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Comment: I actually switched to beta voluntarily now (Score 1) 2219

by hansg (#46205227) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I hadn't looked at beta before this fantastic storm in a teacup, so I thought, what the hell I have to try it. It's a bit different, and a bit more modern. I cannot for the life of me understand why you are all so upset.

I actually switched over to beta now, and probably won't think more of it (unless i see more of these childish f**k beta posts...) /Hans

Comment: Re:He's probably right. (Score 1) 352

by hansg (#38648964) Attached to: Michael Dell Dismisses Tablet Threat To the PC Market

Ok, but you start out with saying:

What makes you think he was ever all that smart?

I sure as hell think he is smart, but he probably also had a bit of luck. I think all successful business leaders have a bit of both. They haven't shown innovation in their products, but definitely in their channel selection and logistics.

/Hans

Comment: Re:Born on a Blue Day (Score 3, Informative) 298

by hansg (#38638722) Attached to: Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

I was in a book store the other day, and I look at all the books, and I get pretty much the same feeling:
"ooohhh....so many books that need to be read."
But is isn't anxiety, it is more futility and despair...

Reminded me of this comic strip from Berke Breathed: http://www.northstarnerd.org/.a/6a00d8341c5fd253ef0120a5e93468970b-450wi

/Hans

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DSL Installation Fail 371 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the job-well-done dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Here's an example of fine Qwest workmanship. In our business park, they just installed a DSL connection for our neighbors, for which we share an exterior utility space. They left: a DSL modem stuffed in a cardboard box, wrapped in a Wal-Mart bag, sitting outside in what will be below-zero (F) temps, on top of a bank of ten natural gas meters in some of the driest air of the year. They also left it plugged into an exposed exterior power outlet above a snowbank, with network cables running around the building, through snowbanks, coupled and protected by zip-lock baggies, and into our neighbors office. Not to mention the hack-job of patching the phone cable directly into the demarcation box. And if you're wondering — I was told upon calling them that this is not their problem, and I need to contact my primary phone service provider."

Comment: Re:pardon my ignorance (Score 3, Informative) 263

by hansg (#31326960) Attached to: Newborns' Blood Used To Build Secret DNA Database

and usually medical databases are quite thoroughly tied down in this respect.

I don't know much about this case, but in Sweden we have a national test for all newborns, where they collect blood to check for a few diseases (PKU, the google is your friend). When they have checked it, they store the information "for research purposes".

When our minister of foreign affairs was killed, the Police requested samples from the database and got them.

So, don't count on the database staying "for research purposes"...

/Hans

Censorship

Lie Detector Company Threatens Critical Scientists With Suit 367

Posted by timothy
from the slapp-ing-them-around dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Swedish newspaper DN reports that the Israeli company Nemesysco has sent letters to researchers at the University of Stockholm, threatening legal action if they do not stop publishing findings (Google translation). An article called 'Charlatanry in forensic speech science: A problem to be taken seriously' was pulled by the publisher after threats of a libel lawsuit." Online translations can be a little wonky; if your Swedish is as bad as mine, this English-language article describes the situation well.
Sci-Fi

Please No, Not a Blade Runner Sequel 585

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-ruin-perfect dept.
bowman9991 submitted a story that ought to make even the most stone-hearted amongst you cry. He says "Travis Wright, one of the writers behind Eagle Eye, has been working on a sequel to Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi classic Blade Runner. Script proposals have explored the nature of the off-world colonies, what happens to the Tyrell Corporation in the wake of its founder's death, and what would become of Rachel. Travis said he intends to write a script 'with or without anyone's blessings.' Director Ridley Scott appears interested in a sequel too. At Comic-Con in 2007 Ridley said, 'If you have any scripts, you know where to send them.' It's doubtful he'll have time anytime soon though. He's already stated his next two science fiction films will be an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New Word with Leonardo DiCaprio and an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War."

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