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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

curious.corn Re:Finally! (474 comments)

Slashdot! You screwed the database encoding!? N00bs...

about 3 months ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

curious.corn They said that in the late '800s (292 comments)

To quote a statement apocryphally attributed to Lord Kelvin: "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement" And then came Quantum mechanics, Relativity... don't worry... there's heaps to play around with

about 6 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

curious.corn La Dolce Vita... (477 comments)

... is not a French film, it's Italian, written and directed by Federico Fellini (together with several other heavyweights of italian contemporary culture.) That's like saying that sombreros are typical of the USA... pfff

about 6 months ago

New Links Found Between Bacteria and Cancer

curious.corn Re:antibiotics and statistics (159 comments)

Well, nasty... it seems to work much better than all other treatments, including massively destructing and disfiguring surgery procedures. Now, getting an enema or swallowing a pill of purified bacterial matter may entice a giggle or two, but so does eating french cheese, which is just rotten milk - by the bacteria that thrives under toenails... I've been having irritable bowel for a decade, and I'm going to ask my GP about this transplant... I don't mind :)

about a year ago

California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

curious.corn Re:Future regulation (396 comments)

Nicely summarized, bravo.

about a year ago

What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

curious.corn Bullshit bingo! (223 comments)

... leverage... dynamic cultures... nimble and innovative... move fast and run... key ... prove that you can...

Ah sorry, I couldn't resist.

This middle-manager speak is a stereotypical example of what obedient group-thinkers regurgitate in the hope of kicking other competitors of the same ilk, off the hill they're climbing; they could be selling cheese, or trading pebbles, or running an "app startup" and it wouldn't make a difference. Just the same bullshit bingo, while engineers are kept down in the basement, getting a bone thrown every now and then...

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Isn't Becoming Less Open, Says Shuttleworth

curious.corn Re:I wish he would make it less buggy (98 comments)

Ah ok, we'll see next Monday: my story is that I tried upgrading an existing 12.04 and all seemed to go well until the installed started complaining that I had chosen to "hold back broken packages". Once it rebooted grub barfed and dumped me to its command line.

My guess is that the new package manager took half hour to abort the install or run through the b0rked list of packages, broke the previous one in the process and reboot, so that now I'm left staring at the old grub deploy.

It's kind of annoying really, all I had added to the bog standard install were the repos for Chrome and VirtualBox. How is it possible for such a standard upgrade to fail so badly is unbelievable.

about 2 years ago

Why Apple Is Suing Every Android Manufacturer In Sight

curious.corn Re:Phones should just be phones (738 comments)

Hmm, as if Apple hasn't created the first true smartphone.
Listen, before Jobs decided it was time to get a real one in our hands, we had to deal with craptastic shite such ash the Seriously; at the time it cost me about as much as an iPhone and it was nothing compared to the iPhone, and when the 3G arrived in EU it was the end for anything else. Those suits running the competition think they can just slavishly copy and out-number Apple by sheer inertia but really those fucks don't give a rats ass about innovation or getting cool electronics out of the door.
Samsung and the other are run by the Dilberts, not Apple... you have no clue.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Google Employees When They Die?

curious.corn Sort of normal here in EU... (170 comments)

and it's part of social security here (of course you get to pay a couple EURs a month for the privilege). But I guess this over-the-top socialist expropriation of financial assets doesn't resonate with the you folks across the ocean... but it does qualify for a good bullet point in the "benefits" employment contract section. Yep, us european are decadent spoilt brats... :P

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity

curious.corn Re:Not Anonymous? (234 comments)

Yeah, many students from south Italy move out to go study in another (better) University. It's the locals that don't have any incentive to do so, after all who in his/her right mind would pay 500EUR for a bed (just a bed) in an overcrowded apartment if they could avoid that. The problem in Italy is that social security for the older generations couldn't be cut so what the right wing establishment did was simply to cut back on the younger. Left without decent opportunities they ended up staying on family budget, effectively reducing social spending across all generations. By cutting back I'm not referring only to subsidy cheques but also to indirect damages inflicted upon them: a good part of the right constituency in Italy are professionals. These people often employ younger people on perpetually temp contracts or outright illegally, and are rich enough to own homes that are put for rent at exorbitant prices. A State that cared for all its citizens would repress and discourage these abuses but nothing has been done in the past 20 years. People are starting to call it "generational warfare"

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity

curious.corn Re:Not Anonymous? (234 comments)

Don't generalize that too much, though. Mediterranean maybe, but here in Belgium, and our neighbors France, Germany and the Netherlands (which, you'll have to admit, is a sizeable part of Europe), we generally move out after university, or as soon as we find a job.

Well, the reason is in your answer, "... as soon as we find a job..." which in many parts of Italy can often mean "never". I'm living in NL now and for what I can see, dutch kids are encouraged to move out by means of lavish (by IT standards) subsidies and a fairly inclusive and accessible job market. I'm pretty sure many Italians would be more than happy to carry their affairs away from their parents' home, if only they could...

more than 2 years ago

Linux Played a Vital Role In Discovery of Higgs Boson

curious.corn Re:Microsoft did more (299 comments)

Naw, I think Microsoft's biggest contribution to all this was the Comic Sans font.

LOL +1

Here's your awesomeness car sir... what a perfect synthesis.

more than 2 years ago

Why Apple's Next Revolution Should Be In Your Car

curious.corn Re:Sorry to rain on Apples parade n all but... (293 comments)

I just changed my mom's living room experience with a Roku box. I got her the extra fancy one that can play Angry Birds for $99, along with a year of netflix. I have to pay for a Hulu account for work, so I'll be setting her up with that, too. She's nearly 70 and didn't have a problem figuring it out.

I've got a Samsung TV loaded with apps. Netflix, Vudu(not with Ultraviolet, so the stuff I buy isn't tied to a company), Hulu, etc... Using my Synology NAS and my Android phone, I can even remotely playback media through the TV using my phone as a remote.

The cable company may lose a few more customers, but it won't be because of Apple.

this comment sanctions the end of /.

It's either a bad, bad, bad astroturf and brand crapfest or I just saw it pass by in a woosh: a generation of geeks replaced by one of geeky consumers. I am sitting in between, and I don't know who's the saddest of the lot :(

... and the language! oh boy, "experience" what is that, for $deity's sake...

more than 2 years ago

'Of Course We Are In a Post-PC World,' Says Ray Ozzie

curious.corn Re:A Brave New World (399 comments)

that's why I consider keyboards and mice like underwear... very inconvenient to touch and share

more than 2 years ago



Unusual phenomenon in the skyes of Norway

curious.corn curious.corn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

curious.corn (167387) writes "Hi there,

a beautiful, if a bit haunting, atmospheric phenomenon occurred this morning in Norway. Unlike the usual northern lights tapestry, it consisted of a transient white globe irradiating light rings. In a very short time these took a spiral form, acquiring a blue tint towards the center and growing to become the largest object in the sky, even surpassing the moon. According to witnesses, the spiral tracked across the sky leaving a bluish tail before collapsing and leaving behind a dark, "black hole".

Linky lands on an italian newspaper story (a fragment of which I have liberally translated) with further links to phonecam video of spiral formation and collapse and a splendid photo gallery (check out #4: beautiful spiraling pinch currents rushing out of the core traced by oxygen blue emission)

see yah!

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