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Comment Re:A-list? What? (Score 1) 471

Think larger than that. The new stadium for the Cowboys seats something close to 80,000 not including standing areas, and I'm sure other similarly obscene stadiums will soon follow in other big football cities such as Washington DC, Philadelphia, etc. And the Dallas Cowboys had no problem filling that venue. They also didn't have any trouble selling the luxury suites either. There's a reason the NFL is a multi-billion dollar business. It's a shame the owners and players may start fucking with that with a possible lockout next season (due to the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement that has resulted in no salary cap for the 2010 season). Not that I'm going to cry because millionaire players and billionaire owners are all butt hurt over percentage points of shit-tons of money. I'm just disappointed that my favorite sport may take a hiatus if they don't come to an agreement.

Comment Multiple images... (Score 1) 976

The tickets do have multiple images. Usually at least two showing the vehicle was before the line after the light turned red, and another showing the vehicle in the intersection afterward. Sometimes there are three. Also, they will have a closeup of the license plate, and sometimes a closeup of the driver's face (depending on how the system was setup for that intersection).

Here is a sample from Texas: http://www.ci.irving.tx.us/public-works/images/red-light-five.jpg

Comment Re:Two important revelations ... (Score 2, Interesting) 217

Except that no one is saying they are funny because they are genetically Saudis. (Would that even have any basis in reality? Are Saudis their own "race?") Cultures have many differences between each other, and that is a beautiful thing -- and that is what is being discussed.

On the other hand, I don't know why I take the time to reply to obvious, anonymous trolls :)

School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones 785

An anonymous reader writes "The St. Ansgar, Iowa school system is considering buying cell-phone jamming equipment for up to $5000 if it is deemed legal. The use of the equipment would be suspended in the case of an emergency, but one has to wonder if they would be quick enough to shut it down should an emergency arise. 'A Federal Communications Commission notice issued in 2005 says the sale and use of transmitters that jam cellular or personal communications services is unlawful.'"
Internet Explorer

Is IE Usage Share Collapsing? 575

je ne sais quoi writes "Net Applications normally releases its statistics for browser and operating system usage share on the first of every month. This month, however, the data has not shown up — only a cryptic message stating they are reviewing the data for inexplicable statistical variations and that it will be available soon. Larry Dignan at ZDNet has a blog post that might explain what is happening: Statcounter has released some data that shows a precipitous drop in IE browser use in North America, to the benefit of Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. At the end of May, StatCounter shows IE usage share (for versions 6, 7, and 8 combined) at around 64%; at the beginning of June it is now about 56% — an astounding 8% drop in one month. We should keep in mind the difficulties in estimating browser usage share: this could very well be a change in how browsers report themselves, or some other statistical anomaly. So it will probably be healthy to remain skeptical until trend this is confirmed by other organizations. Have any of you seen drops in IE usage share for Web-sites you administer?"

13-Year-Old Trades iPod For a Walkman For a Week 354

BBC Magazine convinced 13-year-old Scott Campbell to trade in his iPod for a Walkman for a week and see what he thought. Scott thinks the iPod wins when it comes to sound quality, color, weight, and the shuffle feature. The Walkman, however, offers two headphone sockets, making it much easier to listen to music with a friend. My favorite part of the review is, "It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equalizer, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette."
Social Networks

One-Tweet Wonders 170

theodp writes "TIME has seen-the-future-and-it-is-Twitter. Slate, on the other hand, is more fascinated with the phenomenon of orphaned tweets, the messages left by people who sign up for Twitter, post once, then never return (not unlike one-blog-post wonders). While some orphan tweets betray skepticism about microblogging ('I don't get it... what's the point of this thing?'), other one-and-done Twitterers demonstrate keen enthusiasm before disappearing ('I'm here!'), and some tweets hint that tragedy has cut a promising Twittering-life short ('it hurts to breathe. should I go to the hospital?'). Slate notes that studies of Twitter accounts by Harvard and Nielsen suggest the service has been better at signing up users than keeping them, including the one-tweet wonders."

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