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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:magical scenario where (722 comments)

Well, you also have to remember that the 20th century was a time when many people knew a shovel was used for more then cleaning crap up from your dog and wasn't afraid to use it for those other purposes. That is widely missing in today's society I think.

Sure, there are some who can and will pick up a shovel, but I think they will be in short supply.

You hang around the wrong circle of people if that is your perception of what people are willing to do when faced with prospect of starvation or death if you dont work to survive.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:WHAT? (722 comments)

>And who exactly is in the best position to figure out a way to produre more [electricity] when that happens?

Not computer scientists or programmers. They wouldn't have the faintest clue how to produce regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz.

Next asinine rhetorical question, please.

That depends whetever youre starting from collecting metals from earth to produce the tools that produce the tools for producing the generator or working with already existing cache of technology capable producing exactly the thing you want.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:magical scenario where (722 comments)

>So running a conductor through a changing magnetic field will no longer produce a charge?

Sure, if you want to light a flashlight bulb. Rather a far cry from generating 10A at a regulated 120 VAC @ 60Hz, sport.

Mind you weve had water powered wheel for millenias and widespread electrification of western world took place on the early half of the 20th century. Not a insurmountable task for modern professionals especially if their and the lives of their loved ones depend on it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho Re:WHAT? (722 comments)

>There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society.

None of which works when the electricity dies.

... And who exactly is in the best position to figure out a way to produre more when that happens? There wont be a need to run a whole datacenter but only the required equiptment at a time which should be doable even with salvaged solar panels and batteries. And besides nuclear plants dont need refueling any time soon, heck, you could even use nuclear power to grow food indoors if we are in a nuclear winter scenario.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

NettiWelho WHAT? (722 comments)

The bad news for Slashdotters is that decades without computers would render computer science and related professions useless.

Says who? Are we talking about a magical scenario where all technology just stops working?

There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society. Whos gonna do it if not Slasdotters?

We can individually maintain libraries billions of times larger than that of ancient alexandria and provide that wealth of knowledge to others at the cost of suns rays.

3 days ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

NettiWelho Re:This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

The NSA may be efficient at amassing lots of data. But I doubt if that is an efficient way to achieve their real mission of identifying useful intelligence. They are efficient at creating haystacks, but that doesn't mean they are finding many needles.

But is NSA's job really to 'idenfity useful intelligence' or create the databanks ready for when they do actually find a needle throught other means, that all they have to do is write the needles name into the search box and they get a list of needles friends and relatives and all juicy little dirty secrets as well, unabridged, in-detail history of you and your relations?

about three weeks ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

NettiWelho Its ok. (320 comments)

Well this is a truly shocking revelation noone saw coming.

NSA will probably claim they only use their power to create rainbows and heal sick puppies.

about a month ago
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OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

NettiWelho Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

A fraction of every transaction goes to the exchange, which can add up to significant profit.

And in the case of some exchanges the entire transaction goes to the exchange, which adds up to a even more significant profit.

about a month ago
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Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s

NettiWelho Re:Malice? I think not. (166 comments)

If the VA has been denying that dioxins in C-123s is a hazard, there are many possible reasons, but malice is the least likely of all. As in everything else, ignorance is always a much more probable reason.

If the person making the statement was simply ignorant of the facts he could look them up before acting. Wilful irresponsibility counts as malice in my books.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

NettiWelho Re:Has anyone noticed... (235 comments)

These extinctions always seem to take place at the transition from one period to another.

So I'd recommend being extra double careful round those times.

So you are saying slashdot beta could cause a mass extinction event?

about 2 months ago
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Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent

NettiWelho Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (69 comments)

Well, in the case of the United States the difference is about 11.7% in the conviction rate (99.7% versus 88%).

And in the case of the United States one needs to be a millionaire to have competent legal aid.

about 2 months ago
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EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

NettiWelho Re:Fines are a matter for risk management (162 comments)

Can someone explain to a stupid person why the described behaviour wont just add additional charges of criminal conspiracy?

about 3 months ago
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

NettiWelho Re:Belgium is a NATO member (264 comments)

spying is not hostile.

When you do it by means of actually attacking something, be it a computer system or a person, it is.

about 5 months ago
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

NettiWelho Re:Belgium is a NATO member (264 comments)

And the point is -- does it matter what is illegal for the Finnish government to do inside foreign nations, when that's basically like envisioning Queens and Brooklyn invading Jersey?

Well, Finland is bordering a nation with largest landmass in the world whose population has historically posed an existential risk to Finns with wars fought on the most centuries since pre-800 AD. It is in the interest of self-preservation to know what your neighbour has parked near your border and what he's up to if a successful suckerpunch will lead to the complete collapse of organized national defense.

about 5 months ago
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

NettiWelho Re:Belgium is a NATO member (264 comments)

For contrast, Finland has a population significantly smaller than New York City.

And the original question was "What country doesn't spy on allies?"

about 5 months ago
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

NettiWelho Re:Belgium is a NATO member (264 comments)

Nice observation there. What country doesn't spy on allies? Are you that naive?

AFAIK it is illegal for Finnish government agents to stage hostile operations inside foreign nations.

Related

about 5 months ago
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Mystery Humans Spiced Up Ancients' Sex Lives

NettiWelho "human-like" (238 comments)

They suggest that interbreeding went on between the members of several ancient human-like groups living in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago

So were the offspring of these 'human-like' beings capable of reproduction? If they were, wouldn't they be just "human"?

about 5 months ago
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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

NettiWelho Magic rock. (337 comments)

But I don’t see any tigers around, do you?

about 5 months ago

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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds"

NettiWelho NettiWelho writes  |  about 8 months ago

NettiWelho (1147351) writes "The Washington Post: The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls."

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Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista

NettiWelho NettiWelho writes  |  about a year ago

NettiWelho (1147351) writes "Data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is less popular than Windows Vista, the operating system that proved unpopular with the enthusiast audience.

Windows 8 usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s in the same point in its release. Windows 8 online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PC’s which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista commanded at the same two month mark after release.

Net Applications monitor operating system usage by recording OS version for around 40,000 sites it monitors for clients.

The slowdown for Windows 8 adoption is a bad sign for Microsoft who experienced great success with the release of Windows 7.

Data was measured up to the 22nd of December, so there is still time by the end of the month for Windows 8 to claim a higher percentage of the user base."

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