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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

GNious Re:Angry Proliferation Game (194 comments)

Good thing they gave their nukes to Russia, in exchange for Russia not attacking them...

"The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;"

about an hour ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

GNious Re:Angry Proliferation Game (194 comments)

Moscow has a fairly advanced missile shield too, so it might not even work.

Just thinking... If you know your target has a missile-shield, launch 1-4 missiles* to test where they get intercepted, then set the next couple of nukes to detonate just before reaching the point of interception. Now your target still has to deal with EM, radiation, and a scared-shitless citizenry and military.
At this point, launch another to see if their missile-shield is still operational (and manned?)...

*: These don't really require actual warheads, if you're certain they'll get intercepted.

1 hour ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

GNious Re:Yes, let's do this. (356 comments)

Or SyFy movie ... assuming the infected is also a Zombie, with tentacle-arms

yesterday
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

GNious Re:Yes, let's do this. (356 comments)

As long as no-one shoots down the plane, while it is over some heavily populated location, like, Atlanta.

yesterday
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

GNious Re:From Finland (54 comments)

Wooooo ... 5% of the world didn't know of Nokia until they became the largest cellphone manufacturer.

(in fairness, since I don't use rubber-boots, or drive around in the snow, I didn't really know of Nokia until the 90'ies either)

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

GNious Re:Radicalization (849 comments)

I'm fairly convinced there are better options than what has been attempted so far - but I'm no politician looking for votes, so what do I know.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

GNious Re:Radicalization (849 comments)

If Israel weren't so hell-bent on creating more supporters for Hamas and similar organizations, your dreams of disarmament might come true.

Meanwhile, every Palestinian child that dies during these events results in more people signing up to fight the Israeli, the Americans and all other non-Arab, non-Muslim out there.
(Yes, it SERIOUSLY doesn't matter who is to blame - the last 3 weeks have done more for the recruitment efforts by Hamas et al, than anything Hamas could do on their own, no matter the validity, or lack of same, in the actions taken by Israel.)

3 days ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

GNious Re:Waste of time (159 comments)

Only thing unskippable are the ads on Disney DVDs ...

3 days ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

GNious Need copies ASAP! (159 comments)

I think I need copies of these banner-ads, and pay Google/whoever to put them on legit sites!

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

GNious Get a Jolla(...) and a 3rd party keyboard (543 comments)

The Jolla has a replaceable back, under which there is an i2c connection.

3rd-party keyboard attach to where the back-plate was, and connects to the phone via the i2c bus instead of Bluetooth, making for a good, reliable connection, and less battery wasted.

Simples!

3 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

GNious Re: No shit, it's soccer. (157 comments)

Football is called "The Beautiful Sport" for a reason - there is more to it than running the fastest and scoring the most point, in the smallest-possible area.
Some of the above posters only care about action and numbers, and dislike concepts like elegance and skill.

about a week ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

GNious Re:Alternative explanation (394 comments)

Wouldn't a trace-route serve to show whether traffic is flowing over a distinctly different route?

about a week ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

GNious Re:Foreshadowing? (125 comments)

I seriously doubt the NSA will be reigned in any time soon; unless we have a coup but don't hold your breath whilst we have a docile population with a severe celebrity fetish.

Wouldn't the solution then be to get mobilize the celebrities, to get them into offices around your country, and have them deal with the NSA?

about a week ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

GNious Re:no problem (338 comments)

Nothing is obvious to the uninformed.

Quite to the contrary - a lot of things are obvious to The Uninformed, though a lot of those things are wrong...

about a week ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

GNious Re:and? (190 comments)

Precisely the post I came looking for! :)

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

GNious Re:Customer service? (894 comments)

I'm tired of the airline losing my checked luggage

Stop flying SAS (if European), or American Airlines (if American), and this issue should solve itself.

(sorry, no experience in Asia, and never lost luggage in Africa)

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

GNious Re:Customer service? (894 comments)

From a fairly frequent traveller (me): Check where you're seated.

If you're in an aisle seat, or a forward seat, be amongst the later ones to board - it is simply more efficient, and you won't be asked to please stand up while people get in next to you.
If you're seated in the rear of the aircraft, or have a window seat (or middle of a 5-seat block), get in early, to get out of people's way.

Before boarding, figure out what you're going to need (and not need) during the flight, and put things into your carry-on or pockets (or a small plastic bag?) based on whether you plan on using them; don't wait until you're at/in your seat to start sorting through stuff.
The flight attendants can help you with your carry-on (they have more experience than you in this regard), and you don't NEED to have your stuff stored right above you; if you have the stuff you need on your person, there is no need for your carry-on luggage during your flight.

Also, don't explain to "yahoos" that their stuff need to be in specific locations - just move it, and proclaim loudly that people who don't understand the standards set forth by airlines, are idiots :)

about a week ago

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Casting For Nerds, TV that matters?

GNious GNious writes  |  about a year ago

GNious (953874) writes "Seems there is a casting-call for Nerds, looking for individuals for "King of the Nerds Season 2" — What better place to find them, than /. ? Disclaimer: not affiliated with the caster, show, network or country."
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Black Ops petition - PS3 version needs refunding

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "An online petition demanding a refund (or at least some compensation) for the Sony(tm) Playstation(tm) 3 has been signed by more than 7500 owners, all complaining of an inferior product being sold at full retail price. Perhaps someone in the video games business should look into the concept of merchantability, or are gamers just complaining too easily?"
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Danish Municipality of Rødovre changing to OO

GNious GNious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Despite warnings from Microsoft and the Danish minister of Science, Helge Sander, the municipality of Rødovre, DK, has exchanged Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org citing savings in License and end-user time as reasons. This comes after concerns that a similar move by Lyngby-Taarnbæk was causing the Software Giant to try and have the responsible IT Manager removed. Microsoft also penned a stern warning (http://lyngby-taarbaek.lokalavisen.dk/it-i-lyngby-taarb%C3%A6ks-skoler---%C3%A5bent-brev-til-borgmester-rolf-aagaard-svendsen/20091102/laeserbreve/911029910) to Lyngby-Taarnbæk when they moved their schools to OOo."
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GNious GNious writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GNious (953874) writes "Bioware has a thread about porting the upcoming game Dragon Age to Apple Mac OS X and/or Linux.

Debate include such topics as porting houses, physics engines and the value of the market, with an enormous amount of requests for such games as Neverwinter Nights 2.

With the potential for selling upwards of 1000 copies (counting individual requests) of a game at possibly $50 each, is the decision to exclude a platform and the associated revenue the correct one, or are the petitioners the ones that have gotten it wrong to think that their ca 1-5% marketshare matters?"

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