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I expect to retire ...

dargaud Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (92 comments)

Haven't you ever noticed that plenty of retired people "never have time" when you ask them to do something ? They are always busy doing things. Well, not all of them, but those who had an active life and maintain it afterwards. Between fixing the house, the garden, building things, antique stores, ebay, hiking/biking around, etc...

11 hours ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

dargaud Taxes from France (382 comments)

Since you ask how it works in other countries, I find that in France they've streamlined the process to make it the easiest possible. Unless you are self-employed, the state knows how much you make since all jobs have obligatory declarations. So you receive a form that already contains all your info and how much you owe. If you agree, you just scan a QR code present on the page. It takes you to a webpage that just ask for confirmation and that's it. It litterally takes 10 seconds to file. Then topay, you either have already setup automated retrieval thrice a year from your bank account, or receive a form with another QR code that asks for permission to retrieve one third of the sum from your account. That's it.

Things like kids (declared at birth), significant others (declared at weddings), buying houses (declared during the purchase), etc, are all known to the state and taken into account. Pretty easy in most cases.

I don't think there's much possibility to hack the system since to only option you have is to agree or not. And if not I guess you need to file manually.

2 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

dargaud Re:He's right! (578 comments)

Just an anecdote. One of my best friend was a poor kid with no formal education. He works as a janitor. But he's also one of the best coders around, having done tens of dynamic websites in the '90s, a mapmaker (better than the state maps) and plenty of other things that bring in extra money but usually just for friends. And he's also and above all a great guy.

5 days ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

dargaud Re:Who ? (193 comments)

In the context I described: he's all over the 'net making memes. Letterman isn't. Or I've never noticed.

5 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

dargaud Re:I've made a decision (384 comments)

Well, there was at least two attempted murders that I know off in Antarctica, google "McMurdo hammer incident" for one in '96. The other one was a cook in the '50s who put broken glass in the soup of a crewmate who would wake him up every night when noisily going to bed.

about a week ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

dargaud Who ? (193 comments)

Am I the only one who, as a foreigner, has no idea who David Letterman is ? I've seen plenty of clips of gifs of Colbert on the 'Net though. He certainly is a lot more relevant than whoever Letterman is/was.

about a week ago
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Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

dargaud Re:Overclockers have been doing it for ages (101 comments)

From my dim recollection, it's the CO2 in the air which gets in the water, acidifies it and make it more conducive by orders of magnitude.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

dargaud Re:just keep in mind (408 comments)

Well, in all honesty it depends on the CH. Above 6CH (10^(2*6)) there's hardly anything (that's already one part per trillion, nothing works at that low dose except maybe plutonium), and above 11CH you can be sure that there is less than one atom per mole according to Avogadro's number (~10^23). But the low CH such as 1 to 4 actually do contain something. The problem is that hardly any homeopathic 'remedy' contains those doses.

about a week ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

dargaud Re:Yes, yes it is. (408 comments)

Just type this (or variant) in a console: $ syndaemon -i 2 &

about two weeks ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

dargaud Re:Why not? (147 comments)

Designing a hermetic container that lasts for years is non-trivial

Huh ? My cheap plastic watch is hermetic to 4 atm, and for years. Plenty of things are. And for a HD you don't have to stand more than 1/3 atm of pressure differential, something trivial. Having used hard drives at high altitude and seen them die quickly, I always wondered why they don't simply seal the damn things with air at 1 atm inside.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

dargaud Re:Install random delay (342 comments)

Much better system: tax it in reverse to the time it is held. Something like 10 years 0%, 1 year 5%, 1 hour 50%, 1us 90%.

about two weeks ago
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How To Build a Quantum Telescope

dargaud Mind blown (60 comments)

I already had my mind blown when active mirrors managed to get rid of turbulence. But this is another thing entirely, getting rid of diffraction !?!

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

dargaud Re:What if there is no reason? (392 comments)

I don't understand why the solution "some parts of the universe are made of matter, other parts of antimatter" is rarely discussed. If some galaxies were entirely made of antimatter, would we even notice ?

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

dargaud Re:Ah, antimatter (392 comments)

Oh come on, that was funny. You usually have more insightful things to contribute...

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

dargaud Re:The nanny state continues (518 comments)

True story: at work (in the US), we'd all pile up in a few cars to go out to lunch. One day we get in the car of our new hire and she steps on it in reverse to get out of her spot. Someone blurts: "Don't you look before reversing ?!?". Her: "And how do you suggest I do that ?". "Well, either turn around or look in the mirror...". "Nah, they do that in the movies !"

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

dargaud Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

Maybe when you are poor (=ethnic) you can't afford as many lessons before trying the test, hence a higher fail rate.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook To Begin Deploying Btrfs

dargaud Re:Btrfs definition (115 comments)

I hope the /. wannabes that'll spring up when beta goes into production will enforce the explicit declaration of all acronyms in the summary...

about three weeks ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

dargaud Re:Precisely how... (147 comments)

Besides, ACPI is complete overkill for booting.

Agree. I've written bootloader code and kernel drivers. All the bootloader really has to do is get the kernel in memory somehow and jump to it. Why can't you boot directly into the kernel you ask ? One reason is size; on many (embedded) systems, there are only a few Kb available for an executable on boot. The other is that the bootloader doesn't not change easily (it needs reflashing or is in some kind of ROM), allowing you to easily change the kernel.

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

dargaud Re:Real geeks know statistics (334 comments)

It all depends how this immortality thing is implemented. If it's just 'stop aging', yeah, you'll die at the first serious accident. But if it's 'mind backup' with re-uploading into custom bodies, there need not be any limit. Go ski Everest. If you die, you spawn right back.

about 1 month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

dargaud Re:Huh? (334 comments)

Tell that to religious people and their 10 kids. Actually if you become immortal, what of paradise and hell ? Do they just shut down ?

about 1 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  |  about 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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