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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Sique I don't know where you live (I assume the U.S.). (105 comments)

But here around (Austria in Europe), we have providers that actually offer such services: An hotspot device hooked on LTE and a quite generous data plan. The device itself is not supposed to be mobile (needs a wall socket for power), but all the other components are there: see this or that.

3 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Sique Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (610 comments)

If they are so cheap, why do they need subsidies not only for the capital to built (which would cover the initial costs), but also for the energy they produce (which would cover operating cost)? Appearently, nuclear power is only cheap in theory, but not in practice. And we are talking here about a chinese-french partnership, both nations which don't have many issues with nuclear power in general, and they are building in the UK, a country with not much of an opposition to nuclear power.

about a week ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Sique Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (610 comments)

It has nothing to do with the U.S. in this case. Take this new nuclear power plant slated to be built in the UK:

The subsidaries necessary to get this project off ground include a 17 billion pound warranty by the government and a guaranteed price for the energy about 50% above the current market prices.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Sique Re:To their defense (314 comments)

I use the 100 EUR bill all the time. My average weekend shopping tops 100 EUR easily (we are a family of four), and then paying with the 100 EUR bill and additional cash just makes sense. And yes, I prefer paying cash. Maybe you are the exception?

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Sique Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (610 comments)

It is also very interesting that coal and nuke plants only spring up where there are subsidies. Deal with it: negotiations about the site of large industry projects are always influenced by local or global subsidies.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Sique Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

As a matter of fact: many birds of prey are pretty bad at avoiding obstacles. Not only wind farms are a danger to them, also solitary trees, towers or even large rocks. Because of the wind noise of the rotary wings, wind turbines actually are less dangerous to birds than for instance telegraph poles.

about two weeks ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Sique Re:Well... (127 comments)

So are in Torino (Turin for the non-italian people). You were saying?

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Sique Re:weev (721 comments)

You are forgetting that you are trying to defend an asshole by demonizing the victim.

about two weeks ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Sique Re:Well... (127 comments)

Greater London (which includes 31 boroughs) actually has 8.3 million people. The largest borough is Croydon, with about 370,000 inhabitants. The City of London is rather small with less than 8,000 inhabitants.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Sique Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

In the grey ages of the late 1980ies and early 1990ies, there was LPC, which had ducktyping to the extreme. If you called a method in an object which didn't implement that method, you just got 0 as result.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Sique Re:What this fuss over nothing? (179 comments)

But the people that regard jury nullification as necessary are ignoring the fact that it facilitates despotism of a majority against a minority, because it voids juridical safeguards. Jury nullification enables mob rule, it considers current moods more important than justice.

Yes, there have been cases where an obviously unjust accusation or a trial that tried to establish or protect powerful interests was derailed by jury nullification (John Lilburne comes to mind). His defenses and his treatises about justice and law are important documents, and they are still quoted. But jury nullification didn't help him avoid unjust imprisonation, and with his rhetorical talent and the immense support he had in the population, any conviction would probably have been overturned or nullified anyway for political reasons.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Sique Re:What this fuss over nothing? (179 comments)

There are people who would argue that jury nullification itself is a problem, as it disturbs a fair justice. If a law is upheld in one case but not in another case because of jury nullification, then the two defendants in each case are not treated equal before the law. If a law is considered unjust, it should not be used and nullified in general, not just in single cases, where the defendant won over the sympathies of the juriy.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Sique Re:What this fuss over nothing? (179 comments)

There is no problem with a defense during a trial. Making the trial impossible is a problem. US citizens going free after they commited crimes against non-US-citizens is a problem, and the reluctance of the US to either try them on US soil or have them tried somewhere else is a big problem.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Sique Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

On the other hand, International Law is just some agreement between nations and large interest groups, which sometimes gives one side moral superiority. International Law was invented as a kind of playground rules for the European powers to replace the Pax Romana after the fall of the Roman Empire. It was used sometimes, it was ignored sometimes, it was able to stir up some strong emotions, but in general, it's more like general guidelines. There is no legal or executive power that is both able to and tasked with actually enforcing International Law, while at the same time being impartial in the conflicts like an international court system or an international police force.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Sique Re:Gallons per mile? (403 comments)

Hm. I have a four cylinder that goes 120 mph. Barely yes, but it does. It's listed with a top speed of 191 kph, which is about 119 mph. And it's a plain station wagon, nothing fancy.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Sique Re:You mean our nightmare could become a reality (203 comments)

People are talking about problems decades WAY past the point of inception. Its like saying in 1900 that we certainly cannot have cities full of horseless carriages. People would drive into each other, run over one another, etc. These were problems they already had with horse and buggies, extrapolated to the worst extreme. Yes it can and would happen, but not to everyone and not everywhere you go.

