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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

dovf Re:Billions? (402 comments)

If Hamas were funded with billions, they wouldn't need "terror tunnels" to smuggle food across the border with Egypt.

Depends how those billions are allocated...

about a month and a half ago

The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

dovf Re:The just bombed a school (402 comments)

Also check-out this analysis of the "massacre" at Shijaiyah (warning: some of the content is pretty graphic). While I'm not convinced that everything in the analysis is 100% correct, the basic gist seems pretty indisputable...

about a month and a half ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

dovf Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (868 comments)

How do you distinguish a "terror tunnel" from the many tunnels used to smuggle food, clothing, potable water, and basic construction materials?

Actually, it's pretty easy: those for bringing in goods end up in Egypt, the terror tunnels end up in Israel. Also, stashes of arms being stored in the tunnels may provide a hint as to their purpose...

about 1 month ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

dovf Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (868 comments)

and those tunnels it built were actually the main way to get food and supplies into Gaza due to Israels blockade on imports

Oops, imagine their surprise when they found out their tunnels (aimed at "getting food") ended up in Israel! Do you think they were planning to go to the nearest Israeli supermarket and buy some food to take home?

about 1 month ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

dovf Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Israel has never shown themselves to be ready for peaceful coexistence (and neither has Hamas).

This article is quite relevant to the above claim...

about 2 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

dovf Re:Also reviewed by the Bad Astronomer (627 comments)

True, it is not a critical review, though it is by someone who is willing to admit mistakes in the face of evidence. Care to share links to some serious reviews "written by the skeptical contingent of climate scientists"? (An honest request, I'm not trying to imply there are none...).

about 4 months ago

Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

dovf Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

A modular phone will never work. The masses don't want modular devices. They want a solid slate they can get laser engraved more than they want the ability to customize, modify, or repair things.

Has anyone stated this is even intended for the masses?

Quoting the Project Ara website: "Introducing Project Ara. Designed exclusively for 6 billion people." That would qualify as "the masses", I think...

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

dovf Re:I use Zim plus Dropbox (133 comments)

Unfortunately, there is no smartphone version of Zim, but I have little need for a smartpone app of this sort. I do email myself info as needed to integrate into Zim later.

Actually, Zim exists for the N900 -- in fact, I first heard about it that way. Or is it not considered a smartphone if it doesn't run Android or iOS? :P

about 9 months ago

Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

dovf Keynes' 15-hour work week (808 comments)

This article by John Quiggin in Aeon Magazine discussing Keynes' prediction of a 15-hour work week seems extremely relevant...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

dovf Science News! (363 comments)

As in (but my dad and I share a print subscription). Been reading it cover-to-cover for the past 17 years at least...

about a year and a half ago

Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

dovf Re:Wow (409 comments)

I've always wondered outloud why all Russians have dashcams. Now I look like a fool.

There was a great piece on this at Krulwich Wonders a couple of months back...

about a year and a half ago

Why Iron Dome Might Only Work For Israel

dovf Re:What's a ballistic missile? (377 comments)

Life in Gaza is valued cheaply -- not by the Israelis, but by the Palestinians. A small, but telling, example: Man killed by celebratory gunfire in Gaza. Not to mention the fact that Hamas uses its own citizens as human shields and fires from among civilians; or the fact that Hamas attacks target civilians...

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

dovf Re:Alternatives? (605 comments)

Wow, your grandma runs Skype on Linux?!

more than 3 years ago

BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

dovf Would this have been visible without Night Vision? (116 comments)

Anyone who's ever gone looking for meteors knows the feeling: the people you're with see a great one just as you were looking the other way --- it's almost part of the fun ;) --- so I agree that I don't find this very newsworthy... However, I'm also wondering how much the fact that this was being shot with a Night Vision camera (as the caption on the bottom left seems to imply?) would have affected the visibility of the meteor; in other words, even if the reporter had been looking straight at the meteor, would he have seen it with the naked eye?

more than 3 years ago

GNU Emacs Switches From CVS To Bazaar

dovf Re:32 years? (198 comments)

Off the top of my hand, a Git feature for which I don't know a Mercurial equivalent -- git-cherry-pick. Want to rewrite history a bit? Create a new branch from sometime before the commits you want to change, then cherry-pick (point-and-click simple in gitk) the commits you want, in the order you want, ignoring the ones you don't. When you're ready, clobber master with your new branch.

hg transplant

I mean, quilt (hg mq) is cool and all, but how easy is it to rewrite history if you weren't in a quilt to begin with?

hg qimport has a '-r' option which allows you to "place existing revisions under mq control" (from hg help qimport)

more than 4 years ago

Gaza Debate Goes Virtual

dovf Re:One state solution (644 comments)

> Why is evacuation of Israeli colonies in the West Bank unrealistic? Israel evacuated their colonies in Gaza,

Because what Israel got in return for its withdrawal from Gaza is that the evacuated area (the entire Gaza strip) was used as a base for increased terrorism against it; because through the border between Egypt and Gaza, from which Israel also withdrew, hundreds of rockets were smuggled into Gaza and then fired at Israeli cities; because after having gradually withdrawn much of its military from the West Bank after the Oslo accords in the 1990s, Israel was finally forced to return its military there in order to halt rampant Palestinian terrorism which resulted in 1000 Israeli *civilian* deaths, in Israeli cities, after September 2000.

So now tell me, if *you* were Israeli, would you support the withdrawal from more area?

more than 5 years ago



Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: Visible to the Naked Eye (?)

dovf dovf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dovf (811000) writes "NASA, via, reports that comet Pan-STARRS "makes its closest approach to the sun and will be at its brightest at sunset tonight, but the glare of twilight may make it tricky to see." The Bad Astronomer, who also reported on this a few days ago, has this warning to give: "I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying to find it; I’m just trying to be honest really will need binoculars to see it"; but goes on to say that he himself, of course, "will be out every sunset looking for it.""
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Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows

dovf dovf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dovf (811000) writes "The Bad Astronomer analyzes incoming reports about the aparent meteoric explosion over Russia: "Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling the Sun! There was a pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows. I’m seeing some reports of many people injured (by shattered glass blown out by the shock wave). I’m also seeing reports that some pieces have fallen to the ground, but again as I write this those are unconfirmed." This is the best summary I've found so far, and links to lots of videos and images. He also clarifies something I've been wondering about: "This is almost certainly unrelated to the asteroid 2012 DA14 that will pass on Friday. See below for details.""
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