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Comment Late _and_ Irrelevant! Win! (Score 1) 161 161

OK, this story was in idle. Well done for pegging it right there. And I like the Oatmeal, so always happy to see it getting more exposure.

But this strip was posted weeks ago. So not only should this not have been on the front page, but it should have not been on the front page a long time ago.

What's next? Reposting every xkcd strip?

Thanks for giving me another reason to drop /. from my RSS reader.

Comment Is This A Bad Phobia To Have? (Score 3, Interesting) 126 126

Some phobias are disabling - agoraphobia, for instance, or a sufficiently developed fear of heights. Some phobias are inconvenient like fear of the number thirteen.

But fear of cockroaches? I call that healthy!

Unless your job requires you to go into cockroach-infested places and not freak out, I can't see any serious downside to cockroach phobia.

Comment Re:Not to sound overly nationalist (Score 2, Insightful) 277 277

It's the startup cost.

Software product companies are expensive to start, but they're nothing to companies making innovative physical objects. I used to work for a silicon startup - it was a cheap start for silicon company and it still burned through a phenomenal amount of money before it had a product. Software is just cheaper (and often quicker) to get to market.

So really blame the VCs and the addiction to short term returns in the US stock market.

Comment Re:And in Europe we've had this for ages already.. (Score 1) 50 50

No, 2000 sounds about right. There were SMS payment systems in place in the UK before I moved to the States in 2001 and was nauseated* by the state of mobile telephony here.

[*] I exaggerate for comic effect - I really don't care enough about mobile phones to feel sick at their poor state in, ahem, the States, but it was shockingly backward then.

Comment Great Futile Gestures Of Our Time (Score 1) 849 849

In other news, immigration officials have reported that they have seen an increase in the number of terrorists self-identifying on immigration declaration forms filled in at ports of entry. "It's since we added the extra questions," said a spokesman. "We ask if they really mean it, then if they are willing to cross their heart and hope to die."

Comment Already Been Done, Seventy Years Ago (Score 4, Insightful) 277 277

This is great and all, but it's also something that the Nazis were doing before WWII - there are quite a lot of these Heck cattle still around. There was even a radio programme on the BBC about it a week or so ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heck_cattle

Maybe the Italians and the Poles are using a technique closer to cloning, but why then talk about breeding back - the same methodology that the Hecks used?

Comment Re:recommend free alternatives (Score 1) 1006 1006

There are problems with the XP zip handler - not on expand, but on create: it doesn't put files prefixed with a '.' into the archive. This is utterly disastrous if you are trying to archive an Eclipse workspace, for example. So a third party tool is essential for anything dev-related, I would argue.

7-Zip is a good tool, as you say. I also quite like zip/unzip on the Cygwin command line.

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