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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

nadaou Re:Ha ha! (571 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".

3 days ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

nadaou Re:meh (164 comments)

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

about a week ago

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 two weeks ago

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 a month ago

Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

nadaou Re:Fear Mongers Didn't Want to Let Cassini Fly (45 comments)

nonetheless and ignoring possible character flaws, does his calculation hold water? that's the only thing I'm interested in.

about a month and a half ago

Newly Spotted Frozen World Orbits In a Binary Star System

nadaou Re:Hoth (34 comments)

another UTF8 related tragedy

about a month and a half ago

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 a month and a half ago

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.

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 a month and a half ago

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 1 month ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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.

about 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

nadaou Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

They already admitted to targeting specific people for
additional scrutiny and persecution.

Not really, and there really hasn't been any meaningful persecution.

Remember that liberal PAC groups were equally tied up in this and
that 501c3 tax exempt groups are explicitly denied the ability
to make political endorsements. So the Tea Party PACs do not qualify
anyway. Also remember that many FOSS applications were also caught up
in the exact same tightening of the evaluations since they could be
mistaken for pro-industry trade groups. Anecdote vs. evidence, but
my GPL project was endlessly delayed in the same IRS round for the
same reasons as the Tea Party's ones.

Call it for what it is, like Benghazi, of no substantive significance
to the American people and a huge political misdirection away from the
real issues: the 1% robbing the general population of two or more years
of their working life by pushing back the retirement age.

If you are going to be mad as hell and not going to take it any more, be
mad about that, since you are not the 1% and they are stealing years of
your life from you!

about 2 months ago

Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

nadaou Re:Bad design (85 comments)

True. But I'll bet those kids could find a much more fun way to spend $850.

Especially if they have been introduced to the teachings of Bender.

about 2 months ago

EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

nadaou Re:The science behind GMOs show they are safe. (272 comments)

Bullshit, Mr. A.C. Complete bullshit.

Go back and study your scientific method. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

You can claim to be able to prove a negative, and know the unknown, and attack anyone who disagrees with you with ad hominems, but your words are only empty bluster.

You fall into a classic logical trap:

This is entirely different than the CO2 problem, which has been known, understood, and measured for a long time. Ask again in 150 years when you have a physical model built from fundamental principals and it might be as well understood as CO2 v. the greenhouse effect.

The stakes, in so far as an unintentional disruption of the food supply would lead to the ruin of civilization as we know it, are however just as dire.

And so the precautionary principal must prevail. This is all people ask for in both cases. And you call them unreasonable zealots who should be derided and held in contempt for doing so? Fuck you, the security of the food supply is too important and there is no shame in suggesting that it should be defended.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

nadaou News at 11 (136 comments)

In other news, Linus makes a point release!

about 2 months ago

US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

nadaou Re:Who the heck (411 comments)

this is /., who actually reads the title?

about 2 months ago



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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