The thing I hate most about captcha is they're so obsessed with OCR software cracking the captcha that they use non dictionary words that are so blurry or unreadable that I have to hit the 'reload the captcha' button about five times before I get one that I think I have a chance to get. Then when I enter it, I only have a 50% chance of getting it right! and it's back to the start again.
Is squashing the bots worth so much that they are willing to piss off their target human audience?
Given my shocking failure rate at captcha, I can't be human can I?
no idea what a "rapporteur" is but i found this buried in the BBC "science & technology" section. So hardly mainstream news, outside of Poland, it would seem.
"However, everything is made to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade."
Mandriva and Mandrake before it, have being lurching from one crisis to the next, permanently on the edge of bankruptcy for as long as i can remember.
Mandriva's model of stability is a plate full of jelly(jello) balanced on a tall stick atop a windy mountain along the San Andreas fault
despite it been said many times that there are no software patents in Europe, a court in the Hague banned the sale of three models of Samsung's Galaxy due to it violating one specific patent regarding "an interface for viewing and navigating photographs on a touchscreen phone"
I'm sure most of you already know this already, but for those that don't Jobsie who has been on sick leave for ages with pancreatic cancer has finally called it quits. He said he "could no longer meet his chief executive's duties and expectations".
Just read this and thought it would be of interest to the good folks here
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/emerging-te … -40093000/
Patent Wars and their absurdity are nothing new; take, for instance, the case of De Forest Vs Armstrong.
Lee De Forest was a bright and talented inventor, he invented the Triode (Vacuum) Valve and coined the term “radio” and forecast that “Short waves [microwaves] will be generally used in the kitchen for roasting and baking, almost instantaneously". Like Edison he was also a showman at heart and had a keen business acumen.
Edwin Armstrong was an exceptionally bright and talented inventor, he invented the regenerative amplifier , used today in all radio transmitters, the superhetrodyne amplifier used today in all radio receivers and he invented FM radio. He was a shy and quiet man with a stubborn streak and an unwillingness to compromise.
Armstrong patented the Regenerative amplifier in 1914 his circuit used DeForest's Triodes and made possible speech transmition over radio (previously morse was the only method although DeForest had theorised speech transmition was possible).
In 1916 De Forest patented a near identical circuit, which many people think he did only to interfere Armstrong's patents.
When the case went to court De Forest was unable to explain how his circuit even worked (yeah! In yer face Darl McBride! You weren't even the first to look stupid in court). After several retrials, the case was, at the time, the longest in American history, the supreme court came down in favour with De Forest! The absurdity of the courts decision was plainly evident to the technical community, who heaped awards and honours galore upon Armstrong and ostracised De Forest.
Later Armstrong faced another patent war about FM. Despite Armstrong's earlier patent, RCA claimed to own the rights to FM and another long drawn out patent war ensued.
Armstrong had made millions at a time when millions were real millions, but had lost it all in the courts. He died in poverty comiting suicide by jumping out of his crumby 10th floor apartment window.
De Forest died rich but hated by both the technical community and the general public.
Armstrong's widow later launched several lawsuits on behalf of her late husband and settled out of court for “substantial sums”.
Modern commentators put this down to her willingness to compromise as opposed to his unwillingness to compromise.
Verne got 2204 votes out of 421 valid ballots cast ??? :shock: Results of Fedora 16 Release Name Voting
how does that work out ?
just multiply everything by 9 ?
On May 5th here in the UK we are having a referendum to change parliamentary electional voting system from "first past the post" to "Alternative Vote", no one has a clue what that is, so thank god/(insert your deity here ) that we aren't using the "Fedora naming vote" system!!!
Nice page from the Debian team
Pity the rest haven't got into the spirit so deeply
openSUSE http://news.opensuse.org/2011/04/01/the ... tribution/
Grml - nothing yet , maybe it isn't the first of April yet where they are?
I wonder just how you would get such wildly diverse and different disto's to co-exist on a single platform.
It's amazing they even co-existed & cooperated for an April fools day joke.
Or is it a joke ???????????? :?
Fedora fans maybe laughing at Oneiric Ocelot but they have only a few days left to enter suggestions for the code name of F16 http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=259678
Judging by the names already submitted, Ubuntu fans will be having the last laugh - "Bullock" anyone? or what about Beefy Miracle?
Just how the heck do you pronounce "Oneiric" :evil:
here's how to pronounce it ! :shock:
Uh-oh ! They've angered the librarians.
As Michael Moore once said
"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. ... You think they're just sitting at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them."
Hmmmm! Hard to see what Little Nicky Sarkozy was talking about here? Did it all get lost in translation?
Maybe he meant to say "We French have sweaty pits and rave around like maniacs" or maybe he meant ""Microsoft are cheese eating surrender monkeys". :whistle:
OK awful racial stereotypes aside, it seems that first Nokia and now Sarkozy have fallen to the mighty Microsoft dollar. :evil: