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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Rob Kaper Re:Americans are smart. (436 comments)

Your non-government % of GDP says you trust yourselves. Like government, that works better in theory than practice.


Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

Rob Kaper Re:the zombie apocalypse (87 comments)

Why are the parents going to school?

4 days ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Rob Kaper Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

Nothing is said about the ability of coal miners to learn how to code. You just can't teach them.

about 6 months ago

Facebook Autofill Wants To Store Users' Credit Card Info

Rob Kaper No problem, not your money (123 comments)

You can easily trust Facebook with your creditcard details. Creditcard payments represent the money of the creditcard company, not yours. In case of a Facebook leak, the system is compromised, not your wallet.

1 year,5 days

Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

Rob Kaper Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (1103 comments)

Ah, but you see many employees can't have a bank account. If your history with bounced checks is bad enough, no bank will ever open an account for you. Sad but true.

Excuse me if I sound like a troll, but checks are what my parents used in the early 1980s. How the hell are these still even present in the US today, let alone a dominant form of exchanging money?

about a year ago

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

Rob Kaper Re: FAIL! (768 comments)

All. A world where everyone is a criminal except for one person is still better when that one person is free and not convicted.

about a year ago

Too Perfect a Mirror

Rob Kaper Not git related (192 comments)

This is not a problem with git --mirror: rsync or any other mirroring tool would end up in the same situation.

It's up to the master to deliver the goods and upgrading a master should include performing a test run as well as making a backup prior to the real upgrade. This was a procedural failure, not a software failure. But good to hear disaster was averted.

about a year and a half ago

We Should Be Allowed To Unlock Everything We Own

Rob Kaper Re:AMEN! (317 comments)

What invasion?

Presumably the one of Old Worlders.

about a year and a half ago

Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

Rob Kaper Re:Sure... we believe you (389 comments)

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

False for The Netherlands. Yes, muslims like halal food and yes, they want it available. The food industry complies not because of threats, but mostly because 5% of the population is significant enough to cater to. It is no different from biologic food, vegetarian meals, etc. Now if one wouldn't be able to get bacon or pork anymore, that would be a problem, but the fact that aside dozens of non-halal choices there are also halal choices for sale is not an inorfinate influence.

about a year and a half ago

Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

Rob Kaper Re:Before commenting, please remember... (389 comments)

The major difference is that when a Christian nutbag kills some people, in no part of the world is there a celebration in the streets. Whereas successful Islamic terrorism is in many places openly celebrated by whole communities passing out candy and cheering about how the murderers are heroes. It is intertwined with a culture of hatred and violence that is supported by communities.

Most of these celebrations are staged by interest groups. Also, many communities there are fed hatred through their governments and government-run media while having little to no alternative sources of information and no job or entertainment to keep them otherwise occupied. That is a problem, but I doubt religion is a major factor.

about a year and a half ago

Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

Rob Kaper Re:More like 7-8 centuries (389 comments)

But ya

Christianity grew up. It's not perfect, it still has plenty of crazies in various kinds, but by and large Christianity grew out of the crusades mentality. Islam by and large has not.

Islam in the western (read: prosperous) world mostly has. Almost all extremism has direct origins in countries with oppressive regimes or areas with so much poverty, corruption and inequalities that any person would find it hard to create a decent life under moderation. The average muslim in a decent environment does not resort to terrorism or hatred any more than the average non-muslim in such an environment.

about a year and a half ago

You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

Rob Kaper Re:64-bit computers DO NOT solve this problem (492 comments)

I'll sell licenses for $1kUSD a pop, which by 2038 will only be enough to cover the cost of a McDonalds Synthetic Cheeseburger Paste from the Value Menu.

Neh. Overestimating that cheesburger at $4 currently, that would require a yearly inflation of over 24%.

about a year and a half ago

Trip To Mars Could Damage Astronauts' Brains

Rob Kaper Re:Another reason we're stuck on this blue planet (505 comments)

We evolved over billions of years to be exactly fit to live in a particular zone of the Earth's surface, and the odds of finding another suitable planet are as likely as Captain Kirk finding beautiful alien women who speak English.

Once a week? Not bad.

about a year and a half ago

FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet

Rob Kaper Re:The proof is inverted in an airplane (449 comments)

There has to be proof that such devices CAN'T harm a plane's avionics. Once that is done, we'll be able to play with our toys.

You are allowed to bring them on board. That's all the proof you need.

about 2 years ago

Michigan Makes It Illegal To Ask For Employees' Facebook Logins

Rob Kaper Re:However.... (132 comments)

Anybody who put those on their application forms these days is just asking to be sued.

It's stupid also: age can be deduced from the resume. Someone who finished high school in 1995 like me is not going to be 18 nor 60.

about 2 years ago

Mars-Like Conditions Sufficient to Sustain Earth-Bound Microbes

Rob Kaper No, the question is: what happened (78 comments)

The real question is: if Mars once had Earth-like conditions, is there a risk Earth will end up with Mars-like conditions in the foreseeable future?

about 2 years ago

Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

Rob Kaper Re:No cell phone, no Facebook (325 comments)

If you aren't currently in college, you have to buy a mobile phone that can receive texts in order to verify your account.

If you have a computer or regular access to one and an interest in Facebook, chances are you also already have a cell phone or could easily get a lousy prepaid for a tenner. There are plenty of concerns one can have with Facebook, but this really is not one of them.

about 2 years ago

Linus Torvalds Will Answer Your Questions

Rob Kaper What would you have done differently? (460 comments)

It's been over twenty years since the inception of Linux. With 20/20 hindsight, what you have done differently if you had had today's knowledge and experience back in the early days?

about 2 years ago



Mars One: human settlement in 2023

Rob Kaper Rob Kaper writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rob Kaper writes "Mars One is a Dutch enterprise aiming to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2023, starting with four permanent settlers followed by others every two years. The mission is to be financed privately by creating a massive media event and Mars One claims to have found at least one potential supplier "for every component of the mission". Can private space endeavours go where no nation state has gone before?"
Link to Original Source

Rob Kaper Rob Kaper writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rob Kaper writes "KDE exists 10 years. The Dot writes: "Yesterday at 10:00 AM the president of the KDE e.V. Eva Brucherseifer welcomed the audience of the presentation track at the KDE anniversary event at the Technische Akademie Esslingen (TAE) in Ostfildern near Stuttgart, Germany. Keynote speakers were Matthias Ettrich, founder of the KDE project, as well as Klaus Knopper of Knoppix fame. During their presentations they looked back at KDE's successful past 10 years and they offered their thoughts about the future of KDE and Free Software." We've come a long way in ten years, but where must we still improve?"


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