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Comment Re:Stereotypes (Score 1) 648

Isn't it shocking how many guys here think that they have advice for how to succeed as a woman in a male-dominated field? Some of the comments here are way more sexist than anything I've ever experienced in real life. I wonder if my coworkers are just holding hiding their real feelings, or if slashdot has a higher than ordinary population of crazy chauvinists. Neither is a very appealing prospect. Anyway, thanks, Lena, for your support!
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Submission + - iPhone not to be available for Alaskans

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, Alaskans wishing to use the "latest and greatest" release from Apple will be out of luck for perhaps as long as half a decade as AT&T cell phone service, which the iPhone uses, is not available in Alaska. As this article points out, there is a workaround for the Alaskan who absolutely has to have this technology, (which is not recommended by AT&T), but it could result in service cancellation.

Submission + - Existence of black holes in doubt (

mrbluze writes: "Science magazine has an article suggesting that the existence of black holes is mathematically impossible because matter is able to escape the black hole too easily, preventing its formation.

If black holes radiate away their mass over time, as Hawking showed, then they should evaporate before they even form, Krauss says. It would be like pouring water into a glass that has no bottom. In essence, physicists have been arguing over a trick question for 40 years.


Submission + - Farewell to Wires. Power goes wireless (

ketan324 writes: "MSNBC has an article on a group of researchers who have a working prototype of wireless power transmission. Scientist were able to power a 60 watt light bulb 7ft away from the power source. Apparently scientist have been proposing on "beaming" power from orbit via solar power satellites for years. True wireless laptop not to far away?"

Submission + - Asus stuns Computex with $189 laptop (

slashthedot writes: "As if Intel's cheap laptop release last month wasn't enough, Asus sprang a surprise during Intel's Computex keynote today with the announcement of a $189 laptop.
The notebook uses a custom-written Linux operating system, measures roughly 120 x 100 x 30mm (WDH) and weighs only 900g, boots in 15 seconds from its solid-state hard disk. Asus chairman Jonney Shih claimed the 3ePC would be available in all areas of the world, not only developing nations. utex-with-100-laptop.html"

Feed Vonage Says There Is No Workaround To Verizon's VoIP Patents (

After a jury sided with Verizon in its patent-infringment case against it, Vonage told customers and investors not to worry, because it was developing a workaround that would allow it to continue operating without infringing upon any of the patents in question. However, the company has now confirmed that there is no such workaround, and it's not certain that one would be feasible, given the breadth of the Verizon patents. It's filing for a permanent stay of the injunction against it, apparently with the hope that the appeals process will work out in its favor. If that move isn't successful, it's going to be awfully hard for the company to stay in business. Seeing the stay denied would be a dream scenario for Verizon, since the patents in question are so broad that it's conceivable it could be impossible to run a landline-replacement VoIP service in the US without infringing upon them -- meaning it could shut down the entire US VoIP industry and the stiff competition it provides the company's traditional phone services. Verizon's not the only company rubbing its hands gleefully, either. The whole VoIP space is so patented up that it's under threat not just from entrenched rivals who would like to see its growth stymied, but by companies that have done little to bring their innovations to market and are looking to make a quick buck.

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