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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

MouseR Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

*cough* Canada *cough* Korea *cough *Vietnam* *cough* Somali *cough* Iraq *cough* Afganistan

Imbecile. Learn history. And have the balls to sign your post rather than surrendering to anonymous coward posting and making comments.

4 days ago
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Exoplanet Hunting NGTS Telescope Array Achieves First Light

MouseR Re:Not much aperture (19 comments)

Just a note regarding "can view twelve targets at once".

That's just not the point of a telescope array; rather the contrary. The point is to utilise large number of smaller telescopes to point at the same object to gather more light. This simulates a larger mirror minus the greater atmospheric distorsion they provide. Anything above 12" gets really finicky about distorsion, requiring lasers to help compensate: the laser is used to compare the projected point in the upper atmosphere in order to compensate using adaptive optics. All that is terribly expensive.

The real advancement is in software where all of the (in this case 12) telescopes in the array, are composited into a single image of greater accuracy & resolution.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

MouseR Re:Apparently Not (59 comments)

Wich is precisely why someone will end up buying it. Or would want to.

The patent portfolio is non-negligible, the BIM server still profitable and the QNX side or the business (head units in cars) still generate lots of revenus.

I think it's stupid no one actually tried to snatch them up.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

MouseR Re:Five laws... (258 comments)

That's debatable because the fifth law didn't apply to robotics but life in general. Daniel was moved by the first four.

Points taken though.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

MouseR Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

My (office-provided) 5th gen iTouch (more akin to an iPhone 5) still is supported and has the same apps access as other iPhont (or universal iPad) apps. With the exceptions of those apps that are marked as requiring hardware my iPod doesn't have (calling).

Not having iPhones, I would probably get an iTouch. It's a pretty decent device. But kinda pointless if you have an iPhone.

Before I get asked, I'm a professional iOS 5 developer. That's why I have plenty iHardware around.

And to keep objective, between my iPhone 1 and my 4s, I skipped the 3G, 3GS and 4 while I used an atrocious alternative. Never again.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

MouseR Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

Four. There where four laws.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

MouseR Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

My iPhone 4s is (release oct 2011) is still supported.

(Though I replaced it with a newer device, I still use it as an iTouch for various reasons).

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

MouseR Re:What floated by the Dragon's solar panels? (213 comments)

My thoughts as well but it's still surprising a chunk of ice would still be on the vehicle after it went supersonic.

That's a hell of a lot of friction.

about two weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

MouseR Re:Starivore? (300 comments)

Undead Blackhole (+1)

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose a Question

MouseR Alexander Stepanov's STL (80 comments)

Have you had regret nightmares since unleashing STL?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

MouseR Re:Entitlement (325 comments)

And how do you figure they are wasting space? Ever examined the content of their apps?

It's all about distribution issues. One-size-fits-all ends up requiring App developers to ship with 1x, 2x and now 3x bitmaps for the artwork. This does inflate apps, just as having multiple interface files specialization for multiple device sizes (~iphone & ~ipad xib files, or the bloating AutoLayout + Size Classes super storyboards). It's inevitable.

But Apple is also taking steps towards reduced bitmap footprints.

As of iOS 7, there has been FAR fewer bitmaps in the core OS in favour of lighter (visually and storage-wise) user interfaces.

With the introduction of PDF-based image assets that auto-compiles all the required resolutions, developers are now in a position to gradually rid themselves of the burden of maintaining multiple bitmaps (those where getting quite a hassle in large projects where every image was a trio of increasing sized bitmaps).

In OS X, PDF images are rendered natively and bypass the asset compiler. In iOS 8, the path is paved for abandoning bitmaps altogether.

So, no, Apple is not making their OS fatter on purpose. It's the cost of added features and backward compatibility that does that.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

MouseR Aka, backdoors (234 comments)

Breaking into VPN isn't that easy.

about three weeks ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

MouseR Prometheus. (299 comments)

Enough said.

I'll wait for the Netflix release.

about a month and a half ago
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New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

MouseR Re:Here come the certificate flaw deniers....... (80 comments)

Your certificate is authenticated by checking against it's parent certificate authority. That parent also has a parent. Rinse and repeat until you reach one of the top certificate authorities. There are seven of those (or just about?).

For as long as the parents are valid and your certificate is valid, then it's considered signed.

VeriSign, a top certificate authority back in 2001, had made the news because it's DB got compromised. All certificates underneath where disabled and the whole tree had to be re-created. Symantec bought VeriSign since.

about a month and a half ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

MouseR Suicide (194 comments)

by fricking trains with lasers beams attached to their heads.

about 1 month ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

MouseR Re: 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

Touché. But an alias is still a distinct identification, unlike anonymous posting, for an alias is linked to an email address and that can be traced. Besides, my linked home page clearly identifies me.

about 1 month ago
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Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

MouseR Forked tongue (56 comments)

Being open-sourced it'll get forked and in no time Hawking will be able to communicate with the reptilians.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

MouseR Attention span (488 comments)

Most non-coders have the same attention spam as a Linux distro.

Soon enough, their free time forks off into another party. And we're not invited.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Web site editing software

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MouseR writes "It seems we can't rely on software, in particular Web site editing software, to exist for the long haul. Every time I rely on something, it takes a couple of years before it gets trashed. I have used GoLive's CyberStudio before it got engulfed as GoLive from Adobe. Both got trashed. I eventually used Apple's .Mac HomePage. It got trashed and replaced with iWeb. I then used iWeb hosted on MobileMe and Apple just killed it again, along with the hosting. So, as I'm preparing to move my stuff on various web sites, onto my own hosting server (outsourced), I'm wondering what kind of visual web site editor(s) I could use, FOR THE LONG HAUL. I'm rather sick of changing tools every other year and as a software developer, would rather spend my time editing my web site rather than code it. Any suggestions?"
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Benoit Mandelbrot dies at 85

MouseR MouseR writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MouseR (3264) writes "Benoit Mandelbrot, who died on October 14 aged 85, was largely responsible for developing the discipline of fractal geometry – the study of rough or fragmented geometric shapes or processes that have similar properties at all levels of magnification or across all times.

Before Mandelbrot, mathematicians believed that most of the patterns of nature were far too complex, irregular, fragmented and amorphous to be described mathematically. Euclidian geometry was concerned with abstract perfection almost non-existent in the real world. Mandelbrot's achievement was to conceive and develop a way of describing mathematically the most amorphous natural forms – such as the shape of clouds, mountains, coastlines or trees – and measuring them. His work has become the foundation of Chaos theory – the mathematics of non-linear, dynamic systems."

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