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Comment Scant on details, high on assumptions (Score 4, Informative) 127

The details on this new packaging system are scarce--and I've checked--but it looks like a reimplementation of Docker, which would be a welcome addition. A number of comments have stated that this would lead to library fragmentation and security problems with a large number of library 'copies' needing updates. However, if this is implemented like Docker, all the apps would depend on a core image that would be updated in itself.

Frankly, docker apps are the future of package management. Each app is sandboxed (like a chroot jail), and you can establish firewall-like access to the app for directories, services and such. Also, dependency hell goes away because these apps use the advantages of static and dynamic libraries. As long as a package is using a core image (like Ubuntu 16.04), then updates to that image are automatically upgraded to all apps.

The only puzzling aspect of this is why ubuntu didn't just use Docker. X connections are non trivial with Docker, and perhaps this new system makes access more straightforward. In any event, I think there's more than meets the eye here. Apt rocks, but docker is better for package management.

Comment Description, editing (Score 4, Informative) 39

The Dash appears to be a much maligned alarm clock tablet by Sony. I guess this fix addresses some of the issues owners have had and complained about.

I personally find the target audience for this device hard to envision. I guess it's for people that aren't satisfied with a simple alarm clock and either don't want to bring a tablet to bed or don't own one. No thank you.

Finally, a note about editing. If a script can do a better job editing, maybe you shouldn't be an editor. I really don't think this summary was looked at by a person, in which case: Whiplash, please hire developers to make better editing scripts. The summaries should contain information about the device, why we might want to care, and the issue with the device--none of which show up in this summary.

Comment Re:Fair that money was awarded, amount excessive (Score 3, Interesting) 236

I don't disagree that the amount seems excessive. However, you can't compare him to a regular person. The personal damage could be comparable to a regular person--and the damages should be comparable. However, a large part of the damages here are for professional damages. I'd be surprised if the professional damages were that high too, but I guess the jury did not. It appears he was fired from the WWE over this.

The number will escalate too, as they haven't added on punitive damages, and he's also getting money from the CEO and editor at the time.

Comment Re:In related news... (Score 3, Informative) 110

I lived in DC for 5 years. Before, I lived in NYC for 5 years, and I'm now living in Chicago for 3, so I have some basis for comparison. The DC metro system is in an unusually high state of disrepair. Fixes don't happen until they're life threatening--and even then, they sometimes don't happen for a year.

While I was living in DC, at least 2 DC metro events made the national news: the first was the train collision that killed a few people because the conductors weren't coordinated, and the second was due to an escalator brake collapsing, leading to multiple injuries. I've also had to find alternative means of transportation due to 2 fires in the metro system. People aren't complaining that work is being done on the system. People are complaining that there is very little maintenance and that problems get so severe that a whole system shutdown is needed.

There have been a number of articles in the Post about the state of disrepair for the DC metro system. Many people have speculated that the system is corrupt. They certainly charge enough for the service. A 30 minute trip costs about $2.25, and a one hour trip costs about $5.00.

After having used the NYC, DC and Chicago systems extensively--and the BART system--I'd have to say that the DC system is a disaster. The problem is particularly acute for the DC area since the city is not designed to handle the amount of traffic its population would otherwise need.

Comment Re:I am not a physicist but... (Score 4, Informative) 339

Those numbers are highly misleading. The NIH gets about 32 billion, the NSF about 5-6 and NASA gets a few billion. That's ~10% of the research money account for on the Wiki link you post. Most of the money accounted for there is for defense, like the DoD--not for basic research. There's no doubt that China spends a lot here too, but you'd have to eliminate defense funds to make a better apples-to-apples comparison.

I'm a Professor in the US, and I have many colleagues in the hard sciences in China. China and the Middle East are spending a lot more money on basic research now, per researcher, than the US.

Comment Adessor Ergonomic (Score 2) 452

I'm not sure you have to spend a lot of money to get a great keyboard. I've been using an Adesso keyboards for about 5-6 years (Tru-Form Media Contoured Ergonomic Keyboard (PCK-208B)).

I haven't had to replace one of these, and they're truly ergonomic. I switched to an ergonomic keyboard after writing my dissertation gave me pain in my wrists using a standard keyboard. Getting used to an ergonomic keyboard makes a world of difference for wrist pain, and it's completely natural to switch back to a conventional keyboard. I'd also be careful in buying Microsoft ergonomic keyboards. These tend to separate the left- and right-hand keys, but do not slant the keys to match the natural angle of your hands when typing. The above Adesso keyboard (and keyboards from other manufacturers) have angled keys that more closely match the natural orientation of your hands when typing.

Another great input interface is the trackball. I use the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball. I've found that keeping your mouse arm stationary goes a long way for wrist and arm pain too. These take a bit of getting used to, but they're well worth the commitment. The only drawback is that I have to clean my trackball once every couple of days.

Submission + - White House Petition Signatures Needed for Helium Supply Closure (

An anonymous reader writes: With the pending closure of the Federal Helium Reserve on October 7, 2013, we are facing a loss in the availability of 42% of the US crude Helium supply and 1/3 for the world's supply. Helium's unique physical properties make it vital for scientific research, medicine, hospitals and manufacturing, and greatly reducing its availability will have a devastating impact on these industries. We are requesting your help by signing our We the People petition to the White House.

Comment A shocking statement (Score 4, Insightful) 692

No one would argue that Steve Jobs made important contributions to modern computing. However, it's hardly surprising that a CEO, such as Ellison, would have an inflated perception of the importance of one individual (i.e. the CEO) to the success of a company. If he didn't believe that, then it would be hard to justify the millions he pays himself every year.

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