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Comment All I want to know is (Score 0, Offtopic) 388

how does this help us transition away from gasoline-based engines?

I don't know that any combustion system makes sense in a purely electric car, and I am not sure if hydrogen combustion benefits more from laser ignition or a regular old spark plug.

Other than the LASERS!!! effect, I don't see how this technology actually contributes to the issue currently at hand.

Comment Re:url? (Score 3, Informative) 800

sitting on a domain name unproductively with the intent to hope someone will come along and pay your ransom is not what most people consider legitimate business. while some URL's sell for high premiums because of the website behind it, or simply the value of the name itself (consider systemax's acquisitions of circuitcity and compusa URL, trademark, logo, etc.), this is not the case of many URL squatters who simply buy up every domain in sight, hoping one will make a payoff when a corporation takes interest.

If the owner hopes to invest in domain names, they should be expected to work the value of the name. but i disagree completely that a business hopeful with an actual use for a domain name should happily pay the extortion of a common domain thug.

Comment Please don't make tired ol Bill Murray (Score 1) 444

...wear a proton pack again. You'll break his back.

Instead of seeing geriatrics trying to act like they're still 30, why not a "re-boot" written by Ramis and Aykroyd and featuring none of the original cast? Well, maybe Rick Moranis can show up as a ghost or something.

I would be much more excited by this than seeing Bill Murray pass the proverbial torch to a younger generation that he probably spent the entire movie abusing anyhow.

Comment You think COH crawls on a netbook? (Score 1) 424

Try running multiple instances through a thin-client. Unless you're running some experimental MIT/IBM shit, I guarantee your computer is going to drag. Plus, you just said her character is on your account. I don't play COH, so maybe i'm missing something, but are multiple characters from one account allowed to play simultaneously? If you want to play together, shell out the money for a second PC that can handle the game. Get a nice lcd monitor for yourself so she can use the old one (or vice-versa). And be happy!

Comment Baby steps (Score 1) 1365

If it's not ready for the desktop, it's at least ready for the netbook. My wife is a Behavioral Science major and self-proclaimed non-geek. I put ubuntu on her new laptop, a eeepc we got off newegg, and she's in love. With a full suite of open source software she can do more than she ever could with WindowsXP. Linux itself is an extremely viable OS and many of the distributions are already mature enough to make a viable alternative to Windows or MacOS. Whether it should be is a different matter entirely.

Comment Specification does not dictate implementation (Score 3, Informative) 94

FTA: A lot of JavaScript is forked. If the DOM is IE, use this version of the code, otherwise use this.

Until this changes throughout the entire web, ECMAScript will only be that other part of css. It's just too problematic to have to code separate DOM funtionality for every browser on the market.

Linux Now an Equal Flash Player 437

nerdyH writes "As recently as 2007, Linux users waited six months for Flash 9 to arrive. Now, with Microsoft pushing its Silverlight alternative, Adobe is touting the universality of its Flash format, which has penetrated '98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops,' it claims. And, it today released Flash 10 for Linux concurrently with other platforms. Welcome to the future." Handily enough, Real Networks released this summer RealPlayer 11 for Linux, the first release for which they've included a .deb package, and offers nightly builds of their Helix player, for which Linux is one of the supported platforms.
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World's Smallest IPv6 Stack By Cisco, Atmel, SICS 287

B Rog writes "Cisco, Atmel, and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science have released uIPv6, the world's smallest IPv6 compliant IPv6 stack, as open source for the Contiki embedded operating system. The intent is to bring IP addresses to the masses by giving devices such as thermometers or lightbulbs an IPv6 stack. With a code size of 11 kilobytes and a dynamic memory usage of less than 2 kilobytes (yes, kilobytes!), it certainly fits the bill of the ultra-low-power microcontrollers typically used in such devices. When every lightbulb has an IP address, the vast address range of IPv6 sounds like a pretty good idea."

6 Languages You Wish the Boss Let You Use 264

Esther Schindler writes "Several weeks ago, Lynn Greiner's article on the state of the scripting universe was slashdotted. Several people raised their eyebrows at the (to them) obvious omissions, since the article only covered PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl and JavaScript. As I wrote at the time, Lynn chose those languages because hers was a follow-up to an article from three years back. However, it was a fair point. While CIO has covered several in depth, those five dynamic languages are not the only ones developers use. In 6 Scripting Languages Your Developers Wish You'd Let Them Use, CIO looks at several (including Groovy, Scala, Lua, F#, Clojure and Boo) which deserve more attention for business software development, even if your shop is dedicated to Java or .NET. Each language gets a formal definition and then a quote or two from a developer who explains why it inspires passion."
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Submission + - Are web-developer certifications worth it?

riyley writes: "I'm a fairly advanced web developer with some hard experience in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Coldfusion and PHP. Now the HR at my company wants me to prove it in a way they understand, certificate. My boss has asked me to select some solid certifications and i've come up with three providers: W3Schools, BrainBench and ExpertRating.

I would like to know if these companies hold any more weight than the frame around the cert, or if it's a waste of my departments money and time? Is there another company I should look at? I'd prefer that in 3-5 years when i'm ready to move on to another job, that these would still be worth padding my resume with. Is that a pipedream?"

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