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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

westlake Every dog is entitled to one bite. (196 comments)

The consequences which follow from a $10,000 fine and a guilty plea to a federal misdemeanor hacking charge are not trivial.

His usefulness to Anonymous is at an end --- the collective will be wondering about how much he had to offer in exchange for a plea bargain.

Pleading down to a misdemeanor is common enough for a first offender. But that is a card you can play only once.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

westlake a perfectly stupid idea. (623 comments)

6. Anyone with responsibility for the safety, maintenance and/or operating budgets of a nuclear plant must reside, with their spouse and dependants, on or near the grounds of said nuclear plant

All your eggs in one basket, eh?

You don't want 2/3 of the people who have the best understanding of the facility to be taken out in the first few minutes of an accident. You don't want first responders burdened with the problem of evacuating dependents.

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"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

westlake Re:Training? (111 comments)

like the article says, they would get rushed to the hospital and just received these exact same stabilizing treatments there instead of in the field 10 minutes prior.

Ten minutes?

Theoretically possible here at the terminus of a river and lakeshore parkway with no commercial traffic and a driver taking to the road like a bat out of hell. But looking at the outer ring of suburbs and rural areas more honestly, 30-45 minutes by chopper would be closer to the truth, weather permitting.

2 days ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

westlake Re:Disney and LEGO are very different (125 comments)

Disney sues people for putting a picture of Mickey Mouse on the wall of a day care.

The day care centers you mention (about a 3 hr. drive from Disney World) were being run for-profit.

The Disney characters were used for image-building and not just for decoration.

That is why Universal Studios bull-dozed its way into the story. The risk of course is that despite its gifts of toys, posters, and such, Universal had no real control over how well these day care centers were bring run.

It's the kind of PR stunt that sucks big-time when anything goes wrong, if for example, one of the day care centers you endorsed is raided in a subsequent sex abuse scandal or three toddlers die in a fire --- and the cameras focus on the singed remains of Yogi Bear. Daycare Center Murals

3 days ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

westlake Drama Queen. (137 comments)

Do not buy anything these companies offer. No cable, no movies, no music. Nothing. Do not feed their useless parisitism on our culture and public domain.
If you must be entertained, find alternative sources, from indie stuff all the way to pirating.

Disney has been taking significant risks with films with serious geek cred --- Wreak-It Ralph. Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero Six --- and has been handsomely rewarded in return.

The geek is defined by pop culture and his talk of boycott is hot air. ThinkGeek

The paying customer gets programming like Sherlock and The Game of Thrones and a voice in future productions.
The pirate gets whatever crumbs he can sweep off the floor.

about a week ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

westlake Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

Once again, the industry giants managed to thwart innovation to maintain the status quo.

The only innovation here was a bit of high tech stage magic used to disguise the fact they were functioning as a community antenna --- CATV --- service.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

westlake 700,000. (157 comments)

Representatives in the House are elected every two years, and their districts are small enough that the number of politically active people is limited, especially in midterms. By politically active I mean people who directly affect the local. vote, not those of us who only post on Slashdot.
So the House is completely doable. It just requires a few people _in_each_district_ who care enough to study and understand beyond the headlines, then put in a few hours of time.

Political effectiveness demands a serious investment in time, money and manpower.

It can't be done on the cheap.

There are 435 congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives, with each one representing approximately 700,000 people. These are not small numbers. Congressional district

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

westlake The Empire Strikes Back (148 comments)

At 17 years of age, you do not have enough life experience to say anything of real importance about anything involving the greater issues facing society.

How perfectly appropriate that these choice lines should be posted by to Slashdot by an Anonymous Coward.

The timing couldn't be bettered as well.

We should certainly laud Mattel for deciding that 2014 is the year Barbie strikes out on her own as a career woman after 55 years and 150-plus jobs (including hating math and babysitting, with a welcome stint as a computer engineer in 2010).

But Entrepreneur Barbie reminds us that --- like every other ostensibly inspiring incarnation of the doll --- her main role is to look pretty and wear lots of pink.

