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Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

AigariusDebian Start with 2005 (655 comments)

Just start with the 2005 revamp. It is not dated, it assumes many of the viewers have no idea what is going on and it is fun. Also I would recommend watching the corresponding episodes of Doctor Who Confidential right after each episode. These 'making of' really explore the back story, are very funny and often show relevan bits from the old shows, so that you can understand what is really going on. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Nears Chernobyl Levels

AigariusDebian Re:Fear-mongering Technobabble (537 comments)

Apocalypse!
We've all been there.
The same old trips, why should we care? ...
It's do or die.
Hey, I've died twice! :)

more than 3 years ago
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Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

AigariusDebian Re:Useless place (322 comments)

Just freeze the water into 1x1x1m cubes, cover them with plastic wrap to prevent vaccum evaporation and throw them with a launch loop on a ballistic trajectory towards the base. You can even have water powered trajectory correction nozzles on those cubes. And the whole package is easy to reuse.

more than 3 years ago
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Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

AigariusDebian Re:Useless place (322 comments)

Just throw ice cubes in launch loop.

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

AigariusDebian Re:Who's this for? (797 comments)

BTW: you can try the Gnome 3 way now - just double click the window title bar to maximize and to 'minimize' click the middle mouse button on the title bar. Instead of minimizing the window will be sent to the back to the visual stack, which is what you want anyway most of the time. Yes, the discoverability suffers a bit, but the usability, especially for touch interfaces, skyrockets.

more than 3 years ago
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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

AigariusDebian Re:Is that really well tested in the real world? (797 comments)

BTW: you can try the Gnome 3 way now - just double click the window title bar to maximize and to 'minimize' click the middle mouse button on the title bar. Instead of minimizing the window will be sent to the back to the visual stack, which is what you want anyway most of the time.

more than 3 years ago
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After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

AigariusDebian Re:Looking for Job (601 comments)

Right, that's why the new guy in charge bought some gasoline from Microsoft and put the pant on fire. Much more effective.

more than 3 years ago
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China Starts Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Project

AigariusDebian Re:Who cares? (387 comments)

The funny part is that China does not register its inventions in China, instead they just get US Patents office patents. So it is the US IP law that they are using to cut off competition from US ;)

more than 3 years ago
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China Starts Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Project

AigariusDebian Re:Greed (387 comments)

That is why the continuous reprocessing design was created - the fuel is reprocessed all the time at a small rate with a fully automatic system without leaving the piping system or even exiting the facility.

more than 3 years ago
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China Starts Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Project

AigariusDebian Re:Go China! (387 comments)

If you build one nuclear power plant a decade per continent - sure. If you make one design and build a couple of dozen reactors in sequence, with the same tools and the same team, then the costs will plummet.

more than 3 years ago
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Carbon Trading Halted After EU Exchange Is Hacked

AigariusDebian Re:Wait, carbon trading wasn't a scam to BEGIN wit (228 comments)

Actually, considering that CO2 emmisions are doing harm to people (in the long term), it would make sense to have people be the source of carbon credits - We the 100k people have a right to produce X tons of carbon emissions per year (in addition to inalienable bodily emission quota), and we are willing to sell that right to that steel mill for a summ of Y USD per year. And considering that someone needs to get that money from that steel mill and make sure it is either distributed to us or spent on something that brings good to all of us, lets make a company that will do that. Lets decide by voting among us who we trust to administer that money. Let's call that 'government', and let's call the whole system 'taxation'.

more than 3 years ago
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Carbon Trading Halted After EU Exchange Is Hacked

AigariusDebian Re:Wait, carbon trading wasn't a scam to BEGIN wit (228 comments)

It is easier to force/guilt/... China and India into carbon trading if the Western world is already doing it. In my view Cap-and-trade is faulty, because it allows a default level of free pollution. If EVERYONE was fairly and equally taxed for their CO2 (and other greenhouse gas or pollutant) emissions and then the revenue from these taxes would be spent exclusively on cleaning up that pollution (most likely by purchasing carbon credits from carbon-negative businesses), then it would be fair. The pointis that a coal power plant does not pay for the pollution it causes, the harm that it causes to the whole population. If this harm is converted into actual finansial cost, then we will clearly see whether coal is really that cheap and we will see free market dump all they can into clean energy, because the dirt of the dirty energy would be taxed and make it not so profitable as it is now.

Oil, coeal and gas is only a cheap energy source to the consumer because part of the cost is hidden - the enviromental cost, as in, they don't pay for the clean air that they steal from all of them. Steal just a little bit from everyone and you have a nice profit. Government taxation and regulation is there to prevent exactly such abuses of the common good.

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

AigariusDebian Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

It is perfectly reasonable to require a person to pass a two-month long gun training, gun skill test with a theoretical exam and a psychiatric examination to be able to buy a gun. It would also be perfectly reasonable to require a person to belong to a gun club with regular dues, training and re-testing schedules in order to buy ammo. And it is also perfectly reasonable not to sell to civilians extended capacity clips, fully automatic weapons, sniper rifles and high power weapons or armor piercing or anti-personnel munition.

USA second amendment talks about 'a well regulated millitia', so it is perfectly reasonable to assume that every person with a gun is or must be a member of millitia and that the constitution demands of the government to regulate him, including striping him of this status, if he proves to be unregulatable (as in unstable, insane or just a lousy shot).

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Declares Federal Healthcare Plan (Partly) Unconstitutional

AigariusDebian Re:Surprise move? (1505 comments)

Well, you cann't 'force' people to by healthcare, but it is perfectly legal to make a new tax of 5k$ per year and then exempt everyone with a valid health insurance policy from that tax.

more than 3 years ago
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Jailtime For Jailbreaking

AigariusDebian Re:Beyond the Scope (281 comments)

So, can anyone explain to me why do the carriers actually sell these devices without signing a contract with the person? That would full eliminate this situation - sure, you can buy a thousand cheap phones, unlock them and sell them on, but you will still have to pay monthly fees on the thousand 2 year contracts or pay the ETF.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

AigariusDebian Re:Can't see a reason in the Acceptable Use Policy (528 comments)

Actually it is not illegal to distribute classified information if you are a media organization. Only the person that actually had the access and who did the distribution to the journalists can be considered as doing illegal actions. And even then such claim must first be proven in court.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

AigariusDebian Re:More probably... (528 comments)

Hey, Amazon! You front page is offensive to me and all other people in the world who hate Christmass shopping season. Take it down, now!

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

AigariusDebian Re:Business & politics shouldn't mix (528 comments)

So, if USA growls loudly at BBC, it will also 'become a political faction' and can be cut off from the Internet by all USA ISPs?

more than 3 years ago

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