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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

torsmo Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

It's nice to think that every single moment is going to be spent talking to people in Nepalese[...]

Where does it say in the summary that submitter is going to be in Nepal? Could be in India or Bhutan.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

torsmo Re:Bennett! Bennett! He's our man! (120 comments)

You've done it now. APK is like Beetlejuice...hell, he is far more obliging, IMO.

about a month ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

torsmo Re:Not a win (228 comments)

And the delicious irony of it all is that Belhadj is now going to sue the British government.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

torsmo Re:Technically... (182 comments)

[...]unless you drew the ire of someone powerful.

Well, that holds true for pretty much everything, doesn't it? If you've pissed someone off really badly, who wields considerable power, then they will track you down, Tor or not.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

torsmo Re: YOU MUST BE A CRUSADER !!! (182 comments)

And be headed!

Where? To some saner place, surely?

about a month and a half ago
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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

torsmo Re:Thank you! (125 comments)

OpenBSD's project leader is also more dictatorial than Linus

But unlike Linus, who can throw industrial-grade Finnish profanities at his minions, Theo's Afrikaans cuss-word-foo is weak. Something along the lines of "Jy was uit jou ma se gat gebore want haar poes was te besig" wouldn't go amiss, methinks.

about a month and a half ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

torsmo Re:systemd article (863 comments)

This is Slashdot. It is a violation of website rules to read any linked article.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

torsmo Re: Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

I'm afraid that I might like the Watchtowe

It is eminently possible that you might like Watchtower.

about 2 months ago
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Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

torsmo Re:I don't like (47 comments)

Easy solution. Run NoScript and you won't have to encounter any google search enhancements (although for a split second while your results are loaded, you can see them before noscript forces the webpage to behave itself).

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

torsmo Re:Not again... (522 comments)

There is a joke in here, though, if you don't miss it. tab...init...inittab?? Ok, well, I tried.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

torsmo Not again... (522 comments)

Keeping a tab on these changes is becoming tiresome, init?

about 2 months ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

torsmo Re:Well (180 comments)

Website
Source.

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

torsmo Re:When is enough enough? (86 comments)

It feels so hackneyed at this point to try to describe the dystopia we are headed toward (already in?)

I dunno, it seems to me that an advanced technology-enabled dystopia is not universal in its spread. Poor third-world countries do not seem to be headed that way. Corruption may have something to do with it, but I'm too tired at the moment to form a logical construct to validate that thought.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

torsmo Re:S[pace colonisation (269 comments)

Crops as in grain are pollinated by wind, not by beans, if you meant that.

I'm sure it was bees and not beans that you meant to write, but I wasn't only thinking of bees as a pollinating vector (because you'd want more than just staple crops). As you said, agricultural crops are wind-pollinated, because they don't sprout beautiful flowers to attract insec (except I think with maize, which may be pollinated by bees). Pollination by insects is far, far more precise and efficient than pollination by wind. But in the case of a Mars colony, are you going to generate wind to facilitate pollination (not that it isn't possible, but will you get the desired effect)? I think you'd have to painstakingly do it by hand.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

torsmo Re:S[pace colonisation (269 comments)

I believe Biosphere 2 was the first large-scale attempt, and they were mostly successful

Would you really consider Biosphere 2 to be a success? Yes, the people in there survived for however long it was, and certainly it was a radical new attempt at facilitating sustenance of an intelligent life-form like ours, but there was a failure in advancing the idea further, and while similar, it is quite different from a Mars habitat.

Mars has massive reserves of water and CO2 readily available, which plants can turn into all the air and biomass you want, and cellulose can be converted to a number of extremely versatile construction materials. Include sand and eventual mining operations for trace elements and you're well positioned to not only survive but grow and prosper.

I don't think growing crops there would be easy. Pollination is a big problem, and having to live on an algal diet won't be easy. Plus, there are the usual phytopathological problems: pests, diseases, parasites, etc. Managing contaminants, the inevitability of escaping gases, making do with extremely limited resources (industrial operations require massive quantities of power and water and I'm not convinced of your vision of growth and prosperity) are only a few of the innumerable challenges that lie ahead in even bootstrapping a Mars colony. Despite how tough it's going to be, I think it is an idea worthy of being pursued, but only after having carefully experimented it here on Earth.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

torsmo Re:S[pace colonisation (269 comments)

self-sustaining human-supporting ecosystems are a hard problem

So, wouldn't it be prudent to set-up such an environment here on earth, run tests with human inhabitants, and then carry over that experience into building a Mars colony?

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

torsmo This is malarky (774 comments)

Is systemd trying to become emacs?

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

torsmo Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

What was I thinking?

Well, you weren't. In my comment, while I certainly didn't mention the threats of violence to his person, an absence of condemnation does not amount to me justifying something as unacceptable as that.

about 2 months ago

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