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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Ihlosi The MS app store isn't special in this regard. (188 comments)

App stores attract scammers like **** attracts flies. Any app store is an ideal means to get scam- and malware to a gigantic group of, on average, not really tech-savvy people. An app store is basically a mark store for scammers.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi Worse: (267 comments)

see the soldiers in blue camo over there in the desert...

Cut the brown wire, not the grey wire ...

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi Re:What would true color vision be like? (267 comments)

What would true color vision be like, i.e., if your eyes could actually tell what frequencies of light they received?

Eyes would be useless, as they would supply mostly noise and very little, if any, information. Deciphering this mess would need vastly more brain volume.

Oh, and designing a useful color monitor for computers would be horrendously complex.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi 15% of all males have some form of ... (267 comments)

... color perception deficiency.

This poll confirms this fact (assumption: Slashdot readers are predominantly male).

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Ihlosi Not colorblind, but .. (267 comments)

... my father has anomalous trichromacy. After a while, you learn to ignore any statement about any color from someone affected by this, since it will just confuse you if your color perception is unimpaired.. "Please get the yellow envelope." - disregard "yellow", the envelope might be grey or light blue ...

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Ihlosi Re:Explain this to me (502 comments)

Yet, they ignore the fact that batteries are NOT ready for semi trucks

Use electricity to synthesize hydrocarbons, run trucks (and planes, and ships) with those.

or that Oil is used for more than just energy.

Oil (and natural gas) is also used as a source of hydrogen. Which can also be produced using electricity.

Oil is also used for making lubricants ... see "synthesizing hydrocarbons" above.

Wind can NOT be counted on.

Wind availability can be determined statistically. And the more turbines you install and the large the area covered, the less likely you are to run into a "no wind at all" situation.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Ihlosi The myth of the miracle battery. (502 comments)

Batteries have been a focus of research since about the time electricity was discovered. I doubt that someone will snap their fingers and pull the miracle battery out their hat which will beat existing system by about an order of magnitude in areas like price and capacity.

Also: Name the battery technology and I'll name the resource you'll run out of if you're trying to build capacity in the TWh range. (possible exception: sodium-sulfur cells).

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Ihlosi Re:Update cycles (391 comments)

But I don't see why I have to buy everything at once?

Because some thing don't upgrade well individually.

Say you want a new processor. Unfortunately, that sometimes requires a new mainboard, and new RAM. The new mainboard might require a new power supply, and since the old PC case doesn't have front-panel USB 3.0 connectors, you're getting a new case, too.

While you're at it, you might as well upgrade your video card and hard drives, and at that point you've ended up with an almost completely new PC.

about a month ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Ihlosi Re:Only 90% to pass??? (122 comments)

Umm, nuclear missile command, 90% to pass? I'd expect 100%

No, the test needs to be so difficult that no one can get 100% without cheating. Then it's easy to spot the obvious cheaters.

about a month ago
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Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

Ihlosi Most accident scenarios ... (133 comments)

... unfortunately only regard one major failure (e.g. main coolant feeding line failure), with other failures (e.g. one emergency generator fails) covered by redundancies.

This might work for technical breakdowns, but not for external events. ("All coolant pumps and emergency generators fail - because the whole power plant compound is under three meters of water.").

about a month ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Ihlosi Yes, absolutely! (190 comments)

Would you prefer pounds (or kilograms) of X, with no measure of the rate X is releasing radiation?

Yes, absolutely. I can look up what kinds of radiation X emits and its specific activity.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Ihlosi Bloat vs. clutter. (322 comments)

space shows how bad the bloat has gotten.

You have a point. Lets put it this way: I don't really care if the OS eats up 5 MB or 50 GB of my hard drive as space is cheap these days. I do mind, however, if the OS or the software it is bundled with is annoying, obtrusive, obnoxious, useless, superfluous, unnecessary or outdated and makes me spend time to get rid of it.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Ihlosi Hunting. And that my myopia is still getting worse (550 comments)

My myopia is increasing by about 0.25 diopters every two years. Even if had my eyesight surgically corrected, I'd be wearing glasses again in a few years and have all the possible drawbacks of the surgery.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Ihlosi Re:Yay.. This is easy to imagine (322 comments)

3. Super fucking bloated edition

Actually, that's the job of the PC manufacturer. You know, stuffing the recovery partition with four dozen marginally useful programs that make you spend two hours to remove them after a Windows reinstall.

about a month ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Ihlosi Re:I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

and this cool screen that can totally isolate the driver from the passengers.

I need to isolate the passengers from each other. Otherwise, they'll tear up the passenger compartment and/or I have to make unplanned trips to the emergency room.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:cause and/or those responsible (667 comments)

Certainly the government admitted to shooting down the plane.

Admission, in a legal sense, usually implies not only admitting the facts, but also that there was an error or wrongdoing by the party doing the admitting.

And this has not happened.

Its also really hard for the US to offer an apology to Iran

Oh, um, yeah. Maybe they could offer an apology to the relatives of the people that got killed? Most, if not all of them, never took any hostages in any embassy. Some of them weren't even Iranians.

Nobody can say the US didn't admit to shooting down the airbus, and the US government did offer up an explanation.

And that isn't an "admission" in a legal sense - since they give themselves an acquittal in the same paragraph.

People may not like the explanation, or agree with it, but at least the US stood up for its actions.

If you call giving yourself a complete acquittal "standing up to your actions", yes.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ihlosi Re:cause and/or those responsible (667 comments)

Bullshit.

What you're quoting isn't an apology or an acknogledgment of wrongdoing.

"The U.S. government deeply regrets this incident,"

To feel regret over something isn't the same as apologizing for it. You can feel sorry (i.e. feel regret) if a relative of your friend dies. That doesn't mean that you were involved in any way in the death of that relative.

about a month ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Ihlosi I'd much rather have the option ... (205 comments)

... to separate the rear into two passenger compartments that are isolated from each other. This would remove most of the reasons for chewing out the passengers there.

about a month ago

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