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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Sesostris III Re:Price not yet announced (141 comments)

From the first review I stumbled upon;

Cons:
- Samsung recommends turning off indexing for reliability. Doing so means that you can no longer search for files from the "Search programs or files"

Eh?

about an hour ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

Sesostris III Re:Slashdot (62 comments)

You forgot to mention "graph-plotters". Absolutely fascinating to watch in action. Around in the late '80s and early '90s for drawing A4 diagrams. Run from an old-style IBM PC.

(But then I also remember punched cards!)

about a week ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

Sesostris III Re:Slashdot (62 comments)

I like physical books - there are people like me who still buy them. I like dead-tree newspapers - I, like many, still get theirs daily. I like dead-tree magazines - easy to flick-through and just browse. So that's why.

Oh, and yes, I am a subscriber to Linux Voice.

(So to the magazine and its staff - thanks).

about a week ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

Sesostris III Re:How?? (105 comments)

Maybe consciousness isn't dependent on a physical body. However a physical anaesthetic when applied to a physical body can certainly "un" it! (albeit temporarily).

about two weeks ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

Sesostris III Re:How?? (105 comments)

Can computers become conscious? How would you anesthetise a conscious computer?

Today octopodes, tomorrow computers. See - relevant!

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Sesostris III Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

Ho hum. Some actual data:

Mean Central England Temperature Annual Anomalies, 1772 to 8th November 2014

Global-average temperature records (Global average temperature anomaly 1850 - 2012) One data set from a part of the UK, and one a global data set. The last few years are interesting in the UK set, and the trend in the global set is clear. By the way, note the ".gov.uk" moniker. This is an official UK government organisation, independent of party politics.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Sesostris III Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

Thank you

I wasn't accusing you of lying. What I wanted was some examples. (I've no particular agenda).

May I be permitted to make some observations?

Firstly making an incorrect prediction isn't lying as such, especially if the mistake is admitted.

Secondly, I'm not sure Al Gore is a scientist (I believe him to be a politician), so I'm not sure I would take his prediction seriously. (Now if he was quoting a scientist or scientists, that would be different. Was he?) (I should add that I'm not a US citizen, so forgive me if I have a tendency to disregard what politicians on either side of your political divide say. I don't particularly trust what my politicians say either, whatever their politics).

Thirdly, I'm curious as to where they say that you would face numerous hurricanes more powerful than Katrina. I would expect a scientist (as opposed to a politician) to make a statistical statement. Not to say that you are wrong - it just sounds like a peculiar statement for a scientist to make.

Fourthly, whenever I see predictions on ocean level rise, the timescale is usually hundreds of years (i.e. "by 2100 ..."), so I'm intrigued as to where the statement that beach houses in Florida should be under water comes from. When is this meant to be by?

Finally, as to "NO WARMING", there is a difference between climate and weather. As to weather, we've just had the driest (and one of the warmest) Septembers in the UK on record, and have just had the warmest Halloween on record. As this is weather rather than climate, I am happy to leave it to the climate experts (i.e. scientists, and not politicians) to come to conclusions.

One thing I can predict, when we find out for certain whether our current activities cause climate change (i.e. in a couple of hundred years or so, when all the fossil fuels have been used up and the consequences of using them as we have are better understood, not just by scientists but by politicians and the population at large), it won't affect me. I'll be long gone. As I don't have (and now won't have) children, it's not going to affect any of my descendents either.

Unlike us, those who are around however will know (experience) the truth. You are certain of your position on this matter. As I don't think humanity will change it's behaviour, I hope for their sake you are right.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Sesostris III Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

There have been undeniable lies presented by AGW supporters, and I'm sure the book lists them.

If there are undeniable lies, then you should be able to list a few of them (without us needing to buy the book). Indeed, please do.

Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

Sesostris III Apache family (147 comments)

If I was tasked with coming up with ideas for a Data Warehouse Server System, and given that I know almost nothing about such systems, my first port of call would probably be Apache. What about Cassandra, Hadoop, Hive, Mahout or Pig (or combinations thereof)? All of these are downloadable and playable-with (and being Apache, FLOSS).

As a previous poster pointed out, there is also PostgreSQL, again FLOSS. Again downloadable and playable-with.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

Sesostris III Re:Dear Slashdot, (147 comments)

Maybe. However I would also be interested in any answer (especially any answer involving FLOSS software). Interested not because it's my job or my company is looking to use such software, but because I'm curious and like to expand my knowledge.

In general I don't mind such questions on Slashdot, as they're usually interesting and informative to the rest of us. And if they're not, then I (we) don't read the article!

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:Too bad (474 comments)

Actually, this comment hits on an interesting issue. The problem with Greece et al is not the EU, it is the Euro, i.e. a shared currency. The UK is in the EU, but not the Euro (we've still got Sterling).

