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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

Max_W Re:Same as Columbus (69 comments)

Or a nature of gravity is understood.

<quote>... until something like a space elevator comes along....</quote>

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Max_W Re:inbuilt scrap capabilities (275 comments)

I looked up the shipwrecks statistics of recent years and I do not see that there is an issue with the hull strength.

Besides, the modular design could be as rigid and strong as necessary. Instead of torch cutting the old ships they could be disassembled, and the separate modules could be used as houses. In about the same way as old shipping containers are already being used in construction.

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Max_W Re:inbuilt scrap capabilities (275 comments)

I saw how they break ships in a documentary. It is not a ecologically safe process. There is a lot of oxy-fuel cutting, burning, dumping, etc.

I watched and thought: "This is wrong. Why not use some module architecture?"

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Max_W inbuilt scrap capabilities (275 comments)

Ship breaking is very tedious process:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_breaking

Why no to build-in capabilities for a ship to break itself easily?

about a month ago
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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

Max_W Re:others (57 comments)

You are right. But there is also a good reason in the Commerce Secretary's position.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Max_W Sscientific study on freeculture and gender gap (728 comments)

Here is the short paper by Jospeh Reagle "Free as in sexist. Free Culture and the Gender Gap" :

http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4291/3381
mirror:
http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4291/3381#author

Very interesting.

about a month and a half ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Max_W Where are the HD photos of the excavation site? (92 comments)

The journalist was there and made only these two dark small close-up photos? And that's it?

Was it a problem to shoot 7 - 10 HD photos from different viewpoints at this great excavation site and publish them together with the text?

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Max_W Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

Still he was called terrible, not awesome. And he was indeed in a way terrible from today's viewpoint, but no more terrible than Charles IX.

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Max_W Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

I do not want leave an impression that I am trying to bash the USA. Far from that. There are similar problems with border crossings everywhere. Take Mediterranean Sea, or the English Channel, etc.

A lot of human tragedies are going on there right now. But they will not attract so much attention as the Berlin Wall crossings' tragedies.

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Max_W Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

Most US prisoners are for drug crimes.

I heard on the radio that there is a racial issue in this problem too.

But I do not know exact statistics about the reasons why people are in prisons. And it was not my point.

What I wanted to say is that by pure political reasons some figures are given much more importance than the others.

For instance, 136 people died while crossing Berlin Wall, we all know it. And I regret it, certainly. Even one was one too many.

But hundreds of people die each year on the Mexican-US border. And nobody even know about it. And does not want to know. I regret it too. And I hope that it will change.

But again it was not my point. I am talking about political influence on historical science.

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Max_W Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

Historical claims related to the Soviet Union or Russia are often exaggerated or blown out of proportion.

Another example of this phenomena, in addition to the one, which I mentioned in my previous post, - the Tsar Ivan the Terrible executed during his reign of half a century less people than were executed during the St. Bartholomew's Day(!) massacre. Still he is called the Terrible, but not Catherine de' Medici or the King Charles IX.

about 3 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Max_W Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

...national suicide really was what the USSR about for its constituent peoples...

The highest number of prisoners in the Soviet Union's GULAG was less than 2 million http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

In the USA nowadays there are 2.5 million prisoners http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Even one political prisoner or an innocent person in prison is too much. But I just wanted to say that USSR's prisons were not like on Star Wars scale, not the largest in the world.

about 3 months ago
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Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

Max_W Where are the photos from the excavation site? (85 comments)

Almost everybody has an HD photo-camera nowadays. Why not make some images from the excavation site and publish them together with the text about the discovery?

Drawings are OK, but nothing can substitute an HD JPG image.

about 3 months ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

Max_W Re:I see it differently... (129 comments)

... it is just not realistic to learn another language to be able to support them ...

It is quite common in Europe to speak two or three languages fluently. If there are 2 - 3 engineers who speak 2 - 3 languages fluently then most of the major languages are covered.

By the way, it is often just a stereotype that all people are drunk here or there. Brazil economy grew 2.5% in 2013, it is certainly achieved by hard working people.

about 3 months ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

Max_W Re:I see it differently... (129 comments)

Then at least she could avoid blaming a carnival, and concentrate more on her linguistic skills. Or hiring Portuguese speaking engineers instead of non technical interpreters to run a computer system in Brazil.

Many people around the world speak English at different levels. Sometimes it is just Globish or an Airport English. But Brazil is an enormous country where people do speak Portuguese. No way around it.

about 3 months ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

Max_W I see it differently... (129 comments)

She works with a whole system in Brazil via an non technical interpreter? Did it ever occur to her to learn Portuguese language?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Max_W It is not only about a chair... (154 comments)

Buy a silent mouse, which is used for recording studious. A quality silent keyboards. And most important the best monitor you can afford, and use it as a second display for your notebook.

Plus the fiber-optic internet access.

A good chair and a foot-rest will not harm too.

about 3 months ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Max_W Curiousity (46 comments)

I would expect that the Curiosity with the nuclear power source would blow out of the water all other rovers.

Is it wheels' design that slows Curiosity?

about 4 months ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Max_W 11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

It is a lot. Why car industry does not make cars like this?

about 4 months ago

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Microsoft and HP joined sanctions against seventeen Russion companies and banks.

