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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

kyrsjo Re:Does Denmark... (187 comments)

If there suddenly is real industry, do you think the population will stay in the 50k range? I think an influx of Danes etc., large enough to significantly change the demographics, is likely. They might not vote the same way...

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

kyrsjo Re:Propagation delay ??? (720 comments)

Maybe. However, it might also be that HP's engineers are better at designing the mechanics for good airflow - after all, I ran this computer very hard for months (htop was showing a load of more than 400%, continuously for several months), and it was dumping quite a lot of hot air, more than enough to noticeably heat a relatively large office.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

kyrsjo Re:Upgrade to Windows for improved stability! (257 comments)

As said by several others, BSODs are an error message from the kernel, which has died (detected that something is seriously wrong, and stopped itself before it overwrites the file system or something like that) - just like a "kernel panic" on Linux or OS X. And yes, they usually come from hardware problems (regardless of OS), sometimes from misconfiguration (again regardless of OS), and rarely from programming errors (regardless of OS).

What you're saying is that Microsoft code is trivial, since all non-trivial code has bugs, unhandled or poorly handled special cases etc.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

kyrsjo Re:Propagation delay ??? (720 comments)

Exactly - what he is seeing is caused by crappy cables forcing retransmits, not propagation delay. The signal speed in a cable is typically higher than 10% of the speed of light, so any extra delay is measured in nanoseconds.

Anyway, a more silent PC is possible. My old workstation, at work was a quite powerfull i7 (although with a moderate GPU), which often ran at full load for months on end. It was completely silent (being under the table also helped), to the point where an i3 iMac is now annoying me with how loud it is. It was an HP marketed towards the pro marked, and cost something like 1200 $ (without taxes, using my employers good deals) when I ordered it in 2012.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

kyrsjo Re:How WONDERFUL (257 comments)

Wow, a few weeks of uptime! My RHEL workstation - which sees a very varied use and high loads of loooong times, with lots of pheripals - regularly goes for months...

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

kyrsjo Re:But guys... (257 comments)

And I've seen steward(esses) use iPads for work. So what?

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

kyrsjo Re:Try a stable distro like RH/CentOS. Or Mac (257 comments)

I'm not so sure - after being extremely sceptical to macs (and using Linux as my primary/only desktop for more than 10 years), a wild iMac suddenly appeared on my desk at work a few days ago. It's an old i3 from 2010 which I reinstalled with 10.9 (10.10 isn't supported by the AFS file system due to some legal issues with code signing, and 10.10 is apparently mostly iOS compat stuff, which I don't use), install iTerm2, emacs, brew, and some other stuff - and its working quite nicely. And unlike when I've used Windows machines lately, I never had any urges to throw anything expensive out of the window without opening it first, so I guess I'm pleasantly surprised.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

kyrsjo Re:What's happening to Linux? (257 comments)

I feel they are really different tools for different things.

I would hate to do much of my Python scripting or fortran-barely-beyond-punchcards wrangling with an IDE, which in the first case would force me to setup hundreds of little "projects", and in the 2nd case would fight me every step of the way because nothing is really standard. Sometimes, all I want is a good editor, and for me, emacs is exactly this (and vim/sublime/ed/notepad.exe/whatever for other people - whatever floats your boat).

On the other hand, for large and reasonably standard structured projects, IDEs are great.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

kyrsjo Re:Just a thought (115 comments)

You normally can't get outside once you are in the secure area on an airport, with a few unreliable and guarded exceptions such as when walking from the gate to a very nearby plane.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

kyrsjo Re:Another Side of The Coin (115 comments)

The difference is that commercial airliners, private planes, and police helicopters are piloted by people with the training to do so safely. Not a teenager which just got the cool new toy he/she ordered off Amazon.

about three weeks ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

kyrsjo Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (523 comments)

> So the component is built ridiculously strong.

That sounds pretty heavy...

about three weeks ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

kyrsjo Re:Why such a short lifetime ? (236 comments)

I would say that recently, Russia are even worse of playing well with others...

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

kyrsjo Re:help them (89 comments)

Yeah. Ususally the only bad thing is some warnings in the terminal that "XX is depreciated"

about a month ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

kyrsjo Re:Simple and stupid question (89 comments)

Agreed. At least pyGTK is very straight-forward to use, even for someone like me with little GUI programming experience. I can't really speak for QT tough.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

kyrsjo Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

I have no problem criticizing Islam, for much of the same reasons as Christianity: Hiding behind a "holy book" which cannot be questioned instead of using the brain the FSM gave you, and applying this nonsense inconsistently and illogically. Basically, using it as a justification which cannot be questioned, but can be applied to any situation.

However, discussing something with people which generally agree with you gets old quickly, so why bother. Since this is a tech site: Imagine 10 people sitting in a room, some using Mac and some using Linux, discussing how badly Windows sucks, everybody nodding at the others comments. That sounds like a really boring discussion to me...

Oh, and get an account FFS.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

kyrsjo Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

Says the AC :)

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

kyrsjo Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

The Muslims I know are yet to kill me over disagreeing with their religion - they seem to be more interested in meeting up for some (pork-free) food and board games :)

Anyway, the point was really that "you shouldn't criticize X because I think Y is worse" is stupid logic - by that logic, why are you buying Christmas (or Yule, as we call it where I'm from) gifts when there are children starving in the world?

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

kyrsjo Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

(1) That's a horrible and extremely incorrect generalization. Both groups are composed of people, some which are usually nice, some which are often not. Your statement is not just overly broad, it is obviously false.

(2) My point was that I am free to criticize any religion I want, no matter what you or Bartles find more important. To make an example from a different field (which you maybe understand better): Hypothetically, do you think I should refrain from criticizing the faults of Gnome 3, just because because Crazy Taco think Windows 8 is much worse? From my perspective, I don't use Windows, so it affects me less, I know it less, and I find the discussion about Windows boring. So I rather talk about the problems and their possible solutions of Linux.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

kyrsjo Re:It makes you uneasy? (1007 comments)

I criticize Christianity more than, say, Islam, because there are more Christians around me than there are Muslims. I find it more interesting and relevant to discuss phenomena inside my own culture than phenomena further removed, affecting me less.

about 2 months ago

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Programming in schools

kyrsjo kyrsjo writes  |  about 8 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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