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Civilians Try to Lure an Abandoned NASA Spacecraft Back to Earth

nietsch paywalled article, not the current state (53 comments)

Contact has already been made, this has been reported before and the article is 'continued' on a paywalled site.
Is this again the fault of that badly functioning firehose thingy, or some ill informed editor?

about a month and a half ago

Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

nietsch No, this is not what the developing world needs (89 comments)

This is what some uni group thought up to score some charity points with. "look we made an scientific instrument that almost everyone can recognise but almost no-one knows how to use, and made a very cheap & crappy version of it. And since it is cheap, it is good for the poor".
No thanks. Cheap microscopes have been around for ages, probably because some parents think it will help their kid become a smart scientist later in life. None of these are used in the developing world for medical diagnosis, because there is no need for it. Sending millions of these overseas will help almost no-one.
Having access to a microscope does not make you a doctor nor will that allow you to make a reliable diagnosis. You need training for that, and that training is way more expensive than the microscope or other tools you will use. And training/people to train is something that is lacking, not microscopes.
Presenting a technical solution to this social problem will give them praise 'for the good work they do for the poor' but in reality they could have danced raindances in the poor's name to the same effect.

about 3 months ago

Interviews: Ask Bre Pettis About Making Things

nietsch How big is your ego? (69 comments)

You started out as a 3 man company, but somehow you have 'lost' the other two founders. Was the size of your ego to blame for that?

And: why are your printers not allowed to print during shows and conventions? Too much chance something goes wrong with them?

about 4 months ago

Interviews: Ask Bre Pettis About Making Things

nietsch Re:Fuck petis (69 comments)

eloquently said, I agree somewhat!

about 4 months ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

nietsch Re:An alternative solution. (186 comments)

It already is. This clearance is just to have a stick when some employee does something public her superiors don't like.

about 5 months ago

Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa

nietsch Re:What does this mean for the "out of Africa" mod (120 comments)

Yes, I have read in the article that it presumably was 'Homo antecessor'. Species determination fromsets of footprints is very hard. We are 'homo sapiens' so calling it human is a bit of a stretch.

about 6 months ago

Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

nietsch Re:not really a good comparison (1695 comments)

What kind of 'fact' is that? it seems to me to be of the opinion kind.
You seem to be so scared shitless by whatever phony news/entertainment you consume, that you think that 'muslims' (probably all of them) will come to kill you with "grenade launchers, sharp knives, bombs, and guns" if you insult their faith. Islam sucks, just as christianity or any other religion (except the holy church of the flying spaghetti monster, off course). What will happen to me now I made this deliberate insult to all these violent religions..?

more than 3 years ago

HTML5 vs. Flash — the Case For Flash

nietsch different definition of gorgeous? (510 comments)

Perhaps you suffer from the belief that the brushes make the painting?
Besides, are there any straight page websites left? I pity the person that needs to maintain a cms-less pile.

more than 4 years ago

Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

nietsch Re:You better run, you better take cover. (647 comments)

Where women blow and men chunder. That is the lyrics as I recall them at least. Blow as in sexual act, chunder as in projectile vomit. But your version with pirates and radio active booty is fun too. Can't get many of them sheilas to blow anyway.

more than 4 years ago

The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

nietsch Re:That would not hold in europe (457 comments)

Except this is not a copyright case, it is about patents. Software patens to be exact. Since this codec works on every processor/os imaginable, it is not bound to a physical device, thus not valid in Europe.
If such contract practices are legit/enforceable at all is another matter.

more than 4 years ago

Senate Votes To Replace Aviation Radar With GPS

nietsch accuracy (457 comments)

Not really, it only needs to be accurate enough, and the errors must be common. So if a sattelite is off course and positions a plane 100 meters aside, the other planes in the vicinity must have the same error and it will not pose any problems.

more than 4 years ago

China To Connect Its High-Speed Rail To Europe

nietsch Re:That's what they said about the USSR (691 comments)

Maybe 10 hours flying, but that is omitting the 4 hours to spend in customs/security checks or whatever the fashion is then.
The reason why America has not electrified a lot of their tracks is just plain costs, it is cheaper only for short-sighted people/managers to run diesels. With electricity, you can build a windmill next to the track for every few kilometres to defray the costs. You cannot do that with diesel, nor can you put more diesel back in the tank when you brake.
Thinking that a diesel lorry is cheaper than a train of them is deluding yourself. Metal on metal contact for the wheels is much more economical, especially combined with the constant motion of a train. The problems/costs rise when the next step in distribution is not adapted or suited very well for train transport. But there are no indications that cannot be overcome with technology.

