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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

excelsior_gr Open season for Switzerland (323 comments)

I bet the US have "strategic military reserves" or something stacked up somewhere. As is usual in such cases, however, a conflict will break out in Europe... The pleasing thing is that the Swiss don't get to play neutral this time!

about two weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

excelsior_gr Re:Go ahead, restrict yourself out of business (357 comments)

Alas, the largest non-enlish-speaking markets all dubb the Hollywood films, and the english-speaking markets don't have much interest in non-english films. Such an app, although cool and much needed, has a very small market.

about a month ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

excelsior_gr Errata (81 comments)

Pythagoras — 520, in: Euclid — 300, Elements, Book I, Prop. 47 (Athens).

The citation is probably wrong. Although we don't know exactly where Euclid's Elements were written, he lived in Alexandria and not in Athens. The oldest known complete edition was also edited in Alexandria.

Yes, I'm a citation nazi.

about a month ago
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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

excelsior_gr Re:Captain Scott (63 comments)

I blame the Slashdot mods for not moderating the GP as 'funny' in a timely fashion, thereby letting me ridicule myself.

I think 'Whooooosh' is in order.

about 1 month ago
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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

excelsior_gr Re:Captain Scott (63 comments)

How is knowing more about the environment and being properly equipped cheating, exactly? It just sounds that Amundsen was just a better explorer and leader, to me. He knew that the dogs were the best option and focused on them, instead of coming up with a ridiculous combination of dogs, ponies and motorised vehicles. The motor vehicles were not robust enough and Scott had to carry the horse food all the way. Scott also relied on his orders being followed to the letter, and he got properly screwed by his mates that completely ignored him and left him freeze to death. If you want to accuse Amundsen for anything, accuse him of designing an expedition with the sole purpose of reaching the pole first with only a bare minimum of science. Cheating, however, is a totally empty accusation.

about 1 month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

excelsior_gr Re:So... (124 comments)

The doctors. At WHO.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

excelsior_gr Death? (571 comments)

Judging by this summary, the trolls are alive and well, I'd say.

about a month ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

excelsior_gr Old saying... (239 comments)

"Facebook. Where men are men, women are men, and 14-year-old girls are FBI agents."

Nah, it doesn't have the same ring to it...

about a month ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

excelsior_gr reborn? (150 comments)

What's with the euphemism? 'Reborn' us a very lame way to say 'dead', which is the real meaning in this case. Seriously, slashdot editors, if I wanted to read euphemisms, I would read the press release.

about a month ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

excelsior_gr Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

Hollywood is mentally bankrupt!
What about these great things?
Hollywood didn't put any mental effort in them.
Personal attack!

FTFY

about a month ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

excelsior_gr Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

Oh puh-lease, G.R.R. Martin put all the mental effort. All the producers had to do was not fuck it up with bad cast options and script changes for "appealing to the target audience".

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

excelsior_gr Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

A patent does not guarantee freedom to practice. Due to its format and wording, a patent can be easily rendered useless by a "counter-patent" (at least according to the EU law that I'm familiar with). This then leads to a deadlock and the only solution is cross-licensing. I can hardly see any benefit from a situation like that for anyone except the involved lawyers.

The best way to make sure a technology remains free is to publish as much as possible (in journals, conferences etc.) and to release as much material as possible using an open license. Using the patent system for supporting openness is to me like feeding the trolls.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

excelsior_gr Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

This is complete FUD. A piece of software 'released to the world' is prior art, which does exactly the opposite: it prevents someone else from patenting the same technology.

about a month and a half ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

excelsior_gr Titanium dioxide nanotubes not in soil (395 comments)

Most applications of titanium dioxide use amorphous nanoparticles, not the crystalline structures found in soil. These take quite a bit of chemistry and energy to produce, like a flame aerosol reactor and precursors like TiCl4. I suppose that the nanotube production is similarly complicated and energy-hungry.

about a month and a half ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

excelsior_gr Biased summary (282 comments)

What kind of person bills his grandmother for taking her to the supermarket? Jeezz...

Repeat after me: "it's against the law to drive people around for money without the proper credentials".

about a month and a half ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

excelsior_gr Re:Iron Curtain (320 comments)

Bolek and Lolek!

It aired in Greece and was loved by everyone!

about 2 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

excelsior_gr Ukraine just got screwed (201 comments)

It's almost as if Russia was anticipating this all along, and decided that the Crimea is up for grabs. With a leverage this big I'm surprised they didn't chose something juicier. Just saying...

about 2 months ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

excelsior_gr Re:This is huge (308 comments)

This isn't about food. It's about the efficiency of arable land surface that can be used to produce biofuels.

about 2 months ago

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