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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

u38cg Re:Land of the free (571 comments)

Why we put up with NK at all at this point is simply a matter of lack of leadership.

And the minor issue that doing anything practical puts at risk the life of every single citizen living in Seoul, population 10 million. Never mind the geopolitical risk of any conflict sucking in China, which would be a bit of a nuisance.

2 days ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

u38cg Re:Duh. (190 comments)

That's what we have moderation for. Also, fuck Bennett.

5 days ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

u38cg Re:Birthday paradox? (334 comments)

The inter-arrival times of a Poisson process are exponential.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

u38cg Re:Birthday paradox? (334 comments)

It's far too early to do the maths on the three dimensional case, but uniformly distributed points on the real line have nearest neighbour distances that are exponentially distributed. It should be pretty obvious that with a big enough number of points some will be close.

about two weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

u38cg Re:So close, so far (561 comments)

There are colleges where men are just assumed guilty of any charge of sexual assault, and cannot even question their accusers in the adjudication process

I might have more of a problem with that if it didn't lead, on average, to more cases getting decided correctly.

Equality of outcome, equality of opportunity. Neither is perfect. Enjoy your male tears.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

u38cg Re:I agree (111 comments)

They are not illegal per se. However, there are plenty regulations around how these things are used. Try depositing £20k cash in a UK account and see how anonymous the source of that cash becomes.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

u38cg Re:Raining on the parade (172 comments)

Yeah, we mostly call that prostate cancer. Most (old) men die with a prostate cancer in situ.

about three weeks ago
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Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

u38cg Re:Almost made it ... (48 comments)

I challenge any one of those moaning fuckers to so much as hit a comet with a rock, never mind come close to doing science out there :p

about three weeks ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

u38cg Re:Pretty cool (147 comments)

AAAARGH vi

I think this should be a meme.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

u38cg As far as building a team goes... (176 comments)

...I would strongly recommend just getting the best people you can. In my experience good, experienced people in a small team do not mind picking up the grunt work if the team is pulling together and being productive.

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

u38cg Re:Distilled water has no salts (167 comments)

You're wrong. This seems to be a common pop-sci fact, but it's nonsense. If you drank only distilled water, you would die slightly quicker than someone who drank only water, but that's it. Drink distilled water and eat normally, you would observe no effects.

about 1 month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

u38cg Re:Doesn't distilled water taste horrible though? (167 comments)

Yes, but also rather more worryingly there is the minor issue that after using it for a few weeks it will become contaminated with Legionnaire's.

about 1 month ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

u38cg Re:reflexes? (114 comments)

Requirements vary quite a lot between country. The UK is one of the strictest - corrected vision must be a certain standard in both eyes. In the US, some states allow people the UK would class as legally blind to drive. Some of these folk use miniature telescopes strapped to their eyes to see with - needless to see, field of view with these things is pretty small.

about a month ago
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Life Insurance Restrictions For Space Tourists

u38cg Re:Life insurance vs life expectancy (68 comments)

Half right. You must be upfront about what you do and intend to do at the time of underwriting, but if you then take up chain-smoking while surfing on a shark, that's your business. The insurer absorbs that as normal mortality. To put it in perspective, the biggest life policies are on the order of GBP50-100m (Warren Buffet types), and the industry absorbs one or two claims of this size every year. The real risk here is aggregation risk, the fact that you'll have a dozen millionaires on these flights. That's not an issue for the insurers, really, but it is for the reinsurers and their retro pools. But even losing the top ten insured lives is smaller than a billion dollar cat which again, is barely a rounding error in reinsurance.

about a month and a half ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

u38cg Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

Actually, closing the lid traps an aerosol of toilet water which blows up in the face of the next user. It persists a surprisingly long time. Citation: some Reader's Digest magazine I read in a dentist's waiting room twenty years ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

u38cg Re:Lemme guess (739 comments)

Get back to me about that guaranteed profit when the next Katrina hits in the middle of a major flu epidemic. Hint: "guaranteed profit" and "insurance company" are not phrases that sit well together, ever.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

u38cg Re:Lemme guess (739 comments)

I'm not an expert on US insurance, but I do work for an insurer and I'm pretty sure US health insurers don't enjoy the position they're in. Insurers should be top-slicing excess of risk; instead, they're left with an expensive involvement every time you get your flu vaccination.

about 1 month ago
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Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

u38cg Re:A piece of aluminum was found in the Pacific? (94 comments)

Gosh, I'm sure nobody thought of that. You should probably ring them up and tell them personally, I'm sure they'll be very grateful for your insight...

about 1 month ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:All hard skills? (272 comments)

(1) I'm not a product of the US American education system (thank goodness) (2) the US American system is light years away from being a free market at any level (3) a universal basic literacy program is not what I suggest is required, at least initially.

about 2 months ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

u38cg Re:All hard skills? (272 comments)

They managed it when they had no idea. Coming up with the ideas is the smallest of the problems; it's getting people educated and getting ideas transmitted through time and space. Free trade solves the first and printing the second.

about 2 months ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 6 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 8 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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