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Comment: They are at least ending off in a good way. (Score 2) 210

Refunding the remaining money and making the work they managed to get done available to the community is a decent way to act here. In a bankruptcy case your remaining assets would go to your creditors.
In this case they are giving those assets back to the people who paid for them.

That means the product could still come into existence or form the beginnings of other even better designs.

All in all, that was actually quite decent of them.

Comment: Re:NO (Score 1) 371

by silentcoder (#49163597) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

>The 6) if false, even if a common predecessor, that of human was not an ape.

The common ancestor of all homo species was an ape. So was the earlier common ancestor of humans AND chimps.
It was the chimplike ancestor of man, and at the same time the man-like ancestor of chimps.

It was a primate without a tail - it was an ape.
Even further back we shared a common ancestor with gorrillas, further than that with orangs and much further than that with monkeys.

Comment: Re:Butt Cancer (Score 1) 95

by silentcoder (#49163177) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly

You do that already. Unless you spend your days in a Faraday cage in the dark.
You do KNOW that light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum right ?

Not to mention the fact that the earth itself generates a massive magnetic field ? You are aware that this magnetic field is actually electromagnetic right ?

You may as well ask if it's "really a good idea to spend 8 hours a day at the bottom of a large gravity well".

Comment: Re:Optimists is for fools (Score 2) 230

by silentcoder (#49162561) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Well if you're going to try argue that then actually so far we're pretty much following exactly the path that Roddenberry predicted. He believed that we would have several terrible wars first, including more than one world war before reaching that point.
That, in fact, before we could be our best - we would have to learn the hard way what happens at our worst.

So things being bad now, and getting worse - is, in fact, exactly what he predicted. If you watch the trial scene in the pilot for TNG it gets spelled out in explicit detail by Q as part of the accusation that humanity is not civilized enough to be allowed to explore the galaxy further.

Comment: Re:Corporation != People (Score 1) 388

by silentcoder (#49154943) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Just saying "x is dangerous" doesn't make it so. You need to provide proof.

But what did I expect from somebody called "RightwingNutjob" ... rational response ?

Either way it DOES matter because the topic of discussion is not and never WAS whether that number is too high or not, the topic is whether Romney told the truth - and since he utterly misrepresented what that number even MEANS he clearly did not.

Comment: Re:Corporation != People (Score 1) 388

by silentcoder (#49153629) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

And he was lying.
There are 47% of the population who pay no FEDERAL INCOME TAX.
They still pay all the OTHER taxes people pay.

He also ignored that the vast majority of that 47% are NOT welfare recipients or unemployed people.
They are the soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the retired pensioners who worked hard their entire lives so they could stop working in their old age.

That statement was deceptive at best, blatant lying if you're being fair.

Comment: Re:Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation? (Score 1) 136

by silentcoder (#49145793) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

The maker isn't a major issue indeed, contrary to what the fearmongers say. I also run CM and never have I had a problem.
There is some backwards compatibility problems, many apps won't run on earlier android versions which is a problem for devices that aren't supported anymore and don't have good current custom ROMS either (though this is rare, most devices even if they no longer have manufacturer support has somebody, somewhere still making ROMS for them - this is how I can run KitKat on my first generation Asus Transformer tablet).

Comment: Re:Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation? (Score 1) 136

by silentcoder (#49145757) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

We need more fragmentation. The mobile world would better if I could choose to run Ubuntu-Android, Fedora-Android, Samsung-Android or Google-Android on my phone.

You almost can, Samsung's spin is not like what's on the Nexus and neither is like Cyanogenmod which isn't like most of the other many custom ROMS out there.
I agree it would be better if swapping out ROMS were a LOT easier, rooting wasn't needed (because they came with it enabled) and more of the big Linux Distros were building ROMS that could run on Android devices, possibly some of them could even bypass the android interface and libraries and not run dalvik code but COULD run recompiled linux apps.

That would be a pretty cool step forward. I had high hopes that Ubuntuphone would be the first step towards that but sadly it seems to have whithered while losing it's most killer-app feature along the way (the dock your phone and have a desktop one).

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?