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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

cdrudge Not helping the problem either (92 comments)

Because a subject of "Re: SubjectsinCommentsAreStupid" isn't continuing to make it worse?

yesterday
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

cdrudge Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (499 comments)

If asked like that, you're going to get skewed results in most cultures. I'm somewhere between an atheist and agnostic. However I was once Christian but I've also attended other religious services as well. And even now, I'll attend a service, say a wedding, although I may not believe or agree in what is said in the service. So I wonder how I would be expected to answer that question...

yesterday
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

cdrudge Re:Chairman Tom Wheeler (132 comments)

Perhaps. Remains to be seen what the long term effect is. What happens when the NFL is "forced" to go cable only. Or worse, shows games on an uber-expensive channel/package a la Sunday Ticket. Is it better to require fans to purchase cable tv or an "NFL package" to watch the team that their tax money often goes towards?

yesterday
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

cdrudge Re:So nothing happened? (132 comments)

Blacking out games has always been the NFL's idea, but it use to be even worse. With the original policy, all games in the home market were blacked out, even playoffs and championship/superbowl games. When teams first started broadcasting all their games, there was a very large drop in attendance as a result, hence the "need" from the teams/NFLs point of view for the blackout rule.

It wasn't until Washington was denied viewers in 1972 and Washington's politicians missed watching their team that things changed. The Attorney General requested the NFL adjust it's blackout rules, and when the NFL refused, it was suggested that the NFL's tax exempt status could change. Congress in 73 passed a law that lifted the blackout in home markets if they sold out more than 72 hours. That policy has since been tweaked to allow a sometimes 48 hour or rarely a 24 hour deadline if a team is very close to selling it out.

The NFL sometimes does point to Congress/the law and says in effect "don't blame us, it's not our fault. It's the law." but it really has always been them. It was the law that changed the policy from awful to just bad. And now it's the law that has changed it from just bad to it's-all-on-the-nfl. And with many teams looking at the local community to chip in for stadiums, I'd expect a large amount of backlash should stick their hand out for begging for money while simultaneously blacking out games.

yesterday
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

cdrudge Re:Going Cable! (132 comments)

I'd venture a guess the reason why is that you don't need 50k watts when the speaker is about an inch from your eardrum.

yesterday
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

cdrudge Re:huh? (269 comments)

"As terms of employment you consent to being video and/or audio recorded. If you do not contest, please let HR know where we can forward your final paycheck."

Is it right? No. Is it legal? Almost if not everywhere? Yes.

5 days ago
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NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors

cdrudge $10m or $4m? (48 comments)

NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors
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The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million...

One of the first things they are going to research is how to properly add numbers.

about a week ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

cdrudge Re:Oh good (905 comments)

Don't forget extra fees for the monthly rental of the disabling/locating device. Plus installation costs. And then removal if you should happen to pay it off before they can repo it.

about a week ago
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Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

cdrudge Re:Is this a joke? (52 comments)

I'm going to bet that "those guys" won't even send you a printed catalog for the same $100 that the kickstarter campaign is looking for. So the cost for detection is going to be orders of magnitude different. But you're going to have orders of magnitude more accurate results too.

That being said, you're right although I probably go with a 3rd grader. The kit diagram wasn't draw in crayon but it does look like the pencil was traced. It really looks like a primary school science fair project.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

cdrudge Re:Wager (308 comments)

I thought Monsanto owned the rights to Nitrogen as well as the complete genome of oats and barley. This should be a slam dunk case for their lawyers.

about a week ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

cdrudge Re:Dumb idea (383 comments)

I was thinking something similar, although not just dumping it elsewhere illegally. Don't want me to throw out my compostables? Fine. I'll grind them in my garbage disposal and wash them down my drain.

I can't imagine that food wastes comprise that large of a percentage of residential waste that such fines are necessary, but maybe I'm wrong. For a restaurant/food service establishment, yeah, the numbers are going to be different.

about a week ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

cdrudge So (71 comments)

Underwater vehicles have never matched the extraordinary agility of marine creatures. While many types of fish can travel at speeds of up to 10 body lengths per second, a nuclear sub can manage a less than half a body length per second.

That's ok. Marine creatures have never been able to match the capacity of underwater vehicles either. A nuclear sub can haul 140+ people around, fire torpedoes, and launch guided missiles simultaneously. Thankfully aquatic creatures are some distance away from being able to do any one of those things, let alone all of them.

about a week ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

cdrudge Re:good (184 comments)

That's just it. They are YOUR laws and your sovereignty, not Netflix's. YOU are crossing the digital border into the United States as Netflix doesn't appear to maintain a physical presence in Canada. Don't like it? Tough. You'd have the same response if the US tried to enforce it's laws and sovereignty on something that was wholly Canadian but possible to be consumed in the United States.

about a week ago
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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

cdrudge Re:Lifetime at 16nm? (66 comments)

If you use SSD you should have a good HDD backup.

And if you use a HDD, you still should have a good backup as well.

about two weeks ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

cdrudge Re:Not surprised (73 comments)

Here in Australia we don't fear our police - they have a strong history of generally doing the right thing by the people they serve.

Don't feel bad, it's ok. You'll catch up with the rest of the world soon.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

cdrudge Re:hahaha (155 comments)

The anti-competition laws were put in place to prevent the car manufacturers from undercutting those who had built their client base for them.

Does any other industry have similar legal restrictions? Or is it just an antiquated law that hasn't kept with the times?

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

cdrudge Re:Norovirus anyone? (231 comments)

Probably a lot less then what would go wrong if we tried to live in a completely sterile environment.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

cdrudge Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Because if you say the iPhone comes with Gorilla Glass, you've locked yourself into a single supplier of a trademarked item. If you just say ion-strengthened glass, you can use any supplier that can meet your requirements, not just Corning.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

cdrudge Re:Cash (111 comments)

I read leading counterfeit bills are $10. $100 attract attention, $1 not worth time counterfeiting, but the $10 bill is good candidate because Treasury Dept is always changing the colors so nobody really keeps track on what an authentic bill looks like.

The Treasury Dept in 1998 said $20 get 5x the number of counterfeits as $10 but $100 has 3x the value of counterfeit notes. Source, page 53

I wouldn't imagine the numbers have changed that much since than. I had always heard that $20s are the most frequently faked since everyone carries them so they are very common, and it's the highest denomination without being uncommon (like the $50 and $100).

about three weeks ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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