One of the claims of the Yes proponents in the Scottish Referendum was that Scotland could share a currency with the rest of the UK, despite being a separate country, i.e. Scotland and the UK could have a currency union without a political union. This was firmly rejected by the Westminster parties, and this rejection may have influenced the No vote. The reason for the rejection of sharing Sterling is precisely because of what is happening within the Euro zone of the EU - without some form of political union, a currency union will not work.

(I should add that I think the Euro zone shouldn't abandon the Euro to get it to work, but should engage in greater political union! I would like the UK to be there as well, but currently the idea of the UK joining the Euro - currency and political union - is as likely as a viable chocolate teapot, more's the pity)

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Interesting geographical breakdown (474 comments)

As an Englishman observing this from outside Scotland (but from within the UK), I find the geographical breakdown interesting. The overall result was 55.30% No and 44.70 % Yes, but looking at the results from the 32 councils only four had majorities for the Yes vote. 28 had a majority for No (albeit very slim in one instance).

The councils where the Yes vote was in the majority were all urban. In all the rural (and some urban) councils the No vote had the majority. OK, some of these are a lot smaller (in population) than the councils where the Yes vote had the majority, but they were a lot larger geographically.

What was very interesting was that some areas which voted No are SNP strongholds, including Alex Salmon's own constituency.

I think there is enough here to keep the pundits going for months!

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

I'm sorry, are you asking why a politician would lie?

Because the UK is a democracy, and they'll get voted out if caught at it!

(Incidentally, a few ex-MPs have been imprisoned over the past few years for making false expenses claims).

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

There are probably a lot of people in both Scotland and the rest of the UK who agree with you! Interestingly there were no plans for an independent Scotland to give up the monarchy. The Queen would've remained their Head of State, as she is for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Incidentally, the Union of the Crowns predates the Union of the Parliaments.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sesostris III Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

Since I last posted, the pledge from the parties behind the No campaign for more devolution powers have already fallen apart. A lot of people voted no because they were promised a more federalised UK

I assume you mean Milliband's statement at 17:42 BST:

"Our task now is to make sure that we deliver on the timetable we've set out, to deliver extra powers to the Scottish Parliament, and we will deliver on that."

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-29130277

Don't worry, as someone from England, I want to see the leaders keep the promise they made. Don't give up yet!

(For our non-UK readers Milliband is the leader of the Official Opposition, and potential next Prime Minister. His words carry clout.)

about 2 months ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Sesostris III Re:Sitting on the floor? (181 comments)

I think it got modded -1, Offtopic because they couldn't mod -1, IDisagreeWithThis.

about 3 months ago
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2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

Sesostris III Re:Why would I buy 2600 or attend HOPE X? (59 comments)

Perhaps Timothy actually read the article, specifically the second paragraph where they say;

This caused us to scramble to find alternative methods of getting our magazine into stores around the world, a feat we accomplished without too much difficulty.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Ah well, you beat me to it! I should've refreshed before typing.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Actually, it's worse. Ideally it would be:

Set<Object> s = new LinkedHashSet<Object>();

Or, I believe in java 8 you can infer the type as follows:

Set<Object> s = new LinkedHashSet<>();

That's why I suggested in an IDE. It will generally help the coder. However, I take your point!

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Java in Eclipse or NetBeans. It's not interpreted but you can create it and run it in-situ ('Run As' in Eclipse). It also ticks most of the other boxes (web - Apache Tomcat. Mobile - not looked int this but there's mobile Java or there's Dalvik. GUI - Swing, SWT or JavaFX). I believe that NetBeans may be better for visual GUI development (I'm not familiar with NetBeans. I use Eclipse and set things up manually with Swing if required).

The only down-side is the learning curve. However there are lots of resources on the Web, and many books available. It is also cross-platform, maintained (by Oracle) and free (Gratis and, if you use OpenJDK, Libre). There are also plenty of third-party libraries you can download.

If I need something quick and dirty, it's what I use. (But then, I'm a Java developer so probably biased!)

about 5 months ago

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UK organisation set up to encourage IPv6 adoption, closes

Sesostris III Sesostris III writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sesostris III (730910) writes "In April 2010, with £20,000 of government money, 6uk was set up to encourage the adoption of the IPv6 protocol in the UK. In December 2012 the board resigned en-masse in protest at official indifference to its work.

"The biggest organisation we needed to join 6UK was the government" the former director, Philip Sheldrake, is quoted as saying. Without government support "There's no material incentive for any organisation to go for IPv6". Government interest can be gauged by the fact that no government website currently sat on an IPv6 address.

The UK is among the nations that have done the least to move to IPv6, and lags behind other nations in adopting the new protocol. In contrast, governments like that in the US are encouraging adoption of the new protocol by mandating IPv6 compliance in contracts."

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