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Comment Re:Trolls, go back to your bridge! (Score 1) 272

As with any comedy, some of its great and some of it fails, and a lot is in between. But some of the people on Amazon are basically review comedians, and they're really really good. And maybe the best funny-per-word ratio, of uranium ore:

I purchased this product 4.47 Billion Years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty.

Comment Re:And this is how Linux will win. (Score 1) 326

Right. As computing devices with a user-facing operating system become more and more ubiquitous(at least in the short term), Linux will win from the bottom-up. The price of a device will be inversely correlated with the manufacturer's willingness to shell out the money for a Windows license, and the price of computing is continuing to fall (obviously)

Comment my hypothesis (Score 1) 774

In the same way that humans are the only technological civilization on the earth, we're likely the only technological civilization in the universe as well. The time scale of evolution pales versus the time scale of intelligently-directed technology, so as soon as one group develops technology it will near-instantly spread and conquer ever-larger areas of space. In the same way that we've come across other intelligent but non-technological species (primates, whales/dolphins, birds), we'll likely come across other intelligent and non-intelligent species as we conquer the universe in the relatively near future. Maybe even technological civilizations inferior to ours (there's still a small window of opportunity for another civilization to beat us to the punch and take over earth), but we can predict the general shape of those encounters by looking at the history of such encounters on earth (the first being the destruction of neanderthals)

What's funny is this is practically just a restatement of a fermi paradox, except instead of asking "why aren't they here", it takes into account what would likely happen if they were here - we'd be gone

Comment Re:Hmm. (Score 2, Interesting) 307

Does anyone think the web per-se will still exist 25 years from now, much less 100? Clearly to some extent all the major players(Mozilla, Google, MS, Apple) want to push the web in a variety of directions. Can Mozilla give us a vision of what sort of Mozilla product we'd be using say 15 years from now to browse the "web"

That's not sarcasm, I'm genuinely curious. 15 years ago Mosaic had just been released. Today people can message each other online using a wireless network that didn't exist back then, on a tiny iPhone that's an order of magnitude more powerful than desktop computers from 1993. Can Mozilla really write a business plan that looks even 15 years into the future and tells what it's place will be?


Submission + - Open Source alternative to $25k F5 Appliance (o3magazine.com)

Shawn Wilson writes: "Nginx (Engine-X) provides a FOSS alternative to high priced Global Traffic Management Appliances from F5 Networks and Global Server Load Balancers from companies such as Foundry Networks and Nortel. Nginx provides a fast and lightweight solution that enables Global Traffic Management. GTM or GSLB is a technique used to direct browsers to faster local copies of the same web content, by using the source IP to identify the geographical location of the user. Detailed installation and setup instructions are available in issue 6 of o3 magazine, a free open source / business digital magazine. The magazine is showcasing the solution, as it is hosted on a Content Delivery Network using the very same solution. Using F5 or another vendor, would have cost the magazine approximately US$250,000, instead of two weekends to configure and test the solution."

Journal Journal: New Evidence of Water on Mars

An article in the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=420833&in_page_id=1770) is reporting newly found evidence of water on the surface of Mars. Pictures taken by the Mars Global Surveyor show new light colored deposits in gullies. Another photo shows gullies in craters that scientists believe were caused by recent flows of w

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