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Comment distinction between humans and hominids/primates? (Score 1) 528

As a Christian scientist (Engineer, so pardon if I make a mistake in the nomenclature), here is the question I would like to ask a Christian paleontologist: The Bible clearly distinguishes humans as spiritual beings from all other earthly beings, who cannot sin and do not need a saviour. Since our understanding of science has thinned out and almost extinguished the line between our species and other primates, both current and from the fossil record, do you think there remains any physical or biological distinctive feature that separates spiritual humans from non-spiritual primates or hominids?

Comment Re:*what* tablets? (Score 2) 110

Although it is not a tablet, the OpenPandora complies with all the other conditions you listed. It is quite a unique device and the fact it can be folded and fit in a pocket is an advantage over the tablet form factor. The project has taken a couple of years to take off, but you can receive your device in 7 days now, if you pay $500.

Comment How to protect from extraterrestrial prions? (Score 1) 116

I mean it seriously.
If the prions do not reproduce in culture, they could pass any quarantine test applied to a sample returned from Mars or from another planet and they could still infect the scientists that breath them in. With an incubation period of 10 years, perhaps a lot of people could become infected by such a form of exogenous life before we notice any symptoms. By then it could be too late. Perhaps we have mined that stuff and brought tonnes back to Earth and everyone breathed it in and then all we can do is wait for the incubation period to pass (remember that you cannot test a live brain for Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, only after its death).
Then the zombies win...

Comment Aurora Watch (Score 4, Interesting) 110

To watch the geomagnetic activity live, check AuroraWatch: http://corona-gw.phys.ualberta.ca/AuroraWatch/
You can also subscribe to receive e-mail alerts about probable Northern Lights.
From the website: "AuroraWatch forecasts are made by examining the behaviour of the Earth's magnetic field strength, which is measured by ground-based magnetometers."

Comment OpenSUSE is the best finished (Score 1) 766

My vote goes to openSUSE. It is well integrated and has the best finish, because they make sure all packages work well together. And administration could not be simpler than with YaST. Soon there will be a secure web interface for YaST and you will be able to service these converted machines remotely, if you need to.

Comment openSUSE on X60 Tablet MultiTouch (Score 1) 72

I recommend trying OpenSUSE on your tablet. I am not sure about Fujitsu, but my Lenovo X60 Tablet has been working fine with digital pen since openSUSE 10.3. The openSUSE guys have been very active in developing new support for tablets. Check out this page: http://en.opensuse.org/TabletPCs#Configuring_Your_Tablet_Device

With the beta version of openSUSE 11.1, which I am now testing, I can get even the touch screen mode of my MultiTouch tablet working. Add to it the 3D desktop effects and it blows everyone out the window!

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Submission + - SPAM: Use your cellphone as a 3-D mouse 1

Roland Piquepaille writes: "In recent years, we've started to use our cellphones not only for placing calls or exchanging messages. Now, we take pictures, read our e-mails, listen to music or watch TV. But, according to New Scientist, UK researchers are going further with a prototype software that turns your cellphone into a 3-D mouse. The phone is connected to your computer via Bluetooth. And you control the image on the screen by rotating or moving your phone. As says one of the researchers, "it feels like a much more natural way to interact and exchange data." The technology might first be used in shopping malls to buy movie tickets or to interact with advertising displays. But read more for additional details and a picture showing how a researcher is using his cellphone to control what appears on his screen."

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