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Comment Armchair central planners (Score 1) 1139

I love all the armchair central planners on here. Hasn't it ever occurred to you lot that it might be somewhat pretentious to claim to know what travel other people should be encouraged to use and forced to pay for. On that thought, I doubt a bunch of politicians and bureaucrats spending other people's money are going to find a good solution.

Nmap 5.20 Released 36

ruphus13 writes "Nmap has a new release out, and it's a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, 'Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumbies, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify. This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if X.org on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat and Ndiff. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. '"

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"

IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"

Comment Re:Simple test (Score 1) 944

So what's the answer? :)

A few thoughts on the matter: Weren't telephones around the world linked up privately? If they were subsidized, how much?

Also a global internet is going to be more profitable than closed networks, wasn't AOL a closed network at one point? And I think I've heard of other ones that completely failed.

To be quite frank, I really don't care about mind games about how stuff might have happened, or how stuff might happen in an alternate universe :D Especially if something like the internet is a logical conclusion of having computers that connect to each other.

(Btw, when people say big-L Libertarians, they 99% of the time mean people from the Libertarian party. Though, I have seen even people like Jesse Ventura think that means anarcho-libertarian, or anarcho-captalist.)

So yea yea you won't take me seriously (which accounts for the tone of my comment) but no one can prove either way if the internet would exist if there just so happened to be some libertarian society so I would advocate voluntarism rather than coercion (anyone can test out for themselves if something is coercive or not, e.g. trying to not pay taxes).

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