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Comment: Re:Mystified (Score 3, Insightful) 24 24

I would hope you are the only one mystified by it.

The reason for the stew's popularity? He did what so many of us would like to do when the rude people win. Tell them off and get the last word.

As a frequent traveler, I won't condemn him/ however, I will say that his actions, although excessive and illegal, are indicative of a reaction to the change in attitude toward others I have seen while traveling. Most, but not all, passengers on flights ignore the stews all flight except when they want something from the stews. Meanwhile they put up with rude people who feel that what they want and need is more important than anyone elses needs on the flight, no matter what.

The stew was hit in the head because someone opend a overhead bin into his head. When confronted and asked to apologize the person in question refused. Common courtesy and manners says apologize, but the attitudes I see these days says that they should tell the stew where to go.

Is it too much to ask that we go back to treating each other the way we want to be treated?

Comment: The government is cost effective? (Score 1) 319 319

I have read most of the replies thus far and they are all talking about the experience level, safety record, and knowledge pool existing at NASA.

Did nobody catch the irony of a FEDERAL panel claiming that switching to private alternatives would be "...unwise and probably not cost-effective." Since when is the federal government cost effective? They spend our money like they can always print more.

    Ok, they do print the money, but my point is that a federal panel claiming that the government would be more cost effective than private business is like the con man claiming he can save you money, neither is true.

Comment: Future speak meets now tech. (Score 2, Insightful) 150 150

I, for one, thought the article was good for giving us a look into the future of the tech. Based on teh way things are rapid prototyped and built these days I would expect to see something like this hit the markets in 5-7 years, and the price become reasonable with 2-3 years after that. 10 years to a cheap and cost efficient power source is not bad.

Comment: And shortly after... (Score 1) 230 230

On his homegroup, Bob wants to share certain documents with his wife but not with his kids. Simply by specifying his wifeâ(TM)s Windows Live ID user name, Bob can give his wife exclusive permission to access documents on his computer.

Shortly thereafter Bob's wife files for divorce because he mistakenly included all his special pron files in the access permissions.

Linux Business

+ - $199 Linux laptop->

mr_mischief writes: "According to Hot Hardware's recent review, Asus is getting ready to unleash a $199 compact notbook running Linux. This is entirely different from this recent $150 Linux laptop story which many Slashdot readers believ to be a scam.

There's a dual-mode menu which offers a simple system for novice computer users, and a slightly more advanced version for others. It's not aimed squarely at the same market as the One Laptop Per Child project's XO, and is expected to be sold to end suers worldwide. It's targeted at new users who don't own a computer or at people who want a cheap, small laptop for basic tasks.

The reviewed version has a 7" screen and a cramped keyboard to match, but a 10" version is available for $100 more. It offers built-in wired and wireless networking,four USB 2.0 ports, and a three-hour battery life. The storage options are a bit cramped, as you only get 4 GB of onboard storage (8 GB on the $299 model) and no optical drive. As the review says, though, USB 2.0 can make up for that if you like, and the lack of moving drive parts makes the machine run dead quiet."

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Engadget: Lil' Nick Neg recycles old PCs for those in need->

Filed under: Desktops, Laptops

He may not yet have the resources to build his own PCs and sell them on the cheap, but 15-year old Jacob Komar looks like he could well be a young Nick Neg in the making. As ABC News reports, Komar has already prevented some 1,500 PCs from ending up on the scrap heap since starting his "Computers for Communities" organization in 2001, with him performing all the necessary repairs and finding new homes for them among those in need. Now all he needs is a rivalry with another, bigger company trying to muscle in on his territory, to be followed by the inevitable announcement that the two have made up and will now be working together.

[Via The Inquirer, photo courtesy of ABC News]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Operating Systems

Japanese Auto Makers Teaming Up To Create Standard OS 266 266

CNet is reporting that Japanese car manufacturers are teaming up to develop a standard automotive operating system. "Just as computer operating systems [...] allow multiple applications to communicate with one another, an automotive operating system enables different driving systems to work together. The standard automotive operating system from Japan will include everything from fuel injection, brakes and power steering to power windows. Currently, certain mechanical car parts are interchangeable from model to model. Smart car parts that operate off a common software standard would enable that kind of convenience to continue, while allowing them to communicate more easily with other smart components in a car."

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