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Earth's Population To Hit 7 Billion This Year

penguin_dance Re:7 billion? No wait, 8? 9? (461 comments)

When I read comments like yours, I realize why no one posts on Slashdot anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Earth's Population To Hit 7 Billion This Year

penguin_dance Re:7 billion? No wait, 8? 9? (461 comments)

Population control.

We cannot sustain this a constant growing population.

Call me immoral but people should stop having as many kids as they are.

And that's what Hitler said....

Enviably someone then pipes up and says, well we shouldn't stop educated people from having kids, because they're needed. No we need to stop the undesirables (insert definition here____) from breeding idiots that don't contribute society. Such arguments led to Planned Parenthood, btw.

Slippery, slippery slope!

more than 3 years ago
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Snail Discovered That Can Survive Digestion By Birds

penguin_dance Re:I won't be eating escargot now... (82 comments)

Except that eggs don't come from a bird's ass.

But your mom could have been an exception....

more than 3 years ago
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Star Wars Landspeeders Are Here

penguin_dance Yeah, but... (112 comments)

Can it complete the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs?

(And to the trivia nazis, yes I know that was Han Solo's claim about the Millennium Falcon.)

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

penguin_dance Re:WTF? (516 comments)

Making claims that about redaction or (possible) missing emails is not talking about resources and time. It's a premeditated attack that potential evidence of wrongdoing has been removed. So if nothing incriminating is found...well they must have removed it is the excuse rather than there was nothing incriminating to begin with!

But the Guardian has the emails online and humorously is using the PUBLIC to let them know if there's anything scandalous! They can't even be bothered to put an intern on it?

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

penguin_dance Re:WTF? (516 comments)

I worked for a large city government (and trust me that government was bigger than their state government.) Heck our city government employment is almost bigger than the population of Juneau (30,796)!

First of all most government offices are at least 10 years behind the times in technology. I know this from working in the tech department although my job was in training. So yeah there may be ignorance or the means to do this electronically. But I'm sure charging a fee has something to do with it.

And that out of sheer ignorance or an attempt to profit? No malice at all?

Secondly, maybe there is malice, but it's likely out of being sick and tired of being bombarded by media requests. This is a SMALL government office even if it is the state government. If there is malice, it is because they are getting overwhelmed with requests from a media who is foaming at the mouth and attempting tear this woman down every way they can. I doubt this is a case of loyalty to a former governor.

I'd like to know how many of you were laughing at the "birthers" when they wanted a copy of the birth certificate of an actual sitting president. But now you're screaming cover-up about a woman who hasn't even declared she's running. I've never seen a non-candidate gone after with such venom. Most of this same media certainly wasn't out there vetting candidate Obama and his associations to known terrorists when he was running. They were getting "thrills" up their leg.

And this somehow should not stain the image of this potential future candidate to president of the USA?

And that's what you care about, right?

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

penguin_dance Re:WTF? (516 comments)

Hey shithead (I just love these terms of endearment)

My city is bigger than their state government.

They have handled the request. You just don't like the way they did it.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Seeking To Expand Scope of 'Voluntary' Website Blocking

penguin_dance Next step (75 comments)

Next it will include content that "paints the government or government officials in a bad light."

more than 3 years ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

penguin_dance Re:WTF? (516 comments)

I am LMAO that some of you think there's a big Palin conspiracy. I have worked in local government, one with a lot more resources than this one, and I can tell you exactly what's going on.

First of all 25,000 pages is one HELL of a pdf file any way you cut it. It would be impractical for email. They'd have to upload it somewhere it could be downloaded (for free where their bandwidth gets tied up.) And it this cash strapped economy, NO ONE in government is giving anything away.

This way they won't get as many requests. Once they have a master copy they can send it to reproduction (possibly outsourced) and have as many copies as they want made and then CHARGE a shitload to the idiots in the media who have to fly up there (and hoping they'll have to stop and do some story background stay at a hotel, eat some meals, etc.)

