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Submission + - Can an Airline Really Just Yank You Off the Plane? (popularmechanics.com) 1

schwit1 writes: By now there's a good chance you've seen the shocking video from a United Airlines plane at Chicago's O'Hare airport. The clip—in which a bloodied man is forcibly dragged off an overbooked flight to make room for an airline employee—has justifiably caused a sensation on social media. And lots of people who saw the fracas must have wondered: Does the airline really have the right to do this?

The short answer, according to aviation and government sources, is that airlines have a lot of leeway to remove a traveler from a plane, for any reason. "Passengers have far fewer 'rights' than they imagine," says George Hobica, president of AirfareWatchdog.com.

Submission + - Kim Jong Un's rockets are getting an important boost — from China (washingtonpost.com)

schwit1 writes: When North Korea launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space last February, officials heralded the event as a birthday gift for dead leader Kim Jong Il. But the day also brought an unexpected prize for the country’s adversaries: priceless intelligence in the form of rocket parts that fell into the Yellow Sea.

Entire sections of booster rocket were snagged by South Korea’s navy and then scrutinized by international weapons experts for clues about the state of North Korea’s missile program. Along with motor parts and wiring, investigators discerned a pattern. Many key components were foreign-made, acquired from businesses based in China.

The trove “demonstrates the continuing critical importance of high-end, foreign-sourced components” in building the missiles North Korea uses to threaten its neighbors, a U.N. expert team concluded in a report released last month. When U.N. officials contacted the implicated Chinese firms to ask about the parts, the report said, they received only silence.

Comment Re:Voice assistants are another fad (Score 1) 155

I use DuckDuckGo whenever possible, and !bangs when I need to use google. I don't use gmail, nor do I have a google account.

.... Again, it's more useless crap to supposedly make things more "convenient", when really it's just convincing you to buy more crap that will end up at the Goodwill in a few years.

Precisely this - Bump this guy up.

Comment Cut 'n Paste (Score 1) 99

How I wish that I could Cut & Paste what I wanted to quickly and easily - just like in the old days. Cutting text in Word is - always - a nightmare and it's suggestions are - always - less than helpful. I agree let's go back to the functionality of the 2000/3 version. Thank Buddha I still have a couple of versions installed. Word 'functionality' is an oxy... If you've ever tried to get anything done with Tables or moving text round then it's taken you way longer than it used to.

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