Oh give me a break. I lived in the Boston area (Somerville to be exact) during 9/11. Outside of some scares and overreactions nothing happened in Boston that I can remember.
To go with the rather cliche saying now... To not do things (especially useful ones like, help commuters and tourists get where they need to go) because of the 'threat' of terrorism, then the terrorists have already won. We are FAR from being the only country that has to deal with that threat, and hardly even in the top five of ones that deal with the reality on a regular basis.
Watch 'Penn & Teller's BULLSHIT!' episode about Wal-Mart and open your damned eyes.
As for Wal-Mart against unions, kudos to them. Unions are part of the problem behind America's problems and why so many jobs and other things are going out of the US, and why there's such an abundance of immigrants 'taking jobs away from Americans'.
As to the article itself. Yes, Wal-Mart did a dumb thing. Plain and simple.
I think with the last 3 or 4 computers I've purchased I've used AMD every time, and with benchmarks, AMD has always performed better. Just bought a machine less than two weeks ago. Guess what. AMD again.
While I'm not so sure I'd agree with the EU board saying Intel is a monopoly, the Dell bit is a joke either way, obviously paid-off.
@Alan Gerow "I have never paid for music in my life. I have spent thousands of dollars on magnetic tape and plastic discs to temporarily gain access to music."
re: you are not a musician.
I rarely listen to the radio anymore. I haven't for years now. 99% of the music I listen to, will NEVER be on the radio stations in the USA, unless it might be a small college-run type. I listen to mostly foreign music. And no, these days 'Latin' music really doesn't count anymore for that. (Here in Texas there's almost as many Latin music stations as English it seems). I have French rap, lots of Chinese and Japanese pop/hip-pop/rock/etc. I have reggae music from India. By and large all of what I listen to is simply more interesting than the vast bulk of American music, despite that I cannot understand most of the lyrics.
I'd love to have an actual freaking arcade somewhere near me. I THINK there's a chuck e cheese somewhere within about 20 miles. There's a Dave & Buster's nearby-ish. But I can recall where I could bike 10 minutes to Fun and Games or any number of other arcades which had an office-building floor worth of games and space. Not a restaurant/bar/dance-floor/gods knows whatever else.
Yes, I'm sure that all the console games have pulled people (mainly kids likely) from the actual arcades. But it's morons like this town that have hurt places as well (we don't want kids/certain/those people hanging out here) and all that bs.
Yes, back in the 80's the music industry was dying, and YES it's there again, or close.
Note I say the INDUSTRY, not music itself in any way. I purchase perhaps one cd a year, if that. At least from AMERICAN music companies. There's very little I want to hear from what they produce. Too much 'mainstream' music has gone from full songs to 2-minute soundbites with one verse (two if we're lucky) and endless inane choruses. Kudos to the rare few that are continually innovative.
MTV DID help back in the 80's, but they're a bad excuse for a poor joke these days. I've been fortunate to find a lot of stuff I enjoy through file-sharing sites in the past, and youtube, dailymotion, imeem, and the like nowadays. These days I listen to FAR more foreign-made than American-made music. Suddenly I'm back to 4-7 minute songs with multiple verses. Enjoyable collaborations between artists/singers. Hell, even if I don't understand the lyrics, the music is fun to listen to. It's pitiful also how the large corporations (SONY) who have such global coverage, still entrap good->amazing artists into shitty regional limitations. (I find it hard-enough to pay $20 for 2 songs off a cd to begin with. But when I find a group I like overseas, it's a freaking $60 for import.)
The internet has opened up things all over the world. Get out there and explore, and help put the nails in the coffin of the music INDUSTRY, so it can be dead and buried where it belongs!
Overall I'd have to agree, that on the whole fee-based wi-fi is a joke and is fading out. And should fade out. Most places that offer wi-fi, aren't paying anything extra to actually offer it (outside of a transmitter or two when they first set it up. Their internet is already paid for, and their basic business model obviously makes them enough money to keep opening stores and the like. Now a (buy something and get the password) does make sense, so that someone doesn't just come in, take up space and do nothing to actually 'help' the location where they're using the wi-fi.
I really have to wonder, day after day... just how the hell our country is even still here with all of the idiocy and lack of basic common-sense of purportedly intelligent people. WHO can think that suing the site something is posted on is legal and worth anything? We take offense too easily, act far too irrationally, and just seem to have stopped having a clue as a nation. I know there are intelligent people out there. But sometimes it seems like a Sisyphus-ian task to actually find them.
Notice that there's no mention of what this person's Major/Degree was in. If it's dead languages of Mesopotamia, or something equally useless. Employment problems are on the rise, and I've never seen a truly good college-placement/employment-help program, unless it's a 'good old boy' type, say with an Ivy-League type.
I'd hope she loses the lawsuit. I'd almost say the college should sue-back, but likely she's so broke it's not worth the effort.
Way to go Zookz and Antigua. I'll have to check this out myself later tonight. About time that the US got it's comeuppance in the BS it brings. And yes, I live here in the US. Tired of all the crap corps can do without fear of any real reprisal.