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Comment: I ran the marathon (Score 4, Interesting) 317

by word munger (#43505413) Attached to: I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...
I ran the marathon and my son, watching the race from a rooftop on Boylston, saw the bombs go off. I didn't obsessively follow the news about the bombings, but you can bet that I was interested. Glad to see they caught the bad guys, and that life in Boston can return to a semi-normal state.

Comment: I have a computer attached to my TV... (Score 1) 264

by word munger (#35668314) Attached to: My in-use, non-TV displays add up to (diag.):
My "TV" is used perhaps 50 percent of the time as a computer display, either to show Netflix rentals, as a display for my MP3 collection, etc. Even when I use it as a TV, I'm running a DVR, which is essentially a heavily modified Linux box.

Also, my Prius has a display used for showing fuel efficiency as well as the rear-view camera picture. Does that count?

Comment: Re:I dunno man (Score 1) 348

by word munger (#33975576) Attached to: Early Review of 11" Macbook Air
I agree, thinness is probably overrated, but lightness isn't. Since we don't have flexible high-res screens, however, the "fold-in-half" laptop isn't going to show up any time soon.

I have an original MacBook Air, and absolutely love having a full-size notebook in such a lightweight package. I really value the full-sized screen and keyboard, and I bought a very small bag that's easy to carry along with me. Now when I'm out and about, I'm carrying a laptop *and* case that is smaller and lighter than most laptops out there. I even have room for a magazine or a book and a notepad.

That said, I actually don't see anything in these new models that will convince me to ditch my nearly-3-year-old MBA.

The Almighty Buck

+ - Copyright advocacy group violates copyright->

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word munger writes "Commercial scholarly publishers are beginning to get afraid of the open access movement. They've hired a high-priced consultant to help them sway public opinion in favor of copyright restrictions on taxpayer-funded research. Funny thing is, their own website contains several copyright violations. It seems they pulled their images directly from the Getty Images website — watermark and all — without paying for their use! Clearly their agenda is simply to make using copyrighted materials inconvenient and expensive for everyone but THEMSELVES."
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Censorship

+ - The F-bomb most popular, N-word most offensive

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word munger
word munger writes "The F-word is censored from nearly all U.S. broadcast TV (except when someone like Bono slips it into a live telecast), but people use it every day in casual conversation. Meanwhile vicious insults like "nappy-headed ho," while they did result in Don Imus's firing, are repeated ad nauseum on every newscast covering the event. What curse words are truly offensive, and who do they offend the most? On Cognitive Daily, we surveyed over 700 readers to find out. The results? The F-word is only mildly offensive — not even as offensive as "ho." What's more, as people get older, they react more negatively to some words, like "suck" and "ho," but other words bother them less. It all suggests that censoring particular words makes less sense than evaluating words in context. Depending on who is watching and when, the FCC might want to reassess its censorship policy."
Operating Systems

+ - Apple admits Leopard will not ship until October

Submitted by Andy_R
Andy_R (114137) writes "In a statement released after the stock market close, Apple admits "will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned", blaming the need to move software engineering and QA resources over to the iPhone project, which it says is still on schedule to ship in "late June" as planned. Developers will still get their hands on Leopard at the WWDC but it will only be a "near final" version, not the finished product."

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