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Human Survival Depends On Space Exploration, Says Hawking

No. 24601 Any here more interested... (438 comments)

Any here more interested in Dr. Hawking's thoughts on the possibility that neutrinos are faster than light ? Seems a bit more timely concern, though I do see his point about human survival.

more than 2 years ago

OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

No. 24601 Re:Try, try again... (442 comments)

While I want to think that we could be on the verge of some new physics discoveries...

18 or 19 years.

The time between Michelson-Morley and Annus Mirabilis 1905.

If, by "on the verge", you actually mean possibly 20 years away from a theory explaining this result once confirmed -- then you could be spot on right.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo! To Close Delicious

No. 24601 From Daring whatever (311 comments)

Quote From Daring Firewhatnot:
"It’s almost hard to remember now, but just a few short years ago, Yahoo was the place for hot startups to find a home."

You mean Yahoo was the company with money to burn buying into hokey startups (exception for Delicious and a *few* others I'm sure).

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Asks Apache To Rethink Java Committee Exit

No. 24601 Alienation (266 comments)

I think there's a general misunderstanding about what's going on here. So let me try to clear it up (and hope I succeed). As an independent company, Sun was essentially a failing concern. Pure and simple. When Oracle purchased Sun, they purchased them for the assets that Sun happened to own (either through in-house R&D or through either shrewd or lucky acquisition - choose your poison). They did *not* purchase Sun for business strategy. I can guarantee you on that. Thus, there is a new business strategy in place with respect to capitalizing on Sun's assets.

So by this reasoning, the alienation of the OO, MySQL and Java communities is by no means a random occurrence. Oracle's new business strategy with respect to these products is what is alienating these communities. If you want to pretend that Oracle and Ellison are not behind this, either you're simply in denial, you're heavily invested in Oracle technologies, or Oracle writes your paycheque (again, choose your poison).

oh ya, to all those who saw no harm in the Sun acquisition....

more than 3 years ago

Woz Says Android Will Dominate

No. 24601 Re:Gaming (416 comments)

Even if Apple stopped doing anything today, I think it's safe to say their products will be around and developers will be developing for them five years from now because there'd still be enough somebodies somewhere using an iPhone or iPad. If you're not convinced, just look to Palm ;)

more than 3 years ago

The World's Smallest Legible Font

No. 24601 Nice, but... what about a, e, and o? (280 comments)

That's pretty amazing. Except that the letters a, e, and o are nearly indistinguishable. To prove it is the smallest legible font, one would have to show that a long enough sequence of just the letters a, e and o could be spelled back by a reader. aeoeoaoeoeoaoeoaoeeeoaaaoeoaoa. I doubt it.

Practically speaking, that would mean a word like onomatopeia would be hard to identify. Of course, the context in which a word shows up probably accounts for more than half of the reason a reader can identify that word so quickly in a sentence.

more than 3 years ago

The Beatles On iTunes

No. 24601 Re:If you don't already.... (551 comments)

Meh. The Beatles are overrated.

Guaranteed that most of the artists you listen to, including the few that you worship, would disagree with you on that statement. Unless you were born in the before the early 50s, there is very little of any music released in the past 40 yearsincluding electronic music, and heavy that wasn't influenced by them.

To illustrate... take Kraftwerk & Neu! who are the cornerstones of modern electronic, dance, etc., they were influenced by Beatles pop and lyrical style. As for heavy, listen to the Beatles' Helter Skelter.. it is considered proto-metal, their only song of the kind, very influential on metal, and it's still an insane listen today.

more than 3 years ago

The Beatles On iTunes

No. 24601 Re:White Album (551 comments)

Oh, so now I've got to buy the White Album *again*?

Yes, but if there is one album worth buying again and again, that would be the White Album.

40 years later, it awakened the Holy See, which was never really a fan of the Beatles or John Lennon particularly (read the history yourself), to the Beatles' genius.

more than 3 years ago

The Coming War Over the Future of Java

No. 24601 Re:Why Go? (583 comments)

Google should invest R&D in rewriting and optimizing the Ruby interpreter and "adopt" it the way they did Java. It definitely has potential for application development on mobile platforms. Maybe optimized for the VM-environment à la JRuby. Apple already sees its potential on the desktop - hence, MacRuby. Yes, Ruby. The force is strong in that one.

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Discontinue Xserve

No. 24601 Re:It means Linux on the server and iOS on the cli (304 comments)

Apple sees the writing on the wall: the mainframe era is back, with Linux as the server and iOS devices like iPhone/iPad as the client. Non-standard servers running UNIX variants other than Linux are irrelevant.

I guess Jobs forgot to forward that memo to his buddy Ellison ;)

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Discontinue Xserve

No. 24601 Looks like (304 comments)

Looks like Apple gave... some bottom of the barrel IT guys (at least in the risk assessment part of the job)... a rope.

