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Comment Re:Non-Story (Score 2) 430

First off it is to be expected that gas/petrol prices will raise year on year it has done for the past decade and will continue to do so. Was it really such a big surprise to find out that 2012 was the most expensive year for petrol in the USA? Secondly, this highly USA-centric story doesn't compare to the UK, Europe and other regions of the planet. All stories like this do is make some people want to slap Americans for whining about the cost of petrol when in Europe we are more often than not paying double for petrol as referenced in this map. How this made it to the front page I don't know, it's common sense and does not require a notice to the people who actually drive cars as well as being incredibly whiny to the rest of the world.

Well said! In my area of Scotland petrol (gas) averages the equivalent of USD 8.10 per US gallon for unleaded or USD 8.75 for less refined Diesel - and we are supposed to be an oil producing nation. Unfortunately, in the 1970s our wonderful government in London sold off the rights to extract the oil to mostly American oil companies who now sell it back to us at a premium while our government then then taxes it punitively on top.

Comment Re:it's actually even more esoteric... (Score 1) 249

According to Ted Ts'o's latest update (https://plus.google.com/117091380454742934025/posts) this actually involved a combination of "umount -l" and shutting down while the filesystem was still mounted, and the user also had "nobarrier" set on the filesystem as well as "journal_async_commit".

So it sure looks like the user was playing fast and loose...this is not something that's going to hit your average person.

I noticed this addendum too. Looks to be a very specific (and oddly ill considered) configuration required to trigger the bug. Quite a few other people here are going off on tangents and haven't read the addendum or your comment by the looks of it.

Comment What would Bill and Dave do? (Score 3, Interesting) 128

HP are floundering and it's really sad to see a company with so many technology innovations to it's name struggling to find it's feet. Maybe people stopped asking "what would Bill and Dave do . . .?" If anyone wants a (quite extensive) peek into the way HP was, there is an excellent booklet by former employee, John Minck, available as a pdf at http://www.hpalumni.org/HPNAR110227.pdf.

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 424

Ubuntu ignored a large number it's users and ploughed on with some poor changes to the UI which ironically both of the major closed source OS makers seem to have also embraced. Look at Mint which basically offers a choice of UIs designed for proper desktops. It has usurped Ubuntu's position (in distrowatch hits anyway) and become the most popular desktop distro. You would think the people aping the mistakes Ubuntu made would notice the correlation between adopting a phone UI on the desktop for your OS and dwindling popularity with users or do companies still delude themselves that you can tell the customer what they want?

Comment Card file (Score 1) 257

I would suggest using a Rolodex or similar card file, either rotary or box type. I personally like rotary files because it is harder for the cards to get out of order. I find these convenient as you can just replace a card when the information needs updated and securely shred the old card. Store the card file somewhere safe, either in a fireproof safe or a secure deposit box and lodge a note of the location with your solicitor. When writing on the cards use fade-proof ink such as Registrar's ink which is designed to be archival.

Comment Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 1134

Computers are horribly complex devices accounting for both hardware and software and the majority of people are, unfortunately, lazy and don't want to put any effort into learning how to use them. Blame the manufacturers, both of hardware and software, who know this and market them as consumer appliances, just like a TV or washing machine. This is why the constant push to hide the complexity from the users and restrict their ability to break anything thus denying them the ability to ever learn how to operate the machine properly.
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Submission + - Micro-machines To Start Making Medicine Inside Our Bodies (gizmocrazed.com)

Diggester writes: A group of scientists from MIT and the University of British Columbia have struck one for the good guys.

They have created "mini-factories" that can be programmed to produce different types of proteins and ,when implanted into living cells, it should distribute those proteins throughout the body. The scientists have initially triggered these "factories" into action through the use of a laser light to relay the message of which proteins to produce.

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