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Comment: No matter what language... (Score 0, Flamebait) 344

by polyomninym (#32286952) Attached to: Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying
I ride a commuter bus to and from Redmond,WA and Seattle, and on a daily basis I hear multiple cellphone conversations. No matter what language they are in, they piss me off. I plug my ears up with nice plug-style earphones, listen to music, and still hear the chattering. Message to all on the 545: STFU and wait until you are off the bus to chatter constantly. It's got less to do with language in my case, but you get the picture.
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."
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Some Claim Android App Store Worse Than iPhone's 289

Posted by kdawson
from the scylla-meet-charybdis dept.
eldavojohn writes "If you think the iPhone app store is the only mobile game store suffering an exodus, some game publishers claim Android's app store isn't much better, for a different reason — it doesn't generate much revenue. In fact, French game developer Gameloft (which owes 13% of its profits to iPhone game sales), said, 'We have significantly cut our investment in Android platform, just like... many others. It is not as neatly done as on the iPhone. Google has not been very good to entice customers to actually buy products. On Android nobody is making significant revenue. We are selling 400 times more games on iPhone than on Android.' So the trade-off seems to be more sales but an annoying approval process, versus a lack of sales promotions and no annoyance around approval. It seems that those in it for money will opt for iPhone, and those in it for distribution will opt for Android. Or maybe someone will get it right one of these days?"

Comment: Doctor Who (Score 2, Interesting) 436

by polyomninym (#29219021) Attached to: Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" Planet
This reminds me of that episode of the new series of Doctor Who, The Impossible Planet. Scientists were studying a planet that was somehow kept from getting sucked into a black hole that it was next to. To me, it was definitely the best episode covering the nature of deep fears. Oh, and if you starred through the "sun roof" at the black hole for too long, it would drive you insane.

Comment: Try ANY behavior... (Score 1) 245

by polyomninym (#28733909) Attached to: Study Finds Delinquent Behavior Among Boys Is "Contagious"
Here's a better headline: Study Finds Behavior Among Boys Is "Contagious". Note the missing descriptor. I've seen any behavior, from good to bad, be contagious among groups of boys, and hey guess what, girls too. Whatever seems "Alpha" "must" be the thing to do. I certainly don't want to be the last kid on the block to do (fill in the blank.)

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein

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