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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 two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Misagon Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (215 comments)

I doubt that the US gov would have supported IS directly, but I think that it is very likely that they would have supported other groups fighting the Assad regime - and that those groups' resources have been
conquered by the IS.

It is known that many fighters in Syria who belonged to other groups have been forced into squads belonging to the IS, and that many of these would deflect from IS if they had the chance.

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

Misagon Re:Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

No, he wouldn't. Saddam was funding and assisting terrorist, not fighting them.

So has the US government, when it has served its interests ...

Saddam Hussein and his regime was actually quite proficient and ruthless in clashing down on terrorists activities within the borders of Iraq.
The notion that his regime would have supported the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda is well known to be a lie by the GWB administration to gain support for their invasion of Iraq for its oil reserves, as part of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) group's agenda.
The PNAC did first lobby for an invasion during the Clinton administration, but their top men became the government when the non-member they had chosen as front-man/scapegoat "won" the election as US president in 2000.
The PNAC's agenda, list of leaders and lobbying have always been public, even on their web site when they had it, so this is hardly any conspiracy theory that people have made up, yet many Americans are so misdirected by the fnords.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Misagon Re:APL: A Programming Language (729 comments)

I find it kind of weird that while APL requires you to use proper symbols from mathematics and various branches of logic (binary, predicate, etc..), it doesn't have operator precedence that we are used to from mathematics and logic.

Most languages have some cases where the precedence between operators is equal, but in those cases the evaluation order is almost always left to right. In APL, it is backwards: always from right to left.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

Misagon At last ... (204 comments)

... a display that actually has the number of kilopixels in width that is advertised.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Misagon Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (231 comments)

The only thing that was remotely like the real world in the movie Hackers was the music they listened to ...

And I still can't respect Angelina Jolie for being in it.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Misagon Re:Hexidecimal (169 comments)

He was probably in envy of the Amiga's Guru Meditation.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Misagon Re:Incredibally stupid argument (322 comments)

Soldiers don't ban weapons. Civilian politicians of civilized countries do. There are international treaties banning the war-time use of cluster bombs, hollow-point bullets and flame throwers.
All of them are quite effective, and horrible.

about two weeks ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Misagon Re:competitive features? generally available? not (88 comments)

1GHz doesn't compare well-enough with >3GHz dual-core Intel product in terms of GUI responsiveness.

GUI responsiveness is more a matter of software bloat than about hardware.

A Commodore 64 at 1 MHz running GEOS can sometimes be more responsive than a PC with dual eight-core Haswell Xeons.

about three weeks ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Misagon Re:Ineffective advertising (149 comments)

Funny how everyone called it a "trash can" ... until they saw how small it was. Then they started calling it an "ash tray".

I thought the unified thermal core was genius... until I heard that it actually runs pretty hot.
The graphics card have to be custom-made for the Mac Pro, and you can't put a mechanical drive inside, which limits performance for video editing. Yet again Apple's own overpriced accessories are the only ones that fit.
I'm not saying that the Alienware trapezoid/pentagon isn't more ridiculous. I think the older Mac Pro was a better design than both of them.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Misagon Re:next time (635 comments)

USB floppy on internal USB header ... USB isn't going away soon.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Misagon Re:A basic land line (635 comments)

Here here!

My landline phone:
* Has a more ergonomic handset than a cell phone,
* Can be used with phone menu systems without having to move the handset from/to the ear - I don't miss the response of my key press because it was not at my ear at the time
* Has better sound than many cell phones
* I don't have to be worried about microwave radiation (that may or may not be harmful).
* Will work if the power is out
* Does not suffer from a degraded or lost signal because there is a hill or too many walls in-between me and the base station.
* Can be exchanged for a xDSL modem that would provides Internet connection to any device I may have (through a router), where as tethering may not always be supported by the cell phone or allowed by the carrier and the tethered device has to be connected through USB or Wifi, not cable, etc. etc.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Misagon Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (273 comments)

No, it is considered to be 25 times as effective than CO2 over a 100-year period.
The CO2e rating is 30. When it "dies" it turns into other hydrocarbons, such as CO2 or formaldehyde.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Misagon Re:Poland *probably* wouldn't, & why (303 comments)

The Polish soil is fertile because Poland has used a lot of fertilizer .. an excess of fertilizer .. which is flushed into the rivers that lead into the Baltic Sea.
Large parts of the Baltic Sea is dead, the cause leading back to this overuse of fertilizer.

Not that the other countries around the Baltic Sea are that much better in controlling their agriculture.

about a month ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Misagon Re:performance never measured in MHz (151 comments)

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not...

What you say is true only if you bought all your processors from Intel.

Once AMD came along, it was not entirely true if you compared to them. It was not true if you compared to Mac that used 680x0 and later PowerPC.

about a month ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Misagon Re:Gaming? (110 comments)

Those will be visible only if you connect the built-in UV LED to your fan controller.

about a month and a half ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Misagon Re:Only 40%? (256 comments)

Practically every other moslem in the Middle East, I would guess, and a few more.
Some names from Islam's history, such as Mohammed or Ibrahim are very common, as first, last and middle names.
For instance, I know two people named Ibrahim Mohammed, both having being born in Europe, descendants of immigrants and not the least bit religious.

about a month and a half ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Misagon Re:Complexity (213 comments)

The few times that I have needed to read an ACM or IEEE article for something, I have visited my alma mater's library.
I have usually found the article using a web search engine or in some article database.

about a month and a half ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Misagon Re:Planned obsolescence (281 comments)

Bullshit. Planned Obsolescence is an invented, artificial concept, not an observation of the market.

about 2 months ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Misagon Only one point of contention (278 comments)

Actually, what you tout as two points of contention are really not. The science is clear, but there are people who have their own agendas for questioning these issues.

The UN founded the IPCC. It is the authority on climate change science. They do not do science as a group on their own, they condense what science has already been done.

1. The IPCC report released in September last year answers this question with a large YES: Humanity is responsible for climate change. The probability is 95%, and that is still considered a conservative estimate.

2. The IPCC released a working draft in April of this year for the predictions on what will happen if carbon emissions continue as they do. There is a lot to read. I can sum it up for you: We would be screwed.
Even if we cut carbon emissions completely right now, the climate will still warm from the gases that are already there. Sea levels are already rising and will rise even more.
Global warming does not mean that it will be warmer everywhere, it means that the weather becomes more extreme: dry areas can expect to be more dry, wet areas will be more wet, storms are going to be stronger, etc.

As to #3, there will be a summit next year about what to do.
It is clear that carbon emissions need to be cut substantially and that there needs to be global agreements that are tough enough to do any effect.
Personally, I think the best thing would be to couple a treaty with trade: if you don't sign the treaty, those who do will add high tariffs for goods to and from your country. (And no, there is not just one economist who thought that up a few weeks ago, that idea has been debated a long time.)
In the EU, countries have had carbon allotments that could be bought and sold, but they have failed because they have been too cheap. Several countries, and the EU itself has goals for cutting emissions by certain amounts by a certain year, but there has been too little progress and it looks as if the goals won't be met if things progress as they have.
If carbon allotments are going to be highly valued and countries are going to change, then emission limits need to be tightened every year.

about 2 months ago

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Fans of original RoboCop movie recreate movie scene by scene

Misagon Misagon writes  |  about 7 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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