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Comment Re:Maybe this is a generational thing... (Score 3, Funny) 318

we can talk about it in complete detail when it makes sense, i don't need to smell your farts

You might change your mind if you were working with me. My farts smell like roses.

Theoretically pair programming is supposed to pair up programmers with other programmers, not with management.

Hrmm. My farts smell like modular, well engineered Rational roses?

There, fixed that for you.

Comment Re:That looks... (Score 1) 263

Seriously. Agreed.

I've never understood why anyone would create a Gnome/KDE theme that imitated Motif. Motif is one of the ugliest, most horrible abominations to pass for a widget toolkit that I have ever seen.

Comment Re:Buying Windows does some good in the world! (Score 2) 451

The money will only do any good if there are people like the ones volunteering at the soup kitchen, already in places and situations where they can use the money for greater good. If there's no one who can use the money in a constructive manner, the money will probably get wasted.

Comment Anarchy is a conspiracy... (Score 4, Funny) 333

In "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G.K. Chesterton, a detective infiltrates an anarchist meeting and finds out that he is a more persuasive anarchist than the anarchist leaders, and gets elected leader. He goes on to find out that most of the other anarchist leaders are also undercover cops, trying to infiltrate the organization.

So... since fiction is always true, I contend that anarchy is probably just a bunch of people who are trying to infiltrate anarchy.

Comment Who's teaching it? (Score 1) 701

Wait... so this person is teaching it? Or the kid's parents? Or the other grandparents?

If I were going to teach chemistry to my grandkid, it would be different from trying to spark interest in chemistry. If I have grandkids someday, I'll be getting them toys like DNA/skeletal/atomic model manipulatives. My brother got a set of atom manipulatives once for school (disclaimer: I was homeschooled), and they're incredibly addicting to play with, even if you're not building molecules out of atoms and sticks. Watching videos about dropping gummy bears in potassium chloride or pouring thermite on computer hard drives helps, too.

But if I were going to teach homeschool chemistry, I'd make sure that I introduce physical science early in school (like, 9th grade), and consult my college chemistry textbook when teaching chemistry. This would be hard if you've never learned chemistry. Some homeschooling curriculums offer video courses, and some homeschool groups get together and go to an actual high school facility for these classes. I'd recommend this to anyone who hasn't had chemistry, but is faced with teaching it.

Submission + - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS out - Unity gets a second chance (

An anonymous reader writes: So how does Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04) fare ? I will say exceptionally well. Unity is not the same ugly duckling it was made out to be. In Ubuntu 12.04, it has transformed into a beautiful swan. As Ubuntu 12.04 is a long term release, the Ubuntu team has pulled all stops to make sure the user experience is positive.

Ubuntu 12.04 aka Precise Pangolin is definitely worthy of running on your machine.


Submission + - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) released! (

Chankey Pathak writes: "The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed “Precise Pangolin”, 12.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing a few new features and improving quality control."

Comment Also in other news... (Score 1) 129

A commission set up to evaluate the work done by Barack Obama's commission tasked with evaluating the work of Congress in evaluating the Deepwater Horizon incident has given the commission a rating of 'C', or barely satisfactory, for their evaluation of Congress evaluating the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 5, Interesting) 373

I own a complete set of the 1958 Encyclopedia Americana. I do not own it because it is up-to-date, and I got it for free. I keep it because it reminds me of how quickly the sum of human knowledge changes. Many people would consider this a waste of space for what is only a sentimental reason.

In 1958, this was probably one of the best summaries of human knowledge available.

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