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+ - Seven-foot long minifig-scale Serenity model is a Lego masterpiece->

Submitted by quacking duck
quacking duck (607555) writes "Just in time for the short-lived sci-fi show Firefly's 10th anniversary, Adrian Drake has completed a 7-foot, 135-pound LEGO model of the Serenity spaceship. It took Drake 475 hours over 21 months to build, using the "official" reference blueprints.

The detail is jaw-dropping. both outside and inside where every compartment has been recreated except the engine room, which couldn't be done without compromising the model's structural integrity. The engines even pivot, ducts and drive panels can be opened and closed.

It's an amazing feat of LEGO-work, which we might be lucky enough to see in person at future conventions."

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+ - How I lost my fear of Universal Health Care -> 1

Submitted by quacking duck
quacking duck (607555) writes "What does it take to convince conservative, Republican evangelical Christians opposed to "Obamacare" health insurance that the current system is severely flawed, and changing it isn't the End Of The World As They Know It?

Apparently, living in Canada for a few years.

From the article: "When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. So when I found out that we were going to be covered by Canada’s Universal Health Care, I was somewhat disgusted. This meant we couldn’t choose our own health coverage, or even opt out if we wanted too. It also meant that abortion was covered by our taxes, something I had always believed was horrible. I believed based on my politics that government mandated health care was a violation of my freedom."

A Boing-boing writer follows up on this person's journey, noting that "Instead, Melissa slowly came to realize that the Canadian system was actually more family friendly than the American one.""

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Data Storage

+ - Apple kicks HDD marketing debate into high gear 2

Submitted by quacking duck
quacking duck (607555) writes "With the release of Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard," Apple has updated a support document describing how their new operating system reports capacities of hard drives and other media. It has sided with hard drive makers who for years have advertised capacities as "1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes" instead of the traditional computer science definition, and in so doing has kicked the debate between marketing and computer science into high gear.

Binary prefixes for binary units (e.g. GiB for "gibibyte") have been promoted by the International Electrotechnical Commission and endorsed by IEEE and other standards organizations, but to date there's been limited acceptance (though manufacturers have wholeheartedly accepted the "new" definitions for GB and TB). Is Apple's move the first major step in forcing computer science to adopt the more awkward binary prefixes, breaking decades of accepted (if technically inaccurate) usage of SI prefixes?"

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