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Comment Re:This is why I turned off backup (Score 1) 242 242

Check out SpiderOak. You set up your keys and you're the only one who has the keys. Even if the NSA came with a warrant, SpiderOak would only be able to hand over the ciphertext/garbled blob.

(yes, this is a referral link). Take off the referrer code if you really want to screw me out of some free storage, but in either case, go at least look at SpiderOak.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 235 235

humans have become idiots who can't find their arse with a map, because they can't even read a map.

Ahem, I disagree. I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh. . . people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our, uh, education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over HERE in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.

Comment Terrestrial solar? (Score 2, Interesting) 514 514

I don't get why we aren't doing more with space-based solar. I'm no physicist, but it seems like you should be able to launch 4 or 6 fairly-equidistant satellites with solar collectors into orbit somewhere around the equator, and you have fully fault-tolerant/redundant 24 hour a day power that you can beam down to regional distribution points via microwave, which then uses the existing power grids to get it where it is needed. This provides a big enough chunk of the required energy for the planet, and OPEC countries become just competing providers, not a defacto energy monopoly bloc that they are.

Then we can move on to having wars over something else, like clean water, the next limited, mismanaged resource.

If you thought that solving the oil problem would stop wars, think again. We're human - we're really good at killing other humans. It's our thing, yo. In light of that, my dream is that one day, our wars, instead of being about tragic-yet-understandable resource management and distribution, are about utterly ridiculous things. I hope my kids or grandkids are around when Fox News is trying to pin the great Boxers vs Briefs vs Commando war (World War 6) on the Clinton Administration. Or maybe Al Jazeera reports that the Big Endians are regrouping after a deadly surprise attack by the Little Endians in the Where-to-break-open-your-eggs war that is now going into its third year in Southeast Asia.

Maybe, just maybe, in the year 3019, future generations will have a war over whether we should execute Dick Cheney with a firing squad or by hanging. Yes, he'll still be around then, causing mischief. If you don't like it, then YOU get off your ass and find the rest of the horcruxes.

But I digress - space-based solar beats the pants off terrestrial solar, what with no silly clouds and atmosphere to get in the way, not having to worry about a lack of sunny days, and a host of other reasons I can't think of right now.

Can some smart person of science who actually knows what they are talking about comment on whether this is a crazy argument?

Comment No relation to (THE) Yakov Perelman... (Score 1) 226 226

His father's name is Yakov Perelman, but not THE Yakov Perelman. Although when he was a kid, his dad gave him a copy of Physics for Entertainment.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Perelman:

He is not related to the Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman, who was born in 1966 to a different Yakov Perelman. However, Grigori Perelman told The New Yorker that his father gave him Physics for Entertainment, and it inspired his interest in mathematics.

Small freakin' world.

Comment Re:$RANDOM_DEAD_GUY$ would TOTALLY use $RANDOM_OS$ (Score 1) 195 195

Actually from what I've heard, Jesus is like most other guys - he probably won't come more than once; rather he will probably just roll over and go to sleep. His brother Ricardo, on the other hand, I hear he's a stallion and just keeps going....

Comment On another note (Score 2, Funny) 555 555

Like many of you, I haven't built a box in a while because what I have now still works fine and my needs haven't grown enough to deal with the hassle of getting current with the newest tech. While reading this discussion I happened to revisit Pricewatch, just to see what their offerings look like and see how much stuff costs and so forth. This led to this very uh... interesting discovery. When the hell did THIS happen?

I believe this adds a whole new dimension to the compatibility and benchmark question...


Google Docs Replaces OpenOffice In Ubuntu Netbook Edition 298 298

uneuser writes "Digitizor reports that the Ubuntu developers have dropped OpenOffice from the default installation of Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE) 10.04 and replaced it with Google Docs. Documents in Ubuntu Netbook Edition will now be opened in Google Docs by default."

The Final Release of Apache HTTP Server 1.3 104 104

Kyle Hamilton writes "The Apache Software Foundation and the Apache HTTP Server Project are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.42 of the Apache HTTP Server ('Apache'). This release is intended as the final release of version 1.3 of the Apache HTTP Server, which has reached end of life status There will be no more full releases of Apache HTTP Server 1.3. However, critical security updates may be made available."

Google Toolbar Tracks Your Browsing, Even When Off 118 118

garg0yle writes "Google's Toolbar is supposed to allow the user to disable it. However, it was discovered by a researcher that it was still sending information even when disabled. A patch is now available, and Google claims this was just a bug, not a feature."

Motorola Takes Android To China, With Or Without Google 42 42

An anonymous reader writes "Google's spat with China could affect Motorola as it vies to crawl back into the mobile market, but recent partnerships will allow it to pursue the Chinese mobile market alone. Circumventing the fallout, Motorola on Thursday introduced its own Android app store for China and a deal with Baidu, the leading search provider in China."

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