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Submission + - Al Jazeera's soccer fan (

dumb_jedi writes: Al Jazeera, while creating a story about Osama Bin Laden, mistakenly used a picture from a Brazillian soccer team fan holding a poster of Osama as a serious... Something!
The picture is number eight in the slideshow:
The team is Gremio, a soccer team from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.


Submission + - India has the World's 7th fastest Supercomputer (

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, 2-May 2011, Indian Space Research Organisation has announced that they has built a supercomputer, which is to be India’s fastest in terms of theoretical peak performance of 220 TeraFLOPS (220 Trillion Floating Point Operations per second).......

Comment Re:Quoting Homer (Score 1) 586

And putting cooking oil on you engine will thrash it too.

Its not a problem with your engine or the fuel, your engine is not ready for ethanol, thats it.

Brazil have been using ethanol for more the 30 years now, and the main problem is with market regulation and prices, as ethanol competes with sugar. That was solved with bi-fuel engines (gasoline and ethanol), you CAN mix them up freely and use whatever is cheaper.

From a envinonmental point of view, ethanol IS better than solar, etc. Solar cars need to use toxic components on the batteries, whereas ethanol is just a matter of ajusting the engine parts that come into contact with the fuel. Ethanol is mixed with water and its more corrosive than gasoline. But engines CAN be converted to run on ethanol only.

And ethanol has been used as a anti-detonant for gasoline for years in Brazil. It actually simplifies the supply chain, because ethanol-only parts can run on gasoline, the opposite is not true.

Comment Linux doesn't have to succeed (Score 1) 1348

I think Linux already succeeded at every market you can think of. Servers ? Check. Appliances ? Check. Smartphones ? Check. Tablets ? Check. Supercomputers ? Check.

Oh, the desktop. It doesn't have to succeed, it already has. Why ? You don't need to have 99% of the market, you need to threaten the dominant player in a market. Think about what hapenned with Mozilla and IE. M$ was sitting on its hands with IE6 for almost three years. Then came FF and that made them release IE7 in less then a year. FF doesn't need 90%+ of market share, I sure hope they don't ever achieve it, it just has to set a new quality standard. If M$ stays still, FF or Chrome will steamroll IE.

The very same thing can be said about Linux in the desktop. It doesn't need a big market share, it needs to stay a viable alternative to Windows. So we consumers get the best of both worlds: a good closed source non-free (as in beer) SO and a good free (as in freedom) OS, pick the one that best suits you!

Comment State the rules on the very first class (Score 1) 870

I'm the husband of an Engineering teacher and that's something we already discussed at home. I'm an Engineer myself, so I'm familiar with the requirements of a hard-science course. My advice to you is simply this: do what you think is appropriate and make sure your students understand those rules on the very first class. If you think they shouldn't use an iPod, then say so. If one student drops the course, it's their decision. What isn't fair is to tell a student they can't use their dictionary on the exam. That korean student could have bought a regular dictionary of told in advance she couldn't use the electronic one.

Comment Re:You can buy a serial-to-usb converter for $15 (Score 3, Informative) 460

Well, as a Electrial Engineer who designs equipment that have a serial console, I think I give you several reasons that the serial console will be round for some years yet.

First, legacy. Most professional routers have come with a serial management console since ever. So anyone who's been trained to manage these devices use serial consoles for that. Of course, by being an IP equipment, you can manage them by accessing the same console using telnet, and you can upgrade their firmware using that console too. A USB to serial converter is a basic tool for anyone managing these type of routers

Second, design. In a microcontroller, one of the simplest devices you can use is the serial port. A lot of bootloaders for embedded devices (U-Boot, Redboot, CFE) usually start with a banner on the serial console even before configuring the RAM controller on the CPU, so you know your board is running and you can output valuable error messages very early on the boot processes. Other devices, even a true USB console, need much more complex drivers that are loaded later on the boot process or need more configuration options than a simple "115,8n1" somewhere on the manual.

Most domestic routers don't have a serial port. Well, they have, but you can't access them unless you open the case, the bottom line is that domestic users aren't even aware their wifi router have a serial port, much less that they have to use it. How often you need to unbrick your wifi router if you don't load custom firmware on it ? My guess is never.
Third is that it doesn't make a difference, as others have pointed out, if the equipment uses a USB to serial conververter, as the serial device will usually be limited to 115 kbps, even if your serial interface can transmit up to 12 mbps. Only CPUs with USB devices on them will benefit from a faster interface. The iMX line of processors from Freescale is one of them.

Comment Re:Saving grace (Score 1) 316

Maybe it was Hans Reiser? Sure the guy is locked up in San Quentin, but nobody knows how to hack a filesystem to bits better than Reiser. Bada ba ching! Thank you, thank you... I'll be here all night.

Thinking about it, the FOSS community could make a petition so Hans Reiser could continue collaborating with reiserfs4. It's not like he doesn't have the time to do it.

Comment Re:The standard? (Score 3, Interesting) 328

Funny thing is, if one uses the styles in Word correctly, you get a WYSIWYM editor, just never, EVER touch the bold, italic, underscore button. And the sad thing is it's much, much easier to do this in word 2000 then in newer versions.

Warning: Microsoft bashing below

Micro$oft is so bad, that when its software works, they break it on the next version! ;-)

Comment Re:First homebrew nuke (Score 1) 298

Yes, I do think making a nuclear bomb is ALL ABOUT the fuel cycle. Little Boy wasn't even tested before being dropped in Hiroshima.

Trinity was a implosion-type plutonion bomb, just like Fat Man, while Little Boy was a gun-type uranium bomb. So the gun assembly was not tested before being deployed.
Linux Business

How Long Should an Open Source Project Support Users? 272

Ubuntu Kitten writes "Since October the community-generated database of cards known to work with Ndiswrapper has been down. This is apparently due to an on-going site redesign, but right now the usual URL simply directs to a stock Sourceforge page. Without the database, the software's usability is severely diminished but this raises an interesting question: Is an open source project obliged to provide support for its users? If so, for how long should the support last? Web servers cost money, especially for popular sites. While developers can sometimes find sponsorship, is it possible to get sponsorship simply for infrastructure and user services?"

Walmart Caves On DRM Removal 215

cmunic8r99 writes in with an email he received from yesterday evening about the pending shutdown of their DRM services (which we discussed a while back). Walmart has reconsidered and won't be shutting off its DRM servers after all. They are still moving to an all-MP3 store, but won't break all the DRMed music its customers have already downloaded; this because of "feedback from the customers."

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