And they hung themselves and their employers with it.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle To Monetize Java VM

No. 24601 Re:Meanwhile, at Microsoft... (641 comments)

... Ballmer et al are wringing their hands nefariously

Ya, I'm sure they are. But too bad I see this as more a win for the true open source development and dare I say even Stallman et al. and his philosophy. Anyone with huge investments in Java should have had second thoughts when it became clear that Sun wasn't going to "donate" its control of the language, its libraries and its VM-licensing to a non-profit industry-run consortium which should have been setup as early as ten or even fifteen years ago.

This is not a win for MS at all for a simple reason: once bitten, twice shy.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle To Monetize Java VM

No. 24601 Re:I don't get it (641 comments)

Either Larry Ellison is smart beyond my imagination, or he's too stupid to understand that he's basically killing MySQL, OpenOffice and Java - arguably the three most valuable software assets he bought with Sun.

It's easily argued that these three most valuable assets acquired in the Sun purchase are, taken as a whole, not even worth a fraction of the existing and potential business of the product they've already had, Oracle. They couldn't give a shit about Java, MySQL or gawd OpenOffice. It's more likely he was thinking: "hmmm, how do I squash three great products at least one of which had terrifying potential???"

more than 3 years ago

Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

No. 24601 Re:Sounds....great?? (348 comments)

You're paying the ISP to transfer the data, Hulu is providing the content which is supported by the ads. If you're paying the ISP for data, and paying Hulu for the content, then having to watch the ads seem to be a pretty poor deal.

Yet no one seems to mind watching trailers (and now ads for new gadgets or deals at local businesses) before a movie at the theatre.

oh wait, on second thought... that's probably why attendance is down at the theatre (despite this new rage called 3D :p)

It's an oversimplification, but people do vote with their wallet.

more than 3 years ago

Google Wave Creator Quits, Joins Facebook

No. 24601 I'm surprised they killed Wave (191 comments)

I'm surprised Google killed Wave when they haven't killed many other long-standing projects they have going that are much less popular with users and, as a result, much less lucrative. I think it was a clash of heads between Rasmussen and the top over what his priorities should be. They probably wanted something that would be as instantly popular as Maps. Wave did have potential especially if they marketed it alongside Google Apps for Business, but it's definitely not going to drive the kind people who use Facebook to start switching in droves to using Wave instead -- that's a bit unrealistic. If that's what Lars was looking for, everyone's probably better off with him at Facebook.

more than 3 years ago

CRTC To Allow Usage-Based Billing

No. 24601 For all Americans (282 comments)

For all Americans who think this will never happen to them, you should read this article from Reuters just this past Wednesday. Looks like the Canadian telecom industry is the role model our boys are looking to follow. But unlike what the article says, Canadians are not accepting this situation lying down. They are actively seeking out and subscribing to the new disruptive competition like Wind Mobile and Mobilicity.

more than 3 years ago

Is Google Polluting the Internet?

No. 24601 Re:Economic/Other incentives to do this... (378 comments)

I suspect some people (myself included) would happily pay a monthly $5 or $10 to access a search engine that was completely free of adverts or bias. If the market were big enough ...

One would be surprised how many people would rather see adverts than knowingly or inadvertently revealing more private data to them via their billing information by paying for the service.

more than 2 years ago

New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued

No. 24601 Re:Ruling != Legislating (799 comments)

Well, if they're technically suing the kid (and not the parents), then just have the kid declare bankruptcy.

Interesting. Actually, that begs the question of what exactly is the plaintiff seeking in damages against this kid? If they aren't seeking any real damages, then they want a symbolic victory and are potentially trying to teach the child a lesson. If so, this will get squashed before it goes to trial because they will deem that it's up to the state to decide if the child's life should be affected by what happened. The plaintiff obviously doesn't have the child's best interest in mind. And the child's best interests is usually the most important thing to the state at such a young age... and continues to be a major factor in court cases until the age of majority.

more than 2 years ago

New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued

No. 24601 Re:Ruling != Legislating (799 comments)

The law (which he probably didn't write) says that accountability starts at four years old. The child was four.

What else was the judge supposed to do?

Can a four-year-old vote? No.
Can a four-year-old get married? No.
Can a four-year-old do much anything outside of the house without adult supervision? No.

Looks like the issue isn't with the judge or this ruling, but with the legislation that says accountability starts at 4.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

No. 24601 To all those who saw no harm in the Sun purchase (675 comments)

Oracle should never have been allowed to buy Sun. Instead it should have been liquidated (since that's what happening anyways... particularly with the high-profile Sun departures).

And so it begins...

more than 3 years ago



Depressed Facebook user gets insurance cancelled

No. 24601 No. 24601 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

No. 24601 (657888) writes "A Quebec woman on long-term sick leave, due to a diagnosis of depression, lost her health benefits after her insurance provider found photos of her on Facebook smiling and looking cheerful at parties and out on the beach. Besides all the obvious questions, how did the insurance company access her locked Facebook profile?"
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