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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

dargaud Re:No, It Won't (313 comments)

capitalism as severed the world well

There are so many different ways to interpret those two (?) typos...

2 days ago
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I think next winter will be:

dargaud Re:I moved away from winter (147 comments)

I didn't know that... but weren't most towns established at the time of the wild west, long before there was any city 'planning' ? And what are those obstructions you speak of ? Isn't the midwest dead flat for the most part ?

4 days ago
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I think next winter will be:

dargaud Re:I moved away from winter (147 comments)

...that's when the hurricanes and floods hit you.

I hear the Midwest is nice.

...that's when the tornadoes hit you.

4 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

dargaud Re:You mean... (239 comments)

Yeah, I have those options on my ISP-provided ADSL router where I can select between 'best ping time', 'larger frames for P2P transfer' (their words) and 2 other options I don't remember.

4 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

dargaud Re:Alexander (92 comments)

A DNA test would only be relevant if the remains of another member of Alexander's familly was available for comparison. Ptolemy I may have been the half-brother of Alexander so the answer could be in some of the mummies of that dynasty.

There's actually a likely possibility that the cranium of Alexander's father, Phillip II of Macedonia, has been found some years ago in another tomb. Don't know about the state of DNA on it though.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

dargaud Re:Compromise: (486 comments)

Humans like cars, not buses.

Talk for yourself. I like the bus a lot more than a car. In the morning I'm sleepy and don't like to drive. In the evening I'm tired and don't like to drive. Plus in the bus I'm comfortable, can nap, talk with the cute chick or most likely watch videos on my phone. I can also bike to work (long ride) in the morning and put the bike in the bus on the way back (uphill). Plus it's cheap. The bus is great.

Exemptions would be made for large families and legitimate business use.

Why ? If you want 6 kids, you should be able to afford them. Otherwise <snip> Overpopulation is to root of all evil so I don't see reasons to encourage it except by economists who think 'growth' can be forever.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

dargaud Re:Reclining should be banned in coach. (818 comments)

This has been debated to death already, but I find all your arguments pretty weak, if not plain wrong. What else is there to do on a noisy flight besides taking a nap ? If you want to work, get an office ! As for hurting your back, those seats are way too straight and hurt my back quickly if not reclined. PS: the angle of the table doesn't change upon reclining.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

dargaud Re:I did it first ! (182 comments)

I have no idea. I was a student and just wanted to test some of my hardware at cold temperatures. The guys in charge of cryogenics were on vacation but other guys were all like "we know this stuff, we can run the test..." Yeah, right.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

dargaud I did it first ! (182 comments)

In 1994 I had a liquid nitrogen tube break above my head while preparing an experiment for Antarctica. About 30 liters poured on my head in a second. I felt it go instantly trough my clothing, run over me, and on the floor. Everybody else in the lab ran away, but I couldn't because it formed a dense could, I couldn't see anything and I was behind a lot of equipment and cables. Then the floor exploded: I couldn't see what was going on but very loud cracking and banging noises later proved to be the tiles shattering. Fortunately I was wearing security shoes and just stood my ground. After the fog cleared I saw some faces at the door: "Are you still alive?"

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

dargaud Re:many sites still dumb (107 comments)

Ha, for years my bank website used 4-digit pins as passwords... Fortunately that changed. After a major break-in I assume.

about three weeks ago
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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

dargaud Dorset ? (57 comments)

So is that about the Dorset which were finally wiped out... only 112 years ago by disease ?

about three weeks ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

dargaud Re:Rules of war (254 comments)

Ukraine needs to STOP attacking it's own people and begin TALKING.

And Russia needs to stop attacking other people...

about three weeks ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

dargaud Re:There are reasons for that (76 comments)

Honest typo in this case, I swear.

about three weeks ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

dargaud There are reasons for that (76 comments)

Going too deep and particularly up too fast will get you killed. Going underwater is dangerous. More so than being up in the air where the only risk is basically hitting the ground.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

dargaud Re:If a ruggedized camera breaks (455 comments)

as cops with guns cause more trouble than they prevent

[citation required]

England

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

dargaud Re:They made the blocks into wheels (202 comments)

The key failing of the cradle and the (actually extremely similar) pole theory is that it does not explain how they moved the far larger slabs that were not square blocks.

So they had different methods for moving different shaped blocks. Big deal.

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

dargaud Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

did you know systemd is trying to replace ntpd?

Well, that is terrifying as ntpd is one of the most complex piece of code I know; and for such a seemingly easy task as setting the time. I worry about the rest !

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

dargaud Re:Most are ill-prepared (191 comments)

Why would you use lightbulbs in the 21st century ? A LED lamp will last 10 times longer on the same battery and will also have a much longer lifetime. And there are now LEDs available that are more powerful than the best Maglight, just look for bike lights above 100$.

about a month ago

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Ubuntu closes longstanding bug #1

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about a year ago

dargaud (518470) writes "Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame has closed the primal bug on launchpad, standing since 2004 and titled "Microsoft has a majority market share", due to the 'changing realities' of tablets, smartphones, wearable computing..."
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Ask /.: are home drones a possibility ?

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dargaud writes "I live in an alpine setting and I'd like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that could do that. Requirements would be: GPS guided on a preset route (no remote control necessary, and anyway there's no line of sight), at least 20km autonomy, 1 or 2 cameras on the sides to record valley walls, easy launching and autonomous landing (parachute?) at predefined point, ground detection to avoid crashes (if preset route is wrong or GPS echoes on valley walls as is often the case). Is there anything commercially available cheap enough, or any DIY that doesn't require a year of assembly ?"
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You can say that the Taser kills (in France)

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dargaud writes "Although in the US Taser International is known to sue anybody who claims tasers contributed to the cause of death of people (even going as far as changing causes on death certificates), in France things now go the other way. A communist leader was sued by the company after claiming in an interview that tasers had killed 150 people in the US and Canada. And they lost yesterday (link in french) after failing to prove otherwise. It's the 2nd victory for free speech in the country against the company which is trying to sell its devices to police forces. But where the story gets even more interesting is that 6 staff members of the company were arrested while spying on the political leader..."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dargaud writes "I just received a spam message that was so geeky that I held my finger off the delete key in curiosity: it's the usual pump'n'dump scam, but in ASCII art ! The message contains only numbers and spaces, but when read in a monospaced font it spells a stock reference 11 characters high and contains nothing else. The hitch is that in the usual windowed mail reader it's pure giberish so I doubt this new attempt at evading spam filters will catch on."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dargaud writes "The Washington Post (reg necessary) is running a story about yet another airport paranoia: MPAA sponsored DVD sniffing dogs! Two dogs have been trained to recognize the smell released by the plastic of pirate DVDs. The catch? They smell just like legal ones..."

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