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John McAfee Accused of Murder, Wanted By Belize Police

juhaz Re:It's about time (353 comments)

It works, though. It makes the computer so slow you couldn't possibly manage to install malware on it even if you wanted to!

about 2 years ago
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Kurzweil: The Cloud Will Expand Human Brain Capacity

juhaz Re:Oblig (267 comments)

Few hundred lines of words? I'm sure it was painful to memorize, but that's a relatively tiny amount of information, all things considered. You could probably make enough room for it by forgetting a few "pictures" of something.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME 3.6 To Include Major Revisions

juhaz Re:All two (327 comments)

It's not the optimal solution to the problem, but they have attempted to mitigate that a bit, the notification bar does pop up for a few seconds in 3.2+ after you unlock the screen. Only works in the "while the screen is off" case, of course. I think there are some more improvements in 3.4, but 3.6 should more or less fix that once and for all - the notifications will no longer hide while you're inactive.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Apologizes For Misleading Lumia 920 Ad

juhaz Re:The damage is already done (233 comments)

It's misleading in much more than just that way. Shooting from a van while implying it's while riding a bicycle, obviously making things MUCH easier for whatever image stabilization hardware they used.

And the stills in the video were shot from a friggin' tripod using studio lightning, how exactly does that showcase the capabilities of OIS technology IN ANY WAY when the technology is designed to improve handheld photos in low light?

more than 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

juhaz Re:Flat-Line (485 comments)

I don't know which pages you've been reading, but you might want to consult your ophthalmologist before craving for higher-resolution screens.

T430 and W/T530 have the exact same display options as the previous generation - up to 1600x900 and 1920x1080 respectively.

Consumer-level crap is perhaps limited to x768, but you get what you pay for. X-series is too, which is pretty disappointing, but still exactly the same as before instead of regressed, and it's somewhat more tolerable in such a tiny display.

more than 2 years ago
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Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

juhaz Re:Receivers transmit (290 comments)

Differences other than the fact that it's much lower power and that it's not transmitting any meaningful information?

Even assuming you had a ridiculously sensitive receiver capable of of listening to GPS receiver's local oscillator you can't differentiate - you can only detect receivers operating at frequency X, and since just about every damn cell phone has GPS these days that's damn near useless for tracking anyone, you've got thousands of blips anywhere with people, and they're not stationary like your TV vans targets...

AND this doesn't have anything to do with GPS specifically any more, no one knee jerks about how The Man is tracking their portable FM radio even though the exact same principles apply to it.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Game Publishing CEO Resigns

juhaz Re:A Linux game company that wasn't troubled? (142 comments)

"Possibly pay the bills"? Come on now. It won't get you a penthouse on manhattan, but $122k is enough to live quite comfortably for a few years in most parts of the worlds. It's twice the average yearly wage even in the US, a two man team just made their yearly salary in a day - and here you are, moaning and bitching how it's not worth it.

And the sales are going to at least double before the bundle is over.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

juhaz Re:in the real world (798 comments)

Quite a few geeks do happen to earn their living by doing the fun things one can do inside a terminal window, they're called sysadmins.

In the real world, there is more than one profession! Imagine that.

about 3 years ago
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Is Perl Better Than a Randomly Generated Programming Language?

juhaz Re:Perl Is way better (538 comments)

Well, yes, the English language sucks too but you have to cut it some slack - it wasn't designed, it evolved. And evolution tends to come up with crap that's barely good enough to survive.

The same is not - or at least should not - be true for programming languages.

about 3 years ago
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CERN Ups Antimatter Confinement Record to 15+ Minutes

juhaz Re:If that's not playing God, (206 comments)

Can I ask where you get your figures from? I was under the (possibly very mistaken) impression that the explosion created when matter combined with anti-matter was likely a myth and that really they just cancel each other out.

Conservation of energy would like to have a chat with you.

more than 3 years ago
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No Moon Needed For Extraterrestrial Life

juhaz Re:This is a SIGNIFICANT problem (246 comments)

And I'm not talking about extinction, just the loss of radio technology for instance.

"Just" the loss of radio technology? Are you kidding? Radio is such an elementary technology it could only be lost if effectively ALL knowledge on the friggin' planet simply vanished into thin air overnight.

I can't think of anything short of extinction that would make that happen, care to point out a credible way?

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

juhaz Re:In future news... (332 comments)

Here is a question though: I think you can buy heavy water, so what would happen if someone built a powerful particle accelerator in their garage and smashed some charged heavy water molecules into a cup of heavy water?

You can use that sort of system to initiate fusion - of few atoms. What you're describing is very similar to a Fusor, they're Mostly Harmless and in fact many people do build such devices in their garages.

Got to be a mighty big particle accelerator to compress a cup of heavy water to the same extent as a fission bomb primary, though... fusion isn't a chain reaction, you can't just fuse two deuterium atoms in a cup and expect the rest of the D2O to emulate the trick, so it's useless as a weapon. I suppose you could kill someone with one if you put it under their bed for a few years and they get cancer from the neutron radiation.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Nears Chernobyl Levels

juhaz Re:Fukushima (537 comments)

It's all Iodine and Caesium. These are highly dangerous radioactive materials ... for an incredibly short period of time.

