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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

dunkelfalke Re:Um, what? (417 comments)

actually, the electrification part has indeed happened.

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

dunkelfalke Re:Um, what? (417 comments)

Leninism? Okay. The definition of leninism is "dictatorship of proletariat plus electrification of the whole country".
I don't think that works out either.

Neither does fascism, by the way. Maybe fascism lite.

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

dunkelfalke Re:Um, what? (417 comments)

Communism, really? So which candidate supports workers owning the means of production, getting rid of money, and, ultimately, the government?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

dunkelfalke Re:Hide your cables (501 comments)

Okay, I'll bite. How do you explain that even remote European villages usually have underground power lines?

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

dunkelfalke Re:Metrosexuals (453 comments)

Needing a crutch to feel power and freedom is heterosexual... how exactly? In fact, walking is much more awesome than driving because when you walk, it is your own legs which enable you to do that. Guys who define their manliness by driving are the same people who buy penis enlargement pills so they can destroy the environment and help spammers to survive at the same time.

4 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

dunkelfalke Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

Why exactly are you so proud of living in a traffic jam?

5 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

dunkelfalke Re:Interesting though not to be overinterpreted (251 comments)

Eskimos were selectively bred for that kind of a diet. There is some foodstuff that these zero-carb-eating indigenous tribes eat (rotten meat for example), that would be deadly poison to any other human.

5 days ago
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

dunkelfalke Re:I call bullshit (140 comments)

Soviet constitution which was the basic law of USSR.
First, Crimea turning into an autonomous republic within Ukraine was already contrary to the referendum since restoring the Crimean ASSR would be restoring it as part of RSFSR.

Second, even if we would let my first point slide, Soviet constitution clearly states that an autonomous republic can only exists within an union republic. If Ukraine is no longer a part of the union, this notion doesn't work anymore. This is what has caused the war in Abkhasia in 1992.

Third, here is just one of several examples of using force to keep Crimea on a tight leash through the years. They have tried to become independent several times through the years and were regularly screwed by Ukraine. No wonder they seized the opportunity now.

You fail your history. Have your parents acknowledge your "F" by next week.

Hm, must be a recent and traumatising experience for you, trying to project it on me in such a detail. Let me tell you something, kiddo. I went to schools and universities in several countries. None of these used letters for marks. Have left my parents' basement several decades ago and one day you will grow up and do the same and see the big and very diverse world out there. But until then, get off my lawn.

5 days ago
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

dunkelfalke Re:I call bullshit (140 comments)

Well, and by the same law that has created an independent Ukraine in 1991, Crimea should have been an independent country as well, given that they have declared their sovereignty almost a year earlier but were basically forced to remain in Ukraine by the military threat.

This is not Moscow propaganda, just a little history lesson. It is interesting that you don't know it, given that you've previously mentioned being an Ukrainian yourself. Could it be that you are but a kid yet? That would fit the whole picture about you very well indeed.

5 days ago
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

dunkelfalke Re: Still they are underpowered (140 comments)

Well, that might be because Ukraine has existed as a nation for only 23 years. There was simply not enough time.

Ukrainians had a history of raiding neighboring villages, pillaging, raping and burning, though. Sort of wanna-be vikings, just without ships and wearing silly ottoman inspired costumes. Polish still think that an Ukrainian national hero was a bandit and a war criminal and that is, in fact, not far off the mark.

5 days ago
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Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

dunkelfalke Re:Still they are underpowered (140 comments)

It is not just the numbers. Ukrainian army is a mess because Ukraine sold almost everything they have inherited from USSR during the last 20 years, the army is not trained, not equipped and the soldiers are often unwilling willing to die for corrupt politicians. The only reason why Ukraine is not overrun yet is that Putin is unwilling to use Russian army in this conflict because it might pull the deeply divided Ukrainian state together - policing a hateful, conquered population would be way too difficult.

Right now it is enough to fund the separatists and occasionally help them out. Ukrainian government will help to do the rest by shelling civilians and generally behaving like a bunch of idiots.

You see, that country is, in a way, similar to Pakistan in 1971. Has been a sovereign country for just about 20 years in its recent history, has artificially drawn borders by the former colonial power, is corrupt, piss-poor, divided inside and their neighbor tries to destabilise it even further. In 1971 these circumstances have lead to a bloody war and creation of Bangladesh. I just hope it won't end up as bloody this time.

5 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

dunkelfalke Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (331 comments)

A corporation is an artificial construct existing on a whim of the current lawmaking of a country (or in this case a union of countries). Thus these states have every right to split it. If it was an unlimited liability general partnership, things would be much different.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

dunkelfalke Re:"v" vs. "w" in Russian (555 comments)

Except that mi writes bullshit, Russians are perfectly able to hear the difference between [v] and [w]. They don't have the [w] phoneme, that is all.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

dunkelfalke Re:So close, so far (555 comments)

You even fail at Russian.

Russian spelling is not phonetic, there are often significant differences between what is said and what is written.
Belarussian is strictly phonetic, Czech is almost phonetic (there are some exceptions due to vocal shifts: like "u" with krouzek and with carka, "i" and "y" being the same phoneme). Russian is not.

Writing that the distinction between "w" and "v" makes no sense is also wrong. The right answer is that Russian simply lacks the [w] phoneme (labio-velar approximant) and uses either "v" or "u" in transcriptions of foreign texts. Polish and Belarussian both have this phoneme, although the origin of it is the dark L sound, that is why it is written as L with as stroke in Polish and probably wouldn't make sense in front of an "i". Belarus on the other hand uses an u with a breve, that might actually work.

about a week ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

dunkelfalke Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (222 comments)

I don't think SpaceX does anything from a different perspective and there is nothing groundbreaking with what they do - just good engineering. What they did was to build well-researched hardware using modern manufacturing techniques and a lot of off-the-shelf parts. That is why their design is so conservative. Nothing wrong about it - that works well and helps keeping the cost down. But bleeding edge is something else.

about a week ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

dunkelfalke Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (222 comments)

Well, the problem here in Germany is that our government is a bunch of amateurs who don't know what they are doing and thus follow a nauseating zig-zag course.

On one hand, renewable energy in Germany is indeed increasing. On the other hand, some goals were indeed abandoned after the ridiculous sanctions of Russia started to backfire, sinking the German economy after it barely started walking out of the 2008-2009 recession.

about a week ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

dunkelfalke Re:This is a good reminder for all technocrats (222 comments)

Go grow some reading comprehension, Pavlov's dog.

I've never stated anything about "forced green energy efforts" at all. The only thing I've written about is that the invisible hand that magically creates solutions when they are needed does not exist and every research process is a long strings of small steps so sitting and waiting for a magical solution to every problem to appear out of thin air is delusional.

about a week ago

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