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Comment Gelatin, e.g. (Score 1) 315

I'm late to this discussion, has the correct of pronunciation of GIF been agreed on yet? The soft g is clearly correct. I will never use the hard 'g' version, and, never use either version as a verb. That's just dumb.

Comment Re:Not Much You Can Do About That (Score 0) 197

Nope, whether you enjoy the night or whatever, our species is simply not nocturnal. That's simply a matter of choice. No one is a "morning person" or a "night person," we're all genetically conditioned to sleep at night and move around during the day. That said, I also love the wee hours of the morning, but get up well before sunrise because early morning is the greatest, too. Then I eat a huge meal around noon and sleep for a few hours, because I'm a carnivore by default.

Comment Re:More than once (Score 4, Interesting) 143

Well, opinions differ. I watched that last transit on a cheapo telescope with a sun filter and would rank it very high as an astronomical experience. The perfect circle of venus moving across the sun, the speed of movement, just knowing what you were looking at was happening RIGHT NOW, blew me away. But I paid nothing, it was visible where I live. I wouldn't travel halfway across the world for a total eclipse, probably wouldn't do so to see another transit of venus, either. So, it's pretty cool, if you can watch it from your backyard.

Comment Re:Computer won't start (Score 1) 256

Of course, as far as she's concerned, having to hit more than one button to turn on her computer is just strange and a little silly. She might very reasonably think, "That's stupid, is there some OTHER time you'd want the computer on, but the monitor off? Or the monitor on but not the computer?" This would be (to her) like having to turn your television on, and then make sure you turned on the screen. And, remembered to turn on the speakers, too.

There's nothing unreasonable about her reaction, in fact, having all these separate power buttons is the real loser idea. Most of us here just take it for granted when it is really pretty stupid.

Submission + - Android fragmentation rears its ugly head once again ( 2

zacharye writes: Google updated its Android version tracker on Monday, revealing that the latest version of its mobile operating system — Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — has more than doubled its installed base over the past month. Unfortunately, that only carries Google’s current Android build to a 2.9% share of all devices. Combined with Honeycomb, this means that as of March 2nd, just 6.2% of Android devices are now running a modern version of Android. Meanwhile, the bulk of Android devices run the 15-month-old Gingerbread operating system (63.7%) and the second most popular version of the platform is the 23-month-old Froyo OS (23.1%). First unveiled in October 2009 and currently at 6%, Android 2.1 Eclair is still found on nearly as many devices as Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich combined...

Submission + - Did dinosaurs really rule the earth? Or the water? (

An anonymous reader writes: According to Cambridge scientist Brian Ford, dinosaurs just don't work. They are simply too big to support their own weight, too big to consume enough food to maintain their size and too big to move around with any agility. In an article published in Laboratory News, he argues the best explanation is that dinosaurs lived in water. According to Ford: "When you think of it like that, it all makes sense. The bulky muscular tail would have been impracticable as depicted in the conventional images and the abundant fossil footprints do not show tail dragging. They used the water to support their mass, buoy up their tails, regulate their temperature and provide a habitat for their food. All the research, all the Hollywood films, the artwork, everything need to be revised."

Submission + - Mozilla Blocks Vulnerable Java Versions in Firefox (

Trailrunner7 writes: Mozilla has made a change in Firefox that will block all of the older versions of Java that contain a critical vulnerability that's being actively exploited. The decision to add these vulnerable versions of Java to the browser's blocklist is designed to protect users who may not be aware of the flaw and attacks.

"This vulnerability—present in the older versions of the JDK and JRE—is actively being exploited, and is a potential risk to users. To mitigate this risk, we have added affected versions of the Java plugin for Windows (Version 6 Update 30 and below as well as Version 7 Update 2 and below) to Firefox’s blocklist. A blocklist entry for the Java plugin on OS X may be added at a future date. Mozilla strongly encourages anyone who requires the JDK and JRE to update to the current version as soon as possible on all platforms," Mozilla's Kev Needham said.

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