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Comment: Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (Score 2) 268

by IRWolfie- (#48363933) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon
"I expect a large majority of people interested in the Gnome PoS software will not of heard of GNOME, the ones who have will know enough not to be confused by it." Why are you so certain? If someone had told me it uses gnome, i would have assumed it was from GNOME. KDE, XFCE users have heard of GNOME but they don't use it, so they wouldn't know what they interface should be like exactly, especially on a POS device, and it would be, I assume, going to be tech people making the POS acquisitions.
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City 200

Posted by samzenpus
from the cooling-things-off dept.
mdsolar writes with an update on the People's Climate March. More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit. Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as the largest climate march in history, far bigger than the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington, D.C., last year. High-profile environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva marched alongside policymakers such as Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore were also there, and more than 550 buses carried in people from around the country.

Comment: Re:Proof of obviousness (Score 2) 258

by IRWolfie- (#46387413) Attached to: Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval
Calculus isn't an invention, it's a discovery. It's not patentable. Calling them the "finest minds" seems a bit of hyperbole, they made great discoveries, but you don't need the finest minds to do what they did (Newton looks rather all too human and of his age, particularly with regards to his Biblical literalism and alchemy). It seems likely that equally great minds concurrent with Newton and Leibniz would have made the discoveries. They weren't in isolation and the progress in maths makes certain discoveries more likely at certain periods when the necessary pieces are in place.

Comment: Re:Not the sun (Score 1) 320

by IRWolfie- (#46004933) Attached to: Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe
Continental drift wasn't a theory, it was a proposed historical fact. Wegener had no mechanism to suggest it which made sense, and his mechanisms where (and still are) rejected. It was the theory of plate tectonics that confirmed the historical fact of continental drift. It was not Wegener who made a concrete proposal of plate tectonics as that article you link to appears to suggest.

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