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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 a week 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

Urkki Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

Scotland's independence, if it happens, is probably a bad idea. It'll cause all manner of short-term problems, and the long-term repercussions are hard to predict worldwide.

That said, I'm strongly in favor, for a simple reason. The Scottish people, like people everywhere, have the right to self-governance. Right now they don't have that, and even if they destroy their country in the process of gaining independence, they'll at least be free to choose their own destiny.

Scottish people is not one entity, it is composed of individuals. There are many of them who would really like to choose their own destiny to be part of GB still.

Anyway, for a major change like this, if it is tight vote, and not everybody votes, then actually it'll be that actually a minority of the people decide to change the destiny for everyone. I think for a big thing like this, the change should require at least like 3/5 or 2/3 of the total votes cast.

about a month and a half ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Urkki Re:Thunderbird too (112 comments)

Um, Thunderbird has not been killed. Release notes for current version, released last week: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/31.1.1/releasenotes/

It may not get new features any more, but that's not same as killed. In fact, many people would argue that this is a good thing. There's need for stable software too, and for mail clients, Thunderbird is that. Don't dis it just because you may want something more cutting-edge.

about a month and a half ago
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I think next winter will be:

Urkki Severe? (148 comments)

Last winter was totally crappy here, not a real winter, no proper snow cover, dark and depressing. So I certainly hope next winter will be more "severe", maybe even so severe that it would be a normal winter!

about a month and a half ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Urkki Re:Atheism offers no values - you have to add them (937 comments)

And that's the problem; it's impossible to justify a value system purely from an atheist perspective;

And this is different from justifying a value system purely from a religious perspecive... how? Just because someone says their value system is 100% based on their religious canon, does not make it so. Every religion needs to... interpret some things to make them palatable, and just throw out other things as patently absurd.

Furthermore, how is that a problem?

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Panel Finds Fault WIth Curiosity Rover Project's Focus

Urkki Re:To Dwell or Not To Dwell (51 comments)

Essentially, its mission plan should be "drive around and sniff at interesting or odd things".

It's a 3-trillion-dollar dog!

Not just any dog through, it's a space-dog. And it has lasers, that has to count for something, too.

about 2 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Urkki Re:Drug addicts. (228 comments)

Coffee seems harmless, so EVERYONE uses it, EXPECTS you to use it.
We'll even eat it out of a cat's ass. That's true horror.

Actually, the coffee addicts will not do that. When they need a fix, they'll just drink from the bottom of the pot, whatever is left there from yesterday, no matter how it tastes.

I know I do.

about 2 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Urkki Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (228 comments)

Of course that wouldn't really work, since most, if not all, of the effect is based on the civets selecting the beans they eat (as a side note, if you buy cheap Kopi Luvak beans, you're buying unselected force-fed crap beans, both literally and figuratively, and if you buy expensive ones, then most likely you're still buying the same beans, just paying more for the fake label...).

So you'd actually need to genetically engineer the pickers, turn them into cat people. Then they would pick the good beans with their mighty cat powers, which would be force fed to the caged civets, for mass producing the real thing.

about 2 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Urkki Re:20 seconds away? (138 comments)

Airplanes don't fly stationary. I assume it was flying away from the missile, so "20 seconds away" would've been calculated using the missile's speed minus the airplane's speed. Which means the missile could've been much closer.

Closer sure, but not much closer. The speed of the missile might be 4 times the speed of the passenger plane, so for example 20 km becomes 15 km. The missiles are designed to hit supersonic military aircraft, after all.

about 2 months ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Urkki Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

And if you think many XKCD "strips" are rather smart... what are you doing at a "New for Nerd" website?

Fixed that for you.

No, I think you are actually wrong there. If you don't find some subset (different for different people, but still a sizeable subset) smart, you do not really fit what is considered "a nerd". You can still be intelligent, smart, interested in technology,whatever, but not a "nerd".

about 2 months ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Urkki Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

He only seems smart to you because you're so incredibly stupid.

Note that "smart" and "genius" are two different things. Also "smart" does not necessarily mean "intelligent". The comics he creates regularly are very smart, and to regularly create smart comics requires genius of some kind.

And if you don't think many XKCD "strips" are rather smart... what are you doing at a "New for Nerd" website?

about 2 months ago

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