BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed
It's a good idea, but unfortunately the combination of ex post facto and the 13th Amendment prevents forced labor for any worker who did not actively commit a crime. Perhaps you could get the CEO and some others on fraud, though.
South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version
Just in case you weren't aware, a red-letter Bible is one in which only the quotations of Jesus are highlighted in red. So nobody had to "decide" which parts to highlight, the implication is that the highest value are given to the statements straight from the horse's (or deity's) mouth.
The Short Arm of the Law
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."? How exactly does a system that uses a mathematical formula to determine punishment violate the 10th, 8th, or any other amendment?
The Struggle To Keep Java Relevant
I don't necessarily endorse the following statement, but Alan J. Perlis has an epigram for you:
93. When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.
Brinksmanship Continues In Google-China Row Over Censorship
Surely "'Nazi, not nazi, surely?', not 'Nazi not nazi, surely?', surely?", not "'Nazi, not nazi, surely', surely?"?
Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day
Do you have a pilot's license, an exotic animal permit, and the right to use the airspace above your lawn for recreational pruposes?
Unfriendly Climate Greets Gore At Apple Meeting
...and all of the fish in the aquarium are dead as a result.
Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina
That whoosh'd right by me. Thank you, and apologies to great-grandparent.
Star Wars TV Show Tainted By Memories of Jar Jar
First Star Wars book is Splinter of the Mind's Eye from 1978, if I recall correctly. Shadows of the Empire wasn't until 1996.
Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina
Try reading the Constitution again. None of those are 2nd Amendment rights, though they mostly do exist in other Bill of Rights amendments.
For GUIs, Just the Right Degree of Realism
Humorous nitpick: in countries such as Israel where the language is read right-to-left, American style fast-foward/rewind buttons seem extremely unintuitive and backwards to what you would expect. There's just not the same cultural sense that right is forward and left is backward.
Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons
The Princeton Simulation Gaming Union still puts on PrinceCon every year during spring break. The one time I went, there were probably only about 40 or 50 players, but otherwise, everything in your post can be present tense. ^_^
How Earth Avoided a Fiery Premature Death
I wasn't aware of sex playing any major role in the Psalms, which are holy liturgical songs, though admittedly I've only read about half of them. I believe you are thinking of the erotic Song of Solomon, various sexual imagery in the prophesies of Ezekiel and Hosea, and historical/mythological narrative in Genesis, 2 Samuel, etc.
Fraudulent Anti-Terrorist Software Led US To Ground Planes
Perhaps he promised a lossless algorithm but it was lossy? That wouldn't take cleverness to expose, though.
Perhaps it does something like split the file into two parts and hide the other deep in the computer, so it appears to have achieved a factor of compression twice what it should have been?
Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?
Not on this side of the pond.
Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life
Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis, is a sci-fi book partially based on this premise.
Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome
I'm aware that Monarch butterflies migrate yearly to Mexico, but is migration common among other insects, especially bees? I thought lack of migration was the reason beekeepers don't have to recapture their populations every year.
Also, there are birds who stay for the winter. Granted, they may not be the right ones to keep an ecosystem in check, but I'm not going to say everything will die out without a lot of analysis of the situation.
Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala
I've had the same issue with Flash, as well as having had to do some mucking about to get wireless working on my laptop. I don't really blame Ubuntu for the latter, though, as the wireless card in the laptop wasn't Linux compatible originally and only recently had drivers published.
Those are my only two issues... I'm moderately satisfied though I do hope future versions will anticipate the kinds of errors reported a bit better.
French Branch of Scientology Is Convicted of Fraud
McCulloch v. Maryland's core ruling was that "the power to tax is the power to destroy." I think that if the government attempted to tax religious organizations, there could be a valid legal challenge arguing that it would violate the separation of church and state doctrine. Just my two cents.
Telco Sues City For Plan To Roll Out Own Broadband
Actually, for a period of America's early history there were many privatized roads - the word turnpike actually comes from the idea of having a pointy gate (resembling a row of pikes) that is turned aside to let a horseman or wagon pass only after a toll is paid. I'm not sure if any toll roads today are privately operated, but it is the same idea.
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