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Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

Raumkraut SkyTran! (81 comments)

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, one-car, SkyTran!

What'd I say?

SkyTran!

What's it called?

SkyTran!

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Raumkraut Re:Is what he's saying really true? (268 comments)

He's famous enough to have a Wikipedia page, which IME is a reasonably high bar for someone who isn't an anime character.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Raumkraut Re:People pay for music? (364 comments)

What part of "Pay for the service your ilk required us to set up or get out is evil?

I think it's more along the lines of: "Pay for a membership to our Legitimate Businessman's Social Club, or we'll run you out of town."

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

Raumkraut Re:Ah industry initiatives. (101 comments)

Because:
1. It's not initially feature-compatible with OpenSSL
2. While there is momentum, it's faster to work apart from the existing project.
3. There's no guarantee the rewrite would be accepted by the OpenSSL team
4. There's no guarantee LibreSSL will work on anything but BSD
5. Theo doesn't control OpenSSL

Personally, my hopes are:
1. This Linux Foundation fund identify LibreSSL as the most feasible solution in the long-term, and provide support for both projects.
2. Important bugs identified by both teams are ported to patch the current OpenSSL release.
3. LibreSSL gains feature parity with OpenSSL.
4. LibreSSL becomes OpenSSL v2, under the stewardship of a healthier OpenSSL community.

about 3 months ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

Raumkraut Re:Oh great (64 comments)

The information in those demonstrations is trivial and hardly helpful once put to the test. People will panic and that means that little boring sermon will mean almost nothing where it counts.(as always happens)

Perhaps we should be campaigning for people to undergo aircraft-emergency simulations?
You're right that people panic, but people only panic because the situation is unusual. If people regularly experience "emergency" situations without the danger/fear (especially throughout childhood), they can be trained in what to do enough that handling a real emergency becomes routine and practically instinctual.

about 4 months ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Raumkraut Re:Wrong way to go about it... (477 comments)

So what do you do about colleagues in other time-zones? Or on other shifts? Are they not allowed to email you outside of the times you're both at work - assuming there is any overlap at all?

Email is not IM; it's not designed to require or expect an immediate response. Nothing about sending an email necessitates that it must be acted upon immediately.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Raumkraut Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

For storing and querying arbitrarily-structured data, which is what the submitter seems to be wanting, a traditional relational SQL database is not necessarily the best way to do it.

And if anything, MongoDB is easier to start using than any relational database, IME. No need to create databases, schemas, or tables (collections) beforehand - you just install MongoDB, start writing data, and it gets stored.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Raumkraut Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

MongoDB has indexes.
MongoDB also lets you store and query arbitrary data, in addition to any "key fields", without having to pre-define all the possible fields. Which it seems is what the submitter asked for.

Where has this idea that "NoSQL" means "not a database" come from?

about 4 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Raumkraut Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Short version: They have a perfectly working computer with all their stuff on it. Why should they have to throw it in the trash and go through all the pain/expense of an "upgrade"?

Not to mention that, for many people, Windows XP is the only desktop operating system they've ever known.
XP has been around for 13 years. In consumer technology, that's an incredible length of time. After so many years of consistency, of course there are going to be people - millions of them - who don't want to face change.

about 4 months ago
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New Apache Allura Project For Project Development Hosting

Raumkraut Re:GitLab Already Exists (43 comments)

I like Redmine, I do, but it has no support for actually being a source control server. On its own, browsing local repositories is all you get.

about 4 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Raumkraut Re:Space travel (357 comments)

In the end it will also not matter, because when these people reach the distant location, there will be no compatible civilization on earth left.

People don't generally think of multi-millennium cryo-sleeper journeys as a "there and back" deal, so the state of any civilization on Earth would be pretty much moot once they wake up at the destination.
That is, unless Earth has advanced so much that FTL Earth ships arrived at the destination before the sleepers did. In which case; "welcome to the world of tomorrow!"

There is no point in deep space travel as long as we are not able to go faster than light or at least close to light speed.

