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Comment Re:Good idea (Score 1) 333

A Wikileaks that just makes available the documents they have without the need to try all tell people what they should think about those documents might have some value. Of course, it might also be impossible since somebody has to make the decision whether or not to release a document (for example, if they believe release might endanger lives) and that can be seen as a form of editorial control.

And what would make people stumble upon and wade through the thousands of documents? Not everyone has the time or interest to read everything that comes across their path. While I hate editorializing, it is necessary to get most people interested enough to read about it.

Comment Re:Word processors detriment on books. (Score 1) 391

I don't know if it was anything to do with Asimov, but there's a study that alleges that Agatha Christie's writing quality got much worse both statistically and critically as she grew older.

And college textbooks are another thing altogether. The incentive for publishers is to keep them fat, because that means:
A) they can justify the outrageous prices they charge.
B) their books look more complete.

There definitely has been textbook bloat. My calculus teacher in HS had unearthed a 1940s calculus textbook. It was less than 100 pages-- probably closer to 50-- and still covered the whole year's material. Without the look-up tables, of course.

Comment Re:Made In America (Score 2, Insightful) 96

I can understand how there may be some Mexican Senators who have their fingers in the Piracy pie. *Any* Mexican street market is guaranteed to have at least one "clon" stand, with the larger markets having 20-25% of their stalls selling warez of all kinds: CD/MP3/DVD/PS2/XBOX, as well as counterfeit clothing and handbags.

A widely believed rumor is that the stands are tied to organized crime. Another rumor is that the Senators are corrupt. It doesn't take a Latin conspiracy theorist to connect the dots.

Comment Re:Dear aunt, (Score 2, Interesting) 221

I call bullshit on your bullshit.

I do occasional work for a Worker's Comp doc who has been working with Dragon for over 10 years. He swears by it.
The work is an hour-long interview, and hours of paperwork. He dictates the report into a MiniDisc recorder while reviewing his notes and then plays the recording back into the computer, watching for errors (few) and reviewing. I've also set up several other docs in the same field with Dragon, and they're quite pleased with it as well.

At first, he had to buy the latest HW and audio cards to get the best accuracy, but now runs Dragon virtualized on a 1st-gen MacBook without a problem. Dragon FTW!

Comment Re:Fucking nothing (Score 5, Interesting) 698

I think the question is not that certain words are evil, but that profanity can be valuable. This value is lost from overuse.

One of my HS English teachers (roughly) described it this way:

If you call everyone a motherfucker, then everyone is a motherfucker and it doesn't have value.
But if you rarely or never use the word and walk into the principal's office and say "LISTEN HERE, MOTHERFUCKER!" then you're making a point."

Comment Re:Nooo ! (Score 5, Insightful) 440

It's exactly this issue that pisses me off about Apple. While your typical /.er might be on a 1-3 year upgrade cycle, a lot of people (ie older parents/grandparents) buy a Mac because it's "easier" and are more inclined to be on a 5-10 year cycle. Their machines serve them well and do what they need--WP, email and web. Speed is NOT an issue when you're reading the news online or writing your Xmas letter. As far as my mom is concerned, there is no difference between the versions of OS X-- and why new versions of Firefox won't run anymore will baffle her.

Yes, Apple is trying to be revolutionary and keep themselves at the forefront of technology, as well as maintain a manageable codebase. But this has been coming at the expense of (prematurely) obsoleting still-good hardware in the hands of a market that Apple has decided to ignore.


Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"

Comment Re:Sony close to breaking even... (Score 1) 496

Not quite, they didn't include markup (ie store profits and overhead) in their analysis. That could run anywhere between 20-50%.

From TFA:

iSuppli’s teardown analysis accounts only for hardware and manufacturing costs and does not take into consideration other expenses such as software, box contents and royalties. Thus, the difference between the cost of the product and the U.S. price is even greater than $31.27.


Submission + - AMD Reveals "Griffin" and "Puma" M

MojoKid writes: "AMD disclosed a few details today regarding their upcoming mobile platform technologies, codenamed "Griffin" and "Puma". According to AMD, Griffin will be manufactured at 65nm and it will feature a new mobile optimized on-die Northbridge with a power optimized DDR2 memory controller, HyperTransport 3 connectivity, and larger L2 caches that current designs. Details here show the new memory controller should also extended battery life thanks to new power saving features, that allow the controller to operate on separate power plane and at a lower voltage than the execution cores."

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