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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

evandrofisico Re:Pull your head out (665 comments)

A scientific theory usually have a set of predictions beyond the initial claims that are testable, event if not visible phenomena or directly measured properties. What I described in the example of the Big Bang Theory is precisely testing a scientific theory, as the expected background radiation IS one of the predictions.

If your standard for any scientific theory is based on repeating an experiment or directly visualizing some effect, most of the science of the last 2 hundred centuries is indeed untested, as most of its results are not directly visible, but tested by mesasureable effects. Event relatively simple properties of materials, such as eletronic currents visible, and as such measured through indirect effects, for example, old ammeters using magnetic fields to measure the value of said electronic current, instead of counting the amount of electrons passing per second on a conductor.

about 10 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

evandrofisico Re:Pull your head out (665 comments)

In the case of the big bang theory, you have some properties of the universe that are predicted by the theory, such as the presence of the background radiation and the uniformity of mass distribution, among others, that are predicted to exist in a universe where a "big bang" occurs. It is a lot like observations from particle accelerators such as the LHC. There are no means to directly measure a many subatomic particles, but you can measure the particles resulting from the expected decays with some confidence, therefore testing aspects of the theory.

about 10 months ago
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Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

evandrofisico Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (330 comments)

Here in Brazil, most new cars can run on anything from 15% ethanol (the default on mix around here is 85% gasoline, 15% ethanol) to 100% ethanol, usually through sensors in the fuel injection system, and in as much as I know, no changes related to corrosion being necessary.

about a year ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

evandrofisico Re:Eh? (90 comments)

On Meego (specifically the N9 ) the whole enviroment uses X11, not as an option, but as the primary display server.

about a year and a half ago
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DRONENET: An Internet of Drones

evandrofisico Re:Ball drones (108 comments)

Last time I read about this ball drone the estimated battery life was around 15 minutes, making it useful for a very limited range. Also, this ball "drone" is still remote-controlled, putting it definitely outside of the drone category, although similar devices have been adapted to autonomous fly even by hobbyists.

Unless someone can get a power source with better weight/stored energy ratio than the batteries usualy found at these devices, those drones will still be toys. Maybe a buoyant/quadcopter hybrid could overcome this, using far less energy to stay flying and depending on volume, a useful payload capacity.

about 2 years ago
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Running a Linux Live KDE Desktop In 210MB

evandrofisico Re:Why? (106 comments)

Also, slax has a "run from memory" mode where the whole distro is loaded to ram, and as such after booting it runs hellish fast. So a computer with 1Gb of ram can still run the whole OS from ram very fast. I already used this mode to boot slax on a whole computer lab/classroom from a single usb drive.

about 2 years ago
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Running a Linux Live KDE Desktop In 210MB

evandrofisico Re:If you don't need X Window, it could even small (106 comments)

I don't know much about the latest version (7.0), but on previous versions Slax could be reduced to use only the "core" module, which used to be around 50Mb containing only command line tools. It is very handy as a base to build a personalized live cd using slackware packages or a remote boot image.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox OS: Disruptive By Aiming Low

evandrofisico Re:SMS from my computer? (286 comments)

Using a 3G usb cheap modem you already can do it, using for example gammu.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox OS: Disruptive By Aiming Low

evandrofisico Re:Users won't care (286 comments)

but the point is, android can ultimately run mozilla os apps too. on the same hw mozilla os runs.

mozilla os isn't even the first html5 ui for mobile attempt nor the first "hey let's do apps in html5 for mobile!" attempt. nokia wasted hundreds of millions on that shit already. mozilla just went because html5 because they build a browser.

I guess you are confusing Nokia with Palm/HP, as WebOS ran on html+js and Meego/Maemo used gtk and latter Qt with 100% native apps

more than 2 years ago
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Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

evandrofisico Re:Google is evil (352 comments)

Truth is, as most of the code on android is apache licenced or GPL (as the kernel) there is no need to ask google's permission to make anything with it.

Except for two things, some OEMs get advanced access to the code base before it's released to the general public and some OEMs get special access to the core Android developers if they can't get something to work on their own.

Exactly. Google can't "ban" anyone from using android source code, but they can deny access to their proprietary apps and also from being part of the Nexus product line, which obviously depends on early access to the sources and SDK. Also, it is somewhat clear that access to core android developers during a device development is a valuable asset to any manufacturer, as it is the closest to a community android gets due to the open source/closed development environment strategy used by Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

evandrofisico Re:Google is evil (352 comments)

Truth is, as most of the code on android is apache licenced or GPL (as the kernel) there is no need to ask google's permission to make anything with it. The only parts of the operating system that are under a non-permissive licence that can be considered a showstoper would be the "brand" apps, as gmail, youtube and the google play store.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blocks 3d-Party Browsers In Windows RT, Says Mozilla Counsel

evandrofisico Re:Double standards (329 comments)

The EU is not a "continent sized country", it IS a fucking continent.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

evandrofisico Re:xcompmgr (357 comments)

Take a look at cairo composite manager. In my experience, it is faster than xcompmgr and runs on any window manager.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

evandrofisico Re:Secure information much? (601 comments)

It is entirely possible to deploy internal IM services, with free software like openfire, which uses the same protocol as google talk and facebook, without the need to expose internal data and keeping a central log of every conversation. For the twitter necessities there is Status.Net, which powers open-source twitter clone identi.ca, that can be installed internally and seems to be API compatible with twitter clients.
I am not advocating substitution of email messages, but sometimes IM can be very useful on a corporation, taking the right steps to keep security and accountability. It is really very useful to help desk staff, for example.

about 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets

evandrofisico Re:know your market (281 comments)

Because Apple acquired rights over the source code and hired it's main (and possibly, at the time, only) developer, continuing to develop it, but it was already widely used on Linux and BSD (and OSX) for around 10 years before it's acquisition.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets

evandrofisico Re:know your market (281 comments)

Hell, Apple DEVELOPED cups for OSX and linux and bsd picked it up because it made sense and solved a real problem).

No, cups was developed independently starting on 1997, and on 2007, after many years being the default printing system on OSX and many linux distributions it was acquired by Apple.

more than 3 years ago
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Hippies Say WiFi Network Is Harming Their Chakras

evandrofisico Re:That's odd... (432 comments)

Einstein didn't studied alchemy, Isaac Newton did in the 17th century, when matter structure was far from know. During Einstein lifetime the basis for modern chemistry (excluding quantum chemistry) were already known, and rudimentary atomic theories were largely accepted among the scientists of the time.

more than 5 years ago

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