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Comment Re:Captain Obvious? (Score 2) 292

My questions are not tainted by real world experiences, so feel free to enlighten me. 1. If it is the marketing people who have the final say, why aren't they part of the process from the beginning? 2. If design people can throw in fundamental changes to UI, why are they the last to be asked? In sum: Is this just mismanagement or is there some fundamental truth about real world development that escapes me somehow?

Submission + - German hackers reverse engineer government spyware (www.ccc.de)

clemenstimpler writes: Quote from the article: "The largest European hacker club, "Chaos Computer Club" (CCC), has reverse engineered and analyzed a "lawful interception" malware program used by German police forces. It has been found in the wild and submitted to the CCC anonymously."

Rumor has it that defendants on trial became suspicious when screenshots alleging illegal conduct were introduced in court and sent their hard disks to the renowned CCC for forensic analysis. The malware seems to be of low quality, leaving the infected computers open for infection by third parties.

Comment Why this went on so long (Score 3, Interesting) 152

The lawyers were paid upfront - so they may be forced to beat single bones of this skeleton to an en-banc-hearing or the Supreme Court. Both are dead ends.

I guess this charade will have taught Boies Schiller & Flexner that such arrangements are a bad deal. Larry Ellison will have to cough up money for every step he wants to go in Oracle vs. Google (maybe the best coming out of this case).

And, of course, the counterclaims of SCO vs. IBM may have to be dealt with.

Submission + - German wiki: minister Guttenberg is a plagiarist! (monstersandcritics.com)

clemenstimpler writes: Quote from the article: "A website calling itself GuttenPlag, where users can post all incidences of apparent plagiarism they spot in Guttenberg's manuscript, already claims to have found incidences on more than every second page. " Link: http://guttenplag.wikia.de/ Jimmy Wales has noticed the uproar as well: http://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/38319628300066816

Comment Him ain't complex! (Score 1) 989

Two arguments against that: 1. He/She does not live. If your soul went to heaven - an unlikely proposition, I know - eternal bliss would not be a part of your life, but rather of your afterlife. If this is the place where you can meet your maker, and a place, where you don't live, your maker won't live either, I guess. 2. God has always been envisioned in the Christian theological tradition as a simple being. The same goes for souls and angels, btw. So there is no way of thinking Him as "complex" - because complex things by definition may degenerate, and a degenerating God is inconceivable. Conclusion: Always know your enemy. ;)

Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word 553

ObsessiveMathsFreak writes "Today's xkcd comic introduced an unusual word — malamanteau — by giving its supposed definition on Wikipedia. The only trouble is that the word (as well as its supposed wiki page) did not in fact exist. Naturally, much ado ensued at the supposed wiki page, which was swiftly created in response to the comic. This article has more on how the comic and the confusion it caused have put the Net in a tizzy. It turns out that a malamanteau is a portmanteau of portmanteau and malapropism, but also a malapropism of portmanteau. All this puts Wikipedia in the confusing position of not allowing a page for an undefined word whose meaning is defined via the Wikipedia page for that word — and now I have to lie down for a moment."

Comment Standard compliance (Score 2, Interesting) 260

The decisive advantage of open formats should be that you can work around any limitations posed by an application. Moreover, every OO-user can send you a pdf preserving all essential properties of the document. I'm curious why none of these options seems to help you. And, by the way, what is an "epub-company"? A company publishing ebooks in epub format, or rather a company pursuing electronic publishing?

Comment Re:Potentially disastrous to science fiction write (Score 1) 650

All you need then is an anti-information machine. So SF-writers would have to dream up a machine capable of annihilating information gathered in centuries before in order to compensate for gravitational effects. Oh... wait.. the internet exists... we just have to wait for its effects to get big enough: Buying an amnesia of, say, two years will buy you a journey to alpha centauri in the near future. ;)

Comment Re:Unexpected results (Score 1) 582

1: The /. demographic is probably surprisingly old.
2: That doesn't mean we weren't once 20-30
3: I live in the "boonies/flyover country etc", or Indiana if you've ever heard of it, my house was like 50K, while not a palace it ain't a dump either. my mortgage is only $4something a month. I'm relatively cheap, but groceries for two around a hundred something a week, this puts me more or less in the 1:1 category.

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