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Comment Re:Really? Really? (Score 2) 41

Yeah, it's kind of funny how some subjects that get an occasional mention on Slashdot - but nowhere else - often includes phrases like "in the media spotlight" or "media frenzy" or "forced into the public consciousness".

If you're not a Slashdot reader, you probably aren't aware that Crazy John is suspected of murder. You probably wouldn't even know who is was, if you saw his name somewhere.

Comment Anyone have details? (Score 1) 307

I'm curious how Microsoft and Apple would be compelled to pay more taxes - it's not as if they're manufacturing their computers there. If it's a tax on sales, that's not going to hit the companies... it'll hit the Russian consumers trying to buy Macs and Windows computers.

It's kind of funny, because I remember there was a lot of prominent Apple product placement in that "I will tear off my shirt for Putin" political ad - so their computers and phones are apparently popular there.

Comment Works for me (Score 4, Insightful) 176

I deleted my Facebook account several years ago. I never visit the site, nor do I follow links that will take me to Facebook even incidentally. Yet, when I do my regular cleansing of cookies, I always find some from Facebook.com and Facebook.net in the list.

Too bad I don't live in France...

Comment When did this nonsense start? (Score 3, Insightful) 120

This "we're announcing that we'll be announcing something soon" crap, I mean.

The first time I was really aware of it happening was with "Ginger", that silly self-balancing scooter. Then, and every time since, the announcement has been underwhelming at best. Most of the time it's a complete waste of time - so I now let these pre-announcements go in one ear and right out the other.

We have the Internet. If something cool is announced, we'll know about it right away. Stop wasting our time - and yours - with pre-announcements about coming announcements!

Truly we live in the future... but, unfortunately, too often this future makes Futurama look like a prescient documentary.

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