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Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 322

To claim that the human mind is not governed by the laws of physics, that is, the laws which underlie nature, is to claim for the mind a supernatural property. That veers into superstition and mysticism.

Which is not to say that determinism is the way to go. But if the laws of physics as we understand them do not apply, that is a failure in our understanding of physics, not because the human mind is in someway outside of them.

Comment Re:Firefox lite. (Score 5, Insightful) 464

I know. You'd be surprised how many people would love an internet browser that does nothing but display a web page as fast as possible.

Better way of phrasing that starts with 'You'd be surprised how few people..."

Let's face it -- Aurora, Midori, and other browsers that do that have been around for years. People don't use them because they want more their browser to do more.


Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

Comment Re:pager? (Score 1) 236

Probably around the same time you realize the abstract is irrelevant and only the claims in the patent matter. The abstract will always be general and sound like something that exists. The specific implementation claimed in the patent may or may not actually be novel, and Twitter may or may not actually be infringing on it. Those are the questions that will be decided in court. It may be that no interpretation of the claims is both expansive enough to include what Twitter does and narrow enough to exclude prior art, but you can't tell that from the abstract.

Comment Incredibly stupid headline (Score 2, Interesting) 229

Sony supposedly paid off Toshiba by making Toshiba pay $835 million for production facilities that Sony would still be able to use (as part of the joint venture)? I sure hope Sony never tries to pay me off for anything. Oh, and the deal was made in October (just the price was made public now). And TFA (yes, I read it) never even suggested there was a tie between this and the death of HD-DVD. It mentioned it to provide some context for the companies' current positions but never implied that there was a link.
Input Devices

Submission + - Are keyboards dishwasher safe?

i_like_spam writes: Computer keyboards are a breeding ground for bacteria. Studies have shown that keyboards often contain more bacteria than toilet seats. Common cleaning methods, such as pressurized-air canisters and damp rags, help remove some of the dirt, but they also leave behind plenty of grime. National Public Radio describes a recent experiment by a reporter who used a dishwasher to clean her keyboard. Following the advice on Plastic Bugs, she placed her keyboard in the top rack, didn't use the heated dry cycle, and air dried the keyboard for a week afterwards. Her keyboard is now squeaky clean and functions perfectly. Has anyone else tried this or any other alternate keyboards cleaning methods? For those not willing to air dry for a week, dishwasher-safe keyboards are now available.

Submission + - First ever scramjet reaches Mach 10

stjobe writes: Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Australian and US scientists successfully launched a supersonic scramjet engine at an Outback test range Friday, as they work on a device that could revolutionise air travel.
The researchers said a rocket carrying the scramjet reached speeds of mach 10 — ten times the speed of sound — after blasting off at the Woomera range in South Australia Friday.
They said it reached an altitude of 530 kilometres (330 miles) before the scramjet was successfully deployed following re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.
Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) said it was believed to be the first time a scramjet had been ignited within the Earth's atmosphere.

Google news has many other sources as well.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The sun revolves around the earth?!? (

lantastik writes: "I have always considered myself a Christian. One who thinks that both God and science have their place in the universe. It is when I read items like this that I am embarassed to be associated with other members of the Christian community. According to the story, physicists have it all wrong, the Earth does not revolve around the sun, using quoted passages that are taken out of context as proof. Apparently some people take the stories and passages in the bible a little too literally."

Submission + - The End of Broadcast TV as We Know It? (

mattnyc99 writes: The DVR revolution is nothing that new—and neither is the Neilsen ratings company's adaptation to it. But Glenn Derene at Popular Mechanics argues that users have officially pushed us into a new era of television, wherein viewers now shape the way that networks make money, which means we'll start to see users control the way the networks choose programming. From the article: "The systemic use of ad ratings as one of the standard metrics for assessing viewership is a sea change, and it's perhaps the sign that as an industry, broadcasters and advertisers are sailing into uncharted waters."

Submission + - Kaspersky labs confirms Google can lock out users

thefickler writes: There have been reports floating around the Internet that people have been getting blocked or having their IP addresses banned on Google. Some did not believe this was happening,though Kaspersky Labs has confirmed this problem exists.

The problem exists for all possible connection types, static IP, dynamic IP or even connecting through a proxy which is probably the worst situation. If the proxy gets blocked, all users connecting through that proxy are redirected to a captcha Google page

If your IP address is dynamic and ends up getting blocked you will be unblocked when it is renewed but whoever was given your old IP address will be redirected to the same captcha page.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Unable to Find iPhone Partner in Europe? (

pete314 writes: "A article claims that European mobile operators are unwilling to concede to Apple iPhone partnership demands. Several operators went as far as to say they "will never offer the iPhone." In the US Verizon has reportedly passed on the device, and AT&T is rumored to have engaged in a revenue sharing deal that includes monthly payments to Cupertino."

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