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Comment: Re:Silence is golden (Score 4, Interesting) 375 375

That doesn't excuse it. If slavery is required to make cell phones at a reasonable price then we'll have to do without.
"I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process." -- Benjamin Harrison 23rd President

Comment: Re:Senator Kay Hutchinson, representing Texas (Score 1) 170 170

We've got a place. We need to stop destroying it for the greed of a few selfish people. If we don't destroy the planet, future generations will look back on us in disgust. We'll be known in the history books as the "Generation of Greed".

Science

+ - Biodegradable, biocompatible "Shrilk" is a potenti->

cylonlover writes: Arthropods — that's spiders, insects and crustaceans, have provided inspiration for a new material that is cheap to produce, biodegradable, and biocompatible. Its creators say the material, dubbed "Shrilk," has the potential to replace plastics in consumer products and could also be used safely in a variety of medical applications, such as suturing wounds or serving as scaffolding for tissue regeneration.
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Education

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."
Microsoft

The Real-World State of Windows Use 374 374

snydeq writes "Performance and metrics researcher Devil Mountain Software has released an array of real-world Windows use data as compiled by its exo.performance.network, a community-based monitoring tool that receives real-time data from about 10,000 PCs throughout the world. Tracking users' specific configurations, as well as the applications they actually use, the tool provides insights into real-world Windows use, including browser share, multicore adoption, service pack adoption, and which anti-virus, productivity, and media software are most prevalent among Windows users. Of note are the following conclusions: two years after Vista's release, not even 30 percent of PCs actually run it; OpenOffice.org is making inroads into the Microsoft Office user base; and despite the rise of Firefox, Internet Explorer remains the standard option for inside-the-firewall apps."

Comment: Re:Title misleading, er, totally wrong (Score 1) 273 273

I don't know why so many people hate vista. My own experience has been positive. Of course I don't build my own box and struggle to find device drivers for obscure hardware. My laptop came from Wal-Mart and "just worked".
I wonder how many people who hate vista have actually used it much since it came out. I hated XP when it first came out. I cursed it daily. But after the bugs were ironed out it was great. I think Vista is the same way. I don't believe this box has ever BSOD'd. Applications and one driver have failed without bringing down the OS. I don't know how long of an uptime I can get because I used to shutdown daily before installing BOINC but I've ran it for days recently with no signs of slowdown or instability.

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year

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