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The Home-Built Dark Knight Batmobile 87

ElectricSteve writes "RM Auctions recently declared James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 to be 'the world's most famous car,' but there's no doubt that there is another contender for that title — the Batmobile. One thing that muddies the waters a bit is the fact that the term 'Batmobile' actually describes at least three different vehicles: the modified Lincoln Futura concept car from the '60s TV series, the vaguely Corvette-shaped 1989-and-beyond movie cars, and now the car from the most recent two movies, the military-spec Tumbler. Michigan-based movie props artist Bob Dullam really likes the Tumbler, so he did what any of us would do in his position — he built one of his own from scratch."

Comment Re:It Hurts (Score 1) 351

I think future Office innovations are likely to be around Office Sites instead of Office Suites. I use Google Docs on my Linux, Windows and Android devices, I use OWA, (not IMAP or POP or Outlook Anywhere) to read my e-mail remotely on both PCs and my phone. Office web apps are a great solution and they could be ported to a local version only version or a private LAN version if needed and designed with that in ming, whereas an Office Suite programming has a lot of OS dependencies that complicates developing for cross platforms.

For the record I was a huge Firefox fan because of their plugin add-ons, but, I switched to Chrome for two main reasons. 1). Chrome is much faster and 2). The real-time syncing of bookmarks, history, searches, etc. is awesome. I was searching for a 9mm AR-15 solution for my friend. As I learned more I found more options, eventually going through dozens and dozens of sites. But not remembering the search strings or links that located me there or their names in every case. I found a great solution for him from my home laptop using Chrome, later that day I ran into my friend and forgot the URL and site name, but it was in synced with my Android phone and available in my saved URLs, despite the fact that I had never closed Chrome or the page on my laptop. That is awesome. You can also push pages/sites to your phone and back very easily.

Comment Re:"just to be different"... (Score 1) 201

You are aware they added a method to go anywhere in the tree by clicking on that part of the path in the Window?

So if you are in explorer and your listed path is C:\users\corndog\Documents and you want to go to the corndog folder, you can just click on corndog. If you want to the users folder, you just click on users and if you want to change form Documents to maybe Downloads or Pictures, you can click between corndog and Documents and it will give you a dropdown list of the available folders wihtin corndog (same works between users and corndog if you wanted to switch to an different user's folder).

For the record this message was posted from my ubuntu 10.04 laptop, it could have easily been posted from my dual boot work laptop using either Windows 7 Professional or Fedora 12, my Vista 64bit workstation at home, my Windows 7 64bit workstation at work, or my Android phone.

I honestly love linux and Windows because I like the power to customize my environment and apps, which, is why I hate Apple computers and iDevices.

Comment Re:riiiiight (Score 1) 341

2) It's all taking place on privately owned physical property.

Yup, in most cases it is privately owned switches, routers, fiber, cables, servers, laptops, desktops, phones, etc. I go over Sprint wireless to get to the Internet, then I go over many backbone providers (sometimes TimeWarner, sometimes Comcast), I use privately owned search engines like Google and privately owned sites like slashdot. I read news on privately owned papers/TV websites. I watch videos on privately managed servers. Except when I go to whitehouse.gov or nasa.gov, nothing I use is publicly owned.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 4, Interesting) 234

I guess that Sun were just too nice a company to prosper

Well that and they were way over priced ...

Well that and the Open Source Community caught up with them ...

Well that and they didn't have a long-term solution/strategy to ensure new entries into the tech field could gain experience/skills on their products so they would be comfortable recommending them. Sun relied on the old guard to recommend Sun, while newer entries onto the computer field were more comfortable recommending solutions they had experience with.

As a result apache replaced Sun's web server as the standard.

Red Hat (and others) took away Solaris server market share.

New startups began by running Oracle and other databases on Linux (or even Windows) servers in the initial low funding development stages and then when it came time to go into production, some of them didn't bother with moving to Sun hardware and Solaris, and instead remained with what worked and building it out to be "good-enough" for less money and less headaches.

I was in college from 1995-1999. The guys who loved going to the lab became Solaris die-hards, because that was what the school at that time ran (it is now LINUX, LINUX and more LINUX). But I preferred working in my apartment, so when I had took C, LISP, and JAVA classes that were focused on the fundamentals of code, things like recursion or objects, my teachers didn't demand I used the Solaris workstation, just that I solved the problem and got a strong foundation. So I installed Red hat on a backup PC and worked by using the same languages, with the same libraries, with the same text editors only on LINUX as the labs used on Solaris. At the time, I was the minority, but with each new class the LINUX users increased and those willing to invest in learning Solaris decreased, not to mention a larger and larger percentage of Solaris guys knew both.

When I went to work for a startup in California, they couldn't afford the quotes for Sun, so I purchased three DELL servers and installed Linux on them to accomplish the same task. Now nobody asks for Solaris admins, they ask for Linux admins.


Chinese News Reports the Taliban Are Training Monkey Soldiers 232

According to a Chinese news publication, soldiers in Afghanistan may soon come up against a deadly new weapon in the war: monkey soldiers. The report claims that the Taliban are training the monkeys to shoot and kill American soldiers. They also claim to have pictures of monkeys holding AK-47s and Bren light machine guns. From the article: "The New York Magazine has reported about this in jest and stated on Friday, 'No invader has ever conquered Afghanistan, and now we know why. The monkeys will not allow it. It was a good effort, but it's time to pack it in. This is no longer a fight we can win.'”

Comment Re:Boo fuckin' hoo (Score 2, Interesting) 409

They are one and the same.

The main problem was that the Reid campaign was running a web site that gave people the impression it was his competitor's site. It had active forms, either collecting user information or dumping it but giving the impression they were signed up.

The key goal would be to stop this activity.

Because Reid's campaign used copyrighted material in this ruse, using a copyright legal argument to get the website down seems reasonable.

This in no way stops or prevents additional legal filings at a later point. If there is anyone who got an e-mail or anything that gave them the perception of being enrolled after using the site or worse the code shows Reid's campaign was collecting this information, it will sink him.

Americans are pissed off at corrupt incumbents who don't respect the will of the people. If Reid turns out to be playing an underhanded/illegal game, it will put him further in the hole then he already is, he is not going to get re-elected, yet he is so disconnected from reality and because he has so much money, he thinks he has a chance.

Besides what were the "wackie views" she is running away from anyway? Lower taxes, less spending, limited government? If you look at the polls, she is in the majority. What is so crazy about any of that? The department of energy was created in the 1970s, we did fine without it up until then, I think we could somehow survive without it in the future. Every state has an EPA and a Dept of Education, we don't need these at the federal level, they aren't part of the enumerated powers anyway.

Comment Re:Boo fuckin' hoo (Score 5, Informative) 409

Umm, you need read and understand the facts before you post.

The issue is not that Senator Reid's campaign merely reposted parts of her website. Or that she was running away from positions she has taken in the past.

It was that the Reid campaign created a website to look like hers and used that site to get names, emails and other information from people who believed it was her site.

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