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Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 1) 157

The life expectancy figures cited by grandparent are based on a starting age of "zero". A lot of kids don't make it to age five, many due to car accidents. Once you've made it to age five, the "average life expectancy" of the remaining pool has gone up quite a bit.

As you move up the population pool age brackets, you have already lost the people who were going to bring down the average. To state otherwise brings you to the situation where you're introduced to an 85 year old man and say to him "you should have been dead five years ago!"

I'm pretty sure all the astronauts in the statistical pool started at an age of "zero". Joking aside, if you remove people in the statistical pool that died at a younger age, it is no longer the average life expectancy. To state otherwise brings you to the situation where you're at a funeral for a 102 year old man and say to his kids "he should have lived another three years."

Comment Re:That's odd (Score 1) 415

Dear EU Committee,

I wish to complain in the strongest possible terms about the vote which you have just taken, about the smartphones. Many of my best friends are members of the Council and only a few of them are smarter than their phones.

Yours faithfully, Brigadier Sir Charles Arthur Strong (Mrs.)

PS I have never kissed the editor of the Radio Times.

Comment What do you really need? (Score 1) 402

There's a rack that will fit your situation. Browse some manufacturer's sites:, and to name a few.

They have racks that wall mount, floor mount, mount in custom woodwork and built into desks. They have fans to deal with heat and power strips too.


Submission + - Vista CD Burning.... 3

impish500 writes: "I have run in to an issue wit Windows Vista and CDs that have been burned. Apparently CDs that have been burned under Vista will NOT show up as readable by any other OS. Why Microsoft would choose to do this is completely insane. How can anyone share files with other Operating Systems (Mac OS X or Linux OSes), if the other OS'es cant even read the disc. I have a MacBook running OS X (10.4.10), the disc showed up as unreadable by my computer, not even File Salvage (by Sub Rosa Soft) could recover anything (I got an error showing that two blocks back-to-back were bad). I found out which OS the friend had used, loaded my copy of Vista and the CD showed up fine. Vista security problems are bad enough, but damn, not allowing another OS see the disc as readable is absolutely INSANE!!!"

Submission + - An argument for the "Fourteen Year" Copyri

westlake writes: "Cambridge PhD candidate Rufus Pollack — no stranger to this particular controversy — makes an economic and social argument for an "optimal" limit to copyright of fourteen years. As Ars Technica describes it, "Pollock's work is based on the promise that the optimal level of copyright drops as the costs of producing creative work go down. As it has grown simpler to print books, record music, and edit films using digital tools, the production and reproduction costs for creative work have dropped substantially. An optimal copyright term of 14 years [balances] the incentive to create new work and the social welfare that comes from having work enter the public domain (where it often inspires new creative acts)" Conspicuously absent is any distinction between the "analog" artist and the new "digital" enterprise. Harry Potter remains J.K. Rowling's creation, not Time-Warner's. What the public domain most often inspires in the producer is the safe, profitable, 100th re-make of The Three Musketeers — he won't gamble on an original story unless he must."

Submission + - Hologram Reproduces 100-frame Video Images (

JagsLive writes: "'Tech On' reports: 712/135920/ Dai Nippon Printing and Sony's Hologram Reproduces 100-frame Video Images: " With the new hologram, moving images such as animation and live action can be played back by changing the viewing angle. It is targeted for authentication stickers, etc. used as measures against counterfeit products. The companies have already started receiving orders. Although the production cost of the Lippmann hologram is higher than that of the embossed hologram, which uses a die to transfer interference patterns, the Lippmann hologram has an advantage that it makes counterfeiting more difficult. ""
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Submission + - SCO Takes FSF to Court for Invalid IP Licensing (

An anonymous reader writes: SCO's decided to post-pone their death by attacking everyone else that might know where the code actually came from, in this case, RMS and the FSF. at least you can't blame them for a pump and dump, this is the throw-your-own-sith-lord-into-the-reactor-getting- mortally-wounded-in-the-process technique. I wonder what the legal term for that is?

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