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Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

Shisha Re:Did it "confirm" it was caused by man? (967 comments)

It didn't "confirm" it was caused by man, as it didn't set out to and doesn't claim to.

Nevertheless the collected data seem to indicate a steady increase in temperature. This has coincided with increased emissions of CO2 (while many other factors remained constant, or more precisely didn't vary enough to allow anyone to claim correlation). This of course does not mean that it's _caused_ by the increased emissions of CO2.

But if my belly starts aching I look at what I ate that others didn't. And if I ate something that others didn't (say a dodgy kebab) and I feel bad and they don't then of course I can't claim I feel bad because of the kebab. But I'm sure not going to have the same kebab next time. I don't wait for a double blind study done on a statistically significant sample to confirm to within some statistical error that the kebab is indeed bad.

more than 3 years ago

EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

Shisha Re:Mr Motti: (459 comments)

Second that!

You'd think that Italian MEPs would have better things to worry about right now, like not being able to borrow money if it wasn't for ECB and possibly not being able to pay their debts.

But no, that c.nt wants to have a way to let the government to spy on everyone.

more than 3 years ago

University Switches To DC Workstations

Shisha Re:More Secure? Regionalism, maybe? (468 comments)

The whole article is full of strange statements.

Consider the following part:

Not content with lowering power usage and reducing energy loss, the University hopes to extend the environmental credentials of the new network by installing mini wind-turbines or solar panels, both of which output a DC current and therefore don’t require inefficient conversion from AC to DC.

My school physics may be a bit rusty but I would assume wind turbines produce either pulsating DC or AC and hence the current has to be converted before use by electronics.

more than 2 years ago

University Switches To DC Workstations

Shisha Re:DC is more secure? (468 comments)

They meant to say it's more reliable, because there are fewer parts inside the computer that could fail.

You could argue in the opposite direction: if the main ACDC converter fails, all the computers go down, not just one. Swings and roundabouts I guess.

more than 2 years ago

UK Gov't Says "No Evidence" IE Is Less Secure

Shisha Re:Probably true, even. (342 comments)

I'm very happy that majority of users use IE. This makes it still the most attractive target for hackers. In turn that means that they have less time to work on exploits for the browser I'm using. "Security through obscurity" works in this case (though of course the phrase comes originally from open source vs. closed source).

more than 4 years ago

The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

Shisha Re:this seems like the "TiVo" situation to me (782 comments)

I can see where your arguments are coming from and I think your opinion makes sense.

However anyone can download the code from their website and compile it on the iphone simulator (which, together with XCode is a free download from Apple). You could argue that you still need a non-free os to run it which won't make RMS happy, but then again on a PC you more often than not have a non free BIOS that's needed to run the OS. And pretty much any computer has a non-free hardware.

Because of this, and other reasons, in my opinion there's nothing wrong with selling a GPL program on the Itunes store as long as anyone who bought it can get the source code.

more than 5 years ago

Programming Language Specialization Dilemma

Shisha Re:Good News! (569 comments)

Think about what sort of programming you would like to do. Remember that writing software is only a way of solving some wider problem, so think what should that be? What would you love doing? To get anywhere as a programmer you have to undersand and enjoy working in the wider field. Very few people end up writing OS kernels or other "programming for the sake of computers". The rest of us make tools for other people (Word processors, painting programs, CAD, banking software, databases, you name it). Think which of these above would you enjoy working on.

Once you've decided on that, choose any language you like, and start working on some small relevant project. Once you have something put the link on your CV. At our company, once we get someone's CV and it looks good, we go to google and find what the guy has done. Publications, software projects etc. Then we decide whether to interview. During the interview we'll talk about that. We don't care whether the person can do Java or C++ if they're graduates. (even though we prefer C++).

more than 5 years ago

BBC Offers iPhone Version of iPlayer, Accessible to Linux Users Too

Shisha Re:Fortunately... (187 comments)

Because for each tv owning household in the UK pays the BBC over 100 pounds a year.

more than 6 years ago



Shisha Shisha writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Shisha writes "A company called Steorn claims to have developed a technology that breaks the laws of theormodynamics and produces free energy. This of course seems to fall firmly in the hoax department. What makes it odd is that they seem to be looking for scientists to verify their claims. Would any of you Slashdot reading scientists consider taking up the challenge? After all, if you help uncover their hoax you're doing a favor to the scientific community. And if it's real? Well, I put that possibility aside as unlikely for now. The last question is, why would they not go trough the established scientific channels? Is it greed? Do they want to patent the trick? Is it that they think no one would take them seriously? Or is it simply because it's a hoax? Or an elaborate trick to harvest scientist's addresses for spammers?"


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