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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:How to Deal with a Mad Dog (789 comments)

Care to name all those "small countries" which are "broke anyway" dear friend?

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Putin cannot use nukes in the Ukraine, even Russia's skilled propaganda machine won't be able to justify it.
He can't stop the West from arming Ukraine.
He can't prevail militarily in a county with 46 million people, which used to have 1 million men army back in USSR times, if it gets support from the West.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Isn't Kiev still a pre-dominantly Russian speaking city?
Exactly what makes Poroshenko a "nazi"?

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

'Cause this very statement, which will piss off even its European allies like Germany/France/Italy isn't irrational enough...
A couple of days ago he insulted Kazakhstan ("it was never a state"), the only former USSR republic he never had tensions with.

Putin is simply trying to re-create Soviet Union (according to him, its collapse was "the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of XX" you know), which isn't possible if Ukraine "goes West".

He's just yet another war veteran, who suffered mentally from the lost war syndrome and managed to come into power. We have seen them about 85 years ago. His actions are as "Machiavellian" as those of Adolf Aloisovich back then.. Aloisovich didn't have nuclear weapons though, so let's see, how this turns out.

about two weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Kartu It's called "hydro power plant" and it is already (245 comments)

It's called "hydro power plant" and it is already used as "battery" e.g. in UK.
(they literally pump water up, in non peak hours)

about two weeks ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Kartu Re:G'Day Valve, (139 comments)

If gog.com (DRM free forever,, offline install) DOES support refund, why can't Valve?

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Kartu Are we learning from history? (848 comments)

In 1939 the west thought Hitler would stop in Czech Republic...
In 2008 the West thought Putin would stop in Georgia...

about three weeks ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Kartu Performance improvements have helped it survive. (511 comments)

Note that there is nothing that makes JIT compilers generate slower code.
On the opposite: JIT compiler can gather profiling data, and improve code over time. (e.g. knowing which branch would be taken most of the time) what static compiler can not.

Inherent "slowness" and "memory hungriness" comes from the automatic memory management (garbage collection) and additional runtime type/boundary checks. Also a bit because of "write once run everywhere" (e.g. sin/cos functions are like 100 times slower than in C/C++, because CPU's features aren't used, to get exactly the same result on all platforms)

From my personal experience, Java's speed was on par with C/C++ code, while having much bigger mem footprint.

about three weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

Kartu Let's remember recent changes in EU (50=95 years) (240 comments)

Reality: in EU copiright on Elvis Presley's work was about to expire. (original term was 50 years)
Viola, it's 95 years now.Justifications:

1) Not a guaranteed lifetime income (yikes): "McCreevy said that, with longer life expectancy, 50 years of copyright protection did not give artists a guaranteed lifetime income."
2) Poor european performers would suffer: "'If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next 10 years', McCreevy said. "
3) Why are composers better than performers: "'I have not seen or heard a convincing reason why a composer of music should benefit from a term of copyright that extends to the composer's life and 70 years beyond, while the performer should enjoy 50 years, often not even covering his lifetime', McCreevy said."

And last, but not least: "The proposals (to increase copiright from 50 to 95 years) were widely welcomed by the music industry."
From: http://www.elvis.com.au/presle...

My point is: NONE of the arguments are in line with the original intent.
None of the big players wants the system to drastically change either. Unless serious part of electorate starts to care, things are not going to change.

about a month ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Kartu Re:One mistake Sony Made (172 comments)

Most of the points you've mentioned aren't really relevant.
PDF created for A4/Letter page format was hard to read on a 6" screen? That's hardly surprising is it?

As far as "re-flow" of PDFs goes (PDF is more of a set of instructions for the printer, than book format), Sony had the most advanced viewer, actually developed by Adobe.

Notes/bookmarks - T1,T2,T3 are Android based, so choose your poison, for older versions there were various projects improving things.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Kartu It's simply that hw manufacturer cannot compete (172 comments)

It's simply that hw manufacturer cannot compete vs subsidized hardware.
Build quality might be subjective, but Sony's readers are also so much less restrictive that Kindle's in terms of features/formats.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

Kartu Re:This just in... (117 comments)

Name dual core CPU running at half frequency that outperforms one of the new quad core AMD CPUs at mulit-threaded tasks, pretty please.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

Kartu Re:And unsurprisingly (117 comments)

People keep pretending single thread performance matters, even though there is hardly any practical use for it for the avg consumer.

It is especially bad once you are after notebooks. Most notebooks sold are i3-5-7 with Intel's poor iGPU.

The only tasks that put some load on my PCs are:
a) games
b) video encoding

AMD does both better than intel, thanks to:
a) VASTLY superior GPU (besides performance, there is also quality / problems with games)
b) more cores

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Kartu Re:Um, what does the publisher do? (306 comments)

I'm not buying your "publishers do a lot", sorry.
Formatting "just a block of text" is still such a bid deal today?
And... spelling mistakes... seriously?

Marketing might be expensive, but I doubt majority of the authors will get any of it.
Without marketing, what you've described is a service worth 10-50$ a page.

about a month and a half ago
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Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

Kartu In defense of English, I have one word: (147 comments)

Nope. Gender doesn't really change much. (e.g. Georgian not only lacks gender, but even words like he/she/it are the same, yet it's much more complex than English)
Lack of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... , no need to morph words depending on this and that, makes English somewhat simple..

And actually it's got where it's got historically and not because it's easier or harder to use, thanks to British Empire.

Russian is widely used in former Russian Empire, even though it's much more complex to learn. (7 cases AND things have gender AND lots of exceptions in the grammar AND the need to morph words most of the time following puzzling rules)

about 4 months ago
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Android iBanking Malware Still Fetches $5,000

Kartu iOS malware? (25 comments)

Dolphin Browser shit (it was reporting sites you visit to their ad server) affected both Android and iOS, however:

1) Media only talked about it affecting Android
2) It were actually Android users, who checked and caught it

about 4 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

Kartu Compaq was afraid to use AMD chips FOR FREE (345 comments)

Compaq was afraid to use AMD chips given out for free, because Intel would "retaliate", ok?
What kept AMD's market share low was not "clever marketing" of its competitor, it's crime.

Back in P4 Prescott times, Intel's more expensive, more power hungry, yet slower chip outsold AMD's 3 or 4 to 1.
Not being able to profit even when having superior products, it's really astonishing, to see AMD still afloat.

about 4 months ago

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