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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Sobrique Re:Where? (89 comments)

Solar panel by day, wind trap by night!

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Sobrique Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

One boeing aircraft may look much like another at 10km distance. And boeing make military aircraft as well as civilian. *shrug*. It _could_ all just be a horrific accident.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Sobrique Re:Who benefits (503 comments)

B52s are made by Boeing and still in service I believe? OK, so the B777 might not look _too_ similar, but if you're not expecting a civilian flight, you might make that mistake.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Sobrique Re:Who benefits (503 comments)

Depends how much they knew about the thing they were shooting at. I mean, Boeing make military aircraft too. Are B52s still in service? What does one of those look like from 10km away or on a radar?

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Sobrique Re:Russia has no choice (503 comments)

"There is no such thing as a former KGB man" - Vladimir Putin.
He was Lieutenant Colonel when he left in '91. I don't think you spend 15 years in the KGB and get to that rank without learning a thing or to about 'playing games'.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Sobrique Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Unless the aircraft is destroyed out right by the explosion, it'll be damaged and start to crash. I would hope that the onboard monitoring would notice that damage and start warning the pilots, which is a really good cue to start uploading your black box data. Anything where the black box actually survives, there's something to notice 'things going wrong'.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Sobrique Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

Circles are a good notion, and one I like. I don't mind using my real name, but even so - am still a _bit_ edgy about getting 'googled up' by a prospective employer as a result.
However, I also know people who - for example - have had messy breakups with exes, and don't want said ex tracking them down again.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

Sobrique Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

On the flip side though, there are people who are victims of domestic abuse, are relocated witnesses, wish to make comment from within an oppressive regime, have been high profile victims of crime, or are just 'ordinary' famous. They also want to use the internet, and have good reasons not to want to 'go public'.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

Sobrique Re:Cost (143 comments)

Slightly different beasts I think. R is a really impressive analysis tool. Python is a scripting language. The latter is quite a bit more versatile, but ... probably isn't the right tool to solve the problem outlined in the OP.

about a month ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Sobrique Re:Not surprised (170 comments)

Well, you can. You get to vote. Or move to another country. Or declare independence. I understand that's worked out well occasionally.

about a month ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Sobrique Re:Not surprised (170 comments)

There's always always a balance. The police have powers to investigate the innocent. They're innocent because they're - legally - innocent until _proven_ guilty. Which means - by definition - the police are always targeting 'the innocent'. There's a bunch of rules to limit this, including not least a system of warrants - to do certain things to people, you need to be able to convince a judge that they're sufficiently dirty to be worth further investigation. But they're still - in the literal sense - still innocent at that point, because you haven't proven their crime in a court of law.

It's not a perfect system by any means, but it mostly works - _generally_ the bad people get caught and punished, and the good people are protected. But sometimes there are abuses, and part of the point of any system of justices is that it has to accept the inevitable - that sometimes you'll get it wrong.

But it's generally accepted to be one of the least bad options.

about a month ago
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Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

Sobrique Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (162 comments)

Loads of people die in hospitals. Who knew? Dangerous places those hospitals.

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Sobrique Re:Solar Freakin' Walls! (501 comments)

World's biggest game of tetris....

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Sobrique Re:stupid comparison (501 comments)

Most tyres mix units. I have 220/50/R17 on mine - width in mm, depth in percentage ratio, and wheel radius in inches. This might seem utterly daft, until you realise that it makes dimension transposition quite difficult - you'll (almost!) always be able to sort the units into numeric order and get consistent results.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Sobrique Re:What's the big deal? (561 comments)

Q: How do you know you're tallking to a mensa member?
A: They'll have already told you.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sobrique Re:It should be dead (283 comments)

If you're doing 2000 liners, Perl also lets you do things like object oriented code, modularisation etc. It may not be the best tool at that job, but it's a pretty versatile one that scales quite well.

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sobrique Re:go ahead and blame (283 comments)

And you still get bad code. How about we stop blaming a language for what's clearly a wetware problem?

about a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sobrique Re:It should be dead (283 comments)

You can write bad code in any language. Perl is just more tolerant. That's a feature. It means you have more scope for writing _good_ code, with decently formatting, structure and idioms.

You don't have to do that of course, and you can continue playing with obfuscated code. But really - that's not the fault of the language you're using.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sobrique Re:Stick with Unix / Linux, Scripting or C (466 comments)

I don't agree. C is great for hooking syscalls into the OS and does work extremely fast... however it's also incredibly unfriendly for the tasks that most people need to do. I'd start with something higher level, and drop down to C if you really need to squeeze the last little bit of performance out.

about a month and a half ago

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Forum Ban = Game Ban. All of them.

Sobrique Sobrique writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sobrique (543255) writes "Well, over on Twenty-Sided Shamus has posted an article, regarding EA's forum policies. Specifically pointing out this post:

Well, its actually going to be a bit nastier for those who get banned.

Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since its all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It's all one in the same, so I strongly reccommend people play nice and act mature.

All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but its what we have to do.

Those banned will stay banned, but like most other internet services, its not that hard to create a new fake e-mail account. However, its a lot harder to get a new serial key =)

So, EA will now be holding to ransom everything you've bought from them, should a moderator take a dislike to your posting. Maybe you're complaining about DRM or something?"

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