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Comment: Re:Make sure the project wants you (Score 3, Insightful) 57

by arielCo (#48020777) Attached to: How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

I thought that's what forking was for - you roll your own version, advertise it, and the original author may be persuaded to incorporate your changes. Worst case, you have two project cross-pollinating (e.g. mplayer / mplayer2 / mpv, ffmpeg / libav, TWiki / Foswiki).

Ubuntu

Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year 131

Posted by Soulskill
from the competition-is-a-good-thing dept.
An anonymous reader writes: In early 2013, Canonical showed the world Ubuntu Touch, a version of Ubuntu developed specifically for smartphones. Now, the mobile operating system has finally reached "release to manufacturing" status. (Here's the release announcement.) The first phone running Ubuntu Touch, the Meizu MX4, will start shipping in December. "Details are scarce on its hardware, but a leak from iGeek suggests the Pro variant may have a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 2560x1536 resolution screen. ... This more powerful hardware is good news if true, and it bodes well for Ubuntu's vision of computing convergence." Softpedia has a preview of the RTM version of the OS. They say performance has improved significantly, even on old phones, and that the UI has been polished into a much better state.

Comment: Re:How much of the water was even around then? (Score 1) 173

by arielCo (#47996433) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

The original author is talking about water, not hydrogen, because:

“The finding ... makes it quite hard for these regions in the disk to synthesize any new molecules. This was an 'aha' moment for us -- without any new water creation the only place these ices could have come from was the chemically rich interstellar gas out of which the solar system formed originally,” Cleeves wrote in an email to Discovery News.

“It's remarkable that these ices survived the entire process of stellar birth,” she added.

(Emphasis mine)

Comment: They don't mean elements, but *water* (Score 1) 173

by arielCo (#47996421) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

From TFA, which quotes the original author:

“The finding ... makes it quite hard for these regions in the disk to synthesize any new molecules. This was an 'aha' moment for us -- without any new water creation the only place these ices could have come from was the chemically rich interstellar gas out of which the solar system formed originally,” Cleeves wrote in an email to Discovery News.

“It's remarkable that these ices survived the entire process of stellar birth,” she added.

(Bold mine)

Comment: Re:Right to be forgotten? (Score 1) 193

by arielCo (#47738675) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Educated guess: since some files will eventually have to be modified/deleted, and they aren't about to toss a disc every time, I'm guessing they log file (block?) invalidation for deletes/updates. Once the disc has too little valid data, the valid data (likely of several discs in the same condition) is copied to a new disc and the old one goes to the shredder.

If regulations internal or legal) specify that some data has to be effectively destroyed at the moment, then just skip the invalidation bit and replace the disc right away.

Comment: Re: Annoyances (Score 1) 426

Wow, someone's ulcer is flaring up.

FF never loaded my routers page because some stupid certificate bullshit at the time.

If you're using https, it's worthless without a trusted certificate. Blame who made your router. And psst... it can be bypassed with an exception, even permanently.

Opera, forced an update on me right in the middle of writing down stuff.

I don't use the Wonder from the North, but apparently the update can be postponed, and the whole auto-update mechanism can be disabled.

Why are developers so shit? You'd think they'd sit down and just think things out. PLAN THINGS YOU IDIOTS.

I know, right? So hard to find competent help these days. So fire them!

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