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Comment Re:But just because it's labelled news (Score 2) 277

From what I've seen, both MSNBC and Fox are both pretty much all opinion all the time, to the point of being detrimental rather than useless as sources of news.

Right, but thankfully we don't have to rely on your opinion of what you've seen. This source found that 90% of MSNBC programming is opinion versus 55% of Fox News. So, in fact, MSNBC is pretty much opinion all the time and Fox News is pretty much opinion half the time.

Comment Re:NIce (Score 1) 102

You're assuming quite a lot. You assume that because a large viewership means that somehow people changed by watching it. This assumes that people didn't do what people do which is to find within the information presented, something that confirms what they already know. It also assumes that not everyone who watched it knew the information presented. But aside from these simple logical errors you make, I'm not quite sure what point you are making. I am guessing (but not assuming) that you mean to say that somehow getting non-scientists to know what is already known by scientists somehow advances science. I am not quite sure how that works.

Comment Re:Really? Nobody? (Score 1) 420

I remember all of it. Again the point was to do what the article said no one would do.

However, in defense of the question's validity, the question is not whether or not he was a well known figure involved in computing but rather was Steve Jobs just a part of a larger, inevitable computing movement? Did he make something happen that wouldn't have otherwise? Would no one else have developed the Xerox PARC idea of the GUI?

To your point, would computing today be more or less just as pervasive without Jobs only with, say, more Amigas? I'm not saying definitively it would or wouldn't, but seriously, nobody has ever asked that question? And there are no takers that it would?

Comment Re:Really? Nobody? (Score 1) 420

The point was to question what someone said no one had questioned. If you can't see that your reasoning is already flawed and you really shouldn't be one to throw down another challenge.

BTW, I know quite a bit about the path computing and graphical user interfaces have taken and I still think it is a valid question. Would no one else have continued the work from Xerox PARC? Jobs was not in charge of Apple from 1985 until 1997. Computing and adoption of graphical user interfaces as the norm soared in that time. And I don't think it was due to what he was doing at NeXT.

Comment Re:Only when they don't already know? (Score 5, Insightful) 358

An excellent point, but not relevant here. However, in the United States, searches can be with a warrant issued "upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Allegations can be supported by Oath, e.g. several friends and family members say they saw child porn on your laptop. Allegations can be supported by affirmation, e.g. they set up a sting operation whereby they do, in fact, know that at one time a computer in your house had downloaded child porn. But being very certain that it was downloaded onto a machine in the house just isn't the same as knowing on what machine and by whom. It also isn't the same thing as knowing it is still there. Finally, the burden of proof you mention isn't required until any subsequent trial.

Comment Kinect? (Score 1) 169

I am surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, but post-Christmas and the Fall update for the XBox, I would wonder how many more searches were driven by additional traffic from the Bing search from XBox, especially the voice search via Kinect. I think that would amount to a very sizable increase alone, because I still don't know, like most posters, anyone who goes to via browser deliberately for a search.

Submission + - Doctorow: The coming war on general-purpose comput (

GuerillaRadio writes: Cory Doctorow's keynote at 28C3 was about the upcoming war on general-purpose computing driven by increasingly futile regulation to appease big content. "The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race. "

Submission + - Where Would Earth-like Planets Find Water? (

astroengine writes: "The term "Earth-like worlds" is a vastly overused, and hopelessly incorrect, term that is popularly bandied about to explain some recent exoplanet discoveries. Although some of the distant small worlds being discovered by the Kepler space telescope may be of Earth-like size, orbiting their sun-like star in Earth-like orbits, calling those worlds "Earth-like" gives the impression these alien planets are filled with liquid water. It turns out that we have only a vague idea as to where Earth got its water, and it will take a long time until we have any hint of this life-giving resource on worlds orbiting stars thousands of light-years away."

