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Comment Re:Unique? Not really (Score 1) 124

When you make sweeping changes to your site and receive nothing but criticism from the majority of users (think less Terms of Service fiasco, more "we changed the layout to serve more advertisements" fiasco), it is obvious you are on the outs and hit your peak a while back. In sites that are "up-and-coming," those kind of big changes are welcomed as the, "We're getting bigger and better," scenario instead of f-ups.

I would argue that people get in a tizzy about these changes because they feel personally invested in Facebook and care about it a great deal since it's part of their daily lives. People who are apathetic to a product or service wouldn't raise such a furor.

No, I'm not a Facebook shill, but I find it enviable that they have a user base that's so clearly passionate about their service.


Submission + - U.S. scientists learn how to levitate tiny objects (

AVIDJockey writes: Scientists have found a way to levitate the very smallest objects using the strange forces of quantum mechanics, and said on Wednesday they might use it to help make tiny nanotechnology machines.

They said they had detected and measured a force that comes into play at the molecular level using certain combinations of molecules that repel one another. The repulsion can be used to hold molecules aloft, in essence levitating them, creating virtually friction-free parts for tiny devices.


Scientology Given Direct Access To eBay Database 684

An anonymous reader writes "The Church of Scientology can delete auctions from eBay with no supervision under the VeRO program, and has used this to delete all resale of the e-meters Scientologists use. This is to stop members from buying used units from ex-members instead of buying from the official (and very expensive) source. Given Scientology's record of fraud and abuse, should eBay give them this level of trust? Will this set a precedent for other companies that want to stop the aftermarket resale of their products?"

Comment Re:Wikipedia is not a primary source! (Score 1) 312

Your points are well taken, but I certainly wouldn't characterize (the official site of the Federation of American Scientists") as a "military conspiracy fansite" though I do admit that I've thought for years that chunks of the site have had a bit of a dated/amateruish look to them (to say the least).

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall