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Comment Re:Good thing (Score 0) 949

The only reason I have purchased any of the CDs I own is because of downloading them before buying to hear the entire album, to find out if it is worth buying. I have hundreds of CDs because the artists made good albums, albums worth paying for because every track was good. I would not have bought a single album if it wasn't for being able to download the tracks in FLAC before buying.

Submission + - Climategate spreads to Wikipedia (nationalpost.com) 14

sparkydevil writes: Some catnip to those who have long argued about administrator bias and groupthink in Wikipedia.

Canada's National Post reports here and here that one of the objectives of those promoting Climate alarm was to control Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003 U.K. scientist and Green Party activist William Connolley, one of nine Realclimate.org team members, rewrote Wikipedia'½Â½Â(TM)s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling as well as working to erase the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warm Period and infamous hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the team.

According to the article Connolly created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles, removed more than 500 articles as an administrator and barred over 2000 Wikipedia contributors while rewarding those who supported his views. "In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement."

Comment Re:The 2.5 Exponent (Score 2, Interesting) 181

That is certainly true, but it would be interesting to see if there is some sort of periodicity, particularly considering that there are many different annual events and cycles that could affect insurgencies and the way that they plan and carry out attacks. The 2.5 exponent may be completely unrelated to the year, but it is interesting that it does roughly correspond to an order of magnitude larger attack on roughly annual timescales.

Comment Here is a solution to cell phone madness (Score 0) 319

Let us interested Americans pool resources and start a nation wide non-profit cellphone company where we can all do as we please or where we can all utilize resources according to predetermined policies.

It would not be that hard.

Or, we could take over an existing company like Metro then do as we please. We surely can raise a few billion dollars, can't we?

Comment Re:Next time read at least the complete summary (Score 1) 1127

It doesn't actually work that way - not in practice, at any rate. That's economics theory over-applied.

Let's suppose child porn didn't exist - a hypothetical situation, but also an admitted impossibility. If child porn didn't exist, why would anyone know to make it? How is this "demand" being demonstrated? If some guy says "I want naked pictures" you are not necessarily going to oblige him unless your intent is to do so anyway, correct?

The whole "you create demand for the creator's work" argument is a bit fallacious, I think.

Now, distribution, on the other hand... yeah, that should carry heavy penalties. And the creators should be publicly executed.


Vintage Games Screenshot-sm 159

Aeonite writes "Featuring a subtitle that is almost longer than the preface, Vintage Games: An Inside Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time offers a retrospective look at those games which authors Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton feel were, in their words, 'paradigm shifters; the games that made a difference.' As the preface points out, these are not necessarily best-selling games, innovative games, or novel games, but rather titles that, 'in their own special way changed videogames forever.'" Keep reading for the rest of Michael's review.

Feed The Register: Netezza nets plenty of cash in IPO (theregister.com)

Teradata licks lips

Netezza sure sounds like some namby-pamby Web 2.0 start-up destined for failure. The company, however, is actually a masculine, high-end hardware and software maker that just enjoyed an almost spectacular initial public offering (IPO).

Feed The Register: DARPA seeks 'Deep Green' battle computer (theregister.com)

Human GIs to be pawns in deadly man-vs-machine chess game

The scientists and engineers of DARPA (The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Pentagon's gateway to the technological left field, have struck again. The bulgy-bonced battle boffins have decided to sink some cash into an effort to develop a super-intelligent battle computer system which will enable US soldiers to be invincible in the field.


Submission + - Do "Illegal" Codecs Actually Scare Linux U (earthweb.com) 1

jammag writes: "In this article, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that "Despite strong points that go far beyond price, Linux falls short when it comes to legally supporting file formats such as MP3, WMA/WMV and DVDs." He talks about using Ubuntu and booting up Totem Movie Player, only to be confronted with a burst of legalese about what a hardened criminal he'll be if he uses Totem without a license. (Gasp!) This problem is "a deal breaker" for him."

Submission + - All Humans Evolved from a Single Origin in Africa (sciencedaily.com)

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "Researchers at the University of Cambridge have combined studies of global human genetic variations with skull measurements worldwide to conclusively show the validity of the single origin hypothesis. The alternative hypothesis contended that different populations independently evolved from Homo erectus to Home sapiens in different areas. The lead researcher explains, 'The origin of anatomically modern humans has been the focus of much heated debate. Our genetic research shows the further modern humans have migrated from Africa, the more genetic diversity has been lost within a population. However, some have used skull data to argue that modern humans originated in multiple spots around the world. We have combined our genetic data with new measurements of a large sample of skulls to show definitively that modern humans originated from a single area in Sub-saharan Africa.' The article abstract is available from Nature."
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Submission + - Corporate America embraces F/OSS (arstechnica.com)

athloi writes: "Wal-mart is selling a $300 PC using a VIA chip and OpenOffice under Windows Vista. The two centerpieces of the Everex offering are the inclusion of OpenOffice.org 2.2 and the absence of crapware typically bundled with low-cost PCs. Including OO.org instead of Microsoft Office or even Microsoft Works allowed the PC manufacturer to shave a few additional dollars off of the PC's price, and according to OO.org marketing project lead John McCreesh, the open-source office suite passed all of Everex's tests "with flying colors." Corporate America is clearly ready to sell F/OSS on clone chipsets however they can, because they're sick of the wIntel monopoly! http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070718-298- wal-mart-pc-features-openoffice-org-no-crapware.ht ml"

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