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Submission + - U.S. will block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile (

gatzby3jr writes: The government contends the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and thus lead to price increases.

At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the combination would result in "tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services."

Submission + - An Entirely New Genre Of Aircraft Arrives ( 1

fergus07 writes: Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine. Neither fixed wing nor rotor craft, the D-Dalus uses four, mechanically-linked, contra-rotating, cylindrical turbines for its propulsion, and by altering the angle of the blades, it can launch vertically, hover perfectly still, move in any direction, and thrust upwards and hence "glue down" upon landing, which it can easily do on the deck of a ship, or even a moving vehicle. It's also almost silent, has the dynamic stability to enter buildings, handles rough weather with ease, flies very long distances very quickly and can lift very heavy loads. It accordingly holds immense promise as a platform for personal flight, for military usage, search and rescue, and much more.

Comment Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 324

Who care what they were intended for.

I care. And a lot of other people care. In fact, even you making that statement was ridiculous.

While the world may have been "bigger" back then (by your definition), the basic principles outlined by the founding fathers were based upon insight into the human mind. Regardless of tools, a human innately craves power. Give any one branch of government too much power, and they will abuse it. That's why the founding father's specifically limited its power.

And that's why I, and other people, care that they are abusing the powers given to them.

Comment Re:In b4 shitstorm (Score 1) 435

That may be true for your encounters, but that doesn't discredit the anti-abortion argument.

We can't just say "you believe in x so the fact that you believe y makes it all bullshit".

As the GP was saying, this is a philosophical issue: when does life begin. It's their belief.

Comment Re:i'm impressed (Score 1) 648

I wonder how far a pastafarian theme park idea would make it in Kentucky.

I see the validity of your point, but by funding one religious theme park, they now are under an arbitrarily big obligation to fund any other theme park with religious connotations with similar amounts of money (assuming they can make some numbers up saying they'll get people to come).

Comment WHEW (Score 1) 716

I dunno about the rest of you, but I'm sure glad that one's FINALLY been settled.

Now we can get on to the important follow up research, like:

Of dogs and cats, which are cuter?

Can a woodchuck ACTUALLY chuck wood?

I'm excited to see what these researchers choose next.

Comment typo (Score 2, Informative) 603

While compiling the Linux kernel with 64 parallel jobs, 1080p video playback was still smooth, windows could be moved fluidly, and there was not nearly as much of a slowdown compared to when this patch was applied.

shouldn't that read "and there was not nearly as much of a slowdown compared to when this patch wasn't applied"?

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