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Comment Well duh (Score 4, Insightful) 154

Since Earth is a lot larger than Mars, and the habitable regions typically lie somewhere near the surface, it's no surprise that a larger proportion of Mars's volume is habitable. (The outer layer of an onion is larger in comparison to the onion when the onion is smaller.) The real question is that of absolute size: How many cubic metres of life-bearing volume is there on Mars in comparison to Earth?

Comment Re:What about cameras ? (Score 1) 310

How many pictures will people take? Tons and tons. The real question is how many will they ever print out on their silly "photo quality" printers. I've long ago decided that it's much better to have pictures printed by a place with a proper printing press and sent in the mail, whilst sticking to a monocolour printer for documents. Less hassle, higher quality and probably cheaper in the long run.

Comment Re:What printer? (Score 1) 310

Not likely. Before Christmas I had to hand in a project on email, CD and paper with a full code printout. I spent a bit extra for a colour printout on the front page and a nice binder. I'm convinced that's why I got an A, because no other signs of any of it ever being looked at by the professor ever appeared.

Comment Re:This is why I have given up on Adobe (Score 2) 272

I totally agree, and with Scribus coming along nicely for your InDesign needs, there really isn't any reason why a "occasional photoshopper" can't do just fine with free tools instead of pirating Adobe. Plus, free software rarely breaks compatiblity without any sort of migration path, so you don't even have worry about repirating once a year.

Maybe someone should package all these tools into a Free Creative Suite?

Comment Re:Consumer choice (Score 1) 246

Well, the N900 does Maemo, Meego and Android (if you don't mind a bit of broken stuff). As always, it really is only a question of the hardware drivers being available. Something I'm sure the average Linux user about ten years ago could relate to, but everything gets better with time. Nokia dropping the ball is a bit of a setback in the short term, but I believe that eventually commonality of components means it will go the way of the PC. In X years installing your own OS will be a viable option.

Submission + - FSF Asks Apple to Comply With the GPL (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "The Free Software Foundation has discovered that an application currently distributed in Apple's App Store is a port of GNU Go. This makes it a GPL violation, because Apple controls distribution of all such programs through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is incompatible with section 6 of the GPLv2. It's an unusual enforcement action, though, because they don't want Apple to just make the app disappear, they want Apple to grant its users the full freedoms offered by the GPL. Accordingly, they haven't sued or sent any legal threats and are instead in talks with Apple about how they can offer their users the GPLed software legally, which is difficult because it's not possible to grant users all the freedoms they're entitled to and still comply with Apple's restrictive licensing terms."

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