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  • AP NewsBreak: Police find driver in Corzine crash, won't charge

    04/14/2007 1:09:03 PM PDT · 97 of 154
    rit to Netizen

    If, as Red said, “unfolded as the other two vehicles passed him” implies White lane shifted when passing Red. Could be Corzine’s speeding SUV got into White blind spot, and White thought it was clear to lane shift.

  • AP NewsBreak: Police find driver in Corzine crash, won't charge

    04/14/2007 11:09:05 AM PDT · 40 of 154
    rit to Netizen

    According to the driver “this accident [which] unfolded as the other two vehicles passed him”. The statement seems to contradict that he pulled out in front.

  • AP NewsBreak: Police find driver in Corzine crash, won't charge

    04/14/2007 10:51:46 AM PDT · 24 of 154
    rit to Moose4
    "The statement of the driver of the red Ford pickup indicates that he was unaware that he caused this accident which unfolded as the other two vehicles passed him," State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said. "He stated that he pulled back onto the road and left the area, believing that he was not involved."

    Hmmmm.... might have to fix their graphic

  • N.J. gov. wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash

    04/13/2007 12:31:51 PM PDT · 58 of 112
    rit to Bluestateredman

    According to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), fatalities per 100 Million, went down from 2.4 in 1987 (pre seat belt law) to only 1.47 in 2005. I would have expected a bigger drop considering the number of states with Seat Belt laws.

  • Crystal Amulet Poses Question On Early Christianity (Denmark - 100AD)

    03/09/2007 11:44:58 AM PST · 7 of 89
    rit to carolinalivin
    King Harold Bluetooth
    Denmark-Ahead of it's time.

    I thought I could get the connection... but I use verizon and its disabled.

  • Mass. Peace Center Up for Sale

    03/05/2007 12:49:21 PM PST · 16 of 31
    rit to SmithL
    Randa refuses to conduct any fund raising, calling it degrading.
    ... Part of the abbey's $350,000 debt was incurred by the erection of a $160,000 statue in a section dedicated to animal rights. The statue commemorates Emily, a heifer rescued by Randa and his wife in 1995 after escaping from a slaughterhouse.

    Perhaps he could Ebay the heifer erection he so gladly paid $160k for.

  • Tornado Strikes Enterprise/Ft. Rucker, AL

    03/01/2007 1:18:07 PM PST · 118 of 316
    rit to California74
    03/01/2007 0215 PM Enterprise, Coffee County
    Tornado, reported by broadcast media.
    Fox news reports one half of Enterprise High School roof gone. Students were trapped and there are reports of injuries. Full damage and injury reports not available at this time.

    03/01/2007 0215 PM Enterprise, Coffee County
    Tornado, reported by law enforcement.
    Downtown Enterprise hit hard. Damage affected Dixie drive and College street. Injuries reported.

    03/01/2007 0215 PM Enterprise, Coffee County.
    Tornado, reported by broadcast media.
    Students reported trapped in Enterprise High School gym. Possible injuries. Reported by TV station wsfa.

    03/01/2007 0210 PM Enterprise, Coffee County.
    Tornado, reported by NWS employee.
    In Coffee County... 1/8 mile wide damage path through Enterprise. Possibly dozens of homes damaged. Based on radar... tornado went through Enterprise at 110pm CST.

    03/01/2007 0205 PM SW Enterprise, Coffee County.
    Tornado, reported by Emergency Mngr.
    EM reported tornado on ground over Enterprise Municipal Airport. No damage reports yet.

    03/01/2007 0225 PM Enterprise, Coffee County.
    Tornado, reported by public.
    Tornado reported on ground on ft Rucker Blvd in Enterprise. No damage reports yet.
  • Internet ban for sex offenders (NJ)

    03/01/2007 8:11:10 AM PST · 22 of 32
    rit to Calpernia
    Trying to disguise the desire for non-repudiation in the form of a "for the sake of the children" benefit will achieve nothing.

    Lawmakers would be better off rethinking liability for ISPs that target those under the age of majority (like myspace for example where the service level agreement specifically targets those 14+ years in age). Although a child could repudiate the service agreement, myspace is still shielded from any lawsuits by the child or parent via the CDA:
    No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

  • Digital 'Fair Use' Bill Introduced In Congress

    02/27/2007 2:18:29 PM PST · 2 of 21
    rit to ShadowAce

    tech list ping?

