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$30 GPS Jammer Can Wreak Havok

omnibit Re:Department of Redundancy Department (386 comments)

Is parent the only other one here who recognises a tautology when it smacks them between the eyes?

Clearly the editors don't.

-Englishmonger

more than 3 years ago
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Do Sleepy Surgeons Have a Right To Operate?

omnibit Preventing sleep deprivation? (332 comments)

This sounds all roses and sweetness but the reality is, surgery involves volatile hours. Some degree of predictability may be known, for example weekend nights probably have a greater probability of road accidents, but for the most part, surgeons have to perform at a moment's notice to save lives.

Whilst you could simply employ more staff to ensure there's a healthy buffer of refreshed and well slept surgeons, I'd hazard a guess this is far more costly than most hospitals could afford or would want to cut into profits.

Declaring sleep deprivation might make some academic journal tingle inside, but how will that affect lives? You get a disclaimer and a law suit potentially sidelined. But the patient then must wait for a suitable surgeon to perform. In many locations, that simply might not be an option.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Sues Rockstar Saying GTA:SA Is Based On His Life

omnibit Law and Order Disclaimer (124 comments)

Didn't he see the frame that briefly flashes up before starting the game?

"The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event. Any similarities to actual people, places or events is purely coincidental." /facetiousness

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Signs Deal With Disney-ABC

omnibit Re:Wow surprising (212 comments)

Er what? I think you misread what the CEO was saying (assuming the article you don't cite mentions it). Netflix was saying that third-party content providers were not essential to its success. At the end of the day, Netflix has the subscriber base and the cash rolling in to negotiate with whomever they want. It doesn't matter if they go direct or via some third-party route.

At the end of the day, it's in the studios' or brokers' best interest to receive large slabs of money because content providers can double dip as much as they want. First the air it on TV (money), host it on their sites (more money), make it available to iTunes and other pay-per-view services (the dollars continue to flow), then sign up as many streaming services as those companies can afford (ooooh, they're getting richer) before releasing to DVD and syndication.

Direct or indirect - Netflix doesn't care because someone will agree to those handsome checks.

more than 3 years ago
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US To Host World Press Freedom Day

omnibit Re:The ironing ... (614 comments)

If you use some starch, the ironing will be crisp!

more than 3 years ago
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US To Host World Press Freedom Day

omnibit Oh the event is in 2011 (614 comments)

Hence the pursuit and vilification of individuals *cough Assange* and organizations whose propagation of information is at odds with the U.S. was perfectly acceptable in 2010.

So 2011 will be all different then.

more than 3 years ago
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Righthaven To Explain Why Reposting Isn't Fair Use

omnibit So why not just provide a link? (169 comments)

If the non-profit organization liked the story, why wouldn't they simply acknowledge Righthaven by way of summary and then link back to the source. Copying verbatim, even with acknowledgement, denies Righthaven hits to its website that otherwise would have been forthcoming.

What is fair use? IANAL but I would hazard a guess that entire reproductions without permission aren't fair.

more than 3 years ago
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Professor Has Camera Surgically Implanted In the Back of His Head

omnibit Personal privacy (119 comments)

Because Mr. Bilal is an active professor, teaching three courses this semester and scheduled to teach this spring, his special camera could capture not just his personal activity, but also his interactions with students.

That could make for really awkward viewing by the selection committee as they look through his private life.

more than 3 years ago
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Engineers Propose Lily Pad-Like Floating Cities

omnibit Needlessly Elaborate (309 comments)

Most countries have an abundance of land making this fantasy of a city completely redundant. While Japan is noted as having far less usable land than say the U.S., Europe or continental Asia, skyscrapers, land reclamation and urban sprawl usually do the trick in making room for population growth.

To conceive of this mammoth project might be an architect's wet dream, but realistically, the global population is not so extreme that this needless reallocation of resources is warranted.

In terms of generating renewable energy and minimizing resource use, one only needs to look in our backyards - we've the technology to go carbon neutral/negative now. It's the political and societal will that's lacking.

more than 3 years ago
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US Wants Upper Hand In Battling High-Tech Bad Guys

omnibit Re:Domestic Spying (81 comments)

The spam kings (and queens) that you mention are largely in countries that do not want to cooperate with U.S. authorities and their hunt to prosecute foreign nationals.