PROFIT!

more than 3 years ago
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Los Angeles To Turn Off Traffic-Light Cameras

penguin_dance Re:Protip: (367 comments)

First of all I think it's interesting that it's the police commission proposing dropping them as most police agencies are FOR red camera lights. This one is simple economics--they're not making any money off of it. And that's the problem--it's ALL about revenue. This blog exampled 6 cities that were caught shortening the yellow light so they could catch more red light runners. The yellow light is there to warn you the light is changing so you have time to stop. Cities will put the public in more danger just to bring in higher revenue.

There is a battle going on now in Houston as the voters voted the cameras out, but the powers that be are trying to get the will of the people overturned--no doubt one big supporter is the company running the red light program. But for statistics it has been pointed out that the data they're using includes ALL accidents, regardless of cause.

I worry a lot more about people texting while driving than I do the red light runners.

more than 3 years ago
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Malware Gangs Run Ads To Hire New Coders

penguin_dance Re:What are the requirements??? (120 comments)

If you're really good wouldn't you work for the people who CATCH those guys?

"health benefits not included"
Who wants health benefits--I'd want LEGAL benefits.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Grow a Brain In a Dish

penguin_dance Re:Morality (235 comments)

"It's less a conscious memory being stored and more the raw sensory input."

You mean they've created Arnold Schwarzenegger?

more than 3 years ago
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Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?

penguin_dance Re:Haha (442 comments)

Certainly didn't take me much to figure out how to do that - don't rely upon other people.

The old adage goes - if you want something done right, do it yourself.

At the risk of using business cliches, I think it's better to focus on your core business than to try and do everything yourself. Otherwise you usually end up doing a lot of things badly.

You say don't rely on other people--that's not only sad, it's impractical. Because eventually, hopefully, he'll have to hire some employees...

more than 3 years ago
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Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?

penguin_dance Re:Haha (442 comments)

"If you can't be responsible for every part of your business, you don't need to be in business, PERIOD."

So a person making widgets should know how to run a server? Bullshit. He said he's creating a web site for his business, not that he's becoming a web site designer/host. He never said what his business was (presumably he thinks he's invented the next mousetrap.) That would have been helpful to give some sort of idea at least if this was a service or a widget you sell out of an online store.

To the question: I don't think you need "the cloud" but I think you do need to find a reliable web site host where you can start small, but have room to grow. Yeah I know you think you have the next hot idea, but it still takes a while for things to catch on. Get someone with experience hosting e-commerce web sites and shops, especially if you're selling a widget. If you're selling a service you'll need something more basic but which can handle a large number of views and basics like email forms for inquires. Point is, if you're expecting "millions of hits" this is not a do-it-yourself project.

Oh and btw make sure you not only pick a good .com .biz, etc. name, but take advantage of the email, i.e., Joe.Blow@mybusiness.com or sales@mybusiness.com. IOW, do not use Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. I work with small suppliers every day and I still see a lot of those crop up--especially one person shops. Those emails are fine for someone looking for a job, but look damn unprofessional on a business.

If you're not a web designer (and you know whether or not you are), either keep it really basic, or get someone (not just your unemployed brother) professional (someone with a portfolio you like) to design it. Doesn't have to be fancy and make sure you budget. Once you decide on a design, don't keep going back and expect them to make changes for free. Start making changes and you will blow your budget.

Good luck.

more than 3 years ago
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How Today's Tech Alienates the Elderly

penguin_dance Re:Unnecessarily complex? (453 comments)

It would be better if instruction manuals were actually useful...

I'm a long time computer user and not to the old fogie stage yet, but I wouldn't know that a + sign means to add an alarm either. And I continue to be disgusted by incorrect or missing information in instruction manuals. They seem to be more interested in putting them 10 different languages than making sure they are correct and understandable. I would bet that younger people are more willing to just "figure it out" while the first thing a more mature person would do would be to RTFM.

