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Comment: Two Wheels (Score 1) 717

by Stercus Fit (#34900090) Attached to: If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

I drive with the flow of traffic, or pass on the left to stay out of a driver's blind spot. I'm on a motorcycle, so it's safety rather than tickets that I'm worried about. Tickets cost less than hospital bills.

I'm still pretty new to bikes, I've found that I drive better now that I pay more attention to traffic for my pacing than posted limits. If any of ya'll start to think the same way, cyclists (motorized and otherwise) will thank you.

Comment: Re:One of the biggest problems is configurability (Score 1) 120

by Stercus Fit (#32461326) Attached to: 'Month of PHP Security' Finds 60 Bugs

It's worse than just the configuration file. In the middle of the 5.2.x development, they changed which value types automatically passed by reference -- in a security patch! 5.2.1 you can modify your arrays in place, 5.2.3 your code is broken. If you want to change the semantics of function calling, you should give the new version a new name; it's a new language. At the very least, you'd better give me a new major version or I'll stop using your platform. I've stopped using the platform.

(I know it was 5.x, it might have been 5.3-ish when all this happened. This rant is from memory. Consider this a pre-emptive [citation needed]. There's no way we were the only ones bitten by change.)

Mozilla

Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the onwards-and-upwards dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."
Space

No Space Porn (For Now) 260

Posted by timothy
from the perpetual-virgin-galactic dept.
With the entry to sub-orbital flight, and even orbital flight, becoming ever so slightly easier, the obvious thought of space porn kicks in. Who wouldn't want to see two or more people going at it like rabbits in a weightless environment (or at least trying to go at it like rabbits in a weightless environment)? Sadly, Virgin Galactic has turned down a $1 million offer to do just that. The offer was made by an unidentified party who was willing to put the money up front to do a space porn movie. Considering that a flight aboard VG costs $200,000 for a two-hour flight, $1 million doesn't seem too bad. Though how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable. And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?
Robotics

First Armed Robots on Patrol in Iraq 661

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the number-johnny-five dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Robots have been roaming Iraq, since shortly after the war began. Now, for the first time — the first time in any war zone — the 'bots are carrying guns. The SWORDS robots, armed with M249 machine guns, "haven't fired their weapons yet," an Army official says. "But that'll be happening soon." The machines have actually been ready for a while, but safety concerns kept them off the battlefield. Now, the robots have kill switches, so "now we can kill the unit if it goes crazy," according to the Army. I feel safer already."

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