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Submission + - Oregon man flies lawn chair 193 miles at 13,000 ft (

Jeff writes: "Kent Couch, an Oregon cluster balloonist has flown a lawn chair above Oregon at an altitude of 13,000 feet using helium balloons. The AP reports he received rope burns trying to hang on during a bout of turbulence having forgotten to buckle his seat belt.

Couch, 47, is the latest American to emulate Larry Walters — who in 1982 rose three miles above Los Angeles in a lawn chair lifted by balloons. Walters surprised an airline pilot, who radioed the control tower that he had just passed a guy in a lawn chair with a gun.
Snopes confirms the Walter flight but has no entry yet for Couch."


Submission + - CNN Censors Ron Paul Supporters (

Lost+Found writes: On June 5th, CNN hosted a round of debate for 10 GOP candidates for the 2008 Presidential race of the United States. After the debates, CNN posted an article on its Political Ticker blog asking who won the debate. Pages of comments contained messages of support for Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Surprisingly, CNN redirected the GOP "Who won" page to the Democratic "Who won" page from the earlier debates, after which it took the page offline completely.

And it continued the same way through about 140 comments before this site was... shut down. Initially, it pointed readers to the "who won the Democratic debate?" blog question. Then it showed a "Nothing here" page.

It is safe to assume that Internet polls don't necessarily reflect the popularity of a candidate amongst the American mainstream, particularly when a candidate's base might be made up largely of techies. But when moderators refuse to give an equal amount of time to each candidate, anchors all but refuse to mention the name of certain second-tier candidates, and the webmasters of large news organizations censor the preferences of their own viewers, one must wonder what kind of damage is done to the political discourse.

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