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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

cayenne8 Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

Surface user here to respectfully disagree. The Surface is an awesome device that can be used for all sorts of good.

It would be great, if it just didn't fscking have Windows on it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

cayenne8 Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

Here is an interesting page showing how to use DslrDashboard (open source) with TP-Link Battery Powered Wireless router along with LR Timelapse to have a really powerful way to control your camera. Except for the LR Timelapse portion, the DSLR dashboard is open source and you're using Open WRT. The hardware on the battery router is pretty much identical to a commercial offering (whose name escapes me right now) that is charging $$$$$$ for this type of set up.

I've got the components, and hope to find a weekend free soon to hook it to my Canon 5D3 for some time-lapse and other controlled shooting. I figured it nothing else, this would breathe a bit more useful life back into my old Motorola Xoom tablet.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

cayenne8 Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

Yep, that's precisely what I was thinking...the iPad with the general public, has become a generic word for 'tablet'.

Kinda like Kleenex is pretty much any facial tissue you blow your nose on, Xerox is any copy machine, and in the south, Coke pretty much means any type of carbonated beverage (as in "hey, you want a coke or something?" "Yes", "Ok, what flavor?")

Coke-or-something being one word when asked...

But yes, I've heard before people asking, "what kind of iPad do you have there?"

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

cayenne8 Re:Define technology (231 comments)

We trapped cars on the road by tossing Molatov cocktails on the road..one ahead of them blocking them with fire wall....and then one behind them.

Never dawned on a bunch of idiot kids how dangerous this was at the time....but oh well, no harm done.

Fortunately back in the day...that would not get your branded as a 'terrorist', just a bunch of stupid pre-teens.

Also, back in the day where if the cop pulled you over somewhat tipsy, and you were close to home, they'd let you go home with the warning of "If I see you out AGAIN tonight, you're going to jail."

Some things were better in the simpler times of yore. I remember when there was no security going to / from the gate of your airplane at all.

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

cayenne8 Re:$10,000 per camera (170 comments)

Hmm...as a citizen, I wonder if I wear a number of HIGH powered IR LED's on my hat/person, if that would blind out these officer cameras?

I've been dying to find out if surrounding my license plate on my car, would fsck up the video from the speeding/stoplight cameras too....easily viewable to naked human eye, but blind out the cameras.

Hmm...sound like a fun weekend project.

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

cayenne8 Re:Deblasio has been working hard (170 comments)

And for the Ferguson thing....let's take a wait and see attitude to see what the evidence presents as what really happened.

So far, the kid seems to possibly not be quite as innocent as originally depicted by the news and Al Sharpton types....

So, at this point, best to wait and see what the evidence and witnesses show as what happened that day.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

cayenne8 Re:Too simple (588 comments)

am talking in this case about the sliced meat you eat on bread. In the local shop, only the super-expensive, high-garlic "Italian" meat is sugar-free. The rest contains both sugar AND at least one kind of syrup. The ingredient list is on the back side, so if you see, for example, roasted chicken meat, you would not think that it would contain anything else than roasted chicken. But if you turn over the package, you see what junk is used to produce it. Hey, but it is organic junk!

Well, that's what you get eating processedfoods, like deli meat.

If you roast your own chicken or cook your own roast beef from scratch, you know exactly what you're getting in it...hence, you quit (or at least greatly reduce) your intake of processed food.

That's a no brainer, eh?

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

cayenne8 Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

1 pack of a whole chicken on the bone is 8 bucks

Wow..where do you live where chicken is so $$$$?

Quite often you see chicken going on sale here for $0.89/lb, regular price is only up to about $1.19/lb. You can get a chicken even at regular price for less than $5.

But it is cheap, whole foods you prepare and cook from scratch ARE cheaper and healthier, just takes a bit of time and effort.

We used to do meals as a family...even as a kid when I got home from school first, both parents working, Mom had notes for me to start things, sometimes as simple as throw veggies in a crock pot or something, more as I got older and advanced.

