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Comment Re:Maybe Google feels theatened by Apple (Score 2, Insightful) 150

Um, Google didn't design that. HTC did. It's not very different at all from HTC's Windows Mobile products.

Even the Nexus One isn't a Google design - it's an HTC phone carrying Google branding. (Which is very common, HTC has ALWAYS been very rebranding-friendly, it is only very recently that you started seeing the HTC brand in the United States even though HTC phones have been in the USA for quite a while.)

Comment Re:Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him (Score 1) 1131

If you're just matter, you just don't matter.

Your signature is interesting given the content of your post. Would you care to elaborate, I am confused. Is supposed to be a threat to atheist, and rational thinkers, like the billboard of a kid holding a gun that says" If God doesn't matter to him then why you."? (or something similar)

Comment Re:It's the repost! (Score 1) 539

The editors either don't read TFA or do and pass by the ones where the submissions don't match the story on purpose. This generates lots of "this summary doesn't match TFA" comments, and more comments mean more page views and people skimming the front page will see all the comments and wonder what the fuss is about, more page views.

Also, editors get to set the title, and will pick the words that generate the most comments. Note, this could have dropped the "by Microsoft" at the end of the title and meant exactly the same thing. But adding that in gets tons more comments, and their goal is not to inform nerds of news that matters, but to generate page views, even if driven by sensationalism and lies (not that the editors lie, but they seem to pick submissions where the submitter greatly distorted the truth).

Also, to encourage submissions, they don't research any links. So we get tons of submissions which are links to a blog containing essentially the summary and then a link to a more direct source for the story. A "real" editor would refuse the submission with a note to link to the most direct source, not the least direct (or at least include both in the submission). But that would piss off the few that use Slashdot to drive their blogs. So, to keep submissions up, the editors select submissions where we get nothing but links to blogs as a matter of course.

Oh, and the Chinese workers usually abandoned a life of farming to go to factory towns knowing exactly what they were getting in to, so they weren't forced to do it and they are content with what they receive.

Comment Re:Three parents? Not really. (Score 5, Informative) 201

She did contribute DNA, its Mitochondrial DNA (MtDNA). Mitochondrial DNA is unique from the rest of the genome and is not in the nucleus. It is found in the mitochondria.

All MtDNA in humans is transmitted from the mother because it is her mitochondria in the egg that will propagate into each cell as cells divide in development.

So she has contributed genes.

MtDNA from egg donor.
Maternal chromosomal DNA is from the nuclear DNA donor.
Paternal chromosomal DNA is from the sperm.

Comment Re:Marketing (Score 1) 314

Comparing the numbers between the MS WM and the Apple Marketplace (iTunes) is worse than meaningless. There are far, far, more apps than 872 for the WinMo platform and to pretend otherwise is disingenuous.

What's the use of there being apps if you can't find them?

Is it on par with the iPhone? I have no idea but like the other poster I'd bet that it is and your proof of the contrary is no proof at all.

No, the other poster bet it was 10 times as many. = 1,850,000. Which is of course fucking batshit insane. 872 is certainly a closer figure...

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 481

The problem is that just out of shot is a manager who has just told them that if they don't look happy for the photos they, and anyone from their family/friends, will be sacked and never again employed by that factory or any other that the owner has connections to the owners of.

True, but that's pretty much the point I was trying to make. Google "sarcasm". Anyway, the whole thing makes me glad that I only by accessory hardware made in Mexican sweatshops.

Comment Re:Technological singularities (Score 1) 496

I recently came to understand the singularity, and now that I do the argument is pretty funny; it basically is the result of a bad mathematical model.

Here's the idea: Suppose you built a computer to design a new computer twice as fast as itself, whose job is the same, and so on for its children, ad infinitum.

The first computer takes 1 day to do its job. Its speed is 1 exaflop.

The second computer takes 1/2 day to do its job. Its speed is 2 exaflops.

The third computer takes 1/4 day to do its job. Its speed is 4 exaflops.

...and so on.

Hence the total time it takes all the (infinite) computers in this series to work is given by the convergent geometric series,

1 + 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + ... = 2 days.

In other words, you design an infinite number of computers in finite time. And in this finite time, you've managed to produce infinitely fast computers, since their speeds go with 2^N. So the event referred to as "the singularity" is not called this just out of a love for words that sound like they belong in bad Star Trek dialogue; rather it is literally a mathematical singularity of the day-number--to-computer-speed map.

Kind of silly, no?

Comment Re:OP failed Evolutionary Biology (Score 1) 496

Excellent point, and one that I have made repeatedly when this topic comes up. We haven't heard anything yet, because we are the first to emerge, at least in our region of space. The universe is 14B years old, and our solar system is something like 4B years old. Our system could only have formed after at least one prior generation of hotter, simpler stars went nova and seeded the ubiquitous hydrogen and helium clouds with heavier elements. More likely, it took 2 rounds to make sufficient quantities and allow them to cool down into stable bodies. And that doesn't even mention some of the remarkable circumstances around our particular planet that created a stable environment. The planetary impact that split earth open and created the moon also let huge quantities of molten iron sink to the core, forming a spinning magnetic shield that guards against radiation. The moon itself stabilized our orbit and throws off other bodies that might collide. Jupiter has done much to sweep the inner solar system of debris. It's certainly likely that there are other planets like ours out there somewhere. But this combination of lucky events and relatively early planetary stability is probably rare.

Comment Re:Why? Why? WHY? (Score 1) 119

For some missions, the ability for humans to adapt and change more easily is a very large benefit. Also, if we can get the humans controling rovers (like on Mars) to not have an 8-13 minute radio delay, the rover can spend less time getting stuck and more time moving.

I'm with you that we should continue to do the vast majority of our exploration and science with unmanned probes (Cassini, STEREO, and Phoenix are good examples where humans would be rubbish). However, I disagree that abandoning human exploration is the way to go. We need to do more interesting and useful manned science. Instead of just chilling in LEO, we need to go to Mars (for example) and get something useful done. Something where the mission is fluid and can be changed. Let the astronauts pilot a rover in real-time from orbit which can be returned to Earth control afterward. The PR boost is something that the same amount of cash spent on probes, satellites, and telescopes would never generate, and we have the potential to perform science while we're at it. Win-win?

Comment Re:Password aging and complexity = lists (Score 1) 497

I totally agree. I used a system where there was the following restrictions:

- Passwords must contain numbers and letters
- You must have exactly one non-alpha-numeric character in the first three characters of your password
- You must have exactly one number in the last three characters of your password
- Your password must be between 8 and 12 characters
- You must use a mixture of upper and lower case letters

So... that narrows the brute-force password attack down by a large factor. Either the rules were made by an idiot PHB or by a clueless IT person

Comment Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (Score 1) 976

Performing an emergency stop to avoid going through a yellow light would be a fairly bad idea - the car behind you won't be expecting it and while, theoretically, they should be able to react and stop just as quickly as you can, doing unpredictable things is going to cause accidents eventually. In essence, there's a difference between being physically able to stop the car, and being able to do so safely; in a way that isn't liable to cause a rear-ending.

The way the system is designed to work, you stop at a yellow light if you can do so safely. The idea being that anyone going through just as it turns yellow, or just about to go through (and not able to stop safely), will have enough time to clear the intersection before it turns red. If the yellow light is too short then that's no longer the case and the risk is introduced that either someone will still be on the intersection when the other direction of traffic is allowed to go or people will be forced to make unsafe stops at the lights to avoid the former.

That said, the above is from the perspective of the UK, maybe your traffic laws make less sense.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus