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Comment Hope this stays only in California (Score 1) 762

I hope this doesn't spread, we need all the heat from the sun we can get up here in Canada,... Trouble is legislators/regulators tend to follow the leader and not think for themselves. Using this kind of glass in colder climates would be a big mistake. For example today at 8 degrees Celsius, my car interior was warm when I got in it a little bit ago, with all frost melted off.

Comment Oh no! (Score 0, Flamebait) 762

... people will have problems using cell phones after being critically injured in a car accident? Oh darn. That is just horrible. Oh, and GP is facetious totalitarian prick.


If they're critically injured, they can't use a cell phone and there will be plenty of folks around them to call for emergency services. And most likely, they're in that situation for having been using a cell phone in the first place. Therefore, if they can't use a cell phone, they won't get into an accident and then they won't be critically injured. Problem solved.

There is nothing so important that you have to talk on the phone in the car while driving. Even if you are a brain surgeon, there will be folks at the hospital who will keep your patient stable by the time you get there. Besides, if you're talking and driving while giving medical instruction, you might say the wrong thing. For example, you're driving and telling the medical staff what to do about IVs and whatnot and then someone cuts you and you yell, "Asshole!" and you go on. You arrive at the hospital and find that the IVs are in your patient's rectum. You get sued and your patient dies!

Don't talk and drive!

Comment Re:Such dependancies annoy nLite users! (Score 1) 351

1) Being open source, more eyes are watching for exploits. They can target it as much as they want - I'll trust a project like OpenSSL more than MS Crypto, because a lot of people smarter than I are watching the source and working on it.
2) Market share. 100% of Windows computers is a very high hit rate. (but perhaps 80% is more realistic) 20% is far, far lower. 1% might not even be worth it, because once you exploit something it's more likely to get patched.

The number of exploits has climbed with market share for Firefox, OSX, etc., so there's something to be said for sticking with the little guy.

Comment Re:Corporate culture (Score 1) 883

> Bio-fuels can be the form-and-fit replacement for petroleum products, thus a natural for Shell. Their failure to invest in other technology will allow the Slashdotters who obviously know better to fill the gap and grow rich.

And if that's the way it happens, great. That's the way the market is supposed to work.


Submission + - Copyright Insanity - STEAK BOMB Sub Now Coyrighted

Travicane writes: The "Steak Bomb" has been a staple on New England Pizza and Sub shop menus for about 3 decades. Somehow the folks who grant Copyrights have seen fit to grant a copyright for "Steak Bomb" to an obscure sub shop in Derry NH. This company now considers itself the exclusive owner of the Menus and advertising name "Steak Bomb". and has now sued a neighboring restaurant. This seems to be more evidence of the total incompetence (or venality) of the people responsible for granting Copyrights, than on the Laws. Any honest, even stupid, reviewer of the application would have rejected it after a single Web search of the tern "Steak Bomb". The granter apparently worked (delayed?) several years to mistakenly approve it. If the my attempt to post this I noticed that the \. topic and associations do not seem to cover much of what I see on the site, (they seem to be woefully out of date, but are mandatory to actually post). Terms like DRM. copyright, intellectual property, etc would seem to be obvious since given the frequency of posts by staff/regulars that cover these topics.
User Journal

Journal Journal: The Northern Rock paradox 1

So, after Northern Rock bank announced it needed an emergency loan from the Bank of England to sort out its cashflow problems, depositors have been clamouring to withdraw money from their accounts (some with substantial amounts of money - the BBC interviewed one customer who had just withdrawn £150,000 (US$300,000)).

Operating Systems

Submission + - Today's OS User Interfaces: All Fluff, No Function (

An anonymous reader writes: brings forth a good point. Today's operating systems are all focusing on user interfaces and how to one up each other, while blatantly ignoring functionality. Why? The article continues with: "I think there needs to be a balance here. To some degree, developers and users alike must learn to place less importance on the appearance of an OS and a little more on new and improved ways of making sure painfully obvious flaws are being dealt with. To be fair, this has generally been done with some success, but lately it feels like this has been falling further and further by the wayside.

Submission + - Why Microsoft Should Abandon Windows, Embrace BSD (

matth writes: "Matt Hartley suggests that Microsoft should drop Windows and adopt BSD for a number of reasons. These includes: "Microsoft is not, nor should they bother considering, abandoning Windows completely. But as they work on Windows 7, should they not accept a dose of reality — it's time for a change. I propose that Microsoft resurrect their old OS/2 spirit and this time, use BSD as its base. Thanks to the flexible BSD licensing, Microsoft could build itself a base free of blue screens and recapture power users who have moved on from Windows completely. My feelings differ some from others, as I feel that most power users will end up on Linux with the rest of the frustrated Vista masses adopting OS X as their OS of choice. Holding the patent threats over the heads of Linux users has only worked with corporations as the home user giggles and snorts, then proceeds to boot into their newly installed Ubuntu desktop. The simple fact is that Microsoft is losing their power users and even their biggest fans — fast."
Operating Systems

Submission + - The OSS Solution to Solving Linux Wi-Fi Problem (

tobs writes: Matt Hartley of fame has published an open source way of solving the Linux Wi-Fi problem. He writes, "For intermediate to advanced users, who are willing to track down WiFi cards based on chipsets, live without WPA in some instances or have opted to stick with Ethernet, buying a new notebook for the sake of improved wireless connectivity may seem a little overkill. When a new user faces problems jumping through the NDISWrapper hoops, tracking down WiFi cards from HCLs and other related activities, the end result is almost always the same — they give up. What so many of us, as Linux users, fail to grasp is that projects like OpenHAL are critical to long-term development. The education on what to expect and what not to expect remains a complete load of hot air when articles claim how easy it is to setup wireless Internet on Linux machines. It's downright misleading.
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia blocks from editing 1

thefickler writes: Known for having a media director that obsessively stalks critics,'s IP address range has now been banned from editing on Wikipedia. Longtime Wikipedia staffer, David Gerard, posted this on the Administrators' Noticeboard Tuesday afternoon: "I've just blocked, which is an IP range (a) owned by (b) widely used by them for spamming, COI editing and attempted intimidation of administrators dealing with them. I strongly suggest against unblocking this range under any circumstances"

Submission + - The Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Aging and Cancer

pnotequalsnp writes: Doug Wallace, PHD UC Irvine, gave a very interesting talk on the role of Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) entitled "Human Origins, Aging, Cancer & Degenerative Disease".

One of the interesting conclusions is that aging is correlated to body temperature (or exercise) and overeating. mtDNA produces ATP and heat. In warm blooded humans, typically their mtDNA produces more heat for the body by burning calories. On the other hand, cold blooded humans produce less heat and more ATP to use as energy for the body. Basically, keeping your electron transfer chain oxidized in your mtDNA (by exercising or converting calories to heat) will reduce cancer risk (free radicals produced). If you have a tightly coupled mtDNA (produce less heat and more ATP) and you overeat (meaning more calories), then you will reduce the electron transfer chain within your mtDNA, creating more free radicals, resulting in apotosis (cell suicide) and you will age faster.

In short, calorie restricition will increase lifespan and reduce cancer risk, especially in cold blooded humans.

Click here for a video of the talk

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