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Comment Goose barnacles? (Score 3, Interesting) 27

Wikipedia to the rescue:

In the days before it was realised that birds migrate, it was thought that barnacle geese, Branta leucopsis, developed from this crustacean, since they were never seen to nest in temperate Europe,[2] hence the English names "goose barnacle", "barnacle goose" and the scientific name Lepas anserifera (Latin anser = "goose"). The confusion was prompted by the similarities in colour and shape. Because they were often found on driftwood, it was assumed that the barnacles were attached to branches before they fell in the water. The Welsh monk, Giraldus Cambrensis, made this claim in his Topographia Hiberniae.[3]
Since barnacle geese were thought to be "neither flesh, nor born of flesh", they were allowed to be eaten on days when eating meat was forbidden by Christianity,[2] though it was not universally accepted. The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II examined barnacles and noted no evidence of any bird-like embryo in them, and the secretary of Leo of Rozmital wrote a very skeptical account of his reaction to being served the goose at a fast-day dinner in 1456.

Comment Will someone please "upgrade" the eds.? (Score 2) 29

Please could someone explain what "upgraded to lower cost" mean?
As for "upgraded for the launch"...what? Could it not lauch prior to the upgrade?
The linked article makes no referenece to either.

Much better information here:

And even here:

Comment Re:Of course they'd blame technology (Score 1) 259

Well, I would maintain that by their actions they have pretty much excluded themselves from any reasonable definition of "national" or "citizen".
Indeed, this is the nub of the problem; different peoples from different regions - both within and outside what we now call Europe - have integrated more or less well over the centuries. Frequently their differences, at first feared, enriched our cultures.
But there were always a few who did not bring postives, and instead violently fought their new homes...
The fault was often on both sides - both the majority was stronger, did not give a damn, and so the new arrivals either eventually conformed or entered the road accident statistics, died while "resisting arrest" or were packed off to the army or prison where they could vent their anger well away from "civilisation".

These days, a few bitter whackjobs, often with a record of violent behaviour then criminal activity before "discovering god", get to organise using the infrastructure the same "civilisation" they profess to wish to destroy has provided.
They're just mentally ill...nothing to do with Islam or anything else.

And certainly not worthy of the title of "national"...

Comment Re:"just" an implementation of what Android/Google (Score 1) 131

Except they are trying to implement, emulate whatever the entire damn ecosystem, sounds like, rather than just port an app, or provide a limited technical environment in which it will run...sort of...
Sounds like just the spot of mega-project that will fail hard.

Given the amount of cash they're sitting on, would it not be easier to get the "thousands of programmers" the easy way?
Just contact the dudes that wrote the top 100 (or 200, 300 whatever your budget) apps on android and iOS and given free free dev tools and support plus a slug of cash to port their apps.

Ironically, Google "killer" app (as far as I am concerned) for mobile devices - Waze - is already available on Windows phone....

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 5, Informative) 965

I have family in Paris; what has happened (and appears to be ongoing) is indeed an outrage.
Just as what is going on in Syria (and Ukraine) is an outrage.
There is a reason why desperate people risk their lives, and those of their children, and are drowning in their hundreds.

It's because what is happening in their "major cities" in many, many times worse than what's happening in Paris.

Comment Re:Go ninja, go ninja, go! (Score 2) 213

Why is this modded troll? I use PCs with every interface possible, Linux, BSD, OSX, Windows, OS/2 (yup!) and have used Blackberry and iPhones since they were launched, now have iPhone, Android (nice dual-SIM Chinese generic) and a Nokia Windows phone (not bad, not great)
So I guess pretty neutral here, and maybe slightly experienced..agree with OP that iPhone interface is going backwards...and as others more loquacious than I have noted, same seems to be true of various desktops and browsers.

Different =/= better. Either improve it or leave it alone, especially if you don't understand why it was done that way in the first place...

But then you'll get me going about that twat Poettering...

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 118

Most of the really good PMs I know are not PMP, PRINCE2 or whatever certified. They're too busy earning money running projects, mostly real big ones.
Equally, you'll find plenty of examples of both public and private-sector multi-million projects that were "managed" into a smoking hole in the ground by "certified professionals".
I'm sure that plenty of the PMP/PRINCE2 guys are really good; but all the ones I've met have been hopeless.

Comment That NYT article in full (Score 5, Informative) 480

Having run a company, I can get's a refreshing and seemingly decent approach to sharing the wealth.
Great contrast to all the money-grabbing, "screw the employee" bosses that are in the news all the time.
Maybe where he went wrong is not allowing an "upside".
Sure, not everybody who *thinks* they deserve extra really do.
But in my experience some sure as hell do...the trick is to identify them and give them fair value.
(My top staff regularly got 20% over market rates - they earned me far more, so I was happy to pay.)

Snip: "You can ignore economics, but economics won’t ignore you.
That’s the tough lesson Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, a Seattle credit-card processing company, is learning.
Four months ago, Price announced he’d slash his own multimillion-dollar pay and set a company-wide $70,000 minimum wage.
He got the idea after a friend explained her difficulty paying back student loans and surviving on $40,000 a year — a salary many Gravity employees were making.
Price’s stand against income inequality made him an immediate darling of the left.
But key employees saw it differently.
Financial manager Maisey McMaster liked the idea at first — until she thought about it.
“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are least equipped to do the job,” she told The New York Times. Meanwhile, “The ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump.”
She thought it would be fairer to give smaller raises, with the clear chance to earn more with experience. Price brushed off her doubts; she quit.
Also out the door: Web developer Grant Moran. He says, “Now the people who were just clocking in and out were making the same as me.” Plus, having your pay level a very public matter is a problem, with “friends now calling you for a loan.”
Moral of the story: Some people work harder than others; some have stronger skills — and they don’t think it’s fair that they’re paid the same as others.
Price will soon be left only with workers worth his chosen minimum wage — or less.
The company is already in chaos thanks to the policy — but the big problem is ahead, as it tries to keep growing and innovating with only mediocre talent"

Comment Re:Really Bearhouse? (Score 1) 108

Yeah, really.
It was an open question, not a statement.
In most places "maturity" is defined as somewhere between 18 and 21.
In some parts of the USA - you can drive a car, fly a plane, buy and own a 16.

Sure, Swartz was well aware of what he was doing - and probably the consequences - while pursuing his agenda.
TPB boys were also pretty arrogant, even abusive to their critics, while confident of what they thought were their "rights" under Swedish law.

Does that mean that they deserved to be driven to suicide, or sentenced to hard time?
Personally, I think no, and that the Judge in this case made the right call.

Submission + - Finish teen convicted of 50 000 "hacks", receives suspended sentence (

Bearhouse writes: The BBC reports that Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins". Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and MIT among others, and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details.
The District Court Judge, Wilhelm Norrmann noted that Kivimaki had only been 15 and 16 when he carried out the crimes in 2012 and 2013.
Contrast this to the treatment meted out to Aaron Swartz,, and the Pirate Bay team.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall