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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

kyrsjo Re:Hmmm ... (189 comments)

Still, there has to be some kind of mechanism to do the initial pairing, even if this requires removing a PCB and hooking it up to the diag/programming equipment they have at the factory. Even counting a few hours of engineers time, it would be much much less that 70k.

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

kyrsjo Re:What's so American (483 comments)

> Do you think everyone needs the same speed? Does your grandmother need the same speed as an MIT researcher?

This is actually quite an interesting case: Without net neutrality, the grandmother would get the speed she paid for when she streams grandmothery movies from grandmaflix (who paid her ISP to not make it impossible for her to access their webpage at the speed she paid for). The MIT reseacher, who today probably pays for a much fatter connection, would not get to use all of his/her bandwidth to access the data stored on some computing center, because this computing center would not want to pay everyones ISP so that they can connect to them.

The solution today (i.e. with net neutrality) is fair: The grandmother pays for the bandwith she needs to send emails to her grandkids and watch grandmaflix in low resolution (because she can't see HD content anyway), while the researcher pays much more for the bandwith he/she needs to upload hundreds of gigabytes of data from NERSC and use the university's terminal services at low lag.

yesterday
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

kyrsjo Re: slowly (141 comments)

This is a true fallacy when the conclusion is already drawn, such as media trying to present "both sides" of climate change as if the relevant sides where "yes, it's warming" and "no, it's cooling" -- while the actual discussion is more like "is the impact of effect X on K equal A or B=A+0.01*A, while taking the interaction with effect Y into account?", where the relevant sides of the discussion are those saying it's A and those saying it is 1.01*A.

In this case (paint dust and zooplankton), I'm less sure if the effect is that well known, so presenting the argument between "it's important" and "it's less important" might be correct.

So in conclusion, the journalists can usually present a "balance" and be factually correct, but then it has to be between two sides of a non-settled question.

about three weeks ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

kyrsjo Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

There are languages, such as the Scandinavian languages, which are "mostly latin". This means we have the full A-Z as used in English (although C,Q,W,X,Z are never used) PLUS some extra letters "Æ/Ø/Å" (dunno if this displays correctly here). There are also domains which uses these letters like "lånekassen.no", which is the state agency handling student loans. (They are also available at the alternative address "laanekassen.no".)

Thus a "hard and fast" rule disallowing domain names with mixed types of characters won't work well, it needs to be slightly more nuanced.

about three weeks ago
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Fixing a 7,000-Ton Drill

kyrsjo Re:Viaduct?? (101 comments)

Except that recently, reading /. is like reading only the bottom comments in the /r/all subs at reddit. Reddit's voting system works better in filtering out bullshit, like the "Kill Yourself" coward above your post.

about three weeks ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

kyrsjo Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (512 comments)

99% of people are fully capable of separating Israel the state and jews the people, even if they are criticising Israel the state. That people are (verbally) "attacking jews" when they are criticizing the actions of the Israeli government is mostly a right-wing strawman.

about a month ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

kyrsjo Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (512 comments)

This.

Israel is in western countries (Europe and US) regarded as "one of us" - and we hold them to a higher standard than some dictator in small far-away country we don't have very tight relations to. Also, because of these relations, and because Israel is somewhat dependent on support from the west and many Israelis have tight connections to (family, business), we regard it as more likely that they would listen to protests in the rest of the west, than whoever is fighting in Sudan would listen.

about 1 month ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

kyrsjo Re:Just an opinion... (123 comments)

Physics is the same: First and often 2nd author did 90% of the work, then comes people who contributed a little, and finally the supervisor/advisor.

However, some conference papers in my field (accelerator physics) have a different scheme of author sorting: First listed is the corresponding author, i.e. the person who actually wrote the paper and did most of the work. Then comes the rest of the people in his/her institution, listed alphabetically. Then comes the rest of the people, sorted first by institution and then by name.

about a month and a half ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

kyrsjo Re:Yes (502 comments)

Computers are different here. I now have a Dell Latitude 14" machine (I can't find the model number now... On older model the model number was printed over the keyboard, but it isn't anymore), and it came with two mic's built into the top of the display bezel, next to a reasonable web cam. With Skype and similar apps on Linux, the audio is really good.

