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Comment Re:Image size? (Score 2, Interesting) 223

Yes :) FITS files are HUGE!

As a sysadmin for an astronomy observatory I find this laughable. FITS was designed to store every last detail about an image (and frequencies for radio astronomy) and it seems WAY overkill to burn that many bits digitizing manuscripts.

But hey, who am I to question the word of the church? :)

Comment Re:What??? (Score 1) 355

Ah. So you’re just going around foolishly using derogatory ethnic slurs and honestly meaning no harm by it.

Your original claim, “redneck isn't racially charged”, is laughably incorrect, by the way.

Redneck is a derogatory slang term to refer to poor white Southern farmers in the United States. It is similar in meaning to "cracker" (especially in Georgia and Florida), "hillbilly" (especially in Appalachia) and "white trash" (especially among blacks).

Now, I apologise if I misunderstood your meaning, but for future reference you’ll probably find that a lot of other people will too.

Comment Re:Wikileaks = Enemy (Score 3, Informative) 973

I hope they find out who did it, determine their motivations and the trade-offs that have resulted from their actions, and then decide whether to honor them or execute them.

Leaking a document does not necessarily translate into casualties or hardship for anyone, especially when the classification level is merely a pretext for a cover-up. Clearly the law can hide injustice or protect those of ill intent.

At the same time, simply Standing up to The Man is not sufficient justification to break the law. Like it or not, military classification does have a purpose, and if you are an outsider, some very good reasons for the classification level will not be apparent to you. Data that has nothing to do with the actual content of the video, such as the capabilities of the weapons systems, or the general operating area of the units involved can be determined from some video evidence. There is always the possibility that while you might be righting an injustice, you could at the same time be consigning other people in the field to their deaths with the very same action. The two end results are not mutually exclusive with the release of classified material.

So, if you are planning to be a "hero", consider very carefully the total result of your actions. For my part, until I know about the leaker and their position and motivations, my opinion is decidedly out on whether they have done good with this action.

Comment Re:Officially? (Score 1) 643

I don't think there are that many people who have made the move to have their netbook as their sole computer (especially with no optical drive) although there will doubtless be some, I'll wager it's not the norm.

Haha, I'm actually one of those people ;) This little netbook is the best computer I've ever had - Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu 9.10, 32GB SSD, 1GB of RAM (which never goes to swap). I use it as is at home, and connect it up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse at work. I can do all my web app development and network admin type stuff from it fine. Admittedly when I develop for Windows (which isn't very often, maybe one month of it in the last 12 months for a one-off for one of our clients, and another week for some in-house stuff) I tend to do that on another machine, but I do that by remote desktopping into another computer from my netbook. The computer I connect into is actually a VM running on my old MBP, which is also running Ubuntu. Convoluted, I know! The MBP is powerful enough, but just too damn noisy and hot so I use it as a server for various thing now, with bonus built in UPS :P

I use a PS3 for all my gaming needs in case you're wondering what I actually do for entertainment!

Still tempted to buy a more powerful laptop from time to time, but I know I don't need it. If I did need more power I could just drag my old X2 desktop out of retirement. I still have it in the corner of my room but I haven't ever powered it up in my current residence.

Comment Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 2, Informative) 445

Isn't it a shame that Google, once regarded as a leader in privacy, seems to have gone and sold its soul? "Don't Be Evil" seems to be more and more fluid in its meaning, and suddenly Google is looking like another Microsoft. What happened to "The Good Guys"? I'll be sure to cancel my gmail account very soon, such a shame.

Google has never been leader of privacy. "Don't Be Evil" is PR. Google is a marketing company - to begin with your privacy is gone. Microsoft is at least selling you software and has no reason to violate your privacy. The Good Guys? They developed Google and started making money. And you know, Google is a publicly traded company with shareholders who can tell the company to do anything they like.

Comment Here's a fix for you then! (Score 1) 510

You can go to customize your network settings from XMB, and get to the part about DNS nameservers. Select custom, and enter the following IP as your Primary DNS:

Aaron at is hosting this customized DNS server that hands your PS3 back info tricking it into believing it's already running the latest firmware revision. It can then connect happily to PSN, @Home and whatever else without requiring this garbage firmware "downgrade" they released.

Comment Re:Apple reaches a new low (Score 2, Informative) 249

I'll bet the same people so eager to condemn Apple for actually trying to live up to its responsibilities on a voluntary basis would also decry a government regulation that attempted to regulate this on a less-than voluntary way. And anybody want to bet that the low-cost manufacturers would be the worse offenders? The race to the bottom, indeed. The truth is, Apple does all right in any neutral ranking. Could be better, but they've made a lot of progress.

Comment Re:undefinitized contracts (Score 2, Informative) 200

Because of sarbanes oxley, all of the companies would have impeccable records of time and materials spent on projects so it would be a simple matter of billing what was used. Time and materials contracts get cut short all the time, I'm not sure how this will be very complicated, unless the contractors are out to fuck NASA over. But you can't blame Obama for that

Comment Re:yeah. its much better to be p0wned (Score 4, Insightful) 552

I would rather vote for an actual socialist before a so called libertarian. As far as I can tell that party is made up of nutbags and racist nutbags and homophobic racist nutbags.

You're confusing the libertarians with the Republicans, especially their "Tea Party" wing under Sarah Palin. Libertarians are people who favor smaller government, an end to the War on Drugs, an end to unnecessary foreign wars and military bases overseas, etc.

Comment Re:Can anyone post system requirements? (Score 0, Redundant) 268

From Blizzard's page:

PC Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7
  • 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
  • 1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7
  • 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card
  • 1024×768 minimum display resolution
  • 4 GB free hard space (Beta)
  • Broadband connection

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