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Comment Re:Anonymous cannot be trusted (Score 1) 363

Maybe I wasn't clear... I'm enjoying Murdoch's misfortune free of guilt due to the past deeds of his employees (with or without his knowledge is unclear).

I'm not going to defend Anonymous or feel bad if they are prosecuted for their actions. They decided two wrongs make a right and have to live with any consequences. The same applies to the foam pie thrower.


Why Creators Should Never Read Their Forums 221

spidweb writes "One full-time Indie developer writes about why he never goes to online forums discussing his work and why he advises other creators to do the same. It's possible to learn valuable things, but the time and the stress just don't justify the effort. From the article, 'Forums contain a cacophony of people telling you to do diametrically opposite things, very loudly, often for bad reasons. There will be plenty of good ideas, but picking them out from the bad ones is unreliable and a lot of work. If you try to make too many people happy at once, you will drive yourself mad. You have to be very, very careful who you let into your head.'"
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

The Fuel Cost of Obesity 285

thecarchik writes "America loves to complain about gas mileage and the cost of gasoline. As it turns out, part of the problem is us. How much does it really matter? A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 1.1 percent increase in self-reported obesity, which translates into extra weight that your vehicle has to haul around. The study estimates that 1 billion extra gallons of fuel were needed to compensate for passenger weight gained between 1960 and 2002."

Comment Re:Diesel (Score 1) 1141

Diesel is not as clean as gasoline (no matter what the oil companies say).

That's true, but misleading in this context. Diesel fuel is denser than unleaded gasoline, and is more fuel efficient overall. Diesel releases less greenhouse gas for the distance traveled. This is because the increased emissions — which are about 15% higher — are more than offset by the increased fuel efficiency of diesel fuel engines — which are about 30% more efficient on average.

Comment Re:Screw Godwin (Score 1) 278

To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a Nazi is just a well-known example of some of the worst in the human race. As the extreme terminator of a range definition whose other end was "Greek Democracy", it sets an appropriate boundary

There's Godwinism and there's False Godwinism.

Greek Democracy... so now you're advocating slavery?

Comment Re:Troubleshooting skills. (Score 1) 829

Star Trek was filled with goofy little inconsistencies like that. For example, they could regrow kidneys, but couldn't cure Picard's baldness. Some failing component of 7 of 9 couldn't be replicated yet they had no problems sending her through a transporter. Etc.

Comment Different Perspective (Score 4, Interesting) 205

For those of you complaining about the jerky video: STFU!

For those of you saying it isn't practical: So What!

I want to take my hat off to these dudes and give them a hearty round of applause and say "Great job guys!"

My point here is these guys had a vision, that led to an idea, that lead to an exparament where a couple of pretty normal folks did something extrodinary. It is the same kind of curiosity that Ben Franklin had when he flew the kite and "discovered" electricity.

Those of you who have offered criticisim, I ask you to reply to this post and tell me what you have done without backing that approximates or bests their very cool accomplishment.

Those of you who have a vision share it, maybe someone will help you make it an idea so, I invite you to share your vision.

For those of you who have an idea, share it and maybe someone will help you make it real.

We don't need government, business, or universities to make the world a better place; just a few ordinary folks who try to do extrodinary things!

Those of you who think this is just very cool, use this thread to virtually offer your applause and (real) encouraging comments!

Comment Re:interest prospect (Score 1) 194

The argument was never discredited, only the application of the argument. We could fire all of our nukes into the sun, with no noticeable, not to mention ill, effects. It's the same argument, still being applied correctly.
Heavy or organic pollutants which radically alter metabolism, and heat, are two completely different things. One can kill a lot of stuff in small quantities, the other is pumped in by the sun, all the time, and is considered part of the status quo.
You can kill all of the bacteria in a pot of water by adding a couple drops of bleach, but you have to add a huge amount of energy to achieve the same effect.

(I worry that you barely read my post, because I did prefix that statement with "when it comes to energy" specifically to keep you from wasting a line on mentioning something like interplanetary travel =/ )

When I said "human scale" I meant, "within human capacity to change." Right now, we could (and have) overheat medium-sized lakes with our coal, nuclear, "hot" power plants. We overcool other bodies of water with the reservoirs of hydroelectric power plants. Chemically, we can take out small to medium-sized ecosystems, physically, we can chop down, drain, or otherwise displace bigger ones. But heat? Even if we dedicated the whole of human activity to (directly*) heating the oceans, we'd be completely incapable of making a dent.

This post makes the basic point rather vividly: http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1376893&cid=29497453
5.6*10^24J is not the kind of energy humans, as a species, can hope to move from the land to the sea. And that's for 1 degree.
As it stands, our current means of cooling uses the atmosphere, in a less-efficient process. As the same post mentions, the atmosphere is less massive and has a much lower specific heat. If you're worried about screwing up the environment, using ocean-based cooling is exactly the kind of thing you'd be into, as it is more efficient, and is placed into a system that is very capable of dealing with it.

*Directly, as in the thermal result of combustion or electrical resistance (or giant orbital doom-mirrors), as, indirectly, chemically, it appears to be very much within our capacity (read: atmospheric hydrocarbons.)

Comment Re:Eyecandy in cost of usability (Score 1) 1124

While they don't publish all of the data, there is a video (about an hour long) that they posted to MSDN that introduces the Ribbon and all of the variations that went into creating it.

In one particular scene, they show data collected from one week's use of most Office 2003 apps. In the video they've ranked all of the features used in Word, Outlook, etc, by number of times used.

In Word, the most commonly accessed feature was Paste. In today's ribbon, where do you see paste? It's the very first icon on the Home tab.

I train people on Microsoft Office for a living. Everyone I've trained on Office 2007 has said how much easier it is to use than 2003. Hunting for common options is no longer a common activity.

There comes a point where a program becomes so complicated, menus don't cut it. The ribbon solves that problem beautifully, and Office 2010 refines it even further.

Comment Re:Missing option: back in the stone age (Score 1) 804

I have a great health care system for your "distopian, post-apaocalyptic, post-industrial state". I call it the pointy rock on a stick. Should protect my health from most of the more pressing dangers in that scenario. If we want to get really fancy I might be able to muster us up some fire, as well.

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.