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Comment Re:Typical Vatican thinking (Score 1, Insightful) 286

Second example: this case. So the Vatican has been shown to be corrupt in its financial dealings, and what is their reaction? Hunt down the whistleblowers, rather than punish the ones doing the actual crime! It's the same kind of thinking--what threatens the Church, in their view, is not the failure to do the morally proper thing. It's whomever exposes their leadership for the arrogant crimes they commit under the guise of being holy.

Find and replace and will still make complete sense:

Vatican => United States
Church => Nation

Comment Re:my MIT classmate works at Vatican (Score 4, Insightful) 286

Oh, come on!

Please read history before you post.

The only reason Galileo was not burned alive is because he was a close friend to the pope.

It was his colleges who wanted him death because his ideas were against the ideas they had based their entire carriers on.

The academic establishment is even more reluctant to change than the catholic church.

Comment Re:Good job, Google (Score 1) 279

You can't give me screwed up results if you don't know who I am.

What makes you believe that Google needs you login to their products to know who you are?

I am pretty sure they could make a reasonable guess about who you are based on the search profile of the IPs you use.

Open Source

Submission + - Can Open Source Hardware Feed The World? (

jfruhlinger writes: "When it comes to food scarcity in the developing world, one of the major problems is production capacity: land that could be arable using modern techniques goes underutilized because locals don't have the abbility to build or buy equipment. A group calling itself Open Source Eclology is trying to solve that problem. They've developed a set of open source hardware specs for 50 different industrial machines, which they're calling the Global Village Construction Set."

Submission + - Walking HECTOR Robot Inspired by Stick Insect (

Zothecula writes: In an effort to understand how animals move elegantly and in turn provide robots with the same ability, researchers at the University of Bielefeld's Center of Excellence 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (CITEC) have developed the hexapod walking robot called HECTOR (Hexapod Cognitive autonomously Operating Robot). Designed within CITEC's multi-disciplinary Mulero project, the robot possesses the scaled up morphology of a stick insect and will be used as a test bed in various departments and projects at the University.

Submission + - TEPCO Unveils Plan To Deal With Fuksuhima Crisis (

RedEaredSlider writes: Tokyo Electric Power Co. unveiled its plan for dealing with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

TEPCO said the radiation levels should drop over the next three months. It will take about six months for the reactors to achieve "cold shutdown" in which the temperature of the water inside the reactor is less than 100 degrees Celsius (212 F).

The current plan for cooling the reactors will mean injecting nitrogen into the reactor pressure vessel. All four damaged reactors experienced hydrogen explosions when water, heated by nuclear fuel, turned to steam and reacted with the zirconium alloy cladding of the fuel rods. Hydrogen, when exposed to oxygen, combusts. Nitrogen is an inert gas, so TEPCO hopes that it will prevent further explosions.


Submission + - F1 computing kit: 1,500 cores, Linux & SSDs (

Barence writes: "PC Pro has taken a peek behind the scenes at the Lotus Formula 1 garage — and the computing technology used to power the team. It's server farm comprises of 1,500 cores in a room full of blade servers, connected to 96TB of iSCSI storage. Currently, the farm is running on Linux, because that OS is apparently what best supports the number-crunching engine for the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Meanwhile, all the laptops in the pit are now running on SSDs, because of the increased risk of disk failure caused by the high vibration levels experienced near a running F1 car."

Submission + - Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App ( 1

jfruhlinger writes: "Time Warner Cable this month released an iPad app that would allow its subscribers to stream (some of) the channels they already pay for to their iPad, so long as they're connected to home Internet service provided by Time Warner Cable. The app probably seems like a baby step to most Slashdotters, and was extremely popular among subscribers — but it's thrown the owners of those channels into a panic, and they're threatening lawsuits. Time Warner says the contracts they've signed with the channel allows broadcast to any device in the home — "I don't know what a TV is anymore" says one company exec — but the channel owners fear that this will disrupt current and future revenue streams and that they need to stop it now. "If we allow this without litigation, everyone will do it tomorrow," says an anonymous source. "If we litigate, we have a chance to win.""
Open Source

Submission + - Open Source Autopilot Bootcamp (

garymortimer writes: "Twenty four developers from the OpenPilot project are meeting today in Portugal for their first conference. It comes ahead of the open source autopilot groups first hardware release the Copter Control (CC) board.

Software engineers have flown in from Australia and America and several European countries. The team will be polishing code and consuming ale as well as mapping out the path forward for the project.

OpenPilot and Copter Control are next generation Free Software autopilots for small UAVs, including multi-rotor craft, helicopters as well as fixed wing aircraft. they aim to implement the best features of all current enthusiast autopilot systems and combines them into a simple easy to use package. Simplicity does not come with any compromises either, with no hard-coded settings, a complete flight plan scripting language and other next-generation features, OpenPilot is planned to be an extremely capable UAV platform."


Submission + - Can Japan Send In Robots To Fix Nuclear Reactors? (

iztaru writes: When it comes to robots, Japan is a superpower, with some of the world's most advanced robotic systems and the highest levels of industrial automation. So it makes sense to ask: Why can't Japan use robots to fix the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Dai-1 nuclear power plant?

Submission + - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Dual-GPU Flagship Launched (

MojoKid writes: "Not long ago, AMD launched their high-end dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 6990. Sporting a pair of their flagship GPUs, 4GB of RAM, and foot long PCB, the Radeon HD 6990 proved to be blistering fast. Today, it’s rival NVIDIA’s turn to unveil their latest dual-GPU powered flagship, the new GeForce GTX 590. The card is built with a pair of GF110 GPUs, the same used on the GeForce GTX 580, each with 512 CUDA cores and 384-bit memory interface linked to 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory per GPU, for 3GB total. To say it's fast would be an understatement of course but the benchmarks show it's right on top of the Radeon HD 6990 from AMD and in many cases behind it."

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 1) 587

You are right! I do not know all the fine print regarding the JDK, but I have always think of the garbage collector as an internal feature. If they continue to publish the JSR's and they are good specifications (not like the OOXML) any open source project can implement them as they see fit and people will use the best open source solution or will pay for the Oracle implementation if they want. You can see the example in J EE. You have JBoss, Jonas, WebSphere, WebLogic, etc.

Comment Re:Emacs actually could qualify (Score 1) 1055

While the handling of Vi or Emacs actually *is* breathtakingly bizar and unwieldy, what you're saying is not correct. If someone actually takes the time to learn to use Emacs and the extensions it offers for developement - which can take a few years - it can be the most powerfull and fast IDE out there

Well, you hit it! No reasonable developer (not to mention company) want's to spend a few years mastering a tool. In the case of coding for fun, I would like to start working on what I am interested in, not spending ages trying to figure out the editor.

In the case of companies, they just want to hire a developer and turn him into a productive contributor as soon as possible (usually a month or less)

I once work with one of them (don't remember if it was Vi or Emacs) and I couldn't figure out how to get out of it or how to open the help, so I had to restart the machine :-(

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."