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Comment Re:Quick question (Score 1) 627

> It's when the government knows they are there and do nothing about it. The Taliban didn't just "house" Al Qaeda , they harbored them.

No shit soldier. Get your rifle and head on to Washington. Because the US of A should be getting ready to get a whooping from you. Here is a list of terrorists that US harbors. So go and take down that country son, make you momma proud:

Pedro Remon
Guillermo Novo
Louis Posada Carriles

Comment Re:Unfortunately not (Score 5, Insightful) 978

That is not true. In starvation mode the body will use the fat first and then the muscle. A body without muscle and all fat is useless. In other words, look at the victims of famine, they usually can still move even though they are emaciated, _but_ they are not fat. If muscle would burn first, they would just end up as sacks of lard + bones completely unable to move. If such an organism ever evolved it probably, it would have quickly died out out as it would not be very efficient.

Comment Re:Hackers Diet FTW. (Score 1) 978

Good point. Also some studies have shown that those who exercise don't lose as much weight because they perceive exercise as this great calorie burning activity, then they go and eat more to reward themselves for the 'great job' they've done. In other words they think they are way ahead and have plenty of calorie budget while in reality they didn't really burn that many calories. All in all, if humans would have burned as many calories as we think we burn exercising we wouldn't be here. We would have starved ourselves to death, just by hunting or gathering berries. I think it is completely ridiculous to get eat giant American-sized portions (spend more money on food) and then spend hours and hours in the gym (paying for gym membership and paying with lost time) just to burn all that excess fat off. Now, don't get me wrong, I think exercise is good for health. So people should exercise, but it is just not the best way to lose weight.

Comment Re:A more likely possibility (Score 1) 638

Yet Soyuz keeps chugging along while the Shuttle is being retired. There were over 850 launches of the Soyuz launch vehicle with very few failures. I would say Russian space engineering is not worse than American space engineering when it comes to safety and reliability. Now when it comes to fancy features and gadgets, they are definetly behind.

Comment Tags (Score 2, Insightful) 148

Go with tags, they are more powerful. Folders will force you into a hierarchy (if you can even have sub-folders).

With tags you can create arbitrary categories. So a "status" tag can be assigned to an email that already has a "report" tag but also to the one that has a "meetings" tag. In other words it is like being able to put the same object in two different folders.

One drawback of tags is, that it is harder to visualize. Google does a good job with searching but I can't think how you can visualize it (as a graph/hypergraph actually might work).

The other drawback is that people are more used to folder because they dealt with file systems before ("I'll make a folder for dates, then inside we'll split them by topic" kind of thinking).


Submission + - Call 9-1-1, get yourself killed (livejournal.com)

ajb44 writes: What do you do if you discover a crime, and the criminals haven't seen you yet? Call 911 on your mobile. Problem is, some recent mobiles now squawk loudly when you do this, potentially alerting the criminals to your presence. A FOAF had this happen to her. Fortunately the criminals had already left, but she's now worried about using 911 when checking her woods for criminal activity. Verizon and Casio techs claimed that this is an FCC mandate, but it's not really clear yet. Please help tell the FCC, Verizon and Casio that this is a dumb idea.

Feed Spying Too Secret for the Courts (wired.com)

AT&T and the government tell an appeals court that the case against the telecom for allegedly helping the government spy on Americans is too secret for any court, despite the Administration's admission it did spy on Americans without warrants.


Submission + - Using Google Earth to see destruction

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, an environmental advocacy group [Appalachian Voices] joined with Google to deliver a special interactive layer for Google Earth. This new layer will tell "the stories of over 470 mountains that have been destroyed from coal mining, and its impact on nearby ecosystems. Separately, the World Wildlife Fund has added the ability to visit its 150 project sites using Google Earth.
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Journal Journal: Gentoo is like Soviet union at the moment 1

Gentoo is like Soviet union at the moment is my impression of it. It's slowly but sure starting to collapse.

Testing and fixing things is slower than few years ago and developers are nasty about each other. Ideology is great but it doesn't seem to work in real life conditions. We need to fix it so that it will inspire people to do more for less. Gentoo is all about it's community. Hopes for it's survival are crusial for source based distriputions.

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