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Comment Field work (Score 1) 287

I'm working for a conservation group currently that runs crews based on eight ten hour days on, two of which are travel days, and six days off. It takes a bit to get used to and some weeks will make you murderous but the promise of a vacation every other week makes it worthwhile.

Mega Man 10 Confirmed For WiiWare 104

The upcoming issue of Nintendo Power revealed that Capcom is working on Mega Man 10 for a release via WiiWare sometime in the future. "Like Mega Man 9 (released for WiiWare in 2008), Mega Man 10 remains true to the series's roots with 8-bit-style graphics and sound, and tried-and-true Mega Man gameplay." According to the early look at Nintendo Power's article, the game may include an easier difficulty mode, likely inspired by complaints that the previous game was too hard. It also previews one of the new bosses, who is apparently called "Sheep Man." Make of that what you wool.

Comment Re:I think it's a great idea (Score 4, Informative) 183

The fact no one will seriously be able to challenge the site selection on environmental grounds will simply speed getting the shovels into the ground.

You should look into the rehabilitation of contaminated sites before stating anything quite so strongly. The undesirability of contaminated land can make it environmentally valuable and worth protecting. Environmental grounds for legal argument aren't nearly as limited as you're pretending.


Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy 413

caffiend666 writes "'Marge Simpson is posing for Playboy . The magazine is giving the star of The Simpsons the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold. 'We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,' said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey. Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years." Worst issue ever!

Study Catches Birds Splitting Into Separate Species 153

webdoodle writes "A new study finds that a change in a single gene has sent two closely related bird populations on their way to becoming two distinct species. The study, published in the August issue of the American Naturalist, is one of only a few to investigate the specific genetic changes that drive two populations toward speciation."

DNA Suggests Three Basic Human Groups 459

Death Metal writes "All of Earth's people, according to a new analysis of the genomes of 53 populations, fall into just three genetic groups. They are the products of the first and most important journey our species made — the walk out of Africa about 70,000 years ago by a small fraction of ancestral Homo sapiens."

Comment Re:historical fact (Score 1) 333

You're not a historian yourself by any chance, are you? I happen to be, and am a bit confused by your thinking. You seem to be creating a strawman by insisting your opponent holds his opinions so rigidly, which he clearly doesn't.

History, as we all should know by now, is little more than a narrative. It seeks to simplify reality and explain where we are in the context of where we've been. Note that history is distinct from record keeping. As a result of this simplification, history is inherently bias even when attempts are made to avoid this bias. You should read some essays by Romila Thapar for a fairly quick explanation of how this plays out and maybe avoid asserting your seemingly incomplete understanding so proudly in the mean time. Your criticisms aren't entirely unfounded, but you're stepping on your own foot here.
Portables (Games)

PSP Go With 16GB Memory and Bluetooth Leaked 190

Lyonhrt writes "Engadget and Gizmodo have spilled the beans on the news of the new UMD-less PSP Go that comes with 16GB of memory and a slide screen; also among the features will be built-in Bluetooth and an undisclosed memory slot. The console will be sold alongside the PSP-3000, but there are no details on price at this time. This is obviously Sony's answer to the lost battle with the PSP Homebrew and Hacking Communities, which have cost many thousands of lost sales with custom firmwares."

Comment It's not all bad. (Score 1) 129

A bit late jumping here, but I work in a used bookstore that also sells games, consoles, dvds, and electronics. We essentially function as a pawn shop with a trade credit system. I work in the gaming/electronics department and we poach gamestop's pricing for what they carry and use a combination of digital press, amazon, and ebay to find our selling prices. Standard payouts are 1/2 trade, 1/4 cash for things we don't care much about, and around 3/5 trade 1/2 cash for things that we really want and know will sell. Nothing is fixed, the employees buying are allowed to use their own discretion. We discount most things 10% if you're nice to us, %20 if you're an educator.

The result? A huge community of loyal customers who benefit from our business model. Not because our prices are necessarily great compared to what you can find online, but because you can get rid of a wide variety of media you aren't using and apply that towards things you want, finding things that aren't available anywhere else. We're also the only source in the region for collectible old school consoles and their games. It sucks to give someone $80 for a 360, but the ones that get $30 for a working NES, or $50 for a Master System with all the trimmings are happy. I would much rather be keeping these things circulating than have them end up in a dumpster. Our product diversity separates us from gamestop, but I don't see their general model as being necessarily evil.

Submission + - Changing the Way We Wee

theodp writes: "Valleywag isn't sold on the Green Movement's plans for your bowel movements. However, the NY Times embraces urine-diversion toilets, an unapologetically 'piss-poor solution' to the sewage crisis, while conceding that getting a man to empty his bladder sitting down is a bigger obstacle than one might think. Devices like the NoMix Toilet aim to spare our oceans and fertilize our farms by splitting the bowl so No. 1 goes fore and No. 2 goes aft."

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