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Comment: Re:People who already bought a converter (Score 1) 147

by pcmanjon (#27114021) Attached to: Digital TV Coupon Program Under Way Again

>Well that just make's his claim that much more dubious. Assuming the people in question were already able to buy a TV, and most of a converter box, I don't see why they can't just bite the bullet and pay for the remaining tiny fraction of the conveter box.

Because after paying for a 60 inch plasma, most of the cost of the converter box, and the months electric; they're broke!

Comment: Re:Great, we get to pay for them again! (Score 1) 224

by pcmanjon (#25019207) Attached to: NASA Patents To Be Auctioned

"No, I get to pay more every time I buy products using the patented technology. When I paid the taxes to fund NASA, it was most certainly NOT with the intention or stated purpose that they would develop things to sell to me."

And when I paid my taxes it was NOT with the intention that:

* It would be used for no-bid contracts for a war.
* That it would be used to bail Chevy and Ford out of bankruptcy, when it is their lack of innovation that got them there.
* That it would be used to take over Fannie and Freddie (with the CEO's of these two organizations getting 2.5 million dollar severance checks.)

Unfortunately this is politics. You pay your taxes, and in order to select what they are used for you vote for a politician. That politician then decides your funding.

The misuse and abuse of our tax money is the mis-coordination of the correct political candidate. Better luck next election I guess?

Handhelds

+ - Driver issues plague HTC handhelds->

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An anonymous reader writes "The latest and greatest HTC SmartPhones and PocketPC's, including the TyTN II, are plagued with driver issues, namely missing or grossly underperforming video, touchscreen and camera drivers. After months of complaining to HTC and them hardly even acknowledging the issue, there is now even talk of a possible lawsuit to get HTC to fix the problems.

Affected devices include the "PDA of the year" HTC TyTN II (Kaiser, AT&T Tilt, T-Mobile MDA Vario III, Vodafone v1615), the "iPhone killers" HTC Touch / Touch Dual / Touch Cruise, the HTC Titan (Sprint Mogul, Verizon XV6800) and several other less known devices."

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How To Get Rid of the Cubicle? 368

Posted by Zonk
from the i-suggest-a-hammer-and-a-pry-bar dept.
wikinerd writes "How can we get rid of the widely hated cubicle and its ugly cousin, the stressing open-plan office? Some business owners and managers cannot understand the advantages of teleworking, different office layouts, or the morale benefits of private offices with Aeron chairs. There are still people in high positions who seem to think that stuffing a bunch of engineers into a noisy landscaped office is the best way to organize a company. It is not, and we all know it, but can we prove it? How can we communicate to them the fact that living in a groundhog warren is bad not only for the engineers, but also for the organization?"

Wikipedia's $100 Million Dream 560

Posted by Zonk
from the omg-free-kermit dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Jimmy Wales recently asked the Wikipedia community to suggest useful, 'works that could in theory be purchased and freed' assuming a 'budget of $100 million to purchase copyrights.' He went on to say that he has spoken with a person 'who is potentially in a position to make this happen.' Ideas are being collected at the meta-wiki. Some early suggestions include, satellite imagery, textbooks, scientific journals and photo archives." So how about it? What works would you like to see wikified?

The Physics of a Good Store Location 72

Posted by kdawson
from the move-over-feng-shui dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes, "In 'Atomic Physics Predicts Successful Store Location,' LiveScience reports that a French physicist has applied methods used to study atomic interactions for another task: to 'help business owners find the best places to locate their stores.' Pablo Jensen has used his method for the city of Lyon and is now developing software with the local Chamber of Commerce to help future business owners. Read more for additional references and maps of the city of Lyon showing for example the best locations to open a bakery, according to atomic physics." Jensen says that more research is needed to know if this method would work in other cities.

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