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The 30 Best Features of Windows

MacAnkka Re:True #1 Feature! (470 comments)

That's Jeremlah Cornelius, he was talking about Jeremiah Cornelius, who does have a 3-digit uid. His whole point was that the spammer is using a username easily confused with another used with a 3-digit uid.

more than 2 years ago

Moon Dust Back In NASA's Hands

MacAnkka Re:AH so that's what (73 comments)

And by great I presume you mean ridiculous bullshit filled with ignorance of scientific facts and ridiculous assertions?

more than 3 years ago

Europe Set To Build Experimental Transport Spacecraft

MacAnkka Re:Landing zone (61 comments)

It's not going to be launched from Europe. The launch vehicle is going to be Arianespace's Vega, which is launched from French Guiana, in South America.

more than 3 years ago

Aerial Drone To Hunt For Life On Mars

MacAnkka Titan airplane concept is a lot more interesting (152 comments)

There's been some talk about the possibility of sending an airplane to Titan, the Saturn's biggest moon and I it sounds a lot more interesting and practical than a plane on mars.

For one, Mars's atmosphere is very thin, making flying in there very hard. You're going to need big wings to stay in the air and controlling it is going to be delicate. Titan, on the other hand, has a very thick and dense atmosphere, allowing for a lot smaller craft and easier manouverability. That also lowers the power requirements for the propulsion, so it could be quite feasibly be powered by a ASRG giving it a flight time of years.

There are a lot of other very good points, too, but instead of writing about them myself, I'll just post a link to a cool blog that explains most of it quite well: http://futureplanets.blogspot.com/2010/06/aviatr-titan-plane-details.html

Here's a very informative presentation about it, too http://vimeo.com/11432536

more than 4 years ago

Belgian ISP Claims One Customer Downloads 2.7TB

MacAnkka Re:Digital Download games (276 comments)

I've been living with only a 380kbps cellular internet connection for the last couple of months and I don't have the luxury of downloading multiple gigabytes accidentally. Just some hours ago, I decided to spend the evening painstakingly downloading 150MB worth of Arch Linux updates over the connection.

(... Only to reboot the machine after the update and realizing that the crappy internet didn't work anymore. Took couple of hours to get it fixed. Another exciting day in Linux land)

But besides huge downloads, I can generally get by with a slow connection like this, even these days. Online banking, news, messaging and so on are no problem.

more than 4 years ago

SpaceX Unveils Heavy-Lift Rocket Designs

MacAnkka Re:This guy's got balls. (248 comments)

citizenship, or permanent residence, that is.

more than 4 years ago

SpaceX Unveils Heavy-Lift Rocket Designs

MacAnkka Re:Hahaha! (248 comments)

I think you're right. Low temperatures and air pressure, radiation and dust storms would make it practically impossible to go outside the well-shielded martian underground bunker. Now where on earth would you find people willing to live their lives without sunlight inside dark basem^H^H^H^H^Hbunkers?

more than 4 years ago

WISE Discovers 95 New Near-Earth Asteroids

MacAnkka Re:Some NEOs also head out to Mars and the Asteroi (112 comments)

Well that was an intreguing piece of writing :)

Ceres does appear to be an interesting place indeed. I guess that's why we've got the Dawn spacecraft on the way there. 5 more years and we'll know a lot more about the place than before. If 5 years sound too far away, it'll also be studing Vesta, another interesting large asteroid belt object, next year.

more than 4 years ago

Deformable Liquid Mirrors For Adaptive Optics

MacAnkka Re:"Ceptripetal Force" (196 comments)

For some reason, I can't stop imagining a fight scene with James Bond battling the Bad Astronomer amongst a large array of huge, spinning, mercury-filled telescopes.

I doubt those things would be very practical, but it would probably be a pretty amazing sight!

more than 4 years ago

Hardware Companies Team Up To Fight Mobile Linux Fragmentation

MacAnkka Re:Direct response to Meego (47 comments)

My thoughts exactly. These Linaro guys will focus on getting the the low level kernel stuff patched up and fixed for the all the new ARM platforms as they are released. MeeGo develelopers can use that, they won't have to worry about the low level stuff as much and they can focus on the user experience and all the other special stuff that makes MeeGo different. Same goes for all the other linux-based mobile operating systems. I guess that would include Android, too.

That the way I understood it, at least.

more than 4 years ago

Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

MacAnkka Re:Why?? (753 comments)

I sense a grand future for car-loving open source enthusiasts!

