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Comment Re:More like Nikon is the victim. (Score 1) 272

Help me understand - you are mad at the victim? Do you stop talking to friends because they paid for Windows? Don't buy anything with a Samsung-made component?

I'm sure Nikon looked at the cost of fighting and decided it made business sense to pay them. Consider the volume of Android devices Nikon sells vs. Samsung and other cell phone companies. If it doesn't make sense for the cell phone vendors, it is unlikely to make sense for Nikon to fight in court.

Frankly, your anger toward Microsoft might be better directed at Microsoft. And Google. Why hasn't Google challenged this?

I will not be purchasing Nikon products because I want other companies to understand the full price of caving in to patent trolls. I will pay a little more to support a company with a spine and a long term outlook on the situation. Unfortunately it is getting harder and harder to find such companies.

Comment Dinosaur Behavior (Score 5, Interesting) 528

There is a lot of speculation about dinosaur behavior. For example people talk about how velociraptors hunted in packs or how they hunted. When these things are discussed in the media the ideas are stated with a great deal of certainty. How do you react when these theories are stated as being definite facts? What do you, as a scientists, try to do to try to get reporters to understand the nature of science and the role of dialogue/debate and uncertainty within the scientific community?

Comment Re:Do you like being worshiped ? (Score 1) 573

This brings up a good point. Let me rephrase the question.

Mr Stallman, you are regarded as a founding father of the free software movement, and your opinion on free software carries a lot of weight. Because of this you are put under a harsh spot light, and every little thing you do is magnified. For example, your comments about Steve Jobs immediately after his death were broadcast quite widely. To some people the timing showed a lack of taste and were seen as disrespectful. Because of your status in the free software movement your statement was used by some to smear the larger community. How do you feel about this kind of attention? Have you given it much thought, and what kind of insight can you share about the situation you are in when your private and public mannerisms are misconstrued to be part of a larger group's views and outlooks?

Comment Re:Either? (Score 1) 707

I still do not understand why Rep. Paul can be considered a Libertarian. His Libertarian leanings extend only to his views on business regulations and fiscal matters. When it comes to personal liberties he is on the opposite extreme. His views on social issues are that it is okay to use the power of government to forcibly tell people what they can do and restrict our options. That is not liberty. It is an expansion on the power of government in our lives. Liberty is not about money it is about freedom.

Submission + - International Launch of "Boy" in joepardy (

capt.Hij writes: The film "Boy" has been a extremely popular in New Zealand. The film has been leaked and has spread on the internet. So far it has only been released in New Zealand (except for a brief viewing at the Sundance Film Festival), and it appears that the international release is in jeopardy because of doubts that it can be sold. In particular the film has not been released yet in Australia which hosts a large number of kiwis. Another point of view (with more links) can be found in the following blog entry. The speed of the internet and the limited ability to give every film a world wide viewing at once raises a question as to why the film execs insist that we all have to wait and find a seat at our local movie theaters.

Comment Re:So... (Score 5, Insightful) 211

From the article:

"I understood that the North Korean IT industry had good potential because of their skilled software engineers, but due to the lack of communication it was almost impossible to work with them productively from outside," said Volker Eloesser, president of Nosotek. "So I took the next logical step and started a company here."

To answer your question, it says that amoral managers are willing to get in bed with the most evil of monsters if it means they can make money. If this is the next "logical step" then something is seriously wrong with this person's decision making process.

Comment Similar Systems Already Used (Score 1) 554

The use of rf clickers like the interwrite prs makes this old news. Some profs already use the "clickers" for attendance as well as for in-class participation. Most use it to give students a chance for extra credit and to get feedback from students. Off course at the end of the semester it all comes down to just getting the grade (sadly). Personally, students should be treated as if they were adults. They should be able to decide if they will go to class. I do not understand why these profs want to force people to go to their class when they do not want to go. It is better to have students who want to be there.
The Military

Indian Military Hopes to Weaponize the Searing "Ghost Pepper" 267

coondoggie writes "The military in India is looking to weaponize the world's hottest chili, the bhut jolokia or 'ghost pepper,' according to a number of news outlets. The Bhut Jolokia chili pepper from Assam, India is no ordinary pepper. In tests first conducted by the New Mexico State University in 2008 and subsequently confirmed by Guinness World records and others, the Bhut Jolokia reached over one million Scoville heat units, while the next hottest, the Red Savina Habenero, clocks in at a mere 577,000. Scoville units are a universally accepted measure of chili hotness."

Nmap 5.20 Released 36

ruphus13 writes "Nmap has a new release out, and it's a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, 'Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumbies, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify. This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat and Ndiff. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. '"

Disney Releases 3D Texture Mapper Source Code 83

dsavi writes "Ptex, Walt Disney Animation Studio's cutting-edge 3D texture mapping library which was first used on nearly every surface in the 2008 animated feature Bolt, was released under the BSD license on Friday. Quoting the announcement on 'We expect to follow Ptex with other open source projects that we hope the community will find beneficial. We will soon be launching a new Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology page under It will include links to our open source projects as will as a library of recent publications.' This looks good for open source 3D graphics."

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