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Comment Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 1746

Freedom of speech does not mean free from consequences. Freedom of speech does not mean unconditional support. It means that you have the right to say what you want, and that you should not be persecuted for it.
Now, as consumers of a product, it is our right to not use/buy the product to not financially support acts that go against our beliefs and moral stances (just like we choose to buy organic, or buy american, or buy fair trade, etc.)

Comment Not that random (Score 1) 234

Interestingly enough, when you listen to such a piece, you hear a pattern of alternating low octaves notes and high octaves notes. Even though there is no mathematical repetition, I couldn't help anticipating the next big octave jump in a direction or the other, and the music had some kind of pattern to me. How weird that we can find meaning and feel sentiment in the most mathematically pattern-less piece of music?

Comment Python, Ruby, PHP (Score 1) 510

These are all languages which can be easily approached. They all can be run from the command line and have a fairly simple syntax for beginners. They allow to start with a simple one liner 'hello world', and can go all the way to OO concepts, database connections, web dev, interaction with other languages/concepts, etc...
Also, they provide the instant gratification needed for the beginner as it's easy to find simple projects that would satisfy the needs of a newcomer (creating a simple web form, a script to list all their mp3s, an equation solver, a graph plotter, etc... )

Personally, I started with BASIC (before I had a computer, writing programs on paper...) and if I had to do it all again, I'd probably go with PHP

Comment Goes with the job (Score 3, Interesting) 637

A security researcher involved with a website that leaks confidential documents on his way to a hacking conference was questioned for 3 hours at a border... So what? Isn't that expected for this type of work? Don't get me wrong, I'm not in favor of heavy government snooping but he kind of had it coming... If I was him, I would surely expect this to happen once in a while. Nothing to see here, move along...

Submission + - Astronomers find 9 new planets and upset the theor (

CmdrTaco writes: "The discovery of nine new planets challenges the reigning theory of the formation of planets, according to new observations by astronomers. Two of the astronomers involved in the discoveries are based at the UC Santa Barbara-affiliated Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, based in Goleta, Calif., near UCSB."

How Chat and Youth Are Killing the Meeting 205

dominique_cimafranca writes "Forbes columnist Dan Woods describes a change in the way some companies handle meetings. Owing to instant messaging and younger tech-savvy CEOs, meeting time has gone down from as much as 30 hours per week to as little as 2 hours per week. Woods proposes ways to make this 'meetingless' management effective."

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