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RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

Neon Aardvark Re:Marketing (433 comments)

And the writer of the piece (Richard Stallman) published by the Guardian seems to be marketing for free software..

Richard Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, marketing free software?

Have you notified the authorities yet?

more than 3 years ago
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James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash

Neon Aardvark Re:Lost control? (338 comments)

Apparently their standard procedure in the case of loss of control is to try to gain some altitude and then attempt to fly or glide to the landing strip. So he might have been trying to do this before he totally lost control and it started to nose dive. Given that this was a race he was not trying to do a loop.

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Amazon's Bezos Seeks Spacecraft Patents

Neon Aardvark One click (71 comments)

The bit that's missing from the summary is that you can trigger the sea landing with one click.

more than 3 years ago
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How Killing the Internet Helped Revolutionaries

Neon Aardvark Re:Human Machine (90 comments)

Revolutionaryily replacing Kodos with Kang.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

Neon Aardvark Re:Enjoy a happy retirement (1027 comments)

I sadly don't think he's going to be able to enjoy it.

more than 3 years ago
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Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

Neon Aardvark Re:Huh? (553 comments)

I dunno ... never underestimate the power of human stupidity, particularly when there's money involved. I mean, this particular board has tolerated a fruitcake as CEO for some time now.

Boards don't generally view CEOs who generate huge and increasing profits, and vast quantities of free publicity, as fruitcakes.

more than 4 years ago
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Craigslist Removes Its Controversial Adult Section

Neon Aardvark Re::rolleyes: (522 comments)

Many people find target shooting "fun" and a legitimate sport. Which doesn't involve killing anyone.

I think you'll find drugs and prostitutes can kill also (ODing and STDs). As can most objects and human activities.

One day many people will abandon the asinine left-right dichotomy over such things and embrace genuine libertarianism.

more than 4 years ago
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Military Personnel Weigh In On Being Taliban In Medal of Honor

Neon Aardvark Re:Interesting (171 comments)

Nuclear mines. Such things exist.

more than 4 years ago
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Military Personnel Weigh In On Being Taliban In Medal of Honor

Neon Aardvark Re:Interesting (171 comments)

You didn't nuke urban and military areas of North Vietnam not because of PR issues but because of fear of Soviet nuclear retaliation.

But that didn't stop Nixon and Kissinger privately musing (at different time periods) of the desirability of a nuclear strike.

Nuking jungle areas of South Vietnam and/or Laos/Cambodia would have been stupid from a PR pov and militarily ineffective. And also still risking a nuclear response.

more than 4 years ago
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Chips That Flow With Probabilities, Not Bits

Neon Aardvark Re:Oh looksy me's got a quantum computer (153 comments)

No, because it doesn't directly use entanglement and superposition.

Like your car uses electricity, but it's probably not an electric car.

more than 4 years ago
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Adding CSS3 Support To IE 6, 7 and 8 With CSS3 Pie

Neon Aardvark Re:Pointless. (142 comments)

"Good minimalist design" and "shiny and flashy" aren't in any way mutually exclusive.

more than 4 years ago
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Adding CSS3 Support To IE 6, 7 and 8 With CSS3 Pie

Neon Aardvark Re:IE? Seriously? (142 comments)

Because it's our job to make the website look nice for everyone.

No it's not, because that would involve supporting every single browser, however old and however non-compliant.

You draw the line somewhere (or the client does). If that line is the wrong side of IE6 you have my pity. Mine is elsewhere (not involving any version of IE whatsoever).

more than 4 years ago
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The Real Science Gap

Neon Aardvark Re:Bad financial decision (618 comments)

Or it sounds like academic research is an intellectual pyramid scheme.

more than 4 years ago
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ITER Fusion Reactor Enters Existential Crisis

Neon Aardvark bull (470 comments)

ITER is/was a white elephant for inertial confinement physicists.

Laser confinement is basically weapons research (refinement of bomb codes, never going to break even in sustained fusion).

Bussard-esq electo-static confinement is cool, but unconfirmed in terms of a possible break-even.

more than 4 years ago
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Airship Inflated To Create Monster "Stratellite"

Neon Aardvark Re:Several ideas (204 comments)

We already have airships that carry water. They're called clouds.

more than 4 years ago
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Beautifully Rendered Music Notation With HTML5

Neon Aardvark Re:It has external dependancies (259 comments)

Not equivalent. $(...) tries to use the onDOMReady event -- you don't want to wait for all resources (images, etc) to be loaded before JavaScript works, do you?

He didn't say it was equivalent.

He said it still worked. The whole point being that jquery is not in any way vital to the functioning of the original page.

more than 4 years ago
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MMORPG Ryzom Released Under AGPL

Neon Aardvark Re:Free =/= Fun (117 comments)

I don't think so. It think it's because a game, like a film or a book, is something to consume and then move on from, i.e. by its very nature it's hard to maintain user and developer interest over years and years, even with the continual addition of new features.

Open source works very well were the software is not an end in itself, but a tool. Eg you don't get bored of vi, you get better and better at it.

more than 4 years ago
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US Air Force Launches Secret Flying Twinkie

Neon Aardvark Re:Is it just me? (234 comments)

No it's not just him, 6 metric tons is more natural way to mentally picture this mass.

more than 4 years ago

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