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Comment Re:Keep em Banned (Score 1, Flamebait) 369

Well said. Clearly a new generation is posting to slashdot. Because in the past when this issue has come up (as it continually does now with increasing frequency) the engineers of old would explain with numerous posts that it's impossible for the FAA or anyone else to keep track of the countless electronic devices made and assure that each and every one does not jam the systems.

But apparently the 15 year olds of today can't live for a few minutes with their devices turned off.

Comment Re:Pilots... (Score 1) 449

Also, the onus would be upon the FAA (not just the FCC) to make sure every device in the world wouldn't hurt the avionics - a now impossible task when you consider the sheer magnitude of things that have batteries.

This argument appears every few months. It just doesn't make sense to risk a bad GPS airplane reading that leads to a collision so someone can play with their phone.

Comment Re:expanding on your words: (Score 1) 957

debates in which the person supposedly representing our voice is apologizing for us and accusing us of being extremists.

It's because of the worst kind of arrogant ignorance, you are extremists.

For whoever sees me as missing the humor, Poe's law is in effect. Regardless, there is a section of the republican party that is a joke


Paying Through Facebook May Become a Reality 122

SmartAboutThings writes "A recent story at the NY Times talks about a possible partnership between Facebook and mobile billing company Bango. 'You might want to buy a game or concert tickets or an astrological forecast. Careful where your fingers go. One tap, and a charge will show up on your phone bill. "Frictionless" payment is how Bango puts it. Bango will get a cut of each click; it declined to say how much.' Assuming this doesn't remain a rumor, then quite soon we might be able to pay for goods using our Facebook accounts. Could this help Facebook regain the lost trust for their investors?"

Comment Re:A much more accurate prediction (Score 2) 705

which will cause more people to raise more livestock for meat,

Expect to see the return and rise of the local family farm. If chickens cost $100 each, suddenly they will become very lucrative. Also, more less desirable meat cuts of an animal become marketable in one form or another. And let's not forget that the current more agrarian third world countries will see a boon in the export of their farm products including meat.

All of which leads to a stabilization of meat prices.

Comment One critical difference (Score 4, Informative) 362

Chic-Fil-A is a private company serving the interests of a private owner. Microsoft soft is a publicly held company which primarily exists to serve the interests of their shareholders.

The same sex marriage debate is divisive and there are strong beliefs on both sides. Does a public company exist to sell a product and provide a profit to its shareholders, or help enact social change even if it means the cost of business? Even if it hurts shareholders?

It simply does not make sense to take sides on a on a highly divisive social issue.

In Chic-Fil-A's case, Rahm Emmanuel shot his mouth off saying "Their values are not our values" and supported his alderman's postion to stop Chic--Fil-A from building a restaurant based on Chic Fil A's president stance on opposing same sex marriage. Which subsequently led to the anti-boycott and Chic-Fil-A's single biggest sales day in the history of the company Aug 1

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