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Comment Re:It's not the Phone, it's the Carrier! (Score 1) 134

That is close to what I was thinking. You are selling a device designed around content that will require a lot of data transfer to take place (streaming video, music, etc). They have done a good job so far locking people into Amazon Prime with their tablet. They need to negotiate with AT&T to provide any Amazon supplied content free of metering against their monthly data cap similar to how T-Mobile allows unmetered access to music streaming services.

Submission + - Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (

schwit1 writes: Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that "impossible" microwave thrusters seem to work, something strange is definitely going on. Either the results are completely wrong, or Nasa has confirmed a major breakthrough in space propulsion.

A working microwave thruster would radically cut the cost of satellites and space stations and extend their working life, drive deep-space missions, and take astronauts to Mars in weeks rather than months. In hindsight, it may turn out to be another great British invention that someone else turned into a success.


Game Over For Sony and Open Source? 364

Glyn Moody writes "Sony has never been much of a friend to hackers, and its infamous rootkit showed what it thought of users. But by omitting the option to install GNU/Linux on its new PS3, it has removed the final reason for the open source world to care about Sony. Unless, of course, you find Google's new distribution alliance with Sony to pre-install Chrome on its PCs exciting in some way."

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Submission + - Pricey HD Radios Have Lousy Tuners

An anonymous reader writes: Did you plunk down a few hundred dollars for a new set to tap into all those HD Radio channels only to find you can barely tap into any HD content at all? That's what happened to MP3 Newswire when it tested three popular models — in signal-rich central New Jersey. Not only did these radios do a poor job at picking up digital content, their analog reception was so bad they were all outclassed by a cheap shower radio that was lying around. Then the reviewer threw an old 1940's tube radio into the mix for laughs and sure enough that 65 year-old piece of technology performed better (video clip included in article). Hey, if you're going to charge top dollar for these things at least throw some better parts in.

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