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Happy Birthday, Linus 376

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the slow-news-day dept.
Glyn Moody writes "Today is the birthday of Linus. Just under 19 years ago, on the first day the shops in Helsinki were open after the holidays, Linus rushed out and spent all his Christmas and birthday money on his first PC: a DX33 80386, with 4 Megs of RAM, no co-processor, and a 40 Megabyte hard disc. Today, the kernel he wrote on that system powers 90% of the fastest supercomputers, and is starting to find its way into more and more smartphones — not to mention everything in between. What would the world look like had he spent his money on something else?"

Comment: The Executive Order.... (Score 1) 2

by adamziegler (#30567478) Attached to: INTERPOL Immunity?
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words "except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act" and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.


December 16, 2009.

+ - Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks like XP-> 1

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Anonymous Coward writes "Just as the title suggests: Ylmf, famous for pirating Windows XP, have just released a version of Ubuntu that looks JUST like Windows XP. Really, really similar. Apparently because Microsoft were cracking down on the actual Windows XP pirating — though, I think they will still suffer for ripping off the GUI _exactly_."
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Hand Written Clock 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Comment: Re:Heh... (Score 1) 1721

by adamziegler (#29696251) Attached to: Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
Please explain your understanding of the difference between ethics and morals. I am not sure I understand what you mean from what you have written. Also you seem the be a fan of Moral Relativism. Are you asserting that there are no universal truths?

Comment: Re:The patent (Score 1) 282

by adamziegler (#29584765) Attached to: Hardware Hackers Create a Cheaper Bedazzler
Seems that "bright flashing light" is not the only thing that makes the real version effective. I could be wrong.... but I think most people have experienced being in a fun house / haunted house where there is a strobe room. It can be disorienting. No imagine the strobe room where the light source was originating from multiple locations.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.