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Comment Humans Nearly Went Extinct 1.2M Years Ago (Score 5, Interesting) 356

Bah, you call that news? Try:
      "Humans Nearly Went Extinct 27 Years Ago"
the commander's Wikipedia entry says he:

"deviated from standard Soviet doctrine by correctly identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm on September 26, 1983.[1] This decision most likely resulted in preventing an accidental retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its Western Allies."

You can follow any of the links in the above search, or here's a particularly lively read.

Comment the solution is a paywall you can climb over (Score 1) 488

The solution is a paywall you can climb over with a little effort: a pay model that you can circumvent with a little research and time/effort. Then, you can retain everyone who's too price sensitive to pay; that means they don't flock to your competition. Meanwhile, the people who have money for it are not going to waste their valuable time (since their time IS money) circumventing the paywall, it's cheaper for them to just pay. Finally, despite being a pay site, they can retain some advertising, and if 10 million people are jumping the pay fence, that's ten million more eyeballs; granted, it's the poorest ones, but you can still sell them nachos and light beer.

Comment what we need is "firewalls" in front of big guns. (Score 1) 909

And by firewalls, I mean secretaries, or at least someone to check and occasionally massage quite abrasive and personalizing correspondence. It's very simple: Linus was right. He had reason to be pissed. But Cox is important. ANYONE who knows who Cox is would have looked at Linus's letter and saw immediately that it needed some small changes, if nothing else to let Cox save face.

The problem is made even worse by drugs that leave important academic users super-focused (not saying Linus is on any) -- the more clearly you see "idiocy" the more important it is to have a firewall take out words like that.

Actually, Linus's e-mail includes the word "idiotic" explicitly.

I doubt what I'm saying will have many takers around here, but posting at +2 in case anyone has any interesting responses for me.

Comment Re:Free NOT EQUAL TO freedom (Score 5, Funny) 367

>The term 'free' is an unfortunate consequence of there being no more specific word in English.

That might have been true 25 years ago, but today you can just call it "freedom software".

(with the added bonus that if it's not freedom software it's terrorist software -- a pretty good description of the crap a convicted monopolist pushes).

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