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Comment Re:3 years? (Score 1) 166

I bought the laptop I'm using right now, a Lifebook P2120, in late 2002.

It works great for common tasks... checking e-mail with outlook, web browsing with k-meleon, movies with windvd, torrenting with utorrent; all on top of win2k. I occasionally use it for website work (building, not hosting): apache, php and mysql work great, of course, and photoshop works fine. The big downside would be that all the linux distros I've tried (about 7 or 8 on this machine) are quirky or slow, so I've stuck with windows... which means I have to bother with typical windows annoyances and reinstalls every year or two.

For games (mtgo client), video editing (premiere) or watching downloaded movies that don't play well on the P2120, I reach over and grab my Lifebook P1620. I don't use the P1620 primarily because I prefer the ergonomics of the P2120 (to any laptop).

I'm still waiting for ANYBODY to make another laptop like the Lifebook P2120.

Comment Re:No surprise (Score 2, Insightful) 1601

Really? To the rest of the world (or at least western Europe), even 'left wing' American newspapers appear hilariously conservative.

Are you saying it's all backwards? In the rest of the world is...

gun control conservative and anti-gun control liberal?
socialization conservative and privitization liberal?
abortion conservative and pro-life liberal?

...or are you saying that in the rest of the world, they are that much more extreme? And how would you get more extreme? If you are pro-life... you're pro-life. How do you get MORE pro-life? If you're for taking away everyone's guns... how do you get more extreme? What's more extreme than social healthcare, social security, etc... 95% tax on the rich?

Is your view not issue based?

I keep hearing this same sentiment from Europeans and I just don't get it. Can you please elaborate and provide examples.


UK Approves Human-Pig Embryo Stem-Cell Harvest 139

An anonymous reader writes "British biologists have received government approval to create the world's first human stem cells from hybrid embryos, part pig, part human. The Warwick Medical School team, led by Justin St. John of the Clinical Sciences Research Institute, was granted the country's third animal-human embryo license from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which goes into effect today (July 1)." The above link requires (free) registration; the Telegraph's coverage does not.

Moving Toward a Single Linux UI? 441

Anonymous writes "With the releases of Fedora 9, Hardy Heron and OpenSuSE 11 so close together, it's looking more than ever like an evolution to a common interface for major Linux distributions. Here's a compilation of screen shots and descriptions that make it appear to be the case. Would this be a good thing or a bad thing?" There are plenty of other options out there, of course, even considering only Linux distros that are based on Gnome and KDE, and plenty of wilder (or at least less common) desktops to choose from besides.

BSA's Tactics and Motives Questioned 237

_Hellfire_ sends us over to Baseline Magazine for a longish article entitled After 20 Years, Critics Question the BSA's Real Motives, which paints the Business Software Alliance in the same colors as the RIAA. "A recent Associated Press story highlighted the fact that 90 percent of the $13 million collected by the BSA in 2006 came from small businesses. Since 1993 the group has collected an estimated $89 million in damages from businesses on behalf of its members, every penny of which it keeps. 'I don't know of a business where you can get away with raiding a customer with armed marshals and expect them to continue to do business with you...' said [Sterling] Ball, who shifted his company to open source software after the raid."

What's the Best Game Console of All Time? 479

The C|Net Crave blog has up an article exploring the history of console gaming, and wonders aloud about the pecking order of the various systems. "Gaming is so subjective that there is no single "greatest" system ever. It might sound like a cop-out, but it really depends on what standards you're using and what generation you grew up in. I loved the SNES, and would personally call it the greatest system of all time. However, the NES and PlayStation could both easily be called the best, based on the standards they set and the advances they presented to gaming." The Guardian follows up this piece, noting that the article's rose-colored recollections of the SNES days may not be entirely accurate. Subjective or not, it's a good question: which consoles have a valid place in history and which ones should be forgotten?

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_