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Comment Hollywood Accounting (Score 1) 2

I once met David Prowse at an air show in Norfolk where we has doing signatures, cool guy. He taught us a (perhaps ironic if TFA is true) set of words for the Star Wars Theme:

Star Wars
Made me a fortune
Paid off the mortgage
Bought me a car

Obviously it is funnier sang to the theme :)

Comment Regicide (Score 1) 2

TFA: "A monogyne colony will accept only the original queen and kill any other that shows up"

I wondered how they kill them, and of course youtube has the answer:

They just kind of pull her apart. I think she could have put up more of a fight, at least she could have taken out a few on her way out.

Comment Alice in Wonderland (Score 1) 1

I never really understood why taxpayer funded research is written up on taxpayer funded time by taxpayer funded professors. The other taxpayer funded professors are then bought a copy of the article by the taxpayers. The only people who cannot access the articles are the taxpayers themselves. There is not really a good excuse for this in the internet age when the marginal cost of distribution is zero.

Comment Not sure this will help an ARM system much (Score 4, Insightful) 82

I can understand an organisation on the scale of Facebook wanting the ability to take advantage of bargains to buy processors in bulk and swap them out. I am not sure how widely applicable this is though.

The cool thing about ARM is the lack of complexity and therefore a potentially cheaper cost and greater energy efficiency. The daughter board seems to go against that by adding complexity, if you swap out an ARM chip, which might be passively cooled or have low powered fan, with some high end Intel server chip, you will also need to change the cooling and PSU.

Comment Human not freak show (Score 1) 252

Pretty sad that the focus of the article and medical attention seemed to be on using her genes for anti-ageing cosmetic treatments instead of curing her. I also found it at bit odd that she is shown in a pram (instead of say an adult wheelchair) and there is a baby cot in the background, these do not seem age appropriate, despite her lack of physical growth.

Submission + - After Aaron Swartz's death, the focus now falls on the prosecutors

Marcion writes: "Journalists and commentators are now questioning the role of Massachusetts prosecutors Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann in the suicide of Aaron Swartz and whether they levied disproportionate charges in order to boost their own political profiles, despite being warned he was a sucide risk. Meanwhile White House petitions to remove Ortiz and Heymann have already received tens of thousands of signatures. Should these prosecutors be investigated for their actions regarding Swartz?"

Submission + - Delivery for Mr. Assange ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A parcel containing a camera is sent to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London through the Royal Mail by Bitnik Mediengruppe. Through a hole in the parcel, the camera documents its journey through the postal system. The camera sends a picture and GPS update every 10 seconds. Twitter feed with potentially (or not so) exhilarating news:

Comment Youtube is the bloopers show of the 21st Century (Score 2) 191

It is interesting that the age of enlightenment was about rational certainities, it is printed in black and white after all, but the information age allows an older style of open view of the world, which can only be a good thing in my humble opinion. However, there are always people doing stupid things and equally stupid people (like me) like to laugh at them.


Journal Journal: Samsung Printers on Ubuntu

I reinstalled my computer with Lubuntu (instead of the regular Ubuntu) and then had to remember how to install the printer. I wrote down how I did it, in case it is useful to someone else.

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