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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Drishmung Re:My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

Woody Allen

about 2 months ago
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Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Drishmung Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (53 comments)

Apparently they were fairly awful creatures—flocks of a few million birds blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything.

Couldn't we direct our sympathies to a more like-able creature? Wooly mammoths or great awks, perhaps?

Because the thought of a few million woolly mammoths blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything is even more terrifying.

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Drishmung Re:Sorry, destruction is not proof of claim (269 comments)

True. The NSA, as a government agency, is obliged to follow the rules, in spirit as well as letter. Well said.

about 3 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Drishmung Re:Sorry, destruction is not proof of claim (269 comments)

Keeping the US safe is a clear and compelling interest that takes priority over a measly civil claim.

Ah, yes, "The ends justify the means". The trouble with that is that the means determine the end. If your means are corrupt, lawless and arbitrary, just what sort of outcome do you expect?

I believe this has been discussed previously: Matthew 7:16, 1 Samuel 24:13, Matthew 12:33, Luke 6:43, James 3:12

about 3 months ago
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New Mars Crater Spotted In Before-and-After Pictures

Drishmung Re:Meters? (41 comments)

Or roughly 100 knot seconds.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

Drishmung Re:BFDâ¦. (208 comments)

Right now, voting for someone named Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable Arthur Norman Michael Featherstone SmithNorthgot Edwards Harris MasonFrampton Jones Fruitbat Gilbert 'We'll keep a welcome in the' Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin Tiger-draws Pratt Thompson 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter Pussycat 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mannering Smith could only be an improvement.

about 3 months ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Drishmung Re:The Perfect Phone Feature For Safety (184 comments)

Have a small amount of C-4 explosive in the phone. If the phone is switched on when the velocity is greater than 30 mph *BOOM*.

The TSA will just love that.

And instead of airbags, we should also have daggers sticking out of our steering wheels, poised directly at our hearts. That way people will only be able to drive like assholes once.

Shame about that child stepping out in front of you.

about 4 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Drishmung Re:best pepper? (285 comments)

Not in the US. My friend was in foreign parts at the time, namely Australia.

about 5 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Drishmung Re:best pepper? (285 comments)

FOAF story:

My friend was in a restaurant where a diner was complaining LOUDLY that the curry was not hot enough, and the chef didn't know how to cook.

The chef emerged from the kitchen with a bottle of clear liquid and a spoon.

"Your curry not hot enough sir? That's OK sir, we can make it a bit hotter if you like sir. I can put some extra heat in sir. Here sir, try this and see how much you think you need."

Hands teaspoon of clear liquid to customer.

Customer (egged on by drunken mates) sips liquid.

Customer is carried out of restaurant by his friends—to the applause of the rest of the patrons!

As the chef returns to the kitchen, my friend intercepts him and asks what is in the bottle.

"Pure Capsaicin. We use it to make the curry as hot as we need to" says the chef with an evil grin.

about 5 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Drishmung Re:Common Examples (285 comments)

Peri-peri is about my limit, though Habanero stuffed with cream cheese is tolerable (and delicious).I also really like the taste of peri-peri, which is quite different from the somewhat smokey taste of Habanero.

That seems to put me at the ludicrously spicy level, yet that is only 'hot' according to the local shop.

It also depends on the cook. I'm not just into endorphin rush, I like food to taste rather than inflict. I've had 'medium' curry that was literally painful and not much else; the hottest curry I ever had was so perfectly balanced it didn't taste particularly hot at all---and then I swear my eyeballs were melting! I kept eating the delicious meal through the streaming tears and then enjoyed the buzz afterwards. And no ring of fire either.

about 5 months ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

Drishmung John W Campbell clean car test (330 comments)

As I recall, the sf author John W Campbell proposed a simple test for a 'clean' car. The designers would be locked in a room for an hour with the engine running.

I suspect that an electric car would pass that test easily; I'm less confident in the Mazda vehicle.

about 5 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Drishmung Re:One man's terrorist (250 comments)

No, I'm saying you don't know. You can't trust the papers, and you can't trust your friends. It may well be that Internet censorship has wide support. It may equally well be true that it lacks massive popular support. Unless you, or someone else, does a properly conducted (and reproducible) survey, what you've got is no more than an opinion.

about 5 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Drishmung Re:One man's terrorist (250 comments)

So you are taking the sample of people you speak to, your friends and colleagues (I'm guessing), and assuming that they are representative of the UK population as a whole.

