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Comment Opportunity to showcase GIMP (Score 4, Insightful) 658

I think this is a great opportunity for the Open Source Community to showcase what really can be done with apps like The GIMP. There is admittedly work to be done for vector apps, but they are coming along.... Other than using Photoshop specific filters, there really isn't anything Photoshop can do that I can't do in GIMP... Why pay Adobe for their overpriced bloatware?

Comment You have got to be kidding right? (Score 1) 564

While I disagree with those that say the PC is dead / will be dead soon, it really comes down to computing power, connectivity, ease of use, and screen real estate. Depending on your application, for most users, a smart phone is too small to do much other than check email, play Fruit Ninja, and tick people off on Facebook. Actual decent web browsing, movie watching, paper writing etc... becomes a reality with a tablet, especially when you throw a decently usable case and keyboard in the mix... (On screen keyboards do have a huge suck factor...). For serious computing tasks, graphics / video / audio editing / processing, well... tablets have a LONG way to go... Of course having said THAT, I would put my cheapie Pengpod 1000 up against my old top of the line AMD Athlon 1400 512MB ATA100 hard drives PC from the late 90s / early 2000s.... any day of the week, without any hesitation... But compared to my newer octo core 32GB SSD box.... Forget it...

Comment Never had a problem with MSI (Score 1) 352

I have been using MSI motherboards since the late 90s with never a single problem. I am presently putting together a cluster based on MSI 970A-G46 9 AM3+ motherboards, quad core Phenom processors etc... CentOS 6.3 is perfectly happy with it... Not sure what distro you are using, but it sounds more like the Linux version you are using isn't supporting current hardware, instead of non standard hardware... I've been known to be wrong before though.

Submission + - Scientific Linux 6 is out. (

dbhost writes: "Scientific Linux 6, the recompile of a well known North American Enterprise Linux distribution, with a scientific twist was released for both i386 and x86_64 architectures on March 3rd. If you are itching to give the features of 6.0 a test drive, or need the scientific customizations that SL offers, take a look at what this distribution has to offer."

Submission + - NASA Building Network of Smart Cameras Across US (

kkleiner writes: "A major government agency is looking to blanket the US with cameras that will never stop their surveillance. But don’t worry privacy pundits, those cameras will be spying on the sky, not civilians. NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network is a series of cameras that track meteorites as they enter the atmosphere. With careful triangulation, NASA can not only know where the meteorites will land, they can determine where they came from as well. One of the coolest parts of the All-sky Fireball Network is that it’s fully automated. Meteors are detected by a computer which sends images, video clips, and data analysis to William Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Now you can get the same information as Cooke, too – the All-sky Fireball Network’s website publicly records all the data for you to peruse."

Submission + - Potential Threat Looming From Japan's Mount Fuji? (

Torn8-R writes: "On November 17th, 1707, a large earthquake near Osaka triggered a tsunami and the event totaled about 5,000 casualties. Just over a month later, on December 16, Mount Fuji erupted which lasted until New Year's Day. With its last eruption over 300 years ago, could the latest earthquake (and the subsequent aftershocks) foreshadow a new threat to add to this already devastating natural disaster?"

Comment Re:sco still alive? (Score 0) 286

Don't forget to pay your $699 SCO licensing fee, you cock-smoking teabaggers.

Now wait just a second here... What on earth does SCO, the Tea Party, and sausage suckers have to do with each other? Last time I checked the party of sausage suckers and tool polishers was the Democrats, the party of business was the republicans. The Tea Party folks, as far as I can tell are more aligned with the libertarians, maybe a little bit more socially conservative, but still pretty libertarian in their viewpoints... Smaller government, lower taxes, etc... No matter how you slice it, when it comes to American politics and government, it's all bologna anyway...


Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

Microsoft Sends Flowers To Internet Explorer 6 Funeral 151

Several readers have written with a fun followup to yesterday's IE6 funeral. Apparently Microsoft, in a rare moment of self-jest, took the time to send flowers, condolences, and a promise to meet at MIX. The card reads: "Thanks for the good times IE6, see you all @ MIX when we show a little piece of IE Heaven. The Internet Explorer Team @ Microsoft."
Data Storage

Submission + - SGI Buys COPAN Systems. (

dbhost writes: In a move to grow their storage portfolio, SGI has purchased the assets of COPAN Systems in foreclosure sale pricing of $2 Million USD.

Stoned Wallabies Make Crop Circles 104

It's the tripnaut! writes "The BBC reports that Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around 'as high as a kite', a government official has said. 'The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,' says Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania. 'Then they crash,' she added."

Comment Nice to see Parental Involvement rated. (Score 2, Insightful) 72

But I honestly believe Parental involvement is a KEY factor in controlling the development of a child. If I were issuing the grade it would be F -. If you believe that Violent video games have a damaging impact on your child, and then you bring a game console into your home, allow your child an allowance, and do not monitor that child's usage of said console, or time spent with his / her friends, what right do you have in being surprised when your child is impacted by something you do not approve of. It's not the government's, nor is it the media industries job to raise YOUR child. Be an adult and do your job!

My computer can beat up your computer. - Karl Lehenbauer