I get irritated that people simply assume older people are dumb. My mother is in her 80s and uses a computer. But when we go to the doctors, you'd be amazed how many times the nurse starts talking to me or my spouse instead of her right off the bat, like she incapable of understanding. Mom usually sets them straight before I do. Maybe the designers should start studying if their designs actually make sense rather than assuming it's all a user problem.

more than 2 years ago
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16-Year-Old Discovers Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

penguin_dance Re:My money is on him winning that science fair. n (236 comments)

From the article:
"Now Zhang and a trio of Montreal students who took second place for their technique for making sorbet without gelatin move on to compete against U.S. and Australian teams at the International BioGENEius Challenge in Washington, D.C., June 27."

Man, the second place team is looking pretty pathetic now...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Patents Keyboard That Knows What You'll Type

penguin_dance What Apple Didn't Say... (132 comments)

What Apple didn't say is it saves all those future keystrokes in a hidden database that syncs up with your iPhone.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Explains Transport-Energy Future

penguin_dance Re:Something blowing (in the wind) (358 comments)

FYI, this is not a conspiracy theory unless you've been hiding under a rock.

Several states are testing plans to tax mileage as more people move to green or high mileage vehicles. They have become dependent on gas tax like they did on tobacco tax. When people change their habits, suddenly the government finds itself cash strapped.

And of course this isn't going to replace the gas tax...

more than 3 years ago
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Prison Guard Dog Gets Titanium Teeth

penguin_dance Re:expensive training? Scratch that... (42 comments)

I thought this was something that happened in the line of duty, but the article says, "They were fitted by veterinary dentist David Clarke after Axel shattered his teeth while biting into his bed board."

OK, this dog is seriously all teeth, no brains.

more than 3 years ago

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Senior Center Shuts Down Open Prayer

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 4 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "

This is getting to the level of unbelievable. After visiting the Port Wentworth center, some of the staff of Senior Citizens, Inc., a contractor that provides low cost meals to the Seniors, noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said the meals are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state. "We can't scoff at their rules," he said of federal authorities. "It's a part of the operational guidelines."

WHAT?? It goes on to say that the open prayer at the center was traded in for a moment of silence.

Rutherford said the moment of silence was introduced to protect that funding. He said although the change may have been misinterpreted, perhaps his company could have done a better job selling it. "It's interpreted that we're telling people that they can't pray, but we aren't saying that," he said. "We're asking them to pray to themselves. Have that moment of silence."

The mayor is in discussion of ending the contract with Senior Inc. One could argue that you don't want a school child indoctrinated by a teacher or school administrator into a religion his parents don't approve of. But to expand this to say that ANY act of religious nature can't take place over a government subsidized meal is insane. They must be stopped."
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Mobile Phone Code Cracked, Published

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 4 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "From the article: "Computer hackers this week said they had cracked and published the secret code that protects 80 per cent of the world's mobile phones. The move will leave more than 3bn people vulnerable to having their calls intercepted, and could force mobile phone operators into a costly upgrade of their networks.""
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Murdoch Wants to Put a Stop to "Fair Use"

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 5 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "Rupert Murdoch not only wants to start charging for News Corporation's news web sites, but he wants to put an end to the "Fair Use Doctrine." In the Financial Times, Murdoch said he would "sue the BBC over breach of copyright for 'stealing' material from his newspapers round the world." He want force Google to remove nay NewsCorp's content.

He also challenged the idea that Google and others could take just the headlines and opening lines from his papers' stories, indicating that he would not tolerate even that. "[They use] a doctrine called fair use, which we believe can be challenged in the courts and will bar it altogether," he said.

Ironically he later slams the BBC and Britain's TV Tax as "a scandal" that TV set owners have to pay £150 a year which goes to the BBC's revenue."
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She Blinded Me with Science

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 5 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "FoxNews reports that one Physics professor is teaming up with the Philadelphia 76's cheerleaders to encourage interest in science.

James Trefil's 20-year campaign for science literacy has led him to link up with some unlikely allies at ScienceCheerleader.com, where he and a scantily clad crew of dancing Darwins offer 18 video lessons on core ideas in science.
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The site is the creation of science advocate Darlene Cavalier, a Master of Science Policy who has spent a decade working for Discover Magazine and was also one of the original 76ers dancers.

