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Comment Errare Humanum est (Score 3, Insightful) 274

The fact that because we can't fire developers makes it an incentive to bad coding practices is not an argument:

for some people (esp. Linux developers where pride is an important fuel to their creativity), being pointed out in public by such bad behavior is much worse than being fired in the equivalent closed software company.
Moreover, you will never know how many developers in a closed model had turned a simple patch into a remote exploit and if the culprit was really fired afterward esp. if it's a core developer (the one that knows everything and that you can't fire).
I think I can remember at least one Windows bug few years ago that was very much like another that was closed but there are some many 0-day and remote exploits that is becomes difficult to keep track.


Israeli Scientists Freeze Water By Warming It 165

ccktech writes "As reported by NPR and Chemistry world, the journal Science has a paper by David Ehre, Etay Lavert, Meir Lahav, and Igor Lubomirsky [note: abstract online; payment required to read the full paper] of Israel's Weizmann Institute, who have figured out a way to freeze pure water by warming it up. The trick is that pure water has different freezing points depending on the electrical charge of the surface it resides on. They found out that a negatively charged surface causes water to freeze at a lower temperature than a positively charged surface. By putting water on the pyroelectric material Lithium Tantalate, which has a negative charge when cooler but a positive change when warmer; water would remain a liquid down to -17 degrees C., and then freeze when the substrate and water were warmed up and the charge changed to positive, where water freezes at -7 degrees C."

7 of the Best Free Linux Calculators 289

An anonymous reader writes "One of the basic utilities supplied with any operating system is a desktop calculator. These are often simple utilities that are perfectly adequate for basic use. They typically include trigonometric functions, logarithms, factorials, parentheses and a memory function. However, the calculators featured in this article are significantly more sophisticated with the ability to process difficult mathematical functions, to plot graphs in 2D and 3D, and much more. Occasionally, the calculator tool provided with an operating system did not engender any confidence. The classic example being the calculator shipped with Windows 3.1 which could not even reliably subtract two numbers. Rest assured, the calculators listed below are of precision quality."

Comment Smart move to cut loose with Mac OS X (Score 1) 333

Microsoft was once king on the Intel platform and then came Linux which was much less expensive, followed by Mac OS X which was more user friendly.

So that would mean they would have to fight 2 fronts to survive and try to keep their supremacy.

Now, with notebooks being the new eldorado, Microsoft could benefit a lot more if they try to gain momentum on ARM which Apple cannot afford to follow (yet) because of another big CPU switch.

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