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Crack In Fukushima Structure May Be Leaking Radiation

flnca Re:Fixing this leak solves nothing! (280 comments)

The big problem at Fukushima is that the top half of the reactor buildings are GONE.

I've wondered about this myself. If you compare the fact that you mentioned to a schematic of the reactor buildings, where do you think could the containment vessels and their contents be?

When you look at the images of buildings 3 and 4, do you actually see a containment vessel?

I'm really worried when I look at the images. It looks like the explosions have blown the containment vessels apart. Some guy on some blog said that it would all be nothing but smoldering burning ruins ... do you think there's a possibility that the containment vessels are intact?

Do you think there's a risk of a domino effect? That the rises in ambient radiation could affect other reactor sites in the area?

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Seeks Suspect's Web Game Records

flnca Re:'disturbing to who?' (446 comments)

And "freedom of speech" was never about "no consequences for your speech".

So I guess any dictatorship can claim they support free speech now, don't they?

"You are free to speak, but it will have consequences."

What's the point of free speech if you can't speak without having to fear repercussions?

more than 3 years ago
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Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

flnca Re:Perhaps it's the water? (430 comments)

In the rest of the world it is understood that drinking a can of soda is not the same as drinking clear, fresh water.

more than 3 years ago
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Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

flnca Perhaps it's the water? (430 comments)

People generally don't drink enough clear, fresh water. Often, when they're taking a pill it's the only circumstance they're doing so. Perhaps that's the reason why even placebos work.

more than 3 years ago
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Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch

flnca Re:But But But But Buzt Buut (402 comments)

I guess this is just for the ones who want a solution right now. The others still can wait until the next kernel update, which will probably include the 200-line patch.

more than 3 years ago
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E Ink Unveils Color E-Reader Display

flnca Re:THIS IS GREAT!!! (164 comments)

True ... but to me, it's all about the display technology. I wouldn't be interested in them otherwise. E-Ink displays don't require power when they're not flipping pages. I.e. you can even remove the batteries and see the same image that was loaded last. Can't do that with a Palm! ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

flnca DVD Print Booking Problem (397 comments)

Booking space for DVD printing is scarce, and when the game isn't ready to ship at this point, then boom, lots of bugs in the shipped product, b/c the booking slot had to be used. Happens to many game publishers.

more than 3 years ago
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E Ink Unveils Color E-Reader Display

flnca Re:Personally... (164 comments)

This video shows off E-Ink displays running color video. In principle, it's possible, even if the frame rate is not particularly high.

more than 3 years ago
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E Ink Unveils Color E-Reader Display

flnca Re:color e-ink killer app: digital picture frames (164 comments)

TFA says the device does have WiFi ... the only question is if there's a way to program it in some way. E-Ink earlier complained that with better drivers, a lot more could be done with the display. This video shows off various E-Ink displays, some running color videos ... it is possible to some extent with the right software, so I figure with the right drivers, it could be used as a regular computer display, which in turn would enable the development of arbitrary applications.

more than 3 years ago
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E Ink Unveils Color E-Reader Display

flnca Re:THIS IS GREAT!!! (164 comments)

Why? People waited decades for that technology, but that doesn't mean it's old ...

more than 3 years ago
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Recalling Windows 1.0 At 25 Years

flnca Re:Windows 1.0 was barely usable (384 comments)

Have you ever tried to use the tiling function that's built-in in Windows? Windows always had that function. In Windows 7, you simply right-click on the task bar and choose the menu item. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Windows API Programming

flnca Bullshit! (1 comments)

The pages aren't there when I surf the online help in German language, but in US English, all chapters are there. Sorry for this spur-of-a-moment article!! ;-))

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

flnca Re:Generational Ships (380 comments)

Isn't that an interesting parallel? I can imagine God reading /. right now and saying to himself: "Yep... It's not as easy as it looks is it?... to create a self-sustaining world, put people on it and expect things to turn out how you'd like in the end."

Definitely. Once I had a coworker, who said, after I had explained the concept to him: "What do you need a spacecraft for? There is Earth! Isn't Earth like a giant spacecraft?"

And he's right: Earth is like a spacecraft too. Or, if you expand on the concept of giant spacecraft, our solar system could entirely be contained in some kind of chamber inside a spacecraft, and what we see as stars, might be other chambers with other solar systems. That's the largest of spacecraft imaginable! ;)

Universes could be like snowflakes falling on a winter day, and galaxies like little ice crystals ... who knows? ;)

And then there might be God who sent us on a journey ... question is: Will we ever know when the journey is over? Is there a goal within our reach? :)

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

flnca Re:Generational Ships (380 comments)

That could happen with the secret order too. Or maybe the secret order will decide to use the people for their own gains. Who knows. The ethical thing to do is keep people informed. A government by the people, for the people -- in space too.

