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Comment Re:This was predicted to happen two years ago (Score 1) 238

> Also, I don't see what's so bad about saying

Not bad, just not how the law thinks you should do it. (So copyright law wasn't designed to scale, that's all.) And yes, I still think your approach is a good one, because even if someone sues you it'd be probably far easier and ultimately cheaper to settle, than contacting every developer individually.

Comment Re:Circadian rhythms (Score 1) 117

If their network guys work like the ones I know, 00:47 is just right before lunch time.

There are human errors, sure, but the worst one I've seen come from management trying to rush things, so the network guys "just stay until it works", instead of leaving it in a known good state and go and take some rest.


New Microscope Reveals Ultrastructure of Cells 58

An anonymous reader writes "For the first time, there is no need to chemically fix, stain or cut cells in order to study them. Instead, whole living cells are fast-frozen and studied in their natural environment. The new method delivers an immediate 3-D image, thereby closing a gap between conventional microscopic techniques. The new microscope delivers a high-resolution 3-D image of the entire cell in one step. This is an advantage over electron microscopy, in which a 3-D image is assembled out of many thin sections. This can take up to weeks for just one cell. Also, the cell need not be labeled with dyes, unlike in fluorescence microscopy, where only the labeled structures become visible. The new X-ray microscope instead exploits the natural contrast between organic material and water to form an image of all cell structures. Dr. Gerd Schneider and his microscopy team at the Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials have published their development in Nature Methods (abstract)."

Comment Re:Git (Score 1) 150

It's just like Portal. It takes a while, then you're thinking with branches, trees, commits and git.

Though the whole Git SCM really lacks a all-in-1-click solution, so you can actually manage your source code. A competent merge tool would be good for starters. Built-in pre-commit warning about unresolved merges (conflict markers left in files), not just the "chmod +x the .git/hooks/whatever if you want a warning". And some visual branch/rebase/cherry-pick management would be nice too.

Comment Re:Did the author completely overlook,,, (Score 1) 289

Just to put 1000 USD into perspective, Hungary's Gross National Income per capita in 2008 was estimated to be 12,810. While New Zealand's was 27,830.

I've had to look up how much an iPhone 3GS is (currently officially available top-of-the-line device from Apple) and it's roughly 680 USD, however one has to enter into a 12 month contract with T-Mobile so it's not even unlocked.

Yeah, I remember, the E70. It came shortly after I simply stopped caring. The low end Nokia phones become sluggish thanks to the not so smart Symbian of that era, and it lacked many features Sony-Ericcsons had. Also that was the year I started burning money thanks to a particular female and fancy phones were out of the question :)

Comment Re:Did the author completely overlook,,, (Score 1) 289

The credit crunch seriously hurt Europe, especially those who are employed. They usually can't afford iPhones and top-of-the-line Androids, not that any of them were available for too long, thanks to idiotic market partitioning.

So, we have Nokias. I've two, and lately I don't even know how much these cost because the company just negotiates some special price list then hands out phones when someone's departs to the GSM afterlife.

Regarding your questions about enthusiasm, we used to. Even laypeople were quite familiar with the product line numbers and wanted the new 63xx or 8xxx or whatever they thought would be good for them.

Nowadays, it's just apathy. Apple is massively overpricing, especially for Central- and Easter-Europe, HTC is just plain expensive and generally not that available, same goes for the Droid for example.

Comment Re:what about gradients? (Score 1) 405

You could even create a shockwave, that'd travel faster than the speed of sound.

Then the crystals break up, it becomes fluid, then, with enough force instant phase change into plasma. (See the Z-machine)

With enough force you could eventually compress the thing enough to start fusion, then if you could somehow push it more, it just becomes a neutron blob. Then quark-ball, then see wikipedia for something called a Q star :)

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