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Comment Eric Raymond's take on this (Score 5, Insightful) 822

Interestingly, ESR has gotten in on the discussion and is a little more damning in his condemnation of the entire Climategate ordeal

There is only one way to cut through all of the conflicting claims and agendas about the CRU's research: open-source it all. Publish the primary data sets, publish the programs used to interpret them and create graphs like the well-known global-temperature "hockey stick", publish everything. Let the code and the data speak for itself; let the facts trump speculation and interpretation.

We know, from experience with software, that secrecy is the enemy of quality -- that software bugs, like cockroaches, shun light and flourish in darkness. So, too. with mistakes in the interpretation of scientific data; neither deliberate fraud nor inadvertent error can long survive the skeptical scrutiny of millions. The same remedy we have found in the open-source community applies - unsurprisingly, since we learned it from science in the first place. Abolish the secrecy, let in the sunlight.

Comment Re:peak oil clarification (Score 2, Insightful) 720

World population is continually increasing, China and India are rapidly industrializing so demand for oil is going up and up, but the flow rate isn't. This is why we had $147/barrel oil a few years ago, not speculators. It's all supply and demand, but in this case the supply is limited.

If it is simply supply and demand, why are we now down to ~$50/barrel and yet demand hasn't decreased and supply hasn't increased? The price of oil is hardly an indicator of what you are suggesting.

Comment Ultima or Baldur's Gate (Score 1) 1120

I would love to see a really good RPG made again. Not the click-n-twitch Diablo "RPG" or the faux-RPG of Fable II, but a dyed in the wool real RPG. Ultima or even Baldur's Gate. Something that you could get immersed in for hundreds of hours like the originals. True sandbox-style game where you are able to roam the landscape unfettered.

Input Devices

Researchers Debut Barcode Replacement 185

eldavojohn writes "MIT Researchers have unveiled a new potential replacement for barcodes. Using an LED covered with a tiny mask and a lens, these new bokodes can be processed by a standard mobile phone camera and can encode thousands of times more information than your average barcode. New applications are being dreamed up by the team. Dr. Mohan of MIT said, 'Let's say you're standing in a library with 20 shelves in front of you and thousands of books. You could take a picture and you'd immediately know where the book you're looking for is.'"

Comment Re:Wait (Score 0, Offtopic) 335

Since when is Gitmo closed? Post-election and post-promises, President Obama has decided that the "hair on fire" issues at Gitmo aren't that bad and has decided to leave it open....exactly what President Bush and Senator McCain were both arguing for. Interesting that Obama supporters aren't up in arms over this, since they were the ones who gnashed their teeth that it was a human rights fiasco down there.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Sophos Releases Klingon Language Version 94

Bantu1 writes to mention an attention grab by anti-virus company Sophos, which is now offering a Klingon language version of their popular anti-virus software. Now Qo'nos too can be completely safe from the storm. If only we could see a Sophos logo in the next Paramount endeavor, the cycle would be complete.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains ( 2

hairyfeet writes: "OSNews is reporting that after an abysmal showing by Vista SP1 in the latest benchmarks that, surprisingly, Windows XP SP3 showed a marked improvement over SP2, gaining around ten percent in performance in the benchmarks. Considering that Microsoft has kept pushing forward the end of life date on XP due to customer and PC manufacturer demand, one has to wonder how wise it is for them to release a service pack that makes the older XP even faster than it already was compared to Vista."

Deathbed Confession Says Aliens Were at Roswell 1267

xnuandax writes "The army's explanation of weather balloons in the Roswell, New Mexico incident 60 years ago has been dealt a serious public relations blow. Late Army Lt. Walter Haut had signed a sealed affidavit prior to his death last year asserting that he had witnessed the wreckage of an egg-shaped craft and its extraterrestrial crew while working at the Roswell Army Air Field. An article at reviews how Haut had worked as public relations officer for the Roswell base and was involved in the original weather balloon explanation of events at the time. This recent evidence would seem to confirm speculation that egg-shaped saucers are notoriously difficult to fly safely at low altitude."

Submission + - Deathbed confession swears by Roswell aliens (

hellbreaker writes: "Lieutenant Walter Haut, the public relations officer at Roswell base in 1947, died last year; but he left behind a sworn affidavit (to be opened in the event of his death) describing a spacecraft, and little green men that he himself witnessed. Okay, maybe not green, but this just brings the whole question back: what exactly happened there?"

Submission + - Best solution for remote software deployment?

DownTownMT writes: Hey Slashdotters. I work as a Windows administrator in a small company with roughly 180 WinXP/2000 and 30 Win98 machines. Our current method for installing Windows patches is WSUS which works great for the non-98 PC's. But for installing software such as Adobe, QuickTime and various other tools our only method is to rely on the end-user to install it themselves or have our staff walk to each machine and install the software there.
I'm looking to get some feedback/recommendations as to what other systems administrators are using whether it be SMS, Track-It Deploy, Zenworks or something else. Thanks in advance.

Submission + - Vista Premium Ready Robot?

Marcus8675 writes: "The robotics revolution is upon us. With various vendors like Microsoft, Whitebox and iRobot providing new offerings in this field, the growth is tremendous. Now you can order, off the shelf, a mobile robot that can hold its own with a desktop system. An Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 2 GIG DDR and a custom paint job (Base coat / clear coat Acura TSX Red with Cadillac CTS Silver accents) makes this a one of a kind robot of the future available today. Articles here and here show what has been called 'The lovechild of R2-D2 and Intel'."

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