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+ - Inventor of the TV remote dies

Submitted by QuietLagoon
QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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+ - General Aviation System in Jeopardy

Submitted by robwmc
robwmc (734472) writes "I'm not sure how many here on /. are pilots but the Bush administration evidently want to make that number decline. The new budget calls for charging user fees for access to airspace, raising the aviation fuel tax to $0.70 per gallon and raising fees for everything related to being a GA pilot. Take a look at one of the various articles on the AOPA website.

The AOPA has worked very hard for keeping the system "fair" for the average Joe to keep the cost of flying affordable for the general public."

Internet Only 1% Porn 422

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the and-ninety-three-percent-spam dept.
Eli Gottlieb writes "In what surely comes as a complete and utter surprise to everyone here, a new calculation shows that only one percent of web pages contain pornography. While the calculations were performed using data forced from Google's and Microsoft's search indices by the government, they will help the American Civil Liberties Union to keep enforcement of the Children's Online Protection Act of 1998 banned. A loss for business privacy has become a victory for free speech, even though netizens lose a beloved old proverb."
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Journal: Homebrew

Journal by VTBassMatt

Alright, so I think the time has finally come to take a serious stab at homebrewing. I love beer and I keep pretending I'm gonna buy some equipment but I never do. Well, this Christmas I'm going to ask the loved ones for various pieces of equipment (hey, I'm still an undergrad, and I'm looking at 5 more years after I get out, so money's gonna be tight for a while).

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Journal: StudioQB's Frustration

Journal by VTBassMatt

I forget which Slashdotter has the link to StudioQB's "Frustration" trivia game in his/her sig, but I finally got around to playing it. For those who've never played: it's 100 questions and you get an hour to complete them. You may use any resources on the Net or in real life to find the answer, and the game is supposed to be pretty freakin' hard.

I'd have to respectfully disagree.

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Journal: Friends and Foes

Journal by VTBassMatt
I mark friends and foes on Slashdot mainly so I can apply some personal moderation modifiers to people whom I find insightful or people I agree/disagree with. Someone I marked as "foe" took the time to respond (insightfully) to my journal, and that's a big deal to me, so I changed my relationship to "friend" so I can see that user's writing in the future. How are other people using their friend/foe tags?
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Journal: Why do we fight wars? 1

Journal by VTBassMatt

Why is that we have perpetually tried to come up with faster and more efficient methods for killing each other? I mean really... we share over 99% of our genetic sequence with monkeys, only the feces we lob at each other have nuclear warheads attached. This is not an "anti-Bush" or "anti-America" or "anti-anything" diatribe, just a RFC about what drives us little apes to want to blow other little apes up.

No one really reads my journal, so I guess I won't get any answers here.

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Journal: this->welcome("Slashdot");

Journal by VTBassMatt

I have finally created a Slashdot account after lurking for years. That's not entirely true--I had an account about two years ago, but I literally never posted anything from it and forgot the password, so this is my first "real" account. And, despite my best efforts not to succumb, I have decided to start using the "Journal" feature. Let me be straightforward here: as a general rule, I despise "blogs". More correctly, I despise "bloggers". If I ever seem like I'm transforming into one of

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