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about 7 months ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Article in Russian language: http://biz.liga.net/all/it/nov...

The technical support, new equipment shipments are over. The IT fears that existing licenses will stop working too. Now the IT departments of these enterprises are facing a formidable task of switching from Microsoft, Oracle, HP products to open source solutions just in a few days(!).

Cozy days of corporate soft, of white shirts and ties are over for these ITs, now they are in the harsh cold brave world of the Open Source on their own."
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Internet and computing in post-Snowden world

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about a year ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Edward Snowden has not received any international award. Neither the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, nor the Nobel Peace Prize.

Snowden had stopped releasing any new documents and stopped giving press-conferences. We had a glimpse under the hood, into the machinations of the world, and it seems to be over.

So, is jinn back in the bottle and we can carry on as before with "secure computing", "unbreakable encryption", "safe browsing", "social networking", etc.? Or are the Internet and computing will never be the same again?

As for me, I am a bit worried nowadays anytime I switch on a computer or smartphone. Who or what is lurking beneath a glossy hardware and graphical user interfaces? How can a feeling of security could be returned? Or are the Internet and computing in general inherently unsafe?"
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Lon Snowden, former Coast Guard officer, is on the way to Moscow

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about a year ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Lon Snowden, the father of Edward Snowden, gave an interview to the Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-usa-security-snowden-idUSBRE97617S20130807 He is also practically on the way to Russia, to visit his fugitive son. He applied for the Russian Federation entry visa already.

Edward Snowden's deeds could be debatable, but I am absolutely fascinated by his father's courage. He is calm and absolutely fearless in trying to save his son. Is it a former Coast Guard character? As we know Coast Guard officers are facing grave danger on a daily basis. Or would anybody act like this in his place?"
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Is the Article #12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outdated?

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about a year ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Here is the text of the Article #12 http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a12 :
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

The United Nations insists on the compliance. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday http://news.yahoo.com/snowden-case-shows-leakers-protection-u-n-rights-192207562.html : "While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programs, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risks impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Is it realistic to expect the compliance with this article from the world's major players in the age of large storage disks, fast networks and computers? Or are we entering a new brave world, a new phase of human civilization, where quaint notions of privacy and traditional moral principles are becoming ridiculous?

Then what to do with the Article #12? Shall it be "intentionally left blank"? Shall it be updated to a new wording? What words could they be?"
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A song from 1976 USSR went viral on Youtube

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W (812974) writes "A song from 1976 of the Soviet singer, Eduard Khil, went viral on Youtube among mainly US listeners, 2 million hits. A song is without words, that is why the international audience call the singer a trololo man http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-03-10/trololo-khil-sensation-waltz.html

I had to listen to this song in 1976 and, frankly, I cannot get it why it is popular now."

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Popular video blogger-policeman Aleksey Dymovskiy

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Aleksey Dymovskiy, an officer of the Russian militia, whose videos on Youtube were seen by millions of Russian speaking viewers, is arrested on January 22, 2010. He is in prison in the south of Russia.

It seems only a president is allowed to have a video blog in Russia."

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Russian Federation selects open source PHP

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W (812974) writes "The government of Russian Federation selects open source PHP programming language for its central portal www.gosuslugi.ru (short for "gosudarsvennye usugi" — state services). One even can see ".php" file extensions.

This website is being updated directly from more than 60 ministries. It will work for one year in the testing mode, but it provides even now the real forms, for example, to get a civil passport, travel passport, etc.

We were talking a lot about Russian government's plans to use Open Source OSs on desktops, but it seems it became a reality first in a server-client environment.

It is not clear to me what database is being used. But if it is MySQL this thing may work after all."

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Tech solution to swine flu virus problem

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W writes "The flu viruses are incredibly smart. They mutate to avoid an immune system, they are minuscule, they can transmit fast over large human population. Viruses use sort of a system of their own.

Can we, engineers, suggest decisions, which can outsmart viruses?

I hear medics suggest to wash hands often to protect oneself. I would suggest an international law to ban the handshakes totally, all over the world. And substitute a handshake with a bow like in Japan. Or maybe in some other cultures too?

What else geeks, system architects, software engineers, who are to deal with the computer viruses on daily basis, can suggest?"
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Google maps satellite view is gone

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Max_W writes "Google maps satellite view is gone on 20FEB'09 at about 17:00 GMT. Any idea why this happened?"
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Exhibition and Conference "Photos08", Gene

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Max_W writes "The leading Swiss magazine "L'illustré" www.illustre.ch (in French) and "International Committee of the Red Cross" www.icrc.org organized on June 27, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the exhibition and conference "Photos08" www.photos08.ch (in French).

Almost everyone of us nowadays carries a digital camera. Why do people are interested in images, what are the obvious and hidden goals of taking a photo? How these hidden goals can interfere with story telling?

What is the difference between a great image and mediocre one? What it takes to make photos for albums of The Beatles, Françoise Hardy, and Rolling Stones?

I attended the conference and wrote a short article in English (with my photos) about it http://www.enetplanet.com/photos08/ , in which I as concisely as possible tried to report the interesting ideas and answers, which I learned at the conference.

Next time before pressing a button on your camera think about these issues."

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