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Comment: Re:Hey Bennett, (Score 2) 182

by CptChipJew (#48778685) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site
You've missed the point entirely. The real question is, why do you feel your writing is more important than other editors of the site? I'd be shocked if neither you nor /. had the idea of making you a proper site editor. /. lets us filter out editors. Why? It doesn't matter. What matters is that not you nor anybody else should be able to skirt past such filters.

+ - Saturn May Have Given Birth to a Baby Moon->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has imaged something peculiar on the outermost edge of the gas giant’s A-ring. A bright knot, or arc, has been spotted 20 percent brighter than the surrounding ring material and astronomers are interpreting it as a gravitational disturbance caused by a tiny moon. “We have not seen anything like this before,” said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London. “We may be looking at the act of birth, where this object is just leaving the rings and heading off to be a moon in its own right.”"
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Comment: Re:intellagence gathering.. (Score 2) 292

by iccaros (#30705804) Attached to: China Luring Scientists Back Home
a lot of top secret projects are not so until they go from research to production. sounds stupid but I know of a few, the people working on them do not know they are for a DoD customer. But if you really look at what they are doing.. While the US does have policy not allowing foreign nationals to work on SCI projects.. TS, no problem. just have to have a clean nose. Let alone secret or unclass but sensitive. http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20050519_1.htm

Comment: Re:still some issues for china's progress (Score 2, Interesting) 292

by Krahar (#30705710) Attached to: China Luring Scientists Back Home
I've been noticing this reliance on rote memorization in everything I've done that comes from Asia. E.g., if you read a Chess book, you will be given examples with explanations and a lot of text. If you read a Go book (a game from China), you will be given absolutely no explanation of any kind, and you are expected to pick up the concepts yourself from being presented with a large amount of examples that aren't explained - the concepts aren't even named. These books literally have no text in them, just images of Go boards. This is the wax-on-wax-off philosophy at work - do not question why you are being set a task, simply do it and trust that your better's have a good reason for having you do it. I saw a documentary where Chinese people were expected to learn English by repeating given sentences over and over until they could do so extremely quickly. Then they had to keep at it until they could say them backwards!

Comment: Re:What rights? (Score 3, Insightful) 307

by calmofthestorm (#30705708) Attached to: Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

Yes,but the counter-charges are criminal and civil: assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, hacking laws, etc.

Consider that these are private citizens. They have as much right to break down my door with guns and break into my machines without permission as I do to arm myself like Neo, walk into Microsoft, and attempt the same thing.

Comment: Every time I read of these audits... (Score 1) 307

by X86Daddy (#30705702) Attached to: Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

I see a trend in that the BSA or whichever witch-hunter is mining information on existing licensees, looking for differences in numbers of seats for OS, office suite, email users, etc... So, for the business that wishes to avoid this nonsense, it appears that pirating every single piece of proprietary software they use would be safer than trying to license some, most, or even all of it without some kind of bulletproof guaranteed software accounting and desktop lockdowns in place. Obviously, full-on use of free software would beat that, but I'm just noticing that the people getting "busted" seem to always be those who made some purchases.

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