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

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: No reelections (Score 1) 293 293

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?

Idle

+ - 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 Geek.com."
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Comment: Re:Impossible... (Score 1) 542 542

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 :)

Much of the excitement we get out of our work is that we don't really know what we are doing. -- E. Dijkstra

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