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Submission + - Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

samzenpus writes: Richard Stallman (RMS) founded the GNU Project in 1984, the Free
        Software Foundation in 1985, and remains one of the most important
        and outspoken advocates for software freedom. RMS now spends much
        of his time fighting excessive extension of copyright laws,
        digital rights management, and software patents. He's agreed to
        answer your questions about GNU/Linux, how GNU relates to Linux
        the kernel, free software, why he disagrees with the idea of open source, and other issues of public concern. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.

Submission + - Sci-fi oceanic research vessel SeaOrbiter hits fundraising target

interquartzboy writes: SeaOrbiter, a futuristic-looking research vessel designed by Jacques Rougerie, the man behind the original underwater village, is set to become a reality after it hit its fundraising target. The spaceship-like vessel will travel the ocean currents for three or six months at a time with a crew of 20, and collect and analyse data about unexplored areas of the ocean using onboard labs. It will also produce documentaries and literature for use in education.

Submission + - YouTube Ordered to Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices (

An anonymous reader writes: Music collecting society and anti-piracy group GEMA has scored a big victory in its long-running battle with Google-owned YouTube. A court has ordered the video giant to remove blocking messages which claim GEMA is to blame for thousands of videos being unavailable in Germany on copyright grounds.

Simply searching for the terms “unavailable in Germany” reveals the scale of the problem. Thousands of complaints, from the man in the street right up to record label bosses, show that the licensing dispute with collecting society/anti-piracy group GEMA has hit in every corner.

Submission + - UK Police Spending $8m Monitoring Julian Assange Outside Ecuadorian Embassy (

EwanPalmer writes: The cost of policing the Ecuadorian embassy while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up inside has exceeded $8m.

The Metropolitan Police has monitored the embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, every day and night for the past 20 months since Assange was granted asylum in his battle against extradition to Sweden. The Australian activist has sought refuge at the embassy to stop him being extradited to Sweden to face sexual offence allegations.

The cost of Assange's asylum is said to be costing British taxpayers around $16,000 a day

Submission + - Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal (

schwit1 writes: Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

At the hearing, Eskin noted that city officials have not actually been in Speronis’s home to make that determination.

The International Property Maintenance Code is used in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The code states that properties are unsafe to live in if they do not have electricity and running water. Speronis has electricity and water. She gets running water by collecting rainwater and electricity from solar panels.

Comment Ohhhh boy, it's gonna be Death Knights all over! (Score 4, Interesting) 253

Dear WoW players. Do you remember when the DKs came to be? And how everyone was moaning how, by definition, everyone who had no idea what to do seemed to play a DK?

The reason was simply that DKs started out at level 55. These people did not, like everyone else, start out small with a handful of skills, then get a few new ones every couple levels, with plenty of time to get to know them and get comfortable with them. No, they got everything dumped on their head at once with almost no time to find out what to do and how to play because, well, how would they?

Remember those raids in BRD (for the non-players, that's the first place where those DKs would get to play with the other kids in earnest) were a bit like, as a well known person put it, "a toddler driving a Leopard II tank with a faulty differential lock into a bicycle race of bi-polars"? They had no, zero, zilch, idea how to play their character.

And now, kids, it's like that all over again. Only much, much WORSE. Remember those moans you breathed whenever someone acted like he had no idea what to do, the comment "fuck, did you buy your char on EBay?" in chat? What used to be mostly unlikely will now be very likely: Someone dropped some coin to get a char they have no idea how to play with.

The group finder just got much, much more fun. To watch. Certainly not to play.

Comment Re:Why would it be infeasable? (Score 1) 374

You don't even need high tensile strength material. You can just increase the thickness of the cable as you ascend to account for the increasing weight it must carry. The cables increase as you go upwards, in inverse analogy to rocket boosters on the ground. I think Arthur C. Clarke wrote an article about this.

That said, I personally am very skeptical on the basis that the counterweight dynamics do not seam obvious/feasible to me. Admittedly a space elevator would eventually be of huge benefit, but in order to construct and use one, you need to develop efficient rocketry first to accomplish the very same thing.

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