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Comment Re:Mystified (Score 3, Insightful) 24

I would hope you are the only one mystified by it.

The reason for the stew's popularity? He did what so many of us would like to do when the rude people win. Tell them off and get the last word.

As a frequent traveler, I won't condemn him/ however, I will say that his actions, although excessive and illegal, are indicative of a reaction to the change in attitude toward others I have seen while traveling. Most, but not all, passengers on flights ignore the stews all flight except when they want something from the stews. Meanwhile they put up with rude people who feel that what they want and need is more important than anyone elses needs on the flight, no matter what.

The stew was hit in the head because someone opend a overhead bin into his head. When confronted and asked to apologize the person in question refused. Common courtesy and manners says apologize, but the attitudes I see these days says that they should tell the stew where to go.

Is it too much to ask that we go back to treating each other the way we want to be treated?

Comment The government is cost effective? (Score 1) 319

I have read most of the replies thus far and they are all talking about the experience level, safety record, and knowledge pool existing at NASA.

Did nobody catch the irony of a FEDERAL panel claiming that switching to private alternatives would be "...unwise and probably not cost-effective." Since when is the federal government cost effective? They spend our money like they can always print more.

    Ok, they do print the money, but my point is that a federal panel claiming that the government would be more cost effective than private business is like the con man claiming he can save you money, neither is true.

Comment Future speak meets now tech. (Score 2, Insightful) 150

I, for one, thought the article was good for giving us a look into the future of the tech. Based on teh way things are rapid prototyped and built these days I would expect to see something like this hit the markets in 5-7 years, and the price become reasonable with 2-3 years after that. 10 years to a cheap and cost efficient power source is not bad.

Comment And shortly after... (Score 1) 230

On his homegroup, Bob wants to share certain documents with his wife but not with his kids. Simply by specifying his wifeâ(TM)s Windows Live ID user name, Bob can give his wife exclusive permission to access documents on his computer.

Shortly thereafter Bob's wife files for divorce because he mistakenly included all his special pron files in the access permissions.

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 1) 5

How and why are these stupid pictures being posted?
Did someone forget that this is supposed to be, well, not lame?
News? Nerds? Any of that ring a bell?

Sounds like someone is trying to be flamebait.

Love the pic. Welcome to

Linux Business

Submission + - $199 Linux laptop (

mr_mischief writes: "According to Hot Hardware's recent review, Asus is getting ready to unleash a $199 compact notbook running Linux. This is entirely different from this recent $150 Linux laptop story which many Slashdot readers believ to be a scam.

There's a dual-mode menu which offers a simple system for novice computer users, and a slightly more advanced version for others. It's not aimed squarely at the same market as the One Laptop Per Child project's XO, and is expected to be sold to end suers worldwide. It's targeted at new users who don't own a computer or at people who want a cheap, small laptop for basic tasks.

The reviewed version has a 7" screen and a cramped keyboard to match, but a 10" version is available for $100 more. It offers built-in wired and wireless networking,four USB 2.0 ports, and a three-hour battery life. The storage options are a bit cramped, as you only get 4 GB of onboard storage (8 GB on the $299 model) and no optical drive. As the review says, though, USB 2.0 can make up for that if you like, and the lack of moving drive parts makes the machine run dead quiet."

Operating Systems

Japanese Auto Makers Teaming Up To Create Standard OS 266

CNet is reporting that Japanese car manufacturers are teaming up to develop a standard automotive operating system. "Just as computer operating systems [...] allow multiple applications to communicate with one another, an automotive operating system enables different driving systems to work together. The standard automotive operating system from Japan will include everything from fuel injection, brakes and power steering to power windows. Currently, certain mechanical car parts are interchangeable from model to model. Smart car parts that operate off a common software standard would enable that kind of convenience to continue, while allowing them to communicate more easily with other smart components in a car."

Submission + - Computer company CEOs lead the world in narcissism (

coondoggie writes: "If you have a hard time getting your CEO's head through the office door, you should prepare your self and your company for a business rollercoaster ride from hell. That's the conclusion of a Pennsylvania State study that measured the level of narcissism exhibited by 111 CEOs of computer software and hardware companies and compared it to the subsequent strategies and performance of those companies. The Penn State researchers used five indicators to measure CEO narcissism: the prominence of the CEO's photograph in the company's annual report, the frequency of the CEO's name appearing in company news releases, the use of first person singular pronouns (I, me, mine, my and myself) by the CEO in interviews, and the CEO's cash and non-cash pay compared to the company's second-highest executive."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple is sued for soldering battery

fermion writes: The reports are everywhere about the first class action lawsuit against the Apple iPhone. The suit claims that the battery is not user replaceable, that consumers were not told that the battery was soldered to the board, and that the battery will exhaust itself in 300 charges. I certainly understand that those people who bought phones in the first mad rush might have not noticed that they were buying a sealed unit, but after that Apple had plenty of iPhones out, and from what I saw there was plenty of time to play with it. The fact that all iPods are sealed units, and it costs a pretty penny to replace the battery, seems to have no effect on the suit. A second topic, that the AC adapters are bad, seem totally with merit as Apple seems to have difficulty making reliable AC adaptors. IMHO, this is a testament to the incredible sales number for the iPhone, as in only one month, there has been enough phones sold to get the attention of the lawyers.

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