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Elon Musk: Future Round-Trip To Mars Could Cost Under $500,000

Lunaritian Starting cost? (238 comments)

The article doesn't say how much it would cost to build a space ship like that, so probably several billions at least. Probably won't happen.

But if I can really get a ticket to Mars for half a million, I'll get one no matter what it takes.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Lunaritian One question (110 comments)

Does the book also tell how to get the users to RTFM?

The only thing rarer than a well-written manual is a person who actually reads it.

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Lunaritian Re:what's in a name? (110 comments)

I don't care much about documentation, but if Microsoft released a manual for coding, then I would start worrying.

about 2 years ago
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Campaign Urges People To Send MPAA and RIAA Copied Currency

Lunaritian Re:Valuable Images (413 comments)

Sadly I don't think spiders are valuable enough. But maybe a cow or something? One with just three udders of course, so they can't beat you in digital milk business.

more than 2 years ago
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Last Chance To Stop SOPA From Coming To Canada

Lunaritian Do not allow this madness the continue (86 comments)

The main problem is that every time a country adopts stupid laws like this, it becomes easier to pass it in other countries too.

So please, Canada, make sure this law won't pass. This law isn't a threat just to you, it's a threat to the whole world.

more than 2 years ago
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Visual Studio Gets Achievements, Badges, Leaderboards

Lunaritian Gotta get 'em all (353 comments)

There are many players who simply have to collect every single achievement. Considering what these achievements are like (use 20 single-letter variables, write a 300-character line etc.) I hope their behavior won't carry over to programming...

about 2 years ago
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The Pirate Bay To Stop Serving Torrent Files

Lunaritian Re:For what (377 comments)

These "single use licenses" are one of the reasons people pirate.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

Lunaritian Re:Again? (459 comments)

I'm absolutely against censorship and monitoring myself. I just mean that it's simply stupid to even think that these laws would have any actual effect.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

Lunaritian Re:Again? (459 comments)

Wouldn't it still be possible to encrypt the data before it's sent anywhere?

more than 3 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

Lunaritian Again? (459 comments)

Someone really has to tell these guys about live CDs and Tor. It's impossible to monitor absolutely everything on the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner

Lunaritian Book vs. computer (478 comments)

I'm a Finnish high school student who uses computers a lot. People would expect me to do most studying on a computer too, but no, I don't do that. One reason is that computers have a habit of not working when you need to write a really important paper. But that's a completely different thing.

I've always been very successful at school, and I think it's mostly because I read books so much. I learned to read really early (at age 3), and I've always enjoyed visiting the library and going home with a pile of books. I spent countless nights reading books years ago. You can read on a computer, of course, but that just doesn't feel the same - even with an e-book reader like Kindle.

I still often read school books for hours without realizing that it's already 2am and I should be asleep. There's no way I would ever read anything useful on a computer for that long unless I really had to.

I like how with books you can just grab one and start reading. On a computer you have to start the program and then search for the file, which, as I'm messy person, can sometimes take a while. Files can also get corrupt and compability problems aren't rare, especially as I use Linux.

We all have netbooks in school, but I don't use mine much. Most teachers don't even know what you could do with them and most students only use theirs for writing notes. I find it just a distraction, so I prefer a pencil-and-paper system.

Of course computers are still useful for some things. It's easy to look up facts, like if I want to know what "schneiden" means. Chatting with people from other countries is only useful for learning languages. A tablet or netbook is lighter to carry than a pile of books, but as we still use books, the result is just the opposite.

Still, I believe that computers could be useful, but often they're used just because technology is cool. Most teachers don't really know what to do with them.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

Lunaritian Re:And then 90 years, and then... (536 comments)

Infinite years I mean. Slashdot didn't seem to understand the sideways-8 symbol.

more than 3 years ago
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.UK Registrar Offers To Let Police Close Domain

Lunaritian "Certain circumstances"? (141 comments)

"The policy would cover cases in which a site is involved in crimes covered under the Serious Crimes Act 2007, including fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement."

Always copyright infringement. Is it really a "serious crime"? And will this rule really have any effect?

more than 3 years ago
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Mining Browsing History With Google Cookie Data

Lunaritian Re:Google (40 comments)

I wanted to use Facebook without Facebook knowing what other sites I visit, and the solution is quite simple. I use Chromium for Facebook only, and for other surfing I use Firefox with NoScript which I've set to block anything Facebook-related.

more than 3 years ago
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PlayStation Home Transforming Into Social Platform

Lunaritian Another one? (55 comments)

Don't we have enough of these social services already?

And more importantly, when will we get our own SlashSpot?

more than 3 years ago
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Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

Lunaritian Re:Sandbox (637 comments)

Well, I've probably spent at least 100 hours on Minecraft and it is a sandbox game too. Not all sandboxes are like GTA.

That being said, I've always enjoyed games which have no real ending - not necessarily sandboxes though. I've probably spent 100+ hours on Mario Kart and 60 hours on Civ5 in just one year. NetHack has probably taken over 200. None of these are sandboxes, but all are open-ended.

more than 3 years ago

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