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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

alex67500 Re:Illigal or not? (143 comments)

Even after release, because it means less viewers in movie theaters and less DVDs sold later on...

3 days ago

California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

alex67500 Re:One billion cars (171 comments)

I love the irony that my post joking about Tesla's flamability is now modded Flamebait. Thank you modders, you have made my day :-D

3 days ago

California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

alex67500 Re:One billion cars (171 comments)

Or GW batteries? That would make their cars a little more competitive on range! (Hopefully they can reduce their flamability though... ;-)

4 days ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

alex67500 Re:Failsafe? (468 comments)

I remember landing in heavy snow in London Stansted, and I saw the ground from the window around 2 seconds before we touched down. (Look for the Autoland and ILS articles on Wikipedia)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

alex67500 Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

PHP is relatively modern, robust

No it isn't

Thanks for your valuable contribution.

Judging by the fact that most of Facebook is based on PHP, it sounds to me like it's pretty robust... It's also object oriented. The only drawback that I would find as a code-geek is weak typing, but that's a personal opinion, not a lacking feature.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

alex67500 Re: Nexus 4? (259 comments)

That. And I would enquire about 4G coverage in Scotland before thinking about a phone that can access 4G in Europe... ;-)

about 2 months ago

Google's Rogue Internet Balloon Test Spurred UFO Reports Nationwide

alex67500 Re:UFOs exist (65 comments)

Any unidentified flying object is a UFO.

This tautology contest is a tautology contest.

about 2 months ago

Born In the NSA: These Former Spies Are Starting Companies of Their Own

alex67500 Re:These days I think it's safe to assume (57 comments)

Unfortunately, we're increasingly discovering that the European intelligence agencies are pretty strongly in bed with the US surveillance state, too. It's not 100% clear if the situation is quite as bad, but there is substantial evidence that the German, French, Danish, Swedish, etc. intelligence services are routinely helping each other out. There's some suspicion that they're even doing some jurisdiction-laundering through these arrangements: the NSA can spy on Germans because they're foreigners, and then shares data with German intelligence that German intelligence wouldn't be able to legally collect on their own citizens. And vice versa, e.g. Swedish intelligence has apparently been spying on Americans and sharing the info back with American intelligence.

I would say that they are all doing it, and that the NSA probably isn't the best at it (Israel and Russia are great at it, France-Germany-UK are good at it, China does it in the open...). The only difference between the NSA and intelligence agencies elsewhere is discretion. And Snowden, of course. That was discretion 101: what not to do.

about 3 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

alex67500 Re:It's a turd that's slowly being polished (435 comments)

Back to my usual joke then...

There are only 2 types of programming languages, those everybody bitches about, and those nobody uses...

about 3 months ago

NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

alex67500 Re:Proposal. (216 comments)

They, then.

about 3 months ago

NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

alex67500 Re:Proposal. (216 comments)

It ?

about 3 months ago

How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

alex67500 Re:Back in my day (142 comments)

Because of the well-known maxim:
The faster you download, the bigger your penis gets :-)

about 4 months ago

8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

alex67500 Re:earthquakes here at home (86 comments)

Right now all coastal cities have been evacuated as tsunami alarms where sounded, including massive SMS alerts and emergency alerts sent directly to Android phones.

So iPhone users can die? Sounds like Chile is way more civilised than I thought ;-)

about 4 months ago

Google and Viacom Finally Settle YouTube Lawsuit

alex67500 Re:Mega (19 comments)

You've got this the wrong way around. Mega's business case was to host *copyrighted material* available for people to view whilst making money off subscriptions and ads. Youtube's business case is to host *legal content* and monetise it (whilst providing its ad agency with information about you to better target ads, but that's beside the point). They may not be as fast as they should be to remove infringing content, but they do, and in good faith.

about 4 months ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

alex67500 Re:Fourth Amendment (186 comments)

It is absurd that we have five *million* people in the country whom the government has forced to waive their right to be free from *unreasonable* search in order to qualify for their jobs.

What's unreasonable is that 5 million people need a security clearance!!

about 4 months ago



EarthHour: should I unplug my PC in case of surge?

alex67500 alex67500 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alex67500 (1609333) writes "The tree-huggers of WWF would like everyone to turn their lights off tonight, but the thing is, it concerns me. I don't own a UPS at home, and I guess when a lot of people turn off electrical equipment at the same time, the grid will have a big surge. I can use my laptop unplugged for 2 hours, that's not too bad. But what about desktops and network equipments?"
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