In the end, both [Supermodel Barbie and Entrepreneur Barbie] are part of the same old problem. As 16-year-old feminist and former TED speaker Adora Svitak told Forbes' Denise Restauri this week:

''She encourages an unrealistic expectation of beauty grounded in narrow ideals --- whiteness, thinness, a lack of hair and an abundance of breast tissue --- instead of kindness, smarts, self-confidence, or athleticism.''

Mattel's Latest Affront To Little Girls: Entrepreneur Barbie [Feb 2014]

I have nothing against padded bras in general. But my immediate thought in the store was, Why the hell does a teenage girl need one?

The issue of the over-sexualizing of girls from an early age has come to the forefront with a recent news story about model Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau posing suggestively for the cover of Vogue magazine. Over a series of photos, the ten-year-old is shown sprawled on leopard-print cushions, wearing a skimpy gold dress, stiletto heels, and posing heavily made-up, with rouge and lipstick. She's ten years old, yet she looks scarily adult in the photos.

By creating so many illusory images of physical perfection, whether on store aisles or storefront ads, magazine covers or TV shows, we speak more to the profit margins of companies than the self-esteem of today's girls. The unsaid message of that endless rack of juniors' pushup bras? No matter what size you are, it still isn't good enough.

Would You Buy This for Your Daughter? [Aug 2011]

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

westlake The Great Big Rock (519 comments)

And if that comet then hit earth, do you know what a huge catastrophe that would have caused?
Then we would be saying 'ah but couldn't they just use solar power?'

The mass of the Churyumov---Gerasimenko comet is roughly 1 x 10^13kg. Should it ever fall to earth, I wouldn't expect the dispersal of U-238 from an aging Rosetta-class probe to be my biggest concern.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

westlake Re:Yahoo! is cool again? (397 comments)

Once upon a time, when we talked about things like "Web Portals," and people knew who Jerry Yang was, Yahoo! was cool.

The walled gardens of the app world have taken much of the steam out of the browser wars --- and threaten to make the browser itself irrelevant.

Searching Google for "live jazz on the net" will return 40 million hits, "live jazz streams," 9 million hits, "live piano jazz streams", 840,000 hits, which is no more useful. The point being that the open web the geek so admires has become unmanageable.

I don't want to wrestle with a search engine, I simply want to listen to the music.

about a week ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

westlake Re:Hmmm ... (167 comments)

So, a small wind turbine (or taking turns on a bike), and any hot humid area where clean drinking water can be scarce is a good fit for this.

A few years back, a long and brutal heat wave driving both temperature and humidity close to the century mark lead to the closing of our local recreational and commuter bike paths after the collapse of cyclists who would have been considered young, fit, and adequately prepared.

about a week ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

westlake Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

I think you're equating capitalism with avarice. It is possible to run a business while maintaining a sense of morality.

When you are playing fast and loose with your customers, your suppliers, your employees, your financial backers, the press, the government --- what do you think is happening inside your start-up? Most likely, the rot is spreading everywhere.

about a week ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

westlake So what does this tell me about you? (197 comments)

Morality is for the working class. If you want to succeed in a capitalist economy, it's better to be amoral.

I'm tempted to take this as an admission that the geek doesn't see himself as part of the working class. It would explain a lot.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

westlake Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (169 comments)

Nope. That was just the pretext for the power-grab.

Grow up.

There is a long, sordid, history of abuses associated with taxi and limousine services, tour buses and so on.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

westlake Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (169 comments)

John Tory (the next mayor of Toronto) has made statements actually supporting Uber.

But Toronto doesn't have a "strong mayor" like many American cities. What it has is a city manager and a council can go its own way if it chooses.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

westlake No magical flying cars or hoverboards here. (516 comments)

this reminds me of the states that are passing taxes on electric vehicles because they don't pay gas tax.

But they are using the roads, bridges, and other services the gas tax helps pay for.

Several counties in upstate New York are currently experiencing blizzard conditions, with deep cold, strong winds and up to five feet of snow. The worst possible environment for an electric car.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

westlake Re:"eye sore" (516 comments)

You know they're desperate when the only argument against new technologies they can come up with is that they're ugly.