Cavalier, who is also leading projects to increase the number of citizen scientists in the country, told FOXNews.com she doesn't worry that some people visiting the site might be less interested in their physics than their physiology.

"More than anything I think it does help break stereotypes," said Cavalier, who said a higher percentage of Tennessee Titans cheerleaders have formal science training than do members of Congress. Cheerleaders have the edge 10 percent to 8 percent, she said.

Well, that would be except for the stereotype that science is for boys...it's hard to believe that many women are going to be encourage to study science from this...."

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Spiders, Spambots--and now "Sentiment Analysis

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 5 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes ""And how does that make you feel?" The next time a web agent crawls your web site or blog, it may understand the emotional content of the writer

An article in the New Scientist reports, "These 'sentiment analysis' tools are a branch of a wider area of computer science that is trying to teach computers to understand the feelings expressed in text just as well as humans do, and the commercial applications of such technology are already starting to be realised.

The early adopters of these tools are the owners of big brand names in a world where company reputations are affected by customer blogs as much as advertising campaigns. A small but growing group of firms is developing tools that can trawl blogs and online comments, gauging the emotional responses brought about by the company or its products."

I'm thinking comments on Slashdot would just blow that program all to hell.... ;-)"

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OZ Inventor Wins Case On Tech Stolen by Microsoft

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 5 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "An Australian inventor will reap the majority of $US388 million ($537 million) in damages awarded from Microsoft after a US jury found the software giant stole his technology.

Ric Richardson, founder of Uniloc, sued Microsoft in 2003 for infringing on his patent creating a technology for trial version software, which could be fully unlocked upon registration. He came up with the idea during a career as a sound equipment programmer. The job required expensive, specialist software, but there was no way to try the software before buying, pushing musicians into using pirated software.

The article continues: "The jurors have already found that Microsoft willfully and intentionally infringed Uniloc's patent, but the company is awaiting a final decision by the judge, who, Bloomberg reports, could increase the award three-fold.
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Uniloc claimed Richardson showed a copy of his software to Microsoft in 1993 but Microsoft did not license it, instead developing its own almost identical version and incorporating it into its products from 1997 or 1998.

Microsoft said that its system works differently from Uniloc's and that Uniloc's patent was obvious."


Microsoft plans to ask the court to throw out the jury ruling. In 2006 another judge ruled in favor of Microsoft, but this was overturned on appeal saying the court shouldn't have ruled without a jury hearing."

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Ken Starks (HeliOS) on Battling Teacher Ignorance

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  about 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "Ken Starks of the HeliOS Project has now blogged about the massive response to his rant about an Austin middle-school teacher who questioned the legality of Linux and his project and what happened when it got hit with the Slashdot effect. He has now spoken with the teacher in question and it looks like they BOTH learned something.

So boasting a stunning readership in the dozens, I go about my business writing about things that happen in our day to day operations. Every now and then, something or someone does or says something that I believe needs attention.

Holy Crap!

Well, we got attention. When I published a part of the email this Teacher sent me, it experienced something known as "The Slashdot Effect." Slashdot is a website devoted to the tech/internet world and is read by hundreds of thousands an hour.

Yeah...hundreds of thousands an hour. My article scolding this teacher ended up on the front page of Slashdot.

For whatever reason, this story took on a life of its own. By 10:30 AM, I had to turn my cell phone off. Poeple were getting my number from my business website and calling me with their comments and reactions.

Not all of them were particularly on my side.

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20,000 Uniformed Troops Inside the US by 2011

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  about 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "Not trying on the tinfoil hat yet, but in case you missed this story between the political announcements and the stock market dive, the Pentagon plans to have 20,000 uniformed troops, "trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials."

However, critics such as the ACLU and libertarians are concerned the new homeland emphasis may undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's role in domestic law enforcement.

Says the article, "If funding continues, two additional teams will join nearly 80 smaller National Guard and reserve units made up of about 6,000 troops in supporting local and state officials nationwide. All would be trained to respond to a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive attack, or CBRNE event, as the military calls it."

