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Comment: Re:Even free speech has its limit (Score 1) 174 174

first of all, it's a cultural thing.

here in brasil we say "i should kill you" or "i'm gonna kill that that guy" all the freaking time, for even the smallest offense, and everybody undertands that it's just a way to vent some anger.

this is why i don't get why the british are uptight about that. people need a way to relieve tension, keep censoring this kind of stuff, people will start going crazy and actually blowing shit off, instead of just talking it.

Comment: Re:It is no good .... (Score 3, Interesting) 163 163

russians are testing a thermal camouflage for tanks. it uses infrared cameras to measure the temperature of objects (ground, buildings, trees, etc) surrounding the tanks, then send a command to thermal plates all around the the vehicle to match the measurements. this effectively makes the tank invisible to infrared devices, including night vision goggles.

imagine an american soldier, after being blasted by that tank saying as he dies: "the goggles, they do nothing!"

+ - Formula Picks the Best Oscar Films for Men->

garthsundem writes: "I wrote this equation for Esquire, ranking the BEST Best Pictures for guys. The top five: Godfather, Gladiator, Forrest Gump, Patton, Gandhi (all five titled after the iconic male lead). The bottom five: Oliver, Gigi, Broadway Melody, American in Paris and...The Sound of Music. (Though it didn't win, I ran the numbers for Star Wars IV, which would've come in third...) Driving factor is Rotten Tomatoes audience plus critics score...multiplied the how much MORE the audience liked it than the critics (guys tend to prefer movies the critics dislike). Also important is quotability (via IMDB and Wikiquotes) and Oscar nominations for the male lead. Thoughts on the list?"
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Comment: Re:at the risk of sounding stupid.. (Score 4, Informative) 228 228

that's a whole lot of bullshit right there.

i know wikipedia is not a reliable source for any argumentation, but here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchroscope

this is what's in use on power grids all over the world since the concept of interconnected generators was invented.

Comment: Re:They're gonna be sued! (Score 1) 192 192

and both trace their origins to the same place. NextStep was the inspiration for windowmaker and OS X is a direct evolution of the nextsteps codebase.

this is nextstep: http://www.fanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/nextstep-os.jpg
this is windowmaker: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Windowmaker.jpg
and mac OS X: http://www.knowledgerush.com/wiki_image/4/48/Aqua_(Mac_OS_X)_screenshot.jpg

the similar looks of finder and next's file browser is not a coincidence.

Comment: development has been going of for a while now (Score 2) 192 192

i've been following the development for more than a year. i've even contributed a fix for a null pointer exception on the menu editor.

the only news for me is to see it back on the news. which is a great thing in the sense that it'd bring awareness to this great desktop manager.

i've tried using KDE, gnome, several *boxen to name a few, but i always go back to windowmaker.

the killer featuer to me is the automatic cascading of new windows. i often need to open more than a dozen terminal windows to do my job, and having them cascaded across several virtual desktops is a helluva lot more eficient than any other method (and no, tabs don't work for my workflow)

Comment: Re:It's a good thing the military is still funded. (Score 1) 422 422

evryone IS taxed. you buy a pack of gum, you pay some taxes. it's like that in many countries, not only in US.

and if tie the upper tax bracket to the lowest, the next day congress would drop the lower bracket to 0.1%, get the votes from the lowest bracket and bribes^H^H^H^H^H^Hcampaign contributions from the upper one.

Comment: Re:It's a good thing the military is still funded. (Score 1) 422 422

pulse jet - swedish / russian improved by a french engineer
ICBM - evolved from the german V2 fying bomb. work done in US by captured nazi scientists
scramjet - evolution of ramjets invented in france

ao, all you got is laser and memory foam.

Comment: Re:Free2play in games... (Score 1) 321 321

Really? Ok tell that to the database, operating system, and IDE vendors?

that's a small part of the software industry in terms of numbers of jobs. the few remaining player on those areas are raking the billions, of course, but how many people they actually employ writing code ?

i bet for each programer working for those big players, there are ten working for small companies or as independent programers, writing custom code tied to the business models of their employers.

Comment: Re:Easy identification (Score 1) 358 358

most sane parents ?

we're wired to care a whole lot more for our next of kin than for complete strangers. so, i one government have a fucked up health care system, a sane nuclear scientist living there who's in need of care for his child _WILL_ sell his knowlege. his instincts will kick in and drive the decisions.

you'd know that if you were a parent.

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.

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