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Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?

JamesP Re:Meh. (421 comments)

Grumpy cat, is that you?

about a year and a half ago
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Laser Intended For Mars Used To Detect "Honey Laundering"

JamesP Re:Buy local honey (387 comments)

Fresh honey? Gimme the sitting in your shelf for ages, crystallized and it's still good thing.

You can uncrystallize honey by heating.

I know that. But the crystallized one is less messy.

about a year and a half ago
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Laser Intended For Mars Used To Detect "Honey Laundering"

JamesP Re:Buy local honey (387 comments)

Not saying it's your situation, but I'm sure the "fake honey" looks a lot more pretty and "fresh" and probably tastes better for the "fast food masses"

Fresh honey? Gimme the sitting in your shelf for ages, crystallized and it's still good thing.

about a year and a half ago
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The New Ethanol Blend May Damage Your Vehicle

JamesP Re:Too much ado about nothing (375 comments)

"Less efficiency and more corrosion"

It's not less efficient. It has less energy per volume BUT THIS IS A NON ISSUE if the price matches. (except for autonomy of course, but unless there are no gas stations where you're going, non issue)
Ethanol running engines also produce more power which seem to be conveniently ignored (granted, your engine may not take advantage of this)

More corrosion? Not if you engine is built to support it. Then guess what, no corrosion.

And of course don't use E85 on a E10 engine, but E15? Your fuel system either supports ethanol or it doesn't. It's not really concentration dependent (and you don't use E85 then because of engine calibration and cold starts)

about a year and a half ago
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The New Ethanol Blend May Damage Your Vehicle

JamesP Re:Too much ado about nothing (375 comments)

Yes, please keep perpetuating the oil industry myths.

Also gas does not dissolve anything like polystyrene, really, it's the perfect fuel, I forgot

about a year and a half ago
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The New Ethanol Blend May Damage Your Vehicle

JamesP Too much ado about nothing (375 comments)

Yes, some cars 'may' be damaged. But if they withstand E10, E15 is really a non issue

Not to mention ethanol is better for the engine in some ways (less carbon deposits)

about a year and a half ago
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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

JamesP Re:fdsfds (200 comments)

The real mystery is: what kind of Google employee goes to a bar?

about 2 years ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

JamesP Re:Pro death == pro stupid (761 comments)

So what it should be done (for a start) is simple. Never allow the death penalty for a first conviction.

Chance of a wrong conviction: p (suppose it's 5%, so 0.05)
Chance of 2 wrong convictions: p^2 -> 0.0025 or 0.25%

(It's more complicated than that really, because of Bayes and other - real world - factors)

about 2 years ago
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Radioactive Decay Apparently Influenced By the Sun

JamesP Re:The logical argument to shoot it down. (267 comments)

Interesting, I only knew about the link I posted, where the conclusion was more studies were needed

about 2 years ago
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Radioactive Decay Apparently Influenced By the Sun

JamesP Re:The logical argument to shoot it down. (267 comments)

THIS

Most of the modern "skeptics" are as bad as theological dogmatists.

"If yours was the way science operates we'd still operate out of caves."

Yes, there is no evidence for this "germs" thing so Pasteur is a crook.
Mr Einstein has never seen an instance of light bending under a gravitational field so he's delusional

about 2 years ago
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Nvidia Engineer Asks How the Company Can Improve Linux Support

JamesP Re:Of course (581 comments)

Oh please, it's firmware whining again

Dear open source zealots, no one is obliged to add more circuits to a computer just because you can't be bothered to give the embedded card some data.

ALL computers depends on some amount of closed source data, deal with it.

There are exceptional cases, where the firmware is OSS, or where the vendor is a real asshole and forbids the blob to be distributed

Absolutely. Dear manufacturers, if you complain about distribution of fw at the same time anyone can download your "windows driver" off your website, You Are An Asshole

more than 2 years ago
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The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

JamesP Re:Classic 2D is best (710 comments)

Yeah, no problem whatsoever

Also, if you replace the gas in your car with TNT it will go faster, promise

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?

