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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

FalcDot Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

Or how about aiming for a distribution of east/south/west facing fixed installations that matches the distribution of electricity demand over the day?

about 2 months ago

The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

FalcDot Re:Ecosystem (108 comments)

Have you ever read what happened in Yellowstone when the wolves were reintroduced?


Now, okay, the wolf is an apex predator who has a much bigger effect on the ecosystem than a pigeon. But I believe this is one of the best examples you can give that putting species back where they've gone extinct can have some very beneficial effects.

about 5 months ago

Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

FalcDot Re:Get it right (102 comments)

We have managed to establish a basic form of communication with some chimpanzees, well within human liftetimes, because they are able to see us (visual sensors in the right frequancy band) and they are able to make delicate motions that we can see.

If we make contact with aliens of approximately that level of sophistication, we should be fine.

Add to that the possibility of them hearing us (again, sensors in the right range) and hopefully vice-versa, and we should not have too much problems that cannot be overcome.

about 7 months ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

FalcDot Re:Useless (187 comments)

I believe that what he meant is that drivers "require some means of illumination at night" in order to spot "some things (like animals and pedestrians)" so that they don't run them over.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

FalcDot Nice but also worrying (374 comments)

Thanks for that link, I found it very interesting.

But also worrying.

I mean, looking at everything Cerberus can do without apparently being detectable on the phone... How can I know that my phone doesn't have something similar installed on it?

about a year ago

Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

FalcDot Re:WTF Nokia (105 comments)

Every big player in the industry seems convinced #2 and #3 are incompatible...

about a year ago

Linux 3.13 Released

FalcDot Re:Support for NFC payments ? In the kernel ?? (141 comments)

From TFA:

"This release implements support for the Secure Element. A netlink API is available to enable, disable and discover NFC attached (embedded or UICC ones) secure elements. With some userspace help, this allows to support NFC payments, used to implement financial transactions. Only the pn544 driver currently supports this API."

In other words, the kernel now contains the necessary API so the PC can correctly talk to a NFC Secure Element which is needed to be able to make payments over NFC, in tandem with userspace tools.

So yeah, the label is a bit misleading...

1 year,11 days

The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

FalcDot Re:Completely off Base (555 comments)

The problem is that one of the rights you do not have is the right to go wherever you please.

Thus, the government is not infringing on your rights. They are requiring that you waive certain of your rights in order to obtain the right to enter their territory. Merely protesting against it won't help.

about a year ago

Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat Triggers Out-of-Body Experiences

FalcDot Re:And the survival-selection hypothesis would be. (183 comments)

You're coming at this from the wrong side. You're assuming this exists to allow a consciousness to be detached from a physical body. I'd say it's more likely that this allows a consciousness to form, to emerge, from any and all 'proper' physical bodies.

In other words, the development of a foetus just needs to create the physical neurons in the brain. Conscience will then emerge from the firing neurons on its own. And because it wasn't tied down to the actual physical body to begin with, some leeway remains to project it outside.

You're asking how we evolved from a consciousness tied to a body to one that isn't. What proof do you have that consciousness was ever tied to a body to start with?

about a year and a half ago

Taking the Pain Out of Debugging With Live Programming

FalcDot Re:Wow (254 comments)

Sounds more like they reinvented the Python console...

Or, you know, bash.

Any shell, reallly.

about 2 years ago

Scary Toothbrush Prompts Shutdown of World's Busiest Airport

FalcDot Re:Billions of Fricken Dollars (284 comments)

Except that it's not only about the safety of the passengers, it's also about the safety of all the people living and working in places where terrorists might crash the plane into.

about 2 years ago

WSJ Says Pro-ACTA Forces Helped Drive Anti-ACTA Reactions

FalcDot Re:FTFA (180 comments)

At least quote the whole paragraph, if nothing else it makes discussion *here* a whole lot easier.

“The agreement is seeking to address a number of very different issues of which some are serious problems of public health and public safety, for example trade in fake medicine,” Ms. Schaake said. “But that issue doesn’t compare to the alleged cost to society of online piracy. It seeks to kill 20 birds with one stone. It risks not solving the legitimate concerns but causing incredible collateral damage.”

I read this as indicating that both issues are simply in different leagues when it comes to importance. The phrasing "alleged cost [...] of online privacy" seems to indicate she sees the fake meds as much much more important and that she's worried that the inclusion of anti-piracy stuff is harming these legitimate concerns.

more than 2 years ago

iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?

FalcDot Should be Android (358 comments)

The thing is, it really should be Android. I mean, under Android you're free to develop and distribute an app designed just for crashing the phone. I'm sure such a thing would never get past the Apple censors.

more than 2 years ago

The Problem With Personalized Medicine

FalcDot Re:There would be no healthcare crisis in the U.S. (216 comments)

Did you read that article you linked to?

"Cancer survival in black men and women was systematically and substantially lower than in white men and women in all 16 states and six metropolitan areas included."

Tell me that doesn't show that the more money you have in the US, the better your chances of survival.

about 3 years ago

In Bolivia, a Supervolcano Is Rising

FalcDot Re:2012-12-21 (469 comments)

Because disasters that have passed are no longer newsworthy, and disasters scheduled for a hundred years from now aren't newsworthy yet.

In other words, if it isn't about "more or less now", noone would care and you wouldn't hear anything about it.

more than 3 years ago

Hair Growth Signal Dictated By Fat Cells

FalcDot Re:IN CATS (146 comments)

Women have testosterone, just not as much as men.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

FalcDot Re:Uh, unless you're a programmer... (766 comments)

Your post is mixing two different points: open vs. closed source, and projects done by a whole team vs. a single guy. You can't compare closed source software developped by a big company that's staking its survival on the commercial success of said software with an open source hobby project of a single guy, and then make a general conclusion that closed source is better...

more than 3 years ago


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