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Comment Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 1) 2219

You are dangerously close to pulling a Digg or a Windows 8 and becoming the laughingstock of the tech world. Doesn't that concern you a little bit? Doesn't that make you think at least for a second that maybe the entire redesign needs to be reevaluated? The problems with beta are running out of control - in any other engineering discipline, work would be paused while the whole project is reworked from first principles. You should be doing this.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

I've been wondering about this myself. What if they see the existing userbase as more of a cost than a potential for revenue? We're more likely than average to use adblockers and NoScript when compared to the typical web user - maybe the cost of our bandwidth is outweighing the money they make off ad impressions? Pure speculation, but it would explain some of the behavior we've seen.

Submission + - Kim Jong Il Dead (

rpj1288 writes: Kim Jong Il passed away at age 69 while riding a train of "physical exhaustion". South Korea has moved to an emergency military alert. Will his soon be able to effectively transition into power, or will a military coup occur? Time will tell.

Submission + - N. Korean Leader Kim Jong Il dead at 70. (

An anonymous reader writes: Kim Jong Il, the now-former head of state of North Korea, has died. What can we expect in the after-math? Could his third son, 20-something-year-old Kim Jong Un, who is next in line for succession, bring N. Korea out of the stone-age?

Submission + - Kim Jong-il dies (

An anonymous reader writes: His death was announced in an emotional statement read out on national television. The announcer, wearing black, said he had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work... Kim Jong-il has been the leader of the impoverished communist country since the death of his father Kim Il-sung in 1994... His designated successor is believed to be his third son, Kim Jong-woon, who is thought to be in his late 20s.

Comment Re:Fahrenheit: It's for telling temperature (Score 1) 1233

But see, if you actually had experienced both 5F and 20F regularly, you'd know that while both are fucking cold, there's a world of difference between the two. 20 is about where it's cold, but you can bear to be outside with something nice and warm on. 5 is so fucking cold that it feels like the air itself is burning you. The gradations of the Fahrenheit scale do matter in the lower end.
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Submission + - SPAM: Phorm Results Remain Upbeat Despite Losing ISP Sup

An anonymous reader writes: Phorm, the controversial privacy-invading service that works with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to deploy Deep Packet Inspect (DPI) technology — allowing it to monitor what websites you visit for use in targeted advertising campaigns — has today published its latest results for the six month period ended 30th June 2009. Despite continuing to lose money, support from UK ISPs and senior executives, the firm remains dubiously upbeat about its prospects.
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Submission + - A 20th Anniversary Teardown of the Macintosh Porta (

harrymcc writes: "On September 20th, 1989, Apple announced the Macintosh Portable, the first truly mobile Mac. It was big, heavy, and expensive--a disappointing seller at the time, and the subject of much mockery in the years since. (Apple radically improved on it just two years later with the first PowerBook.) Benj Edwards not only owns an original Mac Portable, but has conducted a thorough teardown, revealing everything from its massive lead-acid battery to the names of the Mac engineering team engraved on its innards."

Comment Re:Mount Stromlo all over again (Score 3, Informative) 125

I doubt it.

Mount Wilson doesn't just hold the observatory but also transmission towers for all of the major broadcast TV stations in Los Angeles, as well as a majority of the radio stations, along with transmission towers for a large percentage of emergency responder communications and commercial transmission, such as trucking logistics. Mount Wilson is a major asset, and the fire crews have been preparing the area for several days in order to save the area.

Nothing in life is guaranteed, but in the case of Mount Wilson, it's clear they've been concentrating as much effort saving the complex as they have in making sure the fires don't reach the residential communities in La Canada/Flintridge and La Crescenta.

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