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Comment Re:Isn't this what the Taiwanese believe as well? (Score 2) 262

The annual independence vs unification poll was just released recently in Taiwan.

Asked about their position on cross-strait relations, 66 percent of respondents supported the “status quo,” 24 percent wanted independence and 7 percent supported unification with China, according to the survey conducted by cable news channel TVBS between Thursday last week and Monday.
However, the poll found that most respondents favored independence over unification if they were asked to choose between just those two options, with 71 percent supporting independence and only 18 percent supporting unification with China.
With regards to identity, 78 percent of those polled identified themselves as Taiwanese, while 13 percent saw themselves as Chinese.

Comment Re:Don't be evil (Score 3, Informative) 804

Did you notice the first link in the post (http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/08/us/texas-county-retreats-over-apple-s-gay-policy.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm)? It was Apple sticking up for its gay employees back in 1993.

Apple also recently elevated a talented, gay employee to the most powerful position in the entire company. Tim Cook is probably the most powerful gay man in the entire world.


Submission + - Debate over Evolution Will Soon be History Says Leakey 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "According to noted paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, scientific discoveries about evolution will have accelerated to the point that "even the skeptics can accept it." "If you don't like the word evolution, I don't care what you call it, but life has changed. You can lay out all the fossils that have been collected and establish lineages that even a fool could work up. So the question is why, how does this happen? It's not covered by Genesis. There's no explanation for this change going back 500 million years in any book I've read from the lips of any God." Leakey began his work searching for fossils in the mid-1960s and his team unearthed a nearly complete 1.6-million-year-old skeleton in 1984 that became known as "Turkana Boy," the first known early human with long legs, short arms and a tall stature. At 67, Leakey conducts research with his wife, Meave, and daughter, Louise and the family claims to have unearthed "much of the existing fossil evidence for human evolution." Leakey, an athiest, insists he has no animosity toward religion. “If you tell me, well, people really need a faith ... I understand that,” says Leakey, the son of the late Louis and Mary Leakey. “I see no reason why you shouldn’t go through your life thinking if you’re a good citizen, you’ll get a better future in the afterlife ....”"

Comment Re:from what I've read already (Score 2, Interesting) 119

Agreed. Either the trademark was worth $50,000 to you or it wasn't. It should not matter who was buying it. Nor is there anything illegal about creating a shell company to do acquisitions like this.

They are trying to claim that they were told the name wouldn't be used in a similar market, but if that's the case they should have had that in writing in the contract.

This case is not going to go anywhere.

Comment Re:So says the religious guy. (Score 4, Insightful) 1237

Your belief system as you've defined it is not diametrically opposed to evolution. However, that does not mean your belief system is not diametrically opposed to science. It is.

You have faith that you know a truth about our universe despite your lack of scientific evidence, and there may not be any amount of scientific evidence that can make you change your mind.

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Submission + - Work on Acid 4 Beginning Soon? (hixie.ch)

Dak RIT writes: Shortly after the Acid 3 test was released in 2008, Ian Hickson stated that "work on Acid4 will begin when three of the four top rendering engines have builds that pass the test, and will be finished and announced after four of the top four rendering engines have announced that they have fixed all the bugs found by Acid3." Today, with the release of Firefox 7, 3 of the top 4 engines now pass the Acid3 test (WebKit and Presto have passed it since 2008), although this reference to a start date has quietly been removed. Even Trident (IE) has now quietly managed to muster a 100/100 score on Acid3. So, is it time to start work on Acid4?

Comment Acid 4 (Score 1) 452

It looks like Firefox 7 just about passes the Acid 3 test now (it scores 100/100, although I'm seeing a rendering error). Does that mean we should now expect to see work on Acid 4 begin in the near future?

Hickson had previously stated that work would begin when 3 of the 4 major rendering engines passed the Acid 3 test. WebKit and Presto already passed, so Mozilla should make that 3/4. Heck, even Trident is scoring 100/100 now.


Submission + - AMD Fusion APU a good fit for desktop replacements (techreport.com)

crookedvulture writes: AMD's hopes for the consumer market are pinned heavily on its latest A-series APUs. Otherwise known as Llano, these CPU/GPU hybrids have started popping up in the larger, budget notebooks that are whittling away at desktop market share. A closer inspection of Asus' 15.6" entry into this market reveals a system with potent CPU and gaming performance, built-in USB 3.0 support, but only mediocre battery life. That's not a bad trade-off for only $600. However, just as Intel has some catching up to do on the graphics front, Llano's relatively high power consumption remains a concern for notebooks.

Submission + - Google Drops Cloud Lawsuit Against US Gov't (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "A year ago, Google sued the U.S. government because the government's request for proposals for a cloud project mandated Microsoft Office; Google felt, for obvious reasons, that this was discriminatory. Google has now withdrawn the suit, claiming that the Feds promised to update their policies to allow Google to compete. The only problem is that the government claims it did no such thing."

KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt 196

An anonymous reader writes "A proposal has been brought up with KDE developers by Cornelius Schumacher to merge the KDE libraries with the upstream Qt project. This could potentially lead to KDE5 coming about sooner than anticipated, but there's very mixed views on whether merging kdelibs with Qt would actually be beneficial to the KDE project, which has already led to two lengthy mailing list talks (the first and second threads). What do you think?"

Adobe Releases Its Own HTML5 Video Player 139

An anonymous reader writes "Webmonkey has an interesting tidbit about Adobe's release of its own HTML5 video player: 'Adobe has released an embeddable video player that plays HTML5 native video in browsers that support it, and falls back to Flash in browsers that don't. It's cross-browser and cross-platform, so it works on iPhones, iPads and other devices that don't support Flash. Using Adobe's new player, these devices can show videos in web pages without the Flash plug-in.'"

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