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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

nyctopterus Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

An iPad with a hard drive? As in, a spinning disk? That doesn't sound very likely to me, to put it mildly.

about a week ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

nyctopterus Re:Soap and Water (87 comments)

Sorry kid, but your mum's an idiot.

about a week ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

nyctopterus It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

To do this, Apple would need a new OS, or do some sort of horrible blend between OS X and iOS. That's not happening. I think there will be a bigger iPad at some point, but it will just run iOS. It won't be a convertible.

about a week ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

nyctopterus Re:Inevitable (848 comments)

Lend-lease was important, but in the critical 1942-43 period its impact was relatively small from what I've read. Certainly the vast majority of arms used on the eastern front were manufactured by the USSR.The USSR consistently out-produced Germany in all categories.

Your statement that "[The USA] took over the bulk of the military responsibilities of European allies" is WAY off the mark, that was always the USSR. While lend-lease may even have tipped the balance, it didn't add up to making the US contribution the majority effort in Europe. While I know this isn't strictly speaking your point in your response, check out the deaths per front in this http://commons.wikimedia.org/w... - it makes clear the overwhelming importance of the eastern front,

One bloodthirsty dictator beating another (slightly more) bloodthirsty dictator isn't quite as good a story as "America, World Police", but it's closer to the mark.

Overall in WW2 the USA did shoulder a huge responsibility of course, but a good portion of that went to the pacific.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

nyctopterus Re:Inevitable (848 comments)

Agreeing with the other reply here, the USSR inflicted 80% of the european axis casualties. Defeat was already certain for Germany by the time of the Normandy invasion.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

nyctopterus Re:Fanbois (91 comments)

Having done this twice, I can say that it's trickier than you'd think if you want to do anything but a long string of text. The tools for publishing ebooks are in the stone-age, and files still require a lot of manual tweaking (first time out I gave up on automated tools and wrote the entire thing by hand to the spec). Then you have the various rules of distributers and their buggy validators, which means the process can be very time-consuming.

about 3 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

nyctopterus Re:How is that stranger? (136 comments)

Define "profound". You make it sound like men and women's minds start from completely different places and end up converging on similarity, but that's absurd. Men and women differ statistically over populations, but individuals might fall pretty much anywhere in the spectrums of things that differ. There's no way I would be confident of identifying the gender of an individual in this sort of scenario. Statistically, I'm sure I could do a lot better than chance, but each one is pretty uncertain.

about 4 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

nyctopterus Re:Disruptive technology is always less at first (399 comments)

Yes, I agree. Part of what people have to realise is that they aren't going to compete as watches, they are going to compete for wrist-space as multi-function devices.

about 6 months ago
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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

nyctopterus Re:"Smart" aren't (399 comments)

If you cant grok why people want pocket computers with GPS, network connectivity, cameras, and phones built in, then you are a complete moron who doesn't understand technology or people.

Maybe they aren't for you, fine. But not being able to "grok" such an obvious thing? That's approaching brain-damage.

about 6 months ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

nyctopterus Re:Why? (148 comments)

But what are they going to change that will make the effort worth it? When I look at the variety of desktops, the majority (perhaps all) of them seem to be tinkering with the same basic concept. It would be much more interesting if this splitting was leading to a drastically different desktop concepts, but it's not.

about 6 months ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

nyctopterus Re:There is no comparision (139 comments)

Yes how could ever compare to groups that might have a significant amount of overlap? It can't be done! There's no branch of mathematics that would allow us to do such a thing! It's impossible.

about 6 months ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

nyctopterus Re:Real Work (193 comments)

These are nearly all civil servants, not politicians. Since the boroughs do sanitation, roads, parks, etc., I'm sure there's a lot of systems to interface with.

about 7 months ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

nyctopterus Re:When should you abandon a service for error? (127 comments)

I would stay with them if they were relatively transparent about what went wrong, and what they are doing to prevent such occurrences in the future. Especially if we're dealing with relatively new sorts of tech services.

about 7 months ago
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Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

nyctopterus Re:It needs to be funny (220 comments)

You sound like you're a lot of fun, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

about 7 months ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

nyctopterus Re:Facial recognition (74 comments)

This would be defensible if most fiction was good, but it's not. Way too much of it is stupid and predictable. It could do with a good injection of the sorts of uncertainties and unpredictability real life holds.

about 7 months ago
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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

nyctopterus Re:Wouldnt want it (191 comments)

Or, you know, a typo. If you want to rail against 'could care less'ers, why not go find an actual example?

about 8 months ago
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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

nyctopterus Re:Wouldnt want it (191 comments)

What the hell? There are a hell of a lot of vegetarians that don't eat meat for ethical reasons! There are also a lot of meat-eaters, like me, who have a sense of unease about eating animals but can stop because they are so delicious.

about 8 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

nyctopterus Re:haxe language (209 comments)

Wow, that's some ugly syntax for a modern programming language.

about 9 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

nyctopterus Re:Poor statistics (512 comments)

Okay, but seriously, you should be backed up - relying on warning from your HDD is appalling stupid if you've got stuff you really need to keep. Weekly disk image? What is this, 2002? Seriously, good hourly incremental backups are really easy now, there's no excuse for this kind of cobbled together dodgy shit.

about a year ago

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