DontScotty writes: Finally — Google is now performing as it used to — quick, snappy, and complete! The Fade-In effect has been removed. You no longer need to wiggle your input device to make the "Web/Images/Videos/Maps/News/Shopping/Gmail" links appear in their traditional place in the top left corner of the Google homepage.
"Google has also killed its "fade-in" homepage – which was rolled out just months ago. The page would hide most of its hyperlinks until you actually moved your mouse, but for reasons unknown, Google has returned to a setup where the links appear immediately."
DontScotty writes: "Obituary for Michael Jackson as written by DontScotty submitted to Slashdot.org
Michael was told that he's "Got to Be There" when he was "Ben" on August 29, 1958. His vocal talents were recognized at age three when he was caught telling stories about his imaginary friend "Music & Me". The real name of the friend Music was "Billie Jean". His father, Joe Jackson, told Michael that his imaginary friend needed to "Beat It".
His problems stretched out "Forever, Michael" when his Jackson 5 career allegedly robbed him of his childhood. This sent him "Off the Wall" during the late 70's and early 1980's.
As his separation from his family increased, he discovered the "Thriller" of new and unique friends. Some people thought palling around with a chimp named Bubbles was a "Bad" idea. Hidden Microphones may have caught Michael telling Bubbles that "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".
Famous Friends. Michael may have been influenced by his association with famous people. 1977 he was pictured with Woody Allen — known for marrying his wife's adopted daughter who was 35 years younger. 1983 saw him hanging out with Cher, whom he didn't bother to ask if knowing that an ex-husband would be killed by a tree in 1998 might bother her. In 1984, he was pictured at the White House with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, but his visit was soon forgotten. In 1988, Michael was photographed with the Princess of England, "Dirty Diana".
Emmanuel Lewis, (aka Webster) played a tiny role in developing Michael's taste for associating with the young and the small. In 1992 Webster was upsized to new friend Macaulay Culkin, whom allegedly spent time "Home Alone" with Michael. The new friends appeared to slow the rate of cosmetic surgery that was changing the "Man in the Mirror" who appeared to be haunting Michael.
A new friendship with a 13-year-old child broke down after allegations of child sexual abuse were brought forth. Many people in the press thought Michael may have been a "Smooth Criminal" in regards to child molestation. The police performed a 25 minute strip-search to check the condition and match a description of Michael Jackson's private parts. Michael protested about "The Way You Make Me Feel" to the police. Shortly there after, he began a "Dangerous" addiction to painkillers.
On the Oprah show, in answering the question regarding "Black or White", he disclosed the conditions of vitiligo and lupus. This statement was refuted by Dr. Gregory House saying "It's Never Lupus."
"HIStory" of reclaiming his childhood seemed to be "Invincible" during his court trials that ended on June 13, 2005 with the jury verdict of Not Guilty.
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25th, 2009 at age 50. He is survived by 3 children; Michael Joseph, Paris Michael Katherine, and Prince Michael (aka Blanket). His theory of fathering 3 children was "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough". He is also survived by two ex-wives; Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe. It is said he is now Moonwalking with Jesus.
DontScotty writes: "I have just been promoted to writing process documents for an outsourcing company.
Since the first of these process documents are for people familiar with the systems and locations, I'm including 'easter eggs' or 'chuckle-ables' in the pages.
In example: Assigning techs to buildings with contact information — I included a building name that fit the naming scheme, but didn't actually exist. I assigned the tech as Captain Tuttle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuttle_(M*A*S*H)
I was wondering, what kind of 'chuckle-ables' do other slashdot readers put into their documention, presentations, or comments while they code?
SEATTLE — A British pilot has been fired after doing a fly-by with a new Boeing 777-330ER at Paine Field in Everett last month.
British newspapers report that Captain Ian Wilkinson, 55, flew the Cathay Pacific jet just 28 feet above the ground in a ceremonial fly-by on a delivery flight. Several VIPs were aboard.
The incident occurred on Jan. 30, when the airplane, the sixth of 30 777-300ERs for delivery to Cathay Pacific, was unveiled at a pre-flight ceremony at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett.
The London Telegraph reported that passengers were "said to be stunned into silence," while people on the ground cheered, and that Wilkinson later toasted the flight with champagne.
Wilkinson was fired when video of the stunt showed up on YouTube.
DontScotty writes: Besides losing your alleged privacy of movement, now here's a real threat to tuck under your aluminum covered baseball cap. But, this one will be hitting your virtual wallet. For those using EZ Pass electronic toll systems, be wary of the "orphan exit". If the system fails to scan you out of traffic — you pay NOT for the road driven, but the maximum daily (aka lost ticket) rate.