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Comment Re:Let them (Score 3, Interesting) 223

This. The IAPA is just a CIA-funded lobby organization formed by all the Latin American right wing print media owners (that 1300 newspaper thing on the Wikipedia article is misleading, since it represents just a couple of monopolic media groups per country). They are the Fox News of Latin America, operating from the US. I think that their biggest fear apart from the supposed traffic (and revenue) loss is the archival capacity of Google, since with an external site linking to their news content it's harder for them to control the way they show the news (and the possibility of modifying archive media).

Comment Re:Oh, the delicious irony! (Score 1) 923

You just quoted papers which agreed to publish the less embarrasing parts of the very same Wikileaks/US Govt reports Assange leaked, trying to show that website as a 'idle gossip' depot when in reality the things to be found are way more sinister. So yes, the news items you posted are really biased and not to be trusted. basically Correa might not be a kindred spirit, but how the central powers (and the western media) represent the state of free speech in Latin America in general is way too negatively biased to be reliable.

Comment Re:Nope, but sexi without a condom (Score 4, Interesting) 296

Have you even read any of the cables? 'boring diplomatic gossip' is the only stuff the mainstream media wanted to publish, there's more interesting stuff there like Shapiro's involvement on the 2002 Chavez coup d'etat, smear campaigns to Ullanta Umala and Rafael Correa, and so on and so forth...

Comment Re:what about non-digital SLRs? (Score 1) 446

You get an OPTICAL viewfinder with a SLR, be it film or digital. This means you have no LCD lag when you do the framing so it's more suited to action than LCD viewfinders. The SLR system is the only way to have a viewfinder of the exact framing the picture will have without any lag at all. Also the AF sensors and the photometer are of a better quality and generally a lot faster than the ones on a point-and-shoot. Actually most pocket cameras don't even have optical AF sensors and just focus using the LCD image as a reference. This is much much slower and less accurate. So again, this is more suited for action than a pocket camera. When you actually USE a DSLR for a few days, even a low-end one, you begin to see all the advantages. I finally switched to a DSLR about 6 months ago (after years of pocket digitals and a couple of film SLRs), and besides the bulk I wouldn't trade it for any pocket camera ever again.
United States

Rupert Murdoch Publishes North Korean Flash Games 186

eldavojohn writes "You might recall back in June when it was noted that North Korea was developing and exporting flash games. Now, the isolated nation state is apparently home to some game developers that are being published by a subsidiary of News Corp. (The games include Big Lebowski Bowling and Men In Black). Nosotek Joint Venture Company is treading on thin ice in the eyes of a few academics and specialists that claim the Fox News owner is 'working against US policy.' Concerns grow over the potential influx of cash, creating better programmers that are then leveraged into cyberwarfare capabilities. Nosotek said that 'training them to do games can't bring any harm.' The company asserts its innocence, though details on how much of the games were developed in North Korea are sparse. While one of the poorest nations in the world could clearly use the money, it remains to be seen if hardliner opponents like the United States will treat Nosotek (and parent company News Corp.) as if they're fostering the development of computer programmers inside the DPRK. The United Nations only stipulates that cash exchanged with companies in the DPRK cannot go to companies and businesses associated with military weaponry or the arms trade. Would you feel differently about Big Lebowski Bowling if you knew it was created in North Korea?"
Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101

unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"

4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer 164

eldavojohn writes "You may recall the hapless engineer who left a fairly sensitive iPhone at a bar recently. Well, in a PR stunt, Lufthansa has invited him to visit Germany on their dime after citing his latest Facebook status, 'I underestimated how good German beer is' as well as his obvious passion for German beer and culture. It's not clear if Gray Powell has decided to 'pick up where he last left off' (as the letter puts it). I know what my decision would be."

Comment Re:Amiga 2000 to surf the web (Score 1) 622

I still have my Amiga 500, with a 428Mb Seagate IDE HD and 12 Mb of RAM, complete with its external 3.5" Commodore Amiga 1011 floppy drive. It runs AmigaOS quite nicely as well. I DDed the HD into a file in my PC so now I can fully emulate this computer with UAE exactly as I had it back in '94. I've been using my Commodore 1084s PAL RGB 14" monitor with my PS2 with a special RGB adapter I built (very crisp image :). But this monitor died last month. I also have a C64c and C128 lying around, with a Commodore Datasette and Commodore 1571 5.25" drive.

Comment Re:Yes, and yes. (Score 1) 1100

1. i've been using ubuntu since 6.06 and that (the grub menu getting bricked) never happened to me), neither by clicking on the orange icon nor by a command-line 'apt-get dist-upgrade' it didn't fail once in any of my three ubuntu boxes or my two debian boxes (the automatic menu.lst update worked flawlessly for me since debian 3.1) 2. the menu.lst file has special commented sections to add all the customizations you want which will be added automatically to all kernel options when you run grub-update (i have set the text mode consoles on my main debian box with framebuffer video this way, and never lost the config. in any kernel upgrade) i think you were a victim of a very broken installation (missing or corrupted files maybe?)...

Submission + - Open source iPhone simulator for web developers (

adam writes: "Marketcircle today released iPhoney 1.1 and made it open source. It's a web simulator for designers and developers who want to test how their creations look on iPhone. The new version supports scaling and other enhancements, along with pixel-accurate browsing and rotation.

Since it's gonna be hard to find an iPhone, this is a good way for developers to check out their stuff and make sure that it looks right. Hopefully since it's open source it'll reach a high level of maturity and be a great development tool.

The source code is on SourceForge."

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