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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

CptPicard Re:Hoax (986 comments)

I am not really sure I understand why special relativity wouldn't count as a revelation -- it was quite impressive how Einstein was willing to accept the speed of light being a constant regardless of observers' movement in relation to each other, and everything then just followed from there. I'd say the relationships between time and space, the idea that the Galilean perspective is fundamentally wrong and the mass-energy equivalence are not just a minor antecedent to something bigger and better.

GR is the application of similar kinds of thinking to gravity -- being inside an accelerated box is the same thing as being in a gravity field and so on.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

CptPicard Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

I'm not sure I understand how this relates to the idea that the USSR sought to destroy national identities and replace that with the new "Soviet human"...

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

CptPicard Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

There really seems to be something going on about that comment, I don't know what it is. It's probably the "national suicide" formulation that is a negative trigger for some people who do not understand the background; but national suicide really was what the USSR about for its constituent peoples. If it wasn't forced relocation, it was branding anything "Fascist" that wasn't pro-Soviet enough.

There were certainly positives to our ability to keep the Soviets at bay and maintain our democracy during the Cold War; President Kekkonen in his younger days was a remarkable diplomat and statesman, and being overtly uppity would have just triggered "help" from Moscow. But I can well understand the deep frustrations of those people who just wanted to call a spade a spade when it came to our "friend" to the East.

The really bad part is that Finlandization works across generations in a culture; we're still sheep, scared of the displeasure of those we consider our superiors, and all too afraid of and eager to participate in the collective shoutings-down by people who believe they're superior because they're in the ideological in-crowd. The Stalinists won at least when it comes to that.

about 3 months ago
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

CptPicard Re:All these nokia things (67 comments)

As a Finn and a recently returned Nokia shareholder, I actually agree with you. Of course I was unhappy with this blatantly obvious Elop theater when it was going on, but let's face it -- smartphones are commodities as devices, and if you've lost out on the ecosystem, the best you can do is offload your manufacturing for someone who is dumb enough to pay a fair amount of money for it.

The remaining parts of Nokia are at least a healthy company with many options open for the future... it wouldn't be the first time the firm reinvents itself since the 19th century.

about 3 months ago
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

CptPicard Re:Nokia is a not a Phone company (67 comments)

I wouldn't call Nokia a patent troll if they enforce their patents more aggressively. So far they have been remarkably docile on that front. Nokia's patents are genuine inventions that the patent system is supposed to protect; if Nokia is not allowed to do that, we could just as well do away with the whole system.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

CptPicard Re:Make it NOT so (848 comments)

Hey, I'm Finnish, we've got experience of having Russians next door. Germany is far superior culturally as an European overlord, as long as they're not killing off their inferiors.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

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

This has nothing to do with Communism. This is Russian nationalism and imperialism that is, for some reason, the way they just are.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

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

You know, if there hadn't been all that racial mythology and Holocaust shit, that would have been good for everyone back in the mid-20th century. I would, for one, been all for Deutschland über alles...

about 3 months ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CptPicard USA as an intellectual parasite (528 comments)

It pains me to think that for at least a generation or so, you will still be able to just buy your educated workforce from other countries that have invested in their public education as infrastructure. Otherwise you'd collapse much faster with all this nonsense.

about 3 months ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

CptPicard Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

How about child pornography? It's perverted stuff, and the underage participants are duly protected from having their pictures from being posted online for "informative" purposes. Just see how well your defense of "I forced myself to watch it because I want to remind myself of how vile it is" would work if caught with the material.

As far as decapitations go, I can well imagine it's gruesome stuff. I don't need to see someone lose his life like that just out of sick curiosity.

about 2 months ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

CptPicard Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

You wanting to reserve space for the big numbers of the large, personal things called cars, both in terms of parking space and having to cover half of the city in asphalt, with the subsequent growth in distances between points (because of lower density), makes the city less accessible by anything other than a car and deprives others of their ability to just walk or bike their way around, is less aesthetic and causes air pollution... and besides, you couldn't just rebuild the central Helsinki area (which is quite fine as it is) for cars for everyone (in particular building the underground parking caves is hideously expensive).

Outside of the city, you can go driving all you want, there's a lot of road in the woods in Finland. Personally I live in one of Helsinki's exurb towns which is your typical place of single-family houses with big yards... I guess you'd like it here. I have the pleasure of driving to work every morning and I'm not all that certain it's such a great sign of my freedom -- I just get to operate the controls in a certain fixed sequence twice a day. The place also has this distinct sleepy sense of nothing ever happening, so I find myself heading to the city whenever I want to actually get some action.

about 3 months ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

CptPicard Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

Do not ignore the most important basic service that we're trying to reorganize for efficiencies of scale, healthcare... it is remarkable how long it can take to get an ambulance in Lapland.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft/Nokia Deal Closes

CptPicard Re:IT'S A TRAP! (81 comments)

Still untrue -- the MeeGo plan was the supposed future and the pre-Elop Nokia was full-on backing it. The Nokia N9 was the best mobile device I had owned, and then Elop came in and didn't give it a release in any major markets.

about 6 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

CptPicard Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

There is also a legendary internet phenomenon with kinda your surname. I would not recommend googling for it.

about 7 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

CptPicard Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

At least here in Finland the experience in educating everyone in an integrated setting has provided pretty good results. It does not seem necessary to segregate the special needs ones.

I was one of the gifted pupils back in the day, and I guess school might have been a bit boring at times, but then again the time I did not need to spend studying was well-spent educating myself on my own time...

about 8 months ago
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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

CptPicard Re:Runner up? (79 comments)

It's a somewhat vague label; even some Finns who have a very "Nordist" political inclination insist that we should be called "Scandinavian" even though even the Scandinavians themselves have never done that. The more appropriate geopolitical term is "Nordic".

But, as we might share a lot historically and culturally, the Winter War we definitely don't :-)

about 8 months ago
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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

CptPicard Re:Runner up? (79 comments)

As a side note, that war explains why Biathlon is so culturally significant to the Scandinavian countries...

Well, I am Finnish and I'd like to point out that the Winter War is historically and culturally very much specifically a Finnish thing. The Scandinavians (Nordic countries west of Finland) had nothing to do with it, they don't consider it "their" war and they do not remember it as a substantial part of their history. The cultural image of "skiing and shooting" is equally as much Finnish.

about 8 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

CptPicard Finland? (75 comments)

Jolla is Finnish, the first device sold was in Finland, it's being sold in Finland...

about 9 months ago
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Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

CptPicard Re:Sure, why not (430 comments)

Not even assembly is no longer a real representation of "what is really going on". While I have a pretty good sense in general what goes on in the emulation of a x86 processor that runs there in the hardware, I've never really thought of it as contributing that much to the way I approach programming in higher-level languages. Exposure to things like Lisp have been much more instructive in that regard.

about a year ago
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How BlackBerry Blew It

CptPicard Re:Uhmm...BlewBerry? (278 comments)

I was wondering about that as well. I am pretty sure that almost all the time after the iPhone's launch to the after-effects of the burning platform memo, the actual smartphone world leader was Nokia. The E-series was the business phone of choice at least here in Europe, and I still have never seen a Blackberry in my life.

I never understood why BB was so popular in the US with their weird infrastructure choices. Nokia's phones integrated straight into your corporate networking infrastructure via VPNs and did proper email without there being any middleman servers. I guess the US phone network infrastructure was just simply so bad back in the day that special solutions were required?

about a year ago

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