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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

ilguido Re:510kph is airliner speed? (418 comments)

Perhaps because the Hokkaido Shinkansen will open in 2016.

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

ilguido Re:FreeBSD (121 comments)

I can't comprehend this inferiority complex towards Linux that plagues FreeBSD users. The first public releases of the Slackware and Debian distributions predate the first public release of the BSD flavour known as FreeBSD. That's it. Clinging to software version numbering, in the Open Source world, where software version numbering means basically nothing is laughable at best and a troll attempt at worst. I suppose that none used OpenSSL before 2010 or that 6.8% of the world sites in April 2011 were running on nothing, since nginx was still at version 0.9.7. Yes, it's that laughable.

about two weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

ilguido Re:FreeBSD (121 comments)

FreeBSD was there first.

Lol, no. You're comparing the version of a kernel (Linux) with a distribution or flavour (FreeBSD). Slackware Linux 1.0 was released July 17th, 1993. Yggdrasil Linux was released in 1992.

about two weeks ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

ilguido Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

Really? So you mean I can legally download it from Apple and install it on a VM or PC? Download link?

It's free as in beer. You have it for free when you buy an Apple product, while OEMs actually buy Windows licences, that's the point. Microsoft cannot say that it's free, since they get money from the OEMs, Apple can. It's not hard to understand.

about a month ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

ilguido Re: Bone a Neanderthal (128 comments)

I'm with you on this, however you must be aware that a lot of different species can actually interbreed. It's just that biology is 10% science and 90% fluff.

about a month ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

ilguido Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

Sweden is a bit bigger than California, almost 20 times the size of New Jersey. It's also sparsely populated, which should increase cost of infrastructure deployment.

about 1 month ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

ilguido Re: The story (162 comments)

That proves little to nothing. The reason why chimps (and gorillas) are thought to be unable to swim is their buoyancy: a young captive orangutan in a swimming pool is really an extreme case. Factors like water temperature, density and viscosity, not to mention size, depth and shape of the pool (which usually reduce turbulence and waves) compared to a real life river, alongside the fact that captive animals have typically a higher body fat percentage than wild animals (that is they're much less dense) can determine the success or failure of such a test. They should have taken a dozen chimps, thrown them in a muddy river and then see how may survived.

about 2 months ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

ilguido Re:Finnish (85 comments)

It tends to support more some fringe theories than the mainstream theory and it's written in a slightly misleading way. As an example, the Korean and Japanese languages are generally _not_ included in the Altaic family, while they're overwhelmingly considered isolated languages, but the article fails to emphasize that their inclusion is frowned upon by the experts of both languages. Another fact that is almost overlooked by the article is that many proponents of this language family think that it is a useful classification, but are agnostic about its origin: apart a small hardcore group, most linguists think that the similarities between Turkic, Mongol and Tungusic dialects are adequately explained by their historical proximity and are very dubious about the possibility to even demonstrate their genealogical relations. Here comes the pet theory: the hardcore proponents of the Macro-Altaic language family need the inclusion of some other language to demonstrate that genealogical link, some language that is both old and distant, so to hint at an ancient relation and to discard the idea of a more recent mutual influence; if you can demonstrate that Mongol/Tungusic are related to Japanese and Korean you can say that their relations, not only between those two groups, but even between Mongol, Turkic and Tungusic are probably due to an ancient genesis and not to documented centuries of common life in the steppe. The problem is that none, so far, has given an accepted demonstration of that link, while many have given reasons to believe it's not valid (the more you go back in Japanese and Korean, the more those languages diverge). All these difficulties are overlooked in the article, so to lean toward a Macro-Altaic point of view.

about 2 months ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

ilguido Re:Finnish (85 comments)

I did a bit of work on the Altaic language page of wikipedia in the past and I can say it's utter garbage, thanks to the pet theory of one user.

about 2 months ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

ilguido Re:Interesting line from TFA: (212 comments)

Cesium radiated boars were found in northwestern Italy last year(Google translated article), and Chernobyl was blamed. However I still wonder what the cesium levels were before Chernobyl: perhaps it's just that boars are like bananas and tobacco.

about 3 months ago
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China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

ilguido Re:Free market escapades! (79 comments)

From the TFA: "Microsoft's new obstacles in China come as the government reportedly begins ramping up efforts to build the nation's own operating system.".

about 3 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

ilguido Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Europe might still be languishing at a near medieval level of technology

Which was the best in the world at the time and far ahead that of many peoples during the age of conquest.

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Leaves Space Station For Home

ilguido Some calculations (56 comments)

So NASA spent $1.6 billion for the CRS program, that is for 12 missions [1]. That is $75 million for mission. The payload of the CRS-3 mission, the biggest so far by the way, was 4,605 pounds (the declared maximum is 7,300 lb)[2], in other words $16,200 for pound of payload, including packaging. I'd like to know how does that compare to other space transport services.

about 6 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

ilguido Re:Bad syllogism (426 comments)

The contradiction is that the system is not computable while the model is, that's their reasoning. They know that the model, that is the thesis, is incorrect, otherwise the reductio ad absurdum wouldn't work.

about 7 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

ilguido Re:A bit of common sense maybe? (747 comments)

Wrong! You go to jail if you fail to assess a reasonable risk. (1) After a four months long earthquake swarm many buildings were weakened, (2) the earthquake swarm wasn't over, so (3) more earthquakes were probable (for the swarm was going on) and many buildings weren't ready for more (because they already suffered damage), conclusion: there was a reasonable risk, and the experts failed to assess it. That's how it works for technical evaluations.

about 8 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

ilguido Re:A bit of common sense maybe? (747 comments)

The GP post was clearly referring to the United States.

I know, funny smartass, but since I also know that in the US there's this little thing: criminal transmission of HIV, I was questioning if the parent post was right or if it was just the usual 'murican screaming "Constitution!!!11!!", when there's something he doesn't agree with.

about 8 months ago

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