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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

rapidmax Layout doesn't work well in ½ screen width br (2219 comments)

I always have my browser on half of my screen, that is 1920/2 = 960 pixels (best case). The layout doesn't work well with that setting and I'm not going to make my browser wider.

about 9 months ago
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Swiss War Game Envisages Invasion By Bankrupt French

rapidmax Re:Why Switzerland ? (245 comments)

Of course this is ridiculous. The scenarios have always been ridiculous. Mostly because there isn't any sane thread scenarios available. At least not for a classical war game that requires a good old army. When I was in the Swiss army we played "Blue Country" against "Yellow Country".

1 year,24 days
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Swiss War Game Envisages Invasion By Bankrupt French

rapidmax Re:Countries do this all the time (245 comments)

That's not true anymore. The explosives has been removed year ago.

1 year,24 days
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Grocery Delivery Lowers Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over Individual Trips

rapidmax Re:Only true for a small portion of the world (417 comments)

If you go there by foot or by bike, it means you cannot buy much.

While that's true it's not a big issue for me: I've got a back pack with two strong reusable bags to carry quite a lot. Usually I don't need them all. Fully loaded I've got to walk about 5 to 10 minutes back. If you have more there's always the option to use a shopping bag with wheels.

Therefore you need to go much more often and that you'll rarely buy any heavy goods.

Usually I go once a week. If you have heavy goods there's the option to use a car from the car sharing pool or a taxi.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

rapidmax My new hobby: Getting hit by smartphone zombies (417 comments)

I've started to just stand still if someone is walking towards me texting or playing with his smartphone.

It's really fun to see them returning to real life, confused and usually apologizing. Once I was driving my bicycle on a shared side walk, noticed the last of a group of people is texting and won't see me, stopped by holding a wall. The guy then walked into my front wheel.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play

rapidmax Re:Can you use Android without the Goog? (337 comments)

I'm a happy owner of a Android phone running CyanogenMod with the FSF FreeDroid (F-Droid) Store. I didn't installed the Play Store on purpose. Sure I don't have access to 300k Apps, but most important Apps* are available and the Phone is working fine and reliable.

* That of course depends on your needs. For me its: Browser, Firefox, aCal calendar, OsmAnd Map application, shopping list, Jabber client, SIP client, GPS tracker, calculator, text editor, and a few games

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

rapidmax Re:Facebook (473 comments)

Have I had a police officer show up at my door with a search warrant because Facebook believes I'm a drug user? Nope.

Not yet

Have I been hit on by men because Facebook believes I'm homosexual? Nope.

Not yet

Have a group of republicans descended on me because Facebook believes I'm republican? Nope.

Not yet

Have I lost a job due to any of the above? Nope. Been denied a loan? Nope.

Who will ever know about this?

As the data is out there we can't be sure the data will never be used for this.

For example: As long as the marked demand is as high as now, Facebook will do anything to ensure nobody get access to the data (other than through the well defined interfaces). But what happens with the data when the marked has changed? Will the raw data be sold to the highest bidder? Or what if Facebook can't afford the same level of security anymore and some cracker stole the data?

about a year and a half ago
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FTC Goes After Scammers Who Blasted Millions of Text Messages

rapidmax SMS Spam at 01:00 am (79 comments)

I've received this kind of SPAM already twice just after I fell into sleep. That's quite annoying. Beside the fact it woke me up, it usually drives me into rage that I couldn't sleep again afterwards for half an hour.

For example the last text I got was this:

Congrat! Your mobile number has WON £4,000,000 from the United Nation Grant. Email your name and cell number to ***@******.COM for claim "Keep Confidential*

In both cases the number was a random one from a foreign country. I'm now searching an app to stop the alarm if the number was a foreign one. Then the spammers find a way to send from local numbers... :-/

about a year and a half ago
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Dominion Announces Plans To Close Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station In 2013

rapidmax Re:The real reason nuclear power is not taking off (217 comments)

Coal is no alternative to nuclear regarding the environment.

Why reply to my post with this ? I never suggested anything like that.

