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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 6 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

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

- fines for not vaccinating your children

Unconstitutional.

Really? In Italy if you don't vaccinate your underage children you'll be fined for sure, because it's regarded a threat to public health. I think you can even lose the "patria potestà" (that is your children are no longer yours) if you refuse to conform.

about 6 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

ilguido Re:"pro-Russian forces in Crimea" (479 comments)

Yes and it has nothing to do with what I said. I wasn't talking about Crimea, I was talking about Ukraine at large. You are a fool if you think that Putin is doing all this just for Crimea: this is not a battle for Crimea, that was already lost to Ukraine the moment that they let ultra-nationalists take a big part in the revolution, this is a battle for the whole Ukraine.

Let's get back to the point of my previous post. Things for the Russians would be much, much, much harder, I'd even say impossible, If there weren't these idiots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... (BBC Newsnight). In the moment of maximum weakness of an already weak country, they brought division and idiotic nationalist mumble jumble, when they should have cared about political and ethnic cooperation (you know, "United we stand, divided we fall"). That's a big fault and it's not a Russian fault.

about 6 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

ilguido Re:"pro-Russian forces in Crimea" (479 comments)

The 'Ukrainian people' means different things to different people - if you're an ethnic Russian in Crimea you live in Ukraine but probably have much more allegiance to mother Russia than the government in Kiev. If you're a kid in Kiev born post-Soviet era to ethnic Ukrainian parents, different deal. Ethnic Tatar, different again.

I don't want to start a heated debate, so I'll answer only this point: saying that "the 'Ukrainian people' means different things to different people" is the exact mistake that brought them at this point. The Ukrainian people is all the people that dwells Ukraine: Ukrainians, Russians, Hebrews, Romanians, Poles and Tatars. The opposition parties should have been more levelheaded: if they really wanted to keep Ukraine united, they should have tried to keep the people (all of them) united. Instead they let the nationalists take a big part in the whole process, including rejecting a reasonable deal mediated by the EU with a president that was actually democratically elected and had a lot of support in vast areas of the country, taking three seats in the government including ministry of defence, and removing the Russian language from the list of the official languages of the country.

I'm not saying that Russia is right, but that the revolutionaries acted quite stupidly: they should have tried to wheedle ethnic minorities, not stir them up.

about 6 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

ilguido Re:"pro-Russian forces in Crimea" (479 comments)

Well, it usually works. Don't fix it, if it ain't broken.

More seriously, Ukraine is a failed state at the mercy of the shenanigans of both western and Russian shills. And, more importantly, neither party, Russia and West, act for the better of the Ukrainian people.

about 6 months ago
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Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

ilguido Lombroso Redeemed (160 comments)

And so Cesare Lombroso wasn't so wrong after all!

about 7 months ago
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Open Source In the Datacenter: It Was Never About Innovation

ilguido Re:Most Software Is Shit (100 comments)

I mean, Jesus Christ, America. We can see it happening right now in China. They were shit in the world economy (and their own economy, for that matter) until the government started letting businesses actually profit and compete with others (i.e., more capitalism).

The Corporatism part is quite right, after all the corporatist state envisioned by Mussolini was a system of lobbies, regulated by formal mechanisms. However, when Deng Xiaoping turned China towards a market economy (but not really a capitalist one) in the 80s, China was already doing comparatively better than India or Brazil, two capitalist states that a few decades early were in a better position than post-revolutionary China. The actual Chinese economic system is a bit complex and not really capitalist, its big players are state owned and the banking system (that is the capitals) is mainly state-owned or under the firm grip of the state.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Makes an Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

ilguido Re:really? XBox? we sure about that? (304 comments)

Xbox is still there only because M$ has deep pockets. The original Xbox lost billions, the 360 lost a couple more billions in its first two years on the market and then never made a steady profit, they can also hide the development expenses for the Xbox in their R&D division, not to mention the expenses for the development of the Xbox OS. The Xbox would not be a viable platform for anyone else, but M$. That's a fact.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Makes an Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

ilguido Re:Nobody will notice. (304 comments)

Skype lost 8 million dollars the year before the acquisition by M$. Those 2 billions are all for Xbox and WP.

about 10 months ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

ilguido Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

So the problem in Saudi Arabia is not Islam, but the state ideology.

about a year ago

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