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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

cayenne8 Re:Myth Confirmed... (87 comments)

Of course. Maybe not where you live, but in a great many parts of the world public transport is excellent.

Well, unless specifically stated, since Slashdot is a US centric site, you assume most statements are about the US.

And aside from a few cities here in the US, there really is no viable mass transit system here. Everyone pretty much needs a car.

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India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

cayenne8 Re:$25 Million? (56 comments)

he demise of the Apollo program was probably the worst thing that ever happened to American space technology. We are just now regaining knowledge and capability we had in the 70s.

But now...we in the US can just go pick up new rockets at the Kwik-E-Mart (albeit at slightly elevated prices).

Thank you....Come again!!

2 days ago
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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

cayenne8 Re:Myth Confirmed... (87 comments)

The first thing people tried to do was get to work because public transit sucked.

You say that like there is viable public transit in this day in age...??

2 days ago
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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

cayenne8 Re:Myth Confirmed... (87 comments)

Hey, no one can kill Clint Eastwood!! The man with no name always comes out.

Hell, Clint back in his day likely could have kicked Chuck Norris' ass, so sure he made it out of Alcatraz.

;)

2 days ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

cayenne8 Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (209 comments)

If they want this information from me, anonymous or not, they should have to get my explicit "OK" to use my data, and not allow it to be gathered by default.

Nothing really is more private than my medical records. I'm still trying to find in the Constitution, amongst the narrowly defined, limited, enumerated powers the Federal Govt is supposed to have where they are to gather all the information they can on me, a law abiding citizen, for any type of usage.

I'm trying to find even the stretch for "interstate commerce" where they could possibly be enabled to get this power.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

cayenne8 Re:Opt-Out Strategy (209 comments)

On the plus side, you'll probably live longer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

You know..I'd just rather take my chances and have an Opt In for it if I wanted it.

Looking at that link it says "The figures reflect the quality of healthcare in the countries listed as well as other factors including ongoing wars, obesity, and HIV infections".

Frankly, I dunno what having the Feds have such extreme access to my medical records would to to help prevent my life expectancy with regard to wars, obesity and HIV, unless the feds take my information and require lifestyle changes for things like obesity. I suppose they could link it to my grocery stores and prevent me buying bad foods, etc.

But that's not quite the role I want the US govt to play in my life.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

cayenne8 Re:Not to mention (209 comments)

Well, this should pretty much close the loop on the "Big Brother" initiative that the Feds have obviously been working towards.

I wonder if there is any way to opt OUT of this. I don't see that the Federal govt needs to know or store or handle my personal medical information.

I'm happy to take my chances without them handling this, I've done quite well without it all these many years of my life so far.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

cayenne8 Re:Well thankfully it's a French lawsuit... (698 comments)

Interesting.

I don't do FB or any of the social networking sites, never have.

Actually, I've found having none of these type sites is good in that I often work areas of privacy or require clearance. Not having so much info out there is a good thing usually in my fields of employment.

I've never had an employer ask to look for one, much less insist that I have one?!?!

Might I ask what area of IT you work in? What part of the country?

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

cayenne8 Re:Lizard Squad? (170 comments)

Of course there is a reason. They got away with it, so they'll do it again.

Kinda like rioters and looters we've seen recently, and those inciting a riot.

They get away with it...lather, rinse, repeat.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

cayenne8 Re:Privacy means local storage (99 comments)

Thank you. You bring up a great point, namely that there is no alternative except for "don't use this part of the universe at all". I think that's a problem.

While I agree this is distasteful, and I hate the companies are doing this...I have to say, it isn't the worst thing in the world to say I won't use this.

It isn't like we're talking life/death here, just a loss of a newly discovered convenience. I mean, what did people actually do back in the dark ages, before Fitbit or cell phones? How did they ever manage to exercise and track their progress? Hmm....

Seriously, while these things might be nice, you have to decide if it is worth your trading in your privacy info for God knows what purposes it may be repurposed into?

I generally vote no on things like this, and my quality of life hasn't degraded to any extent I can measure.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

cayenne8 Re:Well thankfully it's a French lawsuit... (698 comments)

What gets me is, they somehow think the internet, particularly the web portion of it, was set up primarily for their business needs.

