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Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

gus goose Shows every traffic death on earth? Really? (322 comments)

It would have been really cool (and morbid) if it did show every road death on earth, but all it does is provide aggregate numbers for most countries and presumably for just some recent period of time (in the past few years or so). This is a completely misleading slashdot subject line.... damn moderators.


1 year,24 days

Apple Claims New Infringement After Being Ordered To Tell Samsung HTC Secrets

gus goose Re:OPINOPS ?? LIKE ASSHOLES ?? YES !! (287 comments)

Wouldn't it help Apple...? No.

Apple is trying to push for an injunction barring Samsung from selling its products at all. I.e. kill Samsung sales totally. Apple has claimed that the value of it's patents is so great, or impossible to calculate, and the only possible remedy for Samsung's infringement is to stop sales entirely. Apple has claimed that it is not possible for Samsung to pay license fees for the patents.

But now, it would appear that HTC *has* licensed (at least some of) the patents, so Samsung is claiming that it *is* possible to put a value to the patents, and thus a full injunction is not necessary, because a financial solution can be found.

That is why it sucks for Apple... because, if the court agrees with Samsung, Apple a) won't be able to stop samsung sales b) will be shown to be lying about licensing


about 2 years ago

Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

gus goose Congratulations to Judge Alsup (365 comments)

Having read the entire order (and having followed this case from near the beginning), all I can say is that I *wish* that all orders were so well prepared and presented. It appears to close all avenues for appeals, and I think the best 'showing' of any parties to this case has been Judge Alsup. He kept control of a tough case, and in my opinion, all his rulings have been well thought out, and his 'go-the-extra-mile' attitude has made this process a clear win for all (except Oracle).


more than 2 years ago

No Patent Infringement Found In Oracle vs. Google

gus goose 30 minutes - try 5 days (234 comments)

Hmmm... Thursday last week till today... that's a about 30 minutes according to Oracle's 'simulations' ... ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

gus goose We thought about it.... and elected to 'donate' it (321 comments)

... for both our kids. We decided to 'donate' the cord blood (was free, and then you get 'preferential' access later if you happen to need some from the 'bank' later).

Turns out our kids were both born on Sunday evenings, and they do not collect blood on Sundays.....

Now I read all sorts of things about keeping the umbilical cord 'whole' for longer helps with anaemia... i.e. letting the cord 'drain' for longer is better for the baby. There's debate about how long the draining should take, but, it precludes the donation of the core blood.

If I were to be doing it again (and I'm not planning to...), I would talk with the O/B and delay the cutting of the cord for a few more minutes, and then forgo the donation of the blood entirely.

The prospects of tangible short-term benefits far outweighs the unlikely need for obscure treatments at some uncertain point in the future from some company that may or may not be around when you need them, and they may or may not have destroyed your tissues anyway, for a condition that may (at that time) be curable without cord blood anyway.


more than 2 years ago

What percentage of your tax money should go to a government space agency?

gus goose What do you mean by 'tax' (432 comments)

Sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes, capital gains taxes, etc.

Also, given that I think most of those taxes are far too high, I should answer 95% ... on the condition that 0% of my taxes go to military budgets...

The question is not 'how much of what I already pay should go to space exploration?', but rather: 'how much is wasted elsewhere....?'

And, % measures are worse than useless.


more than 2 years ago

I back up personal files...

gus goose Mission option (266 comments)

Meh, missing option : Continuously.

Everything is mirrored. The mirror has a snapshot every hour on the hour. The snapshots are ALL backed up to external drives.


more than 3 years ago

Which Language To Learn?

gus goose Re:Really? (897 comments)

Telemarketing Call Center... has to be right down there on the *worst* jobs...


more than 3 years ago

Canadian Cannabis Car

gus goose Hemp !== Cannabis. (120 comments)

FFS, people, when will it be understood that Hemp is much more than just Cannabis? Honestly, folk... 'concluding' that the car is made of Cannabis when it's described as a 'hemp' car is like concluding a person is a heroine user when they say they took some drugs... (even if it was a headache pill).


about 4 years ago

Sorting Algorithms — Boring Until You Add Sound

gus goose No Quicksort? (118 comments)

Feel like I'm complaining about a poll with a missing option, but, honestly ....:(


about 4 years ago

Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

gus goose Ohm's law isn't. (1186 comments)

If you didn't know that, then I wonder whether you are as geeky as you think you are..... ... At least consider Kirchoff before embarassing yourself with ohm's.

Silicon junctions (transistors, diodes, more), batteries, and fluorescent lamp's do not obey 'ohm's law'.... Ohm's law is the observable property of some conductors, it's not a law.

if you got that one wrong, I would hesitate on going further.


more than 4 years ago

Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

gus goose Re:Just say no. (555 comments)

Uhhhm, yes. I realize that. But, in this case the benefit is not supposed to be for the employee. The 'benefit' is that the data is secure. it is already acknowledged that the process is slow and fragile.

Which is exactly why you just say no. The assumption being that 'work' has better handle on what's right, and if they insist on doing things in a certain manner (for whatever reason - including that it's the best way to do things), then you say 'fine', but to support that then work must provide the resources to make it happen, especially in cases where the data is so sensitive.

While you can 'just say no' in a combative manner, I am not suggesting you do that, only suggesting that you say it in a way that gets the point across.

Letting 'work' apply constraints to your personal computer implies that they want ownership of the process, which in turn implies that they should own the entire process, not just part of it.

Anyway, reversing your logic, if the data is so sensitive, and vulnerable, then by all logic, the hospital should insist on only their equipment being used.... As an analogy, would you want a CIA agent using his personal laptop to do his job?


more than 4 years ago

Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

gus goose Just say no. (555 comments)

If they insist on your home machine being encrypted, then tell them either:
1. They must supply the machine, and it's theirs, and you'll only use it for work.
2. refuse to do any work at home.


more than 4 years ago

Canadian ISP's Fight Back, Again

gus goose I read the bloody Decision by the CRTC... (200 comments)

... here:

and, well, blow me down, I'm almost proud to say that it is a damn reasonable decision. Based on what I read (an not what people are suggesting it means), all it really says is that....
T1 lines will no longer be 'controlled' services in 5 years time.... (i.e. the govt will no longer regulate T1 access).... but, on the up side....

for the forseeable future, ADSL service will be regulated, the price will continue to be 'fixed' using the same price structures as they ghave been for years (govt. regulated cost + 15%)... and competition will continue to have access to co-locate to continue servicing things...

further, the decision stipulates that the monopolies can not mandate the type of service on the local loop (i.e. Bell has n control over what types of service are operated on the 'last mile'....).

In essence, I can't see any degrading of the system by this decision.

I will NOT sign the petition, and, in fact, after reading the deciison, I am motivated to write in PRAISE of the CRTC.


more than 4 years ago

I Appreciate The Ergonomics Of My ___ The Most

gus goose Re:other... (460 comments)


more than 5 years ago

I hold paper to vertical surfaces by preference with

gus goose Re:Cowboyneal option (310 comments)

9. Improbability drive!

more than 5 years ago


gus goose hasn't submitted any stories.



gus goose gus goose writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So, the rot sets in, what can I do. Start a journal, and document my demise.


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