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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead At 94 (nbcnews.com) 216

An anonymous reader writes: Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. She was 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to her rep Joanne Drake. "Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004," Drake wrote in a statement. May she rest in peace.
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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dead At 94

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  • news for nerds (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Haven ( 34895 )

    stuff that matters

    • It doesn't say that on the masthead anymore.

      • It doesn't say that on the masthead anymore.

        Once again, Slashdot is behind the curve, I read this on TMZ 5 hours ago! Slashdot still hasen't done a follow-up on the Wu Tang album thing...

        • Re: news for nerds (Score:4, Insightful)

          by PsychoSlashDot ( 207849 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @02:09PM (#51648841)

          Once again, Slashdot is behind the curve, I read this on TMZ 5 hours ago!

          It doesn't matter.

          First up, I didn't read about this on TMZ or any other site five hours ago because I start my "news" day here because Slashdot has the mix of topics most interesting to me.
          Secondly, since this isn't "news" I can/will act on, being behind five hours or even a couple days doesn't change anything.

        • by Ungrounded Lightning ( 62228 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @02:41PM (#51648979) Journal

          Once again, Slashdot is behind the curve, I read this on TMZ 5 hours ago!

          Then read "firehose". Or become a patron and see news items after they're vetted but before they hit the front page.

          I see two complaints a lot:
            - It's not news for nerds / stuff that matters.
            - It's slow.
          You can't have both fast and filtered. It takes time to sift the jems from the slush.

          Further: faster processing means more errors, while better (though still "imperfect") filtering means later stories. And there's no way to get the filtering right for all readers: I'm constantly finding stories I consider "news for me (a nerd) and stuff that matters (to me, a nerd)" to attract a chorus of one, or (as in this case) both, complaints.

          I like Slashdot's setting of the fast - filtered tweak knob. I can always skip stuff *I* don't consider interesting, and it has a HELL of a lot of stuff I *AM* interested in, presented in a timely enough manner to be useful (when the rest of the media ignores it completely or warps it out of recognition).

        • Don't worry. She's still dead 5 hours later!
      • It doesn't say that on the masthead anymore.

        Granted, but then what exactly is the scope of /. coverage? I don't have anything against Nancy Reagan, but I do wonder whether her passing is relevant to this site?

      • by andrewa ( 18630 )
        It still says it on the title bar of your browser when on the /. home though...
    • She did some stuff. (Score:4, Informative)

      by Etherwalk ( 681268 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @02:00PM (#51648801)

      Nancy Reagan had nowhere near the level of awesomeness that was Eleanor Roosevelt, but she did a few things.

      After Ronald Reagan's term in office, she devoted most of her time to caring for her him. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, until his death at the age of 93 in 2004. Nancy remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of embryonic stem cell research, until her death in 2016.

      She was also well-known for her "Just say no" campaign on drugs; for replacing the White House China with a full service order from Lenox for the first time since the Truman administration; and for renovating the White House when it was in a state of disrepair, largely with private donations.

      • by RabidReindeer ( 2625839 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @03:29PM (#51649213)

        She was also well-known for her "Just say no" campaign on drugs; for replacing the White House China with a full service order from Lenox for the first time since the Truman administration; and for renovating the White House when it was in a state of disrepair, largely with private donations.

        Yup. You can thank Nancy and 2 stoner train engineers for having to pee in a jar before you can get a job now. Before 1980, you could apply for most jobs without presenting your papers or proving you weren't a druggie.

        Like old Ron said, "Government isn't the solution to the problem. Government is the problem."

        • You can thank Nancy and 2 stoner train engineers for having to pee in a jar before you can get a job now

          I've never had to subject myself to such a test, and I've worked with very sensitive information on behalf of some large operations. Maybe you're thinking about jobs where an employee's alertness and quick reflexes, when compromised, could cost large numbers of lives? Nah, that's just silly talk.

          • "On behalf of" sounds suspiciously like "independent contractor".

            If you had worked directly for these large operation, I doubt you would have been unaffected. It has been standard hiring procedure for every full-time corporate job I've worked since 1984. And about the closest my duties have been to requiring quick reflexes is that I don't slam the door on my fingers when I put the cover back on my computer.

            Besides, while Nancy foisted the quilty-until-proven-innocent drug test on me, her hubby can take the

    • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @02:20PM (#51648885)
      But where would the scientific field of astrology be without her?
    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      Because nerds can't be interested in anything but technology, gaming, and pop-culture.

      In case you haven't figured out, that's sarcasm.

    • Cause of death: congestive heart failure . . .

      . . . when she was attacked by sharks with lasers . . .

  • Don't use drugs, kids.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Unless you are Reagan and use the CIA to buy crack in Latin America to fight the left-wing workers. Then have the CIA import the crack into the inner cities of the US.

      Watch the movie "Kill The Messenger". But, by the time the CIA admitted it, the media cared more about Clinton getting a BJ.

      So, yes, I will "just say no" to caring about this anymore.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @01:49PM (#51648731) Homepage Journal

    She was 94

    On average.

  • Bong hits. ("Just say yes")
  • Why do we care? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mspohr ( 589790 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @01:56PM (#51648779)

    Try Facebook next time.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Other random people dead at ages other than 94!!!

      No news articles about that.

    • Other random people dead at ages other than 94!!!

      Granted, this is hardly "news for nerds" or "stuff that matters", and Slashdot did away with that slogan a long time ago, and the New Masters don't seem inclined to bring that ethos back.... But... Nancy Raygun was not a "random person", Miss Raygun was a respected porn actress with many titles, er, under her belt. Have some respect.

    • There is one just today about Ray Tomlinson [slashdot.org] but considering this has been out for less time and already has more comments/views shows exactly why this got posted.
  • heart failure.

  • Let me be the first/second/upmteenth one to say: news for nerds, stuff that matters? In what possible way this relates to anything that might even remotely interest anyone technically/computer inclined?

    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      Nancy Reagan was born the same year the flow chart was first described in the literature. You can read the paper here [openlibrary.org].

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Sunday March 06, 2016 @02:25PM (#51648911)

    I am sure she'd like it. It's such a wholesome family friendly song [youtube.com]!

  • How do we get these gorblimey posts?
  • She was predeceased by her astrologer by more than a year. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik... [wikipedia.org]
  • Here is some more trivia for you, on Earth 151,600 people die each day, and more than twice that number are born.
  • Said Nancy's skeleton
    Just say No
    Said the Rasta skeleton
    Blow Nancy Blow

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