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Comment Much alarmed (Score 1) 436

My thoughts upon reading the heading for this story (no kidding):
1. How terrible! Those poor patients...
2. Where is Monsanto hospital?
3. What made them 'key' patients, exactly? Does that express favouritism, and if so, does it violate the triage system that is so important in modern medical practice?
4. Who is Pub Pat (and what kind of a name is that, anyway), and why would he or she do such a thing?

Naturally upon reading slightly lower, I realized how far off I was. Still, for a while, the story looked promising.

Submission + - Air ball stories

psaunders writes: Clearly, some Slashdot stories attract a lot of attention...anything to do with 'touchy' buzzword subjects typically yields 500+ comments within 24 hours. See the Hall of Fame Most Active Stories listing for prime examples! However, today I am more interested in the other end of the spectrum. Have there been stories which appeared on the main page and were hardly noticed, or nobody cared to comment, even if only to get in the first post?
User Journal

Journal Journal: SuperKendall is a corporate shill

User SuperKendall is a corporate shill for Sony. This is a note to myself to remember to use some of the mod points that I get with my other account(s) to mod him down weekly. We'll start him on a program - he only gets 2 downmods from me per week. If he doesn't straighten up, we'll have to increase his dosage.

I am trying to educate these swine!


Submission + - Creative Labs False Advertising

An anonymous reader writes: Creative Labs 2GB MuVo V100 portable mp3 players are advertised as being USB 2.0 capable devices, but are in fact USB 1.1 devices. Creative labs own message forums, as well as other places document this clearly, and a quick google search yields many more results. I verified it myself on two different platforms, a MacBook Pro, and an nforce2 based mainboard with onboard USB 2.0. I have emailed creative asking how to get usb 2.0 speeds out of this product and have been ignored, like most people. This really sounds like class action lawsuit material. Creative Labs are doing absolutely nothing to address this, and you can still find this product on store shelves advertised as being a USB 2.0 device when it clearly is not. It takes over an HOUR to copy 2gb of data to/from this device. What is a consumer to do?

Submission + - MySpace Sued for Arbitrarily Deleting Profiles

An anonymous reader writes: A Joplin, Missouri man named Brian Mora has filed a federal lawsuit against MySpace for allegedly violating his freedom of speech rights by repeatedly deleting his accounts 'because an administrator ... simply disliked something displayed' in his profile, reports. The company changed its terms-of-service Wednesday to 'expressly reserve the right to remove your profile and/or restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to any part of MySpace Services if MySpace determines, in its sole discretion, that you pose a threat to MySpace and/or its Users.'

Submission + - British hacker loses extradition appeal

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes: Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges. The BBC News website profiles his history and his motives. To hear the US government tell it, Gary McKinnon is a dangerous man, and should be extradited back to America to stand trial in a Virginia courtroom. One US prosecutor has accused him of committing "the biggest military computer hack of all time". But Mr McKinnon has said his motives were harmless and innocent — he was, he says, simply looking for information on UFOs. Read on

Was he a 'bumbling nerd' as he says or were his motives more malicious?
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Submission + - The most crazy case-mod ever. A dead dog.

Funny Finder writes: Koln, Germany-After keeping their taxidermied family dog in the living room for 4 years Albert and Petra Zimmerman decided to make better use of their small living space by combining the home computer with Ex-pet Dieter. Keep reading

Submission + - Firefly Has More Vocal Fanboys Than Star Wars

Coryoth writes: "While such unscientific polls should be taken with a grain of salt, the BBC is reporting that in a surprise result Serenity finished first, ahead of Star Wars for the title of best sci-fi movie in an SFX magazine poll. If nothing else it does show that at the moment Firefly fans are more ardent and more vocal in their support for their favourite Science Fiction universe."
Linux Business

Submission + - Dell gives the go-ahead for Linux

LingNoi writes: "A report by the BBC states that Computer giant Dell will begin to sell PCs preinstalled with open source Linux operating systems".

Dell has not yet decided which GNU/Linux distribution to go with citing that "Driver Support is Key" on their Ideastorm update page and Direct2Dell blog..

Many of you posted comments to our Direct2Dell blog, indicating that you were less concerned about a specific distribution than you are about support at the kernel level and open driver support.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360 Hardware Failure Survey

Anonymous Coward writes: "A UK magazine invited readers to answer a survey. The results are nowhere near Microsoft's claimed failure rate of the 360.

Out of the 2181 survey submissions so far:

891 (40.85%) say they have NOT had a console fail
825 (37.83%) say they've had one console fail
465 (21.32%) say they've had more than one console fail

Overall, 1290 (59.15%) of respondants claim to have experienced Xbox 360 hardware failure. Get the full stats here."

Submission + - Samsung's UpStage looks to trump iPhone

bj writes: "PCWorld is running a story about Samsung's recently unveiled Upstage cell phone. Could it threaten the iPhone?

"Tired of waiting for Apple's iPhone? You might want to check out a potential rival that you can buy sooner: Samsung's innovative, super-slim, two-faced UpStage (M620), sold by Sprint Nextel. On the eve of the giant CTIA Wireless trade show here in Orlando, Florida, Sprint announced that it will begin selling the UpStage on April 1. Its price will be $300 — or $150 with a two-year contract, Sprint representatives say."

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