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Comment: Re:For all the idiots (Score 3, Insightful) 87 87

I would interpret the AC as not being sarcastic. Updating on any open source operating system has been much, much easier and much more timely than any part of windows for me, but that's just my experience. Not to say that everything is easier in linux, but updates have always been timely, and it doesn't flip out and use all my ram. Bash auto-updated before the slashdot story hit my newsfeed.

Comment: Re:In related news ... (Score 1) 99 99

Yes. Next test of google's speed: "flurtle wurtle jurtle turtle." Maybe we could get everyone to learn arbitrary subjects by spreading rumors about a code hidden in Euclid's elements that successfully predicts all major aspects of traditional geometry. Incidentally, it is normally spelled "naan"

+ - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead->

Dangerous_Minds writes: GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?
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+ - Tape is not dead in the cloud->

Bismillah writes: Tape as a storage medium may seem like a last-millennium solution, but Amazon begs to differ with its Glacier service. For one cent per gigabyte, Amazon offers an abstracted tape library and takes care of the operational complexities of using it.

The downside to Glacier is expensive retrieval that takes three to five hours...

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+ - Physicists probe urination 'splashback' problem->

gollum123 writes: US physicists have studied the fluid dynamics of urine "splashback" — and found tips to help men and women with their accuracy and hygiene. Splashback was low when the jets were used close up with a narrow "angle of attack", said the Brigham Young University team. micturation is still a messier business than it needs to be, according to the research. The team fired coloured water at various target "toilets" at the velocity and pressure of average human urination. Then, using a high-speed camera, they captured the moment of impact in remarkable visual detail. the biggest thing you can do to reduce splashback — sitting or standing — is to alter the "angle of attack".
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