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Comment Re:That's retarded (Score 2, Insightful) 339

That's what happens when you are actually DOING something instead of sitting on your ass behind a desk counting the number of holes in your ceiling (like this professor).

You don't think that's being a bit unfair? This guy's an archaeologist who knows the value of historical sites. They give us a ton of insight into where we've been and thus where we're going. I take the same pragmatic view of the landing site as you - the first footprint has been destroyed already, etc. etc. - but let's not turn this into an ad hominem fight.

Comment Re:My Kingdom for a Datagrid Element! (Score 2, Informative) 541

Thing is, a lot of slashdotters have the "luxury" of ignoring this fact. I cut my web app teeth working for a public university, so this stuff has been seriously ingrained into our policies. We still have a ton of legacy stuff to bring into the 21st century, but I don't know of a shop on campus that thinks tables are an okay way to do layout. And when you do use them, you use them with properly scoped <th>s, etc.

I wish more people did work for the government or maybe accessibility-related NGOs. It was a good way to go - learn how to do it the "hard" way, and the "easy" way looks awful.

Comment Re:I remember this guy (Score 2, Interesting) 204

Speaking of axes to grind, until you can produce evidence, the answer to all your questions may as well be "no." Seriously, how is this modded Informative or Insightful? There's not a single link to evidence for these claims. In a quick Google search, I found nothing about Yee being picked up for being a john - though lots to suggest he has fought against prostitution for years - and the only thing about shoplifting was this article referencing a 1992 incident that appears to have been a big, dumb mistake.

Mods, honestly, why did you mod this up? Do you know something I don't?


Submission + - NASA Names Treadmill After Colbert

spiffyman writes: NASA announced that it won't be naming a room on the ISS after Stephen Colbert, after all. This comes after Colbert mounted a write-in campaign easily beating NASA's suggested names, Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture. "Instead, Node 3 will henceforth be called Tranquility, the eighth most popular response submitted by respondents in the poll." Final totals aren't readily available, but "Serenity" of the vote.

Submission + - Billy Corgan wants broadcast radio to pay artists

jcgam69 writes: Internet radio has to pay performance rights but broadcast stations get a free pass. Billy Corgan, founder of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, told Congress on Tuesday that must change. "This issue is one of fundamental fairness," Corgan told lawmakers. "If the performance of a song has value to a particular terrestrial radio station in its airing, I believe it is only right to compensate those performers who have created this work.

Comment Re:Fear of the unknown (Score 1, Offtopic) 313

I gotta say this - I'm tired of you and people like you putting logout links in your signature. It's not funny. It's not a moron test. It's rude, and you're an ass hole for thinking it's a good idea.

For the record, this isn't personal revenge: I've never been caught by something like this. But you're a dick, and you need to be reprimanded by the community - modded down on every post until you shape up.


Submission + - FCC to End Exclusive Cable for Apartments

spiffyman writes: "The New York Times is reporting (registration may be required) that on Wednesday the FCC will end exclusive contracts to provide cable service to apartment buildings. The article quotes Kevin J. Martin, the Commission's Chairman, as saying that cable prices have risen "about 93 percent in the last 10 years" and that the FCC hopes to see more competition out of this move. While more has yet to be done, this is a step in the right direction. In my apartment, for example, I have (dead) outlets for one cable company but am forced to go with the higher-priced firm. Moves like this will help those who live in areas where competition — even minimal competition — exists. The article also discusses the impact this may have on low- to middle-income families, which disproportionately live in apartment complexes."
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Submission + - GAO Report Says FCC Favors Lobbyists (wired.com)

spiffyman writes: Wired news is running an AP story about the Government Accountability Office's latest report, which is a survey of recent FCC actions. According to the story, the GAO found that FCC staff regularly inform lobbyists of key events — such as upcoming votes — before the general public is informed. This apparently gives lobbyists "a window of opportunity for lobbyists who 'time their lobbying efforts to maximize their impact.'" Naturally, the FCC's director of media relations, David Fiske, insists that his agency "actively reaches out and works with consumer and public interest groups, not only industry." With important decisions always on the horizon, what effect does this have on the public's ability to weigh in with the agency?

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