The Battle of Hoth: Vader the Invader
The real point of this is how a good story doesn't need to be consistent or even especially believable, if it's told well. The characters in Empire are vivid, the story is strong, and the direction is fantastic. The goal isn't to write a plot so airtight it can't be nitpicked apart, it's to get the audience so caught up that they don't bother with any nitpicking.
That said, this article picked some very entertaining nits.
Ubuntu Still Aims For Wayland in Quantal Quetzal
This is what Desktop Linux is. It's companies trying to make a version of Linux which Just Works for people who don't care that it's Linux. That means sacrificing choice in the name of making the product more tailored for the users they're targeting. That's good design.
Your fundamental complaint is that Ubuntu isn't tailoring its product for you. It's a completely free and open product, planned from the start to make Linux more usable by non-technical people. And you're complaining. Despite the fact that there are literally dozens of other Linux distributions which do exactly what you want. Nice.
Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF's Secure Boot Solution
"They who can give up essential safety to obtain a little temporary liberty, deserve neither safety nor liberty."
Having dispensed with the pointless question-begging, can we start talking about which is essential and which is temporary in this case?
Why Groundwater Use May Not Explain Half of Sea-Level Rise
I hate to defend geocentrism, but it certainly was science. Given the evidence of the sun, moon, planets, and starts pretty clearly moving across the sky in a revolving fashion, what scientific explanation would you come up with? Was every astronomer prior to Copernicus not actually a scientist?
When people proposed the heliocentric explanation, the church intervened and said that the Earth is the center of the universe for theological reasons, and that was certainly not scientific.
Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming
I actually support a lot of copyright restrictions and enforcement. But I have to laugh whenever a company gets its panties in a wad about what people do with the unencrypted signals that are deliberately broadcast at very high power from extremely large antennas in the middle of large cities.
A Look At One of Blizzard's Retired World of Warcraft Servers
Character data would be stored in a database (in Blizzard's case, Oracle). The local drives on the blades would have game data and server executables, which would be even more valuable than character data to the right people (gray-sharders, botters, and other nefarious types).
Heartland Institute Document Leaker Comes Forward, Maintains Documents Are Real
One of the interesting things about the Heartland documents is that they make it pretty clear that they're not being funded by oil companies.
Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?
One fleet moves to threaten civilians (city, planet, moon, asteroid, space station). Another fleet moves in to defend. Neither fleet needs to be manned. The winning fleet has control over the civilian area.
The idea isn't that civilians won't be threatened, it's that military personnel won't be doing the fighting directly.
Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
The idea that the South lost the Civil War "in large part" because slaves were not "enthusiastic workers" is horseshit. From General Lee's horse.
Making health care not be tied to your job is a good idea. But other than that, without the government engaging in "naked and clumsy dictation to employers" (which, in fact, is exactly how I'd describe any efforts to make health care not be tied to your job) how would you propose making businesses compete for workers and treat them fairly? Prior to the modern era of unions and workers'-rights laws, we had much less pleasant working conditions. Child labor, indentured servitude. Certainly no vacations.
New Remote Flaw In 64-Bit Windows 7
I'm sure you're right, but that only proves his point... the code was moved from userspace into the kernel, which certainly contributed to its complexity and insecurity.
Sony Sued Over PSN 'No Suing' Provision
I support modern interpretation of the Constitution (what the GP hates). But 3/5 of a person was changed in an amendment, which I'm sure he fully supports, not an interpretation.
Qt 4.8.0 Released
"T-h-e", like most pronounceable words, has a vowel.
Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone
Dude that was the New York Daily News, not the New York Times. Big difference.
Filmmakers Reviving Sci-fi By Going Old School
It's the cinematography in general, not just the lighting. For example, there were no optical effects, which dramatically reduce the visual quality because they effectively are re-filming the original film (with extra stuff). But yeah, in terms of cinematography, nothing in SF has ever beaten 2001.
My favorite trick they used was the floating pen that the stewardess picks up. It was attached to a piece of transparent acrylic, and she just detached it when she took it.
Fighting Mosquitoes With GM Mosquitoes
It was in The Deep Range by Arthur Clarke. Not sure if it predated that though.
Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today
If a new version of Ubuntu could save my datacenter massive amounts of money via reduced power consumption, then I'd be an idiot if I didn't at least weigh the cost/benefit.
Windows Server 8 Is A Radical Departure From Previous Releases
Did you read any of the stuff about how it's basically a VMWare competitor now, complete with the ability to migrate logical servers between hardware? I skimmed the article and I at least got that much.
Moxie Marlinspike's Solution To the SSL CA Problem
You're trusting that the key hasn't changed.
How do you know your mother is really your mother? All you know is that she's (presumably) the same person who you've identified as your mother since you were born.
Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released
Linus made a one-time change because the old Linux version numbering scheme didn't match reality. 2.6.23 to 2.6.24 was a pretty big bump feature-wise but sounds like a trival patch. Under the new system, that would be 3.1 to 3.2. Isn't that what you're asking for--numbers which indicate how much has changed?
Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule
I'm not sure if it still happens, but I was very put off after upgrading from FF4 to FF5 and then a couple of days later being told that Mozilla "strongly recommends I upgrade to FireFox 6 beta". Strongly recommend I upgrade to a beta?
I don't mind the fast releases. But couldn't you call them version 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, etc? You're going against the grain of nearly every software project out there by bumping major versions so quickly.
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