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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Ghaoth Re:I'll take that bait (613 comments)

The problem with most daylight saving schemes is that they are based on location, not latitude. People living in the tropics don't need daylight saving since the variation is small enough to be ignored. If societies in latitudes outside the tropics want the change, go for it but base the delimitation on latitude, not arbitrary geopolitical or business boundaries.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Ghaoth Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

I would say that many people in "Christian" countries are cultural Christians. They probably believe in a god but don't practice any religious ceremonies. They were raised in a Christian country and so adhere to Christian norms. The same is true for many Muslims living in most Islamic countries.

about 2 months ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Ghaoth Re:You sound awfully concerned about (342 comments)

Yes, but all 1000 were not detonated within minutes of each other on heavily populated areas. Are you not MAD?

about 2 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Ghaoth Re:Time for new terminology (635 comments)

"We shouldn't get rid of anyone - that's childish, barbaric logic" OMG. You must have an incredibly limited life. Do you take everything literally? No flexibility makes you part of the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Ghaoth Re:Time for new terminology (635 comments)

Methinks it's as simple as "Don't shit in your own nest". Especially when it's a closed environment - the shit can't escape. It shouldn't just be about CO2. We should be rid of the alarmists, greed, corruption and politics and maybe, just maybe, something constructive may be done.

about 2 months ago
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Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

Ghaoth Re:What about if they inject signal? (109 comments)

Hmmm...Inject a different signal into every grid in every country on every planet. That would only localise the location to a grid, getting a location of a house, or even a suburb, would require a mind boggling stretch of the imagination. As has been said, battery operated camera, data compression and frequency limited microphones are just a few of the problems. It doesn't matter what ENF/FFT analysis is employed, you can't extract information from nothing. Once a signal is too far down in the noise level it cannot be reconstructed with any degree of fidelity. However, on positive note, I do see a Hollywood movie coming out of this.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

Ghaoth Re:try it in a VM? (176 comments)

Anyone got a SWTPC 6800 computer running Flex?

about 5 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Ghaoth Re:IF.. (561 comments)

Getting a high IQ in a test demonstrates that you are good at doing IQ tests. I should know, I have an IQ of 42 and I'm still looking for the question.

about 5 months ago
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The Latest Wave of Cyberattacks On the West Is Coming From the Middle East

Ghaoth Re:If you are concerned by this at all... (56 comments)

Why don't you put a condom over your fibre optic link to the Internet? No more problems.

about 6 months ago
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Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

Ghaoth Re:I have a project (165 comments)

Your level of knowledge about nuclear power seems based on technology born of nuclear weapons. The world is trying to move on from that, although most people are blithely unaware of that fact. Modern nuclear power generation systems will assist in removing "bad" waste from old reactors. This should be a good thing but apparently you are so far in denial or suffer from lack of knowledge that you fail to understand this. I suggest that you never get on a boat in case you fall over the edge of the world.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Ghaoth Re:fixing the parent posting (311 comments)

I thought you just divided 22 by 7...

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Ghaoth Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

There is a BIG difference between update and upgrade.
Updates are usually simple or transparent regardless of OS. Although Scumsoft always requires a reboot.
Upgrades are usually best done to a new machine or disk so that legacy configurations do not conflict with the new versions or leave orphans hanging around. Migration of data from the old version to the new upgraded version ensures that you have a backup in case shit happens.

about 7 months ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

Ghaoth Re:~1000 *Bits* per square inch? (147 comments)

Yes, but the disk is rotating at 198,374 furlongs/fortnight.
It's all getting a bit bitty methinks.

about 8 months ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Ghaoth Re:It's the end of the world as we know it (703 comments)

Regardless of any facts, whether you believe in warming, cooling or another day at the beach. Any hope about the average person having any care about what may or may not happen has been crushed by alarmists, bad politics, whores making money out of it and sundry other things. If people are constantly bombarded with doom, gloom and despondency, they become indifferent. It's a version of the "Cry wolf" syndrome. Indifference leads in complacency. Take people out of the equation and science may have a chance. This is not a major issue, it is only our planet at stake. Astronomers have now found over a thousand other planets, maybe on one of them it's not too late. Forgive me if I appear cynical, I am inclined to find less and less that is particularly special about humans.

about 8 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Ghaoth Re:MY simulation (745 comments)

I hope it's not running on Windows"...maybe that's why the sky is blue...we keep seeing the BSOD over and over and over again, every day.

about 9 months ago
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Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

Ghaoth Re:Generalizing much? (143 comments)

Did the article address /. readers specifically? I think not. You need to calm down a bit before you blow a gasket

about 10 months ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

Ghaoth Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

50% of the Earth's heat comes from nuclear reactions in the core. The China syndrome is responsible for heating the core causing CO2 to bubble out of the ocean floor. Ban nuclear power, ban coal power...ban everything.

about 10 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

Ghaoth Re:No Sympathy (413 comments)

Scopes and logic analyzers running Windows??????
Surely you jest.
Windows is not known for its real time response. What would be the scopes timebase marked in? - days, hours and minutes.

about a year ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

Ghaoth Re:FTTH: 47% connected at 12Mbps in April 2013 (229 comments)

Have no fear, we will eventually have wireless running at 100 Gbps and probably faster. Although I may be dead before it gets to far North Queensland - which is probably true for the NBN as well. http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/12/05/2025245/australias-44b-broadband-network-may-settle-for-fiber-near-the-home?utm_source=rss1.0moreanon&utm_medium=feed

about a year ago

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