1.9 Billion Digits: Brazil's Bid For Biometric Voting
I think it's a joke, but anyway... there were no direct elections under the dictatorship, hence no democracy.
Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ
That really depends on where you live. Here, 0 is unbearable, 10 is freezing (people, not water), 15 is cool, 23 is nice, 35 is hot. I'd agree about the boiling point of water though.
Mathematics Says Romney and Santorum Tied In Iowa
Statistically of course it was a tie. But elections aren't decided statistically. It takes 50% plus 1 vote to win.
Except in the US of A, where you can be President with less than 50% of the total votes, of course, due to a meaningless system (to the rest of the world, at least) of delegates.
Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object
dare step on my wavefunction, mister! Or I'll have to send my engevectors at you!
Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?
But I wouldn't be loyal to the company. Ask yourself if the company had some kind of financial problem, would it have the same kind of consideration towards you? Or if they could hire a better developer than you for half your wages, would they do it? Your friends, if they are truly so, will still be friends. Now, money isn't everything and perhaps the environment in the new job is worse. But that aside, I'd never turn out a better job out of loyalty. No company would be as loyal to their employees (at least I haven't seen one yet).
Why Do Videogames Struggle With Sex?
I believe you. Basically women want to able to know they'll have someone by their side in case they get pregnant, while men just would like to impregnate as many women as possible. Even if both fully know that won't gonna happen due to birth control techniques, but we ACT like that.
That said, there are a fair amount of women that act more like the average men - as you said, sluttier. Society (including men with the exact same behaviour) usually despise them. I'd say, if we as a society didn't look down on slutty women, there would be a lot more of them.
Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"
Goku can teleport himself to a place which has plenty of kriptonite and bring a huge chunk back. Superman is fast, but teleportation is instantaneous.
Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch On Skype Toolbar
1. Skype shouldn't have the ability to install an extension without explicit user agreement. I believe this is Mozilla's fault, it has been abused by others as well. Fix the extension installation process.
2. There shouldn't be a kill switch to an extension. It may be used in a benign form today, but tomorrow perhaps it will be used to kill an extension that allows users to see Facebook pictures, or whatever. I don't wan't that in my browser.
Basically, let me decide what I install in my browser (as well as my computer). It's simple.
Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies
At least down here in Brasil people are already obliged to leave their cellphones during the tests, just common sense really. Also, any eletronic device like PMPs, earpieces, even wristwatches.
The real problem with statistical approaches is that they don't prove one has cheated. So unless it is only used as a way to start an investigation to gather proofs - such as, contacting the cellphone operator and seeing if there was any calls to/from the cellphone during the test, AND if they can also prove the cellphone was in the test area - there is no legal way someone should be punished for being a point outside the line.
Yahoo! To Close Delicious
The question is, I don't like to have yet another service tied up to a Google account, for two reasons; first, I am afraid my account may be suspended - happened already - and then I lose my bookmarks as well - which were real handy when Google screwed up my account. Secondly, I have and use more than one account and don't want my bookmarks to be tied up to one. To make things worse, I use three browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) so a browser specific bookmarking tool won't do it. Any other suggestions?
Windows Phone Permanently Modifies MicroSD Cards, Warns Samsung
The SD card in WP7 devices is NOT user serviceable. MS uses SD cards as a cheap alternative to other kinds of storage solutions. To exchange the SD card, you have to tore open the phone. People have been trying to replace the provided card to get more space, that's it. So I see it as no big deal that the OS thrashes it, since it was never intended to leave the phone anyway. That said, I wouldn't buy a WP7 phone for other reasons: it copied the iOS model by Apple by the book - specially the silly restrictions (no multitasking to 3rd party apps, tie-in to a proprietary app, no fscking copy-and-paste, etc.).
