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Minority Report's Legacy of Terrible Interfaces

Melibeus Touch Screens Suck for a lot of things. (305 comments)

I remember the local performing arts center getting new stage managers' consoles. The stupid thing was that the que buttons were on a touch screen. So their was no non-visual feedback as to wether it had been pressed or not. A stage manager has to keep their focus on the stage. They went back to the old push button system. This is just one example where the lack of kinaesthetic feedback makes touch screens a bad UI choice. There are many more examples. Wherever one needs to operate a control without looking directly at that control touch screens are a bad choice.

about 2 years ago

We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

Melibeus Re:If you wanted to know about humans, (450 comments)

I have been to China. Never got patted down at the airport. The airport security was slow, inefficent and officious, but not invasive.

about 2 years ago

SHA-3 Winner Announced

Melibeus Re:Balinese Hash (100 comments)

I saw the Kecak dance on my honeymoon in Ubud. I'd be interested to hear what that logical link might be.

more than 2 years ago

SHA-3 Winner Announced

Melibeus Balinese Hash (100 comments)

How can a strange Balinese dance perform better than SHA2 as a hash algorithm. I'm sure that hash had something to do with the creation of the Kecak dance, but not the cryptographic sort.

more than 2 years ago

Telco CEO Asks For "Baby Bell Solution" For Australia

Melibeus Re:Oh pretty please Mr Government (66 comments)

POTS which was laid by Telecom Australia, not Telstra.

Actually most of the copper was probably laid by "The Post Master General" it's that old and decrepit.

more than 3 years ago

Google Goes After Content Farms

Melibeus Re:Here's to hoping Expert's Exchange is among the (345 comments)

That was one of the first sites I thought of when I saw this post.
It looks like you can set your own block list up. So I'm going to be happy never to see Experts Exchange again.

more than 3 years ago

Statistician Cracks Code For Lottery Tickets

Melibeus Re:Coolest part of the article (374 comments)

How would I pull this off?
Buy a lot of them then sell the duds to some dimwit at 50% off.

more than 3 years ago

What Exactly Is a Galaxy?

Melibeus Re:Use the Carl Sagan Scale (225 comments)

Because it's the Sagan Scale, and I think you missed the joke.

more than 3 years ago

The Prospects For Lunar Mining

Melibeus Re:Regolith? (348 comments)

Yes but who will own the P.O.S.? And who's going to take responsibility for fueling it?
I dont think we have an ice belt in this system either.

about 4 years ago

X11 Chrome Reportedly Outperforms Windows and Mac Versions

Melibeus Re:X11 is not bloated (542 comments)

"certifiable MCSE", there fixed that for you. No longer a tautology.

more than 5 years ago

"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

Melibeus The last cycle. (600 comments)

The Mayans have no idea of scale, pah! cycles of only 3000 odd years!
The Abrahamic religions with their piddling 6-8000 year timescales are also damn narrow thinkers.

Now, according to the Hindu teachers we're in Kali Yuga. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Yuga
This is the last of 4 cycles, the one of dissolution and degeneration. (They've got the mood of the time right.)
Hurry and get your things in order! There's only some 427000 years or so left!

I admire a belief system that has a long view of history...still nowhere near geological timescales though.

more than 5 years ago

Save the Planet, Eat Your Dog

Melibeus Re:Environmentalism means losing your mind (942 comments)

In reply to your points,

1) On CFLs. You have this one right. It's a ery obvious case of greenwash.

2) Getting plastic bags out of our waste would be a very good thing. I've seen how many end up in the ocean and affect sea life. I agree though that the
supermarkets cynical approach is to sell us plastic bags that should be cheaper to make. Today I bought a 'biodegradeable' bag made from corn starch or some such thing for 15c. I can't see how cornstarch is more expensive than using oil to make plastic. Someone is profiteering, supermarkets or bag makers?

