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How Paid Apps On Firefox OS Will Work

monkeythug Re:DRM? (74 comments)

Also ... #6 Merchandising! Works for Angry Birds and probably a few others I can't be bothered to think of at the moment.

Granted, it wouldn't work for most games, and is something you can get only if you're really really lucky and not something you can rely on when developing the game, but still ... it could theoretically work out for a FOSS game if it was super popular.

about 2 years ago
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How Paid Apps On Firefox OS Will Work

monkeythug Re:DRM? (74 comments)

#5 Kickstarter or crowdfunding generally.

Ok, you could also fold that into #3 if you push hard enough, but the difference is you're not paying for something you already have, but for something that doesn't exist yet, that you'd like to see created. Don't know if there's been any triple AAA level games funded this way, but I like to think it could happen.

about 2 years ago
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Murder Is Like a Disease (No, Really)

monkeythug Re:Careful you don't run afoul (299 comments)

I can't claim to be a shipping expert, but one of the reasons might be that our island is surrounded in many places by sandbanks and shallows of various sorts. This means the relatively few places that are deep enough for a sub to approach also tend to be well-policed shipping lanes ending in harbours and ports (or maybe estuaries which tend to have inconveniently large towns built on them).

Not to mention that we had this thing a while back where German U-Boats kept trying to sneak up on us, meaning there was good reason to make sure the authorities were well aware of all the places where this could happen.

about 2 years ago
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How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

monkeythug Re:nothing new at all needed (717 comments)

I'll have to beg to differ on that one. I drive a 1.4L Ford Fusion (considered a fairly inexpensive family car over here). Granted it's far from being a sports car, but I've never had any problems accelerating when I've needed to. If you need a burst of speed pulling away from a junction you just stay in the lower gears for a few seconds longer.

If I'm reading these specs right this model is listed as 79HP (which I've neither known nor cared about until now!)

more than 2 years ago
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How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

monkeythug Re:nothing new at all needed (717 comments)

As a European I can't help but wonder if this problem is at least partly down to American's obsession with automatic transmissions?

With a manual, if I need a quick burst of acceleration to, as you say "get me out of trouble", I downshift, goose the engine and shift back up.

more than 2 years ago
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LiftPort Wants To Build Space Elevator On the Moon By 2020

monkeythug Re:Just build it horizontally (210 comments)

Get the trajectory just right and maybe you could 'catch' the object in the end of the catapult and slow it down using the electromagnets in a manner similar to the regenerative braking used in electric cars?

more than 2 years ago
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Audio Surveillance, Intended to Detect Gunshots, Can Pick Up Much More

monkeythug Re:No expectation of privacy (215 comments)

Better yet, stream it directly to the internet!

I can see scope for a website displaying live streams from camera phones etc. and allowing visitors to tag the "good" bits. That way by the time you're asked to turn off your phone, it's already too late for them to cover up whatever dodgy thing they were doing!

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

monkeythug Re:Occam's razor? Please. (1226 comments)

At no point are they willing to accept the simplest answer: the authors of that passage were not mathematicians.

That's because they know full well that if they ever hint that the Bible (and other religious texts) are not the "literal word of God" but were in fact written by an assortment of priests and clerics of varying knowledge and ability, some almost certainly with self-serving agendas to boot ... then the whole house of cards collapses around them.

more than 2 years ago
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Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

monkeythug Re:What a dumb idea (589 comments)

Strictly speaking, I wouldn't think that it was abstinence as such that worked, except maybe to an extent in Catholic communities, so much as with increased education people started learning about the Rhythm method. The Rhythm method isn't a particularly reliable form of birth control by today's standards, but it's still much better than none at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Independent Audit Finds Foxconn Violates Chinese Work Rules

monkeythug Re:Oh fucking Christ (315 comments)

[...] is only slightly more expensive than the type of labor intensive manufacturing that we see in places like China. The problem is the high capital outlay for this equipment which no-one wants to front. It's not a problem while cheap labor is in plentiful supply.

Ultimately it's the 'slightly more expensive' part that's the problem here. There's a reason why no-one wants to front the capital outlay and that's because they can't expect to see a return on their investment if the company can't compete with others using cheap labour.

Automated manufacturing (ironically mostly pioneered in the East) has the potential to even the scales here - it doesn't matter how expensive workers are in the West if you only need a handful of them. It just needs someone to figure out how it can be done cheaper than outsourcing.

more than 2 years ago
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Instant Messaging With Neutrinos

monkeythug Re:Yes, but . . . (262 comments)

If you're ripped enough to hold a football field sized tub of heavy water, then I don't think anyone is going to argue with you about how you're holding it ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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$100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible

monkeythug Re:Like the cat (324 comments)

Take for example the question of where an electron orbits the nucleus. QM says we can't say where, only give a probability.

More accurately QM says there *is* no precise location, only the probabilities. This isn't a matter of the electron being at a particular point, where we lack the ability to determine where it is exactly. In essence the electron *is* a field of probabilities and left to its own devices (e.g. in a remote part of space) is theoretically at every position simultaneously. Only in the presence of other quantum fields does that change - so when an electron interacts with a proton in a hydrogen atom for example, the two sets of probabilities interact with the result that the probabilities associated with the electron are constrained to positions more or less associated with the classical notion of an orbit.

