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Comment Re:I'm not suprised (Score 1) 61

I find team play much more entertaining than individual play. After you hit level 8 it's so far between milestones and levels that there's not much gratification on a regular basis. It's just repetitive busywork. But the strategy and teamwork required to execute a giant field that covers a major metropolitan area and everything surrounding it watching the team score spike way up — THAT is gratifying.

Comment Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 349

It looks like there are only 14 states that charge some sort of sales tax on basic food.

Five charge the full sales tax rate on basic food: Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Dakota
Six charge a reduced state sales tax rate on basic food: Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia
Three others don't charge state sales tax on basic food... but allow local sales tax on basic food: Georgia, Louisianna and North Carolina

Only four states charge any sort of tax on prescription drugs: Delaware, Illinois (greatly reduced), New Hampshire and Oregon.

All data from a Federation of Tax Administrators PDF.

Comment Re:MOD PARENT TRENDY (Score 2) 747

It's more like if you told millions of people that remaining on top of the cliff was a scientifically-proven death sentence for them and their children... and that if they pushed their children over the edge the children would be much more likely to survive. And on top of that... condemning those who left their children well-anchored on top of the cliff as baby killers who obviously hate their own children.

FTC Reviews Google's Purchase of Navigation App Waze 95

An anonymous reader writes "Google's acquisition of Waze has piqued the interest of the FTC and is now facing an antitrust review. "Google confirmed that it has been contacted by lawyers from the Federal Trade Commission over the company's '$1.1 billion acquisition of the mobile navigation company Waze, which closed in mid-June. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on details of the antitrust review by the FTC. Representatives of the agency didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.'"

Singapore Seeks Even More Control Over Online Media 78

An anonymous reader writes "Currently ranked 149th globally in terms of press freedom, alongside Iraq and Myanmar, the Singapore government has chosen to further tighten its grip on the media instead of letting up. The Media Development Authority (MDA) announced yesterday that 'online news sites' reporting regularly on issues relating to Singapore and have significant reach among readers here will require an individual license from the MDA. Under the regime, website operators have to comply within 24 hours with any directives from the MDA to take down content that breaches standards. These sites also have to put up a 'performance bond' of S$50,000. The Government also plans to amend the Broadcasting Act next year, to ensure that websites which are hosted overseas but report on Singapore news are brought under the licensing framework as well."

Scientists Recover Wooly Mammoth Blood 190

westtxfun writes "'Russian scientists claimed Wednesday they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal.' As scientists unearthed the recent find, very dark blood flowed out from beneath the mammoth, and the muscle tissue was red. This is the best-preserved specimen found so far and they are hopeful they can recover DNA and clone a mammoth. Semyon Grigoriev, one of the researchers, said, 'The approximate age of this animal is about 10,000 years old. It has been preserved thanks to the special conditions, due to the fact that it did not defrost and then freeze again. We suppose that the mammoth fell into water or got bogged down in a swamp, could not free herself and died. Due to this fact the lower part of the body, including the lower jaw, and tongue tissue, was preserved very well. The upper torso and two legs, which were in the soil, were gnawed by prehistoric and modern predators and almost did not survive.'"

Submission + - Napster: The Day The Music Was Set Free 1

theodp writes: Before iTunes, Netflix, MySpace, Facebook, and the Kindle, 17-year-old Shawn Fanning and 18-year-old Sean Parker gave the world Napster. And it very was very good. The Observer's Tom Lamont reports on VH1's soon-to-premiere Downloaded , a documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the file-sharing software that started the digital music revolution, and shares remembrances of how Napster rocked his world. 'I was 17,' writes Lamont, 'and the owner of an irregular music collection that numbered about 20 albums, most of them a real shame (OMC's How Bizarre, the Grease 2 soundtrack). One day I had unsupervised access to the family PC and, for reasons forgotten, an urge to hear the campy orchestral number from the film Austin Powers. I was a model Napster user: internet-equipped, impatient and mostly ignorant of the ethical and legal particulars of peer-to-peer file-sharing. I installed the software, searched Napster's vast list of MP3 files, and soon had Soul Bossa Nova plinking kilobyte by kilobyte on to my hard drive.' Sound familiar?

Submission + - Is it worth paying extra for fast SD cards? (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: "Are faster grades of SD memory card worth the extra cash? PC Pro has conducted in-depth speed tests on different grades of SD card to find out if they're worth the premium. In camera tests, two top-end SD cards outshone the rest by far, while class 4 cards dawdled for more than a second between shots. However, with the buffer on modern DSLRs able to handle 20 full-res shots or more, it's unlikely an expensive card will make any difference to anyone other than professionals shooting bursts of fast-action shots.

What about for expanding tablet or laptop memory? A regular class 4 or 6 card that’s capable of recording HD video will also be fast enough to play it back on a tablet. The only advantage of a faster card for media is that syncing with your PC will be quicker. However, a faster card is recommended if you're using it to supplement the memory of an Ultrabook or MacBook Air."

Social Networks

The Web We Lost 255

An anonymous reader writes "Anil Dash has an insightful post about cutting through the social media hype to see all of the social functionality we've lost on the web over the past decade. 'We've lost key features that we used to rely on, and worse, we've abandoned core values that used to be fundamental to the web world. To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants to these networks, and they've certainly made a small number of people rich. But they haven't shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they've now narrowed the possibilities of the web for an entire generation of users who don't realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be. ... We get bulls*** turf battles like Tumblr not being able to find your Twitter friends or Facebook not letting Instagram photos show up on Twitter because of giant companies pursuing their agendas instead of collaborating in a way that would serve users. And we get a generation of entrepreneurs encouraged to make more narrow-minded, web-hostile products like these because it continues to make a small number of wealthy people even more wealthy, instead of letting lots of people build innovative new opportunities for themselves on top of the web itself.'"

Comment Re:How about just an iPhone and save even more? (Score 1) 372

Right now the pilots and first officers have to download updates to the printed documents and print them out themselves, if I understand procedure correctly. This isn't an occasional task... but something that takes place on a very regular basis. The documents include everything from standard and emergency procedures to flight plans, airport layouts and so on. Like the blurb above said... it's 35 pounds of paper that they have to carry onto the plane with them... and back off again... everywhere they go. They stick with the pilot... not the plane. But the danger of "hacking" the documentation doesn't go away just because you go with paper. The documents still go through the digital world before they're printed... and still suffer the oh-so-scary danger of "hackers" modifying them. The difference here is that the pilots and officers don't have to lug around a 35+ pound suitcase of books... don't have to waste paper, toner, etc... and can just plug in their iPads to sync all the documentation at once instead of hoping that they got all the documents that had to be updated for their current flight... and got the pages in the right place in the right book. The only disadvantage is that the paper industry will decline faster and the chiropractors won't have as many airline pilots visiting them because their backs were messed up from lugging that stuff around.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955