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Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 438

The term 'prehistory' refers to that part of history that predates human's learning to write. With no written records whatsoever historians have very little capacity to study these times and they belong to archaeologists (for humans) and palaeontologists (for everything else) instead.

Submission + - Proposed 'social media ID, please' law met with anger (

dcblogs writes: A plan by the U.S. government to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media IDs on key travel documents is being called by critics “ludicrous,” an “all-around bad idea,” “blatant overreach,” “desperate, paranoid heavy-handedness,” “preposterous,” “appalling,” and “un-American." That's just a sampling of the outrage. Some 800 responded to the U.S. request for comments about a proposed rule affecting people traveling from “visa waiver” countries to the U.S., where a visa is not required. This includes most of Europe, Singapore, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Travelers will be asked to provide their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, and whatever other social ID you can imagine to U.S. authorities. It’s technically an “optional” request, but since it’s the government asking, critics believe travelers will fear consequences if they ignore it. People who are traveling from a country where a visa is required, such as India or China, get a security vetting when they apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate, so this proposal doesn’t apply to them. In a little twist of irony, some critics said U.S. President Obama’s proposal for foreign travelers is so bad, it must have been hatched by Donald Trump.

Submission + - The Epi-Pen price battle hits Congress ( 1

Applehu Akbar writes: The recent exorbitant increase in the price of the Epi-Pen injector for epinephrine, a compound that has been generic for years, has now turned into civil war in the US Senate. One senator's daughter relies on Epi-Pen, while another senator's daughter is CEO of Mylan, the single company that is licensed to sell these injectors in the US.

On the worldwide market there is no monopoly on these devices. Manufacturers include Amedra Pharmaceuticals LLC, ALK Abello, Sanofi SA, and Lincoln Medical Ltd, Itelliject Inc, Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp, Hospira Inc, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Antares Pharma Inc. Is it finally time to allow Americans to go online and fill their prescriptions on the world market?

Comment Re:User friendly (Score 1) 306

Maya had a Linux version more than 16 years ago. Are you saying it doesn't now ? I would be extremely surprised if that's the case since holywood studios are almost all running on Linux.

Anyway - your problem is you point at the names known on windows and don't compare with what is available on Linux or even consider what DOES run via wine. Photoshop is fully supported under wine these days (though I would suggest using the PoL installer). Who needs 3Ds Max or Maya when Blender is free and a very powerful competitor (many professional studios are switching to it) and runs on many platforms ?

The age of the single-platform app is ending rapidly - the market is diversifying (slowly but surely) enough that it's no longer sensible to only support one platform - and once you write portable things using portable libraries, supporting Linux as well is no longer a significant cost.

Comment Re:User friendly (Score 1) 306

But why would you WANT to do that on the commandline ? There are several high quality raw converter programs on Linux - UFRaw-gimp if my personal choice but there is nothing wrong with rawstudio or darktable or, in a pinch, even the barebones one built-into digikam. I think even Krita has raw support now.

But this is a completely different goalpost. The discussion was about changing system behaviour, hardware driver operations and system setups. It was not about application space - the vast majority of Linux apps are graphical and for graphics tasks that is basically all of them since it makes so much sense. The only non-GUI graphics app is the small suite of utilities that come with imagemagick, they don't support RAW work but they can be fantastic for doing bulk edits on large batches of images such as rapidly resizing a bunch of jpegs for web-upload.

Comment Re:"professional"? (Score 1) 306

HURD is technically still under development and have had a few releases. None of them are production quality, the hardware support is dismal compared to Linux and many bugs and missing features remain.
If it ever reaches a true stable release it may be interesting to look at - but that could be years away yet, microkernels are simply that hard to do. Of course, for all we know, the time may come when HURD leads a new computing revolution as big as the one Linux is leading now - but the conditions where that may happen is nothing something I am able to imagine.

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