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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

Misagon Re:What is this bullshit? (91 comments)

MS Surface (and clones) are not tablets. They are merely laptops with bad screen hinges.

about a month ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Misagon Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

Those are silly numbers because they are only measurements of domestic emissions.
Around half of China's carbon emissions are because of productions of goods that are exported to mainly USA and the EU. You could say that while USA and EU are importing from China, they are exporting their emissions to China.
If you take that into account, USA and EU are much worse per capita.

I am in Sweden, which has one of the strongest economies in the EU, having got mostly unscathed out of the recent Euro crisis (Sweden still has its own currency).
Sweden has one of the lowest carbon emissions per capita in the EU, but because the economy is so strong, Swedish citizens are spending more money on imported goods than other EU citizens and are therefore among the worst polluters in the EU if you take trade into account.

about a month ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Misagon Effectless and effortless (285 comments)

USA pledges to reduce carbon emissions compared to 2005 levels, when their emissions were the highest ever in history.
USA has already lowered their emissions by half the 2025 goal just from the slowing the economy after the 2008 bank crash.

Meanwhile, Europe has pledged to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990's levels..
If USA would reduce their emissions to their 1990 levels, then that would be a ~20% reduction from 2005 levels, and 40% from that is still a long way to go.

Sorry, but this US-China deal is hardly any "landmark".

about a month ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Misagon Re:Home storage (488 comments)

Luckily, not many Danes move their houses around, so the batteries do not not need to be light and small.
A cheap long-lived lead-acid battery or other type of stationary battery would be more suitable.

There are other types of energy storage technologies also, such as hot water tanks to store heat from summer months to be used in winter.

about a month ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

Misagon Error: They did not use LaTeX (170 comments)

This could have been avoided if the authors had used LaTeX for writing their paper. It allows for comments in the text that don't become part of the formatted output.

% Should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?

There are also various LaTeX packages for writing comments, adding annotations and tracking changes that could be useful when peer-reviewing a paper.

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Misagon Re:No accommodation at all? Just asking. (356 comments)

From what I have read in articles, he did get the same food as the other prisoners except with the non-vegan parts removed.
For instance, if the prisoners were given spaghetti with bolognese-sauce, he as given only spaghetti. If the other prisoners were given meatballs and potatoes, he got a potato. That's not exactly a balanced diet.

BTW. Silly that the parent post gets mod'ed "Score:4, Insightful" when it says "Without more details it is hard to judge".
We can do better, guys.

about a month ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Misagon Re:Hey, MS, give them to people who will use them! (236 comments)

You can't properly use screen diagonals as a metric for comparing screens with different aspect ratio.

The Surface Pro 3 (12" 3:2) has 7% more surface area than the Galaxy Note Pro (12.2" 16:10). It is more than half an inch higher at about the same width.
The Surface Pro 3 has as much as 30% more surface area than a 16:9 tablet with the same diagonal.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Misagon Re:Haters gonna hate (695 comments)

"Clean up"? There is no way for us to "clean up"!

Emissions have to be radically lowered and the biosphere has to be given enough time to handle the carbon in the air. Sure, planting trees at a massive scale could help in the long run, but it would still be far from as effective as if the biggest culprits (the biggest opposers: USA, China, Australia... ) would cut their emissions to what the IPCC considers enough.

Even if we stop all emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases right now, the climate is still going to get worse from all the gases that are already in the atmosphere. By all estimates, we wouldn't be able to see a measurable improvement in the world climate until at least 2030.

about a month and a half ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Misagon Re:I say we all panic (349 comments)

A country with a modern medical system? I thought you were talking about the US ...

about a month and a half ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

Misagon Re:Missing option (258 comments)

I like Japanese flip-up feature phones. They are more stylishly designed and have cuter chimes and ring signals than any Nokia or iPhone.

about 2 months ago
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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

Misagon Re:How is this different from a virus? (46 comments)

Viruses don't self-replicate, but they cause themselves to be replicated by cells they have infected.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Misagon Re:Combination of history, loggyists and geography (346 comments)

Sweden has a lower population density than USA: 22.85 people/km compared to 34.2 people/km (both figures from 2010).

