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Comment Re:Don't worry about the quality, feel the cost (Score 1) 215

Not just the UK...

France has a very good system for this, apparently.

My personal experience with NHS Direct was actually (all things considered) pretty damn good. Mind you I am a strong proponent of the NHS, despite its neglect over the past decade, Its still a valid and potent solution, and one which I am grateful for! And have been a lot throughout my life!

Driving a motorbike, having a son, and an accident prone girlfriend makes you very happy that a relatively small proportion of your income goes to those fellas!

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Ruckus Closes Down 125

An anonymous reader writes "According to TechCrunch, Ruckus, the ad-supported music service targeted at college students, has closed down for good. Ruckus was notable for its poorly-designed client software and .wma-only DRM-laden catalog of 3,000,000 tracks, somewhat less than half the size of the iTunes catalog."
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Journal Journal: Back to Slashdot.

Well, back to Slashdot for me. Had to take a break for a while ... and from Michael's dribble. Well, he's gone, looks like the Eds are paying a little more attention to things.
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Journal Journal: Michael.

Well, i normally rip on the guy for posting the stuff he does, but ya know what? Tonight, he is on target and picking well.

Seriously, he's been balanced and posting stuff the geeks wanna know about (or at least this geek). It is more on target and /.-like - fitting with the rest of the Ed's. i used to bitch a lot about it - but, hey, you know what? Fuck that noise, people can change, morph, and listen (to me? heh, why do that?).
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Journal Journal: Fuck OpenOffice 1

Fuck OO. Fuck it. And here's why:

i use blosxom for my journal-style CMS. So, i write a loooooooooooong ass piece that i want to post at my site. i'd like to spellcheck it as i like to do - no sense in posting shit if it's riddled with a mess of errors (hell, i'm typing this directly as i don't have AbiWord in yet). So i type up all my thoughts and links and reasons and refs in emacs...just my style. It's only text, wtf, why not? i'd run into probs with OO fucking up my quotes, so emacs
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Journal Journal: Michael sucks.

Goddamn, take a look at the stories posted today/tonight by him. Slashdot - Ads for Nerds, Stuff that makes OSDN Money. Or something stupid like that. And then his little "gnutella-still-free-for-all dept." comment on the Real Player story (and the stupid title that he let go through...yet again painting Real as the bad guy). Not that i'm a fan of Real, but fucking christ, if Slashdot wants to keep whatever street-cred it used to have, this moron has got to go. Read
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Journal Journal: EarthFuckers.com Launched.

Nothing spectacular there at the moment, but i am just getting started: EarthFuckers.com i know the images still need lots of work, etc. Enjoy the photographs, i have quite a few rolls to develop at the moment; they'll be up soon. Anyway, enjoy the ride.
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Journal Journal: The "Ed's"

So, anyway, a few more things have come up. Poor Slashdot has been wandering and waning terribly. No longer really a source of "News for Nerds", Slashdot has floundered under the personal misguidance of its "editors". While many, many people agree that linux is a great tool, most of us do not tailor our lives, beliefs, and pedagogy around it. The "editor's" blind belief in the church of linux has hindered and yes, even harmed Slashdot in the credibility department. They have fostered and encoura

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