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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

mwvdlee Re:Nuclear? (420 comments)

Greenpeace is a prime example of an organisation that doesn't know when to quit.

As some point Greenpeace actually reached it's targets. Instead of throwing a celebration party and disbanding, they started looking for new targets, regardless of whether they actually made sense; Greenpeace's unwritten goal became the continued existence of Greenpeace itself.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

mwvdlee Re:Only less than 1% (420 comments)

Did this 3 sigma rule also exist when Newton created his theories?

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

mwvdlee Re:Fuck this shit! (420 comments)

I don't know how warm it'll be in two weeks.
I can reasonably predict it'll be warmer in the summer and colder in the winter though, which is more than two weeks away.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

mwvdlee Re:Can the writings be read? (425 comments)

Math.
Lots of people have no problem using the fact that they're ignorant of math as an argument against those that do.
"Oh, I'm not good at math so I can't check your fancy calculations, but what your are saying just doesn't make any sense.".

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

mwvdlee Can the writings be read? (425 comments)

I take value in writing correctly (my native tongue is Dutch, not English, in case anybody finds errors).
But language is not something defined by laws; it is alive, changing and evolving all the time.
I may enjoy writing following proper grammar rules, but that's just my personal preference and just because I like it, doesn't mean everybody should do so.
If the text written using this method can be read as easy and fast as text written according to the rules, what really is the problem?

2 days ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

mwvdlee Re:Can't the US follow their plans? (172 comments)

Reality of projects budgets 101:
If you give the correct high estimate, they won't give you the money.
If you give the fake low estimate, they will give you the money and pay extra later on because they're already invested.
Especially if budgets have to compete, they will most likely be too low.
When budgets are that high, nobody controlling investments really has a grasp of the value of the money.

4 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

mwvdlee Quantum fluctuations (589 comments)

I have some basic understanding on a non-physicist level of what quantum physics is all about, the weirdness that is involved with it and how it scales to the world I can see, but this I simply cannot fathom.

How can quantum fluctuations occur in absolute nothingness?

4 days ago
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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

mwvdlee Works both ways (99 comments)

So if I suspect the MAFIAA of widespread invasion of privacy, the ISP's will give me their home addresses?

4 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

mwvdlee Re:Whatever you may think ... (444 comments)

Yes you can and indeed the owner of the car would not be responsible.
If anybody steals your car and hits somebody, you won't be liable.
If you yourself are both owner and driver though...

I think Skoda or Dacia or whatever car brand you drive is not liable for damage caused by the owners or drivers of their cars either.

4 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

mwvdlee Re:Good? (289 comments)

Exactly, you'd better pick a profession with an actual future in it, like patent clerk or something.

4 days ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

mwvdlee Re:Good (475 comments)

Auch! Don't have comeback to that, do you?
Probably mostly because there isn't a single argument to respond to, but still...
</sarcasm>

5 days ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

mwvdlee Re:Good (475 comments)

Indeed. Bring on the overworked doctor to cut me open!

5 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

mwvdlee Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

Whether or not ST had "good science" or what their moral, ethical or scientific views were is completely irrelevant.
Even whether the actors in it cared or even agreed with those views is irrelevant if the actor knowingly agreed to do the job anyway.

The producers deliberately lied to the actor.

The point is that the actor was scammed into appearing in a movie they would not have done had the producers been honest about their intentions.

5 days ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

mwvdlee Re:diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

Placebo's have an effect on things the human mind can control.
Medication has an effect on things the human mind can AND cannot control.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

mwvdlee Re:Placebo [Re:The spokesman for the AHA said...] (408 comments)

It will! That's an effect called regression to the mean.

Firmly believing you don't have the flu will, in all likelihood, cure your flu in two days to two weeks!

Or rather, believing in not having the flu will likely cause you to misdiagnose flu symptoms as being something unrelated to flu, thereby curing the flu in no-time.
"I have no flu because those flu-like symptoms have nothing to do with the flu because I have no flu."

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

mwvdlee Re:NoSQL? (272 comments)

Being able to scale from 1 billion records a day to 10 billion a day does not a premature optimization make.

The simple fact is that there's not enough information to give any reasonable advise.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

mwvdlee Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

Basically the question is; what's the expected volume of records and fields per records?

A solution for 100 records a week with 4 fields each would be different from 1000 records per second with 30 fields each.
1000 records/sec with 4 fields would be yet another solution.

about a week ago

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mwvdlee mwvdlee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mwvdlee writes "I have a small site selling selfmade software. Obviously this software has been cracked and is now distributed on warez sites. These warez site often refer to the original site and my statistics show a significant amount of traffic from them. I've set up a number of rules using mod_rewrite which currently redirect such warez sites to their local Business Software Alliance sites, which is kinda funny. But I'd like to do something more "creative" with redirecting such users. Can anybody think of fun things to do with redirecting warez visitors?"

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