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Comment Re:Wait a minute... (Score 0) 202 202

Man, I forgot that I was writing that on Slashdot and that somebody would take the time to go dig up the answer. I'm actually well enough versed in relativistic physics and astronomy to know that my dumb question was wildly oversimplified (I stopped at the Masters level instead of going on for a PhD), but thanks for posting the response anyway - it has more details in it than I had taken the time to read before.

Comment Re:"Apple Maps as in-car navigation" (Score 1) 198 198

There's a pretty major intersection in the town I live in that was wildly reworked in around 2005 or 2006, and Apple's maps still don't know about the change. Every single other mapping site I've looked at has it right. Take a look at the wonky intersection here:

and compare it to the same view in Apple's maps. It's like going back in time 8 years!

Comment Re:Slashdot (Score 1) 310 310

Absolutely right. These suggestions are laughable, and that second one gives people a dangerous false sense of security. Mirroring is not backup - it will help save you from a catastrophic failure that is not able to mirror itself, but it won't safe you from the more common problem of deleting an important file the day before you need it.

Comment Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (Score 4, Insightful) 329 329

... it's also not that hard to write your own. There are plenty of perl/python/whatever rss libraries out there to do all of the hard work, and then you just need to spend some time fiddling with CSS to make it look pretty. Here's what I created about 10 years ago, before all of these other things existed:

(Well, maybe those other things existed. I certainly didn't know about them though.)

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"