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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

GerryHattrick Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

The Ayatollah's right. You can't sustain irrationality, autocracy and extremism against a tide of information and entertainment shared worldwide and without regard to gender. That's probably what he wants to do, so his policy is wise. But it won't last, even if things have to get (very) much worse before they get better.

about a month ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

GerryHattrick Shared experience (579 comments)

Not true. The Wimmin in my family consult WP daily, for likely 'facts'. But they can't post because their lifegiving-lifestyle would be 'original research', and what they want is exchange of experience (and anecdote). Things like 'MumsNet' do that well; it's not a competition.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

GerryHattrick Mindset (579 comments)

Most employees probably have a computer at home. MS dominance ensures it will be running Windows. Nobody non-tech wants to change their mindset every day they go to work. Surprised that Win8 didn't make Linux seem easy, though.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

GerryHattrick Re:Polishing Turds (426 comments)

So call it 'Bing Bong'. That should fix its reputation.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

GerryHattrick Take charge (737 comments)

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

about 6 months 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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!

1 year,11 days
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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.

1 year,21 days
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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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year ago

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