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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

igny Re:Really? (789 comments)

Ten ways you can tell if Russia has invaded Ukraine.

about two weeks ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

igny Re:even more telling... (255 comments)

He is the manager.

You had it easy. I once worked with a whole team of them.

about 3 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

igny Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

You confused Fortran with Cobol. Yes, Cobol would stick around for decades because of legacy code in all the banks, insurance, government and other institutions.

On the other hand, Fortran is also a language of choice for cutting edge research where no legacy code exists and program development is done from scratch.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

igny Re:Farming (737 comments)

That is right. Also do not forget hairdressers and telephone sanitizers.

about 5 months ago
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P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

igny Re:Scott Aaronson's take (199 comments)

From the summary, it is just a circular reasoning. The scientist has a good reason to believe that P=/=NP because other scientists have a good reason to believe that P=/=NP. Therefore there is a connection between P=NP? problem to the quantum theory. One had to understand theory is simply substituted by another hard to understand theory in a hope that since the connection is also hard to understand everyone would believe it is all connected.

That also reminded me of reasoning that how brain functions (or what human's mind is) can be explained by quantum theory. No one fully knows (yet) how brain functions and how the mind manifests in the brain so it must be connected to the [equally hard to explain] quantum theory.

Two theories have open conjectures =/=> these theories are related.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

igny Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Time and time again, the USA has taken territory it could have just kept for itself, but we insist on giving it back to the people we took it from.

Well, it is obvious that you are wrong here. US could not have kept Iraq (as in "annexed" Iraq). It did not have to either considering that it usually installs puppet governments around the world. Even though it fails again and again, it is not for the lack of trying. This tactic would surely fail in Ukraine too.

Russia, on the other hand, can and will keep Crimea.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

igny Re:It's interesting.... (436 comments)

No, it is rather interesting how this airliner is deflecting discussion from MtGox's $400-450million lost money... Oh wait, the cost of Boeing 777 is surprisingly close to what MtGox "lost" in his snafu...

Coincidence? I think not!

Just giving a hint to the investigators of both cases...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

igny Bogosort (195 comments)

I just drop a pile of papers on the staircase, and then repeat if they did not land in the right order.

about 6 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

igny Re:Film at 11! (318 comments)

Or you could spend three times that on a Bentley and have a reupholstered Volkswagen Phaeton that delivers all the mileage of a 1980s pickup truck (and is also less reliable).

Over priced as the Model S is, that price is going no where but down, and range is going to go up.

So what does it mean for Tesla's resale value? Did Consumer Reports take car's resale value into account?

about 7 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

igny Re:Some possible ways (745 comments)

Apparently you focus on mere feasibility of the simulation project, not its purpose.

Some possible signs to determine if we're living in a simulation created by humans
Is there any sex interaction?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

igny Re:Labview - Also SQL/ graphic query designer (876 comments)

Yeah, Excel 2013 and PowerPivot can even create relational data models out of them. That vendor was not aware of that either. To him, any spreadsheet = a table in SQL Server, no difference.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

igny Re:Labview - Also SQL/ graphic query designer (876 comments)

While SQL query design (with heavy checkpoint/drop down menu/etc UI) is sometimes useful, its ability to build queries with complicated logic is rather limited. It is good to write basic stuff or to learn basics of SQL writing, but people usually quickly move on to text mode in writing their SQLs.
I personally enjoyed solving complicated problems by writing a suitable query to our database. I liked a lot to tune my queries' performance, it felt like creating art.

My joy is about to end as our managers decided to buy a new software package from a vendor who did not see a difference between a relational database and Excel spreadsheets. Their approach to queries? No text mode, drop down menus for everything, logic of them is limited to simple joins and filters. One of that vendor's representatives said that we would not need tables other than to do simple lookups. Granted, their primary audience has never been IT professionals, so I am glad that my contribution to this project will end when the data is migrated to the new "better" system. I pity its future users though.

But... the software cannot be bad if millions are spent on it, right?

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

igny Re:Tempest in a teapot (2219 comments)

Exactly. The reason no-one RTFA is because it's usually shit, and they probably read it two days ago anyway. The comments are the interesting bit. Slashdot isn't a news site, it's a debate site.

