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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Poingggg Re:The central tenet of atheism (1330 comments)

Being an atheist simply means you don't believe in a gods, goddess, etc.

Not believing in a deity means accepting on faith that the universe came into existence without the help of a deity.

And believing in a deity means accepting on faith that something or someone incredibly more complicated than the universe came into existence without any universe at all to help it come into existence, to create the universe and write a book about it that nobody really understands. Good luck with that one!

(Since this subthread is not really on topic I will just drop this comment and will not go into discussion.)

about 4 months ago
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NASA Successfully Tests 'Flying Saucer' Craft, New Parachute

Poingggg Re:and I perfected the flying cow (falling != flyi (49 comments)

This is a flying saucer as much as any cow is a flying cow. Falling is not flying.

Unless you manage to miss the ground.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Poingggg Re:Open source many eyes is pure BULLSHIT PR (218 comments)

First: how long would this have lasted when the source had not been open? Three years? Four? Ten?
Second: The article you mention is from 2008, SIX years old so no longer relevant,
Third: Open Source is not ideal, nor is Closed Source. But WHEN a fault is found in OSS, as a rule it will be fixed. Failures may exist in CSS for long times, and be exploited, without anyone but the exploiter knowing about it. And when such a failure is exposed, you have to wait if and when the maker of the software fixes it.
So, OSS is, as a rule, safer then CSS. Maybe Linux is not THE answer, Windows should not even be asked for.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Poingggg Re:Shoddy Ethics (218 comments)

Breach of ethics is not possible for Microsoft: They never had any to break in the first place.

about 5 months ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Poingggg Re:Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Where does this come from. Organic farming has never been about that. Organic farms use pesticide and fungicides, how else do you think that crops doing get naturally eaten before harvest otherwise?

A poster before me in this thread has already answered that one. See http://news.slashdot.org/comme...

about 5 months ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Poingggg Re:Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Yes, because organic farming is strictly limited to older pesticides, many of which are even more deadly, especially to humans.

I prefer progress in my food.

The point of organic farming is NOT to use any pesticides. What you say here is total nonsense. (I could have mentioned manure produced by male bovines too).

about 5 months ago
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Polio Causes Global Health Emergency

Poingggg Re:10% * 417 = ??? (126 comments)

Seriously, what the hell? 417 cases of polio last year reported. This has to be on par with the number of motorcycle deaths due to flying mammals.

The problem is that it's infectuous. One person can infect several others, who infect more. Ever heard of exponential growth? If not, Google it.

about 6 months ago
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Polio Causes Global Health Emergency

Poingggg Relidiots! (126 comments)

Most of the people who are not vaccinated are relidiots, either Islamic or Christian. Their imaginary friend makes plans and we, humans, are not to interfere with those. If their imaginary friend wants to make you ill, you better get ill instead of using a vaccination!

Here in The Netherlands it's the neanderthalers in the 'bible belt' who get infected because of the insane reasons mentioned above, and in the Middle East it's fundamentalist Muslims who prevent vaccination.

Oh, the blessings of religion!

about 6 months ago
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Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

Poingggg Re:Using encryption is the better option (128 comments)

Not to mention it appears they are still using voodoo like having to degauss drives instead of simply wiping them.\

So I wonder how long voodoo from the age of DOS is gonna be taken as fact? An encrypted drive with a single wipe would insure there was zero data to recover and wouldn't be based on 30+ year old info, it would also deal with the real issue, the fact that there is no way to securely wipe an SSD that I know of, because SSDs don't "erase", just mark sectors as available to minimize writes.

Maybe because degaussing takes seconds (i think) and wiping takes hours? Not unimportant for a business I would think. (You are right about the SSD's though).

about 9 months ago
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Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

Poingggg Re:ODF (275 comments)

More ODF files should be put into circulation in the business world.

I fullhartedly agree! When I have to send a company a file (most of the time my CV, alas :-( ), I always ask if I can send it as an .odt file. Many times I am asked what that is, and then I explain, but offer to send the file as .pdf. I do this, just to make clear that there ARE other things around than MS-Office. However, I find that, slowly, .odt files get accepted more, and companies that do accept them have a plus for me.
Problem is that most people, even when they use Libre Office or any other non-MS suite, will by default send everyone everything in the MS-Office formats, thus establishing the status quo. Non-MS users should use Open Document Format files, especially when sending documents to regulatory organs like city councils etc.
In Europe (where I live), governments and government organs are mandated (hope that is the right word) to be able to handle ODF's, but if they never recieve those, most of them won't even know about their existence, let alone know how to handle them.

