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Comment The governed rule in this country (Score 1) 546

Any rules must apply to all citizens.

This whole thing about private devices, smartphones. And personal mail servers, Hillary.

All of it is about where does individual dominion stop and civil participation start.

I really wish there was a truly open phone OS. Like a BSD varient for smartphones. Where you can own the whole enchilada. Trust, but be able to verify.

Comment Keeping the eco system coherent (Score 5, Insightful) 58

Is the Linux foundation doing anything to insure the various distributions each incorporate the improvements done in the various distributions?

I'm worried about the long term branching side effects. We have Debian, Red Hat, Oracle, and others adding functions and improvements.

What is being done to insure both hybrid vigor and "re-mainlining" of promising branches?

Comment ISP abuse is rampant - Free the internet (Score 1) 301

I don't understand. There is a whole spectrum of abuses on the Internet.

Comcast blocks port 25 and port 80 (inbound) so its impossible for me to run a mail service or a web service from a home computer. I'm forced to rely on service providers other than myself.

AOL is taking advantage of the uninformed. But other ISPs are preventing users from independence in other ways.

Sadly, fighting for an open Internet is getting harder and harder.


Submission + - Invariant Set Postulate - geometrical cosmology

daurtanyn writes: I came across this news item and thought it merited passing along.

World views make a lot of difference in how one interprets the
world. What we can measure, what mathematics can predict, and what
we experience in our world is assisted by the mental frameworks
with which we perceive what we learn.

About a hundred years ago relativity and the inherent differences
in perception due to reference frames made its way into our mental framework.

This new postulate may make the same adjustment to our view in this century.

Here is a popularized article with a fairly good summary.

And here is the actual paper.

United States

Submission + - U.S. students behind in math, science (cnn.com)

tukang writes: American children aren't necessarily getting smarter or dumber, but that might not be good enough to compete globally, according to numbers cited Tuesday by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He noted a special analysis put out last week by the National Center for Education Statistics that compares 15-year-old U.S. students with students from other countries in the Organization for Economic Development. It found the U.S. students placed below average in math and science. In math, U.S. high schoolers were in the bottom quarter of the countries that participated, trailing countries including Finland, China and Estonia. According to the report, the U.S. math scores were not measurably different in 2006 from the previous scores in 2003. But while other countries have improved, the United States has remained stagnant.



Air Force & NASA Fire Off Green Rocket 157

coondoggie writes "NASA and the Air Force said today they had successfully launched a 9-ft. rocket 1,300 feet into the sky, powered by aluminum powder and water ice. This combination of fuel elements, referred to as ALICE, has the potential to replace some liquid or solid propellants. The technology is being developed at Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University. Aside from its environmental benefiits, ALICE has the advantage that it could be manufactured in far-away places, such as the moon or Mars, instead of being transported to distant horizons at great cost, researchers said."

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