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Alan Turing Apology Campaign Grows

Bloater Re:just Turing? (653 comments)

Nobody has ever been wronged by my policies - I'm not apologising to anybody.

more than 5 years ago
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Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

Bloater Re:Um.... (948 comments)

and I don't understand what's wrong with that.

It's like saying "There are so many different operating systems for so many different types of hardware that the computer market is too fragmented - so we won't produce any software"

It's silly. If you want those users then you make the software, if you don't then you don't. simple.

BTW, I'm in the throws of switching to Vista after being an Ubuntu user for many years. They don't like my bugs but Microsoft actually seems to care.

more than 4 years ago
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Should We Just Call Dog Breeds a Different Species?

Bloater Re:And not entirely correct (497 comments)

We are all members of a single ring species that encompasses all of life on Earth. It’s just that the ring is separated by time, rather than geography or physiology.

So, at some time in the future we'll evolve into a creature that can not only recreate the Tyrannosaurus Rex but also mate with it?

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Textbooks For California

Bloater Re:Because mathematics runs on proof, not faith. (201 comments)

It is impossible to calculate a decimal expansion that depends on the value of pi without rounding the value of pi.

therefore

forall e such that member-of(everybody, e) : (calculating-decimal-expansion-depending-on-pi(e) --> rounds-pi(e))

more than 5 years ago
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Adblock Plus Maker Proposes Change To Help Sites

Bloater Let him do it (615 comments)

And just install "NagBlock Plus".

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Textbooks For California

Bloater Re:Because mathematics runs on proof, not faith. (201 comments)

I'd say your biologists are correct. Everybody rounds pi when calculating a decimal expansion that depends on its value, including yourself.

more than 5 years ago
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German Gov To Ban Paintballing After Shooting

Bloater PAWAM (580 comments)

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Parents Against Whack-A-Mole is a non-profit organisation dedicate to protecting our children from the modern depravity and cruelty that is now pandemic in today's society. Membership is free, but, even if you don't wish to join, please make a donation today so that we can continue to help those suffering the effects of violent desensitisation.

Yours Faithfully
Tristan Wibberley (General Secretary - PAWAM)

more than 5 years ago
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Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?

Bloater make em want to leave (1322 comments)

Give 'em a broom instead of a class. They'll get the point.

more than 5 years ago
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Want a PC With 192 GB of RAM?

Bloater Re:Got that? (353 comments)

Believe it or not, I have not set up an instant SMS upon each Thinboy00 slashdot posting... It took more than an hour to see your message.

more than 5 years ago
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Want a PC With 192 GB of RAM?

Bloater Re:Got that? (353 comments)

0.0001% of statistics are made up by taking a recent software release version and stripping one of the dots.

more than 5 years ago
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20 Years After Cold Fusion Debut, Another Team Claims Success

Bloater Re:Can somebody explain this to me? (373 comments)

At the time, some people could reproduce it apparently (I recall reading that a team at MIT did) but even then it was intermittent (as it was, too, for Pons and Thingy). I don't know how accurate the MIT account was.

more than 5 years ago
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BT Shows First Fiber-Optic Broadband Rollout Plans

Bloater Re:Not too bad... how about 1,000 MBps? (119 comments)

Well, the Japanese have lots of savings. That sort of wealth is easily available there. Over in the west all we have is debt so we can't get that kind of service as quickly.

more than 5 years ago
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BT Shows First Fiber-Optic Broadband Rollout Plans

Bloater Re:Not too bad... how about 1,000 MBps? (119 comments)

We already have fiber broadband over large parts of the UK. I had it installed nearly two years ago by Virgin Media.

more than 5 years ago
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Women Skip Math/Science Careers To Have Families

Bloater Re:First step: Understand why women have babies. (616 comments)

Everybody that has their first child is one of those people that don't have kids. Since you credit having had one with providing the knowledge of the fun that ensues it is clear that the first child is not had for the fun, but the decision is made for some other reason...

Aka, pay attention at the back.

more than 5 years ago
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New Electrode Lets Batteries Charge In 10 Seconds

Bloater Re:charging (348 comments)

Hell, it could /require/ them to buffer the grid.

People could book energy for particular slots of time. The cost of managing grid electricity would plummet.

The electric company would have to manage it to ensure that it really does draw the power it books, and draws it at the right time. But that's okay - it takes the risk out of it for the home-owner and pools it. For the grid operator, the risk is a tiny fraction (you need an awful lot of simultaneous failures to cause them a problem). The grid operator will also be well equipped to estimate the remaining risk, budget it, and limit the customer's liquidity at optimal times to minimise it - things the customer general isn't able to do.

more than 5 years ago
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A New Way To Produce Hydrogen

Bloater Re:Al poduction consumes lots of energy (204 comments)

I'm talking about taking renewable energy to manufacture hydrogen at source. Rather than use electrolysis, this discovery might form a part of a better process.

more than 5 years ago
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A New Way To Produce Hydrogen

Bloater the only possible application? (204 comments)

To use water and aluminium as energy storage. We already have a pretty good global aluminium infrastructure.

If water could be combined with aluminium to produce hydrogen on demand, then you refuel by replacement of the aluminium oxide waste with fresh aluminium and refilling the water tank.

Then you still need a better method to convert aluminium oxide to aluminium - but here's the great thing about this research. Better ways to convert in one direction usually lead to better ways to go the other way too (eg, microdots convert electricity to light better, but also the other way round too).

more than 5 years ago
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A New Way To Produce Hydrogen

Bloater Re:Al poduction consumes lots of energy (204 comments)

Depends how easily that aluminium oxide can be converted back to aluminium - if it is easy enough then this is a better cycle than electrolysis and might finally make hydrogen a sensible alternative energy storage medium than oil.

so we'll have to wait and see.

more than 5 years ago
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Building Linux Applications With JavaScript

Bloater Re:Didn't RTFA.... (288 comments)

But javascript is an awfully convoluted language. Why does it become easy when you put a language like that into the equation?

more than 5 years ago
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Asus Reveals the Eee Keyboard

Bloater Retro! (312 comments)

I've still got my spectrum... Will this thing support my kempston joystick?

more than 5 years ago

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