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Comment Re: Thanks Samsung! (Score 4, Informative) 236

This ban has NOTHING to do with what logo is painted on the aircraft, but depends entirely on the airports involved.

Flying from Paris to Chicago? Middle-Eastern and American airlines have the same rules -- electronics allowed, even on a Middle-Eastern airline. Flying from Istanbul to New York? Once again, same rules for Middle-Eastern and American airlines -- no electronics, even on the American airline.

So, explain to me how this is supposed to prefer one airline over another? I am really waiting to hear this one.

Comment Re: About time! (Score 1) 266

In an ideal world, regulation would not be necessary. Sometimes the threat of regulation is enough.

Take maturity ratings for games. The government saw a problem and proposed passing laws for ratings, so the industry took responsibility and set up its own rating system, removing the need for the government to mandate it.

Hopefully the threat of a new regulation will cause the airline industry to come up with its own standards.

Comment I'm in the 42% I guess (Score 1) 183

I find myself largely immune to the hustle and bustle of our open office plan. While most require noise-canceling headphones in order to get anything accomplished, it actually energizes me more than inhibits me.

As someone who went to middle school in one of the Open Classroom schools of the 1970s which had not yet moved to completely physical partitions between rooms, I hypothesize this may have a lot to do with it. I was trained for 4+ years on how to operate with many noise distractions.

Comment Re:Almost sounds like my kids (Score 1) 301

My children are in the same boat; however, they do NOT like commercials or the inability to pick and choose what they're going to watch at whatever moment.

When we travel we now take our Roku w/us b/c even with PBS, they're annoyed by the reality of traditional TV telling its viewers what they're going to watch and when.

Comment Re:Next 50 ears is likely (Score 1) 224

Nope, you read that wrong.

Nobody is saying that life necessarily implies oxygen. They ARE saying that oxygen implies life, and that we might be able to easily detect oxygen.

They are not saying that non-oxygen life does not exist, only that it may be much harder to detect given the distances involved.

Comment Or... (Score 1) 421

How about we start by getting countries to stop forcing women to get "circumcised", forcing them to cover their faces, denied the right to an education, and while we are at it, destroy the caste systems of countries. Seriously.

Women are still brutalized in a lot of places and lack the most basic of rights, and we first worlders focus on paychecks.

Comment Re:Why do they need help? (Score 1) 220

they want $4k for the cheapest model. At that price, this is vaporware that will never condense into our reality.

Huh? I am not sure that I follow. If they were asking $400, I would say that it is too cheap to be a real product. At $4,000, you should be able to get one with a gold-plated case.

If you pay me $4,000, I will happily buy a $2000 Razer Blade, install Ubuntu on it, and cheerfully hand it to you with a handshake and a smile.

Reply to this message to place your order.

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