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Spacecraft Spots Probable Waves On Titan's Seas

Askmum Probable waves? (82 comments)

Are these used to power the infinite improbability drive? How probable are these waves?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Askmum Re:Aerial or underground ? (516 comments)

And what if the place you live in has a lot of trees?

I live in a country where there are virtally no aerial powerlines 10 kV (I would hazard a quess that there are less then 10 km of aerial lines in the whole country). Power outages are very rare. If it happens to you once a year than it is a lot.

about 2 months ago

Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Askmum Re:I use yahoo mail (400 comments)

So having all choices be "wrong" justifies calling people out for trying at all?

Yes, I do not believe that all choices are wrong. I think my provider does not do all of that. And specifically going to Yahoo because you dislike Google's privacy policy is plain wrong because Yahoo violates your privacy exactly as Google does. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

about 2 months ago

Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Askmum Re:Hey don't worry (337 comments)

The Rosetta mission cost 1.8 billion US$. So you only need to find 66 grams of Californium 252 to get your money's worth. But that element has a relatively short half life time, so I doubt you'll find that much in a comet.
I wouldn't get my hopes up.

about 2 months ago

Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Askmum Re:stupid germans (419 comments)

The ICE does not average 300 km/h at all. It has a maximum speed of 300 km/h which makes clear that it can never get that as an average speed between stops. And I don't really see why it has overtaken the TGV. TGV does 320 km/h (LGV-Est), has more dedicated lines and gets higher average speeds because of that.
As a comparison: Cologne - Frankfurt Airport is about the same distance as Lorraine TGV - Champagne-Ardenne TGV. But the first takes 49 minutes, the latter 36. That's 205 km/h or 278 km/h average (and I believe both are the fastest operating services of both networks).
I think even Milano - Bologna has a higher average speed than the ICE.

about 2 months ago

The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Askmum Wishful thinking (246 comments)

How recent before man walked on the moon did people say that man would never walk on the moon? The fact that not all (or most of the) questions have not been answered does not mean it is impossible. Especially an astronaut should see that. It is clear that if Chris Hadfield were born 50 years earlier, he would not have been part of NASA because he couldn't begin to comprehend why it would have been possible. So yes: wishful thinking: if you think you can't, you probably won't. If you think you can, you'll build to make it happen. That's how you move forward, not by saying you can't.

about 3 months ago

In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Askmum Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

Really? Every click you make is logged with your IP address. It may not be a direct link to your home address, but given enough resources I'm sure it can be linked at some point.

about 3 months ago

Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Askmum Bad programming (349 comments)

Stupid programmers. os.name is used to identify Windows (as opposed to Linux, iOS, whatever). os.version is used to identify which version of Windows (or any OS) you are running.

about 4 months ago

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Askmum Re:huh? (269 comments)

That may be (I don't know), but are all actions you do inside your privately owned space legal by definition? I'm sure it is not.

about 4 months ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Askmum Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

I mean, how'd you feel if Russia took over Mexico?

About the same as if the US would invade Mexico. Or Iraq. Or Vietnam. Or Korea. Or take your pick from any number of countries on this world. There's just one word different in Yankee go home or Ruski go home.

about 5 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Askmum Isn't this Modern UI thing a throwback to DOS? (681 comments)

"The new desktop will allow Modern UI apps to run in windowed mode". Like... Windows 1.0, 2.0 3.0 will allow MS-DOS programs to run in windowed mode? Look, I get (a bit) that windows apps on a touchscreen device are hard to implement. Even though they break a proper GUI (I use android and I hate the fact that there are no windowed apps, especialy since tablets are getting the resolution to support it) I can accept that it is just difficult. But what in the hell are you thinking of implementing a non-windowed environment on a desktop. That's just... going backwards in time 20 years.

about 7 months ago

US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

Askmum Re:Obama's police state? (272 comments)

You could ask the same for every TSA employee searching another airline passenger.

It's just "Stanford prison experiment"-syndrome.

about 8 months ago

Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Askmum Re:Real-world conditions (238 comments)

Not true. The NEDC has one cycle going up to 120 km/h, but even driving with a maximum of 90 km/h does not make one reach the official MPG figures. The problem is more that the NEDC is an artificial measurement created in an era that cars were lighter and less powerful. It is not an accurate representation of how people drive.

about 8 months ago

Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

Askmum Re:Paltry (193 comments)

Not only can a paper voting system be hacked, incorrect or even malicious handling of paper ballots can have an effect on voting. Weblog Geenstijl.nl organized a popular count of the vote for the EU elections on Thursday in the Netherlands. The government was not allowed by EU rules to release the total result before end of voting on sunday, but the Netherlands voted on Thursday. Because of Dutch law, an individual is allowed to observe the vote and can request a reading of the results.
Observed anomalies: voters having voted for a party and the party having 0 votes in the results. Or a counter leaving the room with ballots and returning again (with the ballots). No possibility to check what happened with those ballots during her absence.
From previous counts I have reports of tallies being added "to the wrong column" which resulted in votes for candidate #1 going to #2, votes for #2 going to #3, etc.

It bugs me that there are apparently one-count-only errors. If you count again, you would have caught those errors.

about 8 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

Askmum Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

There is a difference between spying on your citizens and ordering businesses to help you spy on citizens and in the process sue them, deprive them of justice and generally treat them like they are Bin Laden incarnated.
I'm sure there are not a whole lot of countries that would go that far. Maybe countries like North Korea, Cuba and yes, the USA.

about 8 months ago

Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Askmum YAYSNAFU! (83 comments)

Yet another Yahoo SNAFU. The seem very intent on killing their own company.

about 10 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Askmum Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

We are currently on strike in our site of a US firm that basically invented everything about computers that we use now. Our bosses want to give us 0 extra but meanwhile the top brass divided $42.000.000 on bonusses between them. That's easily about 400 year's salaries worth for the people they want to give nothing to.

So: yes.

about a year ago

Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

Askmum "Similar" = time spent watching TV? (146 comments)

I'm not really sure since I've never used Netflix and am not up to speed. I watch TV 1-2 hours a day. I've downloaded series I like to watch. I record programs for later viewing.
Does that count as similar?

about a year ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Askmum So, how much *does* it cost (166 comments)

And why won't the likes of Gates or Slim fund this. Just because.

about a year ago



Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Parc, Dies at 90

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Askmum writes "Dr. Jacob Goldman, founder of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center died in Westport, Conn., on Tuesday, December 20 at the age of 90.

Dr. Goldman was a physicist by training and led Xerox's founding of the Palo Alto Research Center which was the birthplace of many of today's computer technologies like the GUI, the WYSIWYG editor and ethernet networking on which the current computing world is built."

Link to Original Source

Dutch justice ban access to internet ban list

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Askmum (1038780) writes "The Dutch justice department has created an "internet filter" to prevent access to child porn sites. But it will not disclose which sites are on the list, making it unclear if there may be other sites banned too. The reason given for not disclosing the list is because "the justice department has no access to this information". Makes you wonder who controlls this list then.
And it makes you think of the Australian internet ban list, which featured a lot of unrelated sites."

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Trespassing made legal for Dutch government

Askmum Askmum writes  |  about 5 years ago

Askmum (1038780) writes "A proposed new law allows Dutch civil servants to enter homes and private properties without search warrant.
In the fight against misuse of public funds, such as disability benefit, old age benefit and child benefit, the government proposes a new law bypassing the necessity for a search warrant to enter private property. The social security office can decide for themselves if they want access to search private property to catch people receiving benifits to which they are not entitled. Refusing access for such a raid can result in immediate cuts in social allowances.
Reason given for this law is "to keep up the support of social securities" in the community. It is seen as a "preventative law", where the possibility of losing social allowances is deemed to be enough repression for people to cooperate."

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Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Askmum writes "While Microsft has been granted and been reaffirmed a patent on FAT in the US, the German Patent Federal Court ruled that the patent is invalid in Germany, because it is "not based on inventive activity".

Read more (heise.de, in English)"

Askmum Askmum writes  |  about 8 years ago

Askmum (1038780) writes "A few days ago, a Dutch citizen, going by the alias of "Oversight" on the Dutch forum Fok! tested the Dutch government by requesting an ID-card while supplying them with a photo of himself dressed (and face-painted) as the character "The Joker" from Batman movies.
There is a law in the Netherlands that states the rules a ID-photo have to comply to. Amongst others, your head should not be covered and the face has to be recognizable.
There are exceptions to these rules for religious reasons, so that muslim women do not have to take off their Niqaab or Burka on the photo (which does make a person unrecognizable).

This possiblity to effectualy be disguised on the photo on your ID-card (and as a result also on your passport or drivers license) resulted in public outcry, questions asked in the parliament and eventually in comment from the local government that the ID-card had to be returned because the request was made under false pretense (Oversight said it was his belief to be dressed a the Joker).

As there is no such law that the government can force a Dutch citizen to hand over his ID-card, Oversight has refused this and wrote an open letter to the mayor of is town and to politicians asking about his rights."


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