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There's No Wind Chill On Mars

OolimPhon Re:How surprising... not (110 comments)

Mars' atmosphere is about 1.5 % of Earth's atmospheric density. It's around 20 mBar, or eight times too thin for sustaining life even if it was pure dioxygen. For all practical purposes it's near-vacuum. And vacuum makes for a very good thermal insulator.

Well, yes, but then the thin atmosphere doesn't interfere as much with radiative effects. If this were not so, Mars would be hot because of the continuous radiation input from the Sun, retained by the rock.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

OolimPhon Re:Classic joke.. (169 comments)

Dunno. Couldn't be bothered to count.

about 2 months ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

OolimPhon Re:u can rite any way u want (431 comments)

English is a mish-mash of other languages, which also gives it more words than other languages. Its spelling and pronunciation are non-standard because most of those borrowed words retain part or all of their spelling or pronunciation from their native language. You even get words which retain spelling from their original language, but whose pronunciation gets shifted to a phonetic reading using rules from another language (e.g. niche = nitch instead of neesh).

In the US, maybe. In the UK, niche is pronounced the French way, ie neesh.

about 4 months ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

OolimPhon Re:Who? (162 comments)

Snoden,

I believe this was a result of your efforts,
And now Insiders are attacking the lists,
Amoung many other things - I have seen, heard and witnessed many IT 9-to-5ers, Unlike thy,
Whom are all whining now, about NSA hacking, Infiltrations, Etc. Its happening 10 fold.
Tell the world the truth before Anonymous is forced to: That you are still working with the NSA and you are a giant psyop.

Not a haiku!

about 4 months ago
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A New Car UI

OolimPhon Re:and also... (237 comments)

But you know what? I can TALK to my iPad. Writing's on the wall, vehicle makers. Speech is it, period, end of story, get on that, dammit.

You have obviously never driven any distance in a noisy vehicle.

And don't give me that crap about modern cars being quiet inside. Modern cars are a small percentage of the vehicles on the road. Try a van, a truck, a bus, a semi - how are you going to make yourself heard over all that noise?

about 5 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

OolimPhon Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

"Welfare states have huge benefits."

I see what you did there!

about 6 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

OolimPhon Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

Nationalized assets != Socialism.

Socialism can be other things than just appropriating the means of production.

Similarly, dictatorships might nationalize assets but won't be socialist, even if they may claim to be.

about 6 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

OolimPhon Re: me too (169 comments)

-- running XBMCbuntu on AT5IONT-I since forever

...which has an nvidia GPU. Your point?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

OolimPhon Re:Why is "forgetting" such a problem apparently? (381 comments)

"All I have to remember is a poem".

This won't necessarily work if you have amnesia! Poem? What do I need a poem for? And all that stem/prefix/append process, if you have amnesia, what's that all about?

If your passwords, and your password generating method, are kept solely inside your head, then that is a single point of failure. Fall off a bike and it may be gone. For ever. The point is to be able to somehow reconstruct your passwords if you can't remember!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

OolimPhon Re:Simple answer... (248 comments)

What do insurance companies say about guard dogs, by the way?

"The insurance for your guard dog will cost more than the insurance for your house."

about 7 months ago
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UK Introduces Warrantless Detention

OolimPhon Re:confusion? (153 comments)

If it is supposed to counter listening in with spy antennas and drones, then it must be quite big.

It is designed to prevent the establishement of camps by protesters, like the one which appeared at Greenham Common when the cruise missiles were based there. The camps can become distinctly unsanitary.

about 7 months ago
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The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later

OolimPhon Re:The old days (259 comments)

You claim to be a geek and you're contemplating getting rid of an old computer?

All my old computers ended up being used for something else. I only get rid of them when the architecture is so old that <OS of choice> won't run on it any more (or when the smoke comes out!). Device drivers are the things that limit usage to me.

about 10 months ago
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Silicon Beach Startups Spawn From the Ashes of MySpace

OolimPhon Re: Silicon Noun (44 comments)

The M4 corridor has been known as Silicon Fen for even longer. Just sayin'.

Er, no. Silicon Fen would be the area around Cambridge, East Anglia, which just happens to be full of fens.

about a year ago
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Google Glass Integration For Cars Is Coming: Neat Idea Or Crazy Town?

OolimPhon Re:Even then glass not great (102 comments)

When was the last time you flew a military aircraft down a crowded street? Not too many pedestrians, cyclists, dogs, parked vehicles up there in the skies.

about a year ago
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Is New York City Ready For Digital Voting?

OolimPhon Re:No. (93 comments)

Aren't they called smartphones these days?

about a year ago
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British Airways Set To Bring Luggage Tags Into the 21st Century

OolimPhon Re:The travellers update it themselves? (123 comments)

You can update your app with the baggage tag

Why would I want to do that?

So you can find out where it is, much like parcel tracking?

1 year,25 days
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Beware the Internet

OolimPhon Re:Washington Post (314 comments)

There are four versions of any event: my version, your version, the truth and what really happened.

1 year,28 days

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