JamesP There are some areas yes (559 comments)

Mechanical simulations in:
Heat and CFD
FEM for mechanical resistance of parts

Dynamic programming/operational research

Electrical simulations (antennas, or just circuit simulations)

more than 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

JamesP Re:Greed (626 comments)

No, they're not. Inside the European union (which I'm sure is what you meant), while you have the right to move around and work as you wish, most people don't do it and don't want to. In practice there's language barries and cultural barries all over the place.

True for most, but it's not the demographics of Rovio employees (or at least the main employees). Would be good to have a more exact statistic.

Absolutely not. You can start by looking at one article in wikipedia where it is immediately apparent that countries are running their own systems, with substantial differences in rules and rates. The Nordic countries (such as Finland) are generally in the lead.

Sure, unemployment benefits are different in their structure, but the end result is similar. Finland may be better but the systems in other countries are not really behind.

Rovio is in this case a prime example of a company which has benefited substantially from Finland's school system for skilled employees (they're one of the absolutely best in the world), Finland's stable democracy and their stable economy.

I'd say citation needed. Do you think education in Finland is so much ahead of that in France? England? Sure, for basic school Finland is one of the first ranked usually, but this does not correlate with market success!

Also, Google, Nokia, Intel, etc take a lot of talent from less 'educated' countries like India, Brazil, or slightly less than Finland like USA, Ireland, where nonetheless you can find very talented people.

When they're asked to pay back, they flee -- an extremely immoral act which I sincerely hope will bite them in the ass.

Well I wouldn't blame them, since being successful results in huge taxes.
The reasoning of making bigger companies pay more taxes is not something I disagree with, until one realizes companies are mobile nowadays.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?

JamesP Re:Agreed - light (118 comments)

Yeah, a light source and good optics go a long way

Also, good sample preparation is essential. I guess most of the problems are there.

For a light source, forget about the "built in" methods. Even a desk lamp goes a long way. And if you try different positions you can get great results, or even go for reflected light instead of transmitted light (depending on the sample)

more than 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

JamesP Re:Greed (626 comments)

They benefited from the system all their lives but when it's their turn to pay in, they leave.

Please, what system? Workers are mobile inside Europe. Social security and welfare is more or less equal inside Europe as well.

so that means saving about 4 million euros in taxes, while at the same time dealing with both a perception of greed which can certainly hurt them among conscious consumers as well as the costs associated with moving the operation to Ireland.

Their workers will probably make up for the 4Mi to the Irish government since income tax is higher on Ireland. Still
"perception of greed" yes, sorry, it's a crime to be profitable, I forgot.
"which can certainly hurt them among conscious consumers" yeah, right
"costs associated" I'm not sure, they certainly can move some of production to Ireland, but maybe if it's done slowly it's not complicated

More power to Ireland, they can use the extra taxes.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?

JamesP Re:Agreed (118 comments)

You're assuming that access to good equipment is equally affordable in all countries.

But well, I could get results from the finicky microscope, good results, I'd say

Apart from the optics, a good source light is essencial

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?

JamesP Re:Humm 7 y.o (118 comments)

This

I remember that in school we were instructed on how to use the microscope, but it's very easy to mishandle it

So, for kids, go for an affordable choice

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?

JamesP Humm 7 y.o (118 comments)

Get a toy one

At 7, it will be great

Get preferabily one with >= 50x mag, so you can see cells, etc

Later you can think of a better one

I really don't remember how old I was when I got my first (toy) one, but it was a built-it-yourself kit

Then I got one that was 100x-300x-600x (which was 'more real') and it was lots of fun

more than 2 years ago

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JamesP JamesP writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JamesP writes "Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. are, according to this entering into a partnership that could help Novell's Linux operating system, according to a media report Thursday. Under the agreement, which isn't final, Microsoft will offer sales support to Novell's Suse Linux, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site, citing people familiar with the companies. The two companies have also agreed to develop technologies to make it easier for computer users to run both Suse Linux and Microsoft's Windows operating system, the report said. The companies are expected to announce details of their plan later today at a press conference in San Francisco."

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