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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

mikael_j Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Total mortality VS mortality rate. The mortality rate for the flu is very low. Even with 100,000 infected you might only get a couple of thousand dead. With 100,000 people infected with ebola you're likely to see 50,000 - 70,000 deaths.

about a week ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

mikael_j Re:To head of "density arguments"... (346 comments)

Check out the map in TFA, the northern half of the country is practically uninhabited compared to the south yet most towns there still have a citynet of some sort (and for those that don't have that it's almost certain that you can get DSL or wireless internet access unless you're literally living in a lone house in an isolated valley somewhere).

about two weeks ago

The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

mikael_j Re:multi-culturalism (305 comments)

There are other royal/noble families than the British ones.

And in some cases their names can very well be something like Charles Robert XII of the grand dutchy of Backwoodsia where "Charles" is the "middle" name inherited from some great great uncle, Robert is the first name and the XII is because there were 11 previous nobles/kings with that title who were also named Robert and "of the grand dutchy of Backwoodsia" isn't actually a last name but a title.

This person then gets to choose between "Mr, Ms, Mrs and Dr" for titles and is required to enter "first name" and "last name".

about two weeks ago

My toy collection is ...

mikael_j Re:Non-existent. I'm not a child. (209 comments)

This poll seems to mainly concern kids' toys. I have a kite, a Nikon DSLR, a gopro, climbing shoes and a bunch of other stuff that would probably qualify as toys in most people's eyes but they're not toy toys, like action figures or a slinky.

about three weeks ago

Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

mikael_j Re:It costs power (264 comments)

Well, if you know that you're gonna need more local storage you can just get the model with more local storage. But I do think this is mostly just a case of there not really being all that much demand for models with more local storage. Or rather, there are a lot of users who are perfectly happy with 16 GB so there's no point in discontinuing that model.

about a month ago

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

mikael_j Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (127 comments)

Where I grew up IRC was actually popular with the non-nerd crowd until ICQ came around, then that became the "standard" until some time around 2002-2003 when MSN Messenger started taking over more and more and remained the top IM client until Facebook became the one social networking platform to rule them all.

Amazingly enough America Online was never very popular outside the US...

about 2 months ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

mikael_j Re:I used to teach Linux. (402 comments)

I absolutely hate it when people at work have changed the default editor on a system to nano, always catches me off-guard and I can never remember the key bindings...

about 3 months ago

This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

mikael_j Re:In other news: my iPhone keeps tigers away (168 comments)

Plenty of people use cannabis and go hiking, hang out with friends and have normal lives.

Just check out /r/trees on reddit (or some similar forum), plenty of users there post "smoke spot" pictures from hiking trails and the like.

about 5 months ago

Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears

mikael_j Re:bollocks (116 comments)

People can still sell their votes right now. Put your vote in envelope in clear view of person who is paying you, enter voting place with them, they observe you putting the envelope in the ballot box, done.

about 5 months ago

Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

mikael_j Re:And another thing... (490 comments)

I use a bicycle as my primary means of transport year-round, in Sweden.

The main issue I have is that I often have to slow down not just to compensate for road conditions as such but also for motorists who don't realize that even with studded tires a cyclist might not want to ride as aggressively in winter as they do in summer (by "aggressively" I mean more "trusting others not to run you down after they've clearly seen you" than "break the law", in summer my brakes work flawlessly and if Mrs Soccer Mom or Mr Middle Management in their late-model Volvo decide to suddenly try to bully me out of the way I can hit the brakes or accelerate quickly, in winter such aggressive moves will cause me to fall and get run over by the idiot in question so I ride much more defensively which seems to annoy a lot of motorists).

FYI, I tend to stick to bicycle paths when possible but some have been taken over by pedestrians (who have the right of way on bike paths here in Sweden, "yay") to the point where it's faster and mostly safer to ride on a parallel street than zigzag between pedestrians who are walking four abreast and paying no attention to cyclists and other times the bike paths were clearly laid out by someone who doesn't cycle him-/herself and doesn't realize that looping a bike path around an entire city block is likely to be an unpopular move.

about 5 months ago

ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

mikael_j Re:About time! (306 comments)

Urgh, carrier grade NAT is the last thing the Internet needs.

What's the point of the Internet if there is no end-to-end connectivity?

about 6 months ago

ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

mikael_j Re:About time! (306 comments)

That would have about as much effect as pissing into the ocean would have on raising sea levels.

We need to move to IPv6 and if you're not prepared then yes, it will cost you more than if you had a bit of foresight and didn't keep buying IPv4-only software and hardware right up till the very end.

about 6 months ago

Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

mikael_j Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Ukraine was the country in possession of the nukes, not Russia. They were former USSR nukes belonging to Ukraine and not controlled by the Russian Federation.