Would you be more satisfied if we compared California with its population density of 95 people/kmÂ?
California has "Silicon Valley" where the world's biggest companies in information technology are located.
From all I have heard, the Internet last mile situation for a home in Silicon Valley is not much better than in any other major US urban area.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Misagon Re:Even cheaper than that in Sweden. (346 comments)

I'm so tired of Sweden being singled out as a "socialist" country. Sweden is not more "socialist" compared to its neighbours in northern Europe.

While the local "Labour" party ("Social Democrats") has ruled in most of the last hundred years (because of winning elections), the Labour party of today is not that much different from the Labour party in e.g. United Kingdom. We now have a Labour/Green coalition, since a few days.
The last government was a econoliberal/conservative coalition that rules for eight years, and we had conservative governments in the '90s and '70s as well.

about 2 months ago
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Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

Misagon Re:Round? (60 comments)

The Moto 360 is cut off at the bottom so that they could put the ambient light sensor there. Without it, the screen could have been a full circle.

about 2 months ago
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My toy collection is ...

Misagon Lightsabers ... (209 comments)

I have a collection of replica Star Wars lightsaber hilts and a couple of blasters, on which I have spent many hundreds of dollars.
Sure, some people may call them "toys" but for me and for (most) other collectors in the community they were never made to be played with. I don't play with them and I don't let anyone play with them. I call them "collectibles". Anyone who calls them "toys" after I have explained it to them is no friend of mine.

about 3 months ago
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From the Maker of Arduboy: Tetris On a Bracelet

Misagon Not quite credit card sizes... (15 comments)

TechKeys has a programmable business card with a built-in Tetris clone in firmware.

It is programmable over USB if you want to use it for something else.
Because TechKeys makes keyboard accessories, its intended use is as a keyboard. Therefore, it is made to fit four Cherry MX mechanical key switches.

about 3 months ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Misagon But will the Google Account bullshit remain? (139 comments)

When Google forced the Google+/Google account integration on the users, it wasn't just Google's "Social Network" that was forced upon us. The first hazzle I noticed was that I could not be logged in into Youtube and Gmail at the same time using the two different accounts that I had.
When I was logged into Youtube and wanted to check my mail, instead of a login prompt, I was prompted with a page offering me to "upgrade" the account, and vice versa.
I don't want the confidential correspondence I have with my doctor to be at the same security box as my list of favourite cat videos on Youtube. Youtube is used casually, while GMail is used seriously.

I still use Youtube and GMail a lot, but for a while now I use GMail exclusively in Private Browsing windows in Chromium, so that my credentials are kept separate. But I think that shouldn't be necessary.

about 3 months ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Misagon Not just the NYC (200 comments)

The same day, people were also marching at 2808 other official events in 166 countries. (http://peoplesclimate.org/)
So there is quite a lot more than ~400'000 people.

In our march in Stockholm, Sweden we endured pouring rain, hail and thunder ...

about 3 months ago
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My resting heart rate:

Misagon Fitness (169 comments)

I heard from a cardiologist that they set 60 BPM as the norm. If your resting heart rate is 60 or lower, then you are considered fit enough. If your resting heart rate is higher then you would need to shape up.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Misagon Re:Tell time (471 comments)

When Apple thinks that it has, it will simply stop working properly.

about 3 months ago

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Fans of original RoboCop movie recreate movie scene by scene

Misagon Misagon writes  |  about 10 months ago

Misagon (1135) writes "Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made scene-by-scene comedy re-creation of the original RoboCop from 1987.

"As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way."

The fan-film is available for free online viewing at OurRoboCopRemake.com. It contains (fake) nudity, blood and gore making it definitely NSFW"

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