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Comment Public Attention (Score 4, Insightful) 304

The problem with probes on Mars and the like, is just what the article said. A good space program that would advance science would take a huge ammount of money. The public is a very easily bored creature, just look what happened after Apollo 11. "Well, we made it to the moon! Wait, why are we going back? we DID that already."

The public is very cold on science for science's sake, you have to have photo ops. A trip to the moon would get interest going, get money flowing so they can DO the important stuff. You have to get the public on your side, and, sadly, there's no big Russian menace for the public to cry out, "We must beat them!" Quite a few people thought that once we beat the Russians to the Moon, well, that was fun, no need to go back. Hopefully people will realize how important the space program is, but something tells me that it won't be soon, and it won't be until we get something inspiring. Deep space voyages, while important, won't inspire anyone. Landing on the Moon or Mars? That will.

Comment Re:Milky Way, hell... (Score 1) 612

Wait wait wait...You mean to say they actually had a REASON for leaveing the lights on, and it's not a effort by the Man to remove the Milky Way from the night sky? MADNESS I say! And I for one will not hear of it!

They put those light on to make the sky black and featureless, and that's the only logical and sensible explanation.

Comment Re:"Power Users"? I don't think so... (Score 1) 727

Gain the right to use GUI? I don't mean to be insightful, but in my opinion, it's that kind of attitude that is really holding Linux back. A user doesn't want to have to fight with a command line, learn commands and whatnot just to be able to use a GUI. Thinking like this is going to keep Linux to the people who want to use it, not convert anyone.

Comment Re:dumb much? (Score 1) 461

I'm no historian, but they both have logical backgrounds. QWERTY keyboards were designed with Typewriters in mind. The layout of the keys had to be spaced so that the arms of the typewriter would not get jammed when typing fast. Nowadays we use it because we always have, and any other layout wouldn't offer a big enough boost in speed to qualify for the change, not to mention that QWERTY is a standard.

As for Clockwise...I'm not positive, but isn't that the way the old sundials "turned"? They just used what they were used to, as there's no good reason to make it go counter-clockwise.

US Website Down For Over 1 Hour 228

CorporalKlinger writes "CNET News is reporting that Amazon's US website,, has been unreachable since 10:30 AM PDT today. As of posting, visiting produces an 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable' message. According to CNET, "Based on last quarter's revenue of $4.13 billion, a full-scale global outage would cost Amazon more than $31,000 per minute on average." Some of Amazon's international websites still appear to be working, and some pages on the US site load if accessed using HTTPS instead of HTTP."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - ATT Playing Hardball with Apple? 1

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "There's some interesting speculation from Cringley on why AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson let drop that a new version of Apple's iPhone will be introduced in 2008 that is capable of operating on faster 3G cellular networks. The announcement is sure to cut into Apple's Christmas sales and could also cost ATT a million new customers at least $1 billion in market cap for ATT, says Cringley. "It is no coincidence that Stephenson made his remarks in Silicon Valley, rather than in San Antonio or New York," says Cringley. "He came to the turf of his 'partner' and delivered a message that will hurt Apple as much as AT&T, a message that says AT&T doesn't really need Apple despite the iPhone's success." What may be troubling the relationship between AT&T and Apple is the upcoming auction for 700-MHz wireless spectrum and AT&T's discovery that Apple may be joining Google in bidding. AT&T thought its five-year "exclusive" iPhone agreement with Apple would have precluded such a bid, but that just shows how poorly Randall Stephenson understood Steve Jobs. "Stephenson took the dispute to the streets this way, showing he isn't intimidated by Jobs. It was a bold and rare response for big business and was definitely unexpected by Cupertino, which won't underestimate AT&T again," Cringley added."

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