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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

MartinSchou Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (273 comments)

I could build a simple application that would allow constituents to vote on any random congressional bill. I would then use this as my primary campaign strategy. "Don't vote for me, vote for you." I would vow to vote the way my constituents wanted me to. Pretty damn simple, really.

Sort of. But - how do you ensure that only voters in your district can vote? How do you ensure that people aren't coerced into voting in certain ways? How do you convince your constituents that their votes remain absolutely secret?

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

MartinSchou Re:Anonymous cryptocurrency, who to trust? (228 comments)

No banks? How do you plan on borrowing money to buy things you can't afford outright, like a new car or a house?

about a month and a half ago
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Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

MartinSchou Re:Shocking (409 comments)

So you're perfectly okay with one of the largest companies in the world engaging in salary gouging?

We're not talking about salary in India vs salary in California - we're talking about salary in California vs salary in California. If they want to import workers from abroad, because there aren't enough qualified local workers, they need to pay the same salary to the imported workers as they would to local workers.

That's not only decent behaviour - it's the law. People like yourself - well, you're only going to ruin the game for yourself down the road, and sadly you seem unable to understand this.

about 3 months ago
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

MartinSchou Re:already passing it (414 comments)

Not having to zoom the view in and out when doing CAD work

And why would a higher resolution help you with zoom? Unless you're only building really simple items, I have a hard time believing, you won't be zooming in and out while working.

Hell, I remember the Space Shuttle cad files included in AutoCad back in '92, and I don't think things have gotten less complicated in the last 21 years.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

MartinSchou Re:Not Upgradeable? (464 comments)

Yes, upgrades that aren't Thunderbolt-devices will be difficult. But as others have pointed out, most people don't upgrade, and when they do, so much needs to be changed anyway, that you're almost better off buying a new computer.

For example. I built a Sandy Bridge based computer in January 2011. Two and a half years ago. If I wanted to upgrade to the newest line of CPUs, I'd be forced to buy a new motherboard as well as CPU, as the Haswell isn't socket compatible with Sandy and Ivy Bridge (nor are AMD CPUs). Fortunately it still supports DDR-3, so I wouldn't have to upgrade that though.

But pulling everything out of the case, putting in new hardware, reinstalling drivers, the inevitable bitching from Windows about how I'm a damned, dirty, filthy software pirate for upgrading my hardware really doesn't seem worth it compared to simply buying a new computer.

And if you work in an office? I don't think I know any people who does works in corporate IT, who've upgraded internal hardware - they generally buy new stuff when the old stuff doesn't cut it any more, or when new stuff makes it economically viable to upgrade due to time savings.

And considering the cheapest Mac Pro available in the Apple Store at the moment is $2,499, I don't think this is aimed at home users either - they'd be going for iMacs.

Equally upgradable (or lack thereof), but if it works, why bother?

about 10 months ago
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Why US Mileage Ratings Are So Inaccurate

MartinSchou US Mileage? (374 comments)

I'd be very surprised if any of the mileage ratings are accurate. They're all done in laboratory settings simulating very specific things.

Just because your car is rated at xx highway, doesn't mean that's what you'll be getting. It's more of an aid for comparison than accurate ratings.

That being said, it would be nice if the rating had an error bar attached to it. Something like 5.5 l/100 km +/- 0.5 would be helpful

about a year ago
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I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...

MartinSchou Re:The reason terrorists keep terrorizing (317 comments)

And I'm sure the intent of some of the runners were to win the race - they didn't, and we don't think of them as having won the race.

1 year,1 day
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

MartinSchou There is a slight difference (400 comments)

If a human tickets you, you'll know right away. If you are speeding, get pulled over, ticketed and then continue speeding, you'll get ticketed next time as well. If it's the same police officer, other things may happen as well. And hopefully people who get pulled over, do not re-offend straight away.

With automated systems you don't know until much later. Typically days or weeks.

1 year,14 days
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"The Kissinger Cables": WikiLeaks Releases 1.7M Historical Records

MartinSchou Re:The full quote re: illegal/unconstitutional (199 comments)

Notice what he said. "I'm afraid to say things like that".

Say, not do. He's obviously not worried about doing illegal and unconstitutional things - he just doesn't want to talk about them.

1 year,15 days
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Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares

MartinSchou Re:More person, more cost. Fine. (587 comments)

Via train the way you did it, it would be 42 hours of travel plus the time spent in Boston. Thats nearly 4 solid days of sitting on a train!

