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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

MouseR Re: I'm quite surprised it wasn't (471 comments)

I thought it was pretty ridiculous to bet 10 years and more than a billions dollars on simple solar panels.

yesterday
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

MouseR Re:How do I refill it? (192 comments)

It takes a lot of power to isolate hydrogen from H2O. To do it efficiently, it's a rather slow process that would not be suitable for in-car use. Better to have a station at home that produces 24/7 so you can refuel as required.

3 days ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

MouseR Analogies (254 comments)

How are APIs any different to song titles or chapter names?

They are part of the creative work that describe the content of the creative work.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

MouseR Re:The mathematics is only a model of the physics (429 comments)

Given the universe expanded from a singularity, any point in this singularity is the center of expansion.

So, there's the geocentric proof.

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

MouseR Re:What's Their Usual Workflow? (236 comments)

Or ask said Nascar driver to make a right turn.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

MouseR Re:Bullshit. (200 comments)

I remember slashdot not polluted with anonymous cowards making up 50% of the comments. You wont be missed.

about two weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

MouseR redistribution FYI (217 comments)

As per the content of published document:

Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee.
FSE’14 November 16–22, 2014, Hong Kong, China Copyright 2014 ACM 978-1-4503-3056-5/14/11 ...$15.00.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

MouseR Oracle Single Sign-on (168 comments)

Disclaimer: I work for Oracle but not in sales nor in any branch related to this product.

At the office (where I work as a senior iOS / OS X native app developer), we have Oracle SSO running on all of our internally-deployed apps, including web sites, desktop apps, mobile.

OP talks of holy grail of IT so, while I dont know of alternatives, based on my experience, it's quite possible to have a decent single sign-on system.

Obviously, Oracle's offering is not free (as in beer speech) at 85$ a seat. It's best to contact the sales rep to see if any bulk or student pricing apply (I do not know as I'm not in sales).

about two weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

MouseR Re:Lucky for Stripe (353 comments)

Only applies to Putin.

about two weeks ago
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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

MouseR Re:If the cause of the crash... (165 comments)

It's precisely NTSB that pointed out the (deceased) co-pilot pulled the feather lock lever to OFF position.

But they also pointed out this should not have deployed the feathers on its own: another level is required to rotate them in position.

This points to a mechanical failure of sort but will take months to confirm.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

MouseR Because (430 comments)

Putin on a horse half naked is not gay.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

MouseR In other news (151 comments)

GM shares go up as police forces dont want to be monitored.

about two weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

MouseR Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (415 comments)

Coincidental.

The watch is called Skyhawk.

They have a few versions, including Blue Angel version.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

MouseR Re:Gay? (764 comments)

How about "proud" they got the courage to no longer feel ashamed and face the bigots?

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

MouseR Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (415 comments)

On my 15th work anniversary at my current employer, I was awarded a Blue Angel edition Citizen Skyhawk watch. It's got an EcoDrive invisible solar cell under the watch face. Never hard to recharge it. Never lost a minute. Never worn a watch since I was 18 (I kept loosing them) but nowadays feel like I'm missing something if I dont have that watch when I go out.

The Apple Watch thing is kinda dreadful in design but that's subjective.

The real let down is the charging thing. I long ago ran out of power outlets around my bed and there's no way I'd have another dangling wire on the table.

At the very least, it needs an inline charger to share the same iPhone wire. Serialized or parallel. Or a dual function charge pod.

Since this thing required an iPhone, there's no point in requiring a different charger.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

MouseR Re:Gay? (764 comments)

Proud is the opposite of ashamed. That's why they put emphasis on proud.

about three weeks ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

MouseR Social (153 comments)

A social network is only social if it lets people in.

about three weeks ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

MouseR Wasn't limited to drag queens (269 comments)

Stage artists where also subjected to the rule. Hence, cEven Key (yes, that's how it's spelt) of Skinny Puppy fame was forced to change his FB account back to his Kevin Crompton causing a very public backslash in his follower's community (incl. myself) where a good number of fans changed their FB name to cEven Key in protest and support.

Eventually FB backtracked and he was able to resume using his stage name (which he has for 30+ years now). But others are still stuck in the bureaucracy of getting their name fixed.

cEven Key was one of many who ended up on ELLO.

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

MouseR Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (555 comments)

Actually I can relate. Got my fiancee off Windows and into Ubuntu (latest stable at the time). Initial install was a nightmare to get a bootable installer but once the hurdle gone, installed just fine. Then it was the carrousel of packages, getting het what she needed. Mandarin music player, OpenOffice (the easiest one to get IMO) and other things so she could enjoy a virus-free setup. It just meant days of screwing with a system she just wanted to USE. Not build.

She eventually got a Mac Mini because of house influence. She's been quite happy with it so far. Her last gripe is her Android phone not satisfying. I'm trying not to push her but... this is also an iOS house...

about 1 month 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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