My old machine (also a Latitude, but a 7-8 year old model) had the mic on the main body of the machine, above the keyboard. That meant it picked up all sort of keyboard and fan noises, making an external webcam with a built-in USB mic completely necessary for internet telephony.

about a month and a half ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

kyrsjo Re:What logic! (139 comments)

Huh. State elections or presidential/senate/house of representatives? Is it a "real" mail-in vote, or is it more like an election booth at the post office (such that you vote in private)?

But yeah, maybe it's better than the endless queues that seems to happen on every US election...

about 2 months ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

kyrsjo Re:What logic! (139 comments)

Exactly - they are equivalent except for the ease-of-use. And voting in Norway is already pretty easy (source: I am a citizen) - you have voting booths at basically every primary school during election day with quite short queues, and you can pre-vote a lot of places (which was my preference a couple of times - go to the booth in the corner of the university canteen). They also come around to hospitals, retirement homes etc. so that even if you're stuck in bed, they bring the ballot box to you.

Where is mail-in voting the default?

about 2 months ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

kyrsjo Re:Concerns about online voting (139 comments)

I think we don't have as much problems with corrupt politicians as the US. There are also many more parties to choose from, and governements are typically coalitions of 2-3 parties.

about a month ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

kyrsjo Re:Wait, trials? (139 comments)

You're wrong.

In Norway, the standard system is that you get into a private voting booth, which is stocked with ballots for different parties. You may if you wish rearrange this ballot (cross out candidates etc. using a normal pen), before you put the ballot in a closed envelope. You take this envelope, together with an ID, to the ballot box, show the ID and get crossed off the list, and put the envelope in the ballot box.

It is also possible to cast the vote a few weeks earlier at some locations (local government offices, universities, embassies/consulates etc.), basically using the same system except that the protocol (the list which you are crossed off from) is electronic.

Finally it is possible to mail in a ballot (you need not use the official forms, it is acceptable to write the name of your favourite party on a sheet of paper) if you are living abroad, but the process is somewhat complicated. This probably corresponds closest to the electronic system.

about a month ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

kyrsjo Re:What logic! (139 comments)

I think the strongest argument against home-PC-voting is that secrecy of the vote is not protected, as someone (husband/wife/boss/religious leader/...) could force you to vote against your own conviction.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

kyrsjo Re:Good! (619 comments)

In Kuwait it's subsidized - and since you want to bring up subsidies: In Venezuela, it's subsidized by Chavez's governement to 0.015$/liter...

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

kyrsjo Re:warming is Good! (619 comments)

> Pollution from cars--hmm, not much lately since the advent of catalytic converters.

Eh, these don't reduce CO2, which is also pollution.

about 2 months ago
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CERN's Particle Smashers List Their Toughest Tech Challenges

kyrsjo Re:Heard a talk from a CERN physicist (31 comments)

Luckilly most of that is done in the trigger of the experiment, where dedicated hardware solutions filter out a lot. These boards typically sits physically close to the experiment, monitoring a few key subdetectors. When one of a list of pre-programmed conditions occur, they read out all the data from that event, and pass it on to higher levels of sorting. This has to happen very quickly, as there is a new collission every 25 ns, and each of the subdetectors can only hold the data for a few events before it "rolls off the pipeline".

It's kind of a very very fast spamfilter...

about 3 months ago

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Programming in schools

kyrsjo kyrsjo writes  |  about 4 months ago

kyrsjo (2420192) writes "The Economist has an article on how information technology — the real stuff, not just button-pushing — is making it's way back to schools across the world. As the article argues: "Digital technology is now so ubiquitous that many think a rounded education requires a grounding in this subject just as much as in biology, chemistry or physics."

In today's society, teaching computer science in schools is absolutely necessary, and that means getting a real understanding of computers and how they work. That requires working with algorithms and programming, not just learning which buttons to push in the program that the school happened to use."

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