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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

GerryHattrick Take charge (733 comments)

Imam - it already works well in the most desolate parts of the world, and has for hundreds of years.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

GerryHattrick Professionalism (308 comments)

It's hard, but if you are a real Pro, you will know how to fix it, and (more important) how to fix the situation that led to the failure. Then walk away, and your reputation will most certainly follow and reward you.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

GerryHattrick Re:Blaming the cables? (476 comments)

Thanks for one sensible answer, more than half way down the thread. Now, can we all guess what is it about Norwegian supply that is so different? Different rules for things connected? Current limitations when most distribution is overhead, or run from more distant step-down, different lengths for charging leads... or what?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

GerryHattrick Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (822 comments)

Not a 'criminal', simply a 'traitor' - a traitor can have good motives (good enough for him), but we-all used to shoot a lot of 'em.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

GerryHattrick Re:Unforeseen (361 comments)

Some UK reports suggest that the 'scientists' and 'tourists' on this ship were ecofreaks seeking publicity to show that some previous explorer's route had become eco-wickedly ice-free. So... they got stuck in 'unforseen' thick ice. And so did their rescuers. And then they were evacuated thanks to an awful lot of gas-guzzling machinery - and still (today) can't leave the area. In the UK, we really do enjoy a good joke like this.

about 4 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

GerryHattrick Re:Mythbusters did it (216 comments)

At school in the '60s, with a camouflaged 30-foot aerial and decent earth, I used a crystal set (extra bridge diodes) to charge a condenser, which ran a single-transistor amplifier for another crystal set. Or so I thought... but, it DID 'get Lux.'

about 5 months ago
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Taking Back Control of Your Data, With Fine Grained, Explicit Permissions

GerryHattrick Oh Great... (55 comments)

Ultimately-brave men are going right in to Somalia and other hell-holes to take out the nasties, while you-all are trying to make more difficult the work of the services which our taxes pay to protect us.

about 6 months ago
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First Few Doctor Who Episodes May Fall To Public Domain Next Year

GerryHattrick The Horror. the Horror (216 comments)

Just when I thought it was safe (at 65+) to come out from behind the sofa...

about 7 months ago
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Google Tackles Health

GerryHattrick To thee and me (115 comments)

Doesn't S. M. Brin's (still-current) wife run a DNA testing outfit that purports to identify genetic predisposition to disease? Interesting market sector!

about 7 months ago
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Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?

GerryHattrick Mistaken use-case (196 comments)

We glance at a normal watch to see how much time is left, or how late we are. We don't much need to know 'timenow' in numbers. Anything 'digital' has the wrong metaphor.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

GerryHattrick Queen side Castle (531 comments)

Don't EVER try playing chess with Russians. You will lose in some very unexpected way, and they will buy you a drink, and challenge you to swallow the whole gherkin.

about 8 months ago
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DNI Office Asks Why People Trust Facebook More Than the Government

GerryHattrick Failed 'Democracy' (273 comments)

Strategists must recognise that the Western model of 'Democracy' has failed. Governments no longer enjoy the tacit 'consent' of their political opponents. Not suggesting web-polls could replace the failed representation/lobby/debate model, but someting will have to adapt soon to avoid massive popular disengagement. What will evolve?

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

GerryHattrick Splendid (719 comments)

In the Snowden mould, I would nominate Guy Fawkes. He betrayed his lawful government, maybe or maybe not with good reason, but it didn't work and he paid the (rather nasty) price. Plus ca change, as our last invaders would say..

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

GerryHattrick No point (277 comments)

It's a splendid accident that humanity has self-awareness, but I would ask how much of the information to be preserved could ever have any relevance except to humanity with curiosity very like our own. Faulty descriptions of the universe? No. Understanding of our very own genetics? No. Ancient books of ancient 'gods'? Probably not.

about 10 months ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

GerryHattrick Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

Astonishing that they killed a respected (if unserviced) Brand like 'Altavista', and went on using a stupid (if Swiftean) word like 'Yahoo'. So it's not just Microsoft and HP that can get global marketing completely wrong.

about 10 months ago
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Quantum-Tunneling Electrons Could Make Semiconductors Obsolete

GerryHattrick Re:Why? (276 comments)

Light already travels instantly, provided you sit on the massless photon and check your massless watch (time dilation). It's only when you stand back and admire it passing that 'c' comes into play. And that's not a 'speed', it's a constant like 'pi'. Saying you can go faster than light is like saying you can be rounder than 'pi'.

about 10 months ago
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Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

GerryHattrick Re:Geography (322 comments)

In 'Economic History' we were taught that the widespread use of cheap barbed wire (to tame the prairies) was what gave the USA its biggest boost. And when that wire came to Europe, it changed WW1 from a fast war of cavalry charges to a slow war of trench attrition, and ruined several other empires as a result.

about 10 months ago
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XP's End Will Do More For PC Sales Than Win 8, Says HP Exec

GerryHattrick XP ecology (438 comments)

We all know that for some years to come there will be a lively XP 'refusenik' ecology. I for one will not be going out to replace the six computers that work perfectly well here now (and each have Mint as backup). Will that ecology become a grey market? Will Microsoft conspire to sabotage it? Will it be killed by some huge penetration? Will some clone finally work properly?

about 10 months ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

GerryHattrick Re:Start here (1145 comments)

Nothing wrong with a millimetre per se, it's when sizes get too big for wetware to visualise that humans clock out. What's wrong with 60x45cm? Would 0.6x0.45m work almost as well? (I'd prefer 2footx1foot6, but then we did learn 12-times tables at school). Don't get me started on powers of eV !

about a year ago

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