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Teaching on tap at White House confab

Bud Light?! Are they all going to put on dresses hold hands and sing kumbaya too? As a Chicago guy, how about Goose Island. Leave the mass produced light beer to the girls and the frat boys in the bleachers.  (Jul 30, 2009 | post #142)

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Scientology mounts a PR pushback

I have to say that Scientology's alien backstory is no harder to believe than a virgin impregnated by god and giving birth to his child who grows up, is crucified and then rises from the dead. Or a burning bush dictating 10 commandments. Or a single boat able to hold two of every land animal on the earth or...well hopefully you get the point. Pretty much every religion's dogma doesn't stand up to logic or the laws of the universe as we currently understand them. That's why it's called faith.  (Jul 28, 2009 | post #26)

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Pizza slices: Two foodies debate the merits of wedge vers...

Illinois born and bred, 42 years in the Chicago metro area. Make mine triangles please. If you buying one of those monster 2 foot+ diameter pizzas maybe squares make sense since you are obviously serving lots of people. But if you're buying a 12 or 14 inch pie, it's probably for 1-3 people and the triange is easier to work with.  (Jul 23, 2009 | post #61)

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Public transit's private club

It's open to everyone that wants to pay the extra $900. Not a small amount of money, but not huge either. This doesn't seem like a "rich" person's perk. You have to be pretty comfortable financially to spend $900 in this way, but I don't think it rises to the level of privilage.  (Jul 22, 2009 | post #210)

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Public transit's private club

MMC, the car runs on the north shore line, not exactly choc full of minority residents. That said, it appears that the sole qualification for membership is a willingness to pay $900. That's about as race neutral as it gets.  (Jul 20, 2009 | post #168)

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AP Sources: Feds arrest felon over gun used in Steve McNa...

Nice to finally read a story where the woman is called a 'mistress' instead of 'girlfriend' as if McNair was single and not the married father of 4.  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #12)

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Apple disables a key iTunes feature of the rival Palm Pre

I have nothing against Apple. I bought my wife a Macbook Pro and an iPhone 3G, both of which she likes. There is almost nothing on iTunes that isn't available someplace else like Rhapsody or Amazon. Video (authorized, not unaythorized youtube postings) is the only content that is almost exclusively available via iTunes. That content didn't work on the Pre before, so this is no change. Personally I think that Apple has only aggravated potential future customers who rightly see this as a heavy handed attempt to punish a rival. Microsoft has lost big money over similar actions in the past and I really don't think that Apple wants that kind of attention.  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #127)

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Apple disables a key iTunes feature of the rival Palm Pre

And you still can't, and you couldn't before this 'update' because the Pre was recognized for library management but it still can't read Apple's proprietary DRM code used on music and video purchased through iTunes. AGAIN the ability of the Pre to use iTunes to manage the music on the phone cost Apple ZERO business. if anything Apple loses business, because consumers like me, who don't want an iPod are unable to buy songs and videos from iTunes. Apple's shortsighted policy only costs them money.  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #124)

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Apple disables a key iTunes feature of the rival Palm Pre

Clearly you don't actually understand what Pre owners could do with iTunes: they could manage their music, that's it. They couldn't buy songs and download them to the Pre, they couldn't buy video and download it to the Pre, all they could do was maintain their library. Only an iDevice can play the DRM protected Apple format. To add a song from iTunes to your Pre you would have to burn it to CD then rip it back into your library, what a HUGE pain in the **** . If you want to buy a TV episode you are SOL unless you have an iPod/iPhone. Nobody buys or doesn't buy a Pre because it works with iTunes, which Apple knows very well. Closing the hole that let the Pre talk to iTunes was simply a petty spiteful move, which is typical of a petty spiteful company.  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #123)

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Apple disables a key iTunes feature of the rival Palm Pre

Mike, MS gave away Internet Explorer for free and it ended up costing them BILLIONS of dollars in fines and legal fees. Also, one does not have to actually have a monopoly to engage in illegal monopolistic behavior. Lastly, the Pre could not run Apple's proprietary music and video formats. If you buy music or a TV show from iTunes it won't work on a Pre (or any other non-Apple product. So all Palm wanted was for it's customers to use iTunes to organize their music. This hardly has an impact on Apple. You want a monopoly, there it is, go ahead, search the internet, find another source for prime-time TV shows other than iTunes. There really isn't one. This was a silly petty move on Apple's part (but then Jobs is an incredibly petty man) that may well come back to bite them in the behind.  (Jul 16, 2009 | post #53)

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Apple disables a key iTunes feature of the rival Palm Pre

First, this is not that big a deal since all Pre users could do was use iTunes to manage their libraries. They couldn't buy music or TV shows from the site, you still need an iPod for that. That said, if Microsoft tried this kind of stunt people would be screaming monopoly at the top of their lungs. I am mystified as to how Apple can do this. I think that were I a very wealthy man I might just use some of my cash to start a class action suit against Apple over this practice.  (Jul 16, 2009 | post #48)

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Student with spina bifida seeks better parking option

I feel for Mr. Peters, but the city was not exploitive or cruel in its treatment of him. Those zoned handicapped spaces are for residents. I understand his frustration, but now he will be tying up the space after business hours and potentially forcing someone who lives in the neighborhood to make the same long walk to their HOME that he didn't want to make to class. Who gets the rawer deal here? The transient parker or the handicapped neighborhood resident who may now have to park farther away from home to accomodate Mr. Peters? I hope that he at least parks in non-handicapped spaces when possible to make sure that the EXTREMELY limited number of handicapped spaces in that neighborhood are available to residents.  (Jul 14, 2009 | post #91)

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Blackhawks fire Tallon: Why fix something that's not broken?

I am with you. I don't get the decision. I am not a hockey guy. So I'm sure some more knowledgeable fans will weigh in, but it doesn't make sense to me to fire your GM after a successful season that exceeded expectations.  (Jul 14, 2009 | post #2)

Chicago Tribune

Review: 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

I don't have a problem with him not reading the books. His job is to evaluate the movie, not how faithfully it follows the books.  (Jul 13, 2009 | post #5)

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Review: 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

This is the first HP movie in a while I have wanted to see. Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite book as I had grown tired of the constant condescension of the adults (Dumbledore especially who really should have known better) towards Harry in so far as they kept 'hiding" the truth of things from him, ulimately leading to Sirius's death. Half-Blood is rather like HP Unleashed. He finally seizes his destiny in his own hands. The final two movies should be magnificent.  (Jul 13, 2009 | post #1)

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