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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

leomekenkamp dolphin? (367 comments)

If Google had used a dolphin, I would say that the PETA would have a point.

about a month and a half ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

leomekenkamp Re:Same thing from ultra-orthodox Jews. (542 comments)

Nice strawman. I never said the orthodox jews are in charge of the government of the whole of the U.S.A.

A rabbi forces 'his' views on the people under him. The Irani government (and a lot of governments on this planet) force 'its' views on the people under it. That is the similarity.

It is relatively easier for an orthodox jew in the U.S.A. to leave orthodoxy than for an Iranian muslim to leave islam, but there is no pick and choose for fundamentalist movements, like the orthodox jews, what the original poster seemed to imply.

Not so ridiculous.

about 3 months ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

leomekenkamp Re:Same thing from ultra-orthodox Jews. (542 comments)

No. The only difference is that you can leave your religion if you are an ultra-orthodox Jew in the U.S.A. Leaving any orthodox religion is hard, after so many years of hard-line indoctrination.

But in no way do 'followers of the rabbis' have any say in which rules they will follow and which rules not: do everything, or face the consequences. In this there is a great similarity with the situation in Iran.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

leomekenkamp Re:Confusing the issue (337 comments)

My wife has an iPad and personally I find that it's a real pain to do things that should be easily do-able. I've gone through 4 or 5 apps (some paid and some free) to try to find an app that will just play videos of various formats off a network drive and haven't found a single one that will play all my videos.

Things like 'network drive' are too complicated for a tablet mindset, at least that is what Apple thinks. If you want to use 'network disks and stuff', that is what a laptop / desktop computer is for.

An app that covers your functional requirements for playing all sorts of videos is 'Air Video' or 'Air Video HD'. It requires a server component installed on a base computer, in my case a Mac, but Windows is supported too. The server transcodes the video stream to h.264 which any iOS device can play. I have found that everything I can play on the Mac can be transcoded.

Interface is quite simple. Set up shareable folders on the server and you are ready to go. Support included for viewing with live conversion or for storing the converted file on the iOS device. Among the best two-something Euros I have ever spent.

about 3 months ago

NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

leomekenkamp SHIELD, SHIELD, SHIELD (42 comments)

Why so much shouting and why so much repetition of a name? Not trolling but actually curiuous: is there an actual reason for this?

I take it the primary function of this style was not intended to simply annoy me.

about 4 months ago

Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

leomekenkamp Re:This was tried 35 years ago (280 comments)

Do I understand correctly that you have worked on that project? If so, could you comment on what the people on LPP Fusion are doing? Is is feasible / safe / sustainable?

about 6 months ago

Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

leomekenkamp Re:Old News (177 comments)

I have a sneaking suspicion that the intersection of the sets of WIYP anonymous apologists and the CK anonymous apologists is probably empty.

about a year ago

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone: Id Tech 4 GPL Yields a Free Thief-a-Like Game

leomekenkamp Re:"by even Debian" (98 comments)

You are right; the 'new' layout still confuses me every now and then. The reply should have been addressed to the post one level higher. Sorry for the mixup and thanks for bringing it up. Cheers.

about a year ago

The Dark Mod 2.0 Standalone: Id Tech 4 GPL Yields a Free Thief-a-Like Game

leomekenkamp Re:"by even Debian" (98 comments)

An anonymous coward who makes two basic failed assumptions:

  • Commercial == closed source
  • Richard Stallman is agains all copyright.

'Commercial software' does not automatically mean 'closed software': ask Red Hat. Also, RMS does not have any problems with copyright on artwork, such as pictures (graphics) or sound (songs); he does have a problem with any type of software that restricts the rights of the user, such as the rights to copy, modify and study software.

about a year ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

leomekenkamp Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

Yep. At first a few rogue scientist find something new. Then that 'something new' gets peer reviewed, discussed about, put through scientific screening, whatever. After that a few rogue scientists do NOT think the scientifically model is correct enough. (or the other way around)

We now have a whopping 97% of scientists thinking the models of global warming and the human factor therein is correct. So at some point 97% of scientists did not believe that global warming existed and / or was man made. The scientific advance is that we now have models that imply global warming is real and man-made. Is that what you wanted to say?

about a year and a half ago

Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?

leomekenkamp Re:Not a problem (421 comments)

Who says that reincarnation processes (if they exist) are only taking place in a forward direction in time? Why not backwards? Or in the same time frame?