Everyone has 24 hours in a day...it is up to you as to what to do with them and where to prioritize.

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

cayenne8 Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

There's a difference between denying the diet of our evolutionary ancestors, and having a problem with the way animals are treated in modern farms. I'm surprised by how often I have to point this out.

It is pretty easy these days, to buy meat from local farms which treat the animals in more humane ways, yet still many of the vegan types say that isn't sufficient that NO animals should be sacrificed, even humanely, for human consumption.

about three weeks ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

cayenne8 Re:idgi (231 comments)

Don't you have private prosecutions in the US? Sure, they cost money, but in cases like this there are usually plenty of interested parties willing to chip in.

No...never heard of such a thing??

Charges here are brought by the government against criminals.

In civil suits, it is private I guess, people suing each other, but not in criminal matters.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

cayenne8 Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

Isn't "Documentation" a 4-Letter Word?

;)

about a month and a half ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

cayenne8 Re:Rick Perry finally thought pf the third one? (342 comments)

WTF is the Dept of Energy supposed to be investigating fucking climate change?!?!

The Energy Dept, should be only working on current and NEW forms of energy.

Of course funding should be cut for things that should not be part of their mandate.

This makes about as much sense as instructing NASA to make more efforts to placate muslims er oh wait.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

cayenne8 Re:Missing option (701 comments)

"Ay yo, Jamal blast on dat foo"

*BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAM*

"I's staight busted dis GAT in dat nigga ass. I ain't even seen da body drop"

Holy Eubonics Batman!!

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

cayenne8 Re:Pft (962 comments)

Sorry..but they need to grow a thicker skin.

If they can't play by the big boy rules then they don't belong in a big boy game.

about 2 months ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:Unions are not a big problem in Michigan anymor (172 comments)

If all that is true...they certainly have NOT been getting that message out nationally.

The national picture of Detroit and surrounding area..is pretty much one big,decaying heroin/crack den with abandoned and dilapidated properties...with tumbleweeds aplenty in the streets.

Hell, the episode of Drugs, Inc on the Nat. Geo channel alone painted a pretty bleak picture of Detroit spreading heroin around to not only itself, but the surviving suburbs that are still around the area.

about 2 months ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:Texas! (172 comments)

Nope. California's budget is very solidly in black, average salary is way higher than in Texas and industry is _growing_. It turns out, that being a nice place to live attracts business.

Got any links to stats that back that up?

Certainly not what I'm hearing on the national news stations....MSNBC, CNN, FOX..etc.

about 2 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

cayenne8 Re:Pedos, drug lords, and terrorists take notice!! (98 comments)

So, are there *that* many people out there, that actually trust their phones enough to keep really private stuff on them?

Sheesh.

about a month ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

cayenne8 Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

In these difficult times of wars and crisis, Obama is one of the best presidents Americans could have hoped for.

Are you serious?

Obama is completely disengaged from the turmoil happening in the world. I don't think it is him being "stand offish", I don't think he actually knows WHAT to do and is paralyzed by that.

No one in the world has respect for the US admin...he doesn't know when to make a stand, nor will he stand on it. And the world knows this and is testing this right now.

about a month ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

cayenne8 Re:The walken-comma (172 comments)

You would think that Tesla would build the plant in Detroit, not only is land cheap and most likely loads of incentives but it would be a direct slap in the face to the big three automakers.

The trouble in setting up there would be, what are you going to use for a workforce?

Likely as not, not locals, and how are you going to convince folks to me to Detroit, not much incentive to move to a barren, economically sparse, drug infested/violence infested area. I mean, Tesla can't possibly pay THAT high of wages to give folks incentive to brave it by moving there.

about a month ago

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Privacy Tradeoff: Facebook, Twitter for Business Accounts, is it worth it?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  about 2 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "I've been a staunch advocate of NOT joining Facebook or Twitter or the other social networks to protect my privacy and to not voluntarily give all my personal information away to corporate America, or even the Government.

