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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

laederkeps Re:Illogical (158 comments)

Quoth Carlin: Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

about 7 months ago

UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

laederkeps Re:Please Mr Google... (348 comments)

28 days to say and do whatever they want with no risk of public outrage? Sounds great.

about a year ago

NASA Scientists Jubilant After Successful Helicopter Crash

laederkeps Re:What? (110 comments)

I was under the impression that using airbags without seatbelts would actually cause injuries, mainly due to passengers being bounced around uncontrollably. In a car crash, the head and neck are flung forward by the collision and then back by the airbag rebound, potentially causing whiplash injuries.

If you're wearing a seatbelt, however, it will keep your body stable while the airbag slows your head's travel forward.

Please, correct me if I'm wrong but the two seem to complement each other quite well.

about a year ago

Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

laederkeps Re:ComplainersThe world is passing you by... (295 comments)

To that end, a fair number of these cross-platform, linux-friendly, DRM-free indie titles are also available on Desura.
It exists. It works. It's actually quite nice.
It does what Steam does (game store, install manager, launcher, community thing) without being Steam. Most of the indie bundles give you both Steam and/or Desura keys, so if you've bought any you can use those to give it a try.

about 2 years ago

Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend

laederkeps Re:Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend (298 comments)

How about a response about the resulting organized crime [b]with the purpose of skirting the prohibition[/b]?
It didn't so much change the alcohol culture as drive it underground.

more than 2 years ago

Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a Single Atom

laederkeps Re:Finally, a computer so small... (127 comments)

Mental note: Always include a unit test for "test subject did not die".

more than 2 years ago

Thousands Take To the Streets To Protest ACTA

laederkeps Re:ACTA Represents the End... (217 comments)

You know, I've thought about this.

Say a regime has a very large standing army. Call it 1% of the population, so a country like the U.S. would have about 3 million armed soldiers.
The population is armed and unhappy.

Your argument is that, since the general population isn't allowed heavier weapons (artillery, automatic rifles, etc.), the army will "win" in an armed conflict.

Do you really think that all 3 million of those soldiers are prepared to fire upon their countrymen?
Do you really think their big guns and tanks and planes will help them control an armed uprising of 50 peasants for each of their trained fighters?

I think if the people are sufficiently dissatisfied to take up arms at all, just having guns in the first place will be a huge boon. The size of the guns isn't quite as important as you'd think when the numbers are on your side.

more than 2 years ago

Friday's Solar Flare Twice As Energetic As Monday's; Earth Safe

laederkeps Re:Bllody Cool (39 comments)

When do ... physicists... use the line "nothing to worry about"?

When it's, uuuuuh, probably not a problem. Probably.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?

laederkeps Re:Home porn videos? (332 comments)

Way to make women feel really welcome in this space.... NOT. Few women post to here, and even fewer identify themselves as women. Wonder why?

It could hardly be the other way around, could it?

more than 2 years ago

Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

laederkeps Re:You're not allowed to hate in America (890 comments)

Hate speech is legal.

Speaking as a citizen of a country where we've given up part of our freedom to stop "hate speech", I humbly suggest you try to keep it that way. Nothing good lies down the path of censorship or thought crime.

about 3 years ago

Two SOPA Writers Become Entertainment Lobbyists

laederkeps Re:This should be illegal (171 comments)

In sweden we have a similar write-in system, where you can write your own party on a blank ballot.

There's also an online summary after each election, showing all kinds of neat statistics (like this).

They also publish each and every one of the write-in votes (without names of voters, of course) and those results make it painfully obvious that you can't get anywhere if you're such a party. Try searching for "anka" (duck) in that page to see the astounding number of people who voted for the Donald Duck party, except "Kalle Anka Partiet", "kalle anka partiet", etc are counted as separate parties.
It is a neat place to voice your disapproval (Every now and then you see someone voting for "THEY'RE ALL CROOKS"), but it serves absolutely no purpose for actual election results.

more than 3 years ago

B&N Pummels Microsoft Patent Claims With Prior Art

laederkeps Re:Stability (332 comments)

Wait a minute. Barnes and Noble (founded 1873) "isn't stable, might not exist in 5 years"? When compared to companies like HTC (1997) or Google (1998)?

more than 3 years ago

Wi-Fi Cards Can Now Detect Microwave Ovens

laederkeps Re:Like IMing in the same house (124 comments)

Now I'm 45 and stupid.

Prolonged exposure to microwave radiation does that do you.

more than 3 years ago

Wi-Fi Cards Can Now Detect Microwave Ovens

laederkeps Re:If only all wifi devices could work cooperative (124 comments)

LTE does something like this, where the base station continuously analyzes the radio spectrum and
figures out the optimal frequency (it uses multiple separate ones for the same cell) and the optimal
transmission power (for both downlink and uplink transmissions).

Part of the definition of optimal here is not so strong as to interfere with neighbouring cells more than necessary

In theory, you could implement some inter-AP protocol as part of a WiFi standard to allow them to
determine their resepective interference patterns on each other and cooperate better.

more than 3 years ago

HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

laederkeps Re:Price Matters (368 comments)

Non Apple Tables are priced roughly $200-300 too expensive. Get them around $199-$299 and they'll sell like gangbusters just like it did for Android phones in the mobile market.

I thought every manufacturer of every material and immaterial product in existence already did this. Because you KNOW $199 feels like a lot less than $200.

more than 3 years ago

A Quest For the Perfect SNES Emulator

laederkeps Re:ZSNES is perfect (227 comments)

It's been done for the gameboy. There was also an article series about how it might work featured on slashdot a while back.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

laederkeps Re:KEEP IT! (585 comments)

I recall our old 486DX 66 MHz (at least I think that was what it was) had a little 2x7 segment display and a button labelled "TURBO" on the front panel. Hitting the button would switch the machine between 33 and 66 MHz. That feature was probably for games like the one you describe.

more than 3 years ago


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