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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Rhymoid Re:Winter is coming (461 comments)

100% renewable is a pipe-dream.

I call bullshit.

  1. Because the consumption rate is far higher than the production rate, we'll eventually run out of non-renewable (actually, poorly-renewable) energy sources. From then on, it's inevitable that all energy we use is 100% 'renewable'.
  2. Of course it's a pipe-dream if we're not willing to use it. There are plenty of opportunities we haven't taken yet. There are many ways to harness geothermal, gravitational (tidal power) and solar power, directly or indirectly, more than we've touched so far.
  3. The only reason combustion engines are so efficient is because they're supported by decades of research. Give it time, and renewable energy can be efficient enough to replace it.
  4. Besides increasing production, we should also work on reducing consumption. Don't assume that the trend of increasing energy use continues the way it does now.

about 4 months ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Rhymoid Re: This reminds me of a great Simpsons episode (625 comments)

A fully functioning metabolism tries to hoard fat so that when you're starving

Little food -> accumulate fat.

limit your intake of dietary calories in order to deliberately burn your fat reserves.

Little food -> burn fat.

See the problem here?

about 5 months ago

TrueCrypt Cryptanalysis To Include Crowdsourcing Aspect

Rhymoid Re:Truecrypt fork (131 comments)

  • .cn: China
  • .ch: Switzerland (Confoederatio Helvetica; Latin, because the four languages used in Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Svizra don't otherwise agree on the appropriate abbreviation)

about 5 months ago

After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

Rhymoid Re:Facebook (166 comments)

A group of executives who don't know the difference between servers and routers? ("The network is the computer"...not.)

"The network is the computer" should probably be interpreted like Plan 9 from Bell Labs did (and to a much lesser extent, UNIX), where everything (including processes) is a file and network-transparency is key.

Next time, before attacking people on sentences you don't understand, inform yourself.

about 5 months ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

Rhymoid Re:Need better link (334 comments)

Agreed. TFA eventually leads to this 'source', but it doesn't refer to actual court proceedings. This seems to be a much more authoritative source, by the way.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Rhymoid Re:TFM (352 comments)

More eyes on the manual means more criticism, which might lead to the manual being improved.

about 5 months ago

How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

Rhymoid Not One Step Back (361 comments)

Of course, it's useful to cooperate and work on standards, but when you put that above your own principles -- in the case of Mozilla, that should be "an open and accessible internet" -- you're essentially dead.

If W3C institutes a bad standard, you don't have to follow them. Instead, Mozilla should've told them that they're not following suit, or even that this is the last drop and W3C can go fuck itself, and find a more creative solution to the problem of financing the internet's infrastructure.

about 5 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

Rhymoid Re:Doubleplusgood! (252 comments)

It might just be an attempt to joke about Ingsoc, you illiterate clod!

about 6 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Rhymoid Re:No explanation for why though? (254 comments)

Perhaps it has always been 55% (or lower). How did they come up with 95%? Perhaps they missed a lot of infections back then, because they didn't know what to look for, and they do know now.

about 6 months ago

To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Rhymoid Re:SOCIALISM! (338 comments)

This is nothing but thinly veiled Socialism.


The free market always will provide a superior solution ... and probably already has.


about 6 months ago

Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

Rhymoid Re:Unversity course from hell... (237 comments)

1) NEVER EVER try to build an editor in a structured language. Functional languages are a poor fit for procedural tasks.

Concrete examples, please. I've been using Haskell for a few years now, and I can't see the problem with "procedural" tasks. Especially when you don't define what that means.

3) The idea that you can build a provable system using a functional language is bat crap insane. In terms of proof it'll give you nothing that good unit tests wouldn't give you.

I suspect you (or your lecturer) encountered something like QuickCheck, which is indeed not more thorough than unit tests (but properties are much easier to write).

There are definitely techniques to truly prove correctness of software, which are based on dependently-typed functional languages like Coq, Agda and Idris. In these languages, the type system is so expressive that you can express theorems in it, and values of those types are proofs.

about 6 months ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Rhymoid Re:DUI checkpoints (461 comments)

They don't? I don't know how they happen in the USA, but I'd think they're performed by police officers. If a police officer notices a strong marijuana smell (like in this stop & search), isn't that enough for a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity, allowing a search anyway?

about 6 months ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Rhymoid Re:DUI checkpoints (461 comments)

The problem isn't how invasive it is, but how arbitrary it is. DUI checkpoints aren't as arbitrary as the 'legal' tool described in TFA.

about 6 months ago

404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Rhymoid Xanadu (72 comments)

I think Ted Nelson et al. would love to say "I told you so."

about 6 months ago

Steam's Most Popular Games

Rhymoid Magic number! (118 comments)

Since 37% is a pretty magical number in probability theory (exp(-1)), this study might either

  • have hinted that there's a very simple mathematical theory behind the purchase vs. usage of Steam games, or
  • be systematically and deeply flawed.

about 6 months ago


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