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Why Transitivity Violations Can Be Rational

Z80xxc! Code monkey like tab AND mountain dew (169 comments)

So basically, they discovered that humans aren't the only animals that enjoy variety in their diet?

about 6 months ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

Z80xxc! Re:Really? (526 comments)

The touch screen is a compromise that doesn't work as well as a keyboard, or a mouse, but is a passable replacement for either or both in those times you don't have them. It is sure as hell not a compliment to them, because if you have a keyboard and mouse, you never use the touch screen.

A statement that is directly refuted by the experience of the author and others who've actually used modern touch devices. Also, isn't half the point of having a touch/type/mouse device that you can also use the touchscreen in those situations where using a keyboard or mouse is impractical, but have them available for when they are convenient?

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

Z80xxc! Re:Really? (526 comments)

As the guy below me says: you're still not getting it. The article isn't saying that people poke at a vertical surface all stupid day. It's saying that people type on a keyboard all day, and occasionally reach up to poke at something when it's convenient. (And, when it's not convenient to type, they can poke some more. And then go right back to typing when it's more convenient to do so again.)

You can hate on it all you want, and say that the base technology has been around a long time, but until you actually use the new technology for more than a few hours, it would seem that your opinion is based entirely on speculation and outdated experience. A 1980's touch screen is not the same as a 2012 touch screen.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

Z80xxc! Re:Before the eight-hate arrives, I just want to s (526 comments)

So you're suggesting that we should never have transitioned from horses and buggies to motor cars, because driving a car takes some getting used to? The fact of the matter is that if you haven't used something, you can't make an informed opinion of it. You can have an opinion, and you're welcome to have that opinion, but it won't be an informed opinion.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

Z80xxc! Re:Really? (526 comments)

This is slashdot, so I can forgive you for not reading the article, but for your convenience I'll provide the relevant excerpt here:

When Steve Jobs decried touchscreen laptops in 2010, he was merely relaying the common wisdom of decades of user experience research into "gorilla arm syndrome." Simply put, it's the idea that if you hold out your arm in front of a touchscreen for an extended period of time, it's not going to be particularly comfortable. However, that assumes an awful lot — what if you're not holding your arms out in space waiting to touch things, but resting them comfortably on a keyboard?

We've been looking at this all wrong. A touchscreen isn't a replacement for a keyboard or mouse, it's a complement. If I want to type things on my laptop and have enough room to comfortably open that clamshell and stretch out my arms, the keyboard's still my best bet. I'm not going to touch-type 70 words per minute on a touchscreen keyboard. But when I'm in the cramped quarters of a train, plane, or standing in a line — say, when the only thing standing between a critical email and its recipient is a few dozen words and a tap of the button marked "Send" — I can grab that Windows 8 laptop by its hinged section, one hand on either side of the screen, and tap out that message with my thumbs.

You're issuing a false dilemma by saying that it's all touch or all keyboard/mouse. It can be both, and that's the point of the article. Keyboards are usually better for typing, but using a mouse isn't always easier for pointing, and sometimes using a keyboard isn't convenient. Having touch, mouse, and keyboard all available makes sense, because you can use whichever is best for the situation you're in.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

Z80xxc! Re:Its stupid on a laptop or desktop (526 comments)

The Surface Pro does include touch support - 10 point multitouch, in fact. It happens to also have an active digitizer to support pen input. It can do both.

The fact that you didn't know that implies that you really have no idea what you're talking about.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

Z80xxc! Before the eight-hate arrives, I just want to say: (526 comments)

Do or do not. There is no try.

Until you've actually used a touch/laptop hybrid device, don't go knocking it. When I say "use", I don't mean "try", I mean actually used it for day-to-day tasks for a couple weeks. Not "poked one in the mall and didn't know how to do everything right away, so I gave up," or worse yet, "saw a picture or video online and haven't even tried one in person." Spare me the "but I know I won't like it," because until you've actually used the device, you don't know.

The overwhelming opinion of people I know who have actually used these devices that are neither a tablet nor a laptop, but really a bit of both, is that they work well and are not just a gimmick. New things can take some getting used to. That doesn't mean they're bad.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

Z80xxc! Replace the hard drive? (479 comments)

You like the DVR, right? Disassemble it, take out the hard drive, figure out what type it is (probably 2.5" IDE or something of the like), buy a new one, then do a bit-exact clone to copy the hdd right over. Put it back in, and you're right back where you were.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot. Best Online Science Course?