  • Tech help for the disabled (Vanity)

    02/27/2007 11:39:09 AM PST · 9 of 11
    rit to goldstategop

    Thanks. I will check into that as well. The initial goal was to find something that he can carry with him and use as needed to communicate with others. PBP stops the signals going to the muscles (in particular it starts with the tongue and throat) so when he talks, he is often gasping for air as he chokes. Having a portable communicator will ease that part of it for him. The idea of the Cap Tel phone will be good for at home.

  • Tech help for the disabled (Vanity)

    02/27/2007 10:56:14 AM PST · 5 of 11
    rit to ShadowAce

    Ping to ShadowAce for any additional info from tech list.

  • Tech help for the disabled (Vanity)

    02/27/2007 9:21:22 AM PST · 1 of 11
  • Microsoft hit with $1.5B in damages

    02/23/2007 4:15:57 PM PST · 13 of 13
    rit to antiRepublicrat
    Recently, the Supreme Court reminded us that the validity of software patents has not yet been tested there. Here's hoping...

    To be fair, the question is about the representation of the software (i.e what is on a CD) versus using the software, the later requiring a computer to execute the software. The mere existence of the code may not be patent infringement, but the use of the code can be as exemplified in:

    MR. OLSON [For Microsoft]: The '580 patent is a program, as I understand it, that's married to a computer, has to be married to a computer in order to be patented.

  • VANITY: Anyone hear loud explosion in Monroe area of New Jersey?

    02/22/2007 12:27:54 PM PST · 44 of 64
    rit to Doctor Raoul
    I searched Google blogs to see if there was any news.
    First hit:

    VANITY: Anyone hear loud explosion in Monroe area of New Jersey?
    1 hour ago
    Associate called to report hearing a loud explosion and then losing all utilities except cell phone in Monroe, New Jersey area. Anyone else hear it? Any idea what caused it?
    News/Activism -

  • Should parents be forced to pay for college and living expenses after 18?

    02/13/2007 10:25:40 AM PST · 37 of 171
    rit to Tamar1973

    I was also denied grants/loans because my parents had two houses (theirs plus my grandmother's after she passed away). Basically I was told to *tell* my parents to take out a mortgage to pay for my education. For first 2 years I went to county college instead and worked my butt off to pay tuition by myself. My parents always wondered why I did that.

  • MySpace Hit With Online Predator Suit

    01/18/2007 7:00:57 PM PST · 33 of 37
    rit to Rte66

    There is a perception on this thread that somehow the parents are putting all the blame on myspace when it is obviously entirely their fault. I do not agree with that agenda.

  • MySpace Hit With Online Predator Suit

    01/18/2007 10:55:45 AM PST · 27 of 37
    rit to HarmlessLovableFuzzball
    MySpace is a business with a primary goal of generating revenue from advertisements. The larger their subscriber base, the more revenue potential they have. Thus it is in their best interest to have as many subscribers as possible.

    MySpace terms of agreement state:
    by using the MySpace Services, you represent and warrant that (a) all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; (c) you are 14 years of age or older; and (d) your use of the MySpace Services does not violate any applicable law or regulation. Your profile may be deleted and your Membership may be terminated without warning, if we believe that you are under 14 years of age.

    The last sentance indicates that you can be a member and have a profile, and you may lie about your age, and if we believe that you are under 14 years of age, then your profile may be deleted and your membership may be terminated without warning.

    Just yesterday CNET ran a story stating "Under fire from both the U.S. government and parental organizations, has announced that it is creating software to give parents a window into what their children are putting on their online profiles."

  • Micosoft wants control of your home computer (Windows Home Server announced)

    01/10/2007 1:46:52 PM PST · 25 of 25
    rit to kdot

    Our desktop in the fam room is connected to a HP TV dual tuner that i got with an HP laptop. Since we had cable modem, I put a splitter and connected the TV tuner. The hard part was to get the right drivers for the desktop.

    I had a 1-in/4-out headphone amplifier, so I connected that to the desktop as well. This way, the younger kids can watch Zac and Codey and listen on headphones while the rest of us watch the movie of our choice on the big screen TV. (BTW: the amplifier is also great for when they are playing games. We do not have to hear the audio).

    I should have pointed out that Roxio does support DVR-MS format for input. The problem was that when I installed Roxio, it trashed the Media Center. The live TV display was terrible, and it installed a different UI for scheduling TV recordings that was terrible. I tried the various custom installation options, but in all cases I was not happy. So I uninstalled. After that was when MS Movie Maker started crashing, and it has never run since.

    I think the program I am using is Movie Producer, but I will have to check and get back to you.