I remember not that long back...early to mid 90's when you rarely ever saw an advertisement.

People need to be reminded that the internet is supposed to basically be a large network, where anyone can connect and set up a peer computer/server and trade information. I wasn't set up for making $$. While business is extremely valid on the internet, that is not the primary reason for its creation, and hopefully...not for its continuance nor regulation.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

cayenne8 Re:Already lost the "complete freedom" argument... (129 comments)

2. There are already safegards for this in place such as annual safety and emissions inspectsion. Granted not every state requires this, but I see nothing wrong with a law that states "your car must meet these safety parameter to be driven on public roads". which could include (an in many states already does include) a sanity check on the engine control module.

Ahh...nice to live in a state where there aren't any emissions checks. I didn't realize this was something states other than CA did frankly, until recently reading posts like this on /.

And even here..inspection is just honk horn, turn on lights and wipers and you're good to go.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

cayenne8 Re:"Culture Fit" is an excuse for discrimination (139 comments)

You see the tech person as lacking something that needs to be improved in order to join the frat brothers.

No, I do find tech people that ALSO have people skills. I'd be hiring them over someone that can't talk to his co-workers or employers very well.

about three weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

cayenne8 Re:meanwhile... (89 comments)

*consuming* alcohol simulates and increases human reproduction, and therefore, the evolution of humans continues.

Hey!!

Ugly chicks need loving too!!!

;)

about three weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

cayenne8 Re:Of course it did (89 comments)

I drink....

...therefore I am.

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

cayenne8 Re:"Culture Fit" is an excuse for discrimination (139 comments)

Rich white frat boy "tech founders" like being around other rich white frat boys.

You had me at rich.

:)

But seriously...if they got rich by knowing enough tech to found and build a startup, what's your beef with them? And, of course, most people like to hang out, and associate with people that reflect the same traits and beliefs that they do, that's just human nature.

But if YOU are a flexible person, you should be able to get along with most anyone. Me? I went through high school and ran with many crowds. I hung out with the potheads in the parking lot, I knew a lot of the jocks and went to parties with all strata of kids, many of whom had FAR more money than my family did, but that didn't stop me from connecting and making friends of all types.

I found that working early jobs in the service industry helped....bus boy, waiter, bar tender, retail sales all helped me learn even more about how to work with people.

Same skills took me from there to college and later to my professional life. Know what? I still am able to generally speak with and deal with and even schmooze with folks of all types in the world.

Learn some people skills, and don't get so hung up on what other people are like. So what if it is a rich white frat guy.

Learn to deal with them and it might get you in the circles of people that are getting wealthier and help you do the same.

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

cayenne8 Re:I'll never be employed (139 comments)

Seriously....develop a bit of personality, learn to get along with others, and develop some people skills.

It will often carry you much further than just being the best technically.

I've seen it over and over in my professional career and even with myself. At many jobs, I've been the least qualified as far as pure, hard core tech skills, but having people skills, being outgoing, and NOT being afraid to stand up in front of even a small group to give a presentation has carried me further than many people I knew starting out, and knew the tech far more than I did or still do.

It will help you get your foot in the door on many interviews, and it will carry you in the company quite often. You can't be an idiot and no clue about the technical skills required, but if you aren't the #1 tech stud in the group, having people skills can actually make you a stand out that will get promoted and allow you to progress in your career.

And , it also helps you get laid a bit more too, but that's a different thread.

about three weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

cayenne8 Re:But, as the feminists say.. (333 comments)

I kinda actually hope someone brings a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Whitehouse/Feds on this one.

Definitely justifiable....what's next? Mexican only New Years Eve fireworks there? Blacks only 4th of July BBQ at the Whitehouse....?

Seriously, why is discrimination based on sex ok in THIS case?

about three weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

cayenne8 Re:Knee-jerk... (256 comments)

Geez....people apparently just not as adept at driving after a few drinks as they used to be.

Maybe we had more practice back in my day, or less overall distractions?

I mean...worse distraction you had was jamming to the stereo on way home from the bar, now....you have folks trying to do cell phones while driving and listening to stereo.

about three weeks 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 5 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  |  about 7 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  |  more than 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  |  about 8 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  |  more than 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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