A lot of money is being spent here to reclaim waterfront property for green space, nature reserves, parks and recreation. Ugly comes at a price that not everyone is willing to pay anymore, and the geek needs to see that clearly.

about a week ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

westlake The California Superior Courts (137 comments)

It isn't always clear at a distance where a state court stands in the larger scheme of things and how much weight should be given its decisions.

In California, a Superior Court is simply one of 58 consolidated county and municipal trial courts.

Before June 1998, California's trial courts consisted of superior and municipal courts, each with its own jurisdiction and number of judges fixed by the Legislature. In June 1998, California voters approved Proposition 220, a constitutional amendment that permitted the judges in each county to merge their superior and municipal courts into a ''unified,'' or single, superior court. As of February 2001, all of California's 58 counties have voted to unify their trial courts.

Superior Courts

about two weeks ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

westlake Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

In the Dutch system you also do not have CEOs of medical companies having to pay for trophy mistresses, reducing costs even further.

the trouble with geek humor is that you are never quite sure when he is playing it straight or telling a joke.

about two weeks ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

westlake Re:Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

The next year, the farmer's yield was only 35 bushels per acre better than his neighbors. Every year it decreased, until his yield per acre was back at the original amount.

I'm not surprised.

Corn demands fertile soil, consistent moisture and warm weather.

Corn is a heavy feeder - particularly of nitrogen - and may require several sidedressings of fertilizer for best yields. Look for signs of nutrient deficiency. Purple-tinged leaves are a sign of phosphorus deficiency. Pale green leaves are a sign of nitrogen deficiency.

Sweet corn

A farmer went on a long journey.

or more likely to the nearest agricultural supply house or freight depot, where American farmers have been taking delivery of seed from commercial growers since before the Civil War.

Ferry-Morse can be traced back to 1856, Burpee to 1876.

about two weeks ago

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Kidnapped by an Uber Driver in DC

westlake westlake writes  |  about 4 months ago

westlake (615356) writes "The Tweet says it all:

Was just kidnapped by an @uber driver in DC, held against my will, and involved in a high speed chase across state lines with police

#Crazy

— Ryan W Simonetti

According to Simonetti, his Uber driver panicked and made a run for it when being tailed by a taxi inspector .

''It was like an episode of ‘Cops,'' Simonetti said. ''We’ve all seen the ‘Cops’ episode. This only ends two ways. Either the car crashes or the guy jumps out and runs. And he had plenty of opportunities to slow down and jump out and run, and he wasn’t doing that.''

“It was insane,” Simonetti said. ''I physically tried to force his leg to hit the brake. I ripped off his pant leg. I said, ‘Here's two options. You take this exit, or I’m going to knock the side of your head in. If we crash, we crash, but you’re gonna kill us anyway.''

The driver in question has been ''deactivated'' by Uber.

Man visiting D.C. says Uber driver took him on wild ride"

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Ethanol runs out of gas.

westlake westlake writes  |  1 year,11 days

westlake (615356) writes "By pulling back on an effort to guarantee ethanol an ever-growing share of the nation’s gasoline supply, the Obama administration could be putting the bio-fuels industry into the deep freeze.
Corn-based biofuel has for years been untouchable politically — until now. Reasons for the change are many: The boom in domestic oil drilling. Demand for gasoline has slumped. And criticism of the environmental impacts of corn ethanol has taken hold nationally."

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Google Patents Pay-Per-Gaze Add Technology

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "The "focus" to no one's surprise is on Google Glass. For a look at the patent click here: Gaze tracking system

In particular, it outlines a method for billing advertisers based on the number of times users look at an advert – either online or offline, via a billboard, magazine or newspaper. While gaze tracking may sound a little creepy, it is merely an extension of the pay-per-click model commonly used to charge for online advertising, which measures how many users have engaged with a particular advert.