No, it is not "debate" nor "argument" site. It is a "contradiction" site.

about 7 months ago
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Game Review: Path of Exile (Video)

igny Re:I play this game (177 comments)

There is nothing in developing your character that could go so wrong that deleting the character and re-creating it would not be able to fix.

about 10 months ago
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

igny Re:Peanuts (263 comments)

Wars have bigger ROI.

about 10 months ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

igny Re:No shit (655 comments)

TFA does not discuss/state that IT =/= STEM, but it points out how unexpectedly small intersection of IT and STEM seems to be.

about a year ago
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

igny Re:LOL (362 comments)

Russians might be saying this just to play nice and let Obama with Kerry keep their face.

1 year,6 days
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

igny Re:Sounds promising (362 comments)

From what I read in Russian analytics reports, rebels are unlikely to have this done independently from their Saudi supporters. Moreover by simple logic of "who would have benefited the most from the chemical attack", one can easily conclude that the Saudi intelligence forces were likely to be involved. The Saudi either directly helped the rebels to deploy and use the chemical weapons, or bribed some traitors in Syrian forces to pull the trigger. A few million dollars would surely do the trick. A few million dollars could easily make rebels gas themselves too.

What's Saudi interest in here? They clearly tried to manipulate US to attack Syria and as a result endanger upcoming US-Iranian talks. Both Iran and Syria would lose in case of the US attack, and Israel together with Saudi Arabia would benefit the most.

1 year,6 days

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Doomsday clock change tomorrow

igny igny writes  |  more than 4 years ago

igny (716218) writes "Doomsday clock is scheduled to be changed on Thursday at 10am EST. Last time, almost 3 years ago, it was advanced 2 minutes to current reading of 5 minutes-to-midnight. It could go either way and the change will be broadcast live, do not miss it."
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Cable management

igny igny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

igny (716218) writes "I have just recently cleaned up my home office, reducing the clutter, but I could not come up with a neat solution to my cable problem. I believe my cable usage is even below average for a slashdotter, but still I have 3 computers with a bunch of ethernet and power cables, 2 cellphones, video, photo, with several proprietary chargers/AC adapters, printer, two NASes with a couple of external drives, phone, audio system, routers/switches, modem... Everything requires cables of different kinds.
I believe that AC adapters still draw some power even with no device hooked to it. So I organized my power cables by usage with several power strips to turn off adapters which I use less frequently.
I am asking for advice from experienced slashdotters. How do you cope with your cable problem? Do you use dedicated tables, shelves, armoire for the cables? I am still looking for a neat, efficient, and safe (I have small kids) solution."
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$50bln lost in a Ponzi scheme

igny igny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

igny writes "L. Madoff Investment Securities has allegedly run a Ponzi scheme for decades. The recent economic downturn resulted in the collapse of the pyramid, which reportedly lost some $50bln. The SEC and a number of wealthy investors failed to detect a massive fraud involving one of icons of the financial world and pioneers of electronic exchanges. Which begs the question: how could someone trust one single person with billions of dollars?"
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Sharpest images with "Lucky" Telescope

igny igny writes  |  about 7 years ago

igny (716218) writes "British astronomers from the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a new camera that gives much more detailed pictures of stars and nebula than even the Hubble Space Telescope, and it does all this from the ground. A new technique, called "Lucky imaging", have been used to diminish atmospheric noise in the visible range, creating the most detailed pictures of sky in history."
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Emptiness of the Universe

igny igny writes  |  about 7 years ago

igny (716218) writes "University of Minnesota astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen "dark matter." While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this new discovery dwarfs them all."
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igny igny writes  |  more than 7 years ago

igny (716218) writes "Russia considers plans to build the world's longest tunnel, a transport and pipeline link under the Bering Strait to Alaska, as part of a $65 billion US project to supply the U.S. with oil, natural gas and electricity from Siberia.

