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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

Fusselwurm Re:brighter? (376 comments)

My take on it as well.

There is a lights arms race on the streets. I wonder if we already passed the point of "more is safer".

about 6 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Fusselwurm Re:eh, it's not that bad (459 comments)

Many Europeans are already used to using different keyboards at different times.

Yes. For me it's three.

Mostly, I'm using the Neo2 layout. When gaming, I use the standard German qwertz layout, and sometimes I have to use US English. It takes time getting used to it, but once you've mastered a layout, you're fine on ANY DEVICE.

The problem I see here is that the X1, by re-positioning or abandoning physical keys, effectively forces you to not only know 3 different layouts, but 3*2 = 6. Great.

(Plus, with the caps lock key gone, I'd have to hack Neo2 to get the 3rd level switch on the home or end key, blegh.)

about 7 months ago
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China's Web Surveillance System Employs More Than 2 Million

Fusselwurm Way to go, China (63 comments)

Only? 2M informants is no more than 0.2% of the population.

Compare that to the East German Stasi, who had ~0.5% full time on their payrolls (about 100k of 16M ppl), plus ~3% of unpaid whisperers...

about a year ago
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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Fusselwurm Re:NO NO NO (687 comments)

Yes, lignite. Insane as it seems, there are still villages being razed in Germany for lignite strip mining.

As it is, Vattenfall is the most destructive Swedish force in Germany since Gustav Adolf.

1 year,6 days
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Book Review: The Death of the Internet

Fusselwurm Re:How about the death of cities? (102 comments)

That's the 'noble primitive' myth. It's only a myth.

I wasn't talking about the idea that people in smaller tribes were inherently more moral people (which is what the noble primitive myth deals with), but that crime is low because of social pressures in small groups (where everyone knows everyone, and it is harder to get away with crime) or for other reasons. My point was that crime rate is smaller in a smaller social group, but more and more people prefer to live in/around cities.

depends on the type of crime, i guess.

i know that at least homicide is much lower in today's "western" society (about one in a hundred thousand per year) in comparison to contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes (one in a hundred to one in three thousand).

about a year ago
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SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

Fusselwurm Re:rocket up and down video (167 comments)

Video blocked in Germany. Im starting to hate it when ppl upload vids with unrelated music copyrighted to big labels

about a year and a half ago
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Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

Fusselwurm Re:It's all about zinc (362 comments)

I thought that was satirical...but it seems to be real.

Wow.

Always someone to 1-up the stupidity thats in circulation.

about a year and a half ago
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My favorite resolution for the new year:

Fusselwurm Re:Alphabet soup (266 comments)

Wow. Thanks.

Seriously: This mishmash of Xs, Ws, Qs, plusses and whatnot, all appended by -GA, is highly ridiculous. Who in all the fcking world wants to learn as many acronyms as there are combinations of width, height and color depth?

about a year and a half ago
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World's Oldest Wooden Water Wells Discovered

Fusselwurm Re:It could be built by the neanderthals (50 comments)

Has the timeline been changed by better archaeology or dating, or reclassification of remains? when I was at school (only 2 decades ago, in the UK) I was taught that the last Neanderthals died out around the time of the construction of the Pyramids in Egypt, no more than 6000 years ago

Just asked my sis (who sports a B.A. in prehistoric archaeology )... according to her, you must've had a very strange teacher -- historically, the figure for "how long ago did they die out" has been creeping down as more and more recent specimen were found. At no time did people think it was just 6ka ago.

about a year and a half ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

Fusselwurm Re:GMT (475 comments)

I try the same every spring whenever we switch to DST (which for me is UTC+2), but I give up after a week or so because it gets confusing with different web services (calendars, bug trackers etc) and my own devices being in different time zones

about 2 years ago
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One common ancester for blue eyed people

Fusselwurm Re:Let me get this straight (3 comments)

So... all those pre-historic women loving the mysterious stranger with the blue eyes? Interesting.

about 2 years ago
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One common ancester for blue eyed people

Fusselwurm questionable conclusion (3 comments)

"This gene does something good for people

So it seems.

It makes them have more kids.

Might be. Alternatively, it may also let more kids survive or make the kids more aggressive towards others, or... whatever, we dont seem to know really.

about 2 years ago
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You use Linux? What was your distro order?

Fusselwurm meh, do your surveys elsewhere... (6 comments)

... also, I use different distros for different purposes.
Ignoring that, this is what my timeline looks, sorted by first use of each distro:

fli4l suse gentoo ubuntu debian arch

about 2 years ago
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Most Useful Scripting Language To Learn?

Fusselwurm As always... (477 comments)

... the answer depends on "what do want it to you use for".

I hate those polls when there's no nonsense option you can choose to say "I hate this poll".

about 2 years ago
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IT At the LHC — Managing a Petabyte of Data Per Second

Fusselwurm Re:I don't really give a s h i t (248 comments)

What do you want to imply?

That, somehow, he who does not know how to debug the kernel should not play with bit operations?

Something like that?

  Or, that we should stop researching the structure of the universe, and instead focus on what we usually do, which is making war, screwing other people and post photos of our dicks on teh internet?

about 2 years ago

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