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Comment Re:Yes, make it more like Facebook (Score 1) 76

There are actually apps that demonstrate this, too. I sadly cannot recall any of their names, but fortunately there are privacy options affecting friends' applications at http://www.facebook.com/privacy/?view=platform&tab=other
Found via: Settings | Privacy Settings | Application Settings | Settings.

Comment Re:Probably an emergency measure by Google... (Score 2, Insightful) 830

It's ironic that they're using YouTube, a Google service, to perpetrate this masterpiece on civilization.

It really does instigate a wash of emotions, and it amazes me that anyone can discern individual feelings out of watching it. To quote the awesomest six year old I know, it was "awkweird".

Space

Submission + - Andromeda absorbs its neighbour. We're next. (popsci.com.au) 2

Scientific Ninja writes: "Astronomers in the University of Sydney have captured pictures of a 'union' between our closest neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, and its smaller neighbour, the Triangulum Galaxy. Published in the journal Nature on 3 September 2009, the research shows how large galaxies grow by incorporating stars from surrounding smaller galaxies. This popular model of galaxy evolution, called the 'hierarchical model', predicts that large galaxies such as Andromeda, which can be seen with the naked eye from the northern hemisphere, should be surrounded by relics of smaller galaxies it has connected with."

Comment Re:Falun Gong (Score 1) 160

That's fine. Eventually, all the people who believe it will "go to heaven", and you'll be left with a sane population. Albeit slightly smaller.

Oh, wait, that would kill two birds with one stone.

If they don't appreciate the importance of their physical life enough to live until the end of it, then who is going to force them to appreciate it?

Hopefully, they'll figure it out before they cook themselves. Or someone will find a way to help them. A choice, however misguided, is still a choice.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 116

Sounds like people have acclimated to Microsoft retail releases being more like public betas.

If Google made non-business users pay for Apps, would people be more tolerant of "beta testing"?

Comment VHS is a factor, too. (Score 2, Insightful) 685

I haven't even finished replacing all of the VHS tapes I own with DVD. The VHS tapes still work. What makes them think I want to be updating from two different working formats, simultaneously? To a format that is substantially compromised with DRM, and that they'll want me to upgrade from in about five to ten years?

Planned obsolescence is not a sustainable strategy, culturally, economically or environmentally.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Stop breathing save the planet

gingerbread-girl writes: Scientists at the University of Bristol have cracked climate change. Less than a month into Richard Branson's five-year competition, academics will take their winning idea to Virgin Earth and walk away with a cool $25 million. The solution, published online by The Journal of Unlikely Science, is remarkably simple, requiring no technological wizardry or financial investment. It is quite simply, stop breathing; or at least breathe less... "If we merely cut out one breath in three, we could decrease the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere each year by a staggering 0.63 gigatonnes. That's the same effect as saving 5 million acres of land (an area the size of Wales) from deforestation." http://www.null-hypothesis.co.uk/science/strange-b ut-true/profs-probings/carbon_virgin_earth_climate _breathing
Power

Submission + - World wide shutdown is early stages of planning...

zoftie writes: Many people are planning to shut their computers off for entire day on March 24th. Shutdown Day website already went over 25000 people who are committed to spending their day free of their electronic pacifier, feeding tube however you want to describe your relationship to your computer(s). Being in IT industry for a while this leads on to one question, what is the consequence of such act, and what does it ask of us beyond turning off the computer.

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