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Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

Extremus Re:Obligatory Orkut joke (71 comments)

how many is a brazillion...

= the number of Brazilians queued at passport control in Miami Airport?

about 3 months ago

Why Software Builds Fail

Extremus LaTeX never fails (279 comments)

My LaTeX builds rarely fail in MiKTeX. The compiler itself seems to be able to download packages and classes from a common repository (CTAN and its many mirrors).

about 3 months ago

SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Launch To Tuesday

Extremus Another another delay? (43 comments)

I know that technical delays are common. But aren't they becoming too common in SpaceX? The past two or three launches have been affected by technical issues (even if not very serious). I wonder if this happen in other rocket launches also? Perhaps it is just the case that SpaceX have better means of checking for technical glitches BEFORE takeoff. But even so, wouldn't be better for them to "just" improve build quality??

about 3 months ago

Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

Extremus What?! (57 comments)

And how posting this in Slashdot is going to help?

about 3 months ago

Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

Extremus Re:NOTHING is radiation free (146 comments)


1) Buy lots of radiation-free lettuce
2) Prove that there was radiation in the lettuce (natural occurring, but who cares?)
3) Sue the company for misrepresentation
4) Profit!

about 4 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Extremus Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

It is difficult to reply when you do not point the exact problem in my argument. Nevertheless, I do argue that it is probably not his fault, ultimately. But that does not imply that I defend that he should be exempt of any sanctions. Any criminal has to be punished. However, society should expect any normal human to learn and recover. If, at any point, society believes that a person probably cannot learn and recover (at any cost), it is society right to contain this person and its duty to investigate ways of doing so. If that turns to be life imprisonment, so be it. However, when an society kills someone prematurely, it removes this person right to try to learn and recover. I would accept a different argument in case society could not keep this person contained, but that is not really the case.

about 5 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Extremus Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

That cost, even if it is correct, it is negligible in the face of: (a) the risk of murdering innocents, when other methods of containment exist; (b) the shame of being one of only developed countries in the world that still implement archaic methods of containment; and (c) the fact that this sort of person and his mental condition is ultimately a result of his own unfavorable context imposed by society.

about 5 months ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Extremus Re:Oblig. Oatmeal (240 comments)

I see some (non reasonable) reasons for that phenomenon. First, it is easier to get disappointed with a 99c app than with a $800 tablet. Second, there is a perception of little value on cheap things.

about 5 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

Extremus Re:touch screens in cars, bad idea? (208 comments)

Is this a car analogy to the famous porn games/sex doll argument?

about 5 months ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Extremus AdBlock Highway (226 comments)

Google Glass could block distracting billboards.

about 7 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Extremus Re:Compuing Resources are Finate (745 comments)

Is it necessary to simulate the WHOLE universe at a given scale in order to provide the simulated agents with a view of that scale? What if we provide local, "on-demand" simulation for the agents looking at a given scale?

about 7 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

Extremus Phd (177 comments)

I am a phd candidate working in an university lab, you insensitive clod.

Outlasting my co-workers means something completly different around here.

about 7 months ago

US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

Extremus Re:Remote control? (439 comments)

There have been recent rumours about Brazil again considering the russian PAK-FA project.

about 9 months ago

The Grasshopper Can Fly Sideways

Extremus Re:So not all (127 comments)

First I found it funny. Then I felt guilty. Then I read your comment and found the joke funny once again. Sorry.

about a year ago

US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

Extremus Re:Maybe fix them? (270 comments)

I guess that was a problem with the almighty F-22.

about a year ago

Global Warming 5 Million Years Ago In Antarctic Drastically Raised Sea Levels

Extremus More to the point... (437 comments)

It is well known that sea levels have been going up and down throughout the ages. The question now is whether or not we are acelerating these variations and whether life can adapt to them fast enough.

about a year ago

Researchers Complete New Gondwana Map

Extremus Re:Google maps? (116 comments)

Sir, you have a really old house.

about a year ago

A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

Extremus Re:Windows Red looks horrible (578 comments)

I like your suggestion. I do not mind Metro or that fancy programs manager. The later works quite well from me actually. I use it only when I do not have the application I need pinned on my task bar, which is just 5% of the time. With this in mind, the programs manager in win8 is much easier to use than the previous versions. The translucent background you mention would help to keep context, which removes a bit of overload from your brain.

On the other hand, they should reintroduce the automatic shadow backup feature of windows 7. This feature is no on by default in win 8 and it is much much more difficult to configure. It allowed me to look like a hero to some friends already. ;)

about a year ago

US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits

Extremus I am ok with that if... (443 comments)

I would accept that if politicians and big companies also install some sort of "corruption-detection rootkit" in their computers.

about a year ago



Curiosity's Mars discovery called 'one for history books'

Extremus Extremus writes  |  about 2 years ago

Extremus (1043274) writes "NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history books," but we'll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest."
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Bill Gates Comeback?

Extremus Extremus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Extremus (1043274) writes ""One prominent chief executive told Fortune he'd heard from someone close to Gates that he might be considering such a move. Aside from an unexpected and bold final act for Gates, what could Microsoft (MSFT) gain from such a move? The company's stock price has been a thorn in Ballmer's side for a decade. At the end of 1999, Microsoft's best year for market price, shares were at almost $60. When Ballmer took over as chief executive in January 2000, the stock was still over $50. With the burst of the tech bubble, Microsoft's stock dropped steeply and hovered around $25 area through much of the decade, excepting a short rally above $35 in late-2007 and a dip under $20 during the 2008 financial crisis. Ballmer dumped much of his stock during the decade and Bill Gates gradually left daily operations. (Gates' last full day was in June 2008.) During that time, the stock stayed flat as competitors such as Oracle (ORCL) and Apple (AAPL) saw huge gains in their share price.""
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