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Study: Space Rock Impacts Not Random

PhilHibbs Klytus, I'm bored. (78 comments)

What plaything can you offer me today?

4 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

PhilHibbs Re:EU is getting Lame (332 comments)

Google is not an EU company. The EU doesn't have any control over Google.

They have control over any company that wants to do business in the EU. They can't directly break them up, but they can give them an ultimatum - "form a separate company to run your EU search business, or we will ban you from doing business within the EU". Or something like that. My example is probably overly simplistic and naive as I'm not an expert on international trade law, but just because they are incorporated in the US does not render the EU entirely toothless.

4 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

PhilHibbs Re:Sure thing (332 comments)

Apple don't have a monopoly, so they can't be accused of using one monopoly to gain another.

4 days ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

PhilHibbs Surely, how they are no longer influencing? (72 comments)

They're shutting down a feature that one campaign used to spread their message - and this is influencing? Surely it's stopping an influence?

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

PhilHibbs Re:Shattered (473 comments)

I backed at the £750 level, the top reward at that tier is an invite to the launch party this Saturday. As well as that you get access to the design descussion forum, the alpha and beta stages, a bunch of naming rights (system, planet, station, NPCs, etc.), and a few extra starting options in the game.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

PhilHibbs Re:"Just pay extra..." (473 comments)

The number of paid Alpha's, premium content, several Beta's (Beta Premium!) is unbelievable and they seem to want to make me wait until the very day of release before I get anything out of my backing unless I pay more money.

Why is it unbelievable? You will get the product when it is released, presumably that's the level that you backed it at. They just don't want to give stuff away for free that others have paid for.

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

PhilHibbs Re:Apparently "backers" don't understand the term (473 comments)

DB has said that they will release the galaxy server data in the event that they have to take the servers offline, so that the game will still be playable in another 30 years' time even if they go down the tubes.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

PhilHibbs Re:Why feed the lawyers? (268 comments)

If they called it "Windows", do you think they would last a nanosecond before the orbital lawyers opened fire?

about two weeks ago
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Bats Can Jam Each Other's Ultrasonic Signals

PhilHibbs Re:Bats are interesting creatures (50 comments)

Because their immune systems have got used to the pathogen, and ours haven't? We carry plenty of diseases that our ancestors would have died of, but we've evolved to survive them. There's no silver bullet here.

about three weeks ago
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Internet Archive Launches Arcade of Classic Games In the Browser

PhilHibbs Re:Wasn't this already available someplace else? (94 comments)

Oh, and its obviously legal to play them now.

How come? Has the Internet Archive negotiated permission with all the copyright holders for all these games?

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

PhilHibbs Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

1) Not that it necessarily makes it wrong to vote Libertarian (well... depending on your view of things), but real philosophical Libertarians that have researched the subject well tend to be completely anti-statist, or in other words they espouse a form of anarchy (Anarcho-Capitalism). When looked at from that point of view, it's almost non-sensical, and possibly badly-motivated, for there to be "Libertarian" political candidates or parties. It's sort of like having a guy in the Senate who has "Anarchy" listed as his affiliation; if he was really an Anarchist, he wouldn't believe in being anyone's Senator.

That's just nonsense. You're saying "If you disagree with the system, then do not do anything to change it".

about three weeks ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

PhilHibbs Re:Classification (219 comments)

There are "planets". 8 of them.
Then, there are a bunch of "dwarf planets" - Pluto, Ceres, Eris, etc.
"Minor planets" - there are thousands, millions, I'm not sure, but a lot of these.
"Exoplanets", let's divide these into two categories - system exoplanets, that orbit a star like our planets, dwarf planets, and minor planets, and systemless exoplanets that do not orbit a star.
These are all different kinds of planet. In astronomical terminology, the word "planet" by itself is reserved for the Big Eight, but all these other things are a kind of planet.

about a month ago
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Help a Journalist With An NFC Chip Implant Violate His Own Privacy and Security

PhilHibbs Re: Small Government Mandate (142 comments)

The money's gone. It was given to the previous generation. How do you stop a pension system where each generation pays for the previous one, without one generation getting a raw deal (they paid for the previous generation, but don't get anything themselves)?

about a month ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

PhilHibbs Don't see much BBC BASIC these days! (169 comments)

My dad and I wrote a BBC BASIC interpreter for PC-DOS. I'll have to dig it out and see if I can get this working in it.

about a month ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

PhilHibbs Steve who? (81 comments)

Who is Steve Job?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

PhilHibbs Re:Why the cloak and dagger? (155 comments)

Because it can cause embarrassment to the company to admit that their software is in peril. Maybe this guy doesn't have the authority to make announcements to the public on behalf of his employer.

about a month ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

PhilHibbs Re:Can we filter sperm/eggs before making embryos? (366 comments)

That's not an ethical issue, it's a moral issue. I see no ethical difference between a sperm and egg that have not combined, and a sperm and egg that have combined and undergone a small number of cell divisions. In my opinion, until it has neurons that are firing, there's no ethical dimension.

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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UK company creates free energy

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PhilHibbs writes "The Daily Mail and Wired Blog Gadget Lab are reporting on an apparent free-energy device from British company Ecowatts. Scientists are "still not clear about the science involved here, because the physics and chemistry are very different-to everything that has gone before", but independent tests carried out by Jim Lyons at the University of York "were getting 150 to 200 per cent more energy out than we put in, without trying too hard." It "involves passing an electrical current through a mixture of water, potassium carbonate (otherwise known as potash) and a secret liquid catalyst, based on chrome." So, stick that in your pipe and... get hot water out of it, I suppose. Maybe."

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"Why have you made me a Foe?"

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Because your comments contain something that I object to. Not the content, I'm happy to read your differing opinions, but something in the structure of the comment. Most likely, your comments contain a "sig" that is not removed by the "Disable Sigs" checkbox. If you insist on overriding my preferences and adding a sig to the body of your comments, or you indulge in any other formatting tricks that spoil the slashdot experience, then you are my foe.

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Which? on CD copying (story submission)

PhilHibbs PhilHibbs writes  |  about 12 years ago

Computing Which?, an entirely independent UK consumer magazine, is running a report on Apple, Sony etc.'s confusing stance on copyright. "Rip, mix, burn", but "The products that we produce ... are licenced to use for material for which [the consumer] holds the copyright". The article advocates the explicit legalisation of personal CD copying. (Can anyone work out what the BPI are saying in the last paragraph?)

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