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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Urkki Re:Failed state policies (333 comments)

Is your point that the Cuban government is more successful than Iraq?

Or Afghanistan. Or North Korea. Iran... maybe not but Iran has oil money and is much bigger. Anyway, pretty well among enemies of US.

12 hours ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Urkki Re:Failed state policies (333 comments)

The Cuban people survived 55 years of near total trade embargo, with universal healthcare intact, and no one starving in the streets.

Cuba survived by getting huge payments from the USSR, then from Venezuela. I hope 'no one starving in the streets' isn't how you measure success these days.

No, success for a small country under US hostilities is not having having thousands upon thousands of civilian deaths while under US occupation/protection to establish democratic government. I think Cuba qualifies.

13 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Urkki Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

This very much depends on "what average IT job". I am in Finland and work a "very average IT job" and a major telco, me and my colleagues don't just have to provide our criminal record to the employer - the Finnish intelligence services (not regular police) do a full background check on us.

But it is worth mentioning, that content of the background check is not revealed, the employer only gets "yes" or "no" result from the check for the particular job. So in fact you are not providing your criminal records to anybody, you just provide permission for the background check.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

Urkki Death knoll for Java (187 comments)

I have to work with Java after a long while, and it is just... Suffocating. Archaic. Kludgey. Oracle. Ask! toolbar. trWTF.

C#, please come and rescue us! F#, deliver us from evil! MS has a chance to do some real good on the backend/server side landscape here. Let's hope they'll somehow manage to not screw it up!

I don't wish for Java to disappear or fail, mind you, I just wish I don't need to work with it in future...

about two weeks ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

Urkki Re:Idea (244 comments)

A rich person lives in a House. The money for maintaining it comes from somewhere. He eats with his family, money comes from somewhere. He uses a car for personal purposes, money for that comes from somewhere. He does a personal investment with money.

In my idea, all that money came to him as taxable income, no loopholes. Anybody spending a lot of money would have to (either eat into existing savings or) use taxable money for it. If company pays directly, it's still income and company needs to pay the tax toi. Flat tax rate is important here, no deductions, so there isn't complex tax calculation to be done, just $X (money or benefit) received by the person, then $Y paid in taxes would come directly from flat tax rate.

about three weeks ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

Urkki Re:Idea (244 comments)

I think that with BLS there should be no progressive tax rate. Instead, there should be flat tax rate from any income, to be paid immediately, preferably automatically, no excemptions. You get money, you pay your share and rest is yours. The more you work (or smarter you invest), the more you get, linearily.

Also no tax evasion or loopholes, and no bureaucracy.

This would apply to individuals, whether they were employed or self-employed, and taxation would only get more complex with bigger businesses.

about three weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Urkki Re:Amazing (188 comments)

How did they know the harpoons would be able to remain lodged in the target?

That is easy: They didn't.

about a month ago
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LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

Urkki Re:Compress it (99 comments)

Unless they are capturing pure noise, it should be compressable.

Well, it's raw data from physical instruments. It probably is quite noisy, so it will not compress much, except with jpeg-like lossy compression, but that would kinda defeat the purpose I think.

about a month and a half ago
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LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

Urkki Re:universe-altering information? (99 comments)

Well, universe damn well should care! Once we trigger the next phase change in the currently metastable quantum space, there'll be no going back. There won't even be time so even talking about going back makes no sense.

It's a bit like kids, once you get one started, you won't have much time (or any, depending on your moral values and local laws) to get rid of it, before it will trigger irreversible phase change in your life.

If only someone had explained these things to our universe, before it started to experiment with rocky planets. Once you go that far, accidents start happening.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Urkki Re:Adapt or Die (695 comments)

Let's face it, we aren't going to reverse global warming. It's adapt or die, just like it always has been. Good thing we have lots of technology on the horizon to offset our industry.

