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+ - Biggest storm seen on Saturn->

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Sooner Boomer writes "The Cassini space probe has been monitoring an enormous storm on Saturn since it was detected last December. The storm was first discovered by the radio signals produced by the incredible lightening strikes. The storm, dubbed "The Great White Spot", now 500 times larger than any previously seen by Cassini at Saturn, is 8 times the surface area of Earth. Observers on Earth have been able to see a bright white "smudge" in the northern half of the planet. Article with audio of storm here: http://www.tgdaily.com/space-features/57070-cassini-monitors-biggest-ever-saturn-storm , great pictures here: http://www.universetoday.com/87269/the-sights-and-sounds-of-saturns-super-storm/ , NASA Cassini page here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html"
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Comment: Re:Amen to that (Score 1) 591

by Sam the Nemesis (#35715760) Attached to: Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

I'm somewhat skeptical. I sell an iOS app at the usual App Store rock bottom prices. 90+% of my downloads are still attributed to pirates. I can't really drop the price any lower without giving it away for free. Pirates are going to pirate no matter what the cost is.

It would be more interesting to find what would your revenue be if you double the price of your app. My guess is that it will dip in spite of higher price.

+ - Duke Nukem Forever is back-> 1

Submitted by Sam the Nemesis
Sam the Nemesis (604531) writes "Ars Technica article on DNF says: "The news of an upcoming announcement at PAX, followed by a tweet that showed the image of a flying pig. These were the hints pointed at a momentous occasion in gaming history: Duke Nukem Forever will see release late this year, or maybe next year, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Gearbox Software will be taking over development from the now-defunct 3D Realms.

After the studio's closing, litigation began between 3D Realms and Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of Duke Nukem Forever. According to the Wall Street Journal, the suits have now been settled and neither side was willing to discuss terms. The game has not sat still, however."
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Comment: Re:It's just a toy (Score 1) 185

by Sam the Nemesis (#33272532) Attached to: Gestures With Multitouch In Ubuntu 10.10

There was probably some guy like you shaking his head thirty years ago. "Mice? Sorry, I tried one and it's totally useless. You always have to take your hand off the keyboard to do anything at all."

Most probably spoken by someone who suffers from RSI - then bane of long time computer users. Mouse is the first thing you should stop using to avoid getting RSI.

+ - Oracle sues Google over use of Java in Android

Submitted by Sam the Nemesis
Sam the Nemesis (604531) writes "Ars Technica reports: In a tersely worded press release, Oracle announced that it was suing Google for patent and copyright infringement over its use of the Java programming language for Android development. Neither the press release nor the complaint filed in the US District Court for Northern California go into any significant detail.

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly, and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property" an Oracle spokesperson said in a statement. "This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement.""

Comment: Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (Score 1) 795

by Sam the Nemesis (#33185980) Attached to: DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

How many of those "pirates" live in places where $20 is a more than a whole day's wage?

Probably not many. Since they also probably won't have an internet connection or a PC in the first place. Think about it.

In India, for $20 you can easily get 2 months of unlimited internet, and for vast majority of population, $20 is more than a whole day's wage. Almost everyone pirates software here because most of it is not affordable even for upper middle class family.

Comment: Re:You don't say... (Score 1) 161

by Sam the Nemesis (#33134628) Attached to: Illumos Sporks OpenSolaris
From net:

Velu Annamalai, the source of this spin on Gandhi is an intellectual heir to Ambedkar and the liberation of Dalits movement. Velu Annamalai was Indian/Tamil but moved to New Orleans. I think their is some truth to what Annamalai said about Gandhi but it is also an exaggeration and takes Gandhi's life out of context. Gandhi was working within the South African dynamic. Gandhi in 1940 was not the same person that Gandhi in 1904 was.

Personally, I have read biographies of Gandhi** by multiple authors and I have read history of India also by multiple authors, and in my opinion, the article is a propaganda for Dalits against Gandhi.

** Gandhi is the correct spelling. Ghandi is plain wrong.

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