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Comment: Re:why would you need a laptop in a movie theater? (Score 1) 438

by friday_drag.net (#29758707) Attached to: UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops
Just last weekend seeing ZombieLand, The mall has free wireless that is quite fast, so I arrived early did some surfing while my laptop updated. Then went into the theater. Just about anyplace I travel to I bring my netbook as I am on call all the time. If places in the US do this, I will have to stop going to the movies. Though I doubt they will see my netbook in the little pocket of my bag.
Cellphones

+ - "Terminator Vision" is here for the iPhone->

Submitted by musefrog
musefrog (1471169) writes "The BBC is reporting that so-called Augmented Reality has arrived — in the UK at least.

From the article:
"Via the video function of a mobile phone's camera it is now possible to combine a regular pictorial view with added data from the internet just as the fictional Terminator was able to overlay its view of the world with vital information about its surroundings. For example, UK-firm Acrossair has launched an application for the iPhone which allows Londoners to find their nearest tube station using their iPhone."

The page features an impressive video demonstrating AR in action."

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Microsoft

+ - Office Web Apps ignore Opera and Chrome browsers->

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nk497
nk497 writes "Microsoft's Office 2010 will bring with it web-based versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint — but no guarantee that they'll run in Chrome or Opera — or even IE6. Microsoft said IE7 and IE8 will be supported, alongside FireFox 3.5 and Safari 4, but left off the smaller rivals. So much for encouraging browser competition, then."
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United States

+ - Why Is Congress Paying $66M for a $49M Jet? 1

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Robert Frank writes in the WSJ that Congress has pulled off a feat even today's most extravagant billionaires would have a hard time matching — buying three Gulfstream G550's for $66 Million each when the sticker price for a brand new, completed G550-leather interior and all-is $49 million. Backlash has already started against the purchase although lawmakers who support funding for the planes say the move would save the government money down the road because the new planes are less expensive to operate than the older planes, some of which are grounded. The funding for new planes is "a classic example of Congress being out of touch with the realities of deficit spending," says Senator John Thune. Frank adds that there are more than 20 preowned G550s on the market, starting for around $35 million and Congress also could settle for the "lowly" G500, which is just like a G550 minus a window and pilot flat-panel screens, for about $20 million to $25 million. "The Congressional jets obviously will include sophisticated communications and security systems above and beyond what the average billionaire requires, and those aren't cheap," writes Frank. "The price also may include program costs, such as the costs of maintenance and parts. Could that total $17 million?""
The Courts

+ - Has The Pirate Bay been shut down? 4

Submitted by shaitand
shaitand (626655) writes "As of Monday 8/10/2009 4:46PM The Pirate Bay, a search engine site that is well known as a champion of free speech and copyright reform advocacy, appears to be inaccessible from the treasure coast Florida via AT&T. The Studios recently submitted a request to take down the site. Did the judge grant the request or is this outage due to another problem?"

Comment: Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (Score 1) 1251

by friday_drag.net (#28940007) Attached to: Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable
I dont know where these people work in the us, but I have 6 weeks every year, and 16 weeks saved up (thats the max I can save up). That coupled with 14 holidays 6 personal days, and I believe I have saved up 14 months of sick time things are not that bad in the good old USA. Or maybe I just know how to haggle at job interviews.

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