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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Carewolf Re:Cut the Russians Off (789 comments)

And for good measure, Ukraine should "sell" its ownership in the Ukrainian section of the gas pipeline to a Nato country and then shut off the flow of gas.

Cutting off the flow of gas would hurt Europe a lot more than it would hurt Russia at this point. Entering the winter with your largest gas supplier no longer providing you with the gas that you use for heating would suck. And as gas is fungible, it doesn't matter to Russia if we stop buying it from them, unless everyone else stops buying it from them - if China doesn't join in with the boycott then it just means that they'll be buying more has from Russia because the price of everyone else's gas will go up.

No Russian economy depends on this income, it make up a significant part of their entire national GDP, meanwhile Europe has been finding other alternative sources of energy in case Russia would cut of the supply again as they did after the sanction put on them for the invasion of Georgia. And the gas is not fungible, it would take over a year to build new pipelines to other countries, especially China is a long long way away from the gas going to Europe. Russia would be completely and utterly fucked without the gas, in Europe it would just hurt the home owner who has invested in natural gas heating to save money, they would not be saving money anymore.

yesterday
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Carewolf Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

You don't seem to be talking from experience and seem to be simply conjecturing. I am in India. I have never heard of any village sharing just one cell phone. It is not even plausible.

It isnt? I know several towns in Western Europe that used to share a single cell tower. There are different types of towers, and the big ones used in rural areas have much longer range (in km) than those used in cities (100m). The main limit is how many concurrent connections the tower can handle.

2 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Carewolf Re:Switched double speed half capacity, realistic? (314 comments)

As you mention, 15k SAS drives are going to be rapidly undercut by SSDs. The price difference is no longer 10x or 20x when looking at cost/gigabyte, the price difference is now only 2-3x.

Pay 2x-3x the amount for a SSD of the same size as the 15k SAS, and you gain 50x improvement in your IOPS. For workloads where that matters, it's an easy choice to make now. As soon as you say something like "we'll short-stroke some 15k RPM SAS drives" - you should be considering enterprise level SSD instead. Less spindles needed, less power needed, and huge performance gains.

The only downside of SSDs is that write-endurance. A 600GB SSD can only handle about 120TB of writes over its lifespan (give or take 20-50% depending on the controller, technology, etc). The question is - are you really writing more then 60GB/day to the drive (in which case it will wear out in 5 years).

And more importantly... will you care if it wears out in 4-5 years? That you could handle the same workload using fewer spindles and less power likely pays for itself, including replacing the drives every 4-5 years.

I don't know what you're talking about. You can definitely write more than 120TB/600GB=240 times to the same bits.

Yes, but to all bits? Remember the drive will move around physical where a logical data cell is stored. Each time you write you are almost guaranteed it will be written to a new place and the old just marked free until all cells have been as used as that one.

2 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Carewolf Re:"Computing's Narrow Focus"? (329 comments)

European master degrees and PhDs. Note though that biology was the largest science subject at my university (Cph) almost twice as many students as CS.

4 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Carewolf Re:"Computing's Narrow Focus"? (329 comments)

"Computing's Narrow Focus"? Get a degree in petroleum geology or structural engineering if you want a narrow focus. Or pick the wrong field in biology. I know a woman who got a PhD in an area of microbiology that turned out to be a dead end. She ended up managing a coffee shop.

The last has probably nothing to do with her choice of subject. Most biology students end up as unskilled workers. I have several friends who have studied biology, and the job market for them while big is way too small for the sheer number of biologists educated.

5 days ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Carewolf Re:Waaah. (336 comments)

In the rest of the world we use twice the voltage. In the EU 200 to 250V is standard.

I just checked my vacuum cleaner. It is 2300W. Jesus, no wonder I never turn it up to max. That thing sucks. Hard.

about a week ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Carewolf Re:Change.org is just another bulletin board (239 comments)

A petition with 13 signatures is not worth mentioning. Any idiot can set one up.

You mean any idiot with 12 idiot friends.

You make it sound like the new testamant.

about a week ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Carewolf Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Industry is much better than individuals at handling chemicals safely.

Can be, especially if it is economically beneficial for them or they are forced to do so by the government. If not, they are naturally inclined to do much worse.

about a week ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

Carewolf Re:I'd love to be in his class (179 comments)

Your analysis is only partly correct; you've missed out on all the other business software they make tons of money on. MS is only highly profitable because of their business software, and the usage of their software in offices: Windows, Office, Sharepoint, Windows Server, SQL Server, etc etc. The place where they're failing abysmally is with consumers: they still sell (desktop) Windows of course, but they probably don't make much money with the home versions, and people aren't buying new PCs that much any more, and instead are buying smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android). MS's consumer offerings are ignored or laughed at: Surface, Windows Phone, etc. haven't done well. Xbox doesn't look like it's doing all that well any more either.

Basically, if MS cut out most of the consumer ventures, they'd be far more profitable. But there's definitely a tie-in there: people like to use software at work that they're familiar with, so if MS abandons the consumer space altogether, it wouldn't be long before companies shift to something else for their desktops, and then the rest of the MS infrastructure would crumble too.

So they are slowly becoming the IBM of the software industry?

