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Comment But they, too are set. (Score 1) 423

They're probably targeting the people who want an iPhone, but know better than to actually get one.

Yes, the Apple Hater crowd who will dismiss anything from Apple no matter how suitable to their needs. I know them well.

They already bought an Android phone, or are buying something like the Hero. The ad does nothing to make them wait - the ad could at least mention it's a better Android phone than the current ones. That's what my complaint is, they talk about the iPhone so much they forget to tell you useful things like that.

Comment Re:Its not just Ontario. The whole of the Australi (Score 1) 294

The problem isn't that a bank account is a bad investment.

So too many people were losing their money but it wasn't a bad investment. Whatever, you and I obviously have very different ideas of what constitutes a good or bad investment.

One of the big reasons for bank failure before the FDIC was graft, where people within the bank skimmed off money or faked the books until the bank died.

Thankfully that doesn't happen any more. Oh wait ...

government protection covers the investments you tout above, by protecting you from the effects of criminality on the part of those you're invested with.

Which is entirely different to having the industry exist only by government edict, such as is the case with banking.

You'll have to cite some reasonable sources for the imminent hyperinflation

Your governments finances are propped up by borrowing and inflating the currency supply. Other countries are less likely to be willing to lend to you as your currency loses value and ceases to be the reserve currency of the world, that leaves inflation or massive cutbacks in government spending. Cutbacks in government spending do not seem to be on the agenda. It's only one possible scenario but it is possible. Given that those who couldn't foresee the GFC are still in control of your financial system it's hard to have much confidence in them.

As to your cite for the fall of Rome, you must be joking.

It's a tourism site, but it isn't the only one out there that links inflation to the fall of the roman empire.

There's little mention of the explosive expansion of the empire causing problems, there's no mention of uneven taxation (taxation, by the way, doesn't cause inflation as your article states), there's no mention of the slave/freeman imbalance

There's little mention of anything, it's a summary on a tourism site. Increases in taxation ARE price inflation of one of the single biggest costs most people have. It mentions the effect of slavery on unemployment. You aren't willing to even take the effort to google for it and you won't see what you don't want to see when it's put in front of you. There doesn't seem to be much point to this conversation. As for "Decline of morals and values"?!? Please. I haven't done any sort of study on how this affected Rome, but the mention of gladiators as entertainment is also linked to the spread of disease, if there was an increase in prostitution with primitive medical care and no condoms it would likewise be linked to the spread of disease, increases in public drunkenness would be likely to result in more accidents, more crime and less productivity. You don't have to be a priest to see that could be a significant problem for a society.

Comment Re:Did they mention (Score 1) 252

I caught a bit of that special. One of those guys boasted there about making the cookiecutter racist, Colonel Tigh a cylon. And Gaius Baltar is the worst of the lot. I don't care that he's not wholly good or evil. Just shove him out an airlock already.

And you didn't catch the moralizing? The most obvious is the racist is bad meme. But there's a tendency for a character to make some blatant moral assumption (like the cylons are pure evil) and then the show turns it on its end (Colonel Tigh, you're a cylon! Ha ha!). Then there was that stretch where they had a pile of humans in captivity on some planet. The show did a cute juxtaposition of that part with the insurgency in Iraq, except, of course, that the good guys were the freedom fighters.

Comment Can't wait to see you go bankrupt. (Score 1) 250

I have been a loyal BB online customer since the program launched. What's not mentioned in this article is the fact that there never used to be the "limited" in-store exchanges program, you simply paid for your membership according to how many mailed movies you could have out at a time (IE you could exchange your movies in store for a free movie anytime, anywhere without limits). Interestingly enough, magically, the program terms were changed without notification and that's when the new "limited" in store exchange membership levels were introduced. I was pissed off then. This has taken it too far. The only reason I have chosen Blockbuster over Netflix to date was because I could exchange my movies in store and get the next movies in my queue faster since the dvd's didn't have to be dropped in the mail. Now they think they can just change it and all their loyal customers are just going to drop their pants and take it? Nah man, personally, I'm done with them - I'm going to Netflix and will be watching all of my movies instantly on my xbox. You'd think if you're about to go bankrupt as a company you would be doing everything in your power to at least KEEP your current customers, not piss them off and watch them go. As the subject line says "I can't wait to see you bumblef**ks cry like little babies when you go out of business."

Submission + - Microsoft warns users who strip Windows Vista (

Shodan writes: "Earlier this week I had mentioned a third party application in my article, called vLite which has capability of stripping-down Windows Vista. This application has earned a bit of fame by allowing people to make their Vista installations more lightweight, removing unwanted components and implementing various speed tweaks."

