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Comment Not really a surprise (Score 1) 139

If you post something and a bunch of people like it or comment positively on it, of course that's going to boost your self-esteem. It makes you feel popular. I imagine the opposite to be true, too. If your posts are frequently ignored, that would probably tend to diminish your self-esteem. Facebook is just a different interface for basic human interactions, so I doubt this would really surprise any sociologists.

Submission Why Comic-Con Should Call Google->

tclegg1 writes: Comic-Con, the biggest comic book, sci-fi, and pop culture convention in the world, has had yet another server fail trying to sell tickets for the 2011 event. Are there just too many people trying to buy tickets or could there be a nefarious DDOS behind the problem? With hundreds of thousands of attendees and Hollywood having a major presence, a lot is at stake if tickets can't be sold. Perhaps it's time for Comic-Con to rethink their approach and ask someone with experienced network engineers for help. Could Google or Amazon help sort this out? What does Slashdot think?
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Comment Kenmore Connect (Score 5, Interesting) 105

I am not making this up -- I found out today that my new Kenmore washer & dryer have Kenmore Connect, which lets you call tech support on your cell phone, then hold the phone up to the appliance so that it can be talked to directly. Supposedly, the majority of service calls are not hardware related, so this lets Sears see what's wrong with your machine and potentially fix it without having to send someone out. I'm guessing appliances connecting to service sites with wi-fi would be next.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -- Ernest Rutherford