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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

amorsen Re:Old proverb (354 comments)

This. Everyone sane in Europe knows that we can count on the US in cases like this. Yet we stand there doing absolutely nothing. Just like Yugoslavia.

This is not a US matter. It is a European problem, and Europe needs to wake up.

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

amorsen Re:Useful Idiot (354 comments)

Fox and the BBC are in no way comparable. While BBC has lost some of its teeth lately, it is still far from harmless to the government.

Also, compare how the main Russian media speak about Putin with how Fox News speaks about Obama. For a third example, note that Rush Limbaugh does not, AFAIK, live in perpetual fear that thugs will beat him to a pulp and leave him dying in a ditch somewhere. Yet that is what tends to happen when journalists don't do as they are told in Russia.

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

amorsen Re:Useful Idiot (354 comments)

So you would rather that he should have stayed to be broken like Manning?

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

amorsen Re:Useful Idiot (354 comments)

It was fairly obvious that Russia was far from the top of the list of places Snowden wanted to flee to. When the US is able to arrange for even presidential planes to be forced down, it is difficult to escape.

This will no doubt not be the last uncomfortable thing that he will have to do. Let us just hope that it stays at "uncomfortable".

yesterday
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

amorsen External touchscreen (193 comments)

All I want from a car unit is a touchscreen + audio. Alas, while most phones can handle external displays, external touchscreens are generally unsupported.

A car has to last at least a decade. Trying to build in intelligence is futile, and adding 3G/4G is not much better. In a decade, CPU's and software and data transfer standards will hopefully have advanced greatly.

2 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

amorsen Re:If you make this a proof of God... (593 comments)

The 20th century was the first in which the opportunity to rape and plunder with impunity throughout the occupied territory was not used as an incentive to sign up for the military.

That statement is too strong. There were certainly cases and countries where the opportunity to rape and plunder with impunity were used as an incentive to sign up for the military, and lots of rape and plunder was done.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

amorsen Re:If you make this a proof of God... (593 comments)

Is the Programmer aware that his simulated beings are sentient? Games simulate suffering beings all the time, but that is fine because computer programs are not sentient.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

amorsen Re:Wrong paradigm here (186 comments)

This is changing though. If you run a distribution with SELinux enabled, many applications and daemons are likely to be blocked from making outbound connections. Changing the rules is somewhat difficult though; distributions generally assume that the user does not have a clue when asked whether frobnitzd should be allowed to connect to Slashdot, so there is no GUI for asking the user.

AppArmor can do it too, and the configuration is perhaps a bit easier. I have no idea how much Ubuntu restricts by default.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

amorsen Re:Green wave (364 comments)

Bikes must not go through roundabouts. They are the Achilles heel of roundabouts. They need their own lane entirely separated from the traffic in the roundabout, with their own separate crossings where they have to yield to cars. Even that solution is bad for bikes, because that means they have to yield a lot, and if there are a lot of bikes they end up in a traffic jam.

In England bikes rarely get squashed in roundabouts because there are so few of them and they generally go quite fast and seize the lane like motorcycles in roundabouts. That solution does not scale, in places like Denmark where bikes are plentiful and often go quite slow that would jam the roundabouts.

about two weeks ago
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What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

amorsen Re:Shoot it to the sun? (154 comments)

I think it is amply clear to anyone who happens upon this thread who should do the apologizing and who is missing the point. I do not think that I can add more clarity to the matter.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

amorsen Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (262 comments)

Please register on spritmonitor.de. Your numbers will be very welcome there.

The Lupo has been out of production for a decade and only manages 3.5l/100km in practice.

Yes, if you go at a steady 50km/h any decent car can do 3l/100km or better. That is not a realistic test.

about three weeks ago
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What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

amorsen Re:Shoot it to the sun? (154 comments)

"Redirecting without using fuel" is known as "gravity assist". I mention gravity assist in every single post.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

amorsen Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (262 comments)

5l is doable in a petrol hybrid, and you can get quite close with certain non-hybrid petrol econoboxes.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

amorsen Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (262 comments)

I know spritmonitor.de very well. They are one of very few sources of real fuel consumption data. Not silly test data that no one can achieve in practice.

Feel free to provide examples of in-production econoboxes with a 3l/100km fuel consumption under real-life driving conditions.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

amorsen Re:I'd prefer air power (262 comments)

Compressing gas has a fairly lousy energy return. The air heats up when being compressed, and that heat is wasted unless you insulate the tank.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

amorsen Re:energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (262 comments)

Accelerating at a modest rate is not particularly an advantage in a petrol car. Petrol cars are only decently efficient under full load, so you want to accelerate quite swiftly, using as high a gear as possible. If you are driving an automatic, it will spoil that idea by "helpfully" shifting down when it detects that you are pushing the accelerator, so that only works in a manual.

about three weeks ago
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What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

amorsen Re:Shoot it to the sun? (154 comments)

Because are wrong. I am not talking about landing on the Sun. You need to get rid of the "horizontal" delta-V of the Earth. "Vertical" delta-V is a non-issue; the Sun's gravity can provide plenty of that, but that only helps you once you get rid of your horizontal delta-V. Otherwise you keep missing.

And yes you only need to get rid of enough horizontal delta-V to strike the outer parts of the Sun. The difference is negligible.

about three weeks ago
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What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

amorsen Re:Shoot it to the sun? (154 comments)

I already address that part of your wordgasm. You can gravity assist to escape velocity, and it is easier since the delta-V is smaller.

about three weeks ago
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What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal

amorsen Re:Shoot it to the sun? (154 comments)

Orbits do not spontaneously decay. They stay pretty much forever. Otherwise the planets would have long ago fallen into the Sun.

about three weeks ago

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