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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

gerddie Seriously? (787 comments)

From TFA:

Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday.

This is news for nerds, for people who are supposed to love science. Science is, when you can prove things, reproduce them. An announcement from someone on the losing side who has an interest in dragging NATO into this is not a statement that can be relied on. It is not even mentioned what the unofficial channel, is, nor was any kind of prove provided, like with all the rest of the anti-Russian propaganda, btw.

I expect tomorrow news on ./ to be: The pope said that God is real.

about two weeks ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

gerddie Re:Pay up! (167 comments)

Saying 'period' in no way strengthen's your point.

Indeed, he should have written Full stop :)

about 4 months ago

Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

gerddie Proprietary image format (129 comments)

I was considering getting the first version of their camera, but they use a proprietary image format for the original data and requests to open it are unanswered so far. Not even a SDK is provided to access the original data even though it was promised. Kind of disappointing and enough reason for me not to buy.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

gerddie Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

You don't need electricity for soldering, all you you need is something to create heat, e.g. a fire, a needle, and solder: Last time I was on Cuba for a few weeks as a visiting scientists, the power supply of my laptop broke down. I was living in one of those casas particulares, and one of the landlady's relatives proposed to open the power supply (With a saw, because it was glued) . Then he found the bad contact and since they didn't have a soldering iron, he did the soldering with a needle heated in the gas flame. Two weeks later I had to repeat the soldering procedure applying some more tin-solder, but the power supply works without a flaw ever since.

about 5 months ago

IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

gerddie Re:Sounds like Microsoft is making a pretty penny. (322 comments)

Indeed, and it's a real shame since with this money they could have paid some developers full-time to bring ReactOS to speed and make it a viable replacement for XP.

about 5 months ago

IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

gerddie Re:Done on purpose (322 comments)

It's cheaper for the IRS to pay the dime to continue to make patches so that they will be available to countless others who are caught with their pants down, [...]

What makes you think these patches will be made available for these countless others? Microsoft will bill very single entity out there for the very same patches, that's quite certain.

about 5 months ago

Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

gerddie Re:The sheer volume! (139 comments)

They don't care about the country, they care more about their own selfishness than anything else. Ending the embargo wouldn't make that go away, Cuba would still be a shit hole because its leaders are utterly selfish pricks who use the country for their own benefit and NOTHING else.

Selfish pricks who set a state policy that makes it possible to provide free education and free health care for everyone that is. Cubans have a life expectancy of 79.4 years (USA 79.8) according to WHO estimates and the infant mortality in Cuba is 4.76, (US 5.2) according to CIA estimates. I have been to Cuba a few times, last time was 2006, and I can say they are certainly not rich, most are rather poor when considering "western" standards, but Cuba is certainly not a shit hole.

about 5 months ago

Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

gerddie Re:Python, etc? (226 comments)

Control flow based on indentation is a novel idea, but doesn't really make sense to most users.

It makes a lot of sense for people who start to learn programming, because this way they will learn to format their code in a readable manner.

about 5 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

gerddie Re:no. (650 comments)

... and commercial Linux distro support, bug and security fixes for their 2.4.0 kernel based releases.

The difference is, that the source code for the 2.4.0 Linux kernel is freely available, so anybody can hire a developer to fix security problems and hardware incompatibilities. With MS Windows and Mac OS there is only one vendor for each who has access to the source code and the permission to change it and fix things. If they don't want to do it, you're lost.

about 5 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

gerddie Re:Where do you draw the line? (650 comments)

I don't know what exactly medisoft does, but I read somewhere that VistA may be what you're looking for. There is also work going on to get it into Debian.

about 5 months ago

Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

gerddie Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (192 comments)

Yes, they will. And if you have a patent, then you have a legal right to make them pay you for your idea.

... and you will fail because you don't have the funds to win the patent case, and after the battle is over you will be broke.

Besides, if your innovation was in software, you will probably have to pay off a number of patent trolls the moment you become big enough to be milked and will also go broke, or work most of the time to pay someone else.

