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Comment Re:Still.... (Score 1) 1051 1051

That is true, but Linus was still being an ass, and unfortunately, seems to be doing his utmost to establish a reputation as a geek bully who uses his success as a club to beat up enthusiastic volunteers. He should know better. And this is not the first time, far from it.

I don't think Linus was being an ass here. From what I could see, this email was just the last in a fairly long discussion where someone introduced an unexpected behaviour that manifested itself in a whole lot of places as a bug. Mauro then claimed it was the userspace apps' fault. After debating for a while, Linus blew his top and told the guy to stop making excuses.

I can certainly relate to that.

I wonder, though, what's the procedure for introducing incompatible changes that will break userland, e.g. if there is some design error that causes a security flaw...

Comment Re:Career (Score 1) 338 338

I'd love to see someone try to make a career out of this! Pick a game like WOW and then advertise that you will make the game hell for whoever for a fee in an attempt to get them to quit. Two main clients I'd image: dad's and girlfriends. Wonder how long before Blizzard or lawyers step in.

I think, no lawyers at all. I don't know the TOS, but in Eve Online, this is considered Grief Playing (deliberately destroying the game experience for someone else) and can be prosecuted by kicking the offender out of the game. No lawyers needed.

I think WoW has something similar in their TOS.



Comment Re:Surprise sensors. (Score 1) 82 82

Install AndroSensor and check out what you phone supports.

(Hint: I own a Galaxy Nexus too, it does have a barometric sensor. Btw, the proximity sensor has only two values: 0 inch and 2 inch. It's used to lock the and unlock the screen when you put your phone on your ear during a call)

Comment Re:The bottle requires power ... (Score 1) 173 173

Not having any moving parts helps reliability, though. Good when you set them up in remote conditions and/or large numbers.

I'm also imagining having these collectors in fairly humid conditions, where you have lots of dirty or salty water out in the open.

Imagine having these collectors along the coast, collecting all the water e.g. LA needs, or Houston, or New Orleans.

Another added advantage: you can build it decentralized, reducing the dependency on the big pipe from the Colorado River...

Comment Re:imprisoned indefinitely without trial (Score 1) 805 805

Interesting. Well, who needs youtube when you have the Internet Archive:

The second link even shows the name Fox in the header.

Comment Re:What about the parents? (Score 1) 466 466

I've never met a Mexican or Canadian who was offended by referring to citizens of the USA as "Americans".

I have. She lives in Mexico and preferred to call the folks north of the border "USians". Not sure what they're called in Mexican, we were talking English...

Comment Re:I am not so worried about hacking (Score 1) 95 95

Once I have been there a couple of times, I can usually remember the route and drive without GPS. I still use GPS when driving on the highway so I don't miss the exit, but if the receiver was not working, I still could go to my destination

Same with me. An additional reason for me using GPS on long distance trips is traffic jams, or rather, getting warned of them in time, getting them evaluated about impact on route, and if necessary get an alternative routing.

Comment Re:Difference to now? (Score 2) 346 346

At least I can complain to my own government and vote out politicians. Where do I go to complain against the UNs policies?

In theory? Also to your government. It's their job to try and keep the UN from issuing bad policies.

In another theory, if you're not a citizen of the US? Well, your government has less weight now than it would if the net were under the UN...

In practice? As another poster said, nowhere - working as intended.


Comment Difference to now? (Score 0) 346 346

You will hate it, because all of a sudden all that freedom, all that flexibility, you'll find it shipped away for one good reason after another,' Schmidt said. 'I cannot be more emphatic. Be very, very careful about moves which seem logical, but have the effect of balkanising the internet,' he added, urging everyone to strongly resist the moves.

Just curious - in what way would that be different from the situation we have now? I didn't RTFA, but IMHO, such a move is long overdue.

IMHO, handing over the governance of the internet to some UN mandated body would probably be a good idea, further removing the net from the influence of a single nation. I'm not sure the ITU would be a good body, since I think they have a history of being a body to regulate in favor of the large telecoms providers (in fact, I think that's what the ITU is made up out of).

Anyone care to shed some light on this?



Submission + - Nature's 'icy finger of death' caught on tape->

Velcroman1 writes: Filmed for the first time, the icy “finger of death” is an unprecedented look at nature’s beauty — seen at it's devastating worst. Called a "brinicle" (or brine icicle), cameramen Hugh Miller and Doug Anderson used a time-lapse camera to capture this awe-inspiring event beneath the Antarctic ice shelf for the upcoming Discovery Channel special series, Frozen Planet. “We were just blown away by how beautiful they were,” producer Kathryn Jeffs said. Jeffs was in Antarctica with Miller and Anderson to capture the unique event. “We were exceptionally excited and we knew we had something that had never been filmed before, never been seen before. No one has really seen the formation of a brinicle.”
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Submission + - China Stops Genetically Engineered Rice->

An anonymous reader writes: China’s State Council has released a proposal for a grain law that establishes legislation restricting research, field trials, production, sale, import and export of genetically engineered grain seeds, the first initiative in the world that deals with GE food legislation at state law level.

Monsanto had tried and failed to commercialize GE wheat in Canada. Now they were hoping China would become the first guinea pig, opening the gate to genetic experiments with staple crops.

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