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Comment Re:Sweeping Conclusion (Score 1) 389

And in between all your firewalls, client firewalls, calls to the help desk because "hey, this program needs admin rights", modifications to the registry because the program cannot run without admin rights to the registry, spyware scans, A/V scans, and your extensive user training - do you get any work done? I see you're at a university, which means you're probably not accountable to a bottom line, but ... really? What you're describing sounds great, but here in the real world, where money matters, and IT does NOT dictate what accounting package is used, or what vendor will be supplying the next package for a certain function ... it's a little more difficult.


Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment Re:A Good Thing (Score 2, Insightful) 292

I hate this kind of thing. By "keeping a memory alive", and revisiting that memory every day, I feel you can't get past grief, and move on with your life. Parents who keep a shrine, friends who keep facebook pages going forward - are you actually moving through your life?

The person is dead. They don't care anymore about Facebook. Let them fade, remember the good times you shared, and move forward. Honoring someone's memory doesn't mean canonizing them. If that person was the only thing keeping a group of people connected, then their absence means that the group should drift apart and move on - that's how humans should work.

All these sorts of things do is keep a wound open and fresh. Keep a page up for maybe a short time for those people who can't attend the funeral/wake/whatever ceremony you have, then gracefully remove the page.

Just because we can, doesn't mean we should.

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