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Comment Re:How long does he think those books will last? (Score 1) 669

The oldest books I have are from 1715. I also have a Bible from 1726. The print is still readable and the paper is heavier than any book I've recently purchased. My oldest hand-written item is from 1534 and it is written on vellum and still legible, albeit Latin. Books today have flimsy bindings and paper. I can't imagine many books lasting for hundreds of years. That's my opinion however!

Comment Triangle? (Score 1) 314

Ironically, living in the Research Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Cary, NC) means some of the slowest choices available for home internet access. There are some places that can get AT&T Uverse here, but otherwise it is all DSL or Cable. I would definitely sign up for this access if I could get it. Then again, Time Warner cable has been buying legislators to pass laws restricting municipal broadband plans like the recent one in Wilson, NC.

Comment Re:Kudos (Score 1) 337

I have experience with oversteer at VIR. Last time I missed the apex in turns 1-2, probably hit 125 on the straight leading up to it, and didn't brake nearly hard enough. Well my instructor was shouting "You're missing the apex" so I turned in just a touch more... I hadn't had any problems for two days until this very last session. I turned in too much and spun out in my C6 Corvette. Pretty exciting! Everyone should do at least a few days of performance driving and we'd all be safer drivers.

Comment Re:Chose Linux support over PSN (Score 2, Interesting) 171

I went ahead and bought a new PS3 slim and kept my old PS3 with the 3.15 firmware on it. I also sent the FTC and state attorney general a complaint about this problem and a week ago the attorney general formally sent Sony a complaint letter. I seriously doubt anything will happen, but at least it made me feel better. For all the moaning about the linux support removal, I'm sure hardly anybody did anything about it except complain on message boards. Maybe I can sell the USAF my old PS3.
Operating Systems

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."

Comment I have lots of friends who are teachers (Score 1) 590

and without a doubt they all hate it. A couple have master's degrees and for that they get an extra $1000/per year. They work practically all day into the evening grading papers, coming up with lesson plans, meeting with parents, etc. One friend who stopped teaching just couldn't afford to do it anymore, because she was paying for her own teaching and students' school supplies out of her paycheck, which she said was around $1000 per year. I know two other teachers who have quit as well, one saying how she ended up just being a babysitter to problem children.

Good for them for selling their lesson plans! I know if and when I have children, the teachers will be well funded, I'll have none of this BS about teachers paying for the kids with loser parents. That's what those parents are, because if you can't afford $5/month for pencils and paper then WTF are you doing?


New Google Favicon Deja Vu All Over Again? 227

theodp writes "Last June, Google rolled out a new favicon, the small branding icon that graces your URL bar when you visit Google. Which, as it turned out, bore a striking similarity to Garth Brooks' Circle-G logo. Well, Google went back to the drawing board and has come back with a new favicon, which it says was inspired by — not copied from, mind you — its users' submitted ideas. Some are also seeing inspiration elsewhere for the new favicon, which consists of white 'g' on a background of four color swatches. Take the AVG antivirus icon, for instance. Or everybody's favorite memory toy, Simon. Or — in perhaps the unkindest cut of all — the four-color Microsoft Windows logo, shown here with a superimposed white '7'. Anything else come to mind?" What comes to mind for me is just how obsessed many people are with the Google favicon.

Submission + - What to do when broadband is not an option 6

professorguy writes: "I've been on the internet since 1984 (back before email addresses had @'s). But it looks like we're coming to the end of an era. From my home, I have 26.4 kbps dial-up access to the internet (you read that right). Since I am a hospital network administrator, it would be nice to do some stuff remotely when I am on 24/7 call. However, no cable or DSL comes anywhere near my house and because of the particular topography of my property (I'm on a heavily-forested, north-facing hillside), satellite is also not available. Heck, cell phones didn't even work here until January.

So far, the technical people I've asked all have the same advice for reasonable connectivity: MOVE OUT of the house my wife and I built and lived in for 20 years. Has it really come to this? Am I doomed to be an internet refugee? Is this really my only option? What is the best solution here?"

Submission + - IBM to layoff half of Global Services division

Rolgar writes: Cringely says that IBM has begun massive layoffs in a quiet manner, starting with 1300 employees, but by the end of the year, the total will rise to at least 100,000 and probably closer to 150,000 employees, nearly 40% of their U.S. workforce. Some people will be temporarily retained as contractors at a fraction of their salary, and eventually, IBM will also dump many of the unprofitable customer contracts worked on by Global Services or outsource the work to Asia. If these people are looking for work, that could seriously drop wages for technical workers in the US since they will have to compete with these people for available jobs.
The Internet

Submission + - Thousands Call For Impeachment: Time To Speak Out!

J-Ro writes: "Thousands of people have called Speaker Pelosi's office yesterday asking that Bush and Cheney be impeached. Now, other leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been targeted and people are filling up their voicemail with a simple message: "I Support the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney." Now is the time to pick up the phone and take a stand!"

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