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Comment Re:100%, and I didn't even take it. (Score 5, Funny) 245

A programmer and an engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight from Los Angeles to New York.The programmer leans over to the engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game.The engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.The programmer persists and explains that the game is real easy and is a lot of fun.
He explains “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5.
Then you ask me a question, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $5.”
Again, the engineer politely declines and tries to get to sleep.The programmer, now somewhat agitated, says, “OK, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $100!”
This catches the engineer’s attention, and he sees no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game.The programmer asks the first question.
“What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?”
The engineer doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the programmer.Now, it’s the engineer’s turn.
He asks the programmer “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?”
The programmer looks up at him with a puzzled look.
He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references.
He taps into the the net and the Library of Congress.
Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his co-workers–all to no avail.
After about an hour, he wakes the Engineer and hands him $100.
The engineer politely takes the $100 and turns away to try to get back to sleep.
The programmer, more than a little miffed, shakes the engineer and asks “Well, so what’s the answer?”
Without a word, the engineer reaches into his wallet, hands the programmer $5, and turns away to get back to sleep.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - FCC Crowd Sources Ideas for Broadband Plans (

Icono writes: "The Federal Communications Commission continues to expand its social networking efforts. On Friday, the agency launched a crowd-sourcing platform, Ideascale, at The Web 2.0 tool allows users to comment on particular points in a national broadband plan, voting items up or down on a rolling scale, or to add new ideas into the mix. In a statement, the FCC said that crowd-sourcing allows the online community to discuss, evaluate and rank ideas. The platform will be especially useful as the Commission develops a National Broadband Plan, which will provide a strategy for reaching all Americans with robust broadband."

The Mindset of the Incoming College Freshmen 383

Beloit College has come out with its annual Mindset List of what the incoming class (of 2013) has always known and has never known. "For these students, ... the Green Giant has always been Shrek, not the big guy picking vegetables. They have never used a card catalog to find a book. ... Tattoos have always been very chic and highly visible. ... Rap music has always been mainstream. ... Except for the present incumbent, the President has never inhaled. ... Amateur radio operators have never needed to know Morse code."
The Internet

Submission + - The State of Online Journalism (

Icono writes: "Remember that funny image on the state of online journalism floating around the net a few weeks ago? It really struck a chord with me, as I for one have grown tired of the scrolling news-feeds and the plethora of moving objects that now appear on web pages that used to be my favorite sources of information. This is one of the reasons that I've been a loyal Slashdot reader for these many years. Well, I spend a lot of time reading about wireless news and I was happy to find a retro wireless news site that concentrated on important links without the garbage found on all to many other sites. This is the reason that sites like Slashdot remain so popular, we refuse to fall prey to the hype dreamed up by the obfuscating marketing departments on the web."

Google Mistook Jackson Searches For Net Attack 256

Slatterz writes "Web giant Google has admitted it thought the sudden spike in searches for Michael Jackson on Thursday was a massive, coordinated internet attack, leading it to post an error page on Google News. The company's director of product management, RJ Pittman, explained that search volume began to increase around 2pm PDT on Thursday and 'skyrocketed' by 3pm, finally stabilising at around 8pm. According to Pittman, last week also saw one of the largest mobile search spikes ever seen, with 5 of the top 20 searches about Jackson. Google wasn't the only site caught out by the extraordinary events. The Los Angeles Times web site also crashed soon after it broke the news of Jackson's death."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Energy Efficient Homes

Icono writes: The Woz is interested in building a new energy efficient home. How would you like to live in a house with little or no heating and cooling costs? How would you feel if this house could not only be built inexpensively, but also utilized low technology concepts to achieve significant energy related cost savings? Check out the Woz's view on this subject at Electronic Component News.

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