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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

Daniel Oom Re:240km/hr? (418 comments)

I once travelled from Amsterdam to Poitiers. Until Brussels the TGV ran over normal rails at some 140 km/h, then quickly reached Paris Nord. Then it took an hour to get to the south of the city by taxicab, where another TGV left to the destination.

Yes, in densely populated West-Europe trains offer an advantage and air travel is popular for trans-oceanic destinations.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

Daniel Oom Fix it?? What do you mean? (275 comments)

This stuff has great potential. Big corporations are rushing to corner the market. Scientists are trying to make it more effective....

about two weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Daniel Oom Lies, damned lies, statistics (551 comments)

You didn't really think this poll would have an outcome anywhere near the result of the real elections?

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Daniel Oom Science versus pseudo-science (1007 comments)

It is of course a worrying development if a religious group is able to hold a conference at a prestigious university to give its ideas a scientific guise.

If this cannot be prevented, try holding a scientific conference on the topic of creationis, thus in contrast to what gstoddart holds, analyse the subject through scienfic discourse.

about a month ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

Daniel Oom Re:Missing option (258 comments)

Any screen over 20 inches diagonally.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Daniel Oom Re:Not me... (265 comments)

I don't have a Gmail account, but Google blocks all e-mail from my server to its accounts, and no, my server never did send a spam message.

about a month and a half ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

Daniel Oom Forget the missile gap (104 comments)

America has a cybercrime gap with the ex-commie-courntries and unless it can catch up quick, the economy will suffer.

about a month and a half ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Daniel Oom Re:Logo? (547 comments)

APL may be forgotten before too long, along with SNOBOL, MUMPS, ALGOL 58, and a host of other impopular languages.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

Daniel Oom Re:sue em for breach of contract (204 comments)

You sure should do that.... if your contract states that the manufacturer guarantees that their product contains no bugs:-(

More likely your contract states that the customer is responsible for testing the software before accepting and paying for it.

about a month and a half ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Daniel Oom Survival of the smartest (481 comments)

Wait for the followers of Cthulhu to become smart enough to catch and eat us.

about 1 month ago
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Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest To Mend

Daniel Oom Rubbish (38 comments)

The Win32 API has had functions like GetVersionEx() for ages, which will tell the difference between MS Windows (like '95 and ME) and WIndows NT.

about 2 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Daniel Oom Software isn't Progressing (554 comments)

Windows Ten has the same hardware requirements als Windows Vista. Makes you wonder what Microsoft has changed, apart from a couple of new device drivers.

about 2 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Daniel Oom Re:losing your rights (274 comments)

If teenagers voluntarily send each other nude or erotic pictures of each other, who is the victim? How much physical and psychical damage has (s)he suffered?

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Daniel Oom Windows Revista (399 comments)

Windows U
Windows XQZ
Ten (after the movie with Bo Derek)

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Daniel Oom Outdo the Competition (399 comments)

You mean compared to X11 a.k.a. the X Window System ??

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Daniel Oom Move on, nothing to see here! (644 comments)

Ten will have a start button. How will it be different from Vista or XP?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Daniel Oom Re:Why? (479 comments)

If you have a Ph.D., you hopefully choice your research with care. If it is a theoretical topic, you should seek employment in academia or military. If it has practical applications, you should apply with a company that needs the fruits of your research or start your own company. You are convincing them to invest in your area of research: quite different from a MS in CS who looks for a menial job as a software engineer.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Daniel Oom Banned books? What banned books? (410 comments)

Mein Kampf is the only book that is not available in this country since the (national and Bavarian) government owns the copyright and refuses to print it. That copyright will expire next year.

about 2 months ago

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