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Comment avidemux (Score 3, Interesting) 223

As the proprietary vendors business models change, Linux video editing has increasing advantages, e.g. the lack of "subscription" business model. Avidemux is very powerful and actively developed.

If you have a Windows install and you buy Adobe Premiere Elements for $90, you will discover you must sign in, and Premiere Elements will max out your incoming internet connection for the entire time the program is open. But Premiere Elements works fine for video editing if you disable networking in control panel. So what's it doing with all that bandwidth?!

Comment Robert Michels, 1911, iron law of oligarchy (Score 1) 818

From wikipedia:

The iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties. It claims that rule by an elite, or oligarchy, is inevitable as an "iron law" within any democratic organization as part of the "tactical and technical necessities" of organization.

Comment of the FBI, Norman Mailer said (Score 1) 573

gawker: The ever skeptical [Norman] Mailer knew more about what was going on than he let on, saying in 1964's The Presidential Papers that: "At bottom, I mean profoundly at bottom, the FBI has nothing to do with Communism, it has nothing to do with catching criminals, it has nothing to do with the Mafia, the syndicate, it has nothing to do with trust-busting, it has nothing to do with interstate commerce, it has nothing to do with anything but serving as a church for the mediocre. A high church for the true mediocre."

Submission + - We must know. We will know. (

nluv4hs writes: Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth (Paperback). NY Times book review. Published September 29, 2009, New York Times #1 bestselling graphic novel, Christos H. Papadimitriou, professor and researcher in the field of theoretical computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, author of Elements of the Theory of Computation. David Hilbert said "We must know. We will know." Anyone touched by software will appreciate the real-life story of the origin of computation.

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