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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Lotana Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

Principles are rarely helpful. Mostly it results in stubbornness to accept change.

about a week ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Lotana Re:When is the US going to get on board? (164 comments)

This proprietary vendor lock-in is a crime against society

Could you please explain how propriety vendor lock in is a crime?

At the end of the day, you need to get stuff done. If the propriety vendor got a monopoly on the easiest/fastest/most convenient ways of doing things, then it would be wasteful to spend time/money on ways to resist it. This is a case for Microsoft Office before the triumph of various other office packages that came along. When majority of your correspondents use Office, why would you spend the extra time making your documents in something else? You will waste their time as well trying to read it. Worse, you are creating barriers to the communication.

Now you may have a point about information loss: Proprietary formats go obsolete and the old documents may be un-openable. However, I will argue that if you are ready to pay, there will always be someone that will take the job to reverse-engineer any format and write a converter to a more modern version.

about a week ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Lotana Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

Because global warming is a call for a change.

This change affects quite a few people. And people don't want to change, because it means giving something up.

Few people changing ways is meaningless. Only valid when almost everyone gets involved.

This change is expensive. And NO ONE wants to pay.

Therefore politicians get involved. Much cheaper to buy a politician to shut down/shut up the people pointing out bad news then to actually change.

Therefore, it is a political issue through and through.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Lotana Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

Then the people in the US that were at some point responsible for that server will need to fly over to Dublin and get it. Otherwise they will be held liable.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Lotana Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

The corollary here is that intelligence isn't always an advantage. Or else all chimps would have evolved human class intelligence.

In my opinion, intelligence is always an advantage and the more the better. It is just that the random changes of natural selection did not favour the chimps. They were lucky enough to get enough intelligence to be fairly high up on the food chain. Evolution is not guided and does not get the best result.

about three weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Lotana Re:In Other News (157 comments)

But the following day, a bunch of pink, hairless apes wiped out the rest of the troop, because they were bored and chimps looked ugly to them.

However, Bob was spared because he kept clapping his hands and making kissing sounds, which the murderous homo sapiens found cute and adorable.

about three weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Lotana Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

Intelligence does not increase your reproductive fitness past some baseline number, as a result we see regression to the mean.

I disagree.

Intelligence has improved out survival to such a degree, that you don't need to reproduce as much as an average bear to successfully pass on your genes.

Survival is not just about fucking more. As a matter of fact, having 5 children is counter-productive because they consume so much resources and require so much care. If your one child survives into adulthood, finds a mate and successfully breeds, then your evolutionary duty is done. Any more and you are introducing stress on to the environment to the detriment of your offspring. If you notice driven, successful people tend to not have any issues with passing on their genes.

Contrast it to your example of a bear: They need to breed more often, because that intelligent, top-of-the-foodchain predator might shoot and skin your offspring before he/she gets a chance to pass the genes further. No matter how successful the bear is, it is just a matter of pure luck whether it will come across a bloodthirsty hairless ape or not.

Compare the numbers: There are much more humans in the world than bears.

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Lotana Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (265 comments)

Yes it does need fresh water. Salt remains behind when you use salt water and causes quite a few issues.

about three weeks ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Lotana Re:How fitting (333 comments)

If one of the results of autism is the ability to focus and think and solve problems and acquire a deeper understanding of things, then at least that aspect of autism would definitely be something to brag about.

That part is certainly good and you can brag about it. Problem is that it does not help much in the real world.

In the real corporate world you can get by with average solving capability, but good social competence will take you very far. Getting a job is all about being able to sell yourself. Finding a job is all about who you know. Keeping a job is all about image and keeping right people happy and informed. This is the office politics part in a nutshell. If you don't play, you lose.

Even without other debilitating symptoms of autism, this keeps the sufferer from having a successful career. It also has impact on finding a relationship. Overall the negatives outweigh the positives of extraordinary analytical and focus abilities.

about a month ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Lotana Re:Disappointing - Potential payoff is enormous... (225 comments)

Why not?

Because it will not help! Duh!

However, I am sacrificing a goat every solstice to stop it from happening. Would be nice if you ungrateful louts would thank me now and again for preventing your fiery demise!

Had to switch to sheep recently since logistical problems were encountered. Guess Ra doesn't like sheep as much since global warming is happening. But what can you do? There is only so much costs I can cover...

about a month ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Lotana Re:Actually (225 comments)

it's because the US government is currently about $17,000,000,000,000 in debt

That is a very large number, yet the country seems to be doing fine. What is the downside of having debt when you got the power and influence of a superpower?

As far as I know there are no western-style country that is not in debt. Looks like it is the norm rather than an exception.

about a month ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Lotana Re:Threatened due to Ukraine peace talks (225 comments)

How do we know that what you say is not anti-Russian propaganda? Search enough I may find a post from an oppressed East Ukrainian begging Russia for help.

about a month ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Lotana Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (225 comments)

You missed the parent's point. He said gasoline. We don't run power plants on gasoline: We run cars on that.

Hydrocarbons is still the most efficient energy storage medium that we have for this purpose. You will need to have a process of converting Fusion-generated energy into fuel. I will hazard a guess that such a conversion process would be so inefficient that it would still be cheaper to wage war to get cheaper oil.

about a month ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Lotana Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

Who doesn't? I always thought it was the norm to plot the overthrow of your wife/boss/unions/government. Just as long as you don't implement it.

about a month ago
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Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near

Lotana Re:Sam Kinnison (55 comments)

But the beach is beautiful! Why should that selfish shark be the only one that use it?! The damn fish should share.

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Lotana Re:WUWT (441 comments)

Off topic please.

If the Ukraine succeeds in remaining independent (I've got $250K against it)

What if Ukraine splits into West and East? East joins Russia and West remains independent. Will you get $125K?

Because by the look of things either it will be this or it will remain just as it is now. But then hard to define what "independent" is. Ukraine was always under influence of its much more powerful neighbors.

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Lotana Division by zero (380 comments)

Offtopic:

I don't know where I heard this. I heard that division by zero equals an infinity on a complex plane.

Is above nonsense? I certainly can't find it googling and slashdot audience is the best community for such a question.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Lotana Re:vim and C++ (359 comments)

I love vim, but only for Python. I do not know how you would survive using vim for C++ since projects written in that language are always large.

Given the absolute bottomless complexity of C++, what do you use as a debugger?

about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Lotana Re: Warriors, unite! (208 comments)

Based on all the survey results I have seen, many people who use software that isn't properly licensed do so because the license terms are too painful, not because the actual cash outlay is too much. The biggest issues are DRM and buggy software (often caused by the DRM) that doesn't get patched. When you can download software via torrent and use it 100% of the time without worrying if the license server is available to authorize you, that software is worth a lot more than the version that requires you to jump through hoops just to use it. Add in the price difference (free vs. whatever the retail version costs), and it's really a no-brainer...people will always take a free Porsche over an expensive Yugo.

I really used to think that as well. What absolutely disgusted me and turned me bitter is when I read about the piracy rate of Humble Indie Bundle:

http://blog.wolfire.com/2010/05/Saving-a-penny----pirating-the-Humble-Indie-Bundle

The bundle came DRM free. You get to decide how much you wanted to pay: Smallest amount you could put in those days was 1 cent (And many did). The proceeds went to charity, developers and further bundles with you able to change how much goes where. Linux, Mac and Windows versions were provided.

There really was no excuse for piracy! And yet piracy was rampant! It was all over the torrents. Just to save a penny?!

So that just proved to me that pirates are just plain dicks. Piracy for piracy's sake.

about a month ago

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The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies

Lotana Lotana writes  |  about 2 years ago

Lotana (842533) writes "This recently leaked document describes modern COINTELPRO techniques for manipulating Internet forums. Observant readers may have noticed these techniques being used in familiar online forums. Part of modern media literacy includes understanding these techniques. This document contains information about:
1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression"

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