It's not "adopt or die". It's "die in large numbers and maybe adapt so not everybody dies."

about a month and a half ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Urkki Re:No. (291 comments)

Sounds to me like you are arguing against future technologies and capabilities based on today's implementations. As soon as there is common need, fixed implementations or even new protocols will replace the old.

about 2 months ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Urkki Re:even back then.... (121 comments)

What you are referring to is not aspect ratio

I believe he's referring to the specific 0,75 (606:808) aspect ratio. If that is the best, I don't know, but it is an aspect ratio.

about 2 months ago
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NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

Urkki USians need 2 jobs to make a living (83 comments)

It's been said by many, that in the US you need two jobs to make a living. I guess for many people it is X-Mart job during the day, Mac Burger job during the night, but this proves, that also the rich people need two jobs to make ends meet. I suppose this is an equal opportunity thing, so good?

about a month ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Urkki Re:Missing option (219 comments)

Seriously, no "never" option?

1. "Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks."

2. There are two decent options for the "never" camp.

about 2 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Urkki Re:Wow (429 comments)

Other people are using a *public* wifi connection you're connected to, using some of the bandwidth ...

They are not "using some of the bandwidth". They are DOSsing the router by filling its connection table. Quite different.

about 2 months ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

Urkki Re:Pixie Dust (252 comments)

Because Legos are made out of pixie dust, not oil.

While production of oil has its own huge environmental problems, at least Lego bricks themselves are very stable, so they are good for storing carbon and keeping it off the atmosphere and oceans. And if they were made from, say, metal instead of plastic, the environmental impact of production wouldn't be any less, I bet.

about 2 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Urkki Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

Buying used cars is a much better financial proposition in most (but not all) cases and it's only the cachet of having a new car that keeps people going into the showrooms.

Well, not really only that. It's a balance. If less people would give value to being the first owner, then either price of new cars would drop (but I don't think there's much margin for it to drop), or price of used cars would go up to match the higher demand.

No doubt the average lifespan of a car would also go up, so there would be a temporary (might last up to a decade if everything else stayed the same, but still temporary) lump in the sales of new cars. Still, after a time these now more popular used cars would be so old that maintaining them would no longer be economically sensible, and sales of new cars would pick up again to replace those.

Also, new cars might not be as tough or as cheap to maintain as the existing old cars (because old crap gets scrapped, there's selection...), but they certainly are better in many ways: quieter, more economical, more silent, safer, better equipped even with the entry level model, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

Urkki Re:Does life depend on the right twist of DNA? (120 comments)

... and if right or left twisting DNA could equally support life, then the fact that all DNA is right-twisting suggests that life arose just once (or very few times).

Well, no. As TFA suggests, "electrons created in the subatomic process known as beta decay are always 'left-handed'. ". It could also be some other influence, but the point I'm trying to make is, even though life would work equally well with both directions, it always gets started with DNA twisted the same way.

Sort of like, all life on Earth can withstand the atmospheric pressure, all life in this universe could have DNA twisting certain way to better withstand beta decay electrons.

I'm not sure if this is related to /. beta, but I would not be surprised.

about 3 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Urkki Re:It's been in bash a while. (318 comments)

I am not even sure that this should be considered a bug in Bash. Why should we be surprised when a program whose sole purpose is to execute arbitrary commands is found to execute arbitrary commands?

Uh... A program interprets text which is not command as a command. Not a bug? Are you trolling?

about 3 months ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

Urkki Re:So influence is the most important? (192 comments)

Joining the EU again will not be as easy as many may think. The EU still has to welcome them in, and not every EU power may be that eager to reward an independence movement like Scotland's. Spain in particular won't want to encourage Catalonia to do the same.

Yeah, they'd need full negotiations of course, but being denied EU membership is, to me, unthinkable. It's a western country with laws already aligned with EU, and economy tightly tied with that of EU. Just because for example Spain might not be happy about it, vetoing them from joining would be a step towards breaking the whole EU.

about 2 months ago

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