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Comment Re:Misleading google+ figures (Score 1) 274

That's because the numbers from Compete do not correspond to reality. Compete.com is tracking some preselected panel of people, which in no way could represent the entire site usage. And then they stretch and inflate that data, and call it the "site profile".

For the reference, here's another such Google+ profile, from Alexa, which shows no "dramatic growth" whatsoever:
http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/plus.google.com

Space

Submission + - Bizarre "Diamond Planet" Discovered-> 1

astroengine writes: "It was once the core of a star, but now has the mass of a planet. It is composed of dense carbon with a crystal-like structure. Yes, it's a bona fide planet made from diamond.

The object, called J1719-1438, circles a pulsing companion star (pulsar) about 4,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens (The Snake), which lies about one-eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way."

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Linux

Submission + - What We Know For Sure on Linux's 20th Anniversary->

jennifercloer writes: Jim Zemlin writes: Linux continues to prevail and today is the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing. This is because of one fundamental principle: Freedom. Richard Stallman helped us understand long ago what freedom means as it relates to software: the freedom to use the software for any purpose, to change the software to suit your needs, to share the software with friends and neighbors, to share the changes you make to the software. These ideas today are the fundamental building blocks for making the world’s best software and enabling innovation across industries and around the globe.

So what do we know for sure today, on the 20th anniversary of Linux? That we are on the right side of history. That products and technologies come and go but freedom endures. And because of that, we know that Linux will be the fabric of computing for decades to come.

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