  • Micosoft wants control of your home computer (Windows Home Server announced)

    01/10/2007 10:49:38 AM PST · 22 of 25
    rit to kdot

    Hey kdot:

    We use Media Center to record some TV sitcoms for the kids so that they can watch them on the computer. The plus side is that the UI for scheduling a recording is really great. The schedules are downloaded and the kids can point and click. The other packages require setting start and stop times, specifying channel numbers, and do not allow scrolling through a particular channel schedule. Kudos on that point.

    There are several downsides. One is that the recording format is DVR-MS. I wanted to put a bunch of the sitcoms on a single DVD so I tried MS Movie Maker but did not like the UI.

    So, I tried Adobe Premiere Elements, but it cannot read the DVR-MS format directly. I tried Sony's package, but that cannot read the DVR-MS format. I tried Roxio, but that cannot read the DVR-MS format. I tried a couple of others, all to no avail. I wanted something that could read the DVR-MS format directly instead of having to spend the time to read in the DVR-MS format and render in a second format that the other packages could read (rendering into a second format takes significant time).

    Then I discovered that installing and subsequently uninstalling those packages kills MS Movie Maker. The install process records some info for MS Movie Maker which apparently is not cleaned up after the uninstall. It has to do with MS Movie Maker startup, not the uninstall of these other packages.

    Eventually I found one program that had reasonable UI and could read the DVR-MS format. The experience was costly in terms of my time, and MS Movie Maker still crashes on startup.

  • Missouri: Police Roadblock Harassment Caught on Tape.

    01/07/2007 9:02:58 AM PST · 1,043 of 1,516
    rit to photodawg
    ...the subject was making a statement to the officer that indicated there was reason to further detain this individual.

    Hardly. The subject was making a statement to the officer that indicated he did not wish to discuss his personal life, nothing more, nothing less. You can support the officer's action in this particular case, but I wouldn't.

  • Missouri: Police Roadblock Harassment Caught on Tape.

    01/06/2007 9:07:35 PM PST · 1,009 of 1,516
    rit to photodawg
    OK. Let me recast it as "The officer had the opportunity to continue the conversation instead of being offended by the reply".

    The officer is there to make an assessment as to how well the driver can articulate a response. A specific one word answer the driver could have given was "home". Instead, the driver replied with what... about 11 words... "I do not wish to discuss my personall life with you." Those are more words than most provide at DWI stops which typically go like:
    Q: Where are you going?
    A: Home
    Q: Where are you coming from?
    A: Work
    Q: Where do you work?
    A: Shoprite

    The officer could have continued the conversation about other things to make an assessment instead of getting annoyed at the reply.

  • Here Comes the Terabyte Hard Drive (1024 Gigabytes)

    01/06/2007 2:05:06 PM PST · 32 of 164
    rit to diverteach
    having to use a tape recorder for storage..

    Like the 1980's TI-99/4A? Cool graphics at the time and even had a voice synth module. Programs could be loaded via a cassette recorder or a cartridge.

  • Missouri: Police Roadblock Harassment Caught on Tape.

    01/06/2007 1:12:40 PM PST · 978 of 1,516
    rit to photodawg
    If the officer is trying to make an assessment of whether you are competent to drive an automobile, what you say or don't, while legally protected speech, will determine his assessment of you.

    The officer had the opportunity to continue the conversation instead of being offended by the answer. He could have said, for example "OK. Can you please explain why?" The point is, the officer is there to make an assessment based on how well the driver can articulate a response. Continuing the conversation around a different path would have served the same purpose.

  • Missouri: Police Roadblock Harassment Caught on Tape.

    01/03/2007 2:28:25 PM PST · 34 of 1,516
    rit to The KG9 Kid

    Interesting story. The right of free speach includes the right not to speak, which has been upheld in courts before.

  • Amazon hits back at IBM over patents

    12/18/2006 9:47:25 PM PST · 23 of 26
    rit to Golden Eagle

    Did you see the IBM sponsored report about developing a new model for IP? In the integrity section they focused on patent trolls. They could have at least mentioned there are real inventors who are just researchers by nature (no inclination nor desire for business) and rely on IP-only companies to put together meaningful licensing programs.

  • Copyright Tool Will Scan Web For Violations

    12/18/2006 9:43:18 PM PST · 10 of 17
    rit to ShadowAce

    I makes me laugh that these are the same folks whose policy it is to ignore standards such as robots.txt files and the like. They think that whatever is on your system, is theirs for the taking (oh yeah... its just to examine it to make sure you are not infringing on a copyright).