So, when will they sell the consumer parts to a Chinese company?

about a week ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Carewolf Re:Stone (192 comments)

Really Carewolf? Really?

That was not me. I don't troll.

about a week ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Carewolf Re:Still... (192 comments)

...using c. Although I do like to comment thusly, and so prefer a compiler that understands at least basic c++: // comment

I like to stay as close to the metal as I can get. I'd use assembler, but many of my projects are cross platform, so c it is.

End of Line terminated comments ("//") actually are in the C spec as part of C99. And while it did take GCC a little while for that to be accepted in C mode...

What on Earth are you talking about?? Using C++ comments in C was a GCC extension that made it into C99.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Carewolf Re:Long overdue (736 comments)

So any store that only carries Organic foods is censoring?

No, but if food was speech, then yes, it would be. Though we usually don't use the term censorship when the selection criteria becomes that broad. A book store not carrying a few specific books is censoring, but a bookstore only carrying science fiction would be better described as filtering, though the store does the same thing only much more aggresively.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Carewolf Re:Stone (192 comments)

Wouldn't it more useful for it to be set in silicone?

Assuming you mean silicon, then; no - Setting things in stone is better than writing them in the sand.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Carewolf Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

Ebola is not as infectious as the flu.

Yet.

So, right now there's at least few thousand people carrying the virus. At least a few of them probably have other cold/flu viruses in their systems. If both Ebola and flu infect the same cell, they can exchange genetic information, potentially resulting in a much more easily transmitted strain of Ebola. The more people that are infected, the greater the chance such genetic exchange could occur. It wouldn't take much for Ebola to become a first world threat.

Ebola is less infectious than HIV and has infected orders of magnitudes fewer people for much shorter periods of time. While it could happen, chances are airborne AIDS is more likely than Ebola, in other words, go back to sleep dear, you were just having a nightmare.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Carewolf Re:Truly sad (359 comments)

Did you ever use the toilet at work? - ever had issues of a bad stomach doing the rounds? any idea how many people don't wash their hands after taking a piss? -people you shook hands with. I'd not bet my life on this scenario being impossible.

Ebola is not as infectious as the flu. Absolute none of those scenarios would be able to transmit the disease. So yes, you are safe.

about two weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

Carewolf Other options? (246 comments)

We would like to explore.. other options.

about two weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Carewolf Re:TV License (81 comments)

In Denmark you have to pay TV Licens by just having a smartphone.
I'm not kidding.

Not literally, you have to pay it for the internet connection. So if you have no subscribtion for your smart phone you don't need to pay a license ;) For TVs though, you need to pay the license whether you use it or not, the logic being that you pay for the capability of receiving TV. Not sure why they havn't just made a tax already.

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Carewolf Re:Broadcast standards in Europe (81 comments)

yeah dvb-c cable is usually just what I think is "basic cable" in USA.

however, it's a bit funny for someone to write over the air cable!

Considering it can be encrypted and you need a "cable" box from a typical "cable" provider to decode the over-the-air signal, it may sound strange, but it does make some sense.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Carewolf Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

True, the very very first one indeed had firewire, was not aware of that (actually, did not know fire wire already existed at that time).

Don't you mean still around? That was when when it was on its deadbed.

about three weeks ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Carewolf Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

Most medical patents aren't American. America has more medical research than other single nation, but by capita many European countries does more research and holds more patents especially Switzerland and Denmark. As such those countries are also interested in seeing the patents protected, though they haven't allowed themselves to be nearly as abused as the American healthcare system.

about three weeks ago

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The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith with input from Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts. The "Wayland Situation" is explained with first going over the failings of X, the fixings of Wayland, common misconceptions about X and Wayland, and then a few other advantages to Wayland. For anyone interested in X/Wayland or the Linux desktop at a technical level, it's an article certainly worth reading!"
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Too Perfect a Mirror

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Jeff Mitchell writes on his blog about what almost became "The Great KDE Disaster Of 2013". It all started as simple update of the root git server and ended up with a corrupt git repository automatically mirrored to every mirror and deleting every copy of most KDE repositories. It ends by discussing what the problem is with git --mirror and how you can avoid similar problems in the future."
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Vulcanic Ash Grounds North Europe

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "In an interesting story of weather and techonology. After a vulcanic eruption in Iceland. All flights in and out the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended. Finland and Belgian is also shutting down airtravel, and the ash cloud is expected to affect airtravel in all of North Europe during the day. The reason the vulcanic ash grounds the planes is due to leasons learned from KLM Flight 867 in 1989, and British Airway Flight 9 in 1982, where vulcanic ash in both cases sandblasted front windscreen and shut down all four engines."
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KDE Announces Customized Sottware Compilations

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Following the succesful example of the world's leading operating systems. KDE announces that future KDE Software Compilations will now also be offered in multiple customized version to cater different needs. There is the Ultimate Freedom Edition geared towards users who prefer the ultimate in customization. There is the Dwarfed Freedom Edition, inspired by other desktops designed for midgets, aimed at users who prefers a more limited set of options, Finally there is the Basic Freedom Edition for users from outside the world of open source, this version will for instance fully enforce security through obscurity,"
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