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Comment Thank god (Score 1) 168

Thank god they did away with it. Thunderbolt 1 and USB 2: when you looked at the specs, that thing did not have any real reason to exist anymore.

For ~$500, there is the LG 27MB85R, exactly the same dimensions and resolution except it has Thunderbolt 2.

Comment So how do we miss a 300 foot object that has been (Score 5, Insightful) 237

So how do we miss a 300 foot object that has been orbiting the Earth for around 50 years?

We weren't looking for that particular object.

Also, space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

Comment Re:Inapplicable (Score 1) 173

The wikipedia article on derived works says that things even as derivative as translations are protected under fair use. One could argue that these spoilers are a translation of the work into the author's own terms. Unless there is a substantial amount of information copied from the transcript or some copyrighted, released work this should be a derived work protected under fair use. (I'm not a lawyer, blah)

Comment Re:No more book reports on non Public Domain works (Score 1) 173

... or non-fiction. Just because the written/recorded work was based on real-world facts doesn't mean that it isn't copyrightable. It just helps distinguish how ridiculous it is that re-telling a story is somehow copyright infringement. If it isn't infringement with non-fiction it shouldn't be with fiction either (unless it is so extremely similar that it doesn't get fair-use protection for derived works).

Not a lawayer, just my opinion, blah blah

Comment Black Lab or PinGuy (Score 1) 6

Lately I've been enjoying Black Lab Linux. It's based off Ubuntu (which means you'll be compatible with the official nomachine packages) and XFCE (so it'll be nice and snappy on older hardware). It comes out of the box configured without tons of bells and whistles: fairly sane and usable defaults and no extra frills.

If you want something with a more slick look and feel and much more painstakingly customized I've enjoyed PinGuy OS. It's got Gnome by default (thus the higher system requirements) but has a lot of attention to detail put into it. The author puts a lot of time and attention into shopping around for the best applications for music, movies, etc and has it configured with all the customizations he finds usually himself installing for others right out of the box.

Comment Bloated (Score 2) 222

I consider the big ones quite bloated for my purposes. I'm not a web dev, I'm an iOS developer. What I need, is a very simple CMS where I can just paste in a template and then make very small adjustments. Often, you pick any of the gazillion CMSes with a version number in the 0.x series. Their biggest selling point is that it's "light-weight", simply because it's not yet mature.

CMS Made Simple however is mature, but still light-weight. It has been existing for years and is in the 2.x series. They waited a looong time before the 2.x series was really, really stable and only recently announced that they'll stop supporting their 1.x series. Very professional.

Math

The World's Oldest Computer May Have Predicted the Future (gizmodo.com) 143

Gizmodo reports: Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world's first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device... It wasn't programmable in the modern sense, but it's considered the world's first analog computer.
schwit1 shares a report from the Associated Press:: For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism -- named after the southern Greek island off which it was found -- was a tantalizing puzzle.... After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text -- a quarter of the original -- in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains. They say it was a kind of philosopher's guide to the galaxy, and perhaps the world's oldest mechanical computer.

Comment Re:Winter? (Score 3, Insightful) 249

They're doing what the Saudis are doing, laying the groundwork for the post-fossil fuel age. The Koch Brothers may be funding psuedoskepticism, and there may be lots of people who believe AGW is an evil lie designed by Satan and/or Communists, but countries like Norway and Saudi Arabia, major oil producers that they are, know very well that sooner or later, and likely sometime after the middle of this century, the Age of Oil is going to come to an end.

Norway is also one of those smarter states who has been stowing away oil revenues, unlike, say Venezuela and Alberta, and the Saudis are following suit with their own sovereign wealth fund, the largest in history.

To add to your excellent post:
“The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.” -- Sheikh Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabian oil minister '62-'86

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