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Submission + - German City Evacuated for WWII Bomb Removal 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "In the largest bomb-related evacuation in Germany's post-war history, life has come to a standstill in the German city of Koblenz, where 45,000 people — nearly half of the citys population — have been evacuated after the discovery of three bombs that were dropped by American and British warplanes in the last years of World War II. "Its the largest German evacuation since the end of the war," says fire brigade spokesman Ronald Eppelsheim. The largest of the explosives is a 1.8-ton British air bomb that has the potential to destroy the citys center but the focus of attention isn't on the largest bomb — it's on the much smaller, 125-kilogram American high-explosive bomb. "This one has been transformed on impact of the earth. We might have some serious problems deactivating the detonator," says bomb-disposal squad member Jurgen Wagner. The deactivation of bombs is a common practice in Germany. Last year, a bomb exploded in the German town Gottingen — killing three members of a bomb-disposal squad."

Submission + - TV isn't broken, so why fix it? ( 3

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The technology industry is absolutely bent on reinventing television. ccording to Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, one of his last big accomplishments was figuring out how to make a better TV. Apple isn't alone. Google just released the second version of its Internet-meets-TV software, Google TV. Microsoft is also getting into the act again, after countless failed attempts stretching back almost two decades. (Remember WebTV?)

But nobody seems to be able to answer the big question: what exactly is so broken about TV anyway?

The tech industry is filled with engineers and geeks. They naturally want to optimize the TV experience, to make it as efficient and elegant as possible, requiring the fewest number of steps to complete a particular task while offering the greatest number of amazing new features. But normal people don't think about TV that way. TV is passive. The last thing we want to do is work at it. As long as there's something on — anything — that is reasonably engaging, we're cool. Most of us are even OK spending a few minutes just shuffling through channels at random.

Comment Re:Good (Score 0) 299

Personally I have never heard of a Tea Party Member advocate the destruction of Muslims as a whole. Also. It might make you look a little less immature if you did not reflexively call them "Teabaggers". Just because a group of people who value personal freedom over massive government makes you uncomfortable is no reason to resort to petty name calling. You can disagree. Though I doubt that if there is a winning argument, you are in possession of it.

IIRC, the tea party people were calling themselves teabaggers initially.

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