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Comment From here to... (Score 0, Flamebait) 497

Homo Waspus
Homo Niggerus
Homo Chinataunus...

and so on...

And no one will consider that pygmy and maasai are different species... Because both are just pitch black as tar... Why we would make them different, isn't it? Because for the hordes that is much more important than a wicked psychoanalitic question of climbing, at the edge of zoofilia in the middle of scientific pornography. That way evolutionists will get millions of adepts... With a little defect of stiffness at right hand and ex-promptu drop[ing "Mein Fuhrer"...

Scientific American would do a greater job to Science by keeping those homo dumbus scientificii a little bit ashore.

Patents

Submission + - New Material for Lithium Battery discovered 2

canadian_right writes: "Canadian scientists create new material with the potential to triple the power output of Lithium batteries. The new material uses sulphur formed into nano-scale ribbons for the cathode instead of traditional transition metals. The break through could lead to better batteries for everything from latops to cars."
Google

Submission + - Google Earth as a game engine for ship simulation (planetinaction.com) 1

dinther writes: "Today the program "Ships" has been released. "Ships" is a significant program because it is the first serious application that uses Google Earth as a game engine. In "Ships" you take control of a a selection of ships and drive them around the world (If you have that much time) Building games around Google Earth is now viable thanks to the ever increasing detail in Google Earth. Technically the Google Earth browser plugin has proven to be quite a capable platform to work with. Go and check out this review http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2009/05/fantastic_free_google_earth_game_sh.html or try it yourself here http://www.planetinaction.com/"
Power

Submission + - 50% of Electricity Generated by Wind Scenario (olino.org)

jeroen8 writes: Would a "50% of electricity generated by wind scenario" work in North America by 2030? In the article A North American Wind Energy Scenario of Neil Howes, who has recently retired from his position as an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, a rough cut estimate of what might be required to make such a transition in about 20 years time can be found. Most proposals that are being made rely on a very big increase in carbon free energy, both to charge electric vehicles (EV's) and to replace oil and natural gas (NG) presently used for hot water and space heating. In this article, he lays out a path by which 50% of North American energy might come from wind by 2030, including replacement of a large share of oil and natural gas use by electricity.
The Military

Submission + - US Military Inspects Student Laptops for P2P Use (itnews.com.au)

bfire writes: Recruits at the United States Military Academy in New York have to line up in the corridors outside their rooms in the barracks every Saturday morning for a notebook computer inspection or "IT SAMI" to check for attached shares and illicit or unauthorised content and use, according to a Colonel stationed there. "They're college students and they do what all college students do ... they share music," said Col Adams, who is assistant professor and senior research scientist at West Point's IT operations centre. He said management of the academy that trained US President Dwight Eisenhower and General David Petraeus wants to make sure no honour codes are broken that could lead to a cadet's expulsion from the school and return to the ranks.
Social Networks

Submission + - Israel warns of spy recruitment via Facebook (cnn.com)

Yehuda Berlinger writes: "The Israeli government is warning that terrorism groups are using Facebook and other social networks to recruit citizens for spying and other such nefarious reasons. Worse, if you travel internationally to meet these recruiters, you may be subject to kidnap. In other words, as the later part of the story confirms, one person was approached by one group with an offer of cash for information. The fact that Facebook was involved somehow makes this important to the Israeli government, where the standard rules of caution apply, like: don't go off alone to a foreign country to sell secrets to some anonymous enemy."

Comment 20009 AD - Why linux is not ready for bananas (Score 1) 1365

It's a pain to peel bananas with it.

Its should have guessed I wanna a banana just as I stare at him.

I have even to teach him what is a banana when I install it.

Yes it does not tear down bananas in pieces or throws them at you, like Windows. But it is not ready, truly, not ready...

Ugh-Ugh... Where is my banana??!! Dumb Penguin...

Comment Sony, too late to cry... (Score 3, Interesting) 562

Why Internet? Let's go into the era when things started really wrong.

Sony should have scrapped in first place its support for PC - the CD drivers and MOSTLY the monitors.

