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Comment: Re:I still prefer my coffee shop. (Score 3, Interesting) 500

by vkapadia (#27933159) Attached to: McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating
Consumer Reports would disagree with that harsh assessment:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16951509/

The magazine reported that McDonald's was "decent and moderately strong. Although it lacked the subtle top notes needed to make it rise and shine, it had no flaws."

That said, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

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Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction 485

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the not-quite-your-average-psychic dept.
Hugh Pickens writes to mention that Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, recently gave warning about an earthquake that was to happen on March 29th of this year near L'Aquilla. Based on radon gas emissions and a series of observed tremors he tried to convince residents to evacuate, drawing much criticism from the city's mayor and others. Giuliani was forced to take down warnings he had posted on the internet. The researcher had said that a 'disastrous' earthquake would strike on March 29, but when it didn't, Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, last week officially denounced Giuliani in court for false alarm. 'These imbeciles enjoy spreading false news,' Bertalaso was quoted as saying. 'Everyone knows that you can't predict earthquakes.' Giuliani, it turns out, was partially right. A much smaller seismic shift struck on the day he said it would, with the truly disastrous one arriving just one week later. 'Someone owes me an apology,' said Giuliani, who is also a resident of L'Aquila. 'The situation here is dramatic. I am devastated, but also angry.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

April Fools Sees Fake Extra Millions For Users of Brokerage Site 280

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the where-not-to-do-business dept.
Upstart online brokerage site Zecco had an unfortunate April Fool's day snafu that they are claiming was an honest mistake. Users logged on to find larger balances than they should have, sometimes millions of dollars extra, and many of those users started trading with the nonexistent money. Happy April Fool's Day. "... when Zecco realized it, the company apparently started to force sell, even at a loss, charging the losses to the customers along with a '$19.99 broker-assisted trading fee.' Oops."

Comment: Yes you can order Internet Through TW w/o Cable (Score 1) 379

by vkapadia (#26283929) Attached to: Time Warner Recommends Internet For Some Shows

You can order Internet through Time Warner w/o cable, at least in NYC.

I did this about 18 months ago. It required me repeating "no, I really don't want cable tv service" over and over until they gave up.

I think my friend did this years ago in Poughkeepsie, NY, but I'm not certain that it was Time-Warner (Time Warner services part of Poughkeepsie and Comcast services other parts, I believe).

Comment: Re:It has to do with the culture of the sport (Score 1) 1275

by vkapadia (#24681105) Attached to: Hacker Uncovers Chinese Olympic Fraud

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohini_Bhardwaj

Mohini Bhardwaj (à®à¥àààॠàà¾àà¦à¥àà¾àoe) (born September 29, 1978) is a retired American gymnast who competed at the 1997 and 2001 World Championships and earned a team silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

She was 25 at the time of her silver medal.

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