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Submission + - For Sale: Aircraft Carrier, One Only, Lightly Used

Hugh Pickens writes: "Time Magazine reports that just in time for the holidays, the British Navy has put the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible up for sale on an eBay-like website. The proud 690-foot warship sailed Her Majesty's seas from 1980 to 2005, and took part in the Falklands, Balkans and Iraq campaigns. A crew of more than 1,000 manned the ship as she steamed at speeds topping out at 28 knots, thanks to its four Rolls-Royce turbine engines. The ship underwent a major refit in 2004 but was decommissioned in 2005 with the proviso that she could be "reactivated" at 18 months notice if a crisis beckoned but over the years her engines, pumps and gear boxes were cannibalized for use in other ships. Of her total weight of 17,0000 tons, 10,000 is composed of metal which makes her attractive on the scrap market. If interested go to the like auction web site and put her to your "wish list," or add her to your "cart." Interestingly enough, the Australian government had originally planned to purchase the ship in 1982 but the Falklands war intervened and in July 1982 the British Ministry of Defence announced that it had withdrawn its offer to sell Invincible and that it would maintain a three-carrier force."

Submission + - Light Peak power patent (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It's looking like Apple and Intel are bringing out fiber-based Light Peak next year. But will it be powered? A recent Apple patent application suggests the answer, thankfully, will be yes.

Comment Castlevania, anyone? (Score 1) 1120

Can't believe I haven't seen this mentioned, but I'd love to see a reboot of Castlevania. No 3D, keep it 2D but high-rez, large explorable worlds, lots of weapons and by the gods WHIPS. You have to admit, the Belmont legacy has gotten completely convoluted and retconned a few times. Just jettison it and create a new story with Simon(or Richter or whoever). And yes totally agree with Syndicate and Kid Icarus. Even if either or both are just a remake with updated graphics.

Comment Re:Is this such a good idea? (Score 1) 279

As a fellow resident of South Carolina, I can tell you this guy's pretty much dead-on with his comments. This state's educational system is a joke. It was when I went through the system and it's measurably worse today. My best friend is working toward a degree in education and I pity him. I also agree with the AC who mentioned picking up a used laser printer. It will save you a ton of cash in the long run and make printing big jobs much quicker. As for OLPCSC....they should take that money and put it to better use. Keep the schools the idiot that runs the state wants to close open. Fund the teachers better. Anything else right now. These kids don't need the laptops and the teachers don't need the grief.

Comment Re:They work well too (Score 1) 256

There's a large difference between the Lowcountry and Upstate. In the part of the state I live in, we're still ruled by a rural-exempt ISP that is the only game in town, even though we're surrounded by areas that Time-Warner, Comcast and AT&T have moved into. Comporium's pricing is unreasonable at best and their service ranges from merely OK to awful. I can guarantee if there was a WISP up here that wasn't chained to Comporium there would be a lot of people that would switch. As for the big-city thing, I'm 15 minutes south of Charlotte. They have it, we don't.

Comment Re:Oh No! (Score 1) 338

Newspapers will either adapt, or they won't. I'd rather have a lot more, smaller newspapers (and local papers seem to do just fine, because they can get locally-targeted advertising)

As someone who works at one of those smaller local papers that is part of a larger corporation, I can tell you that we're getting hit just as hard as the bigger papers. And if you consider losing benefits, having just enough employees on staff to squeak by and having some of those staff work ridiculous hours to just stay above water as just fine then I dub thee a masochist.


Submission + - Shuttle Workers Vote to Strike (orlandosentinel.com)

stoolpigeon writes: "A union representing 570 space shuttle program workers at the Kennedy Space Center voted to strike Saturday, less than a week before the planned launch of the shuttle Atlantis. The International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, which represents the United Space Alliance employees, rejected the company's contract offer Saturday morning, Florida Today reported. The union could strike as early as June 9, a day after NASA officials plan to launch Atlantis. It was unclear Saturday whether the vote to strike could affect the launch schedule."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Snakes On A Plane - It's worth a try.

Yoooder writes: CNN Reports: CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Customs officers at Cairo's airport have detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said. The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carryon bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it. Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said... Full Story

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