Z80xxc! YouTube series: Crashcourse (166 comments)

It's a work in progress, but there's a new YouTube series called Crash Course which presently covers biology and world history. They're planning to encompass other subjects in the future as well, but it just recently started. The history lessons are taught by author/nerd John Green and the biology is taught by his brother Hank Green. I suggest you check it out; it's got lots of neat graphics, simple explanations, and is easy to follow.

As mentioned in other posts, Khan Academy is also a fantastic online resource. It's not quite as spiffy as Crash Course, but covers far more subjects, and is easy to follow.

more than 2 years ago
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Research To "Reveal the Unseen World of Cookies"

Z80xxc! Yo Dawg (108 comments)

Yo dawg... I heard u dislike being tracked, so we put a tracker in your trackers so you could be tracked while we track.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Z80xxc! Re:Paging Darth Vader (951 comments)

This exists for Microsoft Office; it's called Search Commands and is available as a free add-on. It works pretty well, and does exactly what you describe: you type in a search box, and it shows relevant actions. The addon is made by Microsoft, so obviously they do have this idea and are considering its applications.

I was excited when I found this product, since I've been thinking something like this would be nice ever since the ribbon was introduced. But you know what? I never use it. I find it much quicker to just use things where they're built in. Once you get used to it, everything in the ribbon is actually pretty well laid out and easy to find. One nice feature of the Search Commands addon is that it'll tell you how to get to the tool normally. It's a good way to figure out how to get places, but once you know where things are, it's much faster to go straight there.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Launches Search By Image

Z80xxc! Useful for finding Creative Commons images? (109 comments)

I can see this being really useful for finding creatives commons licensed images. If you find an image or diagram you'd really like to include in a document, but it's not openly licensed, you could look for other images like it, but use Google Image Search's recently-added license filter to find CC-licensed materials.

more than 3 years ago
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Stars Remain In Their Usual Places; People Panic

Z80xxc! Sheldon got it right... (468 comments)

I think Sheldon, from The Big Bang Theory, sums up astrology pretty well.

It tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun's apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

Z80xxc! Re:It's only $149, why pirate? (233 comments)

If all you need is "a" text processor, spreadsheet program, and slideshow program, then go ahead and use another text processor, spreadsheet program, and slideshow program. There's plenty of them out there. Office is a bit more complex than you make it out to be there. The integration between office programs (ability to edit excel graphs within word for example) and features like sharepoint server, office is quite a bit more than just those things though. Simple documents, spreadsheets and presentations don't require office, though some may find office easier to use. But for complex things, it does its job well, and may be worth the price.

Furthermore, office home and student (the version which costs $150) can be legally installed on three computers at once. That's a mere $50 per license, which makes it a good deal for families. It's also often on sale at both retail and online stores - right now newegg has it for $105. That's $35 per license. Which is barely over your stated price of $30. Maybe not such a bad deal after all, eh?

more than 3 years ago
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FCC To Allow Texting To 911

Z80xxc! Re:311 needs this at least as much as 911 (321 comments)

Portland, Oregon actually has implemented something similar to this. They created iPhone and Android applications for reporting potholes, broken glass in the street, graffiti, clogged storm drains, etc. Each report is tagged with GPS coordinates (which the user can precisely choose on a map, to show where exactly the problem is), and can include photos, videos, and text descriptions of the problem. The app then shows all the reports you have submitted, and whether they have been dealt with yet. It's pretty nifty, but it would be even better if non-smartphone users like myself could also submit reports via MMS.

more than 3 years ago
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Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?

Z80xxc! Re:How about a share local option (591 comments)

So in other words, WSUS? Currently it's only meant for corporate users, but it would be great if Microsoft would release it as a module for Windows Home Server, so home users could have that functionality.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do

Z80xxc! Re:Really? Stickers on your laptop? (597 comments)

You know, you can also spend moderate bucks on a PC with a metal case with better performance for a lower price than a macbook (pro) and remove the two stickers yourself. There are lots of crappy PCs out there, but there are also some very nice ones that still cost much less than the Apple equivalent.

more than 3 years ago
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Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?

Z80xxc! Re:Seriously? (561 comments)

It's hard to find anything harder than the dihydrogen monoxide from around here...

So you must live in the southern hemisphere, right?

Around here, the DHMO only qualifies as the hard stuff in January and February. But I do keep a supply of it in my freezer to help get us through the hot summer days.

Not quite what I was referring to, but a clever reinterpretation ;)

about 4 years ago
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Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?

Z80xxc! Re:Seriously? (561 comments)

Everyone knows dihydrogen monoxide is the real gateway drug. It's a proven fact that all drug addicts consumed significant quantities of the substance before turning to the harder stuff!

