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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

nadaou Re:Just Apple? (207 comments)

I dropped my iphone 5 from 2 meters (i leave it to the Americans to make out how many badger's kidneys it is) to a hard, stone floor. Glass intact.

Says the guy who still lives in a castle.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

nadaou Re:Shouldn't be a problem (462 comments)

the commas just clutter up the natural spaces.

about two weeks ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

nadaou Re:Straight to the pointless debate (136 comments)

I happen to live near one of the main weather stations which was caught up in that FOX News brouhaha and happen to know about the local history. tl;dr as usual, the whole story was all a load of vaporous bullshit. And apparently it worked since you took the bait.

One hundred years ago the local weather station was established outside the harbor master's office down by the docks (and the water). The city grew up and forty years ago or so the weather station was moved 500 feet up a hill to outside the local observatory, which is surrounded by forest.

Moving a temperature sensor away from a large body of water, out of a "heat island" of now-paved urban roads, out of a canyon of concrete and glass buildings, and to a higher elevation will all change the readings of the sensor. If you want to keep a continuous record before and after moving, before and after various construction projects and re-roofing nearby, and before and after population changes, you're going to have to figure out and apply a correction factor for each of these things.

There is nothing particularly unusual about our local weather station's story which hasn't been repeated in most cities around the world. So it is not surprising that noisy long term time series need to be cleaned up before being fed into sensitive predictive models. It would be dishonest not to if you know there was a change in the sampling history which required it.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

nadaou Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Don't buy a telescope. Instead, get a good pair of 10x50
binoculars and an intro astronomy book with pictures.

Specifically, buy them The Stars: A New Way to See Them by Hans A. Rey, the creator of Curious George.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Star...

The reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading, if you can make them out in the Amazon image. Hell, just the names of the authors of the reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading.

It is quite simply the best popular book on observational astronomy ever written.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

nadaou Re:Ha ha! (579 comments)

One politician said it failed... all other reports of the project
(even very recently) have said it's been a success. The actual article
says they are convening a panel of experts to consider whether to go
back to Microsoft, so despite the misleading summary here, nothing has
been decided.

When has there ever been a "panel of experts" assembled by a politician
which was not stacked with "experts" guaranteed to deliver a predetermined
result? They're the consultants of the public service world.

Hell, one of the famous Microsoft Halloween Documents even discusses this
exact scenario: stack the speakers in a public panel with ones known to
favor your side and to the public the discussion and conclusion looks "fair
and balanced".

about a month ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

nadaou Re:meh (164 comments)

Ah yes the metric system. The premier international system of internet trolling, quantified.

about a month ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

nadaou Re:They're all evil. Really evil. (267 comments)

too bad /. doesn't have a +1 'Excellent Rant' mod option

about a month and a half ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

nadaou Re:and linux aswell (267 comments)

Alsa support is now dropped too. You have to use PulseAudio. ew yuck.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

nadaou Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

Reminds me of the stories of panhandlers begging at intersections
who get picked up by their chauffeurs at the end of the day to go back
to their mansions.

You mean complete imaginary bullshit made up by and propagated by greedy
sociopaths eager to rationalize their abandonment of their fellow man?

Yeah, something reminiscent in it.

about 2 months ago
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Newly Spotted Frozen World Orbits In a Binary Star System

nadaou Re:Hoth (34 comments)

another UTF8 related tragedy

about 2 months ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

nadaou Re:One question (225 comments)

> How much did the politicians receive from the OPEC to
> abandon fusion research?

I imagine depressingly little.

And call a Koch a Koch, it probably wasn't the local OPEC proxies.

about 3 months ago
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

nadaou fusing relitivity to orders of magnitude (225 comments)

compare and contrast, the US's war in Iraq, 1 ea. at $2.29 trillion, up to $6T if you act now.

http://www.reuters.com/article...

pick your technological investment, rinse and repeat and hope to have something to show for it at the end of the day.

Something to think about on the 4th.

about 3 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

nadaou Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

secondary profits are probably in the trillions of dollars in the wider economy. just sayin'.

about 3 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

nadaou Re:Probably not (198 comments)

The Moto G is selling like hot cakes, and rightly so.

Just maybe not in the US, but India and friends are a bigger market, at the G's lower price. With the self-inflicted implosion of Nokia a big gap in the market opened up over there. And it's a new market not an already saturated one.

Google got the patent portfolio, which was what they were really after. Hardware isn't their core business so of course they'd move that part of the operation on at the first opportunity.

about 3 months ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

nadaou Re:Aluminium (365 comments)

> Storage wastes energy too -- pumped hydro, the cheapest form
> of bulk energy storage has an input-to-output efficiency of
> about 65 percent.

yeah, but that excess production was free, so even if you lose some
of it in the efficiency losses it's still a net gain, just less so.

which is still good.

about 3 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

nadaou Re:Now I'm confused ... (380 comments)

Because hydrogen is a major bitch to store.

It is so tiny it leaks out of and through everything, seeps into
metals messing up the properties of their alloys, and is generally
a pain in the ass. Ammonia is nasty stuff, but at least you can
contain it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_embrittlement

about 3 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

nadaou Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

> i honestly don't understand what's the actual scandal here.

hell, at least they haven't called it foogate yet.

there's no scandal, only active misdirection from the real issues.

about 3 months ago

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The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link sold to it members

nadaou nadaou writes  |  about 2 years ago

nadaou (535365) writes "From The NY Times: 'One of the earliest online communities, The WELL, has a new owner: its members. On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of The WELL, said it had sold the community to the Well Group, a private investment group consisting of longtime members of the community, which was founded in 1985, long before the rise of the Web.'"
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