In fact, they had the third largest stockpile in the world for a short while.

about 7 months ago

4K Is For Programmers

mikael_j Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

This is a pretty shitty argument.

I work on developing web applications and at work I have two 27" 2560x1600 monitors and the advantage of them isn't that I can run webapps in a 2560x1600 browser window but rather that I can fit a browser AND my tools on-screen.

I've coded on "mainstream-sized" screens in the past and it's pretty painful. Want Firebug and your browser window visible at the same time? Gotta shrink that browser window! Want a couple of terminals as well? Heh, good luck with that.

With my current setup I've got plenty of space which makes it working much more comfortable than if I always had to keep moving windows around to show the various things that I want to see at the same time (like say, two different logs in terminals, firebug, a browser window, an editor and finally an extra terminal window. This would hardly be a heavy setup but good luck fitting that on some "HD Ready" screen or even a single 1080p screen).

about 9 months ago

Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

mikael_j Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (333 comments)

I think you've got your years wrong. I too remember talk of OS X going completely resolution independent but OS X hadn't even been released in 1998.

I remember seeing some examples of what UI scaling in OS X looked like back in the 10.5 (I think) days looked like when enabled (which it obviously wasn't in the actual release version of OS X). It was looking pretty good, a few minor glitches here and there but definitely promising. Sadly they abandoned this approach in favor of the bitmap-based solution they've got now (though it works surprisingly well, if you had told me in the mid 90s that by 2013 we'd be up- and down-scaling desktop-size bitmaps in realtime with no visible UI lag I would've thought you were full of shit).

about 10 months ago

Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

mikael_j Re:Apple's actions say they won't (414 comments)

8 times out of ten, people with Macbooks will: 1.) Have some money to spend. 2.) Label themselves as "not computer people". 3.) Be of the persuasion that Macs can't get viruses.

And nine times out of ten Windows users are practically computer illiterate, what's your point?

(BTW, my point here is that I know more developers (when only counting those who have some kind of choice, if you're working for a bank that mandates Windows 2000 Pro on all developer desktops because it's corporate policy then you're not really interesting in this case) who use Macbooks/iMacs/Mac Pros running OS X than I know developers who use Windows Whatever)

1 year,10 days

Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mikael_j Re:Welcome to the Brutalist era of UI design (233 comments)

I'd say the flat UI trend is more about minimalism and a better comparison would be the interior design minimalism trend (which is still going strong) contrasted with past trends such as the 1970's "shag carpets, saturated non-matching colors and wood paneling" trend. So, by this standard we're still in the infancy of minimalist UIs but it's still better than what we had before and it will hopefully get even better with time as we further refine things.

about a year ago

Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

mikael_j Re: Not going back (195 comments)

Yeah, at this point I only use regular hard drives for backups and networked media storage. No point in spending lots of money on SSDs for that just yet.

about a year ago

Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

mikael_j Re:Red Mars (462 comments)

My first thought was "Don't let this guy move to any future Mars colony, he'll end up founding the Red movement..."

about a year ago



Second Pirate Bay trial begins today

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  about 4 years ago

mikael_j (106439) writes "With the Swedish parliamentary elections done the Pirate Bay trial is once again under way. The event is getting coverage from a lot of different sources indicating that the self-imposed media blackout concerning software piracy and the Pirate Party is over in Sweden.

In Sweden industry representative Per Strömbäck is busy writing articles (Swedish) claiming that "internet anarkism" is now officially over, naturally doing so without disclosing that his organisation is directly funded by the large media outfits that oppose The Pirate Bay."

Prosecutor in TPB case gets another extension

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  about 7 years ago

mikael_j writes "Once again, Håkan Roswall, the public prosecutor in charge of The Pirate Bay case in Sweden has been granted additional time to prepare his case before formally pressing charges. This is the third time that the prosecution has been granted an extension, this time for another two months. The swedish Pirate Party has issued a statement in which they condemn they way the public prosecutor and the police have handled the case.

According to the main reasons the prosecution was granted yet another extension was that the prosecutors have identified another three suspects and that the defence will need at least another month to go through all the details of the case before a trial is possible."

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The Pirate Bay will not be blocked

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mikael_j writes "Today the swedish police announced that they will not add The Pirate Bay to their child pornography blacklist. According to Stefan Kronqvist of the IT crime section of the swedish police the decision was made after The Pirate Bay complied with police requests to remove links to the offending material.

More information can be had at (in swedish)."

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