I just wanted to stress your message. Both nuclear and coal have their own huge set of problems. While with coal the coal plant operator didn't pay anything for the mess he creates, a nuclear power plant operator has to pay for the cleanup. But this is only half true: I'm sure they don't pay to keep the waste 100000 years save, nor paying for the environment impacts on uranium mines, nor for the mess around upgrading plants.

about 2 years ago
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Dominion Announces Plans To Close Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station In 2013

rapidmax Re:The real reason nuclear power is not taking off (217 comments)

Coal is no alternative to nuclear regarding the environment. It's just as dumb. The interesting part is that renewable sources gets more and more cheaper. I'm sure they render current nuclear plants obsolete soon.

about 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

rapidmax Re:Reasonable (559 comments)

This is not the problem. Direct health issues are not the primary problem with GM. The main problem with GM is their influence to the normal plants and its impact to the bio diversity. If this leads to more expensive food due the dependency on seed producer this will cost many lives in poor countries. And this is only one scenario, others are: Due to monoculture a parasite develops a resistance. The genes jumps to unmodified plants where they get weaker. GM plants survives and extrude other plants.

more than 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

rapidmax Re:Our economic evidence (559 comments)

I'm not against research in GM technology, but I'm very against releasing anything into the nature unless it has been ensured over a period of at least 50 years it won't affect the nature and the bio diversity.

What I'm strictly against are corporations playing with GM to improve their profit. Not because I'm envy them for their money, but for the sole reason that profit motivated modifications are a too big security risk.

If GM modification is only allowed by globally peer reviewed research and only with the intend to help the mankind and modified organisms has to be in quarantine for at least 50 years, then it's ok for me.

Looking at the labelling issue the market can only work as the marked fundamentalist theories explain when the customer is fully informed. Suppression this information is distorting the marked.

more than 2 years ago
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After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

rapidmax Re:Air conditioning? Open a window. (813 comments)

But even when air conditioning is needed there is no need to chill it below 21C to need a pull-over in the summer. That's just insane. Why not keep the temperature around comfy 25C? (Translation to Fahrenheit left to the reader).

more than 2 years ago
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Google and Facebook Top Biggest Web Tracker List

rapidmax Re:Ghostery: Breaks far fewer things than NoScript (103 comments)

I used to use noscript until I found the RequestPolicy plugin. This along with cookie monster works great to block unwanted third party requests. It takes a moment to build the initial RequestPolicy whitelist, but once my most important pages are listed it works quite well.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot. Best Online Science Course?

rapidmax Physics, classical mechanics and electricity (166 comments)

Even though I've finished university of applied science about ten years ago I stumbled upon the MIT classical mechanics lectures by Walter Levin and couldn't resist to work through the whole course. It's excellent. The same goes for electricity and magnetism lectures.

more than 2 years ago
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What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?

rapidmax Re:If my work inbox is any indication... (314 comments)

- Email sucks as an archive.

It's easy to archive. But to search a large set of mail for knowledge it is not that good. That has nothing to do with e-mail but with discrete messages. Knowledge should go to a document management system, Wiki or something similar.

- Email is fine for communicating 1 to 1 or 1 to many, but it is a poor vehicle for many-to-many conversations.

Set up a mailing list for your topics, then you have an excellent tool for many-to-many conversations. The problem is nobody outside of Open Source projects knows about mailing list managers (Sympa, mailman etc.). So you got ridiculous large to and cc headers and TOFU quote chains instead of a single list address and an archive.

In our team, we've tried sticking to the rule that forbids the use of email for anything that will still be relevant one week from the day of sending.

This is a good idea: Prefer documentation over e-mails. Only use the e-mail to announce that there is documentation, and where it is.

~Andy

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Random Numbers

rapidmax Re:Radioactive decay (167 comments)

I also seem to remember that the first units weren't entirely random, due to dead times in the counters or something similar. Random in theory does not mean random in practice, and I am not sure I would trust a billion dollar deal relying on a one-time-pad generated by the ANU quantum random number generator, at least until it had been through a lot of testing.

Having build my own random generator I can confirm this discrepancy between theory and practice. You have to be very cautious to eliminate externals noise and oscillation of the random source. As it's not possible to measure the true randomness but only guess it, additional filtering like bias elimination and mixing may improve the entropy, but may be still not true random.

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Random Numbers

rapidmax Re:Raas!? (167 comments)

The random service alone as cryptographic source raises questions about thrust. But if you use it as an additional source to mix into you entropy pool, it won't hurt and probably improve the quality and data rate of your random source.

~Andy

more than 2 years ago

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