"Class M" is a fictional Star Trek term. I think what you meant to say is that there are no nearby planets in the habitable zone.
It's likely that "Class M" is more widely recognized than the scientific term "habitable zone". Even on Slashdot.
I can't understand why the US places so much importance on their president... They can't even make laws --
No, they can't make laws. But they can and do veto the laws that Congress makes, so they have considerable political influence. They also control the federal government's executive branch, so they and the cabinet ministers under them wield substantial real power, up to the limits imposed by the constitution and enacted law.
Wouldn't it be better if the pres actually served in an armed force prior to election as chief commander?
I don't think so. Despite the fact that it would help immensely for the C in C to have first-hand military experience, it would also exclude a whole pool of folks who for whatever reason haven't served in the military. The founding fathers got this right. The only two constitutional restrictions for presidential candidates a native-born citizen at least 35 years of age.
Are there more dedicated sites of this kind around the world?
Yes there are, but in those countries, if they show them to you, they have to kill you.
Link to Original Source
So it still is free, is it not?
As in beer, perhaps. But there's no freedom in beer. The GPL provides the freedom.
Since they've removed all downloads from SourceForge, it's a bit tricky to check the original copyright.
There's always the Wayback Machine....
(Google it, I hate typing HTML into Slashdot)
Cmdr Taco, why can't we just have a "link" button like most other forum sites?
...any call is more likely to drop if I'm driving through a tunnel while on the phone.
That's odd. One of the few places my current phone seems to work best is in tunnels. It wasn't always this way, but I believe a lot of the carriers have installed antennae in many of them.