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Comment Re: It's a business opportunity! (Score 2, Insightful) 320

True, however that is a very special case as TeX is still actively supported, yet hasn't had a new feature added in over 25 years. I know it's moving goalposts slightly, but name a piece of software over 50,000 lines of code which is bug free and actively being enhanced. Or to look at it another way, TeX only reinforces GP's point, that it takes 25 years of patches without any feature enhancements to make a large codebase bug-free.

Comment Re:I liked the first season... (Score 3, Interesting) 406

I disagree. Yes, the show has evolved to be more about the relationships than in earlier seasons. But that is due to genuine character development rather than just a who-is-sleeping-with-whom like in other sitcoms.

Sheldon's character development is especially believable and interesting. We have a character who is clearly autistic (the actor and production company deny it, but probably because their lawyers tell them to. It is a spot on portrayal of high functioning autism), who has no comprehension of human interaction, and has developed severe misanthropy as a coping mechanism. He then finally meets the first person ever who truly tries to understand him and wants to help him be a better person, rather than simply trying to tolerate his quirks as his family and friends do. Which leads to the dynamic of him genuinely trying to change far beyond his comfort zone for her, while she has trouble being patient with what she perceives as his glacially slow development.

Comment Re:And you call the Americans anti-science (Score 2, Insightful) 330

there's been mounting evidence Monsanto has been outright lying about the evidence they have on the toxicity of their crap, which means trusting them is idiotic. The evidence we have that their crap is safe is them saying so ... which means it's self-serving stuff which as like as not hides any information they had to the contrary.

[Citation Needed]

And, hey, if the 'market' speaks and says it doesn't want this shit, Monsanto doesn't have the "right" to sell product to countries which don't want it. Monsanto has the right to piss off an go away.

Are you insinuating that the market is always rational, and it is impossible for people with an agenda to manipulate the market by spreading FUD?

Comment Re:Can we get back (Score 1) 94

I disagree with a blanket taxonomic separation of planets vs. moons. The fact that an object orbits another object which in turn orbits a star provides as little insight as to the nature of the object as "clearing its orbit" does. For example, Triton is far more similar to KBOs, and therefore should be taxonomically closer to Pluto, than to Earth's Moon. Additionally, if two objects of similar mass and sufficient separation orbit each other, one can not be said to orbit the other as their barycenter is a point between the two objects. Such objects would be considered a double planet rather than a planet and a moon. But whether the barycenter is contained within the volume of one of the objects or not is also just as non-predictive and therefore unscientific. Consider Earth's moon, which is slowly receding from Earth. Eventually it will be far enough away that the barycenter will be outside the volume of Earth, at which point the Earth-Moon system will become a double-planet, though its fundamental nature will remain unchanged. Adding to the absurdity, assuming by that time Earth is not tidally locked to the Moon, there will be a time when the barycenter is right at the surface of the Earth, so as Earth rotates, the Moon will alternate between being a moon and being a planet several times a day as the barycenter passes through mountains and valleys.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 4, Informative) 182

Yep. The iPhone has always seamlessly jumped from wifi to cellular when the wifi drops. All this does is improve the user experience as previously it would default to wifi if it could see the network at all, resulting in degraded service. This new feature will only cost you "hundreds of dollars" if you are generally in the habit of watching netflix sitting in your car parked at the curb outside your house. You know, the times when you wouldn't want to be on wifi anyway because you are close enough to see the network, but not close enough to get a good signal, so your browsing experience feels like 1998.

Comment Re:Sans-Serif (Score 1) 132

Serifs on small displays or blocks of text are for readability. But for titles and headers, they are simply for style. There are two points of view style-wise. The first is that serifs are "classy" and sans-serifs are "childish". See the Wall Street Journal masthead for example. The other is that serifs are "old-fashioned" and "stodgy" while sans-serifs are "fun" and "exciting". This is obviously the view that Google holds, and they felt that their serif logo was holding them back. I happen to hold the former opinion, and think that this rebranding looks like it's made out of kids' refrigerator magnets.

Submission + - The MH370 Mystery Gets a Little Weirder (nymag.com)

schwit1 writes: It's been a month since a flaperon from a Boeing 777 was found a La Reunion beach and investigators still can't say definitively whether it came from MH370 or how it got to the island.

What was holding things up, it turned out, was that the ID plate that should have been attached to the inboard edge of the flaperon was missing. And that was not the only problem. According to the New York Times, Boeing and the National Transportation Safety Board found that the object did not match Malaysia Airlines' maintenance records. ...How the part found its way to a beach on La Reunion is another issue. The Depeche article contained a tantalizing hint. "According to a Toulouse aeronautics expert who requested anonymity," the article stated, "the element of the wing would not have floated for several months at the water's surface but would have drifted underwater a few meters deep." It's not yet known why investigators reached this conclusion, but one clue might be that the flaperon found on La Reunion was encrusted on every edge with goose barnacles. These animals are a type of crustacean that attaches while young to a floating object and spends its entire adult life affixed to the same spot. Since they obviously can only survive underwater, their distribution around the object suggests that the entirety of it must have spent at least several months submerged.

