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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

excelsior_gr Re:So... (122 comments)

The doctors. At WHO.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

excelsior_gr Death? (546 comments)

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

2 days 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...

4 days 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.

4 days 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

excelsior_gr Re:What if they break the NDA? (124 comments)

The poor bastard that gets caught before defecting to the Russkies.

about a month ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

excelsior_gr read it wrong (124 comments)

I read the title as "sign DNA" rather than "sign NDA". I got excited thinking about a deal signed in blood...

about a month ago
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The Evolution of Diet

excelsior_gr Re:"Paleolithic diets" now vs then (281 comments)

People in the Minoan civilization (which is still more modern than paleolithic) had a life expectancy of only 30 years. However, you have to factor in that they were completely vulnerable to disease and even trivial accidents could be fatal. I would therefore not call them unhealthy, as those individuals died probably at infancy.

Back then food was hard to come by and demanded a great deal of physical activity. So I would go on a limp and say that, having survived your childhood, you would be rather healthy. Until you cut your hand trying to skin that rabbit.

about 2 months ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

excelsior_gr Re:Seems like it would've worked (97 comments)

Correct. Now the question is, where does the energy in those countries comes from? Sadly, much of it comes from coal, but e.g. in Norway a huge amount comes from hydroelectric plants. That is why oil refining and metalworking is a large industry in Norway.

about 2 months ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

excelsior_gr Re:speaking as a senior engineer (160 comments)

Fluent is now ANSYS.
Probably you know this already, but I just wanted to get this out of my system: Letting ANSYS buy Fluent Inc. (they had to go through a competition committee or something of the sort) was a huge blow for the industry. Now ANSYS owns *two* of the most powerful simulation tools in the chemical engineering industry (CFX and Fluent) and has virtually no competition. The only way to bitch and whine about their high prices is to threaten them that you will switch to OpenFOAM, to which they will reply with a "ya, right...".

Anyway, I just wanted to get this out. Thanks for listening.

about 2 months ago

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