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Comment Re:For those who don't know European slang: (Score 3, Insightful) 262

Well considering the only people who identify themselves as 'Americans' (Pronounced: A-mur-i-cans) are United States citizens, I'm going to take a wild guess that he's talking about United States citizens.

Except your wrong, I've talked with some Guatemalans who consider themselves Americans.

Comment Re:These are NOT big numbers. (Score 1) 149

And FYI, SparkFun Electronics, one of the companies listed, makes more than $10 million in annual revenue, which is some serious growth for one company in a new field. Couple that with sheer awesome, and you get a powerful combination.

I like SparkFun. I do buy stuff from them, but really they pretty much just a easier to use digikey or newark. Most of their designs that are "open" can be considered an unfavorable type of Open Source, since about all of them have the stipulation that they are not to be used for any commercial purposes. This seriously dampens what could be done with it. I can't take the design and code expand on it into a single board to use for my purposes and use it at work.. Nope unless I want to start from scratch I have to buy their breakout, and run wires. Doesn't quite seem like the open source spirit. Maybe the old unix open source spirit.

Comment Those socialist nazi satan worshiping beavers! (Score 1) 286

A family of beavers working together, and non of them got paid either I sure. How much you want to bet there was a bunch of lazy leftist pot smoking elitist beavers that just watched while the hard working god fearing beavers similar to you and me worked and put the whole thing together. This is an example of what happens when you have a democrat in office as president even the beavers up north are being affected.

Comment Re:Know what... (Score 1) 176

That works for your group because your a non profit and probably less than 3000 users. If you aren't a non-profit, $100k is only 2000 gmail accounts. gmail isn't free beyond a point. Free isn't available to Yale, they have a need of more than 3000 users.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 2, Insightful) 119

I used to think this, however when you are playing you only see from your perspective, how do you know there aren't a bunch of others who claim they are trying to help, to just fail or abuse people's charity. If the world was about to end I would imagine there would be lots of people claiming they would go and save the day. If I gave all my stuff to every one who claimed that, I would just be starving for the remaining time I had left. This is why I wouldn't want you going into my house taking stuff, and I would still sell you weapons at my weapon shop instead of giving it to you for free. If I gave weapons away for free, there would be no weapons for the "real" heroes to buy, whoever they might end up being. I would have ran out of my stock and been unable to refill my inventory.

Comment Re:Install a linux of some sort (Score 1) 896

>>>Install a linux of some sort

Yep. And then I won't be able to run:

- My Dialup ISP (the dialup is okay but the web accelerator refuses to run)

web accelerator is an image compressor and is lame, so is dialup. If you really must, you can use a cache proxy instead.

- Games

You can get many games to run on Linux.

- Atari or Nintendo emulators

There are a lot of emulators for Linux

- Flash

There is flash for linux

- Opera 10 (refuses to install)

Never had a problem installing opera.

- RealPlayer

There is real player for linux

- Ipod-encoded (MP4) video

You can use ffmpeg with kino.

Comment Re:Final Fantasy 7 on PC (Score 2, Interesting) 398

I loved it that at one point in the game to go on, you had to edit the registry to tell the game to look for the game data in a directory on your drive drive and not on the CD, then replace one of the video files so you were able to continue on with the game. This was the solution listed on the Eidos support site.

It is also great that the minigames were cpu cycle timed instead of actual time. Trying to replay it a few years later on a faster computer, it is impossible to play any of the minigames because the minigame is done right when in starts.

Battles at high resolution were cool though, to bad about all the other problems.

Comment Extra "security" makes people feel safe? (Score 1) 582

I find it odd that there are people who feel more safe when they take off their shoes. Whenever I've gone somewhere where they pat me down and check me with a metal detector wand, it makes me feel like someone is going to shoot me inside there. I feel more vulnerable.

I recently went to a rollerskating rink where I was wanded and patted down by a police officer. Of course he didn't even check my skates which has more than enough room for a hand gun. Metal detector and pat down at a skate rink, perhaps I shouldn't be here. Did I feel safe there? Not at all, it did the opposite.

Science

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

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