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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

gronofer Re:Too long, didn't read. (162 comments)

If somebody gave me the advice to keep windows and install the virus checker, then I'd ignore the advice and install Linux. At the end of the trial period, I'd hopefully be virus free, so that would be +1 to them under this system.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer Re:robots (402 comments)

It's not so much the space travel technology, but the technology that would allow a truely sustainable human colony in a hostile environment. Show me that it's even possible to build a sustainable human colony in a domed city somewhere on Earth (without importing food, water, computers etc.,) and then perhaps it will be time to start thinking about living on Mars. Then you can start worrying about all the true space problems, such as shortage of water, excessive radiation, and wrong gravity and temperatures.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer Re:robots (402 comments)

The robot missions are limited to using the equipment that they've taken with them. Woudn't a human mission have exactly the same limitation? There's a limit to what you can achieve with a pickaxe and a screwdriver. Anyway, I expect that a human mission would be so tied up in just keeping the humans alive, that they'd have little time or resources for any actual research.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer Re:robots (402 comments)

"Every great scientific mind", I find that unlikely, how would you even enumerate such, and surely at least one of them has never even commented on the issue or disagrees? I don't see any Chinese colonies in space. How could Earth possibly become less inhabitable than every other planet in the Solar System already is? Even the deserts of Earth or the Antarctic would be more attractive than Mars or the Moon, and I don't see people rushing to build self-contained domed cities in such places.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

gronofer Re:MS has become insignificant, to what they were. (387 comments)

Sure, not only will they be giving away the OS, but they'll be missing out on all the patent royalties that they extort from manufacturers of Android devices. I guess they are hoping that the benefits from possible future market share will outweigh current profits.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gronofer robots (402 comments)

Stick to robotic missions, which are better value for money anyway. Humans are tied to Earth more strongly than science fiction would have you believe.

about two weeks ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

gronofer Re:Change (742 comments)

Not to mention their continuing use of underhanded legal methods to force makers of Android phones to pay royalties. A system that Microsoft had approximately zero involvment in developing.

about 2 months ago
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Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

gronofer Already been done (269 comments)

At least one plant-based egg substitute already exists, see Orgran. However I think that one is intended for use in baking and mayonnaise etc., and not for making scrambled eggs.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

gronofer Re:Productivity (503 comments)

It's a waste of time learning new ways to do things if the old ways actually work better and are more productive. I wouldn't mind going through a learning curve if there was actually a benefit at the end of it.

about 3 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

gronofer Expired licences? (312 comments)

I have a licence, but it's expired. I could renew it by paying a fee. Does it count?

about 3 months ago
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What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

gronofer Re:Vacation? (140 comments)

If you don't work, you don't get vacations :( Which has serious consequences, namely not having a valid poll option to select.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

gronofer Re:First... (829 comments)

Yes, Linux would be fine for any number of users, many of whom need nothing more than a web browser. I suppose installing it would be too hard for most of them though (downloading an ISO, writing it to a USB stick and modifying a BIOS setting - tricky).

But if people insist that they need Windows, then they should accept the facts, and buy a new machine after Microsoft stops supporting their OS. Where do they get the idea that they can continue using a 10 year old operating system forever and expect a strongly profit-motivated company to help them for free?

about 4 months ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Includes Unwanted Elements of SOPA

gronofer Re:Life plus? (129 comments)

They just get the X years, you don't have to wait for the corporation to die.

about 4 months ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Includes Unwanted Elements of SOPA

gronofer Re:An attack on sovereignty by corporations (129 comments)

I agree with your objections to the treaty, but I'm not sure that your point about prescription drugs is correct. See this.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

gronofer Re: patenting statistical hypothesis? (129 comments)

Besides the obvious prior art, the patent also seems to be incomplete. I haven't read it in detail, but a quick scan suggests that they have patented the analysis of data using methods such as "heuristics analysis module 308" which are not further specified. Do they expect to have a patent for the very idea of heuristics analysis for the given application? I was always lead to believe that ideas aren't patentable, only specific inventions, so shouldn't they be describing exactly what this "heuristics analysis module 308" is doing? Shouldn't I have been given enough information to replicate the entire method, so that the public domain is actually enriched in some way once the patent expires? If I use my own "heuristics analysis module 310" instead, will I be fine?

about 4 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

gronofer Re:Pros vs Cons (549 comments)

There will be a lot of blowback from this device:

No worse than for a Taser, surely. Somehow they deal with these sorts of issues and carry on using them.

about 4 months ago
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Warner Bros. Admits To Issuing Bogus Takedowns

gronofer Re:Oh Okay (199 comments)

you're not understanding. The summary is wrong. Warner Brothers can send takedown notices at will. The only thing that's illegal is to claim you're a content owner when you're not.

The way I read the article, it would be illegal to send a takedown notice in the name of Warner brothers if you don't actually represent Warner Brothers. However if you do represent Warner Brothers, it's fine to send takedown notices about absolutely anything regardless of whether Warner Brothers holds the copyright.

about 5 months ago
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MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

gronofer Re:Funnily Enough, I Am Too (250 comments)

Yes, exactly, the complexity of copyright laws in practice is overwhelming. I'd love to watch the MPAA try to teach kids how to determine whether a particular work is still in copyright or not in a random country in Europe. That would be a whole generation ready to abolish the madness.

about 5 months ago
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Journalists Banned From Using Smartphones At 2014 Sochi Olympics?

gronofer Re:How is this a surprise? (114 comments)

Given the ridiculous corporatism, overbearing security measures, hostility to the Internet, doping scandals, and obsessive nationalism (which was of course built in from the beginning), it seems like it has already been dead for quite a while. They are now just going through the motions.

about 5 months ago

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NZ botnet mastermind released without charge

gronofer gronofer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gronofer (838299) writes "Owen Thor Walker has been released without charge after pleading guilty to charges relating to an international cyber-crime ring. He was ordered to pay $9526 in reparations for damage caused to the University of Pennsylvania and $5000 in costs. Justice Judith Potter said she did not think he was motivated by criminal intent and did what he did to show that he could. She acknowledged his high level of skill and said a conviction could jeopardise his prospects, saying he has a potentially outstanding future ahead of him. The court heard he had received job offers from overseas companies and there was a possibility of him working for NZ Police.

I think it's nice to see somebody given a second chance instead of being locked up for 50 years."

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