Why the World Is Running Out of Helium
From Wikipedia: Jupiter's upper atmosphere is composed of about 88–92% hydrogen and 8–12% helium by percent volume or fraction of gas molecules (see table to the right).
So, more gravity seems to work. And we can go there and mine helium if we run out of it
Fastest (and Most Compact) Stellar Spinner Confirmed
The comet was only a few kilometres across and plowed into the solid planet at over a dozen kilometres per second, so it pulverised itself out of existence in less than a second, hurling black-grey-brown-red-white spurts of material off from the impact point in arcs, most of them directed in the direction of impact, themselves leaving lines of smaller impacts around the edge of the planet, while a visible black ripple spread out from the origin. FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM was how Jex and Yuo's onboard videoaudio sound effect generator chose to interpret this.
The last but one question by Sam Hughes
The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone
No, this is complete bullshit. It's not the law, it is a license, so stop comparing apples to oranges. If they grant me a license to their code, which explicitly states that I may charge a fee for redistributing it (Section 1 - did you ever read the GPL v2), then they are bound to it. They also expect me as a re-distributor of their code to follow the terms. I suggest that you read this before posting again.
US Couple Gets Prison Time For Internet Obscenity
I saw the documentary "Deep Throat" some time ago, and it said that there were still laws against porn in the US - I couldn't believe it, but it seems to be true. But I am not a lawyer and not from the USA - Can someone with an understanding of the US laws and legal system explain what exactly the crime was? Is producing and distributing porn really a crime for which you can get jail time in the USA?
Special Effects Lessons From JJ Abrams' Star Trek
Yes, exactly. And in the close-up fighting scenes (of which the film has way too much) the camera is shaking so much that you can't see anything. And that scene with the huge predators on the ice planet remided me of Star Wars Episode 1 ("There is always a bigger fish"). Otherwise a nice movie, but not a masterpiece IMHO.
Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released
What a stupid reply. The parent made a point and gave good arguments for it. You just replied quoting some unprooved stereotype. Preventing cheats in games is indeed completely different than writing a virus, since you rely on client side security. And as you might know, client side security is always a bad idea.
Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released
Yes, but how do you notice someone is cheating? Because he is good? In counter strike, any time someone enters a server who is much better than all the others, people start shouting "cheater". That doesn't necessarily mean they are cheating.
Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCs
What, because you have to wait 30 seconds until your computer boots up? Go get a coffee while you wait!
Microsoft Releases Source Code For Web Sandbox
And, let's not forget, if Microsoft had released this software under the terms and contitions of the GPL they could still create an improved closed source version, but nobody else could. Every other developer would have to develop for them or not be recognized at all (because nobody except geeks would use a fork). Sun is doing exactly this with Java, just google for "Java" and "Walled Garden". With AL2 at least everybody can create a closed source version. I think the AL2 is a good joice by them.
Linux's Security Through Obscurity
The summary and the linked email from Brad Spengler look very flamebait to me. Linus Thorwalds writes in the quoted mail:
That said, I don't _plan_ messages or obfuscate them, so "overflow" might
well be part of the message just because it simply describes the fix. So
I'm not claiming that the messages can never help somebody pinpoint
interesting commits to look at, I'm just also not at all interested in
doing so reliably.
And from the second email:
> by 'cover up' i meant that even when you know better, you quite
> consciously do *not* report the security impact of said bugs
Yes. Because the only place I consider appropriate is the kernel
changelogs, and since those get published with the sources, there is no
way I can convince myself that it's a good idea to say "Hey script
kiddies, try this" unless it's already very public indeed.
Also, someone is not satisfied with an email from Linus Thorwalds and he drags the discussion over here to /. - This certainly will solve the problem...
(Sorry for RTFA, I should know better)