This is a little bit ahistorical, as road signs and other traffic regulation is older than horseless cars. In the second half of the 19th century, London had the first road signs put up because of the increasing number of accidents involving bicyclists. When Carl Benz had his first horseless carriage ready, he immediately got handed down the first speed limits by the City of Mannheim: 4 mph within city limits, 8 mph outside. He later got the limits lifted by inviting some people from the city council for a ride on his carriage, and when even a milk carriage began to overtake his horseless one, they asked him to go faster, and when he objected because of the speed limits, they lifted it while still on the carriage.

about two weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Sique Re:please no (423 comments)

Greenland was never green, and even through the warmest period since the early Middle Age, it wasn't warmer than today.

In the Graenlandinga Saga, Bjarni Herjulfsson travels to Greenland, and the description in the Saga fits today: Mighty glaciers, mightier than those of Iceland, cover much of the land, and only a few green stripes were to be seen at the Western coast. The name Greenland is called bogus and chosen as an euphemism in the saga.

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Sique Re:It's like the metric system... (276 comments)

Columbus' travel never was about the world being flat or not. That's a made up story from the late 18th century. There is no evidence in Middle Age scholar's writing that the Earth was considered being flat at all. The only sources are two obscure byzanthine scholars from the 4th and 6th century, but they are never quoted in later writings.

Columbus' travel was about the circumfence of the Earth. While most scholars in the 15th century estimated the circumfence to be about 26,000 miles, quite close to reality, Columbus was convinced it was only 15,000, making a travel westward to India to seem actually feasible and shorter than the Portuguese way around the Cape of Good Hope.

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Sique Re:And the people before "Native Americans" (276 comments)

The evidence is so good, that sofar, we don't have any evidence about them ever being in the Americas in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone

Sique Re:as opposed to SanFran and LA? (65 comments)

A 4.5 is similar in intensity to an heavy truck driving along your home.

about three weeks ago

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Oldest known multicellurar lifeforms on public display for the first time

Sique Sique writes  |  about 7 months ago

Sique (173459) writes "The Natural History Museum in Vienna is the first to show the oldest fossils of macroscopic multicellular life. These outstanding fossils were investigated by an international team of scientists led by French-Moroccan geologist Abderrazak El Albani from the University of Poitiers and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). This sensational discovery fundamentally changed our understanding of evolution and pushed back the known origin of multicellularity about 1.5 billion years. Despite their evidence for the evolution of life, the Gabon fossils have never before been open to the public."
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Used software can be sold, the Court of Justice of the European Union say.

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licences allowing the
use of his programs downloaded from the internet. The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a computer program covered by such a licence is
exhausted on its first sale. This was decided today by the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case of UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp.."
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Humans and Baboon have separated later than though

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sique (173459) writes "The science magazine Nature reports recent findings of a fossil, called Saadanius hijazensis. Comparative anatomy and cladistic analysis shows that Saadanius is an advanced stem catarrhine close to the base of the hominoid — cercopithecoid clade, e.g. close to the last common ancestor of hominoides (apes and humans) and ceropithecoides (Old World monkeys). Genome-based estimates for divergence of hominoids and cercopithecoids range into the early Oligocene (roughly 35–30Myr ago), but the fossil is estimated to be 29–28Myr old."
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Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption

Sique Sique writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sique writes "The german technology news site Heise.de reports under the title Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption: At the Black Hat security conference, Austrian IT security specialist Peter Kleissner presented a bootkit called Stoned which is capable of bypassing the TrueCrypt partition and system encryption. A bootkit combines a rootkit with the ability to modify a PC's Master Boot Record, enabling the malware to be activated even before the operating system is started."

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