Why Sony sold CD drives? They were cheap, they were powerful, they gave HUNDREDS of megabytes to the nefarious, poor scum of PC users. Sony should have pushed for a complete, all-scale proprietary architecture. NO customer fingers inside the box, like the Mac.

AND THE MONITORS! In the very beginning of the PC revolution, Sony monitors were in high demand for cheap graphics, including 3D. Who gave thousands the first taste that one can do something pretty on a dumb, awkward, slummy open architecture PC? The great 3D cards came later btw. Sony should have shot the guy who thought Trinitron was good for the PC.

But Sony didn't do it. And worse, you went into the wave. Sony supported the base that scrapped X25, Frame Relay and Microsoft's proprietary network (does anyone remember it?) More, Sony started to give Internet a chance!

Why Sony introduced a Ethernet port into PS2? Why? Sony pushed over the edge even those who didn't know what a PC was. No Ethernets! Some TwistedNet with a direct port into some hardcore encryption chip. Better, NO networks at all! Just console boxes and millions would never had jump into Internet. Ten years ago, a huge mass of people still thought that PCs were thinking machines, Internet a parallel Universe and console games what the world shall be.

But Sony could not stop itself. It closed eyes to the Pirate Harbour of Linux. It even supported it. It started to use codecs to distribute clips of its ever loving blockbusters... There were lots of things Sony could have done and Internet would never be a headache.

It could have just kept us on the cassetes anyway.

Comment Do the Chimp test! (Score 1) 311

Ok you people! Now anyone may call me troll, racist, animal hater or anything worser. But I'm really fed up with people like this one. It is the very same song since the old 90's. And it is one of the reasons why I haven't been here for years.

Now, I have to confess, this is a never ending story - brawling all over what 6 year, 30 year, 90 year oldies may or may not able to use Linux. No one is going to give up.

But I think there is a way... The TEST!

Let a chimp try to use both systems. Really, Sincerly it would be interesting to see what will come out of such thing. Whatever it will be, it will be funny and damnly embarassing, I believe.

Comment Re:Oh noes! (Score 1) 311

My son used Mandrake\Mandriva since 5 years old.

Lots of old people do use Windows. But I knew a lawyer, soon going into retirement, who said me that Linux was relatively acceptable for use on documents if it was not the fact that one has to deal with lots of M$ Office stuff. Anyway she could not use Linux, not because it was difficult but because it wasn't allowed at her department. Anyway, at home she kept a special Linux box for the most sensitive stuff. "It's a lot more secure there" she said.

So your brouaua goes "troll", anyway

Comment A "*pedia" in a far far future (Score 1) 94

Peter Wayner - author of a famous and well known book on compression algorithms, which managed to survive the Big Howl of Internet due to its relatively popularity on the time it was written. It was recovered thanks to thousands of fragments found in hundreds of hard drives all over the world.

Thomas Crampton - A supposedly journalist for the once famous New York Times. His personality is quite obscure and nothing is known about him, except for a short reference in the once famous Slashdot forum on Internet. He is known for the statement "You erased my career", supposedly written by him in a letter (lost) after supposedly finding that all his work was wiped by the New York Times (reference lost), supposedly a chronic problem of the newspaper in its electronic era (all references lost). Nearly all data on the New York Times has been lost, with exception to a few millions of fragments of articles that may be found now and then, so it is nearly impossible to know who was Thomas Crampton and probably we never will. The statement attributed to him is considered, today, as a markup symbol of the Big Howl of Internet.

Comment Smile and go further (Score 1) 987

Just a month ago, I made some pretty interesting analysis on how far things have reached the level "information should be free". Frankly, after what I saw, your case looks as a quantum event over the whole Universe. Yes, I understand your feelings, more, I understand that you feel pain to see your child running wild after so much of your life spent on it. But... You cannot change a tide that is more than just "Internet". In fact, the problem is not on Internet "per se", it is in a lot of things that have been running quite wrong for, at least, the last quarter of the century (maybe a little bit longer, imho).