Stop parroting this shit, for crying out loud! It's almost as bad as the media hyperventilating in the opposite direction. I'm as pro-nuke as they come, and this just makes all of us look like ignorant fools.

Repeat after me: Cs-137 has a half-life of 30 years. Maybe that's an incredibly short period of time in comparison to the natural radioisotopes that decay on geological timescales, but it sure as hell isn't for the people.

more than 3 years ago
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Milky Way Stuffed With an Estimated 50 Billion Alien Worlds

juhaz Re:Oblig. (331 comments)

"But it refers to having liquid water available on the surface... and as far as i know life cannot exist without water..."

The Inuit don't seem to have a problem with it.

The inuits aren't 60% water like the rest of us? Wow, that IS huge. How come nobody noticed before?

more than 3 years ago
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Two Huge Holes In the Sun Spotted

juhaz Re:Exactly. (204 comments)

Atmosphere-vegetable-animal-atmosphere is a closed loop.

Citation needed. None of the referred articles or anything else I've ever seen even imply the existence of atmosphere->"vegetable" part of a "loop" for methane. Plants fix CO2 from atmosphere for growth, not methane. If something, be it microbial or animal, then turns some of the carbon in plants into methane there has to be positive contribution of methane (and negative contribution to CO2).

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's Ares 1 To Be Reborn As the Liberty Commercial Launcher

juhaz Re:Remember (143 comments)

Unless someone flipped the magical "free energy" switch, there's no unless. Producing hydrogen and oxygen uses a shitload of energy that comes mostly from getting rid of those annoying fossil fuels. Not to mention that the vast majority of hydrogen is produced by steam reforming the aforementioned annoying fossil fuels, not electrolysis.

more than 3 years ago
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Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

juhaz Re:Says the guy with no flying experience... (546 comments)

however considering that these beams are usually powered by 5/1000ths of a watt or so

Well, why don't we start by considering this to be a ridiculous assertion? There's absolutely no reason to assume that anyone trying to blind a pilot on purpose would be using puny off-the-shelf 5mW laser, when there are devices up to at least 1W trivially available.

more than 3 years ago
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Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

juhaz Re:Yes, PLEASE ban cars! (546 comments)

Countries need to keep to themselves and stop trying to establish empires. It never turns out well; just look at the history of Rome.

Rome stood over a thousand years. Over two if you count the Byzantines as Romans. Which non-expansionist countries would you say "turned out well" in comparison, by, for example, lasting longer?

more than 3 years ago
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

juhaz Re:The meaning of random (654 comments)

It also occurs to me to wonder... what would be so BAD about another "Medieval Warm Period", making *practical* arable and habitable places like the Greenland coast, central Canada, and parts of Siberia? Yeah, you might sacrifice a relatively smaller area elsewhere as desert, but wouldn't it be a net gain for human habitability?

It might be a net gain for human habitability, if only there was a way of moving humans without them slaughtering each other. Unfortunately, we're stuck with silly things like national borders, and if bajillions of Chinese and Indian coastal dwellers decide they want to move to newly habitable Siberia due to rising sea levels and Russia objects, shit will hit the fan and nukes start falling.

As to species preservation, all well and good, but species come and go all the time; that's the nature of a non-static biosphere.

So they do, but never before they have gone this fast, and it's not as if replacements just pop into being overnight even if punctuated equilibrium is given. And we still don't understand the biosphere fully, we may not know until it's too late which species were of vital importance to us.

Seems to my our job is to adapt as needed like any other viable species, not to attempt to freezeframe nature at some theoretically optimal point, lest the nonviable perish. What happens when your freezeframe inevitably collapses and you're stuck with a biosphere that's not *had* to adapt, and is now a large Fail?

There's no practical difference between "freezeframe collapsing" and a rate of change too fast for biosphere to adapt to, which is already happening.

more than 3 years ago

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Digital Agenda: Turning government data into gold

juhaz juhaz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

juhaz (110830) writes ""Your data is worth more if you give it away", said EU Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, who announced a new Open Data Strategy for Europe this morning, with the hopes of positioning the EU as the global leader in the re-use of public sector information.

The Commission proposes to boost the existing 2003 Directive on the re-use of public sector information by:
  • Making it a general rule that all documents made accessible by public sector bodies can be re-used for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, unless protected by third party copyright;
  • Establishing the principle that public bodies should not be allowed to charge more than costs triggered by the individual request for data (marginal costs); in practice this means most data will be offered for free or virtually for free, unless duly justified.
  • Making it compulsory to provide data in commonly-used, machine-readable formats, to ensure data can be effectively re-used.
  • Introducing regulatory oversight to enforce these principles;
  • Massively expanding the reach of the Directive to include libraries, museums and archives for the first time; the existing 2003 rules will apply to data from such institutions.

The Open Knowledge Foundation blogs more about the good news from Brussels."
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