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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

gomiam Re: Shut it down (191 comments)

Such a quaint trolling...

12 hours ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

gomiam Re:This just in: (302 comments)

I'm just pointing out that Mike at Techdirt's "Zero Marginal Cost, Infinite Good" argument applies equally well to empty seats at a concert or sporting event, or to lack of capacity crowd at a museum.

Does it? Can you put an infinite number of people in those seats with marginal cost? I would posit you can't so it doesn't.

By Mike's argument, 1) people should expect to be admitted free under such circumstances, and 2) the organizers should welcome them for the possibility of incidental business (concessions, swag).

And they do. Not everyone, not always, but they do. Remember the last bar you went to that didn't make you pay for listening to the music they were playing?

Obviously, it's a ridiculous argument in the case of a rock concert, particularly because the very same people who condone piracy often recommend that musicians make their living by selling tickets at live performances. But what makes it ridiculous is that there is an obvious, visible security apparatus in place at the concert that will either physically prevent gate crashers, or who will likely get them hauled down to the local police station.

Of course, they are there _only_ to avoid freeloaders getting in. Never mind the limits of people in the venue, the need to avoid altercations, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

gomiam Re: Shakedown (127 comments)

Wrong fallacy fallacy. Among other reasons: there is no fallacy in the GP.

about three weeks ago
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Nanotube Film Could Replace Defective Retinas

gomiam Re:Mod parent up! (24 comments)

Human eyes filters infrared and ultraviolet light. AFAIK, only certain cataract operations leave patients in conditions to see UV light.

about three weeks ago
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Smart Gun Inspires Smart Mouse Authentification System

gomiam Re:uhhh (60 comments)

Autentificación is the Spanish term, too.

about 3 months ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

gomiam Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

Well, I'm a computer tech too, I repair tech all day long too, I also know one or two things about technology in general.

My informed choice is I won't but Apple products. Yes, they are sleek and pretty, and do what they must mostly without a hassle. But, guess what? They live in their own little world: connect a USB hard disk that doesn't have the approved formats from Apple and your computer will ask you to "fix it". If you make the mistake to accept, say goodbye to your data (unless you have a tech around who knows the tools to get it back). Try to set up a network connection that doesn't conform to what Apple thinks wifi connections should do and you have to jump through hoops to create an installer so it gets set up correctly because Apple decided to cut the ability to set it up from your phone.

These are just two examples of how easy dealing with Apple products is.

"Oh yeah "Ooh, aah", that's how it always starts. But then there's running and screaming." (Ian Malcom, "The Lost World")

about 3 months ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

gomiam Re:Baking Soda May Help! (140 comments)

When you have lost loved ones to cancer -

Excuse me if you aren't the only one to have gone through that.

and watched them suffer horrendously and miserably after receiving chemotherapy "treatments" -

Or not. Different people react differently to differente chemotherapy treatments.

only to have their last days on earth be an agonzing, living hell for them -

Sorry for that to be your case. Fortunately, chemotherapy actually avoids that fate in many cases.

you start to question the validity of these treatments and begin open yourself up to the possibility that others who have had a very measurable success with unorthodox treatments may very well be onto something very real and special.

Until you notice that they have had no measurable success, that they are based on quack science (cancer grows on acidity? How does that explain leukemia?), and that, actually, some of them have narrowly escaped being sentenced to prison for manslaughter.

about 3 months ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

gomiam Re: TCO (158 comments)

At the mercy of the vendor and the ability of your sysadmins to fool the program to run on Windows 7/8. I mean, it is an interesting challenge but I could do perfectly without it :-)

about 5 months ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

gomiam Re:Its all because of graphics drivers (158 comments)

Or do most people lack the cognitive ability to use more than one OS, and need crappy 'Microsoft Essentials' classes to teach them anything beyond how to game and access their Facebook accounts?

They lack the interest the same way someone who learns driving an automatic usually has little interest in learning to drive a stick-shift (actually, here in Spain there are very few automatic transmission cars so everyone needs to know about the stick-shift, but I digress).

I deal with last-year undergraduates who still don't know about Word styles, who still write the content tables by hand (because they don't know about the possibility of using the title styles in their Word documents). Believe me, they don't care to investigate in most cases.

Actually, most of them still will put text walls in their Powerpoint presentations so they can read them. And yes, they usually had classes about it in high school. But they didn't care.

about 5 months ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

gomiam Re: TCO (158 comments)

No. Unfortunately they usually don't. <semi-rant>I support a university campus and I'm tired (not really, but it gets boring) of being asked for copies of university software by students for whom there is no licenced copy available. The reason? The teacher will be accostumed to using that software and doesn't even consider changing to another.

Mind you, I'm not even talking about changing to Linux or some open source program. I'm talking about students (teachers too) persistently asking for Windows XP-compatible software to be installed in their Windows 8 computers when we aren't allowed to do it and asking for us to help them when the magically appearing copy of our licenced software doesn't work with their computers' Windows 7 or 8</semi-rant>

So no, they usually don't know better: they stumbled upon the software (or were taught to use it by someone who already used it) and never looked back. I have even had teachers tell me (because some licenced-software seller told them) that the costless option I suggest is worse when the licenced version is the same software with some useless extras bolted in (and yes, I mean useless extras because they can be substituted with standard Windows software).

about 5 months ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

gomiam Re:The proofs (512 comments)

Excuse my shortsightedness. Would you be so kind to explain _why_ the fact that british imams condemned the demonstrators showing those placards as being extremists has anything to do with Israel? Do you have any proof about those condemnations being false? Why do you resort to the "guilt by association" fallacy? While we are at it, would you be so kind to point out where is that memo referenced in the link you posted? Which, by the way, doesn't paint Palestinians in too good a light either:

Palestinians who were responsible for the killing of Israeli children after the establishment of the PA in 1993 also benefited from impunity.

Update: I found the reference you pointed out. Great work putting a link that explains next to nothing about your point of contention. Next time, link the document itself.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

gomiam Re:Union tactics (121 comments)

Thank you.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resolving the Clash Between Art and Technology In Music?

gomiam Re:Union tactics (121 comments)

I find no information at the Wikipedia entry about luddites complaining about quality. Would you be so kind to reference your assertion about luddism being about quality? Because I can hardly see the relationship in, say, agricultural luddism against mechanical threshers.

about 6 months ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

gomiam Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

Oh, dear, trolls must be starving now. Slashdot is not what it was any more.

about 9 months ago
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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

gomiam Re:And when Eris' atmosphere is measured... (138 comments)

The New Horizons mission page states that the probe will fly by Pluto during July 2015. I don't know what the probe's ability to get data from Pluto is, but anything that helps restrict the range of observations is, IMO, a good thing: a month can pass quickly.

about 9 months ago

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Towards a silicon-like graphene

gomiam gomiam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

gomiam (587421) writes "Arxiv has an article on the effects of doping single-layer graphene with nitrogen atoms. Interestingly, several configurations show promise as either n-type metal (the basis for MOSFET), silicon analogue, or as a magnet."

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