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Comment Re:Creator codes have been deprecated since 10.4 (Score 1) 214

If Apple did it right, then I'm pretty sure one can programmatically change the per-file association. Or probably even with the AppleScript.

No, they didn't do it right, they just chopped the functionality out. This is determined by the launch services database and the LaunchServices framework. The only thing you can use to "set" something using LaunchServices is the function LSSetItemAttribute, which only supports kLSItemQuarantineProperties. There's also stuff like LSSetExtensionHidden, but they didn't add anything for this.

There is no way to programatically influence what application a file should open in when running on Snow Leopard, and there was before. This is a significant loss of functionality. Text files are a great example of this; if I have a set of text files (or even XML) files that I like to create using with BBEdit because of BBEdit's feature set, I want to open them in BBEdit again. I don't want to save one, open an info window in the Finder, and select BBEdit from the popup menu, that's just stupid.

If I'm saving PDF compatible files in Illustrator with a .pdf extension, I still want them to open in Illustrator! Not with Preview or Acrobat.

There are only two ways to set a file type in OS X: using a file extension (which is stupid, but supports the lowest common denominator) or HFS+ meta data (which is actually a good idea, because it's file meta data). There's no new extended attribute where you can set a UTI or other attribute that influences launch services other than quarantine (if you happen to find one, run to the top of a very large hill and yell loudly, preferably screaming the name of the attribute; then put a recording of it on YouTube).

Ideally, you'd have more file-system metadata to determine this kind of behaviour, but the "change" popup in the Get Info window only modifies the .DS_Store file next to the file you're inspecting.

Comment Re:Stop sending humans... (Score 2, Interesting) 452

The reason would be thinking really long term. As in, on a scale of hundreds, maybe thousands of years.

No, of course sending people to the Moon or Mars will not produce "profit" (in the financial sense) on a scale of years or decades. But in the extreme long term, we'll have new worlds to populate, new planets to colonize.

We can't stay solely on Earth forever.

Comment Re:Reverse Engineered Microsoft DOS??? (Score 1) 297

We're moving to project constellation with the Ares series of rockets and the Orion space capsule. A 5 year delay doesn't mean we're dropping NASA like a ton of bricks, it just means we're not wasting money keeping the shuttle fleet running when there's a private sector version available. Hopefully it'll be cheaper, but even if it isn't giving the private sector a boost isn't all bad.
Power

Submission + - Google may build wind-power data center in Kansas

mfontecchio writes: "Google is considering building a wind-powered data center in Greensburg, Kan. In addition to the huge solar-panel project it's building in Mountain View, this 20-megawatt data center in Greensburg would go a long way toward helping Google get carbon neutral, as is its goal. The company, like the entire universe today, is on the green kick. It announced last month that it wants to make renewable energy cheaper than coal."
Announcements

Submission + - Study: VideoGames May Reduce Emotional Control (xuecast.com)

XueCast writes: "http://www.xuecast.com/?p=418, Yesterday, The researchers at the Department of Psychiatry of Taipei Veterans General Hospital had just announced that playing video games may drain your emotional control. The researchers said that playing video games, especially if they are violent game titles can reduce blood circulation to the brain, thus reducing a person's grip on his or her emotional outbursts. There were 30 participants that the researchers had studied, all of these participants were about 25 year old, and each participant was asked to play a video game for about 30 minutes, and had his or her brain monitored."
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - Did Amazon Customers Buy the Wrong Planet Earth?

theodp writes: "In mid-December, the NY Post cited an endorsement from Oprah on her 'Favorite Things' show for making Planet Earth the best-selling DVD set on Amazon. And Amazon just reported that the $54.99 boxed set was one of its three best-selling DVDs this holiday season in terms of units sold. It'd be ironic if the huge sales numbers can be attributed to The Oprah Effect, since the David Attenborough-narrated version of Planet Earth sold by Amazon certainly wasn't the same as the Sigourney Weaver-narrated version sold by the Discovery Channel Store that was actually on Oprah's List. That the Amazon version wasn't just-what-the-Oprah-ordered wasn't evident from the Amazon web site, although some customers tried to warn potential buyers."
AMD

Submission + - When quad-cores collide: AMD Phenom vs Intel C2Q (hexus.net)

Steve Kerrison writes: "It's crunch time for AMD's newest line of processors — Phenom. Today sees their launch, AMD having kept the CPUs on a tight NDA leash, until now. HEXUS.net pits the 2.3GHz quad-core Phenom 9600 against an Intel Core 2 Quad and one of its Athlon 64 predecessors, and it doesn't look good: 'AMD cannot match the clock-speed of Intel's slowest quad-core processor and, worse still, can't match Core 2 Quad's performance on a clock-for-clock basis either.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Bill Gates Denied Visa to Nigeria (gizmodo.com) 1

Xight writes: "Gizmodo recently wrote an article about Nigeria recently denying Bill Gates a visa to travel there on his recent trip to Africa proving that money can't get you everything. Whats even more amusing is that he was at "initially denied the Microsoft kingpin's application on the premise that they required proof he would not reside in Nigeria indefinitely, causing a strain on social services and a general nuisance for immigration.". I guess those Nigerian 419 scams really do pay off for them."
Spam

Submission + - Porn Spammers Get Five Years

Frosty Piss writes: "Two men who sent millions of unsolicited pornographic e-mails have been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison as part of the first prosecution under the CAN-SPAM Act, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Friday. They sent millions of unsolicited e-mails, prosecutors said. During nine months in 2004, Kilbride, Schaffer and an associate transmitted more than 600,000 spam messages advertising pornographic Web sites, according to court documents."

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