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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

maroberts Shades of (162 comments)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

maroberts Re:This should be interesting (461 comments)

I always thought Roe was used because it had something to do with eggs.

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

maroberts 1,6GeV is tiny (161 comments)

LHC is designed to operate up to 14TeV; over 1000 times more.

The article seems to imply that this device is an afterburner or booster to particles already moving. The next question is whether they can be chained together in some fashion

about two weeks ago
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

maroberts I'm deeply disappointed (125 comments)

I would have hoped that they would have a cluster of Raspberry Pis to do this instead.

about three weeks ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

maroberts Re:Question (275 comments)

Lets assume your object sinks - the density of the object is greater than the density of water.

When the object is on the ship, the amount of water displaced will be dependent on the weight of the object.
When the object is under the water, the amount of water displaced will be dependent on the volume of the object.
Since the density of the object is greater than water, the volume of water displaced under the water is less than the volume of water displaced whilst above water

Therefore the water level will rise a teeny tiny amount.
However the water level will fall relative to the side of the ship because the ship will not displace quite so much

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

maroberts Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Torvalds would be a bloody spot on the pavement if he said some of the things he's said to people to some guy in a bar.

He has his wife to protect him from that sort of thing... :-)

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

maroberts Re:Back to the Future (571 comments)

Only if you have a DeLorean that is bigger on the inside.... calling The Doctor...

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

maroberts ITER scuppered? (571 comments)

So where does this leave ITER, the European project. There's little point building a 500MW experiment if 5 of these babies will work and produce useable power.

about a month ago
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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

maroberts Why build a town (86 comments)

...they could just have used Detroit

about a month and a half ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

maroberts Re:There is an old fable (264 comments)

+1 Foundation reference

about a month and a half ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

maroberts Most of us (264 comments)

...would trade a certain amount of safety for freedom.

We want a level of policing that provides a reasonable level of security but does not compromise our lifestyle unless a large number of casualties would result. One or two events per year do not necessitate loss of liberties that affect everyone.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

maroberts Re:How can you (171 comments)

get a $578M prepayment and go bankrupt in 10 months?

Decent yachts and Learjets don't come cheap

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

maroberts Re:elon musk on crack? (549 comments)

Dirt isn't a big problem, nor are the other materials.

The premise has been examined by Andy Weir in his fiction book "The Martian", which shows that you can survive on relatively little. I am making the assumption that he did his chemistry and biology homework whilst writing this :-)

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

maroberts Re:More Efficient (549 comments)

Elon Musk is Jewish, so he's probably going to want to send a bunch of Jews there to set up settlements before anyone has time to object.

Well, having Mars as New Israel would be one way of fixing the Middle East wars....

It would be easier to move the Palestinians there though, as there's less of them.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

maroberts Re:More Efficient (549 comments)

On the other hand, you could simply have a receiver on Mars, a transmitter on Earth and beam over whatever individual genome you want....

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

maroberts Re: No focus group love (399 comments)

They probably thought Windows Nien was a group removing Microsoft operating systems from PCs..

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

maroberts Baconian Science (795 comments)

Is that pork or Kevin related science?

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

maroberts Re:Non-Binding, right? -- Incorrect (474 comments)

The referendum was a binding vote because it was approved by the Queen and Parliament in the confusingly titled "The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013"

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

maroberts Re:Funny (474 comments)

David Cameron's father is Scottish, so he doesn't need to steal a heart on this matter.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

maroberts Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

I'm English, but I was pleasantly surprised to find most of the 16-17 year olds giving well reasoned opinions on why they were voting Yes or No.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Was Sandy good for New York and the people?

maroberts maroberts writes  |  about 2 years ago

maroberts (15852) writes "Whilst sadly more than 40 people have died as a result of Storm Sandy, my colleagues and I are debating whether the storm is actually beneficial in terms of employment and mortality rate. For instance, we argue that deaths from murders and traffic incidents will be way down, as will injuries from the same.

Similarly all the renovation work will be a source of jobs for less skilled manual workers, and we will genuinely witness income flowing from rich to poor. Insurance companies will pay out, reducing their dividends.

So overall, should the US be wishing for more or less bad weather?"
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Do you want to play a wee game?

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 2 years ago

maroberts writes "No, the spelling isn't a mistake; you can now play games when you're in the toilet/ john/ bathroom (delete as applicable). The only question is whether a large "joystick" or a small one makes a better game controller....."
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Violent Games reduce levels of Crime

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maroberts (15852) writes "According to this paper produced from a collaboration between the University of Texas and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), violent video games may induce aggressive behavior, but the incapacitation effect outweighs this and produces a genuine reduction in violent crime. This paper was referenced in aBBC news story giving reasons why the US crime rates are falling (at least outside the prisons!)"

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Why Donte has his name

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Someone asked why my son had an unusual name and even suggested that Donte is due to the parents not being able to spell. Anyway its not a spelling mistake, although some muppet who registered the birth did put Donate instead!

There's no typo; my (ex) g/f chose it, and since his ancestry is black English on mummys side, I see little wrong in him having a name associated with African ancestry.

Dante may be the possible Italian/Latin original of the name. As I have a degree plus college level English I don't think spelling is a problem for me (with a few exceptions).

Donte has a sensible middle name (which I chose) which he can use if he wants, and there's little wrong with shortening Donte to Don if he wants later. But having said that, having an unusual name also makes you memorable which can be an advantage.

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Freedom of Speech v Privacy

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The argument about whether the press can publish about relationships and gossip is not an argument about public interest; it is clear that the public don't really have a need or right to know who is shagging who, at least not directly.

However, it can be argued that the injunction conflicts with Freedom of Expression. Essentially the injunction brings into play where the balance between a right to Privacy and Freedom of Expression lie.

The European Convention on Human Rights gives states a wide "margin of appreciation" on where they may place the dividing line. For example, should the US ever become a signatory, it could legitimately claim compliance with the convention even though Freedom of Speech is regarded as a more important right than Privacy. In France, on the other hand, more importance is given to privacy. As long as both rights are protected to some extent, both nations would be regarded as compliant in terms of their implementation.

Censoring the Web is fraught with difficulty and could be challenged under those same rights.

When the UK implemented its Human Rights Act, which effectively ratified the ECHR in the UK, it was openly stated by Parliament that a high threshold would be required for matters of Privacy to overcome matters of Free Speech, i.e. Parliament wanted a Human Rights implementation closer to the US than France. Unfortunately, legal rulings have been quietly lowering the bar in clear contravention of this intention.

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A14: The Road To Hell

maroberts maroberts writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I would just like everyone who is thinking of living near Cambridge to forget the idea unless your idea of fun is sitting in stationary traffic.

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