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Submission + - UT Dallas student and amateur astronomer catches a rare astronomical wonder (utdallas.edu)

abhi2012 writes: "Hall may be the only person in the world to capture a video of an apparent object hitting the planet Jupiter. The impact created a bright fireball on the planet that lasted only a few seconds, but catching the event resulted in several hours of fame for the unassuming Hall. He has uploaded the video on his flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/19299984@N08/7976507568/ and his website contains more information regarding the same: http://georgeastro.weebly.com/jupiter.html."

Comment Re:Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (Score 1) 255

In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such

AGAIN. From TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

And:

There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

That is marked as confirmed because it affects multiple users, and relates to a more broad list of concerns than what you infer. The way you word it points to a bug about Amazon seeing your keystrokes, while the bug report is more of a list of concerns such as opt-in vs opt-out, making the amazon lens separate from home etc.

Comment Re:Private information leakage. (Score 2) 255

From the TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 3, Informative) 193

Saying NYT made an incorrect calculation and explaining why is fine. But what was Apple's tax rate, then?

We won't know until the actual profits are calculated at the end of the trading year, when Apple pays the remaining balance.

If you can't answer that, then you can't say the figure itself is incorrect, only the means used to arrive at it.

What?! Yes, you can. Because it was derived from 2010's, it doesn't reflect what Apple's actual tax rate will be for its 2011 profits, which were much higher than 2010's. Therefore, the figure is totally useless.

Comment Oh (Score 3, Funny) 193

Whoops. Well, I'm sure Slashdot's comments to the previous article were totally reasonable.

Why does Apple hate America? (Score:5, Insightful)
by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 28, @06:23PM (#39834399)

Good citizens pay their fair share, so it must be asked: why does Apple hate America?

...oh.

Comment Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

You know, every time I see someone on a forum defend PHP, they eventually admit that they write PHP for their job. If you have a vested financial interest in PHP, it's understandable that you'd have a desire to defend your source of income, but it doesn't change the fact that PHP is objectively a terrible language. Just because the PHP bashing is old doesn't make it wrong.

Comment Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

Are people seriously defending the use of PHP in 2012? You talk about testing when PHP doesn't even pass all its own tests according to the official website.

PHP's creator has publicly stated that he is not a programmer and is not interested in being one, that he didn't set out to create a programming language, and so forth.

When I see people defending PHP, I have the same reaction I get when I see Scientologists defending a religion started by a science fiction author.

Comment Re:Taxes suck. (Score 0) 345

Do you actually believe there's a conspiracy going on to tar Google? Google's tax practices were first reported on Slashdot in 2010.

Most importantly, note that you don't refute any facts in the stories. Instead, you appeal to Google fans who don't like seeing negative stories on Slashdot by talking about secret campaigns and conspiracies, which instantly got you modded up, even though you have zero proof that this submission has anything to do with a Facebook plant.

I think Google's constant 2012 controversies have caused fans to go into a meltdown around here.

Comment Re:The Name (Score 0) 737

Some people go out of their way to let people know they're not offended by things that are obviously inappropriate because they think it makes them appear enlightened and impressively independent-minded to others.

You are one of those people.

"Gimp" is a stupid name for what is supposed to be a flagship open source project. Period.

Comment Re:Absolutely right! (Score 1, Troll) 73

Well, according to some of the early posts, this is somehow Apple's fault, and they should be fined! Seriously. It's like, at what point do you hold Google accountable for anything? Because according to supporters, the Street View thing was okay, Google Search Plus Your World excluding other more popular social networks was okay, the bypassing of Safari privacy controls was okay...and so on. The constant defense of their actions is getting really silly.

Google really needs to do some soul-searching. 2012 has just been a year of controversy after controversy, and we're not even halfway through. Larry Page's attempt to force social networking throughout Google products, as well other initiatives that it's hard to imagine the old Google embarking on, have put a sour image on the company lately.

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