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Comment: Do you really need a phone? (Score 1) 149

by Chiller (#37600866) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Using a Cell Phone In China?

I was there about 10 months ago for adoption and never used my phone once. For calling back to the U.S. we just used Skype (via VPN). We stayed in 3 cities (all major cities) and each hotel we stayed in had 'net access in the rooms, either included as part of our package or for a fairly cheap rate. All photos were taken with our digital camera and just uploaded to our laptop at the end of each day. I didn't have any need for GPS data with the photos since I knew the towns we were in and places we were visiting thanks to an itinerary. You might not have that luxury.

I did bring my AT&T iPhone with me but left it in airplane mode the entire time. I really only used it as a wake-up alarm. I think I locked it in the room safe whenever we went out. I left it in my carry-on when flying and never had any problems with security.

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Does Professional Gaming Have a Future? 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the fatal-one-thank-you dept.
mr_sifter writes "Three years ago, celebrity gamers such as Fatal1ty were bagging millions in prizes, and TV channels were queuing up to broadcast games on TV. Professional gaming looked set for the big time. It never happened, and in the current economic crisis, sponsors and media organizations are cutting costs, resulting in the closure of many pro gaming competitions (as we recently discussed) and a down-scaling in prize money. This feature looks at whether pro gaming can bounce back, and whether it will always be a PC sport, or if pro gaming on consoles is the future."

Comment: Re:you can thank Patron Saint Orrin Hatch for this (Score 4, Informative) 713

by Chiller (#26175687) Attached to: Trick or Treatment

It's called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, or DSHEA. You can search for that on Google or Wikipedia. It's harder to find info linking Hatch to the law, but if you search for DSHEA and Hatch together, you'll find it.

Heavy lobbying by Congress and the makers of these drugs caused Clinton to sign the bill into law.

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