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Comment Get off the phone (Score 1) 115

Sometimes you go to someone's office to ask a question, and they're on the phone. So you wait for them to finish the call, or notice you're there and tell the caller to hold the line a sec while they speak to someone, but they continue chatting away. After 5 - 10 minutes, you slink away and send them an email instead. With an email, they have a 'ticket' to remind them you need something, and you have a ticket in your sentmail to remind you that you've asked them a question. It's all centrally held and on the record. It works whether they're down the hall or on the other side of the planet.

Submission + - Where have the Topics gone?

permaculture writes: "There used to be a 'Topics' link on Slashdot. Search reveals nothing when the input is 'topics' 'education' nor 'where have the topics gone?'

Where do I click now to see the list of topics?"

Comment Re:Why TF doesn't it happen in US? (Score 1) 188

As I understand it, the US mainstream media is almost entirely owned by a small handful of companies.

They often have a vested interest in the stories they choose to report on or avoid.


> Reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre were first asked by FOX News and later bribed,
> to downplay a story they had on a cancer-causing growth hormone called Posilac
> which is growth hormone for dairy cows which is absorbed by humans through milk.
> The reporters decided to blow the whistle on FOX News and filed a law suit.
> After the ordeal was over, it was discovered in the appeals court that it's
> actually not against the law to falsify the "News."

The Courts

Judge In Pirate Bay Trial Biased 415

maglo writes "The judge who handed down the harsh sentence to the four accused in the The Pirate Bay trial was biased, writes Sveriges Radio (Sweden Public Radio): (swedish). Google translation. The judge is member of two copyright lobby organizations, something he shares with several of the prosecutor attorneys (Monique Wadsted, Henrik Pontén and Peter Danowsky). The organizations in question are Svenska Föreningen för Upphovsrätt (SFU) and Svenska föreningen för industriellt rättsskydd (SFIR)."

Copyright Lobby Targets "Pirate Bay For Books" 356

An anonymous reader writes "TTVK, a Finnish national copyright lobby, is threatening a book rental service called Bookabooka for allegedly running the 'Pirate Bay for Books.' Bookabooka however does not offer a torrent tracker service, nor does it enable a user in any way to download eBooks; it simply provides a place for book owners to rent textbooks to each other via the traditional mail service. It is mandatory that all textbooks must be originals. The service is used by a lot of School and University students, and it does not handle the shipping or returns of the textbooks. Nevertheless, the Finnish book publishers' association (Suomen Kustannusyhdistys) is convinced the service is breaching the copyright laws and threatening their business. TTVK has given Bookabooka until Friday to cease operations or face a lawsuit. Bookabooka's founders have vowed to keep the service online and ignore the threat."

Comment Re:The juggling analogy again? (Score 1) 114

> The soul of juggling is passing objects between two or more jugglers (I humbly assert).

Absolutely yes, amongst the juggling population in my vicinity this seems to be generally regarded as the ultimate expression of the art.

Some jugglers like 4 count with tricks best, but there's a notable resurgence of interest in passing with both hands - 3 count and other such patterns.

Nice to hear from another juggler here on Slashdot. :)

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