Submission + - HP Rings Out 2011 With Release of Scandal Docs

theodp writes: HP caps off its 2011 meltdown with the publication of the letter detailing sexual harassment allegations that got CEO Mark Hurd fired, as well as emails sent by his accuser. Since Hurd's departure, HP has seen its stock tumble 45%, thrown in the towel on tablet production, given away WebOS, and even considered dumping its PC business. Hurd, who subsequently landed as co-president at pal Larry Ellison's Oracle, was replaced last year by Leo Apotheker, who himself was ousted this year and replaced by Meg Whitman. When it came to drama, Mad Men had nothing on HP!
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Submission + - Net companies consider the 'nuclear option' to com (

Atypical Geek writes: Alec Liu of Fox News reports that Amazon, Facebook and Google are considering a coordinated a coordinated blackout of the internet to protest SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act being debated in Congress. From the article:

Such a move is drastic. And though the details of exactly how it would work are unclear, it's already under consideration, according to Markham Erickson, the executive director of NetCoalition, a trade association that includes the likes of Google, PayPal, Yahoo, and Twitter.

With the Senate debating the SOPA legislation at the end of January, it looks as if the tech industry’s top dogs are finally adding bite to their bark, something CNET called "the nuclear option."

"When the home pages of,,, and their Internet allies simultaneously turn black with anti-censorship warnings that ask users to contact politicians about a vote in the U.S. Congress the next day on SOPA,” Declan McCullagh wrote, “you’ll know they’re finally serious.”

Major media companies continue to press hard for the proposed law's passage. Richard Bennet writes in the New York Post that "SOPA is a careful and reasonable way of dealing with crime... protecting Americans from bogus Web sites should be a government priority."

Comment Re:SOPA is not flawed. (Score 1) 213

Thank you. I have actually read the entire bill and I really fail to see what all the hatred is about. That said, I tend to agree partially with Rackspace in that I don't believe the bill will actually be very effective to the end of Stopping Online Piracy but it could provide some modicum of relief for copyright holders, e.g. shutting down access to allofmp3 clones, etc. I would invite everyone to actually read the entire bill for themselves.

But this is Slashdot. So, barring that I would invite everyone to at least assume that laws are not generally drafted by the specifically and only evil and stupid for a negative end. They are likewise not generally passed by the specifically and only evil and stupid for a negative end. And they are not generally to be enforced by the specifically and only evil and stupid for a negative end. That kind of shrill dialog only serves to dumb down any discussion.

Comment Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (Score 1) 627

I am not digging. Your original statement remains incorrect. You are correct, IDE does not equal interface design. But, as you also point out, some IDEs are used for interface design. It is this very real case that I used as a counter example to your original post, where you suggested that in no case was an IDE better than vim. That was then and remains an inflammatory, ill-informed, misguided, and incorrect statement. There are, as I mentioned, other counter examples. I will not provide them, however. A single counter example will suffice to disprove your suggestion. If you would like others, I suggest you gather some software development experience.

Comment Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (Score 1) 627

Here's the conclusion I jumped to: you felt there are no benefits to ever using a graphical IDE because no graphical IDE works better than vim. This was based on what you said:

What is the benefit of using something "more powerful" than a console for development? I've yet to meet a graphical IDE that actually works better than vim

The conclusion I drew was correct. Also correct was where I mentioned that if you believe that, you are wrong. You have gone on now to point out why for your particular situation a console only approach is best. Fantastic. Some specific cases are best suited that way. In other cases however, there are a number of uses for graphical IDEs, even if you lack the experience to have ever been able to see the benefit of one. Also, one day, with some experience, you may find that suggesting that different solutions have no benefit for different requirements is foolish.

Comment Re:Have done the same as a developer, sort of (Score 3, Insightful) 627

What is the benefit of using something "more powerful" than a console for development? I've yet to meet a graphical IDE that actually works better than vim

Stop this. Forever. If you need to design GUIs in your software development, a console only approach is undoubtedly inferior. Not using an unquestionably inferior development environment would be a benefit. There are loads of other examples. For some development, absolutely, a console meets the needs perfectly. But different requirements often require different solutions. If you don't know that as a developer, I do not want to use your software.

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