  • Amazon hits back at IBM over patents

    12/18/2006 9:36:56 PM PST · 21 of 26
    rit to Golden Eagle

    It is interesting to note that IBM files most patents with such a minimal information disclosure statement that it makes you wonder if they did any prior art searching at all. One of the patents against Amazon, for example, had only four patents cited as potential prior art. Not one academic paper was mentioned.

    Yes, in at least one of the four patents in question, an inventor had authored and submitted an academic paper that was published in a journal. Do you think this was disclosed to the USPTO.... I think not.

    The whole thing makes me laugh considering all the postering they are doing on how to clean up the patent system. Yeah... go figure.

  • 25 Killer Apps of All Time ~ for the Personal Computing Age....

    12/18/2006 11:14:01 AM PST · 44 of 71
    rit to Oberon

    We had an IT department where too many were playing rogue during the day. The players went so far as renaming it vi(1) or a.out and installing in their local bin to avoid "rouge" showing up in the system activity reports. Finally, we installed a version with an empty magic user password so that people would get bored of the game... sure enough that did it.

  • Homeland Security chief defends Real ID plan

    12/15/2006 11:43:25 AM PST · 16 of 42
    rit to beltfed308

    IIRC, the recent ID theft (by illegals) story indicated that the social security administration does not cooperate with other govt agencies in their effort to detect duplicate "SSN to name" issues. That is, when ICE finds a SSN-name(1) relationship and wants to detect if the same SSN is being used with a different name (a SSN-name(2) relationship), the social security administration is of no help.

  • Is there a Santa Claus?

    12/11/2006 1:56:48 PM PST · 10 of 88
    rit to ZULU

    I remember as a kid my father answering the question by saying "Some might not believe, but as long as there is a bit of Santa in each and everyone of us, the world is a better place." I never really appreciated that answer until I was much older.

  • Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself

    12/06/2006 10:58:25 AM PST · 13 of 25
    rit to ShadowAce

    The current email infrastructure should be classified as bulk email. The problem is finding the right solution that enables authentication without the cost of retooling existing applications. Sure, one can use X.509 certificates, but that in and of iteself is not the right solution.

  • CNET editor James Kim, family missing (Update Post 175)

    12/01/2006 12:32:43 PM PST · 73 of 332
    rit to Rte66; ShadowAce; paulat
    Road search under way for missing CNET editor
    CNET story

    ...They're searching roads that are not well-traveled and that have been snowed in" from a weekend storm, Inspector Kim Lewis of the San Francisco Police Department's Missing Persons Unit said. Lewis said police are currently conducting a land search but that helicopters will be dispatched later Friday.

    CNET's James Kim and family missing -- have you seen them? story

    Update 2: According to Crave, officials investigating the case have narrowed their search to a stretch of Oregon's Highway 38, which is on the route that the family would most likely have taken to get to the Gold Beach motel where they had reservations.

  • CNET editor James Kim, family missing (Update Post 175)

    11/30/2006 8:51:49 PM PST · 34 of 332
    rit to rit

    San Francisco Police were looking for information on a family missing since the Thanksgiving weekend that was last seen in Portland.

    S.F. detectives said James Kim, his wife Kati, and their children Penelope and Sabine took a trip to Seattle for the holiday.

    They were supposed to return home on Tuesday, but co-workers became concerned Wednesday when the couple did not show up for appointments.

    Police said friends and family knew them to usually keep in daily contact.

    They were driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with California personalized plates of “DOESF.

    According to San Francisco station KNTV, the family was last seen having brunch in Portland on Saturday, and announced plans to head to Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast.

    Portland Police so far had no record of the case. San Francisco Police were investigating.

  • CNET editor James Kim, family missing (Update Post 175)

    11/30/2006 8:47:45 PM PST · 30 of 332
    rit to paulat

    Great job! Thank you.

  • CNET editor James Kim, family missing (Update Post 175)

    11/30/2006 7:39:10 PM PST · 5 of 332
    rit to ShadowAce

    can you please ping the tech list

  • CNET editor James Kim, family missing (Update Post 175)

    11/30/2006 7:34:47 PM PST · 1 of 332
  • Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

    11/17/2006 2:50:35 PM PST · 26 of 83
    rit to ShadowAce
    Which is what, exactly?

    To be fair, all 5,802 issued Microsoft patents are available to the public, as published by the USPTO. Comparing the code base to the issued MS patents would answer the question what, if any, patents are being infringed. But whose job is that?

    On one hand, Microsoft could do the comparison. On the other hand, I would think it prudent for a company to conduct an IP landscape survey to understand liabilities (if any) in bringing a product to market.... but hey... that's just me.

  • Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

    11/17/2006 2:19:37 PM PST · 20 of 83
    rit to Golden Eagle
    what is their chance of winning?

    I would not venture to guess. Some suggest that MS put up or shut up. But the same can be said for the commerical linux distributors... if the code base does not infringe any issued MS patents then go for PSJ..... Otherwise do the later.

  • Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

    11/17/2006 12:30:22 PM PST · 17 of 83
    rit to Golden Eagle
    Doubtful that will happen, with one of senior counsels of the FSF already admitting it appears there are hundreds of likely infringements in the kernel of Linux alone.

    I was reffering to the commercial linux distro companies, not the FSF. For example, RedHat might have grounds, based on what is being reported, to file.

  • Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

    11/17/2006 8:42:07 AM PST · 6 of 83
    rit to Señor Zorro
    In Bishop's Microsoft Blog, he quotes Ballmer as saying "We've had an issue, a problem that we've had to confront, which is because of the way the GPL (General Public License) works, and because open-source Linux does not come from a company -- Linux comes from the community -- the fact that that product uses our patented intellectual property is a problem for our shareholders" (emphasis mine).

    This kind of stuff will stay in the news until a Linux distributor takes the offense and tries for a prelimary summary judgement that their Linux distribution does not infringe any issued MS patents.

  • No Joke: NJ Mom Collects 'Silly String' for Iraq Troops ["If the string falls to the ground....]

    11/10/2006 4:25:28 PM PST · 18 of 77
    rit to Sub-Driver

    bump for bookmark

  • Vanity: Can I PLEASE get a vanity filter here?

    11/08/2006 1:21:35 PM PST · 105 of 123
    rit to dinoparty
    Maybe add a logo like this
  • The search engine that would outdo Google

    11/08/2006 8:14:49 AM PST · 30 of 32
    rit to rit
    I should also note that Lexxe did have any answer for the query:
         who makes more money, mom or dad?

    The answer is:

  • The search engine that would outdo Google

    11/08/2006 8:10:36 AM PST · 28 of 32
    rit to cynwoody
    I tried the following query on Lexxe
         define operating system service

    Their response is
         Sorry, Lexxe is not sure if there is a correct answer for your query. Please check the web and cluster results. Thank you.

  • The search engine that would outdo Google

    11/07/2006 11:01:22 PM PST · 23 of 32
    rit to cynwoody
    Another thing that has also frustrated me is that many web sites could, but do not, handle arbitrary searches in the URL. Consider, for example

    You would think that verizon would be smart enough to auto search for pages containing the phrase "cell phones".... but no... they just give "We are not able to process your request. ".

    The same applies for just about any web site out there. Even google should be able to handle the request. Try typing and you get back an error page. Good grief... a search engine site that cannot even be bothered to search for a reasonable answer.

    So much to do... so little time...

  • The search engine that would outdo Google

    11/07/2006 10:07:51 PM PST · 20 of 32
    rit to ShadowAce
    Google is not very good at semantics or relationships between pages. Consider the search:

    "HP Deskjet" "ink cartridge" "next day delivery" and "visa"

    Surprisingly, only 107 links. Now if you remove the term and then the count goes up to 416.

    The problem, of course, is that one page has the product description (HP Deskjet "ink cartridge") and another page has delivery options (next day delivery) and another page has payment options (visa). When you search on all three criteria, Google does not satisfy the request very well.

  • The Sweet Kiss of Death for the Penguin-Chameleon. From Microsoft

    11/06/2006 10:44:09 PM PST · 6 of 6
    rit to Bloody Sam Roberts
    We have recently witnessed Oracle’s move in the business, a clear shot in the back of the head for its former closest partner Red Hat. What will stop Microsoft from doing the same thing about Novell in the future?

    If Novell cannot continue to adapt (add any benefit), then their fate lies in the later part of the adapt or die motto.

  • Microsoft Announces Linux Partnership

    11/02/2006 10:45:06 PM PST · 26 of 26
    rit to ShadowAce

    I wonder at what point a patent alliance becomes patent pooling?

  • Statement of Senator John Kerry (NEW JOHN KERRY PRESS RELEASE)

    11/01/2006 1:36:14 PM PST · 30 of 77
    rit to NonValueAdded
    First he says...
    I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted...

    and in the next paragraph he says
    I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues.

    He blames everyone else for misinterpreting his verbal slip.

  • KERRY HAS SORT OF APOLOGIZED TO TROOPS - per KFI news (comments on Imus)

    11/01/2006 11:23:04 AM PST · 155 of 365
    rit to doug from upland

    Kerry was against the apology before he was for it?