The proposed railroad would stretch about 6,000 kilometers, including 4,000 kilometers in Russia, and the tunnel would be 102 kilometers long. Ultimately, it would be able to carry 70 million tonnes per year. It could take nine to twelve years to build the railroad and 13 to 15 years to receive a return on the project.

However, a number of technical and environmental issues remain unresolved. Also there are risks of strong earthquakes which are relatively frequent in the region."
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igny igny writes  |  more than 7 years ago

igny (716218) writes "Washington Post reports that Bush signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests.". Compare it to the much friendlier to other nations older version, c. 1996. Currently the only way to deny a nation access to the outer space is military."

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Sending expensive stuff abroad

igny igny writes  |  more than 6 years ago This is a summary of events which happened in April-June 2008.

In April I sent iPhones to a relative in Russia, so that he could unlock them and use them there. Because I did not trust the package to Russian mail, I purposefully paid extra $150 to Fedex, trusting its reliability. Because I did not want to draw attention of thieves to the shipment, I described the contents as 2 GSM phones worth mere $100. I knew there was a chance that the Russian customs might open the parcel and fine me for trying to avoid the custom fees, but I was willing to take that chance.

The package arrived empty to my relative. Because he paid attention, the loss was established in presence of the Fedex courier. My relative tried to contact Fedex officials via email urging them to conduct an investigation while the case was hot, but his emails were ignored (probably filtered as spam).

When he contacted Moscow office of Fedex by phone, they told him some interesting things, which we did not know before, and probably everyone who sends expensive things to Russia should know.

Technically, iPhones are not prohibited to enter Russia, and customs should not confiscate them as a contraband. (Even if customs confiscated the iPhones, they should have included the official paper explaining this decision with a reference to some laws which were broken). However Fedex does not accept the iPhones for shipment to Russia, because it is well aware of the widespread stealing that occurs in Russia. Apple's iPhones and iPods are particularly prone to getting lost along the route.

In Russia, Fedex does not "personally" deliver the parcels. It has to hire local sorting companies to deal with customs. Outside Moscow and St.Petersbug they have Russian delivery companies as contractors. DHL, UPS and other courier services do so as well, no one is immune. After the parcel is out of hands of Fedex, a lot of people have access to the mail at the sorting stations or planes, and clearly some of them could not be trusted. Quite possibly, the thieves are protected by the local police there, and perhaps have contacts in Russian customs.

Again Fedex (according to their representative in Moscow office) is aware of this situation. They should not have accepted the iPhones for shipment, but because I described the contents as cheap GSM phones, the system accepted that.

What I am trying to say is that Fedex are not bad guys here. If I sent the parcel to Moscow or St.Petersburg rather than some city in the middle of nowhere, the contents would likely be delivered. What I am upset about was that I could have used just regular airmail, which costs some $20 and delivers in the same 2 weeks. But because I did not trust the regular mail, I willingly overpaid $150, yet gained not extra security at all.

After some month of investigation, Fedex accepted the liability (did no acknowledge the theft though, only generic loss), returned me the shipping costs and $100 for which the shipment was insured. My own insurance (which covers my property worldwide) covered the rest of the loss.

Now regarding the security or iPhones in general. When I was buying the iPhones, the representative of ATT assured me that iPhones were secure in a sense that if it got stolen the thieves would not be able to use it. I knew that was bollocks, but I decided to follow up on their claim after my iPhones were lost. The iPhones do have the IMEI code, which I got after contacting Apple to report about the stolen iPhones. Theoretically, the cell companies have the ability to reject a phone with a certain IMEI code from being registered in their network. Theoretically, they even can track the lost phones if they are being used and, with help of police, recover them.

In practice, however, no one does that. I asked police, Apple, ATT, they all said that there is no way to return the phones from the thieves or even to stop them from using the phones. The phones come with a SIM card, and if it was registered with ATT, then yes, ATT can ban that particular SIM card from their network. Their sales pitch was that since iPhones can be locked to using this SIM card essentially it can be bricked when stolen. But as nearly everyone knows the iPhones can be unlocked, and used with any SIM card without much difficulty. The iPhones have no security from thieves in USA, what can you tell about Russia then?

You can call this irony.

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