However, I'm beginning to look into making money through various means on the side, one of them being photography/videography. With these mediums, being seen is critically important. Having a business facing site on Facebook/Google+ and even using Twitter can be great for self promotion, and can open up your business to a huge audience.

If you were to open your FB and other social network accounts with business ONLY information, and keep your personal information (name, image, etc) off the facebook account...will this keep your personal privacy still from them, or are their algorithms good enough to piece together who you are from the business only sites?

Is the payoff worth the potential tradeoff for generating potential customers for your business and guiding them to your primary website?"
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Film Makers/Entrepreneurs watch as Crowdvesting Bill Stalls in Senate

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "The JOBS Act bill, passed in the house, has stalled in the senate. One section of this bill, which would legalize "Crowdsourcing" in the US, as it is in other countries, allowing companies and startups (like indie film makers) to solicit investments for profit over the internet. This differs from sites like Kickstart, which allow you to only donate money, in that this bill will allow the common citizen to invest for potential profit ($10K or 10% of income for investor limits) in new ideas and companies. Surely this could help jumpstart the economy, and get ideas off the ground quickly, and allow the common man to take some risks and make a little profit. I'm guessing there are plenty of Slashdotters out there with the ideas and skills, that this type of program could help."
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Reasonable hardware for home VM experimentation?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "I'm wanting to experiment at home with setting up multiple VMs and installing sofware such as Oracle's RAC. While I'm most interested at this time with trying things with Linux and Xen, I'd also like to experiment with things such as VMWare and other applications (yes, even maybe a windows 'box' in a VM).

My main question is, what to try to get for hardware? While I have some money to spend, I don't want to, or need to, be laying out serious bread on server room class hardware. Are there some used boxes, say on eBay to look for? Are there any good solutions for new consumer level hardware that would be strong enough from someone like Dell? I'd be interested in maybe getting some bare bones boxes from NewEgg or TigerDirect even.

What kind of box(es) would I need? Would a quad core type processor in one box be enough? Are there cheap blade servers out there I could get and wire up? Is there a relatively cheap shared disk setup I could buy or put together? I'd like to have something big and strong enough to do at least a 3 node Oracle RAC for an example, running ASM, and OCFS."
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Obama AG promotes Internet Censorship

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "It looks like President-Elect Obama is going to tap former Clinton deputy AG Eric Holder as the new Atty. General.

What should interest slashdotters, is the new officials old statements and stances on restrictions on how we communicate on the internet. Here in 1999 in response to some questions post Columbine, he says there has to be 'reasonable' restrictions on how people can interact...etc. Here's a transcript of the video:

"The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at. — May 28, 1999 NPR Morning Edition"



Is this the 'change' people were counting on with the incoming administration?"

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In Soviet US, Comcast watches YOU

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Ok, this is interesting. At the Digital Living Room conference recently, Gerard Kunkel, Comcast's senior VP of user experience stated that the cable company is experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know who's in your living room — According to this article from Newteevee.com. They're experimenting with cameras on the settop boxes that while apparently NOT using facial recognition software, can still somehow figure out who is in the room, and customize user preferences for cable (favorite channels, etc).

While this sounds 'handy', it also sounds a bit like the tv sets in 1984, where Big Brother watches you, as you watch tv. I am sure, of course, that Comcast wouldn't tap into this for any reason, nor let the authorities tap into this to watch inside your home in real time without a warrant or anything.

I don't think even my tinfoil hat would help with this..."

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UK Student Records in Publicly Available Database

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "According to this article , students in the UK aged 14-19 are to have their student records (with personal informations, exam stats, etc) to be permanently available online in a manner accessible to prospective employers.

Wow, no more fudging the old resumes, now companies can log in and verify if you screwed around in school, and base job offers on this information.

I know some employers actually want a college transcript to verify your bachelors degree (for your first 'real job'), but, I doubt most do. And certainly after the first job, they don't go back to review your school history. But, now....with a systems like this, your "permanent record" really now will carry weight, and help or haunt you for the rest of your adult life.