Submission + - The City of the Future

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "One century ago, many Americans still had not seen a movie, ridden in an automobile or grasped that people could fly. The New York World greeted its readers on January 1, 1908 with a stirring rumination about the past and future of America: "We may have gyroscopic trains as broad as houses swinging at 200 miles an hour up steep grades and around dizzying curves," the newspaper said. "We may have aeroplanes winging the once inconquerable air. The tides that ebb and flow to waste may take the place of our spent coal and flash their strength by wire to every point of need." Today the NY Times asked ten knowledgeable New Yorkers to imagine New York City a century from today. Their visions include archeological excavations at the Fresh Kills landfill, the waterfront at Third Avenue and Seventh Avenue, a dome over Central Park, and a virtual reality grid superimposed over the city."
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Submission + - Best motherboards with large RAM capacity? 1

cortex writes: "I routinely need to analyze large datasets (principally using Matlab). I recently "upgraded" to 64-bit Vista so that I can access larger amounts of RAM. I know that various Linux distros have had 64-bit support for years. I also typically use Intel motherboards for their reliability, but currently Intel's desktop motherboards only support 8GB of RAM and their server motherboards are too expensive. Can anyone relate their experiences with working with Vista or Linux machines running with large RAM (>8GB). What is the best motherboard (Intel or AMD) and OS combination for workstation applications in terms of cost and reliability?"

Submission + - Chimp Beats Students At Computer Game (

Tech.Luver writes: "Chimpanzees have an extraordinary photographic memory that is far superior to ours, research suggests. Young chimps outperformed university students in memory tests devised by Japanese scientists. The research, published in Current Biology, suggests we may have under-estimated the intelligence of our closest living relatives. Until now, it had always been assumed that chimps could not match humans in memory and other mental skills. "There are still many people, including many biologists, who believe that humans are superior to chimpanzees in all cognitive functions," said lead researcher of Kyoto University. "No one can imagine that chimpanzees — young chimpanzees at the age of 5 — have a better performance in a memory task than humans," he said in a statement. ( )"

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Young chimpanzees have an "extraordinary" ability to remember numerals that is superior to that of human adults, researchers report. The researchers said they believe that the young chimps' newfound ability to top humans in the numerical memory task is "just a part of the very flexible intelligence of young chimpanzees."

Submission + - No Anti-Piracy Plan, No Federal Financial Aid 1

theodp writes: "The Motion Picture Association of America is applauding top Democratic politicians for introducing an anti-piracy bill that threatens the nation's colleges with the loss of a $100B a year in federal financial aid should they fail to have a technology plan to combat illegal file sharing. The proposal, which is embedded in a 747-page bill, has alarmed university officials. 'Such an extraordinarily inappropriate and punitive outcome would result in all students on that campus losing their federal financial aid — including Pell grants and student loans that are essential to their ability to attend college, advance their education, and acquire the skills necessary to compete in the 21st-century economy,' said university officials in a letter to Congress. 'Lower-income students, those most in need of federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry's proposal.'"

Submission + - Anniversary coverage in IEEE! (

RudeDude writes: "Happy Anniversary! IEEE Spectrum writes: Slashdot has built one of the most feverishly loyal and influential communities of geeks online. Each day the site gets about 500,000 visitors, who view some 2 million pages. And as it is the early adopter's tastemaker, its power is mighty. Getting a link from the site — getting "Slashdotted" — has a viral impact."
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Submission + - USPS invokes the Patriot Act with PO Box Holders (

jX writes: "I've blogged about a document I got from the USPS with a request for more documentation. When I spoke with the clerk, it's all related to the bloody Patriot Act. I scanned in the document to share with the world. I didn't see any other notices of this on the net yet, so I'm eager to get word of this to everyone. It's a sham request for ID when the real goal is more documentation of a person's physical address, when logically, since the documents they request are readily accessible by the gov't to begin with, why do we need to present these? It's more clumsy Big Brother security theater."
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Submission + - Low budget open source VGA compatible video card ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Seeing how the Open Graphics Project is only making slow progress, a new card is being developed by a few students to get a fast, simple and above all cheap video card out the door. Started just two months ago, they're already nearing completion of the circuit board. It sports a reasonably sized reprogrammable FPGA which should kickstart development of a full-fledged open source video card in the future, and the design currently only costs about a hundred euro.

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