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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

tgv Re:I told you so (328 comments)

[i]None of the processes outlined in this article, ..., can run away.[/i]
As an engineer and former scientist, I don't buy that. That would require tremendously detailed and thorough understanding of the climate and the oceans. And "not running away" is just not a sufficient condition. I know a process that will stop ACC and is guaranteed not to run away: kill all human life. But is that what we want?

yesterday
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

tgv Re:Can the writings be read? (425 comments)

Problem from my part with that: in 20 years or so, no young adult will be able to read today's literature anymore. Anything written before 2014 will fall in obsolescence and will be forgotten. Compare that to English: they've kept their spelling, and we can read literature from the 1800s without too much pain. So, for the sake of laziness we should forgo anything else? Well, no.

2 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

tgv Re:It's not a license to speed (322 comments)

It's not extortion, it's corruption. The Cosa Nostra also doesn't accept the money personally.

3 days ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

tgv Re:yeah right! (177 comments)

Precisely. And the fact that it had happened before, should have made him extra cautious.

about a week ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

tgv And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (74 comments)

So now you need Chrome if you want Google Now notifications? What's next? Some Google Docs feature that only works in Chrome? Maps?

about three weeks ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

tgv Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

There is a European law that forbids email providers to use knowledge of the contents of email. Anyway, your point was: it isn't a legal question. But anything, and certainly access to personal information, can be ruled by laws, hence it is a legal question.

Anyway, your profile text speaks volumes. I'll copy it here: "If I seem a little confrontational, it's probably because you are an idiot. I will argue any side of any point if you demonstrate that you haven't put in a little thought or research into what you typed. Things I hate: - Knee jerk responses, where you have a prepared rant for a subject even if it is unrelated - Posting what "everyone knows". Here's a hint, if everyone knows it we don't need to read it - Associating everything to the news of the day. Facebook outage was obviously the NSA getting backed up? Ha ha, you're stupid. - Wasting everyone's time Finally, if I catch you parroting a talking head, you're wrong. I don't care if I agree with you - that means we're both wrong. But I'm going to call you out for it. Is this my first account here? Hardly. Only? No. This is the account where I tell you how and why you are wrong, because someone should. If I call you a fuckstick, it's probably because you are the most egregious of many mental errors on a subject, and most worthy of correct"

about three weeks ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

tgv Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

Clicking a check box does not overrule the law. You ignore my "stupid analogy" because you don't have a counter-argument.

about three weeks ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

tgv Re:They checked without a warrant (206 comments)

> It's not a legal question at all. If you use the service you have accepted their terms and so have given them permission to do this.
That *is* a legal question. If the EULA says: we own your first born, is that so just because you checked a box on a web site? Nope. There are laws governing the reading of email, and Microsoft has to obey those rules like everyone else.

about three weeks ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

tgv Re:This quote says it all (183 comments)

We might not know much about memory, we do know that language learning requires many, correlated changes in the brain. You need to learn to identify German words, their meanings, classes and features, the rules which operate on these classes and their exceptions, and the combination of meanings, plus all kinds of idiomatic, opaque expressions. You cannot expect a bit of electricity to facilitate making those changes to all these different processes and still be "compatible" with each other much faster. And if you don't understand that about brain processes, why would you be able to claim aforementioned effects?

It sounds like medieval experimentation to me.

about a month ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

tgv This quote says it all (183 comments)

Quote from the article: "Lee’s first plan was to use tDCS to learn German, but when he realized that language-learning would still be a huge time commitment, ..."
How serious can you take someone that thinks learning German is going to take a 10 minutes instead of 10 years because you strap a 9V battery to your head?

about a month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

tgv Re:Sensetional article (529 comments)

Of course it's bollocks. There's no proof that it has got anything to do with religion or religious activity at all. What would be the baseline for that? A group of people with the same IQ, activities, socio-economic status, age, family, etc. as the religious group, but non-religious. If that is done well, and finds a sizable (I'm avoiding the term significant, as most people interpret that as p .05) difference, then you might start to conclude that being religious has an effect on whatever you measured, be it some physical aspect of the brain or stress levels.

