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Comment Incompatibility (Score 1) 432

New Python versions come with incompatible changes. Very rarely you can grab code written for one version and run it completely unmodified on a newer version. This sucks and is made worse by third party APIs that also have to be modified.

It is hard to release new language versions and also keeping backward compatibility. Some languages do it better than others.

Comment Re:The carriers can do whatever they please (Score 1) 190

"My gf, who doesn't have a clue how to unlock and root phones, is using CM7 nightlies on her HTC just fine."


I think U.S. carriers are either too pressed by competition or too greedy. In Argentina (only 3 nationwide) you can get 500 voice minutes, 250 SMS, 250 MMS plus unlimited data (2GB full speed, after that 128kbps) for about USD 50. That includes tethering if you happen to chose an Android 2.2 phone with your plan. You can also have 500 MB (plus 200 minutes and 200 SMS) for USD 30 and also do tethering if your phone supports it.

Submission + - How Ill is Steve Jobs? See Pictures That Has Finan ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: "Pictures of a gaunt Steve Jobs out in California with his wife have prompted financial analysts to ask serious questions about the health of the Apple CEO. The National Enquirer published photos of Mr Jobs last week, outside a Palo Alto cafe with his wife Lauren.
Later on the same day, he was shown to be arriving at the Stanford Advanced Medical centre."


Submission + - Man Arrested for Exploiting Error in Slot Machines ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A man awaiting trial in Pennsylvania was arrested by Federal agents on Jan. 4, and accused of exploiting a software "glitch" within slot machines in order to win payouts. The exploit may have allowed the man to obtain more than a million dollars from casinos in Pennsylvania and Nevada, and officials say they are investigating to see if he used the method elsewhere. The accused stated that "I'm being arrested federally for winning on a slot machine. Let everybody see the surveillance tapes. I pressed buttons on the machine on the casino. That's all I did.".

Apparently, slot machine software errors are fairly common, as witnessed in these stories:

The lesson here seems to be that casinos can deny you a slot machine win any time they wish by claiming software errors, and if you find an error that you can exploit, you may find yourself on Federal charges for doing so.

Comment What about using pdns-recursor? (Score 1) 348

I always use a local dns recursor server so I point my dns settings to I can only see advantages privacy and performance-wise. The kind of problem described in this article seems to be another advantage to my apporach over using an external DNS server, but at the same time I rarely see anybody recommending it. What are the disavantages of using things like pdns-recursor?

Submission + - What Triggers Mass Extinctions? 1

An anonymous reader writes: An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, according to research results published today in the journal PLoS ONE. The study of the collapse of Earth's marine life 378 to 375 million years ago suggests that the planet's current ecosystems, which are struggling with biodiversity loss, could meet a similar fate. Although Earth has experienced five major mass extinction events, the environmental crash during the Late Devonian was unlike any other in the planet's history.
Open Source

Submission + - Open Source Genealogy Software 1

An anonymous reader writes: I'm looking to build a family tree for a holiday gift. Do the slashdotters of the world have any recommendations on open source genealogy software?

I did try a 14-day free trial of What a scam! I submitted the personal information for my parents, grandparents, and me. Then, I received a pop-up telling me that if I would like to get information on my family, I would have to upgrade my subscription for $29.95 U.S. So, I took the chance. Turns out that the only information they had was my previous addresses for the past 20 years. Thanks,! I think I know where I have lived.

Feed Engadget: Samsung Galaxy S receives Gingerbread port right from the Nexus S source (video) (

Hold on to your hats, people, there's a wind of awesomeness coming through. The Nexus S is no longer the only Gingerbread game in town, courtesy of supercurio over on the xda-developers forum, who has ported the hot new phone's Android 2.3 install over to its Samsung forefather, the Galaxy S. The port is described as being unmodified from the Nexus S original, although quite a few basic functions like voice, WiFi, and GPS (insert joke about Galaxy S GPS woes) aren't yet operational. All the same, we agree with supercurio that it's looking "super smooth" and look forward to seeing him and the rest of the xda crew polish this stock Android baby off in short order.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Continue reading Samsung Galaxy S receives Gingerbread port right from the Nexus S source (video)

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Comment They are cheating from the start (Score 4, Informative) 203

"LO TRADUCE EL TEXTO" is not a Spanish phrase, unless you want to say "Text translates it". The Spanish phrase would have been "TRADUCE TEXTO" but I think the result with that tool was so bad they changed the Spanish text until the bad translation rendered a good English phrase.
The same happens with other examples from that video such as "ROPAS OPCIONAL EN ESTA PLAYA". The only way you are going to read that sign is if you ask an English speaker to write it.
What they did was write the English phrases, translate them to Spanish and then translate them back for the video.

Submission + - Visa and Mastercard suspend donations to Wikileaks (

An anonymous reader writes: quoted from the BBC:
"Visa Europe has begun suspending payments to whistle-blowing website Wikileaks ahead of carrying out an investigation into the organization. It follows a similar move by rival payments processor Mastercard on Tuesday...A spokeswoman for Visa Europe said its investigation would determine the nature of Wikileaks' business, and "whether it contravenes Visa operating rules". She added that Visa Europe could not suspend payments to Wikileaks immediately, and that the process took a certain amount of time. Mastercard said in its statement that it was "in the process of working to suspend the acceptance of Mastercard cards on Wikileaks until the situation is resolved"."
So after the Citizen's United decision, it's free speech for corporations to donate however much they want to any organization, but corporations can decide when to forbid my right to freedom free speech?

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