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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

chthon BOTS! (140 comments)

That will probably soon be the name of the Microsoft canteen.

(Got a 10 year old daughter who likes to watch Nickelodeon)

5 days ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

chthon Re:Really? (144 comments)

Possibly not in the US, I would not know about the UK, but here in Europe, she regularly has been in the news and on the agenda for her work.

about a month and a half ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

chthon Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (478 comments)

That is the big problem from North Africa to the Middle East: quelling sectarian unrest between all kinds of religions apparently needs a dictator.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

chthon Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

People will need to realize how the second world war was won.

The Japanese did horrible things, the SS did horrible things. In that regards, ISIL is not that much different.

Actually, ISIL make the same error as the Japanese. The Japanese thought that they could terrorise the opposing armies by acting brutally and barbaric. That did not work out for them (look what happened on Guadalcanal).

The main problem is that current opposing political forces in the Middle East will have to work together to crush ISIL.

about 2 months ago
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Mushroom-Like Deep Sea Organism May Be New Branch of Life

chthon Re:New branch of life? (64 comments)

It is on the front page of WIkipedia. There you can read up on why it took almost 30 years to recognize it as a new specied.

about 3 months ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

chthon Re:Lawn Dart Alert! (364 comments)

The people involved learned certainly nothing from history.

While Germany was dabbling with all kinds of expensive new tank designs, the Russians built only one kind (with incremental improvements) but in large quantities. Guess which one made the difference? Actually, the same goes for the English and the Americans. While inferior, the Sherman tanks could be made in much larger quantities.

about 5 months ago
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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

chthon Re:Sad, but... (66 comments)

I discovered 'The Hobbit' on my Speccy in 1984. The first adventure game I ever played. I then tried to solve it with a cousin of mine who had the book.

In order to stay on topic, I read the story when I was 11 yrs old in another book (for Dutch and Belgian Slashdotters: Het Bonte Boeketboek), a kind of single-topic book, but with the topic seen from different angles. This one was about the human body, and this story was part of the chapters about the brain and the nervous system. I must say that it did made an impression, but due it being written in the first person I did not completely understand it at the time. But I always felt sad after reading it.

about 5 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

chthon Re:The cloud (387 comments)

Your insurance agent would like a word with you.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

chthon Re:I'll get flak for this (552 comments)

Yes.

The scientific method was invented/discovered and honed in Europe. There are no other people who have created the same.

There might be other *technical* or *mathematical* accomplishments by other peoples and cultures, but not science.

about 6 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

chthon Re:Shut up..... (522 comments)

It seems that George R.R. Martin is a comic book writer, without the comics.

about 6 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

chthon Re:It's the right tool for the job (634 comments)

Please choose your examples well.

Although son of a well to-do farmer, Newton was not nobility, and could only study because of recognition of his talent. Gauss was the son of really poor people.

about 7 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

chthon Re:Err, no really (384 comments)

The victors always write history. Caligula and Nero were not so crazy as is often told. However, they both were contemptuous of the Roman Senate, which is what brought them down in the end, and which is why the historic writings about them paint them in the light of craziness.

about 7 months ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

chthon Follow the money (397 comments)

We should try to follow the money more when such rules are implemented.

Who benefits the most from this? Big, big breweries who feel probably threatened by people who brew good beer (as a Dutch colleague of me said, they make Heineken by pumping the Maas water into the bottles).

This is a US problem. What company bought (more or less recently) a US brewery? Those Brasilian pump-and-dumpers do not know anything about beer, only about making money by selling something that resembles beer and manipulating the stock market, and since it is rather easy in the US to bribe officials, this really looks a move from their side.

We are not here to decide if we are paranoid, but to decide if we are paranoid enough.

about 7 months ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

chthon Bad figures (226 comments)

Yeah, 1,000,000,000 lines of code. And it takes 9 women just 1 month to create 1 baby.

about 8 months ago
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Intel Releases $99 'MinnowBoard Max,' an Open-Source Single-Board Computer

chthon Re:"Open source computer"???? (97 comments)

Please mod this up.

