax purposes, not a SSN.

about three weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

cayenne8 Re:Good news though (74 comments)

Unless the doctor is incorporated, the SSN is the tax id.

Err, if the said Dr. is in business and is not incorporated, he's quite a fool.

They didn't. The gave out their SSN because this is directly related to SS transactions. The doctors receive payments from the insurance company, and those payments must be reported to the IRS on a 1099 form, and that must include the tax id, which is the SSN.

Err, no. there is NO place to fill out SS on a 1099 payment. That is precisely where you have and use your TIN (Tax Identification Number), You only give your SS on your Personal tax forms at EOY in that situation.

No, there is no valid reason a Physician should be giving out his personal SS for a business transaction, especially if it is a 1099 and NOT a W2 type form. Taxes are NOT taken out of 1099â¦.you are responsible for that on your own at EOY.

he sooner we move away from the idiotic notion that the same number should be used for both identification and authentication, and thus must be simultaneously both widely known and secret.

ON this I heartily agree.

about three weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

cayenne8 Re:The Watchers 'Wet Dream' (150 comments)

I know I'm getting old, but more and moreâ¦I"m going retro, and analog.

I'm still mobile enough to get off my ass, and change the manual thermostat, etc.

WTF would I give out my energy info? I make enough $$ to pay them monthly, etc.

They only have a need to know if I"m having a problem paying, nothing more.

I just don't' get it when folks voluntarily give out SO much info on themselves. I don't see it being long till this really starts biting people in the ass.

about three weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

cayenne8 Re:Good news though (74 comments)

This was my first thought, WTF are they using SS on this type of report at all?!!?

I mean, if they need a record of the physician's business, why not use the Federal Tax ID? Why in the world would anyone give out a SS number in this day in age for anything besides something that is directly related to SS transactions (taxes, payments, etc)?

I don't give my SS to anyone except the bank and for SS tax purposes. My last power company tried to insist I give it to them, when I asked WTF they needed this for simply connecting power they said for a 'credit check'. I talked further and found out they'd take a deposit in lieu of this and that's the road I took. I got the deposit refunded about 6mos later I think.

But seriously, there not a THING these days that should or does require a SS# to be given. However, sometimes, sadly, you DO need to be persistent in your insistence that they don't need it. Speak to a mgr or two if need be, but don't' give it out.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

cayenne8 Re: It's 2014 (349 comments)

I have Cox and have never known of any data cap for my internet.

about a month ago

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

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  about a year and a half 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 6 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 6 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 6 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  |  about 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 5 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 6 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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