And why do scenes from the movie Outbreak keep popping into my head...."
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National Geographic Getting into Video Games

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "The AP is reporting that National Geographic is getting into video games. A subset of the parent company, called National Geographic Ventures, will "work with game publishers to turn its material into games for PCs, consoles and handheld devices." The first title is out for the PC and i-phone. It's a hidden-objects game, called "Herod's Lost Tomb" and is built around their program on King Herod and an article in the magazine.

They also plan to publish and distribute games for the console market, including PS3 and Wii, as well as the handheld market. "The games will be drawn from a broad range of content and themes across National Geographic's properties."

"National Geographic: Africa," will be out next month, from Sony. Other upcoming titles include, "Rain Forests" and "Greencity." Available this month will be "National Geographic: Panda" for the Nintendo DS."
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US Can Stop Beef Company from Testing for Mad Cow

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "Have they gone mad--A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. government can stop meat packing companies from testing for mad cow. Kansas meatpacker Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wanted to test ALL of it's cows for Mad Cow. The government said no. Larger meat companies opposed the testing, worried they'd also have to start conducting the expesive tests. Creekstone said it wanted to be able to reassure foreign buyers that the meat was safe.

The Agriculture Department only tests a small percentage of cows for this disease (about 1%), which is incurable and fatal. The government says the low level of testing reflects the rareness of the disease. Mad Cow has been linked to 150 human deaths worldwide mostly in the UK. There have only been three reported cases in the US, involving cows. Since that, however, several countries put bans or restrictions on US beef."
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No Sex Please, We're Muslim

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "The UK's Guardian reported that Author Shirley Jones has had her romantic novel about Aisha, the child bride of the prophet Muhammad, withdrawn by publisher Random House because they feared possible terrorist acts by Muslim extremists.

Random House said that, "it had been advised by a number of Islamic scholars and security experts that the novel was offensive to Muslims and that 'it could incite acts of violence by a small radical segment.'" One scholar, Denise Spellberg, who teaches Islamic history at the University of Texas called it "pornographic." The author claims that's ridiculous and says the book has sexuality, but there is no sex.

"Jones told the Guardian: 'It's ridiculous. I must be a heck of a writer to produce a pornographic book without sex scenes. My book is as realistic a portrayal as I could muster of the prophet Muhammad's harem and his domestic life. Of course it has sexuality, but there is no sex.'"

I noticed that Doubleday, an arm of Random House, as well as Batam in the UK, had no problem publishing The Da Vinci Code, which became a best seller and a movie about the theory that Jesus had had a relationship or marriage with Mary Magdalene, the former prostitute. But yet they cave when someone might be offended by sexuality regarding a romantic story (about an 9 year-old child bride yet) of a religious leader who went on to have 12 wives and concubines."
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BigDog "Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "This was so amazing to me that at first I thought it was a hoax or that the Mummenschanz had a new act. Certainly it has the ability to cause phone calls about aliens having landed. Boston Dynamics has come up with a quadruped robot called the BigDog that "runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, and carries a 340 lb load." The stability is amazing as in the video a guy comes up and tries to kick it over, but it keeps it's balance and rights itself without going over. Also it's able to re-gain control after hitting a patch of ice.

This is being funded by DARPA, but I can see a lot of civilian uses, including the ability to make prosthetic legs that help the person stay upright if they hit a slick spot or trip. Or play sports that require a lot of agility, like soccer."
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Apparent suicide in anthrax case

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "There's been a suicide of a scientist in the anthrax case that's been under investigation since anthrax contaminated letters where sent to the media and various politicians in 2001. But it's not the first person that might come to mind. According to USA Today "The Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against the scientist, 62-year-old Bruce E. Ivins, a leading military anthrax researcher who worked for the past 18 years at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, Md." They were also going to seek the death penalty. Ivins, who knew of the pending prosecution, took his life on Tuesday.