China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US
Your use of the word "rights" puzzle me. Shouldn't the right to mine them belong to the Afghan people/government? Or do you consider Afghan some sort of extension of US territory since you have a large military force there? If so, then the "right" belongs to whoever can exercise more power, and so if China somehow got it it's because they deserve it.
Lighthearted Facebook Friends Could Make You Join NAMBLA Group
I do have an account af Facebook but I really don't use it much. But if is is like anything round here, there may be lots of people who have lots of friends that they don't really know - I for sure know I have an awful lot of friends requests from people I've never seen. It is quite hard if you have a thousand of friends to track them all. So you go to sleep one night and the next morning you wake up to find out you've been added to a hate-speech, or a pro-taleban group, a neo-nazi group (which is actually a criminal offense in some countries) or something like that. It is an inherently flawed concept. Of course you may always argue you never actually joined that group, but we live in a world where appearances count more than evidence.
Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead
You know the story of the frog in the cauldron, right? If you put a live one in a cauldron with boiling water, he will leap out as soon as he touches the water. But if you put it there and slowly heat up the water, he won't notice until it is too late. Guess what the content owners are doing to the consumers.
Duke Nukem Forever Back In Development
First, the "emulation" of 3D was way better than Doom. Not true 3D as Quake, of course, but it was so good as to not be noticeable. Secondly, you could interact with in ways that most games these days won't let you. You could brake things, drink water, take a piss, give strippers money, and all these seemed natural. Third, there was a likeable (or hateable, but it was fun anyways, that's undeniable) character. And then, even if the story wasn't stellar, there was some story, and level design was ingenious. Besides, it was fun to play, and to hear to one-liners and watch the pop-references.
Prosecutor Loses Case For Citing Wikipedia
I don't know if this deserves a "whoosh". But I read the :P as:
1. go to wikipedia
2. copy and paste the sources listed in the article
Blindly using citations found in Wikipedia, or any other place, is not a good way of doing research. The citations may be bogus, or plainly unreliable. Of course, a lot of researchers actually do this, perhaps just not from Wikipedia.
iPhone App In App Store Limbo Open Sourced
It wasn't, but AFAIK Apple was the first and is still the only one to use it. So it is a way of using a non proprietary standard that still achieves the same goal as a market lock-in tool. Apple has done this many times - mini display port, mini DVI, recessed jack on original iPhone, etc.
Portal 2 Gets Release Date
Portal is not difficult by any means. People who have no experience with FPSs may get disoriented at first, but, beyond that, all the initial chambers are really, really easy. Just the last two chambers provide some kind of real challenge. But I think that actually adds, rather than detracts, to the gameplay. The "rythym" of the game is just right as it is, it blends the right amount of curiosity about the puzzles with an excellent story. They complement each other nicely. Portal is one of my favorite games of all times. High hopes for Portal 2.
Online Forum Speeding Boast Leads To Conviction
Well, I guess every country - and in the USA, possibly each state, has its own laws, but I've never seen a traffic law with acceleration limits. Your car may be very silent, so you might accelerate a lot and still don't break any regulations.
And about (1), I don't think you are right. Speed is the rate that space varies with time. A speed rate, therefore, is not speed, but something else, by definition, either acceleration or something else like the rate speed varies with position of the sun, the beats in the car stereo, or whatever. Just because everyone says it wrong, it doesn't make it right.
Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games
Copyright protected works cannot work by "free market capitalism" rules (and free market is an abstraction, BTW). Each copyright owner has a monopoly on his own copyrighted work, whereas free market is based on competition. I can only get a Harry Potter book written by Rowling, and whoever happens to be her publisher. There is no possibility of competition. Similarly, I can only get a game from its publisher/developer. There may be other similar games, and there is competition in that sense, but this is indirect competition. You can't replicate the exact experience you get with a piece of software with another.
Copyright and patents create state-approved monopolies. The idea is that the incentive to explore your own monopolie would drive innovation forward. So there are no valid comparisons with the (mythical, anyway) free-market that are valid in this case.
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