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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

GroeFaZ Yeah (293 comments)

And if that fails, at least give us a standardized interface to share our data, for saving costs.

about 8 months ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

GroeFaZ Re:Unless, of course, you study the author... (726 comments)

You seem to forget the asteroid launched at and hitting Earth by bugs (implausible as that may be, but that's the story)

about 9 months ago

Extreme Ultraviolet Chip Manufacturing Process Technology Closer To Reality

GroeFaZ Closer to reality? Really? (49 comments)

Stanley Cubrick did it in 1971, and it's been a classic since. Ah yes, the old ultra-violet. Nothing like milk plus to sharpen you up a bit.

about a year ago

ACTA Rejected By European Parliament

GroeFaZ Re:well good for them (142 comments)

This time it's not political critters developing a shred of common sense, it's political critters channeling civil society's common sense and massive protests. For once, they have worked.

about 2 years ago

Now Google's CAPTCHA Is Broken

GroeFaZ A modest proposal (408 comments)

1. Make the proof for P=NP the new CAPTCHA
2. Wait for crackers to solve it.
3. Profit!!

more than 5 years ago

The Supercomputer Race

GroeFaZ Re:Simulation (158 comments)

You jest, but that's exactly the point. "Simulated years per day" is about as meaningless a metric as it gets, because, as you proved, that number depends on the complexity of the underlying climate model, and also on how well the software was written, i.e. if it is optimized for both the hardware and the model to be computed.

Both these factors are hard/impossible to control and to standardize, and the only factor that does not change is the actual hardware and its peak/sustained performance, so it's the only sensible metric.

more than 5 years ago

Germany Fired Up Over Clean Coal

GroeFaZ Re:Solve the problem, for pete's sake (385 comments)

Iantastik's humor threshold is an extremely stable one and it would take a great deal of explaining to reach it. The amount of explaining it would take would be counter-productive to the initial problem of telling a good science joke.

Until we can figure out how to simulate good joke telling or just go ahead and let Monty Python do it, this just ins't the best solution available.

However, neither is beating it into your head in my opinion. ...since no one is laughing, I guess you just didn't get it though.

more than 5 years ago



Australia ratifies Kyoto Protocol

GroeFaZ GroeFaZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GroeFaZ (850443) writes "As the BBC reports, the first political act of the new PM of Australia, Rudd, was to start ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. He was quoted as saying "[Signing the Kyoto Protocol is] a significant step forward in our country's efforts to fight climate change domestically — and with the international community,". That is, the international community without the USA — Australia's ratification made the USA the only industrialized nation to not have signed the Kyoto Protocol."

GroeFaZ GroeFaZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GroeFaZ (850443) writes "The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation against Apple following a complaint about the operation of the iTunes service by a leading UK consumer association.
Users of iTunes can only buy music from the on-line store offered in their country of residence, using a credit card issued by a national bank. This limits EU consumers' choice of music and can lead to different prices for the same recordings.
In the UK version of iTunes, a download costs 79p, 18% more than in the eurozone countries. This led to a formal complain in 2004 by the UK consumer organisation Which?.
The Commission's "statement of objection", which requires the company to defend its sales policy, alleges that these restrictions violate the EC Treatys rules prohibiting restrictive business practices."


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