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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

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

It's a convenient shortcut you make here. One of the main justifications of the invasion was that there was a massive and secret program of WMD production conducted by the regime. mobile weapons laboratories, new chemicals being produced and moved around, et caetera. And now we know there was nothing of this - just some degraded remnants of the old stockpiles that were largely destroyed.

about 3 months ago

Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

Cochonou Re:Why the Australians? (92 comments)

Yes, but you should read the investigation report which is publicly available instead of second sources on the internet.
You would see that both the pilot flying (junior) and the pilot non flying (senior) successively had the controls. You would also see that they had the same reaction: pull back on the stick.
The point is at no time, any of the 3 pilots were aware that they were in a stall, despite the stall warning sounding repeatedly. They were just puzzled at what was happening. And one of the main reasons for this is that they were inadequately trained to recognize this situation.
Finally, you would see that the investigation authority made numerous recommendations about pilot training, about the display of the cockpit instruments (behavior of the stall warning, behavior of the flight directors, etc..), and none about the control inputs.

about 4 months ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Cochonou Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

You can't really say the same about the iPad 1. It's much slower on iOS 5.1 than on iOS 3.2. Of course, these operating system revisions don't have the same features...

about 4 months ago

Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

Cochonou Re:"Compatible" (94 comments)

Along with libaacs, the libbdplus library can decrypt commercial discs to play them. Of course the situation is not ideal, and you still need stuff like a database of aacs keys, but it works.

about 4 months ago

Norway Scraps Online Voting

Cochonou Re:What logic! (139 comments)

I don't know how they do it in Norway, but I can tell you how they do it in France: you cannot mail a ballot. You need to designate a proxy to vote for you on election day. This proxy can only collect a very limited number of mandates. This prevents vote buying on any significant scale...

about 5 months ago

Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Cochonou Re:Actually, it happens all the time (138 comments)

For sure the internet makes the information flow easily, but it also makes disinformation flow easily. It seems to me that from what we have seen in recent history, the internet also makes much easier to deny the truth or to cling on on fringe theories. I am sure that people denying the Holocaust find plenty of websites and forums on which they can learn about the "hidden truth" and reinforce their beliefs. I am also sure that you will find much more rewriting of history happening on websites rather than on japanese schoolbooks.
So in this regard, the situation is not that clear cut.

about 6 months ago

Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

Cochonou Re:Well ... (298 comments)

Those systems basically consist in a very advanced inertial measurement unit coupled with daytime star trackers - which limit the drift of the inertial measurement unit. They cannot find where you are if your initial position is unknown. They can therefore be hardly be compared to GPS... even if they are very useful in stratospheric bombers or ballistic missiles.

about 6 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Cochonou Re:I loved descent.. (251 comments)

I have very good memories of Descent 3 online (maybe not has crazy as Descent 2 online because the maps were not as cramped). What did you find so poor about Descent 3 ? The hitscan sniper gun ?

about 6 months ago

NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

Cochonou Re:30 MPH (204 comments)

Well, have you seen how a cable car is in San Francisco ? I don't know how these fake cable cars are, but real cable cars are nothing like a city bus... first of all, they're wide open, and secondly, there are actually people hanging outside of the car... To get a better idea, have a look at that picture.
So, in the event of a crash, I really wouldn't compare them to city buses.

about 7 months ago

$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Cochonou Re:Obamacare exists because... (288 comments)

I don't know how it really works in the U.S., but in France, if you called an ambulance for a cold, for sure it would be free, but you would end up in the emergency room of the hospital waiting for hours and hours because your condition is not critical... who would do that when you have much better ways to spend a day, especially when you have a cold ?

about 7 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

Cochonou Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

You'd probably lose your dollars. For instance, under French law, there are two exceptions to this rule.
- When there are maintenance or urgent works to be done (and actually not for just any work)
- When you have noticed of your intention to leave, to allow for visits
In these cases, the schedule of the visits must be agreed by both parties. They cannot exceed two hours or occur during weekends. In any other instance, there is no right of access. Of course, the landlord can ask (like any other person), and he may be denied access without any justification.
But of course, there is no such thing as an universal european law for renting. This may vary from country to country.

about 8 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Cochonou Re:Can != did (664 comments)

Did it actually happen? That is the question.