3) I don't see your point with solar hot water systems. My parents had one since the mid 1960's. It was replaced once and has given them hot water for four decades. They don't take much in the way of materials to make. Its only a metal and glass panel on the roof and a tank. The booster uses much less energy since on a cool day it's only usually having to heat the water from 30 or 40 degrees C. Most of the time the problem was that the water would come out TOO hot.

4) Water scarcity. You obviously don't live in marginal land. The current round of drought in Australia is getting critical. I do agree though that de-salination is not the way to go. Here in Australia we should be pouring less water into cattle, cotton and rice and growing more water efficient crops. Also it's mostly a distribution problem.

Your conclusion is spot on. Exponential growth in a finite world will lead to catastrophe. As far as I can see there's not a politician on the planet other than the Chinese communist government that have made any attempt to really address that issue.

more than 5 years ago

Toyota Experimenting With Joystick Control For Cars

Melibeus Joystick control is used all over the place. (609 comments)

(Pun intended in title)

I've driven forklifts, knuckle-booms, scissor lifts and loaders all with various forms of joystick control.
Joystick controlled forklifts are the best!

Still, I'm not sure it's right for a car. All the vehicles above go slowly and need to manouver (sp?)
in tight spots. Joysticks would not seem so good for fast travel, though aircraft use them.

It might be good to have a joystick as an auxilliary control for parking and doing donuts...

more than 5 years ago

Ultracapacitor Bus Recharges At Each Stop

Melibeus Re:How would it provide heat? (419 comments)

In my part of the world at least, you need a lot of power to cool a bus from +40C to something more reasonable.

Perhaps I could export the heat from my buses to your buses.

more than 5 years ago

Open Source Program Reveals Diebold Bug

Melibeus Re:why not have dual voting programs? (175 comments)

Even better, Have three vote counting programs. Then a majority vote between the three as to what the result really should be. For the little bit of software that counts the three votes from the voting programs, make three copies of that and it's turtles all the way down...

more than 6 years ago

40-Gbps DDoS Attacks Worry Even Tier-1 ISPs

Melibeus Re:let it collapse (146 comments)

Give the electric companies 2 choices: Fix your own damn shit with your profits or we fix it and lease it back to you or nationalize you.

That's three choices...

more than 6 years ago

The Gene Is Having an Identity Crisis

Melibeus Evolution is bound to be messy. (257 comments)

I'm not surprised that this is very complex. There's no reason that we should expect the outcome of a stochastic process to be elegant and simple. It's more evidence (as if we really need more!) that there is no designer.

more than 6 years ago



Climate Debate Suffers from Godwin's Law

Melibeus Melibeus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Melibeus (94008) writes "The climate change skeptic, Lord Christopher Monckton, has bought the climate change debate to the conclusion derived from Godwin's Law: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law)

According to the ABC report: "Footage has been posted on the internet of a speech Lord Christopher Monckton gave to a conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. In it he displayed a Nazi swastika next to a quote from Professor Garnaut."

Professor Garnaut is the Australian Government's primary climate change adviser. In the video Monckton claims that Garnaut has a "fascist point of view".

It seems the debate is at an end with the invocation of Godwin's Law."

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Evony and Libel Tourism

Melibeus Melibeus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Melibeus (94008) writes "ABC Radio National's Law Report has a this program on the defamation case brought by Evony (a U.S. based company?) against a blogger from the U.K.,Bruce Everiss in an Australian court. I forebodes some interesting times as in an increasingly globalised world companies choose their battlegrounds based on variations in local laws and how difficult it is for the defendant to access the court.

Evony is seeking damages to cover it's worldwide loss of reputation in the Australian court, not just the losses allegedly occurring in Australia. Evony has also threatened to take the U.K. Guardian to the N.S.W. supreme court too based on this article published in July.

One of the deciding factors in this case is the claim that Evony is a company with less than ten employees, worldwide. That's some mighty outsourcing."

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