Submission + - COMCAST to limit to 300Gb/month, or pay $30 extra (xfinity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Well, just received the email and after T-MOBILE, here we are: COMCAST is converting actual unlimited costumers' account to limited to 300Gb. If you exceed that, you'll be automatically billed $10 per 50Gb trunk.

Here its the email:
"We’re writing to let you know that we will be trialing a new XFINITY Internet data plan in your area. Starting October 1, 2015, your monthly data plan will include 300 GB. We’ll also trial a new “Unlimited Data” option that will give you the choice to purchase unlimited data for $30 per month in addition to your monthly Internet service fee.

The majority of XFINITY customers use less than 300 GB of data in a month, and therefore will not be affected by these changes. If you are not sure of your monthly data usage, please refer to the Track and Manage Your Usage section below.

Here are the details of the plan:

You’ll get 300 GB of data each month. If for any reason you exceed the 300 GB included in your plan in a month, we will automatically add blocks of 50 GB to your account for an additional fee of $10 each. We’re also implementing a three-month courtesy program. That means you will not be billed for the first three times you exceed the 300 GB included in the monthly data plan.

Here are the details of the Unlimited Data option:

If you don’t want a 300 GB data plan, the new Unlimited Data option is an alternative that provides additional choice and flexibility, especially for customers who use lots of data. You can choose to enroll in the Unlimited Data option at any time for an additional $30 a month, regardless of how much data you use. Enrollment in this option goes into effect on the first day of the subsequent calendar month. For additional information, click here.

Here are a few tools for you to easily track and manage your usage:

        Usage meter – Track how much data you have used each month with our usage meter.
        Data Usage Calculator — Estimate your data usage with our calculator tool. Simply enter information on how often and how much you typically use the Internet, and the calculator will estimate your monthly data usage.
        Notifications — If you are on the 300 GB plan, we will send you a courtesy "in-browser" notice and an email letting you know when you reach 90%, 100%, 110%, and 125% of your monthly data usage plan amount. You can also elect to receive notifications at additional thresholds as well as set up mobile text notifications. Learn more about notifications here. Notices will not be sent to customers who enroll in the unlimited data option.

If you have any additional questions about the new data usage plan,
please see our FAQs.

Thank you for being an XFINITY Internet Customer.


Please note that this is a consumer trial. Comcast may modify or discontinue this trial at any time. However, we will notify you in advance of any such change."

Submission + - Gaming Computers Use a Truly Astonishing Amount of Energy

merbs writes: Worldwide, gaming computers suck down $10 billion worth of electricity (or 75 terawatt hours) a year. Given that sales rates are projected to double by 2020, that figure is expected to do the same. The study finds that while gaming computers comprise just 2.5 percent of personal computers worldwide, they account for 20 percent of global computer energy use.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 3, Insightful) 275

Communism sucks, yes. But Communism != Socialism. Socialism certainly does allow for a reasonably free market. It just makes sure that said free market doesn't fuck over the people, and only takes control of or at least heavily regulates those things that would be detrimental to society to simply hand over to the free market, such as roads and healthcare.

Submission + - Google Releases Version 1.5 Of Its Go Programming Language, Finally Ditches C

An anonymous reader writes: Google today released Go 1.5, the sixth major stable release of its Go programming language. You can download Go 1.5 right now from the Go downloads page. This is not a major release, as denoted by the version number and the fact that the only language change is the lifting of a restriction in the map literal syntax to make them more consistent with slice literals. That said, Go 1.5 does include a significant rewrite: The compiler tool chain has been translated from C to Go. This means “the last vestiges of C code” have been finally removed from the Go code base. As for actual changes in Go 1.5, you’ll want to read the full release notes. Highlights include improvements to garbage collection, the developer tools, the standard library, and new ports.

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 158

Part of the blame lies with the ITU for defining a pie-in-the-sky practically sci-fi (for the time when it was specified) standard as the next official milestone. That left all of the carriers in a tough spot, as they would be investing millions or billions in rolling out a brand-new technology (LTE) that would give them an order of magnitude speed boost, but would be forbidden from calling it a next generation technology.

Submission + - Researchers create Mac "firmworm" that spreads via Thunderbolt Ethernet adapters

BIOS4breakfast writes: Wired reports that later this week at BlackHat and Defcon, Trammel Hudson will show the Thunderstrike 2 update to his Thunderstrike attack on Mac firmware (previously covered on Slashdot). Trammel teamed up with Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg from LegbaCore, who have previously shown numerous exploits for PC firmware. They found that multiple vulnerabilities that were already publicly disclosed were still present in Mac firmware. This allows a remote attacker to break into the Mac over the network, and infect its firmware. The infected firmware can then infect Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters' PCI Option ROM. And then those adapters can infect the firmware of any Mac they are plugged into — hence creating the self-propagating Thunderstrike 2 "firmworm". Unlike worms like Stuxnet, it never exists on the filesystem, it only ever lives in firmware (which no one ever checks.) A video showing the proof of concept attack is posted here.

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