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Submission + - Gold Digger or opportunist? Sexist or pragmatist? (nytimes.com)

rickb928 writes: "When this story" on my company's internal blog, I had to go read the original. Yep, allegedly a woman posted a personal ad on Craigslist asking how to meet her 'Sugar Daddy' move to New York City, and basically cash in. And this is a reposting of the ad and a response.

Some of this may or may not be true — and that's not my point. But this gets me thinking. And wondering. Among other things;

Was there a line crossed in this posting and response? I mean, the obvious observations in the NYT article include the blatant sexism by both the woman and the responder, and while many will complain that his (and I assume it was a 'he') response was throughly sexist, wasn't it also honest, brutally so? And what about the woman posting? While she's honest, she's probably smart to be anonymous as well. Posting her photo would not make her gym visits bearable, I bet.

What was the most outrageous thing you have read in a personal ad? I read plenty when I was dating, and the ones pointing out that Republicans, ex-military, etc. need not apply always got my attention. And I got plenty angry until I realized that it was for the best that I avoided these women. And many men used the dating sites to troll for sex, pure and simple, and would post ANYTHING to get a meeting. After all, you can't make the sale unless you can meet the buyer. (Was THAT crossing the line?).

But more to the point, it's not about whether or not a woman can seek marriage to a 'rich guy' for no other reason than to be taken care of, or a 'rich guy' to marry a woman for no other reason than to have a pretty girl on his arm and in his bed. It's deeper than that, I think. How can you really know what your fiance really has on their mind? Rich guys, do you wonder about this? And beautiful women, do you also wonder if the attraction really isn't just skin deep?

Of course, does this matter a bit to your average Slashdot reader? Let's find out."


Submission + - New Zune Details (betanews.com)

NoiPod4Me writes: BetaNews updated the story they released last night, saying that details now indicate three new Zune players (1 80GB and a 4 and 8GB flash), as well as about 1 million songs available without DRM (read: MP3).
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Submission + - Nebraska State senator sues God (msn.com)

wanderingknight writes: State Sen. Ernie Chambers sued God last week. Angered by another lawsuit he considers frivolous, Chambers says he's trying to make the point that anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody. Chambers says in his lawsuit that God has made terrorist threats against the senator and his constituents, inspired fear and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants.


Feed Engadget: USB necktie with built-in fan keeps you cool, single (engadget.com)

Filed under: Peripherals

Ain't nothing classier than a clip-on tie...except one with a built-in USB-powered fan in the knot. We're not certain how this thing keep you cool, or why you wouldn't just use any of the million other USB-powered fans that don't increase your dork factor by 1000, but the people in the photos look so blissfully content we're actually a little curious.

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Submission + - Israeli researchers say 'time travel possible' (vnunet.com) 2

linuxuser3.14 writes: "Isreali scientists, have decided it is possible to travel through time.

From the article:

Israeli researchers today published research detailing how a time machine could, theoretically, be created. According to the boffins at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, the theory could allow future generations to travel into the past.

"In order to travel back in time, the spacetime structure must be engineered appropriately," said Professor Amos Ori of the Technion's Faculty of Physics."

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