Perhaps no point for those staying behind, no. But for the pioneers, however long the journey takes, they may well become the first humans to explore and colonise a new planet and star system. If you honestly think that such an amazing achievement is entirely pointless, then I think you might be on the wrong website.

about 4 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

Raumkraut Re:But He Isn't (276 comments)

So an "official" SN account has denied this being the "real" SN.
The question I ask is: Why didn't that "official" account post a denial for each of the other times someone has been suggested to be "the guy"? Why does this Satoshi Nakamoto get a denial, and not the others?

Methinks he does protest too much.

about 5 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

Raumkraut Re:Personal Details (276 comments)

Thought experiment: Remember that guy at Tiananmen Square? If you're not Chinese, you probably know who I mean. Would you consider it "ethical" for an American newspaper to publicise his new identity, location, family, etc.?
What if it then turns out that wasn't the guy after all? Do you consider it "ethical" to publicise all the details about some random citizen, and - at the very best - turn their life upside down, just because some journalist thinks they're probably someone important, due to finding some circumstantial evidence?

"In the public interest" is not the same thing as "interesting to the public".

about 5 months ago
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Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

Raumkraut Re:On the other side (378 comments)

Perhaps about the same amount that isn't being reflected from those areas of the world where snowfall has been at a record low this winter. Like here in the arctic.

about 5 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Raumkraut Re:Debt (467 comments)

So the real story is that the Police Department in question had an outstanding arrest warrant against someone whose address they knew (the court had sent her several certified letters), and they did nothing about it for nine years?

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Raumkraut Re: Why? (2219 comments)

That's the point of a protest though; to get the attention of people who might otherwise not notice that there is a problem.
They are effectively picketing slashdot; inconveniencing the normal readers like you and I, to put pressure on the management to take their protest more seriously, and offer something more than just platitudes and empty promises.

about 6 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Raumkraut Re:Vanilla.js FTW (573 comments)

jQuery is the PHP of Javascript frameworks.

about 6 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Raumkraut Re:eh, it's not that bad (459 comments)

As someone who touch-types Dvorak at home, and has to switch back to QWERTY at work, I think I can safely say my experience trumps your few symbol keys moving around...

I'd argue that no, it actually doesn't trump it.
IME it is *far* easier to switch between two completely different systems, than to switch between two systems which are exactly the same, except for one or two minor parameters.

Consider a Brit, who fluently speak both English and Russian, conversing with two people; one of whom speaks Russian, and only Russian; the other speaks US English, and only US English. When speaking with the Russian, the Brit's brain need switch to and maintain Russian only once. When speaking to the USian, the Brit can speak in their native tongue - except when certain words come up, which the brain must anticipate, and engage to translate those to US English.

about 6 months ago
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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

Raumkraut Re:"according to the law" (408 comments)

Indeed. I see a lot of assertions that Ulbricht was "The Dread Pirate Roberts", and in this article that he was the "founder". Has Ulbricht actually been found - in a court of law - to be either, or confessed to being so? Not so far as I've heard. There's a lot of accusations flying from government agencies, which are then repeated verbatim by "news" agencies who are more interested in a dramatic story than accuracy or facts.

However, the phrase "... shall dispose of the bitcoins ... according to law" is pretty much a non-statement. They're hardly going to say "we're going to sell them off illegally". What they will do all depends on what the law says, and it may well say they can't do jack until and unless the accused is found guilty, and the assets found to be the proceeds of crime.
That said, it is entirely possible that his assets could be lawfully siezed and disposed of by US law enforcement at this point, since they apparently have the legal power to do so when they suspect or accuse someone of a crime, in certain circumstances/jurisdictions.

about 6 months ago
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Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

Raumkraut Re:Off topic, but why WASD? (110 comments)

I don't know why WASD "won" (people say "AWSD"? Really?), but I've never played a game which had ESDF as the default. I've never even *heard* of a game which had a pre-configured option to use those keys. Not that I disagree with the advantages, however.

But back in my day, ZX*? was the standard.

about 7 months ago

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