Two words: Warranty period. When my 12 months are up, on comes Ubuntu.
I would prefer taking company equity / listed shares via a salary sacrifice option. No tax on the initial income and a growing tax advantaged income stream from dividends.
I've never met an Engrish speaker that speaks English.
My chinese coworker says he picked up English in one year when working in hotels, and in 19 years still can't understand 'Strayan.
Before JB Hifi I had to search 5 different CD stores over 3 square km (in a city of 1 million people) to find some albums I wanted, and I was paying more for them 15 years ago (not in real terms, raw dollar for dollar). Yeah you know what, they pull some shit, but life got easier after they came along, and I get more shit for the dollar. Suck it up and don't buy an iFad.
Yep - and we still have a banking system.
We still haven't perfected the technology. Or more to the point, perfected the technology for $5 notes. The rest are fine, the 5's fall apart all the time. Baffling.
Probably the most racist thing I've read all day.
2 years probation for his first offence. Hell of a book.
MarkWhittington writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that starting with the FY2011 budget request for NASA, the Obama administration intends to propose a new program to encourage the development of a commercial space flight industry. 'The controversial proposal, expected to be included in the Obama administration's next budget, would open a new chapter in the US space program. The goal is to set up a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar initiative allowing private firms, including some start-ups, to compete to build and operate spacecraft capable of ferrying US astronauts into orbit—and eventually deeper into the solar system. Congress is likely to challenge the concept's safety and may balk at shifting dollars from existing National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs already hurting for funding to the new initiative. The White House's ultimate commitment to the initiative is murky, according to these people, because the budget isn't expected to outline a clear, long-term funding plan.'"
Lanxon writes "'In the universe there is intelligent life, I'm confident about that,' SETI founder Dr Frank Drake (of the Drake Equation) affirmed earlier today during a talk at the Royal Society in London, 50 years after SETI was founded. One of his visions to prove this, and to show that the last five decades were not a waste of time, is to station a radio observatory not in near-Earth orbit, but on the far side of the moon. He also suggests that another craft could later be stationed 500 times further away from the Sun than the Earth, using the Sun itself as a giant magnifying lens to resolve alien worlds."
An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"
gimmebeer writes "The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the US had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet."
I've been watching Enviromission not build a solar tower in regional Victoria (Australia) for a decade now. Not building one in the United States is a real step up for these guys.
Fly to Malaysia and you'll change your tune. Mandatory death penalty for drug import.