I, for one, can't wait to download the new Carbuntu 25.4. I hear they've moved the steering wheel to the other side to open some space for future widgets and the brakes don't seem to work with the radio on, but the new color scheme is beautiful!

Also, they removed reverse to streamline the user experience

more than 4 years ago

Your Computer Or iPad Could Be Disrupting Sleep

MacAnkka Re:Freakin' Mac "Like Paper" look to blame (351 comments)

ctrl+alt+command+8 negates the screen on a mac. I, too, have used that feature during night a couple of times and it does help.

more than 4 years ago

Magnetism Can Sway Man's Moral Compass

MacAnkka Re:But... But... My soul! My free will! (586 comments)

"How can magnets impact my moral choices? Isn't my soul supposed to do that?"

Humans have known for a large part of their history that certain chemicals and diseases can affect the behaviour of humans. Now we know magnets can do that, too. It's a great find in a scientific sense, but it doesn't really pose any new moral questions that haven't been asked before. Replace "magnets" in your question with alcohol, drugs, brain diseases or medication and you might see that people have been asking the same question ever since religion was invented.

more than 4 years ago

Flaw In Emergency Response System May Have Killed Hundreds

MacAnkka Re:More like a flaw in statistics (437 comments)

Cancer survival rates aren't that easy to compare.

The higher cancer survival rates are partly thanks to the fact that the American heath care system loves frequent check-ups with lots of tests.They're a relatively risk-free form of income for a doctor and insurance companies. So, Americans get tested for cancers that are very unlikely to be a problem for anyone. National health care systems don't bother, because the testing would be costly and wouldn't really save that many lives.

Thanks to this, Americans get tested positive for relatively harmless cancers more often. After five years, a person like that is counted as a cancer survivalist. In Europe etc, a person with similiar cancer would probably die of old age without ever knowing that he had a harmless cancer somewhere and would not count as a cancer survivalist, as no-one knew he had one.

That skews the statistics in your favor, even if your methods against fighting cancer weren't any better.

Granted, I have no sources available, so take it with a grain of salt.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity

MacAnkka Re:Window control buttons on the left? Bad. (683 comments)

You can drag a window in most window managers by pressing alt down and left-button-dragging the window from anywhere in the window. No need to hunt for the title bar.

Along with alt+right-click-draggin to resize, It's one of the biggest features I miss on a windows (and mac) box.

more than 4 years ago

EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

MacAnkka Re:Photos in public (300 comments)

At least the pictures taken in Finland are taken from pretty high. Over two meters. Just some random view from finland that should show the height pretty well: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=26+Vallg%C3%A5rdsv%C3%A4gen,+Helsinki&sll=60.19206,24.958191&sspn=1.144169,3.56781&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Vallg%C3%A5rdsv%C3%A4gen+26,+00510+Helsinki,+Finland&ll=60.192049,24.959178&spn=0.008896,0.027874&z=16&layer=c&cbll=60.192028,24.959137&panoid=Eg0jHqKLALGQTLZd_3WJQw&cbp=12,164.69,,0,10.47

That particular view isn't bad, but if the fence is around two meters and it's close to the road, a camera like that could very easily peek over the fence. It doesn't help that the google car mapped very thoroughly even the smallest and very infrequently used small roads around many areas here in Finland.

more than 4 years ago

How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

MacAnkka Preventing cheating is easy (684 comments)

In the university of applied sciences that I study at, it would be very hard to cheat during most programming courses.

I especially liked the first two Java courses that I took. They consisted of weekly coding assignments and two exams.

You had to show the finished assignments personally and the teacher would usually ask questions about the code. Why did you do it like this? What does this do? etc. It would become obvious if you didn't understand your own code

Then there were the two exams, one in the middle of the course, one in the end. They were done on paper. They included around five partially done programs that you had to finish. For example, in a course teaching object-oriented programming, there might be a small card game that you had to finish. The game logic would be there, but you'd have to write all the object-oriented code and a main function where you make it all work. The exam would also include printouts of the relevant API documentation.

Cheating would have been hard. Not everyone passed the course, but those that passed, with good grades, really did know how to program.

This all requires a very good teacher who actually cares how his students are doing, though.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP 2.8 Will Sport a Redesigned UI

MacAnkka Re:Smartest workflow move ....ever! (401 comments)

Blender is in the process of changing it's UI, too! They had this amazing and innovative idea of putting important and often used commands available on actual buttons, so you're not completely screwed if you don't happen to remember the shortcut!

You might be able to shave off at least a month of that one year learning curve now!

(The latest SVN builds for all the relevant platforms can be found here, if anyone want's to check it out)

more than 4 years ago


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