I knew that the US prefers imperial over metric, but why on Earth would you want a different way of measuring time?

1 year,20 days
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Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope

MartinSchou Re:Totally unworkable (115 comments)

Even if it was igniting and had good fusion gain, there are such a huge array of serious engineering issues that they have got no economic answers for that it is never going to work commercially.

Generally I find it to be better to wait until I know if something will work, before I start wondering about commercial applications.

In 1900 the idea of visiting the moon would probably have made H. G. Wells somewhat annoyed, as his book wasn't published until 1901 (before powered flight). Humans walked on the Moon a scant 70 years later. Making plans for a commercial suborbital venture would be a bit premature. It would have been premature 20 years ago. 10 years ago - not so much, as Virgin Galactic showed in 2004, because at that point the science of it was well established and it became a relatively easy engineering problem./blockquote

1 year,25 days
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

MartinSchou Re:Donglegate? Really? (759 comments)

Look at the marriage stats.

Yeah, I know what you mean. The ones that don't end in divorce usually ends with someone dying!

about a year ago
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Twitter Sued For $50M For Refusing To Identify Anti-Semitic Users

MartinSchou Re:I've been waiting for this... (335 comments)

This is like Iran trying to sue some company in the USA for providing instructions for how to use contraceptives on their USA-hosted website.

Ehh ... what? Since when have contraceptives been illegal in Iran?

about a year ago
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Twitter Sued For $50M For Refusing To Identify Anti-Semitic Users

MartinSchou Re:I've been waiting for this... (335 comments)

Well ... the US certainly seems to think that it should be the latter, considering how much they like working on extraditions for things done while not in the US.

To me it seems that France took a look at this policy and found it to be a grand idea.

about a year ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

MartinSchou Re:More facetime (1145 comments)

Did they call it a Freedom air disaster?

about a year ago
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A Quarter of Sun-Like Stars Host Earth-Size Worlds

MartinSchou Re:But... (105 comments)

Why does it dim your hopes? We already knew that Earth was pretty rare (1 in 8 planets in our solar system) before discovering extra solar planetary systems.

Currently we know of 861 extra solar planets, which moves our rarity to 1 in 869. With an estimated 100 billion to 400 billion extra solar planets in the Milky Way, that becomes quite a few Earth-like planets.

If an Earth-like planet is a million to one, then it's between 100,000 and 400,000. If it's a billion to one, then it's between 100 and 400.

And that's without considering the estimated 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe and the billions of years that planets and life have to develop after our observations.

about a year ago
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For Jane's, Gustav Weißkopf's 1901 Liftoff Displaces Wright Bros.

MartinSchou Re:Earliest powered heavier than air maybe... (267 comments)

Landing twice doesn't take skill - just inertia.

Landing in a way that you can walk away from it takes skill.

about a year ago
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EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

MartinSchou Re:Free Single Player? (259 comments)

Multiplayer Sim City does sound interesting, I agree, but they've gone about doing it in entirely the wrong way.

A much smarter way would have been to implement save-games in a Git-like fashion, where you can pick and choose which people to play with.

This obviously won't work for a real time game, but for games like Sim City and the like, it'd work just fine. Hell, a Civilization style game could work fine as well.

about a year ago
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EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

MartinSchou Re:if it's all about women's protection... (853 comments)

In the description you should put down an Olympic distance instead. Like 110 metre hurdles.

about a year ago

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Tegra2 tablets/slates/etc all the rage at CES

MartinSchou MartinSchou writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MartinSchou (1360093) writes "At this year's CES it seems that everybody and their cousin are talking tablets, slates or smartbooks. This year, however, might be the year of Linux, if not on the desktop, then at least on your other computing devices.

Amongst this years top contenders are slates running nVidia's Tegra 2 chipset, boasting 10+ hours worth of 1080p play back, with entries from Quanta, Mobinnova, ASUS, MSI> and Boxee (though this is a media computer).

Notion Ink have brought their Adam slate, complete with a Pixel Qi transreflective, multi-touch capable screen."
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AnandTech - The SSD Relapse

MartinSchou MartinSchou writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MartinSchou (1360093) writes "Anand Lal Shimpi has recently published another article on SSDs. Many of us probably remember The SSD Anthology which he wrote back in March, an article that has been referenced from such disparate sources as Microsoft and Linus Torvalds. This time around he looks at the newer Intel G2-drives as well as better Wiper-tools, idle Garbage Collection and how TRIM will affect drive performance."

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