Software patents are a lose-lose for the small guy. Without them, the small guy can continue innovating and stay ahead of the big shots.

about 5 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

gerddie Re:In other words . . . (409 comments)

And don't forget its ability to auto correct

When processing microarray data sets, we recently noticed that some gene names were being changed inadvertently to non-gene names A little detective work traced the problem to default date format conversions and floating-point format conversions in the very useful Excel program package. The date conversions affect at least 30 gene names; the floating-point conversions affect at least 2,000 if Riken identifiers are included. These conversions are irreversible; the original gene names cannot be recovered

about 6 months ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

gerddie Re:Permenant Beta (295 comments)

What other GPU enabled software runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux?

For starters: Every game that makes use of 3D and is available for the three platforms, scientific software like Paraview, Slicer 3D, 3D rendering software like Blender, the famous video player VLC, ...

about 6 months ago

In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up

gerddie Re:I can't help but laugh a little (256 comments)

Both sides are relentlessly comparing each other to Nazi Germany. The Russians claim that Nazi-like fascist radicals led the coup and the Ukrainians claim that the Russians are behaving like Nazi Germany at the outset of World War II. It's like a bad internet argument.

Only that even the BBC now shows that here are indeed Nazi-like fascist radicals in charge now in Ukraine (especially see the two MP from Svoboda showing the numbers 14/88 at 5:00).

about 6 months ago

Open Source Initiative, Free Software Foundation Unite Against Software Patents

gerddie Re:It's still protected by copyright anyway (105 comments)

Without patent protection, a lot of software won't enter the market because copycats who haven't done any R&D to create an innovative product will have the same access/edge as people who created the product.

If this assumption were true, then wine should be able to run every piece of software published for MS Windows = Win7 flawlessly by now.

about 7 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

gerddie Re:Yes (627 comments)

There quite a few things that make sense to be checked: endianess, size of the long type (i.e. 64 bit/32 bit), available 3rd party libraries ...

about 7 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

gerddie Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

DavidHumus notes: Maybe the bigger question is why is CEO pay so entirely disconnected from company performance?

In other words: There is also the possibility that not employing that bigshot VP would mean the company performs better and those burger flippers would make more money.

about 7 months ago

Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

gerddie Re:Editing? (98 comments)

You have five corrections but you only count four?

He's probably from the Spanish inquisition.

about 7 months ago

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

gerddie Re:Tyranny (252 comments)

>Actually, [...] churches [...] don't satisfy the "yleishyödyllisyys" (general benefit for society) requirement [...]

A keen observation.

about 7 months ago



Astronomers Find Largest Reservoir of Water

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.

One team, lead by Matt Bradford, made their observations starting in 2008, using an instrument called "Z-Spec" at the California Institute of Technology’s Submillimeter Observatory, a 33-foot (10-meter) telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Follow-up observations were made with the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA), an array of radio dishes in the Inyo Mountains of Southern California.

The second group led, by Dariusz Lisused, used the Plateau de Bure Interferometer in the French Alps to find water. In 2010, this team serendipitously detected water in APM 8279+5255, observing one spectral signature. Bradford's team was able to get more information about the water, including its enormous mass, because they detected several spectral signatures of the water."

Link to Original Source

ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "ASCAP (the same folks who went after Girl Scouts for singing around a campfire) appears to believe that every time your musical ringtone rings in public, you're violating copyright law by "publicly performing" it without a license. At least that's the import of a brief [2.5mb PDF] it filed in ASCAP's court battle with mobile phone giant AT&T.

Read more about it here."

The Electronic Police State

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "Cryptohippie published what may be called a first attempt to describe the "electronic police state". Based on information available from different organizations, like Electronic Privacy Information Center, Reporters Without Borders or Freedom House, countries were rated on 17 criteria how close they are already to an electronic police state. Not very surprisingly one finds China, North Korea, White Russia and Russia at the top of the list, but then the UK, the United States, Singapore, Israel, France and Germany follow."
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Amazon vs. Music Industrie

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "Heise reports (in German), that Amazon (German) flexed it's muscles over a dispute with the music industry. Labels like SonyBMG, Warner Music, Universal Music and EMI admonished Amazon for selling import-CD that are cheaper then European releases. Amazon showed its market power by not only removing the disputed CDs from the shop, but also a lot of EU-releases of these companies. For a few days, nearly all top-100 titles of SonyBMG and Warner, and many CDs of Universal and EMI were not available at Amazon, the strongest online-seller in Germany.
After talks, the European releases of the CDs are available again and the disputed imports are not. However, the issue is not yet settled, commented one of the music industry managers to Spiegel Online. Amazon gave "no comment"."

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