Really? It's hard to find anything harder than the dihydrogen monoxide from around here...

about 4 years ago

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Microsoft demos real-time translation over Skype

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  about 2 months ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Today at the first annual Code Conference, Microsoft demonstrated its new real-time translation in Skype publicly for the first time. Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft's VP of Skype and Lync, compares the technology to Star Trek's Universal Translator. During the demonstration, Pall converses in English with a coworker in Germany who is speaking German.

Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition.

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Amazon reveals "Prime Air", their plans for 30-minute deliveries by drone

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  about 8 months ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed during a CBS 60 Minutes interview that the company is working on a service called "Prime Air" to deliver packages by autonomous octocopter drones within 30 minutes of hitting the "buy" button. The plan still requires more testing and FAA approval, but Bezos predicts it'll be available to the public in the next 4-5 years. With a lot of backlash against drones, and some towns even offering bounties to shoot them down, will this technology ever take off, or is this just another one of Amazon's eccentric CEO's fantastical flight ideas ?"
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Federally funded research to be publicly available within 1 year of publication

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a "policy memorandum" today requiring any federal agency with over $100 million in R&D expenditures each year to develop plans for making all research funded by that agency freely available to the public within one year of publication in any peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The full memorandum is available on the White House website. It appears that this policy would not only apply to federal agencies conducting research, but also to any university, private corporation, or other entity conducting research that arises from federal funding. For those in academia and the public at large, this is a huge step towards free open access to publicly funded research."
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Opera switching to WebKit rendering engine

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The creators of Opera announced today that the browser now has over 300 million users — and will therefore be switching to webkit.

To provide a leading browser on Android and iOS, this year Opera will make a gradual transition to the WebKit engine, as well as Chromium, for most of its upcoming versions of browsers for smartphones and computers.

With Opera moving to webkit, there will now be only three major web rendering engines: IE's Trident, Mozilla's Gecko, and WebKit — used by Google Chrome and Apple Safari already. What will this mean for the future of compatibility and web standards?"
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Microsoft explains Secure Boot, Linux still works

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "A few days ago, Slashdot reported that Microsoft will lock Linux out of Windows 8 PCs. The next day, the official Building Windows 8 blog posted an in-depth technical explanation of how UEFI Secure Boot works, and dispelled some of the rumors that "alternative bootloaders" won't work.

There have been some comments about how Microsoft implemented secure boot and unfortunately these seemed to synthesize scenarios that are not the case so we are going to use this post as a chance to further describe how UEFI enables secure boot and the options available to PC manufacturers.

As the blog post explains, manufacturers will be expected to offer an option to disable Secure Boot, and power users will have the choice to use different operating systems if they do not want to use Secure Boot."
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Microsoft responds to "like OSX" comment

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "After a comment by a Microsoft employee claiming in an interview that 'what we [Microsoft] have tried to do with Windows 7... is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics,' the Windows 7 team has issued an official rebuttal, saying that the comment came from an employee who was 'not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7,' and that it was 'inaccurate and uninformed.'"
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Huge unidentified organic blob floating through AK

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  about 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The Anchorage Daily News reports that a 15 mile-long blob of unknown, "gooey", probably organic material is floating past communities on Alaska's North Slope. The US Coast Guard sent pollution experts to investigate, who determined that it was not an oil spill or other type of pollution, but were unable to determine what it is. A sample is currently being analyzed by experts in Anchorage, while the blob is following the current northwards."
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Windows 7 Coming Officially Coming Soon...Probably

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "In a post on the Windows 7 blog, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 is "on track" to be available by the holiday season.

If the telemetry we receive from the Windows 7 RC meets our expectations in terms of quality, then we expect to hit RTM in 3 months or so. Again, check out Steven's blog post on this process. If this happens, it looks like we'll be able to have Windows 7 done in time for the holidays.

Up until this point, Microsoft has been fairly vague about providing specific dates, although other sources have leaked information previously. While there is still no official release date, it seems almost certain at this point that Windows 7 will be out by the end of the year."
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Windows 7 Release Candidate Available to Public

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "As promised, the Windows 7 Release Candidate (Build 7100) is now available for download by the general public. Unlike the beta (initially), there is no limit on how many people can download the RC, so hopefully Microsoft's servers will be able to handle the load. The RC is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit options in English, German, Japanese, Spanish and French, and requires a Windows Live account to access the download and get a key."
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Swine Flu Outbreak Could Become Pandemic

