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Comment Re:So long and thanks for the OMG PONIES!!! (Score 1) 1521

Years and years of slashdot reading, and it feels like it may be ending. Or at least changing. Ouch.

I felt the same thing when I opened up slashdot today. Sadness. Over time, my daily rotation of webpages changes...but slashdot was/is the only constant. So much learning one can do in this corner of the internet. I hope that spirit continues when moving forward.

Comment So long and thanks for the OMG PONIES!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 1521

Somehow this has hit me harder than Jobs stepping down. I've been coming to Slashdot for the news/commentary for about 13+ years...and still plan to do so.

Man, it's weird, I've never met Rob or corresponded with him...but it feels like I'm losing a good friend or family member. The internet can be weird sometimes.

Godspeed Taco!

Comment TV Shows? Movies? Sports? (Score 1) 385

Are we talking TV programs/series (TV comedies, talk shows, crime dramas, reality shows, etc) or movies & sports count as well?

I mainly watch movies and sports, but I find time to hit up Dirty Jobs, Science Channel, and Family Guy/Simpsons for a few hours a week.

TV programming: 1-5 hours
TV programming + Sports + Movies: ~20 hours

Comment Re:if its a small town paper (Score 1) 377

The rubber room concept is interesting, but I think it will only work for a period of time. Users will figure out that something is wrong when other users don't acknowledge a post/topic/discussion...and then multiple usernames creep into the forums (unless you are allowed one username per IP).

St. Louis Museum Offers Thrills, Chills, and Lawsuits Screenshot-sm 140

theodp writes "Despite the whiff of danger, or perhaps because of it, the WSJ reports that the City Museum is one of St. Louis's most popular attractions. Housed in a 10-story brick building, the City Museum shows none of the restraint or quiet typical of most museums. It boasts a five-story jungle gym with two real-life jets kids can climb on, an enclosed Monster Slide that drops riders the length of three staircases, and a rooftop Ferris wheel. Sure, there are the occasional severed fingers and skull fractures, but museum founder Bob Cassilly contends that it is as safe as it can be without being a bore. 'They [lawyers] are taking the fun out of life,' says Cassilly, adding that 'when you have millions of people do something, something's going to happen no matter what you do.'"
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AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan 342

holdenkarau writes "Several news sources (Mashable, The Inquistr, etc.) are reporting that AT&T is blocking in the southern United States. That server is used for the infamous /b/ board (the home of anonymous). TechCrunch calls the decision to block 4chan 'stupid,' noting that they may have 'opened perhaps the most vindictive, messy can of worms.' The Inquisitr suggests that 'The global internet censorship debate landed in the home of the free.' moot (who runs 4chan) asks users to call AT&T, while some others suggest more drastic action (like cutting AT&T fiber)." Update: 07/27 09:23 GMT by T : Readers' comments below suggest that a) the purpose of the block was to curtail the effects of a serious DDoS attack and b) that the block has now been lifted, at least for some regions.

Submission Wormholes Can Be Built, Scientists Say

An anonymous reader writes: According to Wired News' DANGER ROOM blog, scientists have theorized a way to build "Wormholes — those hypothetical short cuts in the space-time continuum — that have been theorized to allow everything from warp speed spacecraft to time travel. Now, researchers are suggesting we can actually create a type of wormhole using those fun metamaterials that everyone is all excited about lately."

Submission RIAA Opposes 'Fair Use' Bill

fishyfool writes: "Link to story There's a new bill in congress aimed at preserving our fair use rights. It should come as no surprise that the RIAA is against it. this quoted; "The Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship (FAIR USE) Act, introduced Tuesday by U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat, and John Doolittle, a California Republican, would allow customers to circumvent digital copy restrictions in six limited areas when copyright owners' business models are not threatened, Boucher said in a press release. So-called fair use doctrine allows customers of copyright works to make limited numbers of copies, particularly for reviews, news reporting, teaching and research. The bill would allow exemptions to the anticircumvention restrictions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), passed by Congress in 1998. The bill is revamped from similar bills introduced in the last two sessions of Congress, Boucher said.""

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract to Build Mars Lander 258

Lord_Slepnir writes "Lockheed Martin has won a contract to build the Orion crew exploration vehicle that will eventually take humans to the moon and then on to Mars. This vehicle will hopefully also replace the aging space shuttle fleet. According to NASA the vehicle will have manned missions by 2014 and moon missions by no later by 2020."

How come everyone's going so slow if it's called rush hour?