more than 4 years ago

If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

nietsch Re:Statistics! (1142 comments)

My morals say that it is immoral to force your morals on someone else. Every already has them, by definition. Some just don't match with yours.

more than 4 years ago

Android and the Linux Kernel Community

nietsch Re:Google (354 comments)

Well good on ya! Drop it if you like, or make it into a balmerbot and let it throw chairs at your Linus idol, I don;t really care (but I do want to see the vids though:). Linux is available in a LOT of different flavours. The free BSD's however have much less mind and market-share. Yes you may argue OSX is a BSD variant, but there you have a company that is more evil then google IMHO.
Nobody forced them to built on a linux kernel, they choose that one partially because it was Open and Free. On top of that they built an operating system that they could have kept very closed. (The GPL kernel does not imply anything about the licence of the software that runs on top of it), but they chose not to.

more than 4 years ago

Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

nietsch Re:Wow, they trained you good! (507 comments)

There are enough pages out there that do not function without javascript. Once you have javascript active, you can surely check if an adblocker is active. You just want to catch the majority. Thus far this majority has been those who do not use adblockers and most advertisers have been ok with that.
This is not a case of a tragedy of the commons, as it is not about a common resource. The publisher is not a common resource, his decisions are not dictated by those who use his services. He can in theory work out a business model that works better then the one he is losing (not making enough) money on. That is not my common responsibility.

more than 4 years ago

Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

nietsch Wow, they trained you good! (507 comments)

A corporate-led economy needs a lot of middle class people like you that accept their given order/hierachy and try to impose it on others that rebel against it. You seem unaware of the influence advertising has over you and you seem to wish to deny others their right to free themselves of it.
Oh, you say that if I refuse blockable ads, I should just not watch those sites/TV channels/magazines, because after all that is only fair and they would go bankrupt otherwise? My answer to that is that advertisers are not 'fair' at all either, they just wish to maximise their profits and do whatever they can get away with. So why should I act any better towards them? I can get away with using an ad-blocker and they still serve me their content. It is not 'stealing' (another great act of brainwashing that you think it is, denying someone their profit is not stealing -ever), as they can just choose to not serve it to me. They can get away with obnoxious and/or deceiving ads, I can get away with blocking their ads. No need for any moral grandstanding there. It only becomes a moral issue when you start believing in a corporate state where it is amoral to deny the incumbent corporations their profits. It is freedom to not be responsible for the financial welfare of the companies I do business with.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Pooh-Pooh Algae-Based Biofuel

nietsch Re:Somebody failed high school chemistry. (238 comments)

Phosphorous is mined, not produced. Sewage treatment plants can collect phosphorous too (stuvite IIRC). If cattle wastes were treated too, more phophorour could be recylced. Unlike Nitrogen, phophorous itself is not removed from the cycle in great amounts. Unless it runs off into the sea...

more than 4 years ago

The Year of the E-Bicycle

nietsch Re:Great, still doesn't fix the Houston problem. (494 comments)

With the population density my country has, and the big number of cyclists, there is a big chance that as a truck driver you will kill a cyclist in an accident. People tend not to like that. Besides, him driving a 10ton truck does not mean he has more right of way and overtaking has to be done with sufficient margin, usually in the next traffic lane.

more than 4 years ago

Another Crumbling Reactor Springs a Tritium Leak

nietsch get your priorities right. (466 comments)

Cars cause orders of magnitude more death than Nuclear power plants. Coal fed power plants need coal that is mined. Coal mining kills dozens of miners each year, many more than uranium mines (you need much more coal then uranium ore). Thus coal power plants kill many more people than nuclear power plants. Next factor in modern reactor designs that use reprocessed fuel, breeder reactors or Thorium based reactors, and that count goes down even further. As for waste: as widely cited, coal releases more radioactive waste, on top of the global warming agent CO2. You could capture these ashes and gasses, but most plants don't yet. Just as the waste problem for nuclear power plants has not been solved yet. An increase in nuclear waste requires just some land area, the CO2 problem from coal power warms up the whole world.

more than 4 years ago



nietsch nietsch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nietsch (112711) writes "We all know some people that only use their PC for browsing and emailing, but need reinstalls, cleanups and new computers, just because the thing is running windows. You know they might be so much better off with a linux pc, if only you had a way to convince them it is not harder but easier.
Fujitsu Siemens is picking up that ball and introducing a PC for the babyboomers generation. The keys are bigger to help with slight trembling hands and it runs a restricted program set on a linux OS.
Now you can finally tell your parents: "I told you so!""


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