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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

alannon Re:Denial of the root cause (343 comments)

To add some data to the current replies to this comment, I suggest you look at the graph here: https://www.census.gov/populat... Between the growth peak in the early 60s of over 2%, we've reduced it to %1. The latest annual letter from the Gates Foundation provides some good background about what's ACTUALLY been improving in the world: http://annualletter.gatesfound...

about 5 months ago
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Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

alannon Re:Isolation, Reflection and Cross-talk (35 comments)

The problem is: current CPU designs are frequently limited by wire propagation delays. Optical circuits do have somewhat faster propagation than copper (1c vs 0.75c), but increasing the size of components necessarily increases the distance between them. 1 thz = 1 * 10^-12 light seconds, which is 0.3mm, I believe.

about 6 months ago
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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

alannon Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (1098 comments)

This is just simply false. There's nothing in the GPL that prohibits releasing software on the App Store. Why would you think this?

about 8 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

alannon Re:Try reading past the third paragraph (366 comments)

This entire thing really only makes sense if you take a look at it in terms of court costs. He was being prosecuted on 517 counts, which makes him, in my mind, much more than just a casual media pirate (as suggested by the summary). If the evidence was pretty much equally clear on each of the 517 movies, it probably saved a lot of court time and money to pin all of the substantial penalties on a single count and then suspend the rest of them. The downside for the court is that a huge amount of publicity it generated because of the "$650,000 for one movie" angle, whereas this might have caused less outrage if it had been a $1250 fine per movie, even if the total had been the same. If somebody else has another explanation as to why they would choose this bizarrely lopsided penalty, I'd like to hear it. Okay, scratch all of that. I read the related article, http://torrentfreak.com/largest-ever-bittorrent-tracker-movie-uploader-trial-concludes-131120/ and it says that only a single producer seeked damages. What an asshole, destroying someone's life for the sake of a 25 year old shitty horror movie.

about 9 months ago
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Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures

alannon Re:Don't teach, and certainly don't learn ... (465 comments)

Are you serious?? The answer to your question is obvious: Anyone who trusts you to be a doctor or an engineer when you are not is at risk of injury and death! So again: Who's being hurt?

about 10 months ago
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Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza For Historians

alannon Re:"Race against time" (161 comments)

You didn't read the article very carefully. In not very long (100 years after the wrecks), the sites become UNESCO heritage sites and it will become very, very difficult to study them. That is why it's a 'race against time'.

about a year ago
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Dart Is Not the Language You Think It Is

alannon Re:Unadvantages! (312 comments)

they have no problme in programming

Nope. No problme at all, I'm sure they'll see their typo.

about a year ago
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Interactive Raycaster For the Commodore 64 Under 256 Bytes

alannon Re:HP Printer Driver Developers Take Note (143 comments)

PPD files are platform-independent which always smelled sweet to me when I was using a mac or linux. Other printers I've had to throw in the trash because the driver didn't make the jump from XP to Win7. I maintain a VMWare VM with XP just to print on a not-so-old commercial-quality thermal CD printer.

about a year ago
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USB SuperSpeed Power Spec To Leap From 10W To 100W

alannon Re: i predict a 10x surge in replacent parts (242 comments)

Take a look at the conductive "pins" (strips) on the inside of a USB connector (cable side). See how they're not all the same length? When you're pulling out the plug, the shorter pins (that don't carry power, only data) lose contact first, triggering the hub end to cut off the power pins before the power pins break contact. The reverse happens when you plug it in. No power from the hub until the data pins connect. Thus, no arcing. Any connector designed to be hot-swappable has this type of design.

about a year ago
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Rep. Mike Rogers Dismisses CISPA Opponents "14 Year Old Tweeter On the Internet"

alannon Re:50 something (222 comments)

Democracy and rights are not necessarily hand in hand. The only right a democratic society needs to have is to have fair voting for laws and/or a government. Democratic societies knowingly can and often DO vote away their own rights, all the time. Democratic does not mean free or just.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

alannon Which car starts faster? (437 comments)

While I favour Java somewhat over .NET/C# and this 'test' supports my favourite, I just want to point out that this test is entirely useless. To fall back on the well-worn car analogies, this is like testing which car starts up faster. Who cares, if you never go anywhere? So, the Java server takes a quarter millisecond to processes an empty request compared to one millisecond. Who cares, if you're not actually processing anything in the request? The difference would be lost in the noise of any real-world test.

about a year and a half ago
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C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index

alannon Re:a bit of latency (535 comments)

Why would you think that Google is unhappy that people are coding games on the Android using the NDK?

about a year and a half ago
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GOG: How an Indie Game Store Took On the Pirates and Won

alannon Re:Simple Qs (397 comments)

Someone clarify for me - if a game doesn't have DRM, does that mean you can copy the folder to another HD, and the game will still work?

Yes, or at least the installer can be copied and used without restrictions.

Is password protection a weak form of DRM, or not DRM at all?

Passwords are not DRM.

about 2 years ago
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Young Students Hiding Academic Talent To Avoid Bullying

alannon Re:So Sad (684 comments)

I'm sure that will go over really well: Punish people HARDER for picking on someone who's already advantaged compared to the perpetrator, as opposed to picking on someone who's disadvantaged. How about additional punishments for picking on the rich. Or those good at sports. Sorry, but we aren't QUITE yet living in the world of Idiocracy, so no, being smart doesn't make you a vulnerable class.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Regulator Orders Telecoms To Tell Us What It Costs To Run Their Service

alannon Re:SMS (120 comments)

Good point.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Regulator Orders Telecoms To Tell Us What It Costs To Run Their Service

alannon Re:SMS (120 comments)

You mean, exactly how many postal services ORIGINALLY operated? In the UK, it was receiver-pays until about 1840. Of course, that doesn't mean that the system wasn't terrible and unfair.

about 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg: Betting On HTML5 Was Facebook's Biggest Mistake

alannon Re:I don't give a Zuck! (290 comments)

As someone who's been doing Android app development the last few years, this was the approach that we decided upon for a new thin-client application. An HTML5 based app seems like a good choice when the app is mostly consuming multimedia content, but if you need rich interactivity, a native Java application definitely seemed the better fit.

about 2 years ago
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The World's First Supercavitating Boat?

alannon Re:So fast it outran the Link ! (186 comments)

Re the 2nd: You realize the speed of sound in water is more than 4x of that in air, right? We can barely build a craft that can go that speed in the air, let alone water.

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Mod Adds Emulated 6502 Processor

alannon Re:What's inside? (96 comments)

If you watch the video, you'll see the answers to each of these questions in detail.

more than 2 years ago

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RIM's security division fails at SSL

alannon alannon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

alannon (54117) writes "Any developer that's had the misfortune of having to write software for the Blackberry already knows that RIM seems to have tremendous difficulty designing and documenting APIs, writing development tools and supporting their legions of developers. A special, paid license is required from RIM's security subsidiary Certicom if you wish to use a large subset of their encryption/certificate APIs. While investigating obtaining a license for this, I discovered that Certicom can't even keep the SSL certificate for the website up-to-date."
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