The article mentions the student can limit access, but, what help with this be? If a prospective employer wants to view your scholastic information, and you refuse, well, you must be hiding something.

What's next? Having your DNA profile put up in a permanently accessible database? I'm sure prospective employers and insurance companies would LOVE to check that out."
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Mitt Romney pulls out! Ron Paul still going!

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "In a recent press conference, Mitt Romney announced that he is pulling out of the race for nomination to the Republican party .

That leaves McCain, Huckabee and Paul. Anyone think this will give Huckabee or Paul a chance to get more in in a debate or gain more delegates? The ones Mitt formerly had have to go somewhere.....

Romney said: He then told the crowd he disagrees with McCain on a number of issues, but that he'd given the mater a lot of thougth and if he fought on all the way to the Republican convention, " I forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I'd be makign it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."



You think this is what he really thinks...or are there some backroom politics going on? Maybe he's saving up for another run in the future? Surely with all the mud slinging between him and McCain, he isn't on a short list for VP?

You know...think what you will about Clinton/Obama if you're on the Rep. side, but, associating them with "terror in a time of war" is really kind of low, isn't it?"

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Trent Reznor: ISP tax for free music needed?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Interesting article and interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. Recently, Trent bankrolled and produced a collaboration with musician Saul Williams on the album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust.

Like the band Radiohead, they wanted to experiment with releasing the album sans a record label attachment, and make it available over the internet for download......asking for $5 as a volunteer price tag.

Trent was disappointed in that only about 18% of people paid for the music.

In an interview with Trent, he was asked what would be a better way....he said that with so many people considering music to be "free" today that another revenue method may be needed:

"I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your a — if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'"

I guess he didn't consider that not EVERYONE with an ISP connection downloads music..."

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Apple updated 8 Core Mac Pro

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Well, it appears that Apple has just released a new update to the Mac Pro line. This time, they're equiping them with the latest Intel Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Harpertown" processors, up to 3.2 GHz. It also appears that the RAID card that previously quietly supported SAS, is now being touted publicly to support "15,000-rpm Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 3Gb/s drives with 300GB of capacity". The Mac Pro also comes with dual Superdrive DVD units....The grapics are standard with ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, and two dual-link DVI ports, or optional NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics with 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory and "a 3D stereo port for stereo-in-a-window applications".

Baseline unit starts at $2,799.00 which is with two 2.8 GHz Quad core Xeon processors, 2G RAM and at 320 GB Serial ATA harddrive. As usual, it looks that it is much cheaper to buy the box from them with the bare RAM and Harddrive config....and to add those on yourself to save a large amount of $$$.

This looks to be quite a 'beefy' box that Apple has put out. Loaded up, and running VMware Fusion software, will allow you to run OSX, any windows you need, and some linux too. Lots of money, but, you'd then have the licenses, and horsepower to run a large number of machines all at once....so, drop a little cash had have the best of all worlds of computing.

Now...where's my checkbook?"

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Will Guitar Hero Create Next Real Guitar 'God'?

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Interesting article at CNET that indicates already that possibly playing Guitar Hero, will help influence the kids of today to pick up a REAL guitar and learn to play.

It has been reported by guitar instructors, that enrollments of all ages have been increasing, and that possibly the Guitar Hero series of games is responsible. It seems that the game has opened the door to youngsters (and some not so youngsters) to great guitar driven songs and bands of the past. And while the game doesn't really give you any music skills as far as melody, harmony, etc....it does help one to generate a good sense of rhythm.

Personally, I hope it opens the eyes of kids today of what a good rock band should be. That tomorrow's bands may reach back to the past to become entities that actually PLAY their own instruments, and have stage presence and actually sing without twelve tons of electronic help.

As the article says: "Is tomorrow's Clapton playing 'Guitar Hero'(Today)?"

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Zeppelin Reunion has Slashdot Effect

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  about 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Apparently the long rumored Led Zeppelin reunion is going to happen. It will be a one off show with original members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bohnam (John's son) in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who died recently.

