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Comment: Re:For "serious health freaks/competitive athletes (Score 1) 201 201

Open Source advocate Dr. Richard Stallman for one.

Eeek! I think you mean "Free software advocate Dr. Richard Stallman...". The distinction is important as the term emphasises the social benefits as well as the engineering benefits of being able to inspect and improve such systems.

Comment: Re:A long list of reasons (Score 1) 744 744

Anyway: there is definitely need for a more "fair" and equal approach to manufacturing of IT goods.

I've been wondering for a while why there's been no attempt to create a "Fairtrade" phone. E.g. built by workers with fair pay, union recognition, healthcare, etc., materials (esp. coltan) that have been sourced in an ethical/auditable way, etc. I bet that wouldn't increase the price by more than $50 (perhaps much less) and there's surely enough of a market. Presumably the electronics industry want to suppress such thinking as it would draw attention to their dubious (at best) manufacturing practices...


Breaking the Squid Barrier 126 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

Comment: Re:This news is from the 16th (Score 1) 382 382

Offtopic, British lords are so hilarious. There's a secretary of transport called Lord Adonis. Had to chuckle at that.

Adonis is his real name (formerly Andrew Adonis, he's of Greek descent) and has the ironic nickname "Muscles". In fairness however he's doing a great job (unlike Mandy aka The Sinister Minister). The really rubbish thing is that both Adonis and Mandleson are key government ministers and neither are elected. The pretense of democracy is looking pretty thin now...

Comment: Re:What about time? (Score 1) 1137 1137

"Private companies are always better"??? The private sector only works effectively when there's competition which rarely exists in infrastructure-type services. So you end up with a contrived competition mechanism and the lowest bidder. For major infrastructure services the government can't afford for the companies to go bust so often ends up subsidising them in some way. And if the contract needs renegotiating in the future due to changes in circumstances not allowed for originally the company is under no obligation to provide any change in service typically requiring renegotiation with extraordinary increases in cost. Is this really better than having a (well run) public body that is accountable directly to the government and the public?

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long