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Comment When will there be screams about privacy? (Score 1) 548

I already see people up in arms about this But, I think in the open source community -- assuming the package is open source -- an honest method can be created to give the vendor (Canonical) information they need to help them provide much better service and attention to platforms based on usage. The package can be removed as well, so I think Canonical is doing this in a pretty non-intrusive way. We can't expect the greatest achievements be made when all you have to go on is the wind in your own home town.

Comment Re:Follow the leader... (Score 2, Interesting) 489

I disagree. These absurd "policies" are pushed from the top down. It's called "maximum return for shareholders." The moment companies took this philosophy, it was all downhill sense. Big, evil corporations are only concerned with maximum return, and they drive these principles within. It's just a teeny tiny example of the erosion within US corporations and finance. It's just a simple indication of why the "global crisis" happened. Pure greed.

Comment Re:Both sides of the story (Score 5, Insightful) 203

I don't think you read the relevant bits. The project was put on hold a few years ago for patent legality research. And, they are doing a "soft migration" in which relevant open source applications are being installed on Windows to gear up the user base for the switch. Just pulling the rug out from under all the users quickly is stupid and will generate nothing but backlash. I read the OSOR page, and it seems they know what they are doing and doing it well. I drive a Mercedes, and I can say that Germans don't half ass things. Speculatively, I would say the cost is so high because the city most likely dug themselves a hole by developing loads of software that is Windows specific. But, they are doing the right thing here by getting their technology independence. In 10 years from now, their operating costs will be amazingly low since they will ditch millions in MS tax, have a user base acclimatized to Linux, flexible applications, and knowledgeable admins. This should be an example and business case to other governments and large organizations that they too can save themselves tons of cash by just going through the pain of undoing "easy decisions".

Comment Re:Subs don't always use SONAR (Score 1) 622

Subs always use SONAR. However, they use passive SONAR. And, if two subs are at transit speeds, their passive SONAR is virtually blind, e.g. there is so much flow noise you would not be able to hear subtle things. Trident submarines -- and almost all modern subs -- are so quiet that even when you know where they are it is almost impossible to detect and hear them. So, this is not a surprise they were not able to hear each other. What is surprising is with all that deep, deep ocean out there, two of them just happened right into each other.

Comment Re:Republican? (Score 0, Flamebait) 574

You're surprised this is Republican?!?!?!?! What America have you lived in? Wake the fuck up you idiot. The Republicans have always tried to protect American values -- and that includes protecting its citizens first. What do you think the whole Guantanamo military tribunal think is all about? And, oh, no surprisingly the Democratic administration has made it first business to tear that down as well. You must really believe all CNN is telling you.

Submission + - Computer glitch caused travel chaos at Gatwick (

jcookeman writes: A computer glitch caused travel chaos when it failed to put clocks back at Britain's second-busiest airport.

The fault at Gatwick meant arrivals and departures were advertised an hour late, and caused confused holidaymakers to overwhelm check-in desks.

The airport's computer system was supposed to update its clocks automatically when British Summer Time ended in the early hours of Sunday morning, but inexplicably failed to do so.

Incorrect times were also advertised on Teletext, Ceefax and the Gatwick website.

Gatwick spokesman Stuart McDonald said: "It was spotted at 6am. They have been working on it all day.

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