The website where you can register for a lottery for tickets has crashed due to demand for the tickets. Apparently, Led Zeppelin, a group long defunct, can still have the power to 'slashdot' a website. Why not? They did recently set records for their DVD released a couple of years ago. Is there any group today that will have that kind of staying power?

To add insult to injury to the crashed site, it is at Ahmettribute.com"
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Vote Swapping Ruled Legal!

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Way back when (2000), during that election, there were some sites set up (voteswap.com and votexchange.com) for people across the nation to agree to swap votes. This was set up mostly for Nader and Gore voters to work against Bush.

California representatives threatened to proscute these sites as criminal offenses, and many of them shut down. On Monday, the 9th US court of appeals upheld that "the websites' vote-swapping mechanisms as well as the communication and vote swaps they enabled were constitutionally protected" and California's spurious threats violated the First Amendment. The 9th Circuit also said the threats violated the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause."

See the story HERE ."
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Nissan now hits the Brakes for you...

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Well, a few days ago, we heard that Nissan was fixing its cars up to detect if you've had a drink or two, and not let you drive. Now, it appears that Nissan is going to brake for you now too. .

From the article, "When speed and distance sensors on the car detect an imminent crash, the gas pedal lifts slightly to warn the driver. If the driver eases pressure on the gas pedal in response, the car automatically brakes instead of waiting until the driver slams a foot on the brake pedal".

A more detailed article on this is HERE

Personally, I like to be MORE in control of my own car, not less....remind me not to buy any newer Nissan model cars in the future, unless these options can be disabled or left off the car entirely."
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iPhones in UK to be tied to one provider

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "Well, if you are in the U.K. and want an iPhone, it looks like you will be in the same boat as those in the US — stuck with one choice of provider. According to this article it appears that O2, will be getting the nod from Apple as the exclusive network partner for the iPhone in the UK.

It appears O2 will beat out Vodaphone which had hoped to land the iPhone deal for the UK. I'm wondering, will Apple be cherrypicking a different provider for each country in the EU? It sounds like at this point, with the iPhone in the EU, you won't be 'free' to be switching SIMS they way you have in the past. If you get an iPhone, it sounds like you will be stuck with that provider for that country."
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cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "It looks like Apple has upgraded the MacBook to use the Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 Ghz processor, 1GB of Ram, and larger harddrives in all models.

I wonder if this means the MacBook Pro will be gaining soon? I was thinking of getting one in the next month or so, but may put that on hold to see since the newly upgraded MacBook's processor is the same as the lower end Macbook Pro's at a $999 difference. I'd have to think the Pro's are gonna be upgraded soon."
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cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cayenne8 (626475) writes "It looks like the Dept. of Homeland security is at it again. This time, a data mining system, used to evalute you the air passenger as to your security risk, and give you a rating. You think you have problems with a faulty credit score? Wait till you get a faulty risk assessment rating...because you cannot legally find out what your rating is according to the article about the new Automated Targeting System.

"The Automated Targeting System (ATS) is a data-mining system that will let the agency create "risk assessments" of tens of millions of travelers. The information will be held for 40 years, and even U.S. citizens will have no right to view those risk assessments. ""

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Bo Diddley dies

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Well, it appears that we've lost another pioneer of modern music, Bo Diddley. RIP...Who Do You Love?

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Led Zeppelin to perform one off concert!!

cayenne8 cayenne8 writes  |  about 7 years ago "Apparently the long rumored Led Zeppelin reunion is going to happen. It will be a one off show with original members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bohnam (John's son) in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who died recently. The website where you can register for a lottery for tickets has been crashing due to demand for the tickets. Apparently, Led Zeppelin, a group long defunct, can still have the power to 'slashdot' a website. Why not? They did recently set records for their DVD released a couple of years ago. Is there any group today that will have that kind of staying power? To add insult to injury to the somewhat already overloaded site, it is at Ahmettribute.com

EDIT: Just confirmed story again on the ledzeppelin.com website

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