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Journal Journal: Clouds like something out of Maxfield Parish 2

The sky and smell of the air after a thunderstorm always make me happy... and that those are, today, accompanied by a sky that looks painted by Maxfield Parish just makes joy well up in my belly until I can't help but laugh!

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Journal Journal: Rain on a thatched roof 2

I love the sound, I love the smell, of rain on a thatched roof. I love the way humidity here pervades everything. I even enjoy this kind of loneliness, once in a while.

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Submission + - Rain on a thatched roof

ParticleGirl writes: I love the sound, I love the smell, of rain on a thatched roof. I love the way humidity here pervades everything. I even enjoy this kind of loneliness, once in a while.

Comment Re:what the hell? (Score 4, Informative) 232

Can we at some point ditch the meme of American males talking about how they live in a basement etc. etc. just because they post on Slashdot?

Once upon a time the gender bias was real; now it's still perception, if nothing else. I would really love to see this poll re-administered.

That poll is from many years ago (don't remember exactly when, but at more than 1500 polls ago I'm pretty sure we're talking on the order of 10 years.) The internet has changed a lot since then.

Comment Re:Yes, even if it kills me (Score 1) 561

I always seriously thought that the day I see the earth from space is the day I could die a happy man.

I'm sick of the infantile hyperbole about human space travel.

Okay, so you're not a candidate for the Mars suicide mission. And probably not for the Lewis and Clark expedition, either. But that doesn't mean that this guy isn't, and that his comment was infantile hyperbole.

Without people who would die to blaze new trails, there would be no new countries to visit, or people like Jimi Hendrix to meet.

Comment Re:Computer/iPhone (Score 1) 373

In western medicine, we use things that work in randomized, double-blind studies. In non-western medicine, they follow tradition, and don't continually test to see whether things work.

Put another way: In western medicine, we use things that work in randomized, double-blind, short-term studies. In non-western medicine, we use things that have consistently worked in practice over the course of many, many generations, rather than continuously testing to see if things work in special cases, particular forms of administration, and particular contexts.

There are good reasons why traditional remedies so consistently prove to be effective. I do not dispute that

as a result [of modern medicine] we live a lot longer and can treat or cure people of conditions that would have killed them

once upon a time. But do not discount the longitudinal studies that comprise tradition.

Comment Re:Economy Class (Score 1, Interesting) 365

Airlines loose an average of 90,000 pieces of luggage every day... and I've often wondered how many of these were actually stolen. I'm sure it's not an insignificant figure, and that this couple is not the only example of luggage stealing taken to the level of a business.

But airlines have very little incentive to take care of your luggage once you've paid to check it. Lost luggage is just accepted by so many travelers as part of the risk of air travel.


Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

Comment Re:Sure, but... (Score 2, Interesting) 404

Yeah CCTV catches every nose pick, every ass scratch, every groin adjustment and potentially offers these images to the world

I personally think that this is a great idea-- make it all public!


I think Warren Ellis had a pretty awesome vision in Transmetropolitan when whatever happens in public spaces becomes accessible to anyone, at any time-- truly publicly available, as many of us want "public" data to be.


I used to work for a government data archive in the burgeoning days of the internet, and they didn't want to make data downloadable-- even though it had to be legally available to the public!-- because they didn't it want to be THAT public. People who didn't understand it, or people who had malicious intentions would have access to it. But you know what? Public is public is public, and technology keeps on making it easier for more and more people to see those public things. CC:TV footage should stream online, and soon there'll be a brigade of human eyes looking out for criminals (and for ways to exploit other people, and to police the police) through those electronic eyes. When they start putting CCTV in your living room, I say THEN you worry.


Submission + - Judge Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision ( 2

snydeq writes: "A federal appeals court has overturned a 2007 decision that Novell owns the Unix code, clearing the way for SCO to pursue a $1 billion copyright infringement case against IBM. In a 54-page decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said it was reversing the 2007 summary judgment decision by Judge Dale Kimball of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, which found that Novell was the owner of Unix and UnixWare copyrights. SCO CEO Darl McBride called the decision a "huge validation for SCO.""

Submission + - USB 3.0 chip details revealed (

oranghutan writes: A company producing silicon for the USB 3.0 standard has claimed its SOC (system on a chip) platform can ship data to external storage devices at 500MB per second. Symwave made the announcement at the Hot Chips conference on Monday. The company has produced prototypes and hopes to ship by the end of the year.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.