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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Talennor Re:Answer: no (97 comments)

What if I reframe the question, "We can standardize regulatory frameworks between allied friendly countries through modernizing uphevals. In the long run this is expected to be free of cost, or even slightly profitable!" I don't know if it'll change your mind, but it sounds nice to me.

about 2 months ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Talennor Re:Missing the obvious? (183 comments)

And it was obvious enough for an undergrad to discover. Even though it passed the (at the time) tried and true methods that proved the fitness of many designs. It even became a cautionary tale that improved our procedures without the building falling down and killing people (which I find to be the truly amazing part of this story).

However, your lego example could point out why wind wasn't tested at the corners. In pushing over legos you assume a constant force from any direction (since you're pushing with your hand/foot/whatever). But wind produces considerably less force at angles. How would you blow over a lego tower? Your first obvious choice might be to try directly at the sides.

about 3 months ago

Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

Talennor Verification Time (332 comments)

I'm still concerned with the verification time required to show that double spending hasn't happened. It's simple to double spend bitcoins, though within 20 minutes or so the blockchain will show which transaction went through. This means bitcoins can be used for online orders (as long as the seller is trusted because no chargebacks), but waiting around at the Target checkout for 20 minutes can't happen, at least with only direct bitcoin transfers. You could have a processor guarantee with more information to save time, but that's more like an already existing debit account and less like the bitcoin transfers people are excited about.

about 6 months ago

Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

Talennor Re:Mediocrity in Academics (194 comments)

And while the current reality isn't exactly new, we're creating new ways to understand and handle it. Can subpar research and publication be harnessed to advance us or is it just a drag? Is more education in our current model helpful to the new masses of PhDs? What does that do for science? Society? Not everyone uses their high school education in their jobs or really needs to even be literate, but it's made our society better in many ways to educate as many people as we do today. There's so many cool questions about what this is today that we're seeing and what it means and what we can do with it!

about 10 months ago

Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Talennor Re:Which is why I always put my car in [P]ark (1440 comments)

It is an exception, but now you're illegally parked in the middle of the road. But yeah, parking ticket < moving violation.

about 10 months ago

"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

Talennor Re:woosh (255 comments)

I agree. Even as a nerd there are better technical ways to protest censorship, like TOR.

about a year ago

"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

Talennor Re:woosh (255 comments)

Maybe you don't get it. It's not a solution, it's a protest.

about a year ago

Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones

Talennor Re:They aren't really "internet cafe's" (238 comments)

I just saw one while driving through Ocala. I don't know when this started, I don't live in the state anymore. It said "Internet Cafe" but was shady looking like a strip club. I was wondering about it until I was told it was for gambling.

1 year,21 days

Bypassing Google's Two-Factor Authentication

Talennor Re:I didn't get this (49 comments)

Problem is that "design improvement" is a security concern, and required for the system to function as desired. Adding wheels to a car might be a "design improvement", but you'd better have them.

about a year and a half ago

Bypassing Google's Two-Factor Authentication

Talennor Re:Where's the surprise? (49 comments)

It's a privilege escalation problem. The surprise was that changing your main password or password recovery email should be only done by the full account, not an ASP context.

about a year and a half ago

Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

Talennor Re:touch-typing? (240 comments)

I can, and it's a pretty useful skill for someone who lives in a cubicle all workweek. I've been surprised at people who've spent 20+ years in front of computers and never learned to type without staring at the keyboard and pecking with one or two fingers. Like my father who learned drafting in college where I learned CAD, and the always in front of your own computer thing showed up during his career. It doesn't take long to learn, but apparently you do have to try to learn.

about a year and a half ago

White House Petition To Make Unlocking Phones Legal Passes 100,000 Signatures

Talennor Re:Effectiveness of the petitions? (317 comments)

The attention is pretty effective for 100K people. What are you looking for? Immediate policy changes? 100K isn't exactly a majority (150M is!).

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Patents the Milkman

Talennor Re:Sounds like a subscription... (365 comments)

Strangely enough, I've managed my magazine subscriptions through Amazon for years. So their own stuff is prior art! And old enough they can't patent it anymore.

about a year and a half ago

Games Workshop Bullies Author Over Use of the Words 'Space Marine'

Talennor Re:Starcraft (211 comments)

It's why they're "Terran Marines" not "Space Marines". They copied the style, but the trademark isn't touched.

about a year and a half ago

Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

Talennor Re:Different rates? isn't this also true of alcoho (212 comments)

Difference: Current US regulation: you must clearly state the amount of alcohol in any canned/bottled/whatever drink.

about a year and a half ago

Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

Talennor Re:Makes good points (866 comments)

Yeah... a year of high school chem is a survey class. If you liked it enough you can major in it in college. So we already do exactly that.

about 2 years ago

Freeside Internet Services: Doing Well With Purely Free Software (Video)

Talennor Re:AGPL, legally weaker than a EULA. (53 comments)

Unless they wrote all the code from scratch, you may request and receive a copy for GPL'd code (and only GPL!). That was the way Freeside downloaded it and the restriction placed upon them in order to use code like Linux. You may not add further restrictions (like paying for source). Now, anything they wrote themselves, they can release under any license.

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu Asks Users To Pay What They Want

Talennor Best Linux Donation? (280 comments)

Let's say I want to donate to the best organization for Linux today, which if I don't see the desktop as the priority surely wouldn't be Canonical. Who would that be then?

about 2 years ago


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Talennor Talennor writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hmm... Today I wondered what this journal thing was and what I could do with it.


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