Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?
I have heard it said that there are registries out there who will accept your donation and, if down the road your child may need it, will provide it back to you if it has not already been used (probably for a fee at that point would be my guess). Might be worth investigating donation policies.
Entrepreneurs Watch As Crowdvesting Bill Stalls In Senate
I am sure there are some pretty powerful lobby dollars out there fighting against this, as banks will definitely want to maintain barriers to entry to the lending market.
Candidates Sued By Patent Troll For Using Facebook
For once I am not bubbling up with fury that he was overlooked. I do, however, take issue with the phrase "the three candidates" (emphasis mine) in the write-up - perhaps simply "three candidates"? Or "the three candidates of ill repute"?
Is Twitter Aiding and Abetting Terrorism?
Of course the U.S. Government will latch onto this, it represents an ideal opportunity to invoke the name of anti-terrorism to actively censor; just in case they haven't completely covered their bases with SOPA/PIPA.
I keep finding it ironic that we are slowly slipping back into the Alien & Sedition Acts, which came immediately following our inception as a country. Perhaps a sign that our system of government is due for rebirth?
Although I will say, I have been reassured by the recent media reports that gun purchases have skyrocketed recently - hopefully this indicates that the rugged-individualist, American-spirited Americans out there will have a little sway over the outcome of this rebirth.
New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary
...more like "swiftly merging cesspool."
Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same wooden nickel.
Man Charged in Model Airplane Plot To Bomb Pentagon
After reading this article, I'm halfway tempted to think that his incident was an elaborately orchestrated plot to facilitate a power grab by the FAA:
AMA: FAA Seeks To Restrict Model Aircraft Flight
Excursus: When the FAA was in danger of "losing 4,000 jobs", I thought to myself, "what the hell does the FAA need with 4,000 employees" - can't we deploy Skynet already?
Ask Slashdot: Clever Cable Management?
For me the problem was just as much the variety of physical devices to and from which cords were running as the problem with cords themselves (i.e. modem, router, UPS, etc.). Therefore, I went and had some pegboard cut to spec and mounted it on the back of my computer desk - such that some of it is accessible from the front, as well - and bought a variety bag of pegboard hardware (hooks, etc.). I then proceeded to mount my modem, router, UPS, USB hub, speakers, etc. on there, wired everything up, and used releasable zip ties to bundle up the cords. So far it's worked very nicely, and given me more desk space.
Canadian Government Muzzling Scientists
I caught a great documentary one time regarding the way in which he Canadian government is destroying both fish and independent hand-line fishermen - it's called "One More Dead Fish". I highly recommend it - it's a glaring example of Corporatism, outside of US borders for once.
Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire
Given the uniqueness of many African-American names, I think the incidence of this policy will largely fall on them, which one might construe as racism on Google's part.
Obviously I don't see any reason to suspect racism, but there are a whole lot of political opportunists out there not quite so averse to outlandish statements as I. ;)
New Bill Pushes For Warrants To Access Cloud Data
What stops the Feds from simply claiming anyone they want to investigate is a "suspected terrorist" and doing all the snooping they want. Suppose the Feds simply declare that due to "secret" information, they believe that someone is a "suspected terrorist". They tap his phone, bug his car, break into his email accounts...and discover that John Doe buys personal use quantities of prescription pain meds without a prescription. (but is not a terrorist). Or some other low-end crime.
Can the Feds put John Doe into prison based on this information?
I was just about to post to this effect - you're spot on.
App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?
My vote for most overused word in tech is definitely "cloud" - and Microsoft's ridiculous ad campaigns are not helping the situation. People use it in a very uninformed, buzzword manner in most circumstances.
Amazon to launch 'Amazon Appstore for Android'
Although the above states that it's not possible to shop apps via PC in the Android marketplace, I've been using a nifty site, Cyrket, which allows you to do exactly that. Plus, it displays a QRCode for each app so that you can scan it with your phone and jump right to it.
Laptop Heat May Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'
I believe this explains the events which transpired in the film "Children of Men". :)
Microsoft Suspends Gamer For Being From Fort Gay
I ran into this problem when attempting to complete my XBOX Live profile - it didn't allow me to enter my location using my city of Tecumseh, MI; apparently I was attempting to allude to ejaculation by doing so. I even tried it Roman-style, with a "v" for the "u", but they denied that, too.
My question is - how the heck did the guy manage to get it into his profile in the first place? My experience is that it denies you up-front as you attempt to save that entry in your profile. Did he just have it in there from before they implemented their censorship?
How can I capture a switch event on a USB port?
I would go with a mouse modification as your cheapest option (I'm guessing this is pro bono and you're not being reimbursed). Just put a "spoke" in the clock face, so to speak, and calibrate it such that when one of the hands hits said spoke upon striking a certain time, it has enough pressure to click the mouse button - or you could disassemble the mouse and somehow attach the scroll wheel assembly, which would be pretty cool, and incremental.
Is there a linux for my dad yet?
a) Wubi - excellent because it can exist on an NTFS filesystem and appears as a very user-friendly boot option.
b) LinuxMint - same release cycle/kernel as Ubuntu, but pre-loaded with all sorts of necessary codecs, utilities, etc.
What Can Be Done About Security of Debit Cards?
On the flip side of that argument, someone stands to make a lot of money by entering the market and challenging Visa with the selling point of increased security. Are there barriers to entry in that market? Sure. Will Visa lobby its butt off to intensify those barriers? No doubt. But it's not impossible.
Furthermore, what about the following: a cash-secured credit card. They already exist from what I've heard (no personal experience with them), but I'm not sure if they function in the fashion that I envision, which is basically a system in which the charge initially hits the credit account, but after a predetermined amount of time (enough time to allow for the monitoring of transactions, such as 3-7 days), the credit account automatically debits the user's checking account.
Crunch Time For IRS Data Centers
Particularly when government entities are becoming less and less solvent. Many states are temporarily suspending refund issuance right now because they simply can't cover them; California issued IOU's last year. The IRS actually implemented the option of receiving your refund in the form of U.S. Treasury Bonds this year - somewhat fishy, IMO. Let's hope that next year Treasury Bonds don't become the only option for refunds - even more reason to target your liability and close as possible, and err to the side of owing. You can leave up to $1,000 outstanding until the deadline, and as long as you pay it with your return or extension by 4/15, you won't be subject to any underpayment penalties.
New Heat-Reduced Magnetic Solder Could Revolutionize Chip Design
Anyone have any ideas as to what impact this may have on the formation of "tin whiskers"? Slashdot article on 6/15/08 re: Tin Whiskers
South Australia Outlaws Anonymous Political Speech
We should organize a web community through which Aussies tell us foreigners what they want us to post, and we go post it on their behalf. This is insane.
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