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Comment Re:John Hagelin is right, the unified field is you (Score 1) 347

....If we can only drag a few billion other people past the threshold, humanity would be in good shape.

A few billion people can probably be dragged, but they will be dead eventually. You'll have to keep dragging a few billion people all the time.
Like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar or Nithyananda, I'd rather prefer selling snake oil and mysticism.

Comment True! Not many in the 17th century had a head. (Score 1) 64

After nine months of tests, researchers in France have lost their head and they went .... "Gee... Henry was assassinated in 1610, and his head has been missing. We have a head here that dates back to the 17th century. How many people in the 17th century had a head? I guess not many. The portraits show that King Henry 1V indeed had a head. So this must be his head." To put the last nail in the coffin... we will ask one of the 'Perfumers' on the team to take a sniff and if it stinks it must be King Henry IV.

And it gets published in a medical journal!

Comment old news (Score 1) 96

This news is 2 weeks old. I saw this very same video on youtube while I was searching for 3d cameras some two weeks ago. Was just curious as to what format the 3d cameras, if there are any, were storing their images in...

I have been waiting for 3d cameras to arrive for a long time now. Was imagining something that will probably shoot some kind of lasers may be, into the scene and capture the depth of the objects that I point to and reconstruct the scene in 3d. I don't think the camera in this video is portable enough. Meaning, it won't go far. It will most likely be like fusion in the tea cup.

Comment Re:Best quote ever. (Score 1) 266

Perl/Ruby? I don't think so. They might gain some tiny market share but that will be it. Python? May be a little more. Java may live on for a few more decades just like the other older programming languages from my fathers era still live on. But, I think the .NET platform is going to gain a whole lot of traction out of this mess. Unless there is new entrant into the scene, a counter weight to the M$ hegemony, that will be. May be Google GO? But it doesn't seem like Google is serious or in a hurry as yet. Got to wait and watch on that one.

GNU is Not Unix

Can Employer Usurp Copyright On GPL-Derived Work? 504

An anonymous reader writes "I am a recent graduate, and I've been working on my own on a project that uses GPL-licensed libraries. Later a university department hired me, on a part-time basis, to develop this project into a solution that they needed. The project's size increased over time and soliciting help from the open source community seemed like the obvious thing to do. However, when I suggested this, my boss was not interested, and it was made clear to me that the department's position was that copyright of the whole thing belonged to them. Indeed, by default work created for an employer belongs to the employer, so I may have gotten myself in the same trap discussed here years ago. Even though I want to release my code to the public I don't know whether I have the legal right to do so. I did start the project on my own. And, since no written or verbal agreement was ever made to transfer copyright over to my employer, I question whether they can claim that they now own the extended version of the project. Also, the whole project relies on GPL libraries, and without those libraries it would be useless. Can they still claim copyright and prevent me from publishing the source code even though it is derived from GPL software?" Some early commenters on the submission pointed out that it matters whether the libraries were licensed under the LGPL vs. the GPL.

Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit 1131

An anonymous reader writes "A radical Islamic website is warning the creators of South Park that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode broadcast on Comedy Central last week. posted the warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park."
Input Devices

Demo of Laptop/Tabletop Hybrid UI 66

TheGrapeApe writes "The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (ACMUIST) has an interesting proof-of-concept video up demonstrating the use of cameras and laser pico-projectors to 'extend' a laptop's user interface to adjacent surfaces. The video demonstrates some simple gestures like tapping and dragging being captured on the 'extended' surface. While the prototype appears to be somewhat cumbersome, it's easy to see how it might be more elegantly integrated into the hardware with more R&D."

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