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Comment Re:Fix them (Score 3, Informative) 221

This is fine for small, truly personal projects, but once you have a product with other users (as I do), you end up having to prioritize bug fixes. You simply can't fix every single bug right when it's reported. Bug trackers are also good for keeping track of new features to be added in the future, refactoring you'd like to do, etc.

Comment Re:What's the attraction? (Score 1) 358

I agree the analogy isn't perfect, after all they never are. But, I must say getting up at 4AM to get some fish isn't even close to worth it to me. It wouldn't be worth it even if fish cost three times as much as it does. Then again I don't care for fish at all...

The point was really simply that most hams don't so much do it for utilitarian reasons. Rather, it's like all hobbies in that there's fun and satisfaction to be had in accomplishing things that take learning, practice and skill.

With that said, there are still times and situations where ham radio as a communications technology has its place. In emergencies and remote areas, ham radio will work for communication when cell phones, etc. don't.

Comment Re:What's the attraction? (Score 5, Informative) 358

With the internet, and cell phones, and all; what is the HAM radio attraction?

People ask me this all the time. Ham radio is a big hobby with lots of areas to be explored, it's not simply about communicating. Some people are interested in building their own gear, some in preparing for emergencies, some in public service (communications for marathons, parades, etc). Some people are paper chasers, working to earn awards for contacting stations in as many different countries as possible, others like to operate in ham radio contests (like this one: Some hams even bounce signals off the moon, using it as a giant reflector satellite.

When people ask me why I like ham radio when I could just call someone on my cell phone, I like to compare it to fishing or hunting or any number of other hobbies. After all I can just buy fish to eat at the store. Fishing strictly as a means to obtain fish probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but that's not why people do it. Likewise, strictly communicating with other people isn't really why people do ham radio. There's a lot to learn in ham radio, and it can be a really fun, satisfying hobby.


Huge iPhone Cut-and-Paste Tool Security Flaw 85

Harry writes "I'm using Pastebud, the new third-party copy-and-paste solution for the iPhone. It's extremely clever, using a Web-based clipboard to get around the fact that Apple doesn't provide one on the phone. Unfortunately, it seems to be giving users access to e-mails that other Pastebud users send to their clipboards. This has happened to me repeatedly and is being reported by other users in Pastebud's Get Satisfaction support forum. Pastebud is operational and still doing this as I write, even though a message at Get Satisfaction says they're working on the problem."

Submission + - Sex-ed the Tex-ed way

zoltamatron writes: The SF Chronicle is running a story about the Bush administration's abstinence only sex-ed program and how there is no evidence to show that it works any better than the comprehensive education it replaces. Still, California is one of only three states that does not participate in the program that pushes the Texas born curriculum. From the article:

"California took a very progressive approach," [Douglas Kirby] said. "Texas pushed abstinence and made it a little more difficult for teens to receive contraceptives. Pregnancy did go down between 1991 and 2004, but Texas had the second-lowest decline of all states, 19 percent. California had the second-greatest decrease, 46 percent."
The article says there is more than $1 billion in federal money going to these programs.

Submission + - Netscape 9 to Undo Netscape 8 Mistakes?

An anonymous reader writes: MozillaZine reports that Netscape 9 has been announced. The most interesting thing is how they seem to be re-evaluating many of the decisions they made with Netscape 8. Netscape 9 will be developed in-house (Netscape 8 was outsourced) and it will be available for Mac OS X and Linux (Netscape 8 was Windows only). Although Netscape 9 will be a standalone browser, the company is also considering resuming support for Netscape 7.2, the last suite version with an email client and Web page editor. It remains to be seen whether Netscape will reverse the disastrous decision to include the Internet Explorer rendering engine as an alternative to Gecko but given that there's no IE for OS X or Linux, here's hoping. After a series of substandard releases, could Netscape be on the verge of making of a version of their browser that enhances the awesomeness of Firefox, rather than distracts from it?

Submission + - Virtual Worlds Conference Announced

njkid1 writes: "Today, Show Initiative announced the Virtual Worlds Conference. The event is being billed as a place for Fortune 500 to realize their business, entertainment and marketing strategies. The Virtual Worlds Conference will be held from March 28 — 29, 2007 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. 973&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000017"

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