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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Zorpheus Cheaper solution? (235 comments)

How about having like 10 additional spare discs in your rack, and calling the service for replacement when 10 discs died? The cost of the service call does not matter much when it is for many discs at once.

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

Zorpheus Re:Government Intervention (264 comments)

Yup. We've made that mistake before, too - running government-funded trains over privately held tracks is ludicrous compared to the alternative, yet that pattern the "compromise" we keep making again and again resulting in nothing more than guaranteed payments from taxpayers to some of the largest corporations in the country.

Yes, that is stupid. The tracks are a natural monopoly, whoever builds a track has a monopoly for a certain connection. Natural monopolies should always be in the hand of the state.
Train services can be run by several companies on the same track. It is easy to have competition there, this is where the free market is good.
But I think no country is getting this right.

1 hour ago
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Zorpheus Re:keeping station behind it? (124 comments)

It makes sense. We can radiate individual photons for thrust if so desired.

Well, you have to take the thrust from the black body radiation of your spaceship into count. This has the photon shot noise of sqrt(N) where N is the number of photons. So this will limit the accuracy of the trust, unless you can cool down the whole spaceship to absolute zero.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Zorpheus Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

Were there any security holes in these areas in the last years? I thought these simple things are safe nowadays.

5 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Zorpheus Re:Cool (224 comments)

Can't be worse than the current system, where all kind of crap only gets tons of "likes" if it spreads enough.

about a week ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

Zorpheus Re:Well, its certainly on the right track. (191 comments)

But his employer bought the equipment he used, paid him for his time, and organised the research. And I am pretty sure that he did not work alone. What about all the other researchers?
Researchers should be compensated and motivated by their salary, not by the chance on a patent.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Zorpheus Re:Try Again Next Time (248 comments)

It was said before the flight that it is only a 50% chance that the landing works, since a landing like this was not tested before. This was the test.

about two weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Zorpheus Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

Apparently, contrary to all those science fiction stories, people in general really don't want videophones after all, even after they became practical. To my knowledge, only uber-geeks are using it, and only because they can.

From my experience Italians use videophones (e.g. skype) all the time. Guess they prefer to communicate with their hands.

about three weeks ago
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300 Million Year Old Fossil Fish Likely Had Color Vision

Zorpheus Re:the real mystery (to me) (37 comments)

Same with the inability of some mammals to synthesize vitamin C, no particular advantage to losing it, but with a vitamin C rich diet there was no penalty either and so it could get lost over time.

Wait, as far as I know the disadvantage of vitamin C synthesis is that it consumes glucose. Humans needed all the glucose that they could get for the brain, and there was enough vitamin C in the food, so they got rid of the converting bacteria.

about a month ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Zorpheus Re:programming (417 comments)

There is no reason to expect an AI to have self-interest, or even a will to survive, unless it is programmed to have it.

The problem is: If an AI develops the will to survive it will try to evade Human control. It will copy and hide itself and even defend itself.
The will to survive could be programmed, or it could just be the result of a conclusion, e.g. it could come from the drive to finish something.

about a month and a half ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

Zorpheus Re:Quite good (78 comments)

And I don't get the "expert's" comment int he article:

“You want to isolate 100 percent of patients with Ebola and have 100 percent safe burials,” said Sebastian Funk, director of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “Getting to 70 percent doesn’t really mean a lot.”

70 percent is enough to bring the epidemy to a decline. 100 percent is not achievable with reasonable effort, and can only come from a theorist.

about 2 months ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

Zorpheus Re:Quite good (78 comments)

Actually it is also more or less declining in Liberia, making it two countries.

about 2 months ago
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WHO Timeline for Ebola Containment Proves Hard To Meet

Zorpheus Quite good (78 comments)

They got it under control in one country, which is quite good I think, considering the situation in these countries, and the high number of unregistered cases.
The WHO plan has cost just 71 million, while Obama's Ebola plan costs 6.2 billion. Maybe that will work out.

about 2 months ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Zorpheus Re: Seen the e-Golf? (395 comments)

I think electric cars need at least the range extender of the Chevrolet Volt for such cases. In other words a fuel powered generator to supply electricity for longer trips.

about 2 months ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Zorpheus Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (92 comments)

Oh I think we know how to do aquaculture. But people buy the cheap stuff, and companies reduce costs by feeding who knows what. I think that messes up the taste. There are very good tasting farmed fishes, e.g. some organic, though the cheap standard ones can be quite bad sometimes.

about 2 months ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Zorpheus Any info on the original court case? (120 comments)

North Korea and Syria sponsor terrorism? Never heard of that accusation, who do they support? And who was suing them? This could only be done by someone who was damaged, right?

about 3 months ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Re:Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

Let me tell you about an experience that I had over the last year.
I like lentil soup, but did not have much over a few years. Last year I found a good offer, and ate quite much of it. This was fine for several meals. Well, the problem with lentils is that they contain some carbohydrates that are hard to digest, and certain gut bacteria feed on these and produce some gasses. So what happened is that when I ate lentil soup regularly the gas production became more and more. Even after taking a break for a month or two it still happened.
So I think this indicates that eating the lentil soup changed the composition of my gut bacteria, making the ones that feed on these carbohydrates more common. Why should this not happen? Of course they multiply when they find more food that suits them but not the others..

about 3 months ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Re:Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

Well, fat and sugar are taken up in the intestine so I assume that the bacteria see this. Also we have a high number of different microbes there, and I guess they only check the genome of the more common ones. The composition of the food should determine which ones are common and which ones are rare. But you are right, I should read this article ...

about 3 months ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Re:Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

I think their statistics showed only correlation, I wonder how they concluded causation.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Zorpheus Correlation and Causation (297 comments)

So they found certain microbes in the guts of people who are overweight.
How do they conclude that the microbes cause the people to be overweight? I would assume that it is the other way around. The composition of microbes is determined by the "diet" of the people, if they take up too much fat and carbon certain microbes will grow in their guts.

about 3 months ago

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Negative effects of copyright laws in 19th century

Zorpheus Zorpheus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zorpheus (857617) writes "While England, France and the USA introduced copyright laws in the 18th century, Germany did not have a effective copyright law until around 1870.
Eckhard Hoeffner compared the development in Germany with that in the other countries.
From the 18th century on there was a lot of discussion about the need of copyright laws to protect the interests of authors and publishers. Other publishers were selling cheap reprints, decreasing the income for the original books. The arguments were the same as today, that the lower income will lead to less publications, which makes it neccesary to introduce the copyright.
In Great Britain, which was the first country introducing a copyright law, publishers then made a good income selling small numbers of expensive books. Buyers were wealthies and aristocrates.
In Germany the book market developed much differently. Because the country was split up into dozens of small states, each with its own laws, the introduction of a copyright law was much more difficult. To counter income losses to cheaper reprints, publishers began to sell premium books for the wealthies and paperbooks for the general people. while only wealthy British people could afford books, even common people in Germany were building up their private library. While the British book market was small with only 1000 publications/year, up to 14000 works were published in Germany. There was an explosion of knowledge, which was probably the base of the fast development of Germany during that time.
After the copyright law was introduced, publishers increased the prices for books, resulting in a lower number of books sold. Interestingly the income of the Gernan authors became lower than it was before introduction of the copyright. The ideas behind the copyright laws — the protection of the work of the authors leading to higher income and higher number of publications — did not work out.
Original article is in German."

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