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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Sique Re:Government Intervention (416 comments)

You are argueing as if it was either existing ISPs or a government-run (municipal) ISP. Why can't they coexist? That's what happens here around. I can get the Internet connection from the local utility (which is basicly a municipal ISP), I can get it from the former telco monopolist, or I can get it from numerous other privately owned ISPs, of which some are just resellers of lines of others.

What we have is only the governmental mandate that an ISP with a local monopoly of lines has to offer capacity on the last mile to other ISPs in a non-discriminatory manner. That's all. Thus about every ISP is potentially able to offer his product everywhere. If he is not present with its own lines, they can be rented from the local monopolist or quasi-monopolist. Problem solved.

yesterday
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

Sique Re:With a name like his (143 comments)

If you get hold of a list of robocallers, you could put something similar up yourself with Asterisk or any other of the free phone switch software packages.

2 days ago
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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

Sique Re:Going to be a lot of dead kids and pets (90 comments)

This test track is the Autobahn A9, one of the most used Autobahns in Germany, connecting Berlin and Munich, largest and third largest german city.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Sique Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (818 comments)

You probably could even get the BMW turbo engine street legal with lots of exhaust filtering, but that was not the point I was trying to make. Yes, the BMW engine was consuming immense amounts of gas, it was extremely noisy, and it would a bad idea to build it into a normal street car, as it had a high probability to break within the next 1000 miles.

But in general, getting more sheer power out of a certain engine size or configuration is not so much of an engineering problem (e.g. just add lots of chargers, and don't forget the cooling). It's more of a design decision if you want to have better all day behaviour and more stability under load, or if you want more impressive data sheet numbers. You surely can tune the Bugatti W16 to put out 1300 or 1400 hp and still being street legal, but what's the point? Koenigsegg decided to go a more extreme route, getting more power out of their engine, knowing well that their cars won't be used in the daily commute anyway.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Sique Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (818 comments)

It gets even worse. BMW got 1300 HP out of a 1.5 litre 4cyl in 1986. It was the "qualification" setting on their Formula 1 race engines for the Brabham team built into the Brabham BT55.

about a week ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Sique Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (496 comments)

That's akin to say that until we have all the results from all supporting structures in a crumbling building, we shouldn't start to evacuate.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Sique Re:More proof (666 comments)

Global Warming is a fact. The last year was globally the warmest on record, and the next 10 warmest years on record were all in the last 20 years.

So the Earth surface is indeed getting warmer since the times we started to record it, which goes back in some regions to the 18th century. If the average temperature of the Earth's surface is getting warmer (which it does at least since we started to measure it), and if it is happening globally, there is good reason to call it Global Warming.

That there can be local warming that is even larger, or that there are locations which are colder on average now than they were when we started to record temperatures, is quite possible. The region I live in has gotten 2 K warmer on average since the begin of the records (which were somewhere around 1760, thus encompassing the whole era of Industrialization), much larger than the 0.7 K on average we measure globally. So there surely are regions which warmed less than 0.7 K on average.

This is a fact you can read at NOAA or whatever organisations keep record of local and global temperatures.

Where the theorizing starts is if this trend continues in the future, and what causes the Global Warming. But the single fact that the Earth's surface got warmer globally and on average is no hypothesis, is a fact we have measurements of.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Sique Re:More proof (666 comments)

And those facts the jury votes one are (or should be) worth nil, if new evidence pops up that contradicts it. Then people get exonerated for crimes they didn't commit, and the former conviction is vindicated.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Sique Re:More proof (666 comments)

No, he claimed that the temperature of the Venus' atmosphere at "earthly" conditions, e.g. at a pressure of about 1 bar (somewhere 100,000 feet above the Venus surface) is, after correcting for the distance to the Sun, the same as on Earth.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Sique Re: The average human being (291 comments)

Just some examples of non-normal distributed events:

  • Most things related to speech and text: Distribution of letters, of words, of word length etc.pp. (a phenomenom called Zipf's Law).
  • The height of the Earth's surface: It has two large maxima, one at sea level, and another one at about 10,000 feet depth.
  • Income, sales, wealth and other economic numbers (Pareto's Law).
  • The size of lakes, the length of rivers and other geographic numbers.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Sique Re: The average human being (291 comments)

Actually, the distribution will be normal, because the IQ is defined to be normally distributed. For each task in the test, the points awarded are carefully tested with many probands, and the weights calculated until the resulting score has a normal distribution.

