You can watch the progress live, here:
You can watch the progress live, here:
I guess I'm a dinosaur like that.
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good w...ill torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C.S. Lewis
The advantage is on the typical user side. As a Mac user over two architecture transitions, I've really appreciated just being able to pull down a single executable from a site and have it "just work". Disk space is cheap and my tolerance for pointless frustration decreases steadily with age. A distribution mechanism like fat binaries makes it so the user really has to go out of their way to get it wrong.
Tell me how an Apple developer can run a server allowing the client to select the program and it'll download and install the correct version, like Debian repositories. That problem has already been solved, and the solution is better (it also gives you plenty of other features).
Oh, and closed-source companies can have their own repositories too. Example: http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/
Continents are not composed of one piece. We in California are reminded of that periodically as the ground beneath us is moving NNW at 35mm per year. Asia is composed of at least the main Asian landmass plus the Indian subcontinent, which is moving northward, developing the Himalayas.
* Develop a mailserver that stores mail in an encrypted folder and requires your key to access.
We have this already, it's called PGP. ECHELON already reads the To:, From: and Subject: lines of all email sent over any significant hops, so you don't really need to secure those.
I was just thinking about what you wrote... "But we have no history in this country of any event where white people were in danger, but nobody else was. White people have never been singled out." I know what you mean.
Still, my dad (rest his soul, and let us not speak ill of the dead) happened to be in LA (not Watts, but nearby) when the Watts riots started (in 1968?), and he went right out and bought himself a handgun. Now, I concede that other people were in danger in the Watts riots as well, but I suppose some white people in Watts were seeking protection from some of their black neighbors or staying in the bathtub, just as (I imagine) some blacks have sought help from some of their white neighbors when the KKK was on the march.
Wait, meteors that hit the ground are cold to the touch? That doesn't make sense - they enter the atmosphere, and as we know objects entering the atmosphere travel so fast that they get hot...real hot...so hot that our space ships need to have heat shields to keep the folks inside from getting burnt to a crisp...which makes it not cold to the touch. So when the rock hits the ground why would it become cold all of a sudden? Maybe if it sat around in cold climate for a while but after touch-down it should be very hot.
There is a difference between a space vehicle, which is as light as possible and hollow, and a meteor which is solid rock (or, much more rarely, metal). The heat shield is thin and light (comparatively speaking) but keeps everything inside quite cool despite a very lengthy heating period (due to the shallow re-entry angle of manned vehicles, and most unmanned ones, which cannot stand severe deceleration forces).
A meteor (one meter across or less) typically enters at a steep angle, decelerates rapidly (in several seconds) at a few hundred Gs, and becomes a rock falling under the influence of gravity through the lower atmosphere same as any other rock of similar size dropped from a high-altitude airplane.
For those several seconds a very small part of the rock gets very hot indeed - a thin layer vaporizes, and a thin layer melts. But it is physically impossible for the bulk of the rock to get significantly heated in the few seconds of re-entry, conduction is far too slow. During the longer part of its descent (when it is simply falling through the air for a few tens of seconds), there is enough time for the thin molten surface layer to get cooled down to near normal temperatures by the cold airflow. Then when it hits the ground within a minute or two there is enough time for the icy cold interior to cool down the surface to frigid temperatures.
The special effect of burning a pyrotechnic in the crater was perfect to take in the ignorant, but is laughable to anyone knowing something about meteors.
In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982