From an engineering standpoint, it's not really the question - if there is a design flaw so that the system can fail with a non-negligible probability, it will eventually fail. Bits flip everyday, everywhere, but there should be mitigation in place to take care of that (at least a watchdog).

about 9 months ago

FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Cochonou Re:How it happened: very encouraging for anti-swpa (235 comments)

It's not absurd at all if you think about the different workflows that could be used. If the video was edited on a desktop-based software, some time was already spent transferring the video from the recorder to the desktop, and a wide choice of video codecs are available.
But it's a bit different if the video was taken on a mobile device. Here, the "editing" part might have been much quicker (just a few clippings with the built-in app), and very few codecs might be available.
So it's not really about decoding, but encoding. The idea was to allow people shooting from mobile devices to easily upload content to wikimedia. You might think that this content would have been low quality anyway, but it might be better than no content.

about 9 months ago

Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Cochonou Re:Not Obsolete At All (365 comments)

Indeed, along similar lines, it can be argued that the existence of submarine missile platforms such as the Oscar 2 has made carrier battle groups obsolete. However, just like ICBMs, such weapons are available to a very limited number countries, and are only used in an all-out war. They will not be deployed in the kind of wars that have taken place in the recent history.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Cochonou Re:Lego Mindstorms (876 comments)

C code generated from Simulink is also increasingly being used for spacecraft embedded software. Several satellite buses have at least a part of their attitude, orbit and control system running software directly coded in Simulink.

about 10 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Cochonou Chill out (304 comments)

After nearly 300 comments here, has anybody noticed that Adobe has backed off on this decision ?

about 10 months ago

Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

Cochonou To fork or not to fork ? (249 comments)

I see a lot of comments about the merits or drawbacks of CSS regions. But in the end, isn't the real issue to be discussed here is the fork of Blink from Webkit ? With the CSS regions and MathML examples, we can see the clear benefit of using a common, open source layout engine. Even if Google was not interested in these features (or rather did not want to commit the resources needed to maintain them), they would have got them "for free" through the work of other contributors to Webkit. I wonder if the gains Google got from forking Blink are really worth these kinds of losses.

about 10 months ago



Google reportedly asked for 1 billion euros for tax evasion in France

Cochonou Cochonou writes  |  about 10 months ago

Cochonou (576531) writes "French tax authorities have reportedly submitted a record-setting tax claim of 1 billion euros to Google. The company is accused to have channeled most of its French revenue through a Dutch intermediary and then to a Bermuda-registered holding, before finally reporting it in Ireland in order to avoid French taxes.
This claim follows a two year-long probe during which Google offices in Paris were searched, and evidence of abusive tax optimization techniques were discovered. On its side, Google maintains that it is in compliance with French national legislation.
Other internet giants keep a close eye on the development of this situation."

Chinese Icebreaker is Stuck in Ice After Antartic Research Vessel Rescue

Cochonou Cochonou writes  |  about a year ago

Cochonou (576531) writes "In an unforeseen turn of events, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is now stuck in heavy antartic pack ice, just a day after its helicopter was used for the rescue of the passengers onboard the ice-trapped MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which is now carrying the passengers of the Shokalskiy, has been placed on standby to assist."

Microsoft releases h264 extension for Firefox

Cochonou Cochonou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cochonou (576531) writes "After waiting for Wild Fox Project to deliver a way to play HTML5 video encoded with h264 in Firefox, it is finally Microsoft that has released an extension with such functionality. It is currently a bit of a kludge, replacing the HTML5 video tags by calls to the Windows Media Player plugin. As could be expected from the company, the extension is only available for Windows 7 users."
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