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Comment Re:How can you... (Score 1) 452

"every species becomes either space-faring, or extinct"

Which species are you using as examples in this statement?

You've been modded insightful but I think the modders don't understand the meaning of that word.

There are no examples of any species becoming "space-faring" while there are a lot of species here on earth that have been around for millions of years (us included) and which have no indications of going extinct any time soon (read for several more million years).

This planet will become uninhabitable eventually. Therefore, any species that does not develop spaceflight and leave the planet will die with it.

Comment Re:Rockets vs Scramjets (Score 1) 131

Take a look at the SABRE engine sometime. It's a hybrid rocket/turbojet/ramjet engine designed specifically to solve the problem you're referring to. I'll admit that it still needs a lot of further development, but it's the approach that I think is most likely to be practical.

Fortunately, Wiki seems to have a moderately accurate overview of the project:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_SABRE

The Courts

A Short Summary Following the Pirate Bay Trial 500

Dan B. writes "The Guardian has a nice piece wrapping up the trial in Sweden for the co-defendants in the P2P trial-of-the-decade, that of The Pirate Bay. 'Today, the defense lawyers summed up. It was a short trial and not a particularly merry one, but it could have far-reaching effects.' Surprisingly, when the defendants hit the stand they didn't bash copyright or take a libertarian approach; it all came back to the tried and tested formula for criminal defense, 'I am not responsible.'"

Comment EditPad (Score 1) 1131

At work, I have to deal with rather large (often >2GB) log files. I've found very few editors that don't choke on files that large. So far, my favorite has been the EditPad series.

Anyone else know any editors that can handle text files of that magnitude easily? I'm always looking for options

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jQuery in Action Screenshot-sm 154

Michael J. Ross writes "As perhaps the only substantial computer language embedded inside of the major Web browsers, JavaScript has brought an unprecedented level of power to client-side programming for the Internet. Yet as a result of cross-browser incompatibilities and other problems, it has probably also resulted in an unprecedented number of headaches for Web developers. JavaScript libraries attempt to mitigate much of these difficulties. One of the most popular such libraries, jQuery, is explored in a book by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz, titled jQuery in Action." Keep reading for the rest of Michael's review.
The Courts

French Record Labels Go After Limewire, SourceForge 326

An anonymous reader notes that TorrentFreak is reporting: "French record labels have received the green light to sue four US-based companies that develop P2P applications, including the BitTorrent client Vuze, Limewire, and Morpheus. Shareaza is the fourth application, for which the labels are going after the open source development platform SourceForge. ... Putting aside the discussion on the responsibilities of application developers for their users activities, the decision to go after SourceForge for hosting a application that can potentially infringe, is stretching credibility beyond all bounds." SourceForge is Slashdot's corporate parent.
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Slashdot's Disagree Mail Screenshot-sm 202

Slashdot has one of the best discussion systems there is. It's grown and adapted over the years to meet various challenges and suit the needs of our users. A lot of time and effort has gone into it and we are always open to user input to help make it better. Some of our best ideas start as user suggestions and we appreciate the feedback. Of course they can't all be gems and sometimes the suggestions we get are unworkable or just bizarre. Here are a few of my favorite unhelpful, helpful suggestions.
Google

Submission + - Google announces gDay-> 1

c4ffeine writes: "Google has announced a new service called "gDay(TM) with MATE(TM)" that promises to index pages up to 24 hours before they are actually created or published. According to sources at Google, "we can create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now...". What does this imply for personal privacy? Is the era of surprise product releases finally at an end?"
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United States

Florida to Scrap Touch Screen Voting? 221

AlHunt writes "Florida Governor Charlie Crist is calling on the Florida Legislature to spend $30M to replace the troublesome touch screen voting machines with an optical scan system that allows a voter to mark an oval next to a candidate's name before slipping a ballot into an electronic reader."
Businesses

Submission + - Largest profiting company ever bribes scientists.

An anonymous reader writes: Playfuls.com (http://www.playfuls.com/news_09_2799-ROUNDUP-Exxo nMobil-Posts-Record-2006-Profits.html) is reporting that the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, posted the largest profit EVER for a US company (39.5 Billion Dollars). In other news today, an oil company-funded lobbying organization tries to pay scientists $10,000 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,2004 399,00.html) each to write papers discrediting today's climate report. Guess which oil company is the funder here? Next time you tank your car, choose wisely.
Censorship

Submission + - Auto show tries to shut down parody site

Brave Howard writes: "News just came in that the a good for nothing car expo is trying to muzzle a group of cyclist-activists who parodied their site, falsely claiming that the activists violated their trademark.

This is the second attempt by a big company to censor, even shut down, their critics using these baseless copyright claims, the first being ABC's attempt to unplug autoshowshutdown.org. Luckily in both cases, EFF has come to the rescue."

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