(For those who want to tell me I am a pretentious prick: I know. :p )

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Poingggg Re:kWh/day is stupid. (424 comments)

You, as well as a previous poster who brought up the upper-/lower case thing, are right.
The Joule is indeed the amount of energy corresponding with one Watt for one second, hence the fact that I said that one Watt is one Joule per second. Both are the same, you are saying that J = W * s, I say W = J/s. IIRC I said so in my first as well as in my second post.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Poingggg Re:kWh/day is stupid. (424 comments)

You are right, I did not really think about it, to be honest. But thanks for reminding me, I hope I'll remember next time.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Poingggg Re:kWh/day is stupid. (424 comments)

It is not that hard, maybe my explanation was not too clear :-)
The Watt is the quantity of energy used *per second*. A 60 Watt lamp uses 60 times as much energy *per given amount of time* as a 1 Watt lamp does. But if you let a 1 Watt lamp burn for 1 hour, and a 60 Watt lamp for 1 minute, they both have used the same total amount of energy, namely 1 Watt times 60 minutes (1 Watt lamp), and 60 Watt times 1/60 hour (60 W lamp) = 1 Watthour = 1Wh. A KWh is just 1000 (1K) Wh.
So if you have a battery, the total amount of *energy* stored can be expressed in KWh, the product of the *power* in KW that can be delivered and the time that power can be delivered. If you use more power, you have less time and v.v.
The confusing thing for many people is the difference between energy (Joules) and power (Watt). One Watt is one Joule *per second*. To measure the total amount of energy that has been used, you have to multiply the amount of power used by the amount of time the power is used.

I hope this clears things up a bit, although I'm afraid this is confusing as heck too :-)

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Poingggg Re:kWh/day is stupid. (424 comments)

The average PC draws around 50-200W idle.

And as you said, this is more or less what the author found, except that he apparently has no idea how to convert kW/h per hour into watts.

Yes, he's a fucking moron.

Sorry, but you are wrong her. First, it's KWh (KiloWatthour), not KW/h.
The Watt is a unit that is used for measuring the amount of energy used per unit of time, in short 1 Watt = 1 Joule per second.
When electric energy is stored, like in a battery, or measured, the total energy stored or used is derived by multiplying Watts by time, thus Watt * seconds. Since this is not an easy workable unit, KiloWatts are multiplied by hours, and there we have the KWh.
So, if a battery has a capacity of 100 KWh, it is able of delivering 1000W for 100 hours, 500W for 200 hours, 100W for 1000 hours and 1W for 100,000 hours.
So, to make a long story short, the lost capacity of a battery HAS to be expressed in KWh, and the resulting loss of range totally depends on the driving conditions. It might be (numbers pulled from lower opening of intestine) 100 km when driving a constant 20 km/h, or 5 km when driving a constant 150 km/h, since the amount of power drawn on these speeds vary. But I hope you get the picture.

The qualification as a copulating, low-IQ person is totally yours.

about a year ago
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Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode

Poingggg Re:Just one game? (410 comments)

Not really a good example as one can install pretty much *anything* over Vista and never look back.

So true! But the point I was trying to make was that GP, although not using all the correct technical terms, might have had the same experience as I had in the early days of Vista. Linux distros were not adapted then to handle the changed boot procedure of Windows, which resulted in a non working system where neither Windows nor Linux would work when you tried to install Linux in a dual boot configuration. Later distros were adapted, but MS had possibly succeeded in spreading the FUD that 'Linux is hard to install yada yada' for a while, and people were discouraged to try Linux because initially it WAS hard to install besides Vista.

1 year,11 days
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Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode

Poingggg Re:Just one game? (410 comments)

Technically you are right, but I think I know what parent means. When I still used Windows occasionally besides Ubuntu, I bought a new laptop that had Vista (Yech!! It was way slower than Windoze on my old, less powerful laptop) installed on it. In those early days, MS had changed the boot procedure (imho to make installation of real OS-es difficult). When I tried to install Ubuntu as dual boot, both OS-es were nuked.
After a restore of Vista (I thought it might be handy to get some knowledge of this 'OS'), I lived with it for a week, then it developed problems with my network. All settings were right as far as I could see, and I hated its guts, so I installed Ubuntu and have never looked back since.

1 year,12 days
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Bradley Manning and the 'Hacker Madness' Scare Tactic

Poingggg Re:News: Tool creates possibilities, good and bad. (169 comments)

Very important actually. The ratio of atoms in the molecule is also the ratio by volume of gases at equal pressure you need to make it.

Uhh...no. The volume of gases at equal pressure is the same, no matter how many atoms are in a molecule. It's the mass of such a volume that varies with molecule-weight, since the number of gas molecules in a given volume at a given pressure is the same for all gases.

about a year ago
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Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

Poingggg Re:Bork Bork (252 comments)

You are right. As I already said in another reply, the only thing I can do is humbly admit that I am wrong. Thanks for your clear explanation.

about a year and a half ago
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Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

Poingggg Re:Bork Bork (252 comments)

OK, looks like you are right after all. I am not so at home in these matters, but if I interpret this right than Opera 7 got served the style sheet for Opera 6, which contained a bug that Opera 6 worked around but 7 didn't (as you wrote in your first post).
I do have a tendency to suspect MS in all they do, and as far as I could tell from the link in my previous post it looked like foul play all the way. But I guess a site full of geeks has more authority in these matters, so all I can do is humbly admit that I was wrong.
(Dang, I hate being wrong! :-) )

(BTW: Nice sig, I totally agree with that one!)

about a year and a half ago

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The end of the battery?

Poingggg Poingggg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Poingggg (103097) writes "The battery's dead: Scientists invent wafer-thin plastic that can store electricity

The battery, which has powered our lives for generations, may soon be consigned to the dustbin of history.

British scientists say they have created a plastic that can store and release electricity, revolutionising the way we use phones, drive cars — and even wear clothes.

It means the cases of mobiles and iPods could soon double up as their power source — leading to gadgets as thin as credit cards."

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