So spying is about all they have.

more than 3 years ago
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Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

omnibit This is scientific proof! (478 comments)

That Mary was a boa constrictor after all.

more than 3 years ago
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Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

omnibit This is scientific proof! (478 comments)

That Mary may have been a boa constrictor after all

more than 3 years ago
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Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

omnibit Why put out a request... (407 comments)

If only one company was going to be considered?

more than 3 years ago
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Has Christopher Nolan Turned the 3D Argument?

omnibit No, it hasn't (381 comments)

Nolan is one of many directors working for one of many studios. His decision, while interesting, does not mean the industry will be so stunned, so shaken, that they would suddenly stop charging an extra $3-5 because the movie is 3D, no matter how good or bad it was executed.

There is money in offering 3D movies hence 3D movies will be made.

To think otherwise is naive.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Games Getting Easier?

omnibit PVZ Endless (854 comments)

Plants v Zombies, hardly an old game, has a survival mode that can potentially go on forever, getting more difficult with each turn.

That should appeal to your penchant for difficult gaming.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Slate 500 Now Official, Priced at $799

omnibit Should be Windows 7 (1 comments)

Not Window 7

more than 3 years ago

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Green Card Lottery Results Voided Due to Error

omnibit omnibit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

omnibit (1737004) writes "The State Department has issued an apology claiming that due to a computer error, all results from the 2012 Diversity Immigrant "green card" lottery have now been voided. U.S. law requires that Diversity Immigrant visas be made available through a strictly random process. A computer programming error resulted in a selection that was not truly random. Each year, up to 55,000 people receive a green card through the lottery. A new draw will be conducted by July 15, 2011."
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Euro Phone Carrier Want Data fees from Apple et al

omnibit omnibit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

omnibit (1737004) writes "Content providers like Apple, Google and Facebook have been told they need to pitch in to help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, European phone operators say. “Service providers are flooding networks with no incentive” to cut costs, France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said last month. “It’s necessary to put in place a system of payments by service providers as a function of their use.”"
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HP Slate 500 Now Official, Priced at $799

omnibit omnibit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

omnibit (1737004) writes "HP have finally said they would release a Window 7 Professional tablet. The HP Slate 500 is aimed at business and enterprise users. It comes with a 8.9-inch capacitive touch screen at 1024x600 resolution, 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD and packs Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator for handling 1080p video. It weighs 1.5 pounds and also sports an active digitizer, case and dock. All this for $799."
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Where Can I Find a Web Developer?

omnibit omnibit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

omnibit (1737004) writes "I've been wanting to start a new online business for a while. My dilemma is in sourcing a web designer/developer that offers a history of great design, functionality and back end server structure. My budget for design and development is somewhat flexible, but I don't want to spend more than $75,000. The site would be of an e-commerce nature with subscribing members receiving additional offers and discounts. The search function would have to anticipate plurals when customers search for products. I'd also want faceted search. My suppliers would have access on how well their products are selling so some automated report generation would be needed.

Ultimately, where does one go to source a web developer with some acclaim? Are there sites, developer groups or organizations that specialize in these kind of medium budget solutions? Does anyone have any recommended design houses of note?"
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Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer&rs

omnibit omnibit writes  |  about 4 years ago

omnibit (1737004) writes "The New York Times reports that researchers have found a spinal-fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying patients with significant memory loss who are on their way to developing Alzheimer’s disease. The new study included more than 300 patients in their seventies, 114 with normal memories, 200 with memory problems, and 102 with Alzheimer’s disease. Their spinal fluid was analyzed for amyloid beta, which forms plaques in the brain, and for tau, another protein that accumulates in dead and dying nerve cells in the brain. Nearly every person with Alzheimer’s had the characteristic spinal fluid protein levels. However, should doctors offer, or patients accept, commercially available spinal tap tests to find a disease that is, as yet, untreatable?"
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Landmark ruling gives Australian ISPs safe harbor

omnibit omnibit writes  |  more than 3 years ago

omnibit (1737004) writes "Today, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its ruling in favor of the country's third largest ISP, iiNet. The case was backed by some of the largest media companies, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. They accused iiNet of approving piracy by ignoring thousands of infringement notices. Justice Cowdroy said that the "mere provision of access to internet is not the means to infringement" and "[c]opyright infringement occured as result of use of BitTorrent, not the Internet...iiNet has no control over BitTorrent system and [is] not responsible for BitTorrent system." Many internet providers had been concerned that an adverse ruling would have forced themselves to police internet traffic and comply with the demands of copyright owners without any legislative or judicial oversight."
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