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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Mikkeles Re: Missing option (219 comments)

However we certainly should take steps to ensure the survival of our species.
If we don't, then what's the point of evolving to have the capabilities and self-awareness to do so?
Why should there be a point? There's certainly none in evolving.

about a week ago

Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

Mikkeles Razors (46 comments)

I can see this going the same way as number of shaving blades on a razor with 5 tiered JIT js.

about a week ago

Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Mikkeles Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

The only thing Apple did was flag that album as purchased for all iTunes accounts.

Except that it wasn't purchased and flagging it as such doesn't make it so.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Mikkeles Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

Maybe the people who would answer this question are still waiting in line to buy one so that they can post to /. while waiting in line?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Mikkeles Re:Old skool (382 comments)

'2. All of Infocom's text adventures.'

Text adventures are still being produced. The Interactive Fiction Archive has many old and new games. Many are very good.

about 2 months ago

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Mikkeles Re:Oh, really? (261 comments)

Why aren't heavy trucks and other commercial vehicles included?

about 2 months ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Mikkeles Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

'The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries...'

Name them.

about 2 months ago

Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

Mikkeles Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

True, but this seems to apply to all large scale power generation, whether it's land for hydro or windmills (and screw the people living there who have to put up with it or move) or cash for nuclear. To say nothing of externalizing the environmental costs.

It's called subsidizing (if you disagree with it) or incentivising (if you do).

about 2 months ago

Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

Mikkeles Re:Take it a step further... (116 comments)

"Difficult tasks are potential bug generators..."

So are easy tasks; it can be surprising how much of a bug generator is complacency.

about 2 months ago

Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

Mikkeles Re:That anyone can knit at home? (75 comments)

Why, yes. People are normally much happier when they are at a comfortable temperature.

about 3 months ago

UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

Mikkeles Re:Logon to enroll today! (45 comments)

Hopefully, new graduates would work to protect us from GCHQ and the ilk.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

Mikkeles City Agriculture (208 comments)

Make a mini-grow-op.They'll never flag the extra power used for lamps.

about 3 months ago

FreeBSD 9.3 Released

Mikkeles Re:What is BSD good for? (77 comments)

Mac is the CEO's hot, airhead secretary (AA) who drinks double mocha lattes with extra cream and thinks her magnetic bracelet will cure her cold.

Windows is the fuckup team member (nephew of the chairman of the board) whose output is so bad that build scripts were developed to automatically remove his code.

about 3 months ago

FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Mikkeles Re: does it mean anything though? (123 comments)

It's a good point, but the problem is to recognize the good one amongst all the bad ones. A bad one slipping through could cost even more lives.

about 4 months ago

Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

Mikkeles Re:Stop Police! (131 comments)

I think that you've come up with the only benefit so far. Congratulations.

about 4 months ago



TSA Doesn't Think Terrorists Are Plotting To Attack Airplanes

Mikkeles Mikkeles writes  |  1 year,1 day

Mikkeles (698461) writes "Jonathan Corbett has been engaged in a lawsuit against the government concerning the constitutionality of scanners in the course of which, the TSA gave him classified documents. Thus he needed to file two copies of his brief: a public one with classified stuff redacted, and the full brief under seal. Someone over at Infowars noticed that apparently a clerk at the 11th Circuit appeals court forgot to file the document under seal, allowing them to find out what was under the redacts, including: "As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing.""
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Sun did'nt cause recent climate change: U.K. study

Mikkeles Mikkeles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mikkeles (698461) writes "The Royal Society has recently published an article (abstract full article(PDF)) written in response to Channel 4's The Great Global Warming Swindle .

There is considerable evidence for solar influence on the Earth's pre-industrial climate and the Sun may well have been a factor in post-industrial climate change in the first half of the last century. Here we show that over the past 20 years, all the trends in the Sun that could have had an influence on the Earth's climate have been in the opposite direction to that required to explain the observed rise in global mean temperatures.

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