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Seniors Search For Virtual Immortality

Chonnawonga Re:Nobody will care (209 comments)

Maybe some historians want to dig through it, but I wouldn't.

As a historian, let me just say this: no, I really wouldn't want to dig through that crap. What people WANT to say about themselves--their pre-packaged, self-conceived advertising--is rarely the most interesting, reliable, or relevant material.

about a year and a half ago
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Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars

Chonnawonga You'd think it would be obivous (95 comments)

You'd think it would be obvious to the folks at Oxford: if you're building 3D maps, and storage is getting relatively cheap, why not just build 3D maps of whole regions so the car knows its way around? Then the human can pick any route, rather than having to teach the computer.

about 2 years ago
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Humble Bundle For Android 3 Released

Chonnawonga Re:SpaceChem = Tablet (48 comments)

Running OK on my Galaxy S III. I expect it'll be really annoying at later levels with complicated setups, though. ...oh, and apparently letting your screen lock is a bad idea, because the game restarts. Damn.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?

Chonnawonga Re:Catch? (190 comments)

No argument here. And by extension, it's been a competition since before recorded history.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?

Chonnawonga Re:Catch? (190 comments)

Since when has education become a competition?

Since it became a business.

more than 2 years ago
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2.4 Million Ontario Voters' Private Info Compromised

Chonnawonga Re:Ontario region? (81 comments)

/. editors need to edit

You must be new here - that's really expecting far too much.

Oh, I don't expect them to DO it. I just want them to lose sleep at night.

more than 2 years ago
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2.4 Million Ontario Voters' Private Info Compromised

Chonnawonga Ontario region? (81 comments)

FYI, Ontario is a province. net-security.org should appreciate the value of precision, and /. editors need to edit.

Sincerely, an Ontarian. (Yes, that's a word.)

more than 2 years ago
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Medieval "Lingerie" From 15th Century Castle Could Rewrite Fashion History

Chonnawonga Re:Of all the things to hide under floorboards.... (177 comments)

Few people ever actually saw money in their whole lives; a dowry would most likely have been in the form of clothes, cloth and similar things.

This is a common misconception. By the late medieval period, huge numbers of payments--even by humble peasants--were in silver coin. This was helped by new silver mines in German-speaking areas of Europe.

more than 2 years ago
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British Ban Spikes Pirate Bay Traffic

Chonnawonga Re:Oh you got me... (168 comments)

Sadly, btjunkie, one of the best of your list, recently threw in the towel due to all this nonsense.

more than 2 years ago
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Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather

Chonnawonga Re:and...eh? (469 comments)

The short answer is no. There is some speculation about the causes, but it probably wasn't because of CO2 changes, and certainly nothing like the anthropogenic CO2 loading that we see today. It also wasn't a global phenomenon, but localized to northern Europe. Our data for global climate that far back is very unevenly distributed, though: we know the most about northern Europe, and much less about the rest of the world.

about 3 years ago
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Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather

Chonnawonga Re:You've never been to Canada, have you? (469 comments)

I live in Canada. As you say, all of those areas are already highly productive. What I was referring to is new productivity as a result of climate change. Areas that might become warmer--and thus suitable for agriculture--are currently boreal forest. It would take decades of natural processes for that boreal forest soil to develop into anything that could support agriculture for more than a season or two. North of this is tundra, which might have a better soil profile, but doesn't have enough daylight for agriculture regardless of temperatures or precipitation.

about 3 years ago
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Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather

Chonnawonga Re:Just one question... (469 comments)

* "negative-reinforcement" should read "negative-feedback"

about 3 years ago
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Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather

Chonnawonga Re:Just one question... (469 comments)

There's no way to know. What we consider "normal" weather is the product of negative-reinforcement systems. Once climate change breaks us out of those cycles, anything goes. Our ability to model weather isn't nearly sophisticated enough to predict it.

about 3 years ago
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Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather

Chonnawonga Re:and... (469 comments)

No. The point is that weather will get weird. As the global climate warms, weather patterns will break out of their normal negative-feedback-enforced cycles. Freakish temperature streaks, extreme precipitation, drought, and irregular winds will make agriculture much more difficult and unreliable everywhere. For a fun preview of what we're in for, check out the events of 1315-22 in Europe (hint: it's commonly called "The Great Famine").

The best part is that even if other regions (for example, Canada) have warmer weather, that doesn't mean agriculture will be sustainable there. The topsoil in that part of Canada is thin and highly acidic. You're not going to be growing corn and wheat there no matter what the weather patterns become.

about 3 years ago
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Is SaaS Killing Native Linux App Development?

Chonnawonga Argument about Unity? (330 comments)

There is no argument about Unity. We all agree that it sucks. There is minor disagreement about the degree to which it sucks.

Does that really stop anyone from writing Linux applications?

about 3 years ago
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KDE 3.5 Fork Trinity Releases First Major Update

Chonnawonga Re:Continue GNOME 2? (161 comments)

It's happening. Check out the Mate project. Linux Mint is considering using it in future releases.

about 3 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

Chonnawonga The power users are (were) the evangelists (798 comments)

Like a lot of /.ers, I'm the person my friends and family call when they have computer issues. I got tired of troubleshooting Windows (Another reinstall? There goes my Wednesday afternoon!) so a few years ago I started pushing people over to Ubuntu. After a quick sit-down and walk-through, people could pick it up, and the number of support calls I got started dropping off as things worked more reliably for grandma et al.

When Natty came out last April, I made sure everyone was still on "Ubuntu Classic" to avoid Unity, which was very clearly Not Ready for Prime Time. I crossed my fingers and hoped Canonical would clue in or make some incredible improvements to Unity by October. That didn't happen. Now people are clicking to update, finding their desktops have changed, and getting weird glitches, bugs, and crashes. The number of calls I've been getting in the last few weeks has skyrocketed.

Mark, when your power users leave you behind, they're going to bring their friends and families... aka your entire user base.

about 3 years ago
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Nanomaterial May Allow Devices to Rewire Themselves

Chonnawonga Hours of fun for the whole family (61 comments)

Just think what you could do with a bunch of robots built like this and an "evolution" experiment!

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Recover Black Death RNA From Exhumed Victims

Chonnawonga Re:Nice.... (105 comments)

Mod parent up! The Black Death had no discernable target of rich or poor. It also spread differently in the past: back then it seems to have been airborne, and there are no reports (that's NONE) about mass die-off of rats like we saw in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The kicker is that diseases and their hosts co-evolve. We evolve immunities and tolerances, they evolve new tricks and less of a tendency to kill off their food supply (read: us). The DNA may be remarkably similar between the old and current versions, but that doesn't mean there aren't some key, albeit tiny, differences--just like between humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos.

Oh, and yes, IAAEH (I am an environmental historian).

more than 3 years ago

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Canadian law students file Facebook complaint

Chonnawonga Chonnawonga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chonnawonga (1025364) writes "Citing 22 violations of Canadian privacy law, several law students at the University of Ottawa have http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/05/30/facebook-privacy.htmlfiled an official complaint against Facebook with the federal privacy commissioner. The students allege that Facebook uses private information for marketing purposes without disclosing how it's doing so or obtaining the consent of its users. The privacy commissioner has one year to investigate."
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