Magazine article Newsweek

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Magazine article Newsweek

Tech Notes

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Getting Out: Back on the Table How much would you pay to secure a hard-to-get table during rush hour at a hot new restaurant? Fifteen bucks a seat? That's the going rate at DinnerBroker.com. Launched last month, the service will sell you a last-minute reservation for a per-seat fee that's added to your bill. On the flip side, DinnerBroker also offers discounts, averaging 10 to 30 percent, for tables at off-peak times, like Wednesday night at 5:30. The service, which currently works with 46 restaurants in California's Bay Area, touts Masa's, La Folie and Betelnut as examples of participating eateries in "super-high demand." "Some are hard to get into, some are not," counters San Francisco Magazine food editor Jan Newberry. In other words, never pay a premium when you don't have to.

Filters: Flame Retardant for Hot E-Mail Messages Angry e-mail can really ruin your day, so why not flush it before it reaches your eyes? Now, you can. Eudora, one of the oldest and most popular e-mail programs, has added a new screening feature to its latest 5.0 version, out in mid-September. Based on rhetoric studies from Carnegie Mellon University, MoodWatch software analyzes your incoming and outgoing messages for sentence structure and word usage that looks offensive or aggressive. "It's doing more than just filtering swear words," says Eudora's David Ross. It's scanning for more subtle signs. For example, "You make me want to puke!" elicits the highest three-chili-pepper alarm, whereas "I'm sorry for subjecting you to this since I am full of s***" at the end of a long apology gets only one. …

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