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Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

SeeSchloss Re:Hmmmm ... (75 comments)

The map is actually produced from IAEA data, not from measurements, so no it won't help. On the contrary, the idea is that these measurements are so difficult/expensive to make that it's better to choose a place far from nuclear plants which would skew them. We can't just measure antineutrinos worldwide (at least for now).

about 7 months ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

SeeSchloss Re:O RLY (259 comments)

unless those buying the seeds sign a contract which clearly states they assume all responsibility for what the seeds do to their environment

Well, I might not have the same perspective on "muh freedom", but you shouldn't be allowed to sign such a contract at all, because the scope obviously surpasses you. In an ideal world with an ideal justice system, such a contract should be void and both those who sold and those who used the seeds are responsible for the damage.

Sterile seeds have little to do with that, by the way, as they have been easy to produce and have been used for a long time already (sterility can be either desired or undesired depending on the crop, but usually it's just a side effect from hybridisation).

about 7 months ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

SeeSchloss O RLY (259 comments)

O RLY

about 7 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

SeeSchloss Re:France is obsolete today. (506 comments)

Different countries usually have different laws, for one thing. But you probably don't know that if you're American.

about 8 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

SeeSchloss Re:much ado about nothing (506 comments)

Your solution, on the other hand, would be... to not observe some laws near borders? That's not how legal systems work.

about 8 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

SeeSchloss Re:France is obsolete today. (506 comments)

Well, this is Canada, not France.

about 8 months ago
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New Interactive Map For Understanding Global Flood Risks

SeeSchloss Re:If you're going to go to all that trouble... (64 comments)

The sea-floor elevation maps are vastly less precise (because you can't just use a radar from satellite to measure sea-floor).

about 8 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

SeeSchloss Re:I guess they have never heard of two factor aut (731 comments)

What this paper says is only valid if "chip and signature" is an accepted method of payment, which is completely stupid and only caused by the widespread opposition in America to chip and pin. It's really like the story of the snake biting itself.

"The U.S. currently accounts for 47% of global credit and debit card fraud even though it generates only 27% of the total volume of purchases and cash". You really should not insist that the method used in much of the rest of the world, where fraud is 50% lower, is less secure. Because it really isn't.

Though I'm sure if you ever manage to switch, you will make sure to render your implementation completely flawed and useless, starting with idiotic "chip and signature" payments.

about 8 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

SeeSchloss Re:I guess they have never heard of two factor aut (731 comments)

Except it just doesn't happen, because the chip and pin system has not been broken yet (not in a meaningful, practical, usable way anyway). And if the card gets hacked from a database leak of some company that had your number stored, it's not chip and pin so you are fully covered. I really have trouble understanding all this opposition to chip and pin from Americans (not that I care a lot).

about 8 months ago
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Google Threatens French Media Ban

SeeSchloss Re:Government != people (419 comments)

Have you missed the part where this laws doesn't exist and it's just a bunch of companies trying to get the government to write it? And another company trying to get the government not to write it. What does it have to do yet with the incompetent morons who were voted into power? We can talk again once the law actually exists (which won't happen).

about 2 years ago
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US Doctors Back Circumcision

SeeSchloss Re:Lies (1264 comments)

Yeah well, mandatory ablation of the testicles and prostate at birth would prevent a LOT of cancers. Now is that really a good idea, though?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Found Guilty of French Copyright Infringement

SeeSchloss Re:I don't get it (254 comments)

Yeah, the French will massively start reading books in English if they don't find extracts digitised by Google on the interweb.

Or not. Maybe they'll just go to the library, or bookstore, or amazon.fr, or fnac.fr, or any other place where they can already find this.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Found Guilty of French Copyright Infringement

SeeSchloss Re:Yeah, but it's France.... (254 comments)

The thing is, if all there is between you and the place you want to invade is water, you can just sail to the place. If between you and the place you want to invade are a bunch of hostile countries, you have to own them first.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Enters Smartphone Wars With Bada OS

SeeSchloss Re:Sensors (175 comments)

On a site like /. it's assumed that you are so used to reading sloppy wording that editors can write "has" instead of "has support for"?

The activity sensors probably senses whether the device user is active or not. Now does it mean physical activity, or actually using the device, I don't know.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Enters Smartphone Wars With Bada OS

SeeSchloss Sensors (175 comments)

The bada OS has a variety of sensors, including accelerometers, tilt, weather, proximity and activity.

Now, please explain how an OS can possess sensors?

more than 4 years ago
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The World's First Osmotic Power Plant

SeeSchloss Re:Nuclear power plants are offtopic, but here goe (262 comments)

That's because of the way you do it. Every single of your nuclear plants is most probably completely different from all the others, maintenance is also probably done by many different companies... every new plant is built like it was the first one you ever built, and every plant is maintained like it was the only one you had, so you never make economies of scale (but each politician who builds a plant gets to please a friend's company, yay).

NB: I'm just guessing for Ontario, based on how things are often done in North America and observations from an uncle whose job is to check the safety of nuclear plants.

more than 4 years ago
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Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

SeeSchloss Re:Decimal and Thousands separators (420 comments)

Well, it has been standardised for a long time. Decimal separator is either a comma or a period (with a comma being recommended) and the thousands separator is either nothing or a space.

more than 4 years ago
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The End of Tax-Free Internet Shopping?

SeeSchloss Re:So how does that work for imports and exports? (784 comments)

But if you bought things in Montreal and went back to the US, you must have seen at the border the papers you have to fill and send to Québec and Canada to have your GST and TVQ refunded. So you simply paid the same as if you had bought these things in your country.

International law is quite clear and simple on this matter, unless there are special agreements (like in the EU) taxes should be collected by the country you live in, not the country you bought goods from, and if you buy things abroad, you should be refunded taxes by the foreign country, and pay taxes at home.

more than 5 years ago
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Japanese Online Connectivity Ahead of EU/US

SeeSchloss Re:I'm on 100Mb/S right now. (259 comments)

Well, maybe it's America's connectivity to the rest of the world that sucks then... when I had this 24M/1M connection in my small French city (well, actually it's a somewhat big city for me, but when I say there are 70 000 inhabitants, people usually tell me it's a town...) I could easily reach it, especially for bittorrent downloads.

about 7 years ago

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EU abandons plans to convert UK to metric

SeeSchloss SeeSchloss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeeSchloss (886510) writes "After years of trying to get Britain to switch to the metric system the EU has finally decided to give up the fight. Conversion was initially a precondition for UK's membership of the European Union, in 1973, and the deadline had been regularly extended since then. Should we add back the UK to the list of the three countries in the world which do not use the metric system (Myanmar, Liberia and the United States)? It looks like the more a country waits before switching to the metric system, the more difficult it is, most countries did it while their litteracy rate was low and avoided most of the problems the UK or the US would be facing now. Do you think it is realistic to expect the UK or the US to switch to the metric system now? Do you think such a conversion is even useful outside of technical fields (I hope we all agree that it is needed in space research, for example)?"

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