Come to think of it: maybe there is only one soul/entity/whatever that reincarnates in every living being throughout the times. Reminds me of Mehir Baba, but with continuous time travel added and everybody is 'god', but not everybody realizes it.

about 2 years ago

Cambodia To Extradite Gottfrid Svartholm

leomekenkamp Related? (126 comments)

If you google for "gottfrid svartholm cambodia us high trade", the first hit reads:

Latest News - Cambodia Guide
www.camboguide.com > Country
5 days ago - Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Svartholm Arrested In Cambodia - Latest
News ... Iran, Cambodia Have High Potentials For Enhancing Ties - Latest News ....
Top U.S. trade official heads to Southeast Asia for talks - Latest News ...

Any change the first and the last item are in any way related?

more than 2 years ago

German Science Minister Faces Plagiarism Scandal

leomekenkamp Re:And in other news (166 comments)

Give me a word, any word, and I show you that the root of that word is Greek.


more than 2 years ago

Dutch Court Rules WiFi Hacking Not a Criminal Offense

leomekenkamp Re:That can be sued for in civil court (234 comments)

But also keep in mind that the dutch legal system is extremely wonky, ruled by judges who are completely out of touch with reality.

[citations needed]

Because right now, this judge has declared that taking fuel from his car is not theft.

No, the judge has said no such thing. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe this same judge would declare the unauthorized taking of fuel from a car a criminal offense. The judge said that there is no criminal law against simply using someone else's network. And he is right: there is no such law.

more than 3 years ago

Dutch Court Rules WiFi Hacking Not a Criminal Offense

leomekenkamp Re:IF this passed in the US... (234 comments)

How is this different? Let's see: a car is not a computer? In The Netherlands it is a criminal offense to 'use' someone else's car but it is not a criminal offense to use someone else's network?

Very different indeed.

more than 3 years ago

Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'

leomekenkamp Re:You always need a (792 comments)

Except that article has not come true yet.


more than 3 years ago

Andreesen Offers New Browser 'Rockmelt'

leomekenkamp facebook? (185 comments)

RockMelt only works if you have a Facebook account.

Ouch. With facebooks abysmal privacy record I am not going to use this browser.

about 4 years ago

Internet Dismantling the State Church In Finland

leomekenkamp Re:Moral authority ... of what kind? (547 comments)

Thanks for the link to that usenet posting. Almost right from the 'church' of Dawkins. Good piece of writing. Every once in a while I am very glad to read slashdot comments, because of small gems like this. Cheers.

more than 4 years ago

French ISP Refuses To Send Out Infringement Notices

leomekenkamp Re:10,000 users a day... (302 comments)

That basically means the only viable solution left is no more digital music - live performances only.

Nonsense. Quote from

Similar to the announcement that ultimately led to the release of Ghosts I-IV, a post on the band's website in April 2008 read "2 weeks!"[73] On May 5, Nine Inch Nails released The Slip via their website without any advertisement or promotion.[74] The album was made available for download free of charge, protected under the same Creative Commons licence as Ghosts, and has seen individual downloads surpassing 1.4 million.[75] The Slip has since been released on CD as a limited edition set of 250,000.

And you know what? NIN made a profit. Period. Trent Reznor puts almost all his stuff up for download (gratis and with remix license) and you can buy collectors items. He makes a lot of money on the collectors items.

Your argument is wrong, plain and simply wrong.

more than 4 years ago



Poetry For Eternaty

leomekenkamp leomekenkamp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

leomekenkamp (566309) writes "Wired informs us about the marriage of poetry and genetics:
Canadian poet Christian Bök wants his work to live on after he's gone. Like, billions of years after. He's going to encode it directly into the DNA of the hardy bacteria Deinococcus radiodurans.

This makes me wonder if somewhere in the DNA of some organism you might find the encoded equivalent of "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"."
Link to Original Source


leomekenkamp leomekenkamp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

leomekenkamp (566309) writes "According to the Dutch TV consumer program 'Kassa' (cash register) Microsofts Xbox scratches discs. Microsoft claims the problem is caused by the customers themselves, because they do not put the gamecomputer on a stable place. The way MSFT handles these complains differs: some complainer get a new Xbox, others are told that 'it is not Microsoft's policy to have the Xbox make scratches'.

Original article in dutch is here, and you can also laugh about the engrish generated by babelfish/"


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