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Comment: Re:i ignore voice mail (Score 1) 393

by Country_hacker (#27900219) Attached to: Time For Voice-Mail To Throw In the Towel
With Verizon at least there's the option to do this, you enter your voice mailbox (*86, or dial your own number) and after listening to all the 'skipped messages' in your box you'll have the option of sending a message. Enter your target's phone number, leave the message, hang up. Works great for when you want to leave bad news for the boss, without having to actually interact with him. ;-)

Comment: Re:What about (Score 3, Insightful) 242

by Country_hacker (#26820493) Attached to: The Tech Behind Preventing Airplane Bird Strikes
Hang on if I'm understanding what everyone is saying. We're going to take hundreds of tons of metal, people, and highly flammable liquid, hurl them into the air at high speeds, not just once but thousands of times per day all over the country, and not expect shit to happen?

Don't get me wrong, I understand we want to do everything in our power to make flight as safe as possible. But this is the first known incident of a dual flameout due to bird strikes in the history of commercial flight, right? I'd say in the 70-odd years we've been doing this, that's low enough to be acceptable risk.

Comment: Re:Me brain hurts (Score 1) 301

by Country_hacker (#26312643) Attached to: At local midnight on the last day of the 2008 ...
I don't know about CDO/OCD/Whatever you want to call it, but it just seems like a normal geek thing. See Nerd Sniping for an example.

It's probably why geeks are so smart, we all have a curiosity about things we don't understand, rather than just shrugging and saying 'Oh well' we actively find a solution to a problem, or the reason things work the way they do.

+ - Good Service -- Bad Software->

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Anonymous Coward writes: "Open source software is generally painful to setup and maintain. And it's likely to stay that way because it's open source. Of course, I could hire someone to set it up for me. That's what the service-oriented market is all about. I can get my software for free, try it out, and pay someone for support when I run into trouble. But there's something nagging... setting up sendmail (or qmail, or any of the half-dozen email solutions I've tried) shouldn't be as hard as it is. Why, over the numerous years — as it's been worked on by a brilliant body of hackers — has it remained so obtuse? Read more..."
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The Courts

+ - Judge Dismisses Suit Against MySpace

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zoltamatron writes: The Texas lawsuit filed by four families against MySpace was dismissed today. The families alleged that MySpace was at fault for their daughters being sexually assaulted by men they had met online. U.S. district judge Sam Sparks wrote in his decision, "If anyone had a duty to protect Julie Doe, it was her parents, not MySpace,"
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+ - Harvard Physicists Bring Light to a Complete Halt

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tetrikphimvin writes: "In a quantum mechanical sleight of hand, Harvard physicists have shown that they can not only bring a pulse of light, the fleetest of nature's particles, to a complete halt, but also resuscitate the light at a different location and let it continue on its way.
"It's been a wonderful problem to try to wrap your brain around," said Lene Vestergaard Hau, a professor of physics at Harvard and senior author of a paper describing the experiment that appears today in the journal Nature. "There are so many doors that open up." This is also noted in Harvard's Gazette here, which includes video links."

+ - Microsoft slugs Mac users with Vista tax

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An anonymous reader writes: Mac users wanting to run Vista on their Macintosh will have to buy an expensive version of Vista if they want to legally install it on their systems. The end-user license agreement for the cheaper versions of Vista (Home Basic and Home Premium) explicitly forbids the use of those versions on virtual machines (ie Macs pretending to be PCs).

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