Another scientist, Steven Hatfill, who had been identified by the FBI as a "person of interest" was exonerated in the attacks. The government paid Hatfill $5.82 million to settle a lawsuit against the Justice Department, who he claimed had violated his privacy rights by speaking to reporters about the case. Hopefully information will be released showing that the government actually had a case this time."
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Speak Out All You Want--As Long As It's Not Online

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "AP has an interesting story on the erosion of free speech rights when it comes to online speech. Also there's a lack of consistency, not only from different sites but even on a single site. One example sited was a photograph by Dutch photographer Maarten Dors was yanked off of Flckr twice which depicted a young, Romanian boy, "with disheveled hair and a ragged T-shirt, staring blankly with a lit cigarette in his mouth." After convincing one Yahoo! manager of it's statement of poverty in Romania, it was later yanked off again by another employee. The photo was eventually restored again included an apology from Yahoo!

However, the law is behind companies like Yahoo! While not required to police content, they're not prohibited from doing so and in their TOS gives them "sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse or remove any content."

It all leaves visitors very confused or even in the dark. As discussed previously on /., New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently persuaded three major access providers to disable online newsgroups that images constituting child porn. All three decided to simply disable thousands of legitimate groups in the sweep, rather than deal with the specific groups individually. Other examples include Network Solutions LLC decision to suspend Dutch filmmaker Geert Wilders' web hosting account he was using to promote a movie that criticizes the Quran — "before the movie was even posted and without the company finding any actual violation of its rules.""
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Supreme Court finds individual right to own guns

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a DC's hand gun control law and ruled ruled on Thursday, for the first time in the nation's history, that individual Americans have the constitutional right to own guns for personal use rather than tied to service in a state militia. The court ruling was 5-4."
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Are Higher Oil Prices Bringing Jobs Home?

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "ABCNews is reporting that there may be a silver lining to the high oil and gas prices — at least for the US. More jobs. It's becoming more and more expensive to ship the finished product from other countries, so some companies are moving the manufacturing back to the US. Even the cheap, foreign labor isn't enough to offset the price of doing business when you are shipping the product for sale to the US. Some economists are calling it "reverse globalization.""
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Rolling Your Own: Homemade Ethanol Fuel

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "I saw this story reported on Geraldo (I was flipping through the channels — honest! :-) There's a company called EFuel-100 that is making a home ethanol system to fuel your car. It works by converting plain sugar (with included ethanol yeast) into ethanol. One interesting (albeit obvious) point a video on their site reports is how early cars ran on alcohol based fuel — there were no gas stations. That was until prohibition. New cars cannot run on this without a conversion kit which is also explained on the site. Anyway I'm interested in what the slashdotters think: Is this feasible or do you think it's a scam/vaporware? (Or will you just brew some really good hooch and not care about driving any more?) It would be pretty cool if it works, but I am skeptical as it seems they're garnering investment and doing pre-sales only right now. The machine is going to be about $10K, but they reported US government federal tax credits would get the cost down to about half that."
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Man Commits Suicide with Aid of Robot?

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "Various sources are carrying a story about an 81-year old Australian man who built a robot capable of remotely firing a .22 gun multiple times to commit suicide. He was apparently distraught over relatives who were insisting he move out of his home and into a nursing home. He had allegedly downloaded plans off the Internet.

If this guy actually did all this, (in building the robot) it sounds like the last place he needed to be was sent to was a nursing home."
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Suicidal Pets Get Anti-depressants

penguin_dance penguin_dance writes  |  more than 6 years ago

penguin_dance (536599) writes "I guess it's not enough that society is running "for the shelter of a Mother's little helper." Now we're putting pouting pooches on Prozac.

"Zoo and wildlife medicine specialist with the UK's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Romain Pizzi, told the Telegraph that more pets were being prescribed Prozac."

He added that tropical birds were the most affected by depression. The article says that pharmaceutical companies have also recognized the "need" *cough*greed*cough* for animal anti-depressants. Eli Lilly has released a chewable, beef-flavored anti-depressant for dogs in the US. Does anyone see the pattern here: First we medicate the ourselves, then our children and now, our pets?"

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