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Comment Re:But what matters is the million geek army... (Score 1) 284

Yeah, but they have friends. I used to get asked about how to use Kazaa, Limewire, Bittorrent, etc all the time. Now that they've moved on to iTunes and Netflix, the requests are down considerably.

It will be interesting to see how the community responds to this.

Isn't that move a function of the age of your acquaintances instead of how the market evolved? I saw the same thing among my relatives, but it's mostly because they either grew up and stopped downloading music/porn/etc (now that they can buy it), or because the people I now frequent due to my work are mostly non-technical types.

Comment Re:Deep Thought (Score 1) 86

Also be sure not to look at the door handle if it's in plain view; unauthorized viewing without changing its state in any way may still be illegal because our lawmakers don't understand doorknobs.

Simply viewing the door handle *will* change its state!


Submission + - Gigapixel Royal Wedding picture (

TeslaBoy writes: The BBC have an ultra-high-def composite image of the Royal Wedding procession and crowd, covering 200 degrees of visual angle in front of Buckingham Palace. Photographer Henry Stuart combined 189 shots to produce this amazing image with a resolution of 81,471 x 14,154 pixels.

Comment No reelections (Score 1) 293

Actually, I think that's a very good idea - maybe not six years, but double the actual term limit : in eight years, the president gets to do what he wants (with the caveat of having the Congress on his side), and he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected at the end. He can work on a project from the conception phase to the concretization without thinking about whether his electoral base will go for it. I don't see why it would be more dangerous to have a president for eight years instead of four. Can anybody?


Submission + - Best. Geek. Wedding. Invitation. Ever. (

kfogel writes: "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever: a beautifully packaged flexidisc record where the invitation itself is the record player. That's right: It's paper! And it plays a record! The song itself was written by Mike, is performed by Karen and Mike together, and FTW is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The person who designed the invitations — a friend of the couple's — has blogged about it. It's also made Make Magazine, Mashable, and"

Comment Re:Impossible... (Score 1) 542

It simply might be that there is no 'yet'. Maybe there simply is no way to do it efficiently with the existing laws of nature. The perpetuum mobile is just an example that there are things which will always be impossible regardless of our technological advancements. Maybe space travel is as impossible just not as obvious?

That's the thing : maybe there are laws that will forever forbid us to travel through space, but if there are, we don't know them - and there are no indication that they exist.
Let's be optimistic :)

Comment Re:Impossible... (Score 1) 542

Build me a perpetuum mobile.

Are you saying that because my metaphor is factually incorrect, you can compare not being able to defy the laws of thermodynamics and not being able to travel through space, a thing that we simply don't know how to do (efficiently) yet?


Submission + - Facebook plans to show ads on websites (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is planning to compete directly with Google by working on an update for its ad platform. Facebook will be offering webmasters to place facebook ads on their websites.

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