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Comment I have Pebble Steel (Score 4, Informative) 471

You can swim (not scuba dive) with it, and the battery lasts more than 3 days. Various notification features are the most useful for me, and the ability to create my own watchface without much difficulty (I'm a programmer). I'd take Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and even Apple Watch more seriously if they could beat the battery life of Pebble, and get at least IP69 rating.

Comment Natural progression? (Score 1) 655

Where else would you find people deeply committed as people in free software community? I think this type of tribalism comes with territory, and one of consequential driving forces behind free software movement. We are talking about at least the sweat equity, and the investment of identity -- which are both valuable human assets. Just look at small, infrequent punches that Linux throws at others. We forgive him because he's been a part of significant history, but it becomes harder and louder as you deal with those who may not be as talented or fortunate.

Comment Re:An early sign of creative deterioration... ? (Score 1) 562

It's just a nod to the attribute it blatantly discloses by being merely territorial, which is common characteristic of large corporations turning lackadaisical on creativity. This has been somewhat of a common, historical trend since mid 1800s, so I don't know where you're spotting ignorance. If you're nitpicking about G's contribution to mobile OS platform and whatnot, then I have nothing to argue with you.

North Korea Develops Anti-Aging "Super Drink" 296

__roo writes "According to North Korea's official news agency, a drink produced by North Korea's Moranbong Carbonated Fruit Juice Joint Venture Company can cure aging and all disease. 'It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells. It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral hemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time.' It also has no side-effects." Last month North Korea announced its fusion breakthrough, and now it has a super drink. One can only imagine what wonders may come in July — perhaps self-buttering toast.

Sticky Rice Is the Key To Super Strong Mortar 194

lilbridge writes "For over 1,500 years the Chinese have been using sticky rice as an ingredient in mortar, which has resulted in super strong buildings, many of which are still standing after hundreds of years. Scientists have been studying the sticky rice and lime mortar to unlock the secrets of its strength, and have just determined the secret ingredient that makes the mortar more stable and stronger. The scientists have also concluded that this mixture is the most appropriate for restoration of ancient and historic buildings, which means it is probably also appropriate for new construction as well."

How a Virginia Law Firm Outpaces the MPAA at Suing Over Movie Downloads 237

Jamie points out this Ars Technica piece on a series of suits brought by the Virginia law firm of Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver against users they accuse of illegally downloading movies. The firm has an interesting business model in these suits; sue enough users in a DC Federal court to be worth splitting the sum of many small settlement offers (generally $1,500-2,500 apiece) with the filmmakers, rather than rely on winning after trial a small number of larger judgments. Most people settle, and Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver has so far named more than 14,000 "Does" — as in John Doe — including, as mentioned a few days ago, 5,000 who downloaded The Hurt Locker.

Comment Perspective needed (Score 1) 332

I think you'd get a fresh perspective on how little time that was compare to the amount of time young minds are spending on online FPS/RPG/MMORG games across the world. I once tried to tabulate it only for Counter Strike 'bout a decade ago or so, and I was simply blown away by the "mind-waste" that was going on, I'm sure it's even bigger now.

Comment Re:User generated content belongs to the user... (Score 1) 220

ditto. I've initiated my own two cents of effort... starting with OpenID, but then it almost feels like reinventing wheels when Google APIs offer so much through the cloud.. (slap myself on the face: SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!) wake up! This is a war. Yes, independent P2P independent, but social websites across the web. The new generation of social web will once again be decentralized, but then you still need a control server, and once again you have a cloud... no, no, no... yes, yes, yes... sorry, folks for a tidbit of stream of consciousness on this comment... it's indeed an arduous task to yourself rational while trying to stay up nights to create an independent/social website that can be easily packaged for average users...

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