That's not statistically valid. Tempting though it may be to assume that because the circle you move in appears to support something, doesn't mean that

practically everyone [else] welcomes government Internet censorship.

Nor does it mean the opposite. Without a proper statistical sample you really can't tell, one way or the other.

about 5 months ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Drishmung Re:One man's terrorist (250 comments)

There is massive support for this kind of policy among the UK population. Perhaps not among young people in London, but practically everyone else welcomes government Internet censorship.

And you know this, why? Because of what you read in the papers or see on TV?

It all depends on the questions you ask. "Do you want to protect children from predators?" "Of course I do!". "See sir, another supporter of Internet censorship."

about 5 months ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

Drishmung Re:They can but SHOULD THEY (168 comments)

I mean if they do this sometime they are going to recreate something NASTY.

Do we really want to have something that you would need to hunt using an AA12 or M60??

No, I want something you need to hunt with a Challenger 2 because anything less is suicidal.

C'mon, are you up for a real challenge?

(Why, yes, I may have been watching too many sf movies.)

about 6 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Drishmung Re:Complete overhaul please (462 comments)

Aka Julian Day Number. Please note that the day starts at Noon, not midnight, so that ROUND(daynumber) rounds up to the correct day.

about 10 months ago
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Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

Drishmung Re:Understanding (453 comments)

Plus ça change... I recommend C P Snow's The Two Cultures from 1959!

A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?

I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question — such as, What do you mean by mass, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, Can you read? — not more than one in ten of the highly educated would have felt that I was speaking the same language. So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their neolithic ancestors would have had.

Note however the valid criticism of the essay (see the wikipedia entry).

And personally, I want artists and engineers thanks. I prefer my engines to be beautiful---most especially my engines of mass destruction :)

about 10 months ago
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Sci-Fi Great Frederik Pohl Passes Away At 93

Drishmung Re:Where did he pass away to? (57 comments)

Currently modded down to -1. Sigh.

It's a valid point. Death is a great, scary taboo. So we avert our eyes and say he "passed away", or even "passed".

Fred Pohl has died. Mincing words does not help. My sadness at this is not helped by such euphemisms. In fact, like the AC OP, I, personally, find "passed away" slightly offensive---and "passed" more so.

So, let's accept that Fred has died. Let's rejoice in the life he led, the books he wrote, the pleasure he gave to so many. Let's celebrate him living a ling life, and being productive to the very end.

I read his latest blog post, and then, the next day. saw he'd died. Way to go!

about a year ago

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New Zealand set to prohibit software patents

Drishmung Drishmung writes  |  about a year ago

Drishmung (458368) writes "The New Zealand Commerce Minister Craig Foss today (9 May 2013) announced a significant change to the Patents Bill currently before parliament, replacing the earlier amendment with far clearer law and re-affirming that software really will be unpatentable in New Zealand.

An article on the Institute of IT Professionals web site by IT Lawyer Guy Burgess looks at the the bill and what it means, with reference to the law in other parts of the world such as the USA, Europe and Britain (which is slightly different from the EU situation)."

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Federal patents judge thinks software patents good

Drishmung Drishmung writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Drishmung (458368) writes "Retired Judge Paul Michel, who served on the Federal Circuit 1988-2010---the court that opened the floodgates for software patents with a series of permissive decisions during the 1990s—thinks software patents are good. Yes, the patent system is flawed, but that means it should be fixed. Ars Technica have a thoughtful interview with him. Ars take: "If you care most about promoting innovation, offering carve-outs from the patent system to certain industries and technologies looks like a pragmatic solution to a serious problem. If you're emotionally invested in the success of patent law as such, then allowing certain industries to opt out looks like an admission of failure and a horrible hack.""
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Suggestion for poll

Drishmung Drishmung writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Drishmung (458368) writes "If you could bring one recently extinct creature back to life, it would be
  1. Aurochs
  2. Baiji River Dolphin
  3. Dodo
  4. Giant Vampire Bat
  5. Haasts' Eagle
  6. Passenger Pigeon
  7. Thylacine
  8. Cowboyneal's long handled night-jar
"

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