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Comment: Re:This isn't rocket surgery. (Score 1) 239

by Isaac-Lew (#48953501) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate
If the Colts inflated their balls to close to the maximum allowed pressure, then even after being in the cold weather they would still be within the allowed range. Supposedly, Andrew Luck (QB of the Colts), prefers to use footballs at or near the max pressure, however I can't find a source to verify.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 422

by Isaac-Lew (#48887127) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

It obviously won't really be Star Wars; it won't be the story Lucas wants to tell, and will instead be some sort of mass Hollywood shoveled shit designed to appeal to the modal average and draw in dollars.

If he really wanted to tell the story, he would have sold the rights *after* making Episodes 7-9. Alternatively, he could have retained writing privileges as a condition of the sale.

There's no law saying you have to watch the new movies: if you don't think they'll be any good, DON'T GO SEE THEM!

Comment: Re:Even the TSA knows they've become a joke (Score 1) 184

by Isaac-Lew (#48582117) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?
That happened to me in October flying out of BWI (no slip, they just directed me to a different line). I think they were pilot-testing this:


Note that there is a fee involved. The sad thing is, if I flew more often than 3-4 times a year I might be tempted to pay.

Comment: Re:Read the fine print. (Score 1) 558

by Isaac-Lew (#48241077) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
I've disputed check transactions successfully at Bank of America without getting charged (maybe it depends on your state as to what rules the bank follows). I never use my card as debit at vendors, so I wouldn't know the procedure for that. I have had my card number stolen, but a call to the fraud office generally gets the charges reversed.

Comment: Re:Total Isolation? (Score 1) 139

by Isaac-Lew (#48158557) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription
NFL Sunday Ticket from DirecTV is available on your phone or tablet without a subscription in the US, but only if you're ineligible for a satellite dish at your address. Also, it's $199.99 per season ($349.99 with Red Zone channel) and they blackout the local game (the workaround is to fake your location).

Comment: Re:idiots (Score 1) 414

by Isaac-Lew (#45104405) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

At some point, the CPU's built into phones will be powerful enough to handle most desktop applications for businesses without a noticeable performance hit. We're not quite there yet, though. Maybe in three or four more years, perhaps.

The application doesn't necessarily have to be installed locally on the device (think Google Apps or Office 365).

+ - Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: After a long and protracted trial, Judge Denise Lind has handed down a sentence in the Bradley Manning case: 35 years and a dishonorable discharge. Manning initially faced a maximum sentence of 135 years, which was reduced to 90 years when Manning was found not guilty of Espionage Act offenses and certain other charged were merged. He has already served over 1000 days in prison, and his sentence will be reduced by 1,274 days.
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