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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

HJED Re:Ground reality won't be affected by any of this (297 comments)

The difference with Jerusalem is the United Nations specifically placed restrictions on Israel forbidding them from annexing those territories (for good reason). This makes it very different from individual states recognising it as belonging to different entities, which is the case with Crimea,

3 days ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

HJED Re:is this seriously (297 comments)

Where do you see participation numbers over 85%?

So Australia isn't a democratic country? I'm going to have to disagree with you there.
I would argue that it is a sign of a bad democracy that few people turn out to vote. Whether this election is valid or not is an entirely different question.
Where there international observers? Where people coerced? Was the counting process public and valid? (The answer to two of these isn't currently clear).

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

HJED Re:Oh yeah (572 comments)

If you use a stable distro, I've only ever had this happen on release updates (with nvidia drives, or ubuntu not disabling hibernate before upgrading usually being the cause). On release upgrades however I always schedule a few days downtime to fix the inevitable inability to boot.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

HJED Re:u wot m8 (572 comments)

because aptitude always seems to want to unistall half my packages whenever I run it and I don't have time to work out why,

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

HJED Re:u wot m8 (572 comments)

it's not rocket science that prevents that, it's the cost of building the rockets.

4 days ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

HJED Re:A plausible theory? (227 comments)

That dosen't explain the automated communication systems that got turned off (whilst over satelite systems continued to operate)

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

HJED Re:The most plausible theory - written by a pilot (227 comments)

The fire theory is further ruled out by the engine data sent to satelites, which would presumably use some of the same systems.

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

HJED Re:It'll never be found (227 comments)

They actually haven't covered the whole of the Australian search area yet, its massive and in the middle of nowhere, in bad weather.

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

HJED Re:Black box radio beacon ? (227 comments)

The plane did have systems for location tracking with satellites, they were turned off by a person or persons unknown. (one of the theories was the satellite array broke, but that doesn't make sense with the engine data).

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

HJED Re:Black box radio beacon ? (227 comments)

I would imagine that these sensors in the engines that talk to satelites may be somewhat difficult to shut-down (given that they weren't shut-down when the plane was diverted originally). If it was hijacked they would probably have to work that out before they can fly it again.
One thing I am interested in though is I swear early on they were saying that some passengers cell phones were ringing (but no answers), why has no one tried to locate these?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

HJED Re:Sydney Morning Herald (361 comments)

You know the Sydney Morning Herald uses cookies right? If you open in it private browsing or clear cookies the 30 articles/month limit resets itself.

about 2 months ago
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Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?

HJED Re:the rates don't matter as much to me (122 comments)

In my experience online or distance learning courses require more dedication and are also harder than traditional courses (but don't always have the same level of detail). At my high school about 15 people enrolled in distance education courses as part of the HSC, but by the end of the first year only 4 of them (me included) were still doing the courses. The reason being was that unlike a normal class where you have to attend lessons (or at uni tutorials/lecturers) students had to find time and motivation to do all of the course content by themselves. This requires far more diligence and motivation than a traditional course, however the people who did continue did very well in the state wide exams against people who had done the relevant courses face-to-face.
From this experience I would suggest that if you are a dedicated student, distance learning forces you to put in more time to complete the work but you will do well, however if you are not a very dedicated student you will fall behind and likely fail.

about 4 months ago
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I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

HJED Re:Should be "gold pressed latinum" (265 comments)

Whilst it is true that such a society could have production means restricted, the Goa'uld did not have replicator technology and were limited by resources such as naquadria for power, and other materials for ship production.

about 4 months ago
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Developing Games On and For Linux/SteamOS

HJED Re:Its (145 comments)

because there isn't a plural of it, and it's is a contraction. Wherever there is a contraction and a possessive form, the contraction gets the apostrophe and the possessive form doesn't

about 4 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

HJED Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

LED costs more to buy and operate than incandescent.

Thus, the total cost of a 60 watt incandescent bulb over a 30,000 hour lifespan is $187.82.

Thus, the total cost of an LED bulb over a 30,000 hour lifespan is $144.49.

Um I think you need to reread what you wrote, a single LED offers a saving of more than $20, they offer less hasel and they are better for the environment (in terms of usage). Multiply that by every light bulb in your house or business and that is a significant saving. (Citation: your own post)

about 4 months ago
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Some Londoners Cut Off As Failed Copper Thieves Take Fiber

HJED Re:There's a solution you know (184 comments)

You should read the news more, sadly the new incompetent government has abandoned the old incompetent government's plan to build the network (for all intents and purposes anyway - we're getting obsolete copper instead)

about 4 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

HJED Re:See cheap companies (495 comments)

Indeed, but there seems to be a large part of the market clamming they can't not buy a smart phone.

about 5 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

HJED Re:50% more free (speech), privacy (495 comments)

I believe Cynamod is 100% free (speech) software and if you don't install google's apps you don't need a google account, and you can deploy your own software too it...

about 5 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

HJED Re:50% dumber. (495 comments)

Whatever happened to phones that just made phone calls?

They're still out there, just like cars with manual transmission, typewriters, and LP record players. They have their passionate advocates, but most people with more functional devices that can do all that and more just shake their heads in confusion and mutter under their breath about old people and move on.

One of these is not like the others... manual transmission is still very common (at least here in Aus) and gives better performance and petrol usage (and is cheaper).

about 5 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

HJED Re:See cheap companies (495 comments)

I am honestly interested why there isn't an Android fork that functions only as a phone, considering how many people on slashdot complain about having a fully featured phone I am surprised it doesn't exist.... Perhaps it is because "I want a phone that's just a phone" is the modern equivalent of "get off my lawn"?

about 5 months ago

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Scientist Prove a link between IQ and heigh gene

HJED HJED writes  |  about 2 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "NewScientist is reporting that a study of fMRI scans and DNA samples from 20,000 people has shown that the gene HMGA2 can effect the size of the brain by approximately .58% and a smaller study of 1642 people has found that it also increases IQ by 1.29.

This kind of science is very interesting, but it also has some dangerous implications which could be used as justification by racists groups and individuals. It also has interesting implications for the nature vs. nurture debate, I'd be interested to know what the /. crowds take on this is?/p?"

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Egypt goes offline

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "New Scientist is reporting that as of 10:30pm GMT Eygpt appears to be almost completely disconnected from the internet. Interestingly the main stream media appears not to have caught on yet.

According to bgpmon it appears most of the Egyptian ISPs have stopped advertising routes over BGP"

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Nobel Prize winner claims DNA performs quantum tel

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "New Scientist is reporting that the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008, Luc Montagnier is claiming that DNA can send 'electromagnetic imprints' of it self into distant cells and fluids which can then be used by enzymes to create copies of the original DNA. This would be equivalent to quantum teleportation.
Original paper is here[PDF]."
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Wikileak supporters twitter accounts subpoenaed.

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "The U.S. Justice Department has served Twitter with a subpoena for the personal information and private messages of Wikileaks supporters.
There's a copy of the subpoena here[PDF] and boing boing has a detailed article about it here.
Twitter has 3 days to turn over the information."

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Employability of CS v Computer Engineering

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HJED writes "I was looking at University courses recently and was wondering what exactly is the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering both as a carer and as a subject because the courses offered at the moment seem to be quite similar.
I thought perhaps it would be interested to learn the slashdot perceptions on the subject[s] and whether anyone has any clear explanations of the differences in focus/carers of the two topics."

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EU to control internet program use

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "The BBC reports that the EU will soon vote on laws that will among other things "bestows powers on governments to decide which programs can be "lawfully" used on the internet" this could easily lead to governments banning Firefox and other software."
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