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Comment science vs. religion vs. pseudoscience (Score 1, Insightful) 764

Here goes my good karma here.

Centuries ago, scientists were oppressed by religion.

Now this area of science has become a religion. Objectivity is gone. We see what we want to see. Discard raw data that doesn't support the hypothesis. Discredit anyone who objectively questions the faith.

Congratulations! You have become that which your greatest dignitaries fought mightily against!

Comment I'm done with Ubuntu (Score 1) 567

I've been a Ubuntu user for about 4 years now. A couple of weeks ago I went through the painful process of migrating all of my machines back to Fedora & CentOS. Why? Ubuntu lets people report bugs, but bugs can hang around for years without being fixed. Ubuntu is focused way too much on pushing forward and not paying enough attention to stabilizing a release or fixing long standing bugs. At least Fedora has the secondary mission of getting new technologies stable for upcoming RHEL releases. So far, so good. Fedora is not without its problems but they seem to have their stuff together better than Ubuntu these days.

McAfee Kills SVCHost.exe, Sets Off Reboot Loops For Win XP, Win 2000 472

Kohenkatz writes "A McAfee Update today (DAT 5958) incorrectly identifies svchost.exe, a critical Windows executable, as a virus and tries to remove it, causing endless reboot loops." Reader jswackh adds this terse description: "So far the fixes are sneakernet only. An IT person will have to touch all affected PCs. Reports say that it quarantines SVCHOST. [Affected computers] have no network access, and missing are taskbar/icons/etc. Basically non-functioning. Windows 7 seems to be unaffected." Updated 20100421 20:08 GMT by timothy: An anonymous reader points out this easy-to-follow fix for the McAfee flub.

Comment permission from the copyright holder (Score 1) 240

Google and others assert that images are only included in the digital copies when permission has been obtained from the copyright holder.

When a photographer sells a license for an image to be used for publication, they don't typically transfer copyright of the image. The photographer is the copyright holder of the images being used, by and large. If Google is obtaining permission from the book publisher, the book publisher often will not have the right to grant second use license of the photographs to third parties like Google.

A person who doesn't own something in the first place can't give you permission to use it.

Comment Re:As someone totally ignorant in this stuff (Score 4, Informative) 368

An amateur radio license is a license to make use of large swaths of radio spectrum set aside just for hams. There are many things that you can do within that spectrum, including experimentation of new ways of using spectrum that others haven't tried yet.

Most obviously, you can talk to people using your voice and a microphone.

Or you can talk to them with a number of digital modes, with morse code being one of the most widely known examples, but other computer-based digital modes also enjoying much popularity.

You can study theory on RF propagation on different parts of the radio spectrum using beacons.

You can transmit a TV signal from a model rocket.

You can install an APRS beacon in your car and use it like a LoJack if your car is ever stolen.

You can fly a radio controlled airplane really really far because your transmitter can legally greatly exceed the range of the stuff most non-licensed people get to play with.

You can fly a weather balloon and transmit photographs and telemetry back to you.

You can work on improving Search And Rescue communications capabilities.

You can provide direct vital assistance in the aftermath of a natural disaster by coordinating radio communication between government agencies and NGO's in ways that none of them have the internal capabilities to handle.

You can play some really cool uber geeky games like "fox hunting" where you put your radio direction finding skills to the test. If you like geocaching, you'll get a real kick out of this.

You can send data over vast distances wirelessly using more powerful transmitters than the unlicensed public on spectrum that is reserved for your use as a licensed amateur radio operator.

This can just keep going. You can push the envelope, developing new technologies, or you can master antiquated skills on vintage equipment. Or you can just jabberjaw on the drive to work with other hams. Whatever floats your boat.

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