Right now im looking to get a new bag for my 17" powerbook and school/work stuff. I really like the brain bag, but had one quick question about it. Does it still have the waist straps on it? I was reading on an older post that there was some talk of making them detachable. Did that ever happen? Its really the only thing I dont like on backpacks (my old backpack has them and they are the most annoying things ever).