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Comment Re:This is only temporary (Score 0) 471 471

You got to be f'ing kidding me. GM paying everything back to the US govt.?? Try the NY Times - - 1st google result for 'GM payback'. GM's been borrowing off the government for a long time not since the recession. Or check the #2 google result for 'GM government loans' from Fox News. Nice Insightful (5??) FUD...

Comment Re:awesome (Score 0) 322 322

Well we didn't exactly give them a lot of time to think about it, Aug 6 - 9. Think about : A) the lack of communications in war-torn Japan B) The fact it was the 1st nuke ever to be used in a war. We didn't know the full effects of radiation, nevermind the Japanese's understanding. I don't think the Japanese really knew too much in what is probably less than a 48 hour window of chaos. If they really knew I think they would have surrendered pretty quickly.

Comment Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 0) 1141 1141

Thanks for stereotyping a whole nation!
There's plenty of Americans that don't own guns and aren't big fans of arming the populace.
We just don't get the same press coverage our gun-toting brethen do or have the lobbying power of the NRA.
Obviously you get your ideas of "most" Americans from Hollywood.

Comment Re:mythtv... (Score 1, Interesting) 226 226

.. My son has grown up not really knowing what a commercial is...

My 3 year old daughter the other day said the next program 'just came on!'
My wife and I were wondering about it for a second -- my daughter was so accustomed to us playing dvr'd shows, she didn't understand live TV.

Comment Re:We have to stop preaching equality (Score 0) 617 617

People of average or below average are never going to be engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc. .

Two out of 3 are good examples.
I could have a lobotomy and still pass the bar exam (the CPA exam is a different matter). I know some very average to dumb lawyers. Hell, JFK Jr passed it though on the 6th try...

Comment Re:Let them?! (Score 0) 989 989

I disagree, the Supreme Court doesn't have any more Protestants. Catholics are definitely not fundamentalists. Look at Catholic schools, they teach evolution not ID. I know, I went to one. You can say what you want about the Catholic Church but they never advocated reading the Bible literally.

Comment Zune Haters (Score -1, Offtopic) 298 298

I'll admit, Microsoft has screwed the pooch when it comes to Mobile but I own a Zune HD and actually really like it. Have any of you Zune haters actually used them?? I don't need the Zune to do much special besides music and video, free games,WiFi and HD radio are gravy. I actually would love to see WM7 do well since I develop in .NET but it ain't gonna happen. It would have to have REALLY great innovative features that other phones don't have to win any market share at this point. Android is the future imo, loving my Droid X, just switched from an iPhone 3GS.
GNU is Not Unix

FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go 482 482

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The Free Software Foundation has discovered that an application currently distributed in Apple's App Store is a port of GNU Go. This makes it a GPL violation, because Apple controls distribution of all such programs through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is incompatible with section 6 of the GPLv2. It's an unusual enforcement action, though, because they don't want Apple to just make the app disappear, they want Apple to grant its users the full freedoms offered by the GPL. Accordingly, they haven't sued or sent any legal threats and are instead in talks with Apple about how they can offer their users the GPLed software legally, which is difficult because it's not possible to grant users all the freedoms they're entitled to and still comply with Apple's restrictive licensing terms."
Software

PETA Creates New Animal-Friendly Software License 356 356

Anders writes "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world, endorse a new FLOSS license. From the article: 'The Harm-Less Permissive License (HPL) is a permissive, non copyleft, software license. It is based on the FreeBSD license but with one additional restriction; the "harm-less" clause. It prevents software, licensed under the HPL, to be used for harming humans or animals.'" I guess this leaves the bunny-fueled power plant in Stockholm out in the cold.
Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101 101

unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"
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Funeral Being Held Today For IE6 194 194

An anonymous reader writes "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado."
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Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April 100 100

You can buy and sell actor or movie "stock" for virtual cash on the website Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX). Starting in April the company plans on letting you turn those movie performance predictions into real dollars. HSX filed with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for approval as an active trading site in November 2008 and has just entered the final phase of regulatory review. Richard Jaycobs, president of HSX's parent company, said, "The number of people who visit movie theaters each year and form opinions about a film's success is in the tens of millions. We believe that's the reason the public response to this product has been very positive."

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