The secret order should be where the AI of the ship comes in. It would have to select the best new members for the order, and keep them "aligned". This would keep management "cost" in that area minimal. Now picture the consequences of your suggestion: Let's assume for a moment that the ship is governed by a democratic government. In the worst case, it would have control over the ship. There'd be various interest groups that would try to gain control of the ship. Would you like to see them die, the billions of people on such a ship? One tiny error in the control of such a ship can cause all people to die. Now put it in the hands of power-hungry madmen. That's why still in democratic governments, there's still shadow groups like secret societies, and secret services that keep some information out of the hands of even the highest ranks in government. To keep a democratic government at bay and in functional condition, the AI would have to use far more sophisticated tactics (if even allowed to do so). Meh ... I like the secret order thing much better. People can go ahead and have their governments and such, but don't mess with the ship! lol ;)

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

flnca Re:Generational Ships (380 comments)

Government should be open and transparent, and the people should be informed. It makes me sad that people would even propose such a thing.

Certainly, you're right. It would be the reasonable choice, to make everything transparent and open ... if it works for a couple hundred or thousand years, that is the question. What if the ship falls into anarchy, civil wars, dictatorships? The ship must still function under those circumstances, and ship its passengers along and nourish them. In a ship with Earth-like conditions, rain would fall and sun would shine, grass would grow, and cows would feed ... mountains and rocks would endure the centuries. People will be born and die, become dust and nourish the trees. I wonder if people would not forget where they are after a couple of centuries ... with all tech happening in the background, they would never even need to be aware of the fact. But who knows? There's a lot of possibilities.

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

flnca Re:Generational Ships (380 comments)

I thought about his pretty often, and I think that the most reasonable form of generation spacecraft would be AI controlled, self-repairing, self-sustaining, and very huge, so that Earth-like landscapes could be built in them. A ship that is 1000 km wide and high, and 10,000 km long would not be much different from a planet to its inhabitants. Clarke's 1x4x9 ratio also would make a reasonable form factor. Such a ship can of course only be built when resources are mined from the solar system planets, especially the gas giants have plenty of matter to utilize. With an "army" of robots, such a thing would be comparably easy to build and to maintain. The ship would have to have automated mining facilities, factories and so on. To the people, it would be like an ordinary world. Many of them would not need to know they're on a spacecraft. But some staff should definitely exist (an order perhaps?) that knows about the journey. Also, the government of the ship could be such that it's clear to everyone they're on a spacecraft, but then provisions need to be in place to avoid mutinies, etc.

more than 3 years ago

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Mars One: Privately Funded Settlement Project

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 2 years ago

flnca (1022891) writes "Gizmag recently reported about MarsOne, the first privately funded Mars settlement project: "The first people to colonize Mars might be reality TV show contestants. No, this is not a joke — it's a tremendously ambitious, eyebrow-raising plan devised by Dutch company Mars One. Next year, the company aims to select several teams of four astronauts each, and the public will be the final judge as to which team will get the ticket for a (one-way!) seven-month trip to the Red Planet in 2023.""
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i8008 Assembler and Emulator

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 2 years ago

flnca writes "To celebrate Intel 8008's 40th anniversary this year, I wrote a small free open-source emulator and assembler for it that can easily be used or extended."
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Microsoft Kills Off Windows API Programming

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 3 years ago

flnca (1022891) writes "When I tried to tinker with Visual C++ Express 2010 today, I noticed that the online help system doesn't contain the Windows API programming chapters anymore. This makes it impossible to develop applications for Windows in C or C++ using the Windows API. I figure that's a move by Microsoft to discourage programmers from using it and urging them to move to .NET development."
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Alien Invasion in the USA!!!

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 4 years ago

flnca (1022891) writes "On Thursday, not long after midnight, Bostoners were in for a surprise when they saw a huge spacecraft hovering in the night sky. According to early reports and eye witnesses, the craft has begun launching capsules that were seen landing around Essex and Norfolk. Local radio stations and police advised citizens to remain calm and stay in their homes until the situation is under control. The National Guard has been called in for help. If you see any alien craft within your area, please stay calm and inform the local authorities. CNN had some footage up on here but apparently it has been deleted for whatever reason."
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Will Compiz be at the Forefront of 3D Desktops?