When we attempt to observe an electron's position we necessarily interact with it in a way that constrains its position probability to something close to a single point - this is the only sense in which an electron becomes a "particle". So in the 2-slit experiment, if we don't observe it, the probabilities remain (relatively) unconstrained and there remain possible paths through both slits, whereas if we do observe the electron we narrow the field of probabilities enough to make it almost certain it will only pass through one slit.

(it is therefore meaningless to say "only observe after the particle has passed thru the slit" since there is no "particle" until the observation is made)

more than 2 years ago
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The Unique Candidates of the New Hampshire Primary

monkeythug Re:And this is how (116 comments)

The UK has a coalition government precisely because it has more than two parties! However it is also the first coalition we have had in decades, and it (arguably) only happened this time due to very particular circumstances that are unlikely to happen again any time soon.

This is most likely the reason why the LibDems were so keen on switching away from FPTP - it represented the only way they were likely to get another bite at the cherry in 2015. Sadly it was not to be, which is a shame as having more than two parties with a fighting chance of being elected would not only have been good for the LibDems, it would have been great for the UK.

about 3 years ago
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Voyager 1 Exits Our Solar System

monkeythug Re:dont you mean 'union made goods'? (341 comments)

Unionized industries are typically those either in the public sector or where the industry is dominated by one or a small number of large companies.

Industries where there are plenty of companies competing in the marketplace tend to have less need for unions, because employees can easily move to the companies offering the best pay and/or conditions and companies can compete on offering that in order to attract the best employees.

Looking it at that way, unions are a symptom of a larger problem - the way capitalism seems to have a tendency towards markets being dominated by large players as industries mature, which is bad for employees and bad for consumers.

about 3 years ago
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Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

monkeythug Re:Why? (357 comments)

... engage in a complex procedure of transferring passengers, then needing to circle back round (potentially taking ages to get back to their 'route')

Except it eliminates this part...

about 3 years ago
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Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

monkeythug Re:Why? (357 comments)

The train can't even continue before the carriage meets back up because people who just got into it may have to move into other carriages in the same train.

Maybe trains are different in the US, but on the ones I'm familiar with one can easily change carriages while the train is in motion?

about 3 years ago
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Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

monkeythug Re:Why? (357 comments)

In the UK back in the late 1800s/early 1900s I believe that trains often used to drop off carriages as they passed stations so the people going to that station would roll into it and stop while the rest of the train carried on

This.

Why have trams catch up to HSTs, engage in a complex procedure of transferring passengers, then needing to circle back round (potentially taking ages to get back to their 'route')

Much better to have the trams double as carriages. When you want to get off at a destination you simply go and sit in one of the last few carriages and when the train passes the station they automatically detach and roll up to the platform. At the same time trams with new passengers leave the platform, catch up with the train and attach as replacement carriages to the end.

about 3 years ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today

monkeythug Re:Different thing (776 comments)

It's perfectly true that there isn't a "correct" temperature for the Earth. In the past the planet has been both much hotter than now and much colder and, well look at that, it seems to have come through OK.

However what with the predicted extensive desertification, rising sea levels, more extreme weather conditions and what have you, CC is likely to be somewhat inconvenient for the soon-to-be 7 billion people wandering about.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Buzz Buzzing Away

monkeythug Dark Side of Cloud Apps (139 comments)

Google, champion of the browser-based app, is inadvertently showing us the dark side of the 'cloud' concept.

When a installed app is discontinued by the provider you still get to use the last version for as long as you want.

When a cloud app gets discontinued, it's just gone.

more than 3 years ago

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Encoresoup - "The Ultimate Guide to FOSS Softw

monkeythug monkeythug writes  |  more than 6 years ago

monkeythug (875071) writes "So here's the idea — Wikipedia, as well as being a pretty good reference for, well, just about anything, is also a fairly good guide to Free/Open Source software. In fact, for the software it covers, it is probably the best place to go to get a clear, impartial and comprehensive overview.

Which is all well and good, but here, as they say, lies the rub. Wikipedia only includes maybe as many as 2000 articles covering the most "notable" FOSS projects. Which when you consider Freshmeat lists over 30,000 FOSS projects, you can see that leaves rather a lot of perfectly interesting and useful software out in the cold.

Wouldn't it be great if there were somewhere you could go to find out about pretty much any FOSS project, all properly categorised, with comprehensive descriptions and information consistently laid out — just like on Wikipedia? What if that site also offered at least basic usage instructions (and sometimes whole manuals) and also much more information like changelogs, and info on which distros include it, and links to download the tarball and maybe compilation instructions and what libraries it depends on and so on and so on? Maybe it could be even more clever and let you do things like browse the source and view and submit bug reports without even leaving the site. And, of course, it would be a Wiki, so if you ever find something wrong or incomplete you just click Edit and fix it!

Of course, that site doesn't exist — at least not yet. But this is the site I hope Encoresoup can become. As a fork of Wikipedia's FOSS articles it already has a little over 1400 articles imported and a rather nifty Category Browser (if I do say so myself). All it needs now is some helpful volunteers to come and look it over and see it's potential, and help me make it into "The Ultimate Guide To Free/Open Source Software"!"

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