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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

walter_f Re:Jesus isn't that influential (231 comments)

Even if you aren't Christian, your civilization has probably been influenced (converted, overrun, allied) by one that was acting in Jesus' name.

So this person "that was acting in Jesus' name" should clearly be considered influential.

In fact, there were at least hundreds of them who were acting in Jesus' name on a higher political level (massively supported by emperors, kings and their respective armies) and thus be regarded as highly influential.

Some of these persons, the early ones, are called "church fathers", some others, later on, just "popes".

about 8 months ago

Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

walter_f Re:Carl Linnaeus? Here's why: (231 comments)

It's more influential than you or I, but it's not more influential than Jesus.

Advantage Linnaeus.
Linnaeus is a person of history.

Jesus is not.
So the early "church fathers" who designed and developed this character should be considered influential (very influential, that is), not their work of fiction (or any part thereof).

about 8 months ago

Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

walter_f Re:Jesus is Number One (231 comments)

Let alone this fictitious character's possibly even more fictitious mother.

(Just for the record: One of the regional lists even names the "step-father of god", Joseph.)

about 8 months ago

Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

walter_f Re:What about the dud that came up with fire? (231 comments)

No birth or death dates given for him.

Or, rather the guy (note, it might have been a gal as well) who came up with the techniques to start, to maintain, and to utilize a fire, way back in stone age?
Over some millennia, there must have been many of them, hundreds, even thousands, in many different places of the world who achieved this, independently from each other.

Alas: No birth or death dates given for them, either. Not even first names.

about 8 months ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

walter_f Re:Duck and cover (522 comments)

Shouldn't we lie down, put a paper bag over our head or something?

Originally, any one out of a selection of a few certified newspapers was recommended.

Such as the National Inquirer, I believe.

about 8 months ago

Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

walter_f Re:heartburn in the industry? (367 comments)

Luckily support for XP embedded is not ending on April 8th. It is supported until January 2014.

That's something like 2016, I presume.

about 10 months ago

Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

walter_f Re:OK... (205 comments)

The FOSS nutjobs don't want to allow you the freedom to give up a particular freedom of your choice for a particular time in exchange for something. They are selfish, they want to propagate their ideology of "freedom" by restricting your freedom of choice.

Don't like freedom? You choose, go for serfdom.

The latter option ain't GNU, it isn't even new.

And as to

to give up a particular freedom of your choice for a particular time in exchange for something.

Good ol' Benjamin Franklin had to say a bit about that. Ever heard his name?

1 year,23 hours

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

walter_f Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Clearly christianity (as well as the contents of most other theistic beliefs) isn't compatible with tthe Second Law of Thermodynamics?

Just imagine an allegedly almighty god, helplessly aging towards the "mildly warm" soup that will be the final state - and "fate", so to speak - of everything...

1 year,5 days

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

walter_f Re:Science! (458 comments)

*Kicks cat back into box and starts again!*

No objections to that concept here.

But that would be Schrödinger, not Hawking. ;-)

1 year,5 days

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

walter_f What about John D. Rockefeller? (230 comments)

So the stuff old Rockefeller had shipped to China a 120 years ago, and made a huge fortune from, to fuel the given away lamps was actually "Jet Fuel"?

Making all his chinese consumers think it were plain kerosene. Tricky John...

1 year,5 days

Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

walter_f Re:Is there an Ebook (170 comments)

Is it available as an Ebook?

An ebook. Pah.

I'd rather like to have an audiobook edition... ;-)

1 year,9 days

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

walter_f Re:You're missing the point (903 comments)

"because if the employer does it for you, they get to use pre-tax money to do so, whereas you have to pay tax first."

Excellent point.

1 year,27 days

US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

walter_f Re:Eventually people will look up... (894 comments)

"The NSA and other Alphabet Agencies only wish they had the authority to do what the Gestapo and Stasi did."

They don't have it yet. (There are still obstacles left to be cleared on the way, Judges like Richard Leon* among them.)

But they (the Alphabet Agencies) are looking forward to getting comparable authority eventually.