There is also a whole lot of papers, theses and doctorates about dynamically reconfiguring FPGA's, showing that obtaining information about their structure is very possible (the most advanced of this is IMHO, the work of Dirk Koch).

about 8 months ago
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The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

chthon Re:Tubepunk? (79 comments)

Tuberpunk?

about 9 months ago
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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

chthon Re:Not so sure about the language... (216 comments)

Even this integration with a massive database is not new. I remember reading about development of such systems in the beginning of the eighties (in Readers' Digest, ffs). The only thing changed since then is the speed of CPU, the size of memory and the size of databases.

about 9 months ago

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Suiker

chthon chthon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Suiker! Een voedingsstof die niet tot ons basisvoedsel behoort en die allerlei negatieve effecten heeft op de volksgezondheid van de westerse, geindustrialiseerde landen.

Vooraleer Amerika werd ontdekt en de Engelsen het suikerriet begonnen te ontginnen op de Caraiben, bestond suiker eenvoudigweg niet. Om dingen te zoeten werd honing gebruikt. In het begin van de negentiende eeuw zochten geleerden op het Europese vasteland een andere bron van suiker omdat de Engelsen alles in handen hadden en Napoleon boycotten. Zij vonden de suikerbiet en de moderne suikerindustrie was geboren.

Europees commissaris voor Landbouw Fischler zou graag hebben dat de suikerprijzen dalen.

Wat is de reden hiervoor eigenlijk ? Hij wil de markt vrijer maken zodat er meer concurrentie is, en hij wil ook allerhande subsidies afschaffen.

Het gevolg is dat overal ter wereld de suikerprijzen zullen dalen, en daar wordt niemand goed van, noch de ACP landen, noch de Europese suikerbietentelers, maar ook de bevolking niet.

Als de prijzen van de suiker dalen, dan zullen er minder mensen hun inkomen halen uit suiker, dit betekent meer armoede.

Als de prijzen van suiker dalen, dan zal dit ook een extra negatief effect hebben op de volksgezondheid, die toch al niet te best is.

Men zou juist zijn best moeten doen over de ganse wereld om de prijs van de suiker omhoog te drijven, zodat er minder suiker gegeten wordt en de daarbij behorende welvaartsziekten verminderen.

Ik heb niets tegen Europa, ik ben blij dat het er is, want het garandeert vrede in een grote regio, het heeft economische voordelen en het vrij verkeer door gans de Unie van personen en goederen vereenvoudigt heel wat.

Het grote probleem met de EU is evenwel de schizofrenie die is ontstaan tussen de Europese Commissie en het Europees Parlement.

Als ik het mij goed herinner zijn ministers er om besluiten genomen door het parlement uit te voeren, niet om zelf besluiten te nemen.

Het feit dat de heer Fischler een maatregel wil introduceren die in feite niets dan negatieve gevolgen heeft, is voor mij een duidelijk voorbeeld van de stompzinnige kortzichtigheid die op dit ogenblik overal heerst op de ganse wereld op alle niveaus van leidinggevenden.

Het lijkt mij dat de mensen die voordien de Europese Unie hebben opgericht zich veel meer lieten bijstaan door specialisten om hen raad te geven, terwijl het tegenwoordig meer bon-ton is om autoritair op te treden vanuit de gedachte 'ik zit hier op mijn hoge post, dus alles wat ik zeg zal wel juist zijn, ik wens geen tegenspraak'.

Het web is in feite de ideale plaats om het verzet tegen deze maatregel te organiseren. Iedereen die zijn geld verdient met suikergewassen te verbouwen kan wederzijdse contacten leggen, maar dit kan aangevuld worden met raad van specialisten die voorspellingen kunnen doen voor de volksgezondheid en wat dit gaat kosten aan extra ziekteverzekering als suiker en alle daarvan afgeleide producten goedkoper zullen worden.

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chthon chthon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

It's probably two years since I registered as chthon on Slashdot. I have never used the journal before, although I have opinions on many things. My problem is that before long, my opinion becomes a rant which goes on in all directions.

I thought about it some time, and the advantage of this Slashdot journal is that I do not need a real website, nor that I have to go through the trouble to install blogging software.

It is on the Web, I can use it if I want to.

My personal goals in using this journal are :

  • Clear up my mind around a whole lot of topics that are waiting.
  • Learn to write creatively.
  • Try to write as writers that I like, with different purposes for different writers (want some names ? Vance for his eloquence, Voltaire for his nasty pen, Demosthenes to learn how to convince people).

I will also write some times in Dutch, because there are some topics here in Europe that must be discussed. If I have time I will translate them, which is also a good exercise (it is easier for me to write in English than to translate from Dutch to English).

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