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Comment Re:Why would any developer ever download this? (Score 3, Insightful) 79

Slow download and installation using the official channels does not even begin to describe it. I did some work in Xcode this spring. Two and a half hours it took to install the bloody thing even with a quick and stable connection.
Two days later I had to install a new update to be able to continue my work. Thankfully that only took slightly more than an hour.
In hindsight it was a good thing that I didn't grab it from an unofficial source, but man, was it ever so tempting.

Comment Re: Interesting..sorta? (Score 1) 297

And I've had the reverse of your experience, which should show us how much anecdotal evidence is worth.
For what little it is worth though, I've had every single WD drive I've ever bought crash catastrophically. I've had only one Seagate drive fail and even then it failed gracefully enough to let me recover most of what was on it.

Comment Re:"There will come soft rains" (Score 1) 403

That was the story my mind leapt to as well.
It was initially written as a short story and later incorporated in "The Martian Cronicles". There was also a great dramatisation of it on Dimension X, which can be found on The Internet Archive.
It is hard to believe it was written in 1950. Sure our vision of what the tech looks like might have changed a bit, but not the essence of the story. It is a truly chilling vision and it looks increasingly plausible with every year.

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

--Sara Teasdale

Comment One file tree under / (Score 1) 329

And that's one reason I don't like the structure of *nix file systems.
One false move and you can erase everything you have plugged into your system, including, but not limited to, all your hard drives, external hard drives, network mounts, memory cards, USB sticks etc.
Sure, there's a good chance you can recover the lost data, but rebuilding a file system on one disk is painful enough, let alone all of your disks plus your NAS and it's even worse if just some of the files had their records deleted. At least in my experience.

Comment Refinement of previously demonstrated tech? (Score 1) 99

This sound very much like a continuation and refinement of technology demonstrated a few years back that could identify mosquitoes and differentiate between males and females to only zap the females.
I remember seeing this TED talk some time back where they had constructed a working rig. At least working under laboratory conditions. Is that the precursor of this?

Submission + - How to protect your USB-key?

SessionExpired writes: I just lost my keychain, with house keys and USB-key. On the USB-key was files that describe who I am, what I do and where I live: all the things you need to break into my house and ruin my life. That must never happen again. My best idea is to put a ReadMe with the contact email (not more), in case it gets lost, and then use an encrypted volume. But can I be sure to open the volume everywhere? What format is best? Along those lines: is PDF password protection the same in Acrobat Reader, FoxIt, Preview etc I have removed password from PDF files (just because they annoyed me).

Submission + - First Swedish CC-licensed movie hits TPB (

Hattmannen writes: Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing tells us about the first ever Creative Commons-licensed, feature-length movie to come out from Sweden. It's called Nasty Old People and premiered yesterday at The Pirate Bay.
The story:

"Member of a neo-Nazi gang, her day job is to take care of four crazy old people that all are just waiting to die. Her life becomes a journey into a burlesque fairytale, where the rules of the game are created by Mette herself. Mette is indifferent about her way of life, until she one night assaults a man, kicking him senseless. Waking up the day after, she realizes that something is wrong, and in company with the her crazy oldies she longs for respect and love. She can tell that the old folks are marginalized by the modern society, but together they create a world and a voice of their own."


Submission + - Seamonkey 2.0 RC1 is here! (

binarybum writes: Seamonkey has released it's first official non-beta release (Candidate 1) of it's firefox 3 engine base integrated browser. Very slick and runs email and web with less memory than two separate apps.

Submission + - An Electron Microscope for Your Home? (

CuteSteveJobs writes: Could Microscopy be in for a new golden age? Wired previews the desktop-sized Hitachi TM-100 Electron Microscope. Light microscopes can magnify up to 400X (1,000X albeit at lower quality) — just enough to see bacteria as shapes — but this one offers 20X to 10,000X giving some amazing pictures. Unlike traditional electron microscopes, this one plugs into a domestic power socket and specimens don't need any special preparation; It's point-and-shoot much like your typical digital camera. So easy, a grade-schooler could use it and earlier this year that's what happened: The kids at Iwanuma Elementary School in Miyagi, Japan got their own electron microscope. At $60,000 you'll have to give up on the BMW, but the hope is with economy of scale (so far 1,000 have sold) and miniaturization the price will continue to drop. The only bad news? It runs XP.

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