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Comment: Fix core apps before creating more crap! (Score 2) 323

by mr.andreas (#35061186) Attached to: Google Hiring Android Devs To Close the 'Apps Gap'

As disgruntled Android 2.2 user from a Nokia/BlackBerry/etc. background I say fix the core Android apps (calendar, notes, messaging, etc., etc.) as these SUCK big time as even the most basic versions of these are way better on non-smart-phones even! Now that's saying something about how poor they are! Get the basics right then start worrying about more apps. Quality before quantity.

Comment: There's so much more to this than meets the eye... (Score 1) 835

by mr.andreas (#32834586) Attached to: Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy

"The BBC today characterized those who avoid GM foods as overly fussy, the very same day that the Wall Street Journal announced that picky eating may be recognized in the 2013 DSM as a psychiatric disorder."

How easy it is to label people as having a disorder nowadays. Never mind our human rights (we should be allowed to make our own choices of what we eat). Of course, how do they then treat these "psychiatric disorders" nowadays? Drugs and more drugs some of which makes you barely human. (Never mind that, in some countries, they may even put you on a CTO (Compulsory Treatment Order) taking away your human rights full stop.) The whole lot is interconnected by money and more money. It's big business in which you and I are indirectly the commodity. The more people they have eating their food and taking their drugs (and making them dependent on them) the more they make and the more people they can convince to follow the same path (why shouldn't you eat the same food and take the same drugs as your neighbour?). Is this what we want to buy into?

Comment: Re:Option to use the old UI? (Score 1) 190

by mr.andreas (#32834390) Attached to: Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 Released
From http://blog.mozilla.com/faaborg/2010/06/24/why-tabs-are-on-top-in-firefox-4/... "In the Firefox 4 nightly builds, and in Firefox 4 Beta 1, we are changing the default tab position so that tabs are on top. This is a preference that users can change by right clicking on any of their toolbars. Moving the default tab position is obviously a significant and to some extent controversial change to the Firefox UI, which is why we made the video above to help explain our rationale. Contributors who are active in the Mozilla community will know that this debate literally goes back for years. So in some respects this video will serve as quick summary of all of the different arguments both for an against the change. But the more interesting part isn’t about looking back, it’s about looking forward. Recently modern browsers have been transitioning to placing tops on top, and that decision isn’t arbitrary, it isn’t about fashion. The change to placing tabs on top isn’t about one browser versus another browser, it’s about the evolution of the Web as a platform."
Security

A Flood of Stable Linux Kernels Released 105

Posted by timothy
from the five-is-better-than-one dept.
Julie188 writes "Greg Kroah-Hartman has released five new stable Linux kernels, correcting minor errors of their predecessors and including improvements which are unlikely to generate new errors. As so often with kernel versions in the stable series, it remains undisclosed if the new versions contain changes which fix security vulnerabilities, although the number of changes and some of the descriptions of those changes certainly suggest that all the new versions contain security fixes."
Earth

Sticky Rice Is the Key To Super Strong Mortar 194

Posted by timothy
from the what-can't-sticky-rice-do? dept.
lilbridge writes "For over 1,500 years the Chinese have been using sticky rice as an ingredient in mortar, which has resulted in super strong buildings, many of which are still standing after hundreds of years. Scientists have been studying the sticky rice and lime mortar to unlock the secrets of its strength, and have just determined the secret ingredient that makes the mortar more stable and stronger. The scientists have also concluded that this mixture is the most appropriate for restoration of ancient and historic buildings, which means it is probably also appropriate for new construction as well."
Image

Homer Simpson Named Greatest TV Character 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-my-life-I've-had-one-dream-to-achieve-my-many-goals dept.
A survey by Entertainment Weekly has named Homer Simpson the greatest character created for television or film in the past 20 years. Everyone's favorite beer-swilling, donut-eating dad beat out Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the top spot. From the article: "'People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly propelled by desires we can't admit to,' Groening was quoted as telling Entertainment Weekly. 'Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever ... is a joy to witness.'"

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