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Various news agencies are reporting a huge outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, which has already begun to spread to the United States, and has potential to become a pandemic. Over 1000 people have been infected in Mexico, and at least 61 have been killed. Cases have also been reported in Texas and California, though no deaths have been reported in the US as of now. The World Health Organization is considering declaring an international health emergency, which could result in travel restrictions and other measures to slow the spread of the infection. More information is available from the US Centers for Disease Control's Swine Flu investigation page."
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Windows 7 to include "Windows XP Mode" bui

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite reports that Windows 7 will include a built-in virtual machine with a fully licensed copy of Windows XP Professional SP3. The VM runs in a modified version of Virtual PC, and applications running in the VM can interact directly with the host operating system as if they were running on the Windows 7 installation itself. While details are scarce for now, it looks as if this feature will only be available as a (free) addon for Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. Also, a processor supporting hardware virtualization will be required, indicating that this is perhaps aimed more at power users and corporate users, rather than consumers."
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US Captain Held Hostage by Pirates Rescued by Navy

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Various news sources are reporting that the captain of the American ship Alabama, taken hostage several days ago by Somali pirates in a successful attempt to negotiate for his crew's safety, has been rescued by US Navy personnel. Captain Richard Phillips was rescued by the US destroyer Bainbridge, and was flown to another navy ship for medical evaluation. He had been freed from a lifeboat where four Somali pirates were keeping him hostage at about 7 AM Somali time, when the Navy opened fire on the pirates, killing three. The fourth is being held for possible prosecution, and an investigation of the incident is still ongoing by the FBI."
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New MS produc helps devs test in multiple browsers

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Microsoft recently announced a new product, called "Expression Web SuperPreview" which lets developers view their web pages in any browser installed on their system, as well as different versions of IE, all from the same interface. The tool also has built-in tools for overlaying the rendering from one browser over another to compare, HTML debugging tools and other helpful tools for web devs. A beta version is available for download, however the current build only has support for IE. An internal build shows firefox and safari being used as well. The final product will be available as part of MS Expression Web Studio 3 when it is released later this year."
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US Nuclear Submarine, Amphibious Vehicle Collide

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "The BBC reports that the USS Hartford, a nuclear sub, collided with the USS New Orleans, an amphibious vehicle, while doing security operations in the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. Several seamen received minor injuries, but all were able to return to duty. Additionally, 25,000 gallons of oil were spilled when the New Orleans' fuel tank ruptured. Both ships are returning to an undisclosed port for repairs, under their own power."
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Man has prosthetic eye with a surveillance camera

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "An AP article reports that a one-eyed documentary filmmaker is creating a prosthetic eye with a small camera like those designed for colonoscopies, which he will use to film a documentary about the global spread of surveillance cameras. Although the subjects of his covert recording will not be aware of the camera — designed to be the same color as his actual eye, and presumably realistic — they will be informed of the device after they have been recorded, and footage of them will only be used with permission. While this sounds absolutely fascinating and could have useful implementations for restoring sight to people without functioning eyes, it also could be seen as a major privacy risk. After all, who knows when the user is or is not recording."
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YouTube Announces Symphony Orchestra Winners

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Today YouTube announced the participants of the first ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Hundreds of applicants from around the globe auditioned through YouTube videos, which were then voted on by YouTube viewers. Winning auditions can be seen on YouTube. These musicians will travel from around the globe to New York City from April 12-15, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco's Symphony Music Director."
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Facebook repeals new TOS... for now

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Around 10:30 PM PST, Facebook repealed its updated Terms of Service, at least for the time being. In a message displayed on the home page when users log in, Facebook said:

Terms of Use Update
Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.

Originally the message said "good feedback"; that had changed by the time I copied the text over. I guess they realized that most of the feedback hasn't exactly been positive. Mark Zuckerberg posted an update on the Facebook blog, explaining the decision."
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Facebook repeals new TOS... for now

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Around 11:30 PM PST, Facebook repealed its updated Terms of Service, at least for the time being. In a message displayed on the home page when users log in, Facebook said:

Terms of Use Update
Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.

Originally the message said "good feedback"; that had changed by the time I copied the text over. I guess they realized that most of the feedback hasn't exactly been positive."
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US Air flight emergency landing on Hudson River

Z80xxc! Z80xxc! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "This morning, US Airways flight 1549, an airbus A-320, performed an emergency landing on the Husdon River, surprisingly resulting in no deaths. Initial reports say that the plane may have sucked birds into two engines, requiring an emergency landing. Within minutes of the landing, ferry boats began to approach the plane, rescuing survivors standing on the wings. Coast Guard and police vessels responded soon after. All passengers were safely evacuated from the plane, which is currently still in the river. ABC has more details."
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