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Comment: Another android choice (Score 1) 800

by Phong (#37936434) Attached to: Siri Gives Apple Two Year Advantage Over Android
Yeah, the iris app is making good progress. See also the Jeannie app (which identifies itself as "Voice Actions" once installed). The feature set of Jeannie is better (e.g. "enable bluetooth"), but it doesn't have the iris/siri-like display of the chat dialog. Maybe these 2 apps should get together and combine forces.

Comment: UNIX time vs TAI (Score 1) 376

by Phong (#26778185) Attached to: February 13th, UNIX Time Will Reach 1234567890

Not so. UNIX time is strictly defined in POSIX, as are the arithmetic relationships between it and human time, e.g. a time_t % 60 gives you the elapsed seconds in the current minute, which would not be true if unix time included leap seconds.

What you are describing is TAI, or International Atomic Time. If you were to choose to run your system on TAI, you would need some conversion routines if you wanted your system to remain POSIX compatible (which is what modern unix/linux apps expect) -- e.g. time() and stat() would need to continue to report unix-time values, and you'd need TAI-compliant library functions to request the equivalent items with their raw TAI values.

For more details, see the Wikipedia entry on Unix time.

Biotech

+ - What Makes Us Fat and Why Nobody Seems to Care->

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Stu Charlton
Stu Charlton writes "Gary Taubes, author of the book Good Calories, Bad Calories, was recently invited to UC Berkeley to give a talk on the various hypotheses of obesity. In this video podcast, Taubes directly contrasts the hypothesis that "calories in > calories out" makes one fat, over a hypothesis that claims the defect is a hormonal or metabolic one. This author's work was rowdily debated in an earlier Slashdot story, with many claiming the former hypothesis as the only acceptable one, invoking the Laws of Thermodynamics. Taubes directly challenges this line of argument here, making the podcast a worthwhile watch for those following the low carb vs. low fat lifestyle debate."
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Microsoft

+ - Michael Bay blames MS for HD format war->

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An anonymous reader writes "In a post on his official forum site shootfortheedit.com, Transformers director Michael Bay says the following about the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray:

http://www.shootfortheedit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=595

    "What you don't understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth."

The Register has also picked up on the story

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/12/06/bay_blames_ms/

Is this an attempt to use the popularity of Transformers to drum up popularity for Sony's Blu-Ray format, or did Microsoft really engineer a no-winners format war as part of a long-term divide-and-conquer strategy that would eventually send people flocking to digital downloads to get HD content?"

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Republicans

+ - Ron Paul sets new online fundraising records

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yamamushi
yamamushi writes "Remember Remember the 5th of November indeed! In observance of Guy Fawkes Night, Thousands of Presidential Candidate/Congressman Ron Paul supporters donated just over $4.3 Million dollars to his campaign within 24 hours, topping the record for the most raised online in one day for any presidential candidate, ever. His staggering amount also shadowed the most raised in a single day by any of the other Republican candidates, to which Mitt Romney owned the title at $3.1 Million. With the media burying Ron Paul, and refusing to consider him a top-tier candidate, will Paul be able to leverage the internet community into proving otherwise at the polls?"
Republicans

+ - Ron Paul sets record $4.2 million in 24 hours->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "WOW, $4.2 million in 24 hours!!! Dr. Ron Paul has well surpassed the grassroots goal of two million dollars. Rep. Paul has drawn millions with his message of liberty, and refrain from empire building. The message of non-intervention, secure borders, no entangling alliances, no income tax, ending the war on drugs, and liberty is rapidly spreading. Read more about it here."
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Editorial

+ - Ron Paul recieves a record $4.2 million in 24 hrs 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The AP reports Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours

The $4.2 million represented online contributions from more than 37,000 donors. Paul as of Monday had raised more than $7 million since Oct. 1, more than half his goal of $12 million by the end of the year, according to his Web site.

Paul advocates limited government and low taxes like other Republicans, but he stands alone as the only GOP presidential candidate opposed to the Iraq war. He also has opposed Bush administration security measures that he says encroach on civil liberties."
Editorial

+ - Ron Paul recieves a record $4.2 million in 24 hrs

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The AP reports Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours.

The $4.2 million represented online contributions from more than 37,000 donors. Paul as of Monday had raised more than $7 million since Oct. 1, more than half his goal of $12 million by the end of the year, according to his Web site.

Paul advocates limited government and low taxes like other Republicans, but he stands alone as the only GOP presidential candidate opposed to the Iraq war. He also has opposed Bush administration security measures that he says encroach on civil liberties."
Operating Systems

+ - Vista vs. the Gibbon 4

Submitted by ricegf
ricegf (1059658) writes "If you had 7 computers running various versions of Windows and Linux, on which machine would you choose to do most of your work? Rupert Goodwins describes his experience thus: 'So here's the funny thing. I've used Windows since 1.0. I've lived through the bad times of Windows/386 and ME, and the good times of NT 3.51 and 2K. I know XP if not backwards, then with a degree of familiarity that only middle-aged co-dependents can afford each other. Then how come I'm so much more at home with Ubuntu than Vista?'"
Announcements

+ - Stephen Colbert officially announces-> 1

Submitted by gbobeck
gbobeck (926553) writes "On Tuesday, October 16, Stephen Colbert officially declared he would run for President of the United States.

"After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call... I shall seek the office of the President of the United States"
Colbert hasn't announced if he will be running as a Democrat, Republican, both, or neither. Nor has he announced who his running mate will be, although he did toss out three possibilities: "Colbert-Huckabee, Colbert-Putin or Colbert-Colbert" He will, however, be running as a favorite son in the South Carolina primary."

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Links

+ - Virtually non-stick gum created->

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An anonymous reader writes "A new polymer has been developed by Professor Terence Cosgrove that allows gum to become non-sticky. In testing the gum was removed by weather while the competitors gum was not removed 4 out of 5 times. There are tons of possible applications for this polymer beyond gum. More info and ideas are on their site @ www.revolymer.com"
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Does GNU/Linux violate the Linux trademark?->

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Greg Jordan
Greg Jordan writes "Recently Richard Stallman had a go at Linus. In part of that interview he promoted the use of GNU/Linux instead of just Linux. One of the technical writers at o3 magazine, a FREE Enterprise/FOSS magazine, asked in his blog if GNU/Linux is actually a trademark violation. He makes a case that GNU/Linux actually creates a new mark. As that new mark contains Linux, Stallman may actually need a sub-license to use the term GNU/Linux. The GNU website and Debian GNU/Linux websites both use but do not properly note the fact that Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. The writer points out that GNU deserves credit (GNU-based and Linux-based to describe both) but asks does Stallman really have the right to modify someones trademark?"
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Censorship

+ - Over 500 Scientists Question Global Warming-> 3

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Forrest Kyle
Forrest Kyle writes "According to research conducted by the Hudson Institute, a right-leaning (according to Wikipedia) political think tank, over 500 scientists have published peer reviewed evidence that contradicts the current scientific "consensus" on anthropogenic global warming. According to the article, "the names were compiled by [Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis] Avery and climate physicist S. Fred Singer [Professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia], the co-authors of the new book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, mainly from the peer-reviewed studies cited in their book." For an issue about which Al Gore claims there is no scientific debate, there seems to be a lot of scientific debate.

Author's Note of Disclosure: It is not my intention to stake a claim in the global warming debate. My position is to not immediately take a position without enough scientific facts, which I do not personally possess. As an environmentalist, I take the global warming issue very seriously, but as a thinking person, I am opposed to sensationalism, or claiming a debate is over during a debate. So in other words, don't flame me to death because this article is slanted against Gore's position. =)"

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