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 4 years ago

flnca (1022891) writes "We're currently looking forward to a lot of new exciting hardware capable of generating true 3D impressions. Will Compiz be at the forefront of 3D Desktop developments? Discuss!"
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German Gamer TV Channel Cancelled

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flnca writes "According to German Giga TV channel itself, it will be taken off syndication on German digital TV networks by end of March 2009. In a sad address note (German; English Google translation here), Stephan Borg, one of the CEOs, says among other things, that Premiere (the company's only investor) was unwilling to keep Giga running and that they want to focus on their core competence, digital subscriber television. Giga was the only TV channel focused on video gaming in Germany. They had a history of 10 years, and NBC was their second-to-last big investor. The future of Giga's gaming-centric website remains uncertain."
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2009 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Bugs

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flnca (1022891) writes "Recently, the CWE (Common Weakness Enumeration) site published a list created by SANS, MITRE and many software security experts in USA and Europe that describes the 25 most dangerous programming errors that can lead to software vulnerabilities and exploits. Increased awareness in programming, education and management staff can help to avoid such bugs in the future."
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AIX on the Desktop is Getting the Boot

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flnca writes "Today, I was playing with the thought again to purchase an AIX workstation one day when I can afford them, and I was surprised to see that IBM is going to give its Intellistation POWER Series workstations the boot in January '09. A black day for AIX on the desktop. I really wonder what's the problem there, warehouse costs? IBM has a history of burying its best stuff (like OS/2 for instance). Some years ago, I enjoyed hacking away on an RS/6000 workstation running AIX 4.2, and it was a pure joy. Not only the kernel, but also the admin tools, like smit and smitty. Their blade-centric solution uses Windows as a client for workstation application. This truly sounds like IBM wants AIX only for servers anymore. I'm not amused. Although, eXceed on Windows with an XDCMP server running on AIX might also be a viable solution ... whatever. But it can't beat a native POWER box sitting on your desk, that's for sure. ;)"
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Want to help create the next big OS?

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flnca writes "You probably know the success of MS Windows. But what if you could sponsor the creation of the next big OS? What if there's someone who knows exactly how to do it? I've been rolling around an idea in my head for the past 19 years. I know the OS that I have in my mind would be the best OS ever created, and would conquer the industry by storm. Unfortunately, I never get around to implement it. If you're willing to employ me for a full-time job, I can do it for you. There's only two conditions: 1. The resulting OS must be open-source (MUCH money can be made later, and probably during development as well, as there would be parts that could be released early). 2. I must be able to live comfortably off my salary. The more additional developers I get, the quicker I might be able to complete it. I won't talk about details (I know that's bad, but I want to avoid offspin before it's largely complete), but I can say as much, that most of the concepts already exist, but aren't used in the proper way. Somebody's got to put it all together. And I can do it. I can do design and implementation. I'm sure the open source community will be happy to help once the ground work has been established. The only problem is I can't do the ground work without money. That's the downside of capitalism, that good ideas can sit in the drawer forever if no-one is willing to sponsor them. Plus, I'm a developer, I'm no good at advertising myself. The code name of the project is Dynamic Environment Layered Operating System (DELOS). This might also give you a cue as to what it is."

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How to Maintain Instellar Space Flights

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 6 years ago One of the biggest problems with interstellar space flight is that communication and power supply can become a problem. Some years ago I had an idea which I called "Energy Link", which would be able to solve the problem. The solution is very simple: The interstellar space craft has a manufacturing facility on board to manufacture satellites that are used to link back to Earth. During flight, in strategic locations, a satellite is dropped that communicates with satellites dropped earlier. Energy is transmitted by using microwaves, for instance. This way, not only communication could be maintained over vast distances, but also power supply in mid-space when there's no sun around. The satellites would be powered by the energy transmitted to them, or by internal power plants. Supporting vehicles transporting freight could travel to the remote craft and between satellites. If enough support vehicles exist, then a bucket-chain like system can be used, so that there's always one vehicle arriving when another is leaving. Such a system could also be used to establish or maintain space infrastructures.

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A Proposal for Another Type of Space Elevator

flnca flnca writes  |  more than 6 years ago With interest I read the Wikipedia article about space elevators, and I remembered an old idea of mine that I had during a discussion with a co-worker about 11 years ago. Of course, it might sound like a stupid idea at first, but why not build a space elevator that just reaches out of Earth's atmosphere? That is built like a tower, about 20 km across and of similar height (or more, depending on how little density of atmosphere is desired). A sufficiently thin wall could house all sorts of space-port businesses, while a center platform, almost 20 km across, would be used to lift spacecraft to and from the high end of the tower. If the tower just reaches out of the atmosphere, spacecraft would still have to overcome gravity, but they could do so (almost) outside the Earths atmosphere. A honeycomb lattice like structure could provide enough structural integrity, and leight-weight materials could keep the overall mass low. This could also be used as a construction site for more refined space elevators that are attached further up in space.

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