What this study apparently found, is that people with a thicker cortex more often said that religion was important to them. It doesn't even have to mean such persons are actually religious: one possible explanation is that a thicker cortex makes you say a higher number when asked how important religion is to you. So that's already pretty shaky.

Then there was no control w.r.t. the other possible factors involved in the thickness of the cortex (such as hereditary traits; we all know that religion is strongly correlated to that, so that's a serious confound), and the relation to stress is that "the researchers had found that people who said they were religious or spiritual were at lower risk of depression". So they add up 1 and 1, and find the result is strawberry.

The sad thing is that this stuff gets published. Not that I mind that the data gets published, but that people can write such unwarranted conclusions and the editor doesn't tell them to take out the speculation, that bothers me.

about 1 month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

tgv Re:20TB? At home? (983 comments)

Can't say I do. Can't say I do.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

tgv Re:20TB? At home? (983 comments)

Amazing. Someone else replied similar, see above. I think I'd compress it. Our eyes don't process all that detail. But if you don't want to, the backup solution is really easy: either you see the original disks as backup, or you get an extra set of hds...

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

tgv Re:20TB? At home? (983 comments)

Yeah, but then the solution to have more backups is simple: add more hard disks. The price is pretty low in comparison to the investment in all movies, indeed.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

tgv Re:20TB? At home? (983 comments)

I never tried to rip a bluray, but isn't backing up to hard disk not a bit expensive for movies? 2TB would hold 40, so backup would be $2.50. Not cheap.

Or are you suggesting download only versions, and no way to download again?

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

tgv Re:Old School (983 comments)

The earliest tape had 128B/inch, so that would be 3.9e6km, or 100 times the earth's circumference.

Wikipedia however mentions: "As of 2010, the record for highest data on magnetic tape was 29.5GB per square inch." So assuming tape one inch wide, that would be just 17 meters, or 4.3e-7 times the earth's circumference.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

tgv 20TB? At home? (983 comments)

Seriously, where do you get 20TB from? I mean, if you rip 250 DVDs at home, you've got 1TB. So for 20, you'd have to rip 5000 (or a bit less), without further compression. If you compress them a bit, 20TB would store over 20.000 movies. So, what's in this 20TB and where is it from?

Anyway, simplest solution: 10 $99 2TB disk units and some time.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

tgv Re:Sure... (498 comments)

I knew it was (one of) his parties, or a party in his platform, but I didn't know it meant that. Thanks.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

tgv Re:Nuke Store (498 comments)

First, I don't think Putin is going to go all over Asia and Europe after this. Second, it's pretty dangerous to try to take away the Crimea from Russia, access to the Mediterranean, and all. Third, a majority does seem to want to go with Russia, unlike in the rest of Ukraine.

Now, we threaten with sanctions, the Russians withdraw after OVSE organizes a referendum, Crimea gets a "special status" in Ukraine, Russia keeps its fleet, no-one loses face.

about a month ago

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tgv tgv writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tgv writes "Does anyone know where I can order Viagra on-line? I've been looking everywhere, and I just can't find it."

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Hussein condemned to death

tgv tgv writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Condeming a person to death does not strike me as particular ethical, but ok, he was a bad guy. Had I been the judge, he would have stayed in jail the rest of his life. And out of humanitarian reasons, I would have allowed him a suicide pill.

But .. the sentence itself is nothing to be proud of. It marks the failure of international law and the sad state of the world today, and I know of at least one world leader that really should acknowledge that.

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Euro

tgv tgv writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The EU ministers of Finance have decided that all countries that want to adopt the Euro, have to call it "Euro". That's so smart. Aparently, in Slovenia, they call it "Evro", I guess because Europe is spelt "Evropa" in Serbo-Croatian, and because the sound of the "u" is inappropriate here. But no, they will have to write "Euro" if they want to participate. What's the next brilliant move of our leaders? To force the Greeks to give up their alphabet and start using the Latin one?

I think I would make a very good minister of finance.

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