There is not reason why a distribution in general should be normal, and many of them aren't.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Sique Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

You mean, it tries to start services and also logs the events that happen during the startup? How barbarishly un-UNIX-y!

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

Sique Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (441 comments)

It might be one of the problems with the U.S. discussion about Global Warming. It's impossible in the U.S. to separate the actual global warming (2014 set a new global temperature record) from the politics. Everyone who argues that there is a global increase in temperature (the global warming), is immediately suspected of having an agenda, and the agenda has to be Big Government or Communism or some other scarecrow.

So arguing that there is no global warming, that the global warming has stopped, that it is not man-made or that it is a non-issue, because it will actually benefit us, is seen as some way of defending Freedom[tm], and many libertarian leaning people and a lot of conservative ones feel a mission to cast doubt on solid science, because defending Freedom is always good work, right? And because the science itself is quite solid (we can actually measure the heat trapping properties of different levels of the components in the atmosphere, and we have a good way to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide and methane we release in the atmosphere), the doubt is cast either on the researchers (they are accused to have an agenda, they are called liars, they are suspected to conspire against us all...), or on the immediate conclusions. Models are called misleading, every new discovery how to more correctly assess an effect gets hailed as proof that the evil climate scientists are wrong again etc.pp..

Try to separate the science and the politics! And yes, denying the science on whatever level is at first an attempt to politice the science.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

Sique Re:Junk science (154 comments)

But it's the best we can have. And there are still ways to test theories about historical events. If you can predict future archeological finds from your hypothesis, then there is a possibility that your hypothesis about the historical facts is close to the truth. If you find an ancient document agreeing with the hypothetical account for some event, then it's quite possible that the events happened in the way the hypothesis stated. And if for instance an archeological experiment shows that some object that was thought to be a tool for a certain task proves to be quite inadequate for the task, then there is reason to doubt the hypothesis about that object.

Yes, we can't build a time machine and go back in time to check. But we can make educated guesses about it. We can't also travel to a quasar and check if our theories about the behaviour of quasars are right, but we can make educated guesses about them, and there is no reason to throw out everything we hypothetize about quasars or call research into quasars pseudo-science, just because we can't get there.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

Sique Re:what language is (154 comments)

A douchebag is a tool, thus you are redundant.

about two weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Sique Re: noooo (560 comments)

The assumption is completely different: We assume that our whole infrastructure is adapted to the climate state about 30-50 years ago. A change in the climate, how favourable it might be in the far future, means at first rebuilding and adapting. We have to clear whole countries like the Maledivas or the coral island states of the Southern Pacific, because they will be under water. We have to resettle the population of Florida and Bangladesh, because most of the land will turn into ocean or swamp. We have to give up all current beach site property, because the beach will be somewhere else. Real estate prices will shift tremendously, power balances will have to be balanced anew. Whole cultures have already crumbled because of subtle climate changes, and today, about 75% of the world populations are living in regions which will be directly affected by climate change. Maybe after some decades, all will be fine, and we might be able to farm in Antarctica, or some deserts have turned into wet lands, but until then, there will be turmoil.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Sique Re:Not this again... (755 comments)

Actually, intuition is the narrative mind at work. We tend to convert every information, every knowledge into narratives, and if information or knowledge are incomplete, we fill in the holes with bits that make a good narrative. This process is called intuition.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Sique Re:Atheists *are* believers ... (755 comments)

Everyone except some pantheists is an atheist. Only some of them think that there is one god more which doesn't exist.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Sique Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

An ideology is just a modernist way to have a religion without having too many discussions about the hairstyle of the Supreme Being.

In many ways, Maoism or soviet style Stalinism are religions in about the same way we consider Confucianism or Taoism a religion. They are closed belief systems with a fundamental set of dogmata, they appeared preconceived by their founding fathers and all following discussions were just about how to correctly interpret the holy scriptures.

about a month ago

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Oldest known multicellurar lifeforms on public display for the first time

Sique Sique writes  |  about a year 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 4 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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