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The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan

3.14159265 Re:Panic (265 comments)

(...)Unless you consider turning away from nuclear energy as a panicky reaction(...)

(reposting because I'm an idiot and wasn't logged-in)
Funny you should say that, because the first thing I thought when I read that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel suddenly decided to shutdown 7 power plants http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/us-germany-nuclear-merkel-idUSTRE72D51520110315 after the incidents in Japan was "wtf!?".

I could only come up with 3 scenarios:
1) she did know that the power plants had urgent issues, but delayed any action until now
2) she didn't know of any urgent issues, and just found out
3) she knows that there are no issues, but the Green's votes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_party are just too appetizing.

This is "going apeshit" by any fair and reasonable measure, and this reaction seems to be is both unwarranted and unhelpful to Japan and any country where nuclear power is the sustainable solution.
Also, the general behaviour of the media hasn't been something to call home about, sensationalistic, biased, and altogether agenda-driven (which seems to be a common-place nowadays.)
---- Gravity sucks

more than 3 years ago

Text Messages To Replace Stamps In Sweden

3.14159265 Re:Fraud (249 comments)

The code could be a function of the sender's address, the receiver's address, and the date of issue, and...
That could keep the codes short, unique enough, and easy to validate.

more than 3 years ago

Irish Gov't Invests In Color-Coded Fiber Optics

3.14159265 Do they mean WDM? (129 comments)

Intune Networks (...) has developed a technology that can enable a single strand of fibre to move from carrying one signal from one operator to carrying data from 80 telecoms and TV companies all at once."

Do they mean they have "invented" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength-division_multiplexing? I'm puzzled.

more than 4 years ago

Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

3.14159265 Re:OK, I see some value in here (427 comments)

Quite right!
"If you want to drive a car you have to have a license to say that you are capable of driving a car"

Really, when did this happen? Any 15min driving in any major traffic area contradicts this immediately.

more than 4 years ago

Fujitsu Readies Lawsuit Over "iPad" Name

3.14159265 Re:Double trademark trolls! (367 comments)

They couldn't have missed it.
Maybe this is Apple's new stance when facing trademarks and patents (see the latest love affair with Nokia...): ignore them :)

more than 4 years ago

FTC Worries About Consumers, Cloud Data, and Privacy

3.14159265 What about DRM? (175 comments)

I'd rather see the title "FTC's concern that consumers don't understand the implications of buying DRM-infected data and hardware."

more than 4 years ago

BetaNet Sues Everyone For Remote SW Activation

3.14159265 Re:IBM has an excellant defense strategy . . . (227 comments)

If they don't actually sell a product then they're not infringing anything, and they can invest everything on litigation. Great business model, really.

about 5 years ago

Euro Parliament Wants "Red Button" For Shutting Down Games

3.14159265 The other button (167 comments)

Europeans also would like a "Red Button" for shutting down Parliament. Wishful thinking.

more than 5 years ago

Euro Parliament Wants "Red Button" For Shutting Down Games

3.14159265 Re:Red Button Doesn't Seem To Be Literal (167 comments)

Shouldn't shutting the damn thing off and "go to your room" be enough? Or just throwing the dvd out of the windows? Jeez...

more than 5 years ago

Midnight Commander Development Revived

3.14159265 Far Manager (304 comments)

Unarguably the true descendant of Norton Commander, and it has gone open source recently!
Proper archive support, plug-in architecture, etc,etc.

I don't even consider touching any pc running Windows without a copy of this jewel.

more than 5 years ago

Japanese Scientists Claim To Reconstruct Images From Brain Data

3.14159265 Re:Creating Telepathy (276 comments)

And if that's possible then the next step will be "real" virtual reality.

about 6 years ago

Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky

3.14159265 Re:there goes another dumb jet pack idea (486 comments)

"Think if the resources needed to defend it from terrorists(...)"

I find it extremely disturbing that this seen as an argument for not doing anything.
I've read elsewhere that they'd already won. So it is true.

about 6 years ago

Rock Band Creators Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

3.14159265 Re:Pot, Kettle, Blackness (79 comments)

Always thought all Ford does is making cars that barely work until the warranty expires... It's not like they have that kind of control and expertise :)

about 6 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

3.14159265 Re:Two words (3709 comments)

"No system can do that, which is why democracy is important: democracy works by making throwing out bad leaders easier."

True enough, but when you have a system that gives you effectively only 2 to choose from, then you're not making it easy for democracy.

more than 6 years ago

The State of Game AI

3.14159265 Re:Most humans aren't that smart (88 comments)

"It's not that difficult to make an enemy FPS "bot" have superb tactics, coordination, timing etc. Especially if the map is pre-known (which is usually the case). You can code the tactics and heuristics in. If you hear the player in position X, group A enemies head to position Y and group B head to position Z, and bye bye player."

I'd say the holy grail is to have the AI without pre-knowing the maps, and without having to hand-code the small details.

more than 6 years ago


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