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Comment: Re:track record (Score 2) 293 293

and all other UK cars are no longer UK

That's a slight overstatement. Whilst we focus on the niche end of car production, the following companies, inter alia, are still UK-owned and doing quite nicely:

(Bristol - not doing so well...)
Caparo (really very niche)

Not sure old Queeny would want to be driven in any of those, though. Her Majesty's R620 (http://uk.caterhamcars.com/cars/seven-620-r) would certainly make for rapid meet-the-peoples.

The UK also provides much of the engineering expertise and componentry used by the rest of the motor industry. Motor sports throughout the world are similarly dependent on the UK's engineers, even your IndyCars have been known to use UK-produced power plants and gearboxes.

Comment: Re:Normally I do not encourage piracy ... (Score 1) 385 385

But no sensible sysadmin would go to a pirate site to get firmware updates, so I really would fault someone doing that. If there's no reliable source of checksums available without a contract, how on earth would we ever trust the pirated updates?

Comment: Re:Ten Commandments are "overtly Christian"? (Score 3, Interesting) 1251 1251

The monument is overtly Christian - note the book illustrated top-left: http://peoplesworld.org/ten-commandments-monument-spurs-controversy-in-oklahoma/

Also note the voting record and recorded religion of the guy whose family funded it and who introduced the bill permitting it in the first place: http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/106671/mike-ritze#.UqZHmZGELK4

So the intent seems to be overtly Christian, even if the Ten Commandments are shared by many religions.


Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested 241 241

MojoKid writes "Apple's late 2013 edition iMacs are largely unchanged in external form, though they're upgraded in function with a revamped foundation that now pairs Intel's Haswell 4th Generation Core processors with NVIDIA's GeForce 700 Series graphics. The Cupertino company also outfitted these latest models with faster flash storage options, including support for PCI-E based storage, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, all wrapped in a 21.5-inch (1920x1080) or 27-inch IPS displays with a 2560x1440 resolution. As configured, the 27-inch iMac reviewed here bolted through benchmarks with relative ease and posted especially solid figures in gaming tests, including a 3DMark 11 score of 3,068 in Windows 7 (via Boot Camp). Running Cinebench 11.5 in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks also helped showcase the CPU and GPU combination. Storage benchmarks weren't nearly as impressive though, for iMacs based on standard spinning media. For real IO throughput, it's advisable to go with Apple's Flash storage options."
The Internet

MyOpenID To Shut Down In February 78 78

kriston writes with news about an email sent to myOpenID users letting them know that it will be shut down February 1, 2014. The email reads:" Hello,

I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, I'm confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise – that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.


Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc. "

Comment: Re:Headline (Score 0) 338 338

Ok, we get it, you don't like Slashdot.

From the patent:

For example, upon analysis of the text, it may be determined that the origin of the text is from a Shakespearean play. A setting or location of 16.sup.th Century England may then be determined by the context analysis module 316

amongst other references to the Bard.

Comment: Re:A good start (Score 1) 385 385

because non-SI units are the most commonly accepted units in the US, it is logical to use those units to communicate.

And US scientists and engineers never communicate with colleagues, competitors or customers from (most of) the rest of the world who have embraced the future (circa 1795-1975)?

Can you see why a previous comment about "everyone different than me" tickles me?

Comment: Re:A good start (Score 1) 385 385

No, not a magic bullet, but a self-consistent, extensible, logical, location-independent basis for straightforward communication. Conversion of units doesn't scare me, it just seems a splendidly archaic and sometimes error-prone way to spend time. A quick trite example: without knowing where your interlocutor lives or works or chooses to base their unit system on, tell me how much liquid is in the gallon container next to my desk?

"Everyone different from me" is amusing, maybe even ironic, though I don't know where you hail from so I can't be sure.

Comment: Re:A good start (Score 1, Interesting) 385 385

Personally I think that part of the problem is the non-metric units that are still in use. By accepting that it is in any way sensible to use them, you've already given up on the logical, elegant approach to quantification. You've made it more likely that people resort to the "football fields" etc.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers