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Comment Korean Economy (Score 1) 414

$100 million to develop, but I fear the untold financial damage this game will do to the Korean economy: "In other news, the Korean stock market dropped by 5000 points today. The massive drop coincided with the release of Blizzard's new game, StarCraft 2. Top economists are unsure if there is a correlation..."

Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee 489

In a decision that was reversed as soon as someone with half a brain in their PR department learned about it, Verizon charged a widow a $350 early termination fee. After the death of her marine husband, Michaela Brummund decided to move back to her home town to be with her family. Verizon doesn't offer any coverage in the small town so Michaela tried to cancel her contract, only to be hit with an early termination fee. From the article: "'I called them to cancel. I told them the situation with my husband. I even said I would provide a death certificate,' Michaela said."

Comment Re:Dignity. (Score 1) 556

I don't think methodology of execution has anything to do with the dignity of the condemned. Rather, it has everything to do with the feelings and emotions of those watching. When it was the medieval ages where God was all fire and brimstone; maximizing pain let spectators feel that spiritual justice was being properly meted out. Today, it seems to me, the apparent painlessness with lethal injection combined with the public need to still have the death penalty shows an obvious social ambivalence to the whole matter.
Data Storage

WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide 56

J. Dzhugashvili writes "New SSDs just keep coming out from all corners of the market, and keeping track of all of them isn't the easiest job in the world. Good thing SSD roundups pop up every once in a while. This time, Western Digital's recently launched SiliconEdge Blue solid-state drive has been compared against new entrants from Corsair, Kingston, and Plextor. The newcomers faced off against not just each other, but also Intel's famous X25-M G2, WD's new VelociRaptor VR200M mechanical hard drive, and a plain-old WD Caviar Black 2TB thrown in for good measure. Who came out on top? Priced at about the same level, the WD and Plextor drives each seem to have deal-breaking performance weaknesses. The Kingston drive is more affordable than the rest, but it yielded poor IOMeter results. In the end, the winner appeared to be Corsair's Nova V128, which had similar all-around performance as Intel's 160GB X25-M G2 but with a slightly lower capacity and a more attractive price." Thanks to that summary, you might not need to wade through all 10 of the pages into which the linked article's been split.

Comment Tactless (Score 1) 540

When you disagree with someone's opinion and wish to offer a rebuttal; most times, saying "You're a moronic shithead and your logic is atrociously sophomoric" will not garner a positive response. On the same token, surreptitiously infiltrating your school/company/organization's systems and offering a similar statement in hacker-terms isn't likely to get much praise: no matter how right you might be.

Yes, to us humans, the approach is almost as important as the idea.

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