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European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA

Da Fokka Re:Source? (248 comments)

Actually, it would be less useful if it was updated more recently

about 4 years ago

Apple Outs Anti-Jailbreak Update

Da Fokka Re:Why does the submitter see this as a bad thing? (429 comments)

It'd be a small miracle if no other security issues have been found since the release of iOS 4. The fact that the jailbreak exploit is the only thing that's being fixed suggests that Apple values retaining control over their device higher than fixing other security issues.

more than 4 years ago

A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts

Da Fokka Re:Hypocrasy (237 comments)

Come on, after the first couple of tests the destructive potential of nuclear weapons was perfectly understood. And I don't have a problem with the US telling Iran they shouldn't develop nuclear weapons. But I do have a problem with them doing it while they have been storing nuclear weapons in Europe, given the nuke to Israel and retain the worlds' second largest nuclear weapons stockpile.

more than 4 years ago

What Every Programmer Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

Da Fokka Re:#1 Rule, Don't use Java (359 comments)

Don't you mean: 99.99999999904% incorrect?

more than 4 years ago

NYTimes Confirms It Will Start Charging For Online News In 2011

Da Fokka Re:A word of thanks and a request (368 comments)

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Maybe it's free to _you_, but someone is paying, in this case someone with a good old-fashioned newspaper subscription. Google doesn't have correspondents around the world, they just aggregate news form sources who do. Currently, these sources are being paid by their subscribers but subscriber numbers are falling.

more than 4 years ago

Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

Da Fokka Re:How about we pay the author not to write them? (426 comments)

Here's an idea. Don't read the new books. Just don't buy them. Maybe some people enjoy them, fine for them. Maybe they're crap, maybe they're not. But if the existence of a new trilogy detriments your enjoyment of the old series, that's on you.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

Da Fokka Re:cue exploding battery packs.... (650 comments)

What is commonly called a 'petrol bomb' actually contains a lot more than just petrol. Otherwise it would be rather unspectacular.

more than 4 years ago

ICE Satellite Maps Profound Polar Thinning

Da Fokka Re:Don't matter... (245 comments)

Wrong debate. He was asking why adaptation would me more expensive than avoiding climate change altogether, which the GP suggested.

more than 4 years ago

Carbon Nanotube Solar Cells On the Horizon

Da Fokka Re:The technology isn't important (150 comments)

If someone developed a 99% efficient solar cell, would you really care what it cost?

You're kidding right?

For everyone who is looking for real solutions (unfortunately that's not quite everyone in the debate), the cost is a crucial factor in the equation. Economic efficiency is more important than energy efficiency.

about 5 years ago

ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, Intercoms

Da Fokka Re:Nobody likes ELF. Not even their "allies." (616 comments)

Any Vegetarian/Vegan" who wants to blow things up can do so, and spray paint some BS about "ELF was here!

Replace 'Vegetarian/Vegan' by 'Muslim extremist' and 'ELF' by 'Al Qaeda' and it's still true.

about 5 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

Da Fokka Re:As usual with new Firefox releases... (436 comments)

... Namely, if i keep a lot of tabs open for awhile (yes, i know, bad habit)

Why is it a bad habit? The browser should facilitate the user, it shouldn't be the other way around.

more than 5 years ago

What Data Center Designers Can Learn From Legos

Da Fokka Re:1 Lego brick, 2 Lego bricks (210 comments)

So IPod is an adjective? I am no native speaker but that doesn't sound right (but then again, neither do the IPod earphones)

more than 5 years ago

FDA Could Delay Adult Stem Cell Breakthroughs

Da Fokka Re:Stem cell treatments have resulted in cancer (261 comments)

Don't be a troll. Stem cells have huge potential benefits for healthcare, but we know very little about the long-term effects. GP was just pointing out that additional research into these risks might be a good idea.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XP

Da Fokka Programming... (580 comments)

Make one mistake and support it for the rest of your life.

Unless you are Microsoft, of course.

more than 5 years ago

US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy

Da Fokka Re:47% (1038 comments)

15% got it right, 47% came close.

more than 5 years ago

Superguns Helped Defeat the Spanish Armada

Da Fokka Re:I don't see anything special (501 comments)

Because this is the internet. People dont't ever admit they're wrong here.

more than 5 years ago

Superguns Helped Defeat the Spanish Armada

Da Fokka Re:Expert naval tactics (501 comments)

How exactly are the Belgians the second best drivers? About twice as many people die in traffic in Belgium compared to the Netherlands, which is similar in most aspects, except for the fact that we don't down a litre of beer during lunch.

I live in Liege two days a week and whenever I pass the border, I put on my crash helmet.

more than 5 years ago



Da Fokka Da Fokka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Da Fokka writes "In 35 of the 458 counties of the Netherlands, plans to use electronic voting machines were scrapped because they were not deemed safe enough. Research by TNO and the AIVD revealed a serious security flaw in one of the four types of voting computers used. The investigation was triggered by Wij Vertrouwen Stemcomputers Niet, a group of concerned citizens on which Slashdot reported earlier."


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