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Comment Re:Religions are philosophies (Score 1) 862

I have to disagree. Those labels change from family to family and even person to person depending on their personal beliefs, their church, sect and priest/pastor/rabbi ..... Unless you are talking about absolute fundamentalists. The truth is a person's religion gives you a possible look into a person's values but it will not be accurate enough to rely on.


Submission + - iPhone 5 to utilize in-cell touch technology for thinner screen (

An anonymous reader writes: According to a report this morning from the Wall Street Journal, Apple's next-gen iPhone will implement in-cell touch technology which will allow for a markedly thinner screen. The in-cell touch technology integrates the LCD and the touch sensors together, thereby saving space by completely doing away with a separate touch screen layer.

Previous reports have indicated that the iPhone, with its rumored 4-inch screen, will have a new and thinner form factor. Specifically, it's believed that the iPhone 5 will be approximately 7.4mm thick, a significant reduction from the 9.3mm thickness on the iPhone 4S. This has since been "verified" by alleged case moldings and engineering samples that have leaked out over the past few weeks.

Submission + - Why groundwater use may not explain half of sea-level rise (

Sir Realist writes: A recent Slashdot scoop pointed us at a scientific study that claimed that 42% of global sea-level rises could be due to groundwater use. It was a good story. But as is often the way with science, there are folks who interpret the data differently. Scott Johnson at ars technica has a good writeup which includes two recent studies that came to remarkably different conclusions from mostly the same data, and an explanation of the assumptions the authors were making that led to those differences. Essentially, there is some reason to think that the groundwater estimates used in the first study were too high, but thats still under debate, so its worth reading the whole argument. Scientific review in action!

Submission + - The concept of private cloud is fundamentally flawed, says Salesforce (

concertina226 writes: Speaking at the Cloud Computing World forum in London today, JP Rangaswami said that cloud provides the scalability and flexibility that organisations need to survive in the modern age. However, organisations that choose to adopt private rather than public cloud will miss out on the benefits.

“Whenever anyone uses that phrase to you, just ask them who are you sharing costs with. If all the costs you’re sharing are just with you, you’re just kidding yourself, it ain’t a cloud” said Rangaswami.

“The only way it has value is if someone else is taking the risk, and you can step it up or down. This isn’t just a question of infrastructure; IT is not just about hardware. Your processes have to be able to scale, your ability to put things on and take things off has to be able to scale – everything you do has to be able to scale in both directions.”

What do you think? Is private cloud flawed or is Rangaswami barking up the wrong tree?

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