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Comment How much can Cowboy Neal carry? (Score 3, Funny) 362

A photon has no mass, so if each on bit is represented by either a photon or no-photon, and assuming Cowboy Neal can carry 80kg, the total amount of information he can carry is 80,000/0.

If he sticks to 1.9g 16GB SD cards though then he can only carry 645TB, a rather shocking 100% decrease in information carrying capacity.

Comment Re:As somebody who moved Toronto to London recentl (Score 1) 1095

Places that aren't mentioned in the guide books often:

  - The Sir John Soane museum. Like the British Museum, but squashed into a residential property. 150 paintings in one (British size) room - bits of the walls fold out. A 3000 year old sarcophagus. Original plans for the Bank of England.

  - The clock gallery at the British Museum. Mechanisms!

  - Monmouth coffee in the seven dials (or by Borough Market, which is also worth visiting).

  - 7th floor bar at the Tate Modern. Second cheapest place to get a good view of the London panorama.

  - Primrose hill. The cheapest place to get a view of the London panorama.

Comment Re:Hell yes! (Score 1) 660

AND incredible features like instant sleep on close/hibernate on low power that require support from both software and hardware.

I guess that would explain why my MacBook Pro (running Ubuntu 8.10) has exactly the same suspend behavior... Linus has been breaking into 1 infinite loop and stealing code from OS X! You would have thought he would have learned after the whole SCO incident.

Comment Re:Handwriting Over the Years (Score 4, Funny) 613

I spent some time working in an office where all the internal walls were made of glass.

As a result I can now write mirrored block capitals fairly fluidly - certainly fast enough to scrawl messages on co-workers office walls that make them snigger before they can hang up the phone.

Because from the outside of the office they were hard to read I didn't get into trouble until I progressed onto drawings. In hindsight the realistic colours were a mistake.

Submission + - Anonymous email hid knife-wielding iPod scammer? (blorge.com)

destinyland writes: "A Fox News affiliate is warning about an anonymous email service and its role in a recent Craig's List attack in which a knife-wielding scammer lured a woman to a park late at night. The site "operates outside the Untied States [sic] and European legal systems," according to the fear-mongering article — since the site is based in Japan. Though the site's promotional copy is also playing up its potential for aiding law breakers. "By law AnonymousSpeech.com only reports to official Japanese government agencies," their front page boasts. "This makes it extremely expensive and troublesome for foreign private parties to obtain information about our subscribers...""
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - A commercial look at the GPL (nyud.net)

also-rr writes: "I needed to present a five minute brief on the GPL and what it could offer a company.

My aim was to give a clear idea of the basics of the GPL and why it should be considered for some projects. In particular there is a focus on partnered projects and how the GPL might be used to build a better relationship.

Entitled "The GNU GPL: A Commercial View" I hope it's useful for anyone else that needs to persuade a value-focused audience of the benefits of the GPL.

What changes would you make to put the point across more effectively? What changes need to be made for GPL3?"


Submission + - Saudi oil production in trouble

IamTheRealMike writes: As one of the worlds most prolific producers of oil, Saudi Arabian production is of vital importance to maintaining our standard of living in the west. A new analysis from Stuart Staniford appears to show large, fast declines in production throughout 2006 that are uncorrelated with price, world events or OPECs own announced production cuts (in fact, no evidence for those cuts occurring is found at all). Given that the apparent steep decline (8%/year) matches the rates seen in other areas where horizontal drilling and water injection were used, and high prices give the Kingdom every incentive to produce, is this the beginning of the end for Saudi oil?

Submission + - Microsoft Charging Businesses $4K for DST Fix

eldavojohn writes: "Microsoft has slashed the price it's going to charge users on the day light savings time fixes. As you know, the federal law that moves the date for DST goes into effect this month. Although this is 1/10 of the original estimate Microsoft made, it seems a bit pricey for a patch to a product you've already paid for. From the article, "Among the titles in that extended support category are Windows 2000, Exchange Server 2000 and Outlook 2000, the e-mail and calendar client included with Office 2000. For users running that software, Microsoft charges $4,000 per product for DST fixes. For that amount, customers can apply the patches to all systems in their organizations, including branch offices and affiliates, said Sweatt. "All they can't do is redistribute them," he said.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The simple pleasure of breaking things.

rlandmann writes: When my mobile phone "failed me for the last time", I smashed it to pieces and have offered the remains on eBay as my way of making a public mockery of the hapless device.

The phone was still under warranty, but to tell the truth, I really couldn't be bothered arguing about it with my phone company, and preferred the visceral satisfaction of the violent destruction of the offending hardware.

The comments and questions other eBayers have been leaving suggest to me that I may have touched on something here. What's the most satisfying way that you've destroyed a technological menace?

Submission + - Microsoft kills off J# language

twofish writes: "Microsoft have announced that J#, its Java clone for .NET, and the Java Language Conversion Assistant will be discontinued and will not appear in the next version of Visual Studio. At the same time they have announced pans for a 64-bit version of the J# Redistributable this year."

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