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Comment Re:Cut out the intermediary step. (Score 1) 909

You're all worrying too much about it. I noticed some things while living in Germany for 13 years. There are some things that are just easier in the old measures. Soda still comes in 12 oz cans but are marked in ml. Soda also comes in 2 liter bottles. Wine bottles are 750 ml but are basically the old wine bottles. The US requires all goods to be marked in SI units but I don't think that the gallon milk will change mass. Things get even worse in building standards. Canada has a mix of 16" and cm standards. One thing that always amused me in Germany was the metric pound which is 500 g. There was also a law at some point outlawing 17" TVs in advertising. They wanted to force the use of cm even though everyone liked the 17" measure. (" in german is Zoll and the pund in german was Pfund.) I'm american and a fan of the metric system but people will use what's convenient for them.

Comment Re:Not very new. (Score 5, Interesting) 754

Not sure about the forest kids, but my daughter did go to a montessori school in germany. she learned which end of a paring knife cuts and how to keep birds and cook breakfast. I was there when "normal" kindergarten teachers came for a demonstration. They were horrified. I do think that schools there prepare their kids better for life in general. I do like the Montessori way of raising kids.
The Military

Indian Military Hopes to Weaponize the Searing "Ghost Pepper" 267

coondoggie writes "The military in India is looking to weaponize the world's hottest chili, the bhut jolokia or 'ghost pepper,' according to a number of news outlets. The Bhut Jolokia chili pepper from Assam, India is no ordinary pepper. In tests first conducted by the New Mexico State University in 2008 and subsequently confirmed by Guinness World records and others, the Bhut Jolokia reached over one million Scoville heat units, while the next hottest, the Red Savina Habenero, clocks in at a mere 577,000. Scoville units are a universally accepted measure of chili hotness."
Open Source

OpenBSD 4.7 Preorders Are Up 191 writes "The OpenBSD 4.7 pre-orders are up. That means the release is done, sent off to CD production, and snapshots will turn -current again. Order now and you more likely than not will have your CD set, T-shirt or other cool stuff before the official release date. You get the chance to support the most important free software project on the planet, and get your hands on some cool playables and wearables early. The release page is still being filled in, but the changelog has detailed information about the goodies in this release."

When the Power Goes Out At Google 135

1sockchuck writes "What happens when the power goes out in one of Google's mighty data centers? The company has issued an incident report on a Feb. 24 outage for Google App Engine, which went offline when an entire data center lost power. The post-mortem outlines what went wrong and why, lessons learned and steps taken, which include additional training and documentation for staff and new datastore configurations for App Engine. Google is earning strong reviews for its openness, which is being hailed as an excellent model for industry outage reports. At the other end of the spectrum is Australian host Datacom, where executives are denying that a Melbourne data center experienced water damage during weekend flooding, forcing tech media to document the outage via photos, user stories and emails from the NOC."

Comment good reasons for linux for old users (Score 1) 766

Personally I like OpenSuse, but don't want to argue distros here. One think I would suggest is to try out the Live CD's first and settle yourself on one and then distribute that one across the board. It's a lot easier to diagnose things if you have the same distro and version. I do have to disagree with the gamer comments above. I think that the poster has "clients" like mine that just want to surf, email and write the occasional word and excel documents. Open office is fine for this. most people i do this fine are fine with the games that come with linux like solitaire and frozen bubble. One thing to really look at is the desktop. even though people argue about distros the real difference is the desktop. Personally I prefer KDE to gnome but that's my preference. In my case the main reason to do this is updating an older pc that windows is getting slower and slower on. The reason I love linux is the fact that it doesn't suffer from windows registry rot. The linux machines i've installed are all still running. The windows machines all seem to get slower after the first shareware and games get installed. (Not to mention installing anti-virus software which is really necessary but an overhead on some already ancient machines. Just my 2 cents.

Comment Twitter? (Score 1) 504

You might want to check out It has low bandwidth and works using mail and sms messages. You'll have to pare down on photos but it would be good to send snapshots and links to where you currently are. Chances are the 100 minutes are for usig their PCs. (You might not get WLAN or laptop access for your machine. There's probably a business center where you'll have to do everything. That being said do take a vacation from the net. If this is a good cruise you'll be too busy for sending hourly updates to the blog. :0

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