How Pay-Per-Gaze Advertising Could Work With Google Glass

Creepy, I can live with. Maybe. But a revenue stream based on how long you can keep your eyes focused on adds viewed through Google Glass is simply and plainly irresponsible."

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The Big Story In PC Gaming That Slashdot Ignores.

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "The Humble Origin Bundle has raised $6.8 million for charity. It has nine days and nineteen hours to break $10 million in sales.
The story has received broad coverage elsewhere. It's an impressive showing, but not a word, not a whisper of it has reached the front pages of Slashdot.
It is EA and it is Origin and Steam. It is Windows. It is AAA mass market titles like Dead Space, Battlefield 3 and The Sims. Eight games. 200 GB of prime download content. Yours for a $5 gift to the American Red Cross and others.
The Humble Bundle has been — and continues to be — a showcase for Indie gaming and the Linus port. But promotions on this scale could permanently alter the landscape."
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The Humble Origin Bundle: Geek vs Gamer.

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year ago

westlake (615356) writes "In its first day and with four hours and thirteen days to go The Humble Origin Bundle has seen 760,000 sales and raised $3.6 million for charities like the American Red Cross, with all proceeds going to your charities of choice.

The games are mainstream AAA list titles:

Dead Island 1&3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2, Mirror's Edge, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 Starter Pack. Distribution is through Origin and Steam. Steam keys are available for most, but not all games. The Sims 3 is available for the Mac. It's quite possible that one or two games could be added later.

It's been a tortuous day for the geek — gamer. It's EA and it is Origin. The promotion has totally eclipsed this week's hard-core, multi-platform, DRM free, indie Introversion Humble Bundle (Defcon, Uplink, Darwinia) which sold a respectable 55,000 units, with a return of $320 thousand."
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Suspect in Boston Marathon Dead In Shppt-Out With Police

westlake westlake writes  |  about a year and a half ago

westlake (615356) writes "The breaking story from Reuters:

HOW THE NIGHT BEGAN

About five hours after the FBI released the pictures of the bombing suspects, a police officer was shot and killed on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Middlesex County District Attorney said in a statement.

A short time later, police received reports of a carjacking by two men who kept their victim inside the car for about half an hour.

Police pursued that car to Watertown, where explosives were thrown from the car at police and gunfire was exchanged.

''During the exchange of the gunfire, we believe that one of the suspects was struck and ultimately taken into custody. A second suspect was able to flee from that car and there is an active search going on at this point in time,'' Colonel Timothy Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, told a news conference. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/19/us-usa-mit-gunshots-idUSBRE93I04520130419" a>One suspect in Boston bombing dead, manhunt underway for second suspect

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Contract Dispute Grounds Steve Jobs' iYacht "Venus"

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "The BBC notes that the designer of Steve Jobs' 105 million euro mega-yacht "Venus" has had the boat impounded in Amsterdam over the non-payment of 3 million euros of his 9 million euro fee.
It's the familiar story of story of a handshake deal that was never fully spelled out in a written contract and may reflect as well a willful blindness on all sides to Jobs visibly failing health."

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In The World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "From Peoria and the WSJ a look at the giant trucks manufactured by Komatsu and Caterpillar.

" In certain areas — notably aircraft, industrial engines, excavators and railway and mining equipment — the U.S. exports far more than it imports. These industries produce relatively small numbers of very expensive goods, requiring specialized technology and labor. Their competitive advantage rests partly on expertise built by U.S. companies in making durable, high-tech weaponry and other equipment for the military — frequently applicable to other products."

It may surprise the geek to learn that Komatsu doesn't employee a single industrial robot. The quality of workmanship simply isn't there where it is needed,In World of Big Stuff, the U.S. Still Rules "

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The all-TIME List of 100 Best In PC and Console Gaming

westlake westlake writes  |  about 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "It's the season for lists and Time's Matt Peckham looks back on forty years PC and console gaming. There are some odd choices and missing pieces, of course. You can't hope to please everyone. Grim Fandango, for example, must stand for all the Lucas Arts games. The geek will find the inclusion of Net Hack cheering and a nod to the Indie gaming community.

