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Comment This is precisely what the AWS API is for. (Score 5, Informative) 80

Because your workflow is likely to be customized to your tasks, it should be straightforward to write these kinds of tools yourself, with any number of available toolkits, based on what language you're most comfortable using.

There's the straight CLI: http://aws.amazon.com/cli/

And lots of sample code for the various SDKs: http://aws.amazon.com/code

Best to just dive in. If you have any development experience at all, even just scripting, you should be able to figure it out pretty quickly.

Comment Re:Fedora *had* 24 million users (Score 2, Informative) 360

Actually, Fedora claims 24 million *active* users between Fedora 7 and Fedora 12 -- a timeframe well after you would have run into "dependency hell" issues.

We actually document our methodology, too. Right here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Statistics

So your usage of the past tense is incorrect.

Comment Re:what happens if you drive without car insurance (Score 2, Insightful) 2424

This looks like a job for selective quoting!

"While you were still technically supposed to file taxes, etc., no one really cared..."

"As of now, you are officially a tax cheating criminal if you choose to wander off alone."

"This is not the country I grew up to love and swore to protect."

You mean the country that was too lazy to chase you down if you cheated the law yesterday, and probably doesn't actually care one iota more today? The country that likely wouldn't criminalize this activity anyway, since by your description you wouldn't have an actual income and would be exempt?

Hilarious. Go get your gun, move into your shack in the Appalachians, kill some possums, and get "off the grid". Since this freedom is so precious to you, maybe you should exercise it and see how it goes.

Comment Ah-HAH! YACMS! (Score 4, Insightful) 244

*Now* we know why no one's using your open source project -- because it's Yet Another CMS!

If you're trying to drive a new project in a space that already has a clear incumbent, you're in for a tough climb.

If you're trying to drive a new project in a space that already has several clear incumbents, you're in for a *really* tough climb.

If you're trying to drive a new project in a space that already has several clear incumbents and hundreds of failures, you're in for... ...well, you see where I'm going here.

I'm sure your CMS is different. It's sensitive and nurturing and really cares about me in a way that those other CMSes don't, and would never throw me out of the car for getting drunk at Andy's party that night. I get it. But when you're competing against the Star Quarterback of CMS projects, you *must* define what is unique about your project, and you must *market* that uniqueness. And you'd better be right, too -- because otherwise, you can forget about getting a date to the CMS prom.


Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams 114

An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Comment Re:Seems fair to me. (Score 1) 317

What a load of defeatist bullshit.

Have you ever once even *tried* to talk to the people in your congressional office?

If you believe in this, then go fight for it. Take fifteen minutes out of your day and write an email or pick up the phone. And if you lose, *then* you can come back and whine about how the system doesn't work. But too many people bitch and moan and don't do anything. Do something!

Comment Re:Paranoid about control (Score 1) 140

"Why on earth should I have to be cool with the idea of someone re-packaging or re-interpreting something I've done artistically? If I choose to allow that to happen, that's one thing. But, to assume that I should be forced to do so is a little one sided, in my opinion."

Guess what? It's not up to you, Individual Artist, and never was, and never will be. Whether you are "cool" or "not cool" with it is entirely beside the point. Good artists borrow; great artists steal. It's cliched because it's the absolute truth.

You can, of course, sue to get your Tasty Monies. That's the essence of copyright, and all well and good. But if the derivative work sucks, then there are likely no Tasty Monies to be had -- and if the derivative work doesn't suck, then you may be forced to face the notion that a transformative derivative work is actually art in its own right! Hope your ego can hold up to that notion.

Trent Reznor wasn't cool with Johnny Cash performing Hurt. Doesn't matter now, does it?