The big problem is that information, today, costs zero, nada, null. Not in terms of traffic, pdf, ebook or that effort you made to create your book. It costs zero to the crazy "digital" society that you, I and everyone else is in. For the 99,99999999% of the people around us, it is not a big difference you wrote a book or not. More, for 99,99999% of those, who have some say on matters of management, administration or state politics, your book means nothing at all. Yes, you may think that these ones may rise their eyebrows, for the fact that someone violated your author's rights. However, before you consider your lawyer the author's best friend, please consider this question: apart of the monetary value of your book, can he consider any other values the book may have? Sincerly, I'm pretty sure that he will not make no difference between "compression" and "cooking". And that is exactly where the problem is and that is why your book finds a way out only in a pirate network.

Someone may counterargument that lawyers have not the duty to know what "compression" is. Yes, as 99,99999999% of "everyone" does not have such obligation. Who remains? A miserable fraction of weirdos who are really interested in such matter. Now, pick up the environment where these weirdos live in... And you immediately understand why piracy is the law of the day.

What Google is showing is not millions taking your book for free. It just a few hundred under the complete indifference of six billion people. That's the Truth out there.

Now, why a few hundred is doing it? Because things have gone too far and it is too late to stop it. Frankly, don't take this as an offense, but "compression" - it's not serious. Want rockets? WMDs? Fighting instructions? Weapons of all kinds and sorts?..

Do you want how to build the?.. Which one?..

And you don't need to stop just on the horror side of the story. If you are romantic enough, you can go for robots, nanos of all sorts, genetics, AI and the 100001 ways of programming. You can go also for many other things, from paleontology up to the prototypes of nuclear fusion reactors.

"Compression" is just a drop of water in the middle of the tide. Your book is nothing inside the tsunami.

Just to give you an idea of what I am talking about, I would remark that only one of these mega-libraries carries more than a hundred thousand books. And the "knowledge base" ranges mostly from 19th century up to our times. And I would not think that this large base carries a "expired" term. An AK-47 prototype is an AK-47 today (47 is the official year of its creation). And rocket mechanics work today the very same way they worked half a century ago.

Yes, programming goes a little bit out of this. But can anyone be sure that it "goes"? Maybe it "looks" more than really "goes".

Now this is the "industry". In some way it shall be justified - lots of books have long been out of print or were nearly lost, if such libraries didn't start to thrive, On other way, we have to consider a balance - books shall be bought, but are they easily affordable? And, in the end, we shall consider that there is an innerent danger under all this - a big chunk of this knowledge carries heavy consequences.

Now what one shall do with this? That's the billion dollar question. But, the thing I'm sure no one shall do is "hunt and prosecute". These "wars" have only made things much worser than before. Besides, it is absolutely no secret that the "War on Terror" boosted the "Weapons Section" of all these libraries. I have been here for many years and I clearly saw how three jerkish decisions, made by shadow smarties in a big capital, led to the mushrooming of "Army Manuals" all over. And now, 8 years after 9/11, we even have "It" on the Net! Another such war will only lead to new hideouts and new mushrooms. The result? No, sorry elephants but no Pearl Harbours here. Yes, we may get a nasty mushroom but I would be very sorry for the guy who did it. Because the thing demands a some Hell of gray matter and megatons of work. That's the good thing of these libraries - it shows that things are really not so simple. Really, they are quite far from simple. Besides they show you're will be more likely a fried duck rather than the Evil Genius five minutes after you do "It".

Yes these are high waters and you are only concerned about your book. You still can go this way. You hunt your own people not to read your book if they didn't buy it, But, what will the "others" do? Avoid reading? Be politically correct? Ok we read about how to build rockets but "compression" ist verbotten.

When, in the History of Mankind such thing happened? Portugal "hold" the South Hemisphere as the best kept secret for nearly a century. Inquisition came to Portugal, made a huge mess with all sorts of books... And less than 30 years they lost everything to the Dutch, the French and mostly the English. Now, you make your small "Copyright" Inquisition. You may get some success for a year or two. But don't get shocked that in 30 years, no one remembers you except the chinese, indians, pakistanis and iranians.

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