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In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions

norletsk Re:Useful to commit acts of terrorism? (418 comments)

The Anarchist's Cookbook also popularized the myth that smoking banana peels will get you high.

more than 4 years ago

Church Turns To Facebook To Find Priests

norletsk 1200 fans in one week is nothing (286 comments)

Facebook fans are easier to collect than signatures for an online petition. Taking a week to get only 1200 people to click a button in support of the largest religion in the country is evidence that the campaign is NOT working, IMO

more than 4 years ago

Lawmakers Want a Space Shuttle In New York City

norletsk Re:500 years? (246 comments)

Yeah really, considering how long Canaveral had their Saturn V outside exposed to UV and Florida thunderstorms that's a bit presumptuous, the Saturn V was a MUCH more import vehicle and yet for ~40 years NASA themselves couldn't/wouldn't spend the money to preserve it to last even 100 years.

Actually, there is no Saturn V rockets outside in Cape Canaveral. The largest rocket in the rocket garden at Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Center is a Saturn 1B. The only Saturn V on display in Florida is housed inside the Apollo/Saturn V center.

more than 4 years ago

Auto-Scanning the Names People Choose For Their Wireless APs

norletsk Re:Best SSID (422 comments)

For those of us who don't know, what is wrong with a short SSID(i.e. 5 digits) if a strong encryption(WPA) is used?

more than 4 years ago

Europe's LHC To Run At Half-Energy Through 2011

norletsk Re:Damn... (194 comments)

per particle

more than 4 years ago

Chemistry Tasks For the Computer Lab?

norletsk Avagadro (154 comments)

I would recommend Avogadro. It is a molecular editor and viewer released under the GPL. For high school students, it could be used as a substitute for the ball and stick model kits. It has a simple interface and most of its basic functions can be learned within an hour or two.

more than 4 years ago

DRM Content Drives Availability On P2P Networks

norletsk Re:Correlation != Causation... (211 comments)

Individual songs are small, but albums, especially if they are high-quality rips, can be several hundred MB. Entire band discographies are even larger and can be several(if not 10's) of GB in size. Bittorrent is much more useful for downloading music than you give it credit.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Software Meets Do-It-Yourself Biology

norletsk Re:Any progress? (113 comments)

I'm not an expert, but I do have several years of experience with molecular dynamics(GROMACS) and quantum chemistry(GAMESS) software. From my experience, the task of running a simulation using pre-packaged software is relatively simple. The difficult part is knowing enough biology, chemistry and physics to set up a meaningful simulation and being able to analyze and interpret the results. So yes, you could read the software documentation and learn something, but you are attacking the problem from the wrong end.

more than 4 years ago

Software Piracy At the Workplace?

norletsk Two suggestions... (1006 comments)

If you like the company and/or your job, I would get a copy of the license agreement for the software that you believe is pirated and show it to the boss. Explain how what you have observed violates the license and suggest that the company either pay for the software or make the transition to free software. Alternatively, if you don't like the company, I'm sure you've seen the BSA ads all over Slashdot.

more than 4 years ago

Device Protects Day Traders From Emotional Trading

norletsk Another gimmick (260 comments)

Yet another gimmicky use of galvanic skin response. You might as well be required to undergo Scientology auditing before trading stocks, since the E-meter measures the exact same thing.

more than 4 years ago

UK Tax Breaks For "Culturally British" Games

norletsk Foreign Developers (267 comments)

Will they send money to foreign developers for making culturally British games, like Paradox Interactive's "Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun"?

more than 5 years ago


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