* The Federal Judge who ordered December 16, 2013:
"... for all the above reasons, I will grant Larry Klayman’s and Charles Strange’s request for an injunction and enter an order that (1) bars the Government from collecting, as part of the NSA’s Bulk Telephony Metadata Program, any telephony metadata associated with their personal Verizon accounts and (2) requires the Government to destroy any such metadata in its possession that was collected through the bulk collection program. ”
—Judge Richard Leon,"

"... However, in light of the significant national security interests at stake in this case and the novelty of the constitutional issues, I will stay my order pending appeal. In doing so, I hereby give the Government fair notice that should my ruling be upheld, this order will go into effect forthwith. Accordingly, I fully expect that during the appellate process, which will consume at least the next six months, the Government will take whatever steps necessary to prepare itself to comply with this order when, and if, it is upheld. Suffice it to say, requesting further time to comply with this order months from now will not be well received and could result in collateral sanctions."


1 year,27 days

Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

walter_f Re:Android compatibility (307 comments)

When the native apps are better or just simply faster?

Hopefully, this might be a crucial point.

Still, the sheer number of android apps could turn out to be overwhelming in the eyes of some aspiring developers of native ones.

(And yes, I'm massively biased in favour of the Jolla/SailfishOS. Bon voyage, brave little Jolla dinghy!)

about a year ago

MAVEN Ready To Launch Today

walter_f Mars, or How To Maintain an Atmosphere (55 comments)

"... with magnetic fields strong enough to maintain an atmosphere"

I guess this concept works best with an atmosphere that consists of magnetic nitrogen, magnetic oxygen, a dash of magnetic carbon dioxide and so on.

Sounds fancier than poor old gravity maintaining a boring non-magnetic atmosphere.

"Let's sing another song, boys. This one has grown old and bitter."
- Bob Dylan

about a year ago

OpenPhoenux Neo900 Bills Itself As Successor To Nokia's N900

walter_f Re: about a "dumbphone"? - Nokia 1280, shop in UK (111 comments)

The Nokia 1280 has been originally designed for India and some of the East African Markets (hence, Swahili as one of the languages selectable for the menus).

The Nokia 1280 is readily available in a number of case colours in the U.K. these days (around 23 pounds).
I bought my Nokia 1280 in Germany, where just the black variety seems to be available (between 26 and 30 euros).

And for the original poster who mentioned the Motophone (which was called the Motorola F3 hereabouts):

Among other things, I especially like the 1280's black-and-white display.
Another very simplistic but well made phone with a black-and-white display is the Motorola W156. It can still be bought in Germany, maybe in other European markets as well (around 30 euros). I have a W156 here as a fallback option to the 1280, but the Nokia doesn't show any weaknesses. ;-)

The Moto W156 does not have the unique electrophoretic display technology like the Motophone. So it does not offer the F3's exceptional battery time, but when it comes to reading or writing SMS or just to looking at a long international telephone number, it's advantage W156 (which still has very good battery time).

about a year ago

Black Holes Grow By Eating Quantum Foam

walter_f Re:Isn't this (164 comments)

The growth of a black hole is a process that takes place on a completely different time scale than the evaporation of the black hole as proposed by Hawking.

The eventual evaporation of a black hole of astronomical size will take many magnitudes more time than the one that has passed since the Big Bang.

about a year ago

Black Holes Grow By Eating Quantum Foam

walter_f Re:Con CERN (164 comments)

It's the mass to size ratio that is relevant here.

If you manage to compress an object the mass of the Himalayas (i.e. a minuscule mass on an astronomical scale) way down to the size of an elementary particle, you end up with a black hole in your laboratory. Enjoy, but enjoy quick, as the thing will start to eat your laboratory immediately...

Should you prefer to make a black hole out of Grandpa's old lawn mower instead, just make sure to compress it down to a far, far tinier size than you'd have compressed the Himalayans to. A nice little black hole will be the reward for your efforts...

about a year ago

Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

walter_f NO, absolutely not. (659 comments)

And the US shouldn't have one of its puppets (like France, the UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia,...) do the bombing, either.

about a year ago

L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

walter_f $30 million for 30,000 iPads? (232 comments)

That's a refreshing $1,000 a pop.

Wasn't "high volume purchase" meant to work the other way, originally?

Did I just miss another great innovation by Pearson and Apple, along the lines of
"The more you buy, the higher the per-item price"?

Not to mention the fact that iPads are, by design, nearly non-repairable. What a bad idea to give such an example of non-sustainability to young people these days.

Not to mention that an all purpose computing platform, like a netbook, with a choice of OSes and application software (preferably OSS/FOSS), not just single task "apps", would render a better service to high school students

about a year and a half ago


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