For those who are finding the net a little slow this long holiday weekend, here is a dirrect link to the full list and Index page: All-TIME 100 greatest video games. [Index]"

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Images from the banned Apple/Foxconn game

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "Benjamin Poynter "In a Permanent Save State" imagines the afterlife of seven Foxconn workers who committed suicide, based on Buddhist traditions. It was pulled from the Apple App Store after narely an hour this weekend, but beautiful and haunting images and video from the game survive and have been posted to the web. In A Permanent Save State Fills You With Wonder And Sadness, Images from the banned Apple/Foxconn game"
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Apple Retreats On EPEAT Environmental Standards

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "Apple's Senior VP for Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, has posted a brief announcement of Apple's return to the EPEAT "green hardware" program:

We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.

It’s important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever. Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly, and much of our progress has come in areas not yet measured by EPEAT.

For more information on this breaking story: Apple moves products back on EPEAT environmental standard"
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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Program

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "From CNETreports that Apple is turning its back on the EPA supported EPEAT hardware certification program.

One of the problems EPEAT sees are barriers to recycling. Batteries and screens glued into place. That sort of thing.

There is a price for Apple in this.

CIO Journal notes that the U.S. government requires that 95 percent of its electronics bear the EPEAT seal of approval; large companies such as Ford and Kaiser Permanente require their CIOs to buy from EPEAT-certified firms; and many of the largest universities in the U.S. prefer to buy EPEAT-friendly gear."

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Encyclopedia Britannica Goes "Out of Print" After 244 Years of Production

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "The Guardian is reporting that the 2010 edition of the Brittanica will be the last in print, The DVD edition and on-line subscription service will continue. The Brittanica's great strengh historically was in its signed contributions from men like Freud and Einstein. It was the quality of the writing as much as the content that made browsing these massive and often unweildy sets such a pleasure."
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USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 2 years ago

westlake writes "The AP is reporting that world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise is being retired after fifty years of active service — the longest of any warship in US naval history. The big ship had become notoriously difficult to keep in repair. The only ship in its age and class, breakdowns became frequent and replacement parts often had to be custom made. Despite its place in naval history and popular culture, Enterprise will meet its end at the scrap yard and not be preserved as a museum. Famed USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage"
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The elephant in the room

westlake westlake writes  |  about 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "Microsoft posts a record first quarter and Slashdot studiously ignores it. No matter that news like this rates some comment on OS News, Ars Technica, and so on. Microsoft thanks Windows 7, Office 2010, Xbox for record first quarter But the bigger story here, I think, is the "death of Linux" as a consumer brand name — to borrow a theme from an earlier post — and perhaps something even more disturbing. Wherever the future of Android and Chrome may lie, they belong to Google and AdSense. The sale of the user, rather than the sale or service of a product. In no country or region of the world and in no market segment do the stats for the traditional "community oriented" Linux distribution look at all healthy. StatCounter Global Stats"
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The Dark Tower Coming To Theaters Near You

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "Nothing quite like this has ever been tried before. But Reuter's, The L.A. Times and many others are reporting that Ron Howard will produce Stephen King's The Dark Tower, for Universal as a theatrical trilogy with the in-between stories told through two seasons of an NBC television series. No news as yet on casting — suggestions anyone?"
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Tweet 911

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "A survey by the American Red Cross reveals that 3 out of 4 social media users expect help to arrive within one hour of their tweet or post to Facebook. More than 1 in 4 expect help to arrive in less than fifteen minutes.
Which is alarmingly naive.
In flat contraction to this, about half are unconvinced that the first responders are listening in at all.74% of Social Media Users Expect Cries for Help to Be Answered Within an Hour"

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The Hotness of Windows 7

westlake westlake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

westlake (615356) writes "The success of Windows 7 can be seen in the second-quarter numbers. Profits up 60% from December 08. Operating profitability in the Windows and Windows Live Division 78% in the quarter. Operating profitability for the whole company: 44%. It's been a big story in the trade and financial press, but studiously ignored on Slashdot. The Hotness of Windows 7"
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