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Comment: Ho-lee-crap (Score 5, Insightful) 64

by Richard_at_work (#48185285) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

20 of the worlds largest vessels, built and delivered in a couple of years, now *thats* a production line worthy of the name!

The size of the vessel may be whats being pushed as the impressive thing here, but really its the fact that they can push out 13 of these at a time - instant fleet renewal! I can't think of one western shipyard which comes close to that capacity - even the two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers are having to be built one after each other due to shipyard limitations, and thats just two vessels, not 13!

Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 346

by silas_moeckel (#48185219) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

It's not but the possibility tends to mitigate trolls IRL. They thrive where they feel safe from any repercussion often via the anonymous nature of the internet and the ease of which it can be done. So it's more the possibility of getting punched in the face than then actually getting punched that mitigated the behavior.

Polite society took this to extreams via various honor dueling and similar. So yes you lost honor reputation and face or risked your life for being a troll of the time.

Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 1) 227

by Richard_at_work (#48184841) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Why should you ever have to go to Apple in the first instance for that information? A database covering all the likely candidates shouldn't be more than a few MB in size, and could be kept up to date via Apple Update - and if the database doesn't hold the information, or the mail server doesn't respond to a test connection, then the user can be asked "check online for server details?" and then the app hits Apples servers.

We went through all of this with Microsoft Update, and the Slashdot consensus then was "do it locally, MS shouldn't get any user specific information" and yet here we are seemingly giving Apple a free reign...

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 1) 59

by Richard_at_work (#48184707) Attached to: NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

They profess to believe in the same God as Jews and Christians, but they don't believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God, they believe he was another prophet like Mohammed - that means that they don't actually believe in the same God as Christians, they believe in a much earlier Judeo God, which is essentially the Jewish God.

In essence, the Muslim faith is a branch off of Judaism rather than Christianity, as they flat out reject the basic tenant of Christianity. This is important because the Christian faith believes that the Jews have essentially rejected the new covenant, and won't make it into heaven through their current path, so Christianity views Islam in the same way - they might indeed worship the same God, but they worship him under an older set of rules which no longer apply - Christianity has its path to salvation well defined as being through Jesus, which both the Jewish and Islamic faiths have rejected.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 1) 313

by epine (#48182649) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

I didn't see an actual link to the study anywhere, but TFA at least appears to assume correlation = causation.

No, actually every version of the article I've seen bends over backwards to end off by saying "correlation does not equal causation".

With this kind of a study, which is methodologically weak (participant recall), I don't think one gets uniform results across gender, age, race, and education very darn often. You would get this in a study of cigarette smoking, because the health impacts of smoking are direct and universal.

When one gets a study with a profile that resembles a study on cigarette smoking in its power and statistical profile, it does tend to clear the mind of ancillary explanations. Occam's razor is practically beating the door down. It's not like sugar have never before been suspected as an agent of direct metabolic stress.

If this study holds up, it's a pretty darn big deal no matter how you slice it. Anyone here have a method to detect 5 years of invisible biological aging which is less onerous than giving someone a fifteen minute quiz? No, I didn't think so.

Comment: Re:Yeah yeah (Score 2) 109

Not obviously a crime?? Do the FL police not have a copy of the constitution handy? You know that thing they promise to uphold. Frankly the judges that were lied to should be charging these people with criminal contempt of court since it's something within their power. Yes that means less bad cops and lawyers.

We need the cops to be told parallel construction etc etc is never OK. If they can not reveal the means then they can not use the means is pretty simple. If they fear people finding about what/how they are doing something then they should not be doing it. It is not war the means police use need to be fully transparent to the people they claim to protect and serve.

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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone 244

Posted by timothy
from the they-have-the-technology dept.
theodp writes "Good artists copy, great artists steal," Steve Jobs used to say. Having launched a perfectly-timed attack against Samsung and phablets with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Leonid Bershidsky suggests that the next big thing from Apple will be a tablet-laptop a la Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. "Before yesterday's Apple [iPad] event," writes Bershidsky, "rumors were strong of an upcoming giant iPad, to be called iPad Pro or iPad Plus. There were even leaked pictures of a device with a 12.9-inch screen, bigger than the Surface Pro's 12-inch one. It didn't come this time, but it will. I've been expecting a touch-screen Apple laptop for a few years now, and keep being wrong.

Comment: Re:The language in the old west (Score 1) 382

by ppanon (#48166731) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

If someone in the old West walked up to your face and says hes going to rape your wife and kill you, why WOULDN'T you shoot them?

Well, just at a wild guess, if he's not a complete moron then he's probably already got you covered with a gun and will shoot you as soon as you look like you're reaching for a weapon.

Comment: Re:New low (Score 1) 177

by pegr (#48159041) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

Perhaps you didn't read all of my comment. Go f*ck yourself. There is not a single word you can say that I would put any value in whatsoever. You are a despicable pandering leach, a festering boil on the buttocks of society, the worst kind of lying shill. You're a two-bit whore. You're not good enough to be truly evil so you cling to those that are masters. You bring no value to anything. You are a waste of skin.

That, and SCOTUS has not had their say. APIs are NOT a creative expression. APIs are purely functional.

"The only way for a reporter to look at a politician is down." -- H.L. Mencken