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Comment Re:Shoot the Schoolmaster CIO (Score 5, Insightful) 89

It's more subtle than that. The Dutch schoolmaster CIO only has two pieces of software to choose from, one of which is a bunch of outdated Windows desktop apps that are terrible to work with and the one TFA is about, which is a fairly decent set of web apps that unfortunately have never worked on anything but windows (first they used all sorts of ActiveX components, now it's a bunch of Silverlight crap, apparently). So there really is very little the schoolmaster CIO can do, and given the lack of options, he probably made the best possible choice.

Comment Re:Drupal 6? (Score 1) 21

Technically speaking, Drupal 6 does not have elements like "Left Column" and "Right Column". If you base your themes on the Zen base theme, you can have whatever "column" you want. I'm assuming (I'm not a themer with in depth knowledge on the subject) this is because Drupal 6, too, has a notion of regions. There's probably a lot you can learn from this book that will still be applicable to Drupal 7 (the differences aren't huge). That said, I don't see why they didn't just do a quick rewrite to incorporate the main changes and slap a Drupal 7 title on the book, the way they did with the Pro Drupal Development book.

Comment Re:Two party system? (Score 1) 614

Hahaha... and it takes them over half a year to form a government, if at all... Yes, Belgium isn't the best example, but his point stands. Only it's better to substitute the Netherlands for Belgium to make it. In the Netherlands it really works this way: multiple parties have to form a majority government and this, in theory at least (in practice "politicking" screws it up), allows for multiple points of view to be represented. In Belgium it only works like this on the regional level (Flanders, Wallonia). On the national level parties from both regions have to be represented in government. Preferrably governments consist of similar parties from both regions, so for example it'll be made up of Flemish socialists, Wallonian socialists, Flemish liberals and Wallonian liberals. The problem is that the supposedly similar parties from both regions may not at all have the same viewpoints. This is what caused the coalition forming after the last election to go wrong: the Flemish Christian Democrats were elected on a ticket that would give further autonomy to Flanders. The Wallonian Christian Democrats are hell bent on preventing that (as it would put an end to federal support for economically backwards Wallonia).

Submission + - Komodo Spawns New Open Source IDE Project 1

techoon writes: Development tools vendor ActiveState is opening up parts of its Komodo IDE (define) in a new effort called Open Komodo. The Open Komodo effort will take code from ActiveStates freely available, but not open source, Komodo Edit product and use it as a base for the new open source IDE. The aim is to create a community and a project that will help Web developers to more easily create modern Web-based applications.

Thin Water Acts Like a Solid 138

Roland Piquepaille writes "What happens when you compress water in a nano-sized space? According to Georgia Tech physicists, water starts to behave like a solid. "The confined water film behaves like a solid in the vertical direction by forming layers parallel to the confining surface, while maintaining it's liquidity in the horizontal direction where it can flow out," said one of the researchers. "Water is a wonderful lubricant, but it flows too easily for many applications. At the one nanometer scale, water is a viscous fluid and could be a much better lubricant," added another one."

Submission + - Canada to Ban Incandescent Bulbs by 2012

Radon360 writes: Canada will ban the sale of inefficient incandescent light bulbs by 2012 as part of a plan to cut down on emissions of greenhouse gases. Canada is the second country in the world to announce such a ban. Australia said in February it would get rid of all incandescent bulbs by 2009. The ban will not apply to uses where incandescent bulbs are still the only practical alternative.

Feed Review: InDesign CS3 (

Despite a few wrinkles and omissions, InDesign remains the most capable page layout software available. The more I use this new version, the more I appreciate the subtle retooling throughout, not just the obvious new features. InDesign CS3 is an upgrade that you'll grow to like.


Submission + - What is cancer?

gerexs writes: "Cancer is a kind of disease characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into its neighbor tissue or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis. A process called staging helps in assessing the prognosis and in determining the most appropriate treatment to the unrestrained growth of cancer cells. It is used by physicians to describe the extent of spread of a cancer. In this system, cancer is being classified into four stages. Stage I — there's no involvement of lymph nodes and no spread of the cancer from metastases or its original site. Stage IV — the advance cancer, with both distant metastases and lymph node involvement."
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