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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

wvmarle Re:great! (64 comments)

In my office I intentionally placed the printer out of reach from the desks, to force movement. It's not much movement, but even a few steps go a long way in preventing RSI and related issues.

2 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

wvmarle Re:not so fast (128 comments)

Humans are by far the most intelligent creatures on this world, and thanks to that intelligence can learn a lot.

Learning primarily takes place in the childhood stage, when parents directly teach their children all they need to know to survive (which until not so long ago, was indeed mostly survival skills: how to grow your own food and so). A long childhood (and with that, long parental care) may for this reason be an advantage: longer time to learn typically makes for a better end result.

As another poster pointed out, childhood is not the most robust stage of the life cycle of a human, especially early childhood. And even if parental care during childhood improves survival during that stage of life, it's genetically not exactly a productive stage of life - no procreation yet, so surviving that part is great but it doesn't necessarily help to spread those presumably beneficial long childhood genes in the overall population. Procreation tends to happen when the parental care has finished.

about a week ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

wvmarle Re:If by "decreeses" you mean "increases", then ye (300 comments)

Maybe you should start following some proper news outlets, including some run by traditional news organisations, you know, the ones that search for news and publish it. Go out of your basement and buy a newspaper or so. Or if that's too much, try the online BBC news.

If you only found out about this by reading about the removal of the video, you're really looking in the wrong places for your news.

about a week ago
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

wvmarle Re:Do the tests stat ... (27 comments)

A large stock of cryogenic, cyborg moths; ready to be unfrozen and directed to do whatever their masters tell them to do.

This starts to sound rather creepy to me. Stuff for a scifi thriller.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

wvmarle Re:Do the tests stat ... (27 comments)

As counterargument, a couple hours of flying time is enough for many missions like seeing what's around the corner or inside a building, and cyborg moths don't come out of their pupa on demand, nor can they be pre-produced and stored waiting for use in an emergency.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

wvmarle Re:Conduit lease (181 comments)

Solve it the same way the roads are solved.

The government builds the infrastructure (roads), then allows everyone to use this (bus companies, truck companies, private cars), as long as they follow the rules of the road (including safety requirements on the vehicles, size limitations, etc) and they pay a road tax (depending on vehicle size/type/weight).

It's not hard to translate this into network service. Don't say it can't be done, it's exactly how it works in many European countries - with great results. With the minor difference to the road part that the government does not own the infrastructure directly, instead it's owned by a heavily regulated private company that is responsible for the maintenance of this infrastructure.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wvmarle Re:Chicken (521 comments)

Chickens can definitely fly. I've seen them fly on many occasions. Sure they're nowhere near as good as a seagull or an unladen swallow, they can get off the ground and fly short distances. This is why chickens are either kept indoors or have their wings clipped (and now you know where the expression comes from), as otherwise they'd fly out of their pen.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

wvmarle Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

The number of birds killed by windmills is actually quite low: apparently the woosh-woosh sound of the blades cutting through the wind is enough to scare most birds away.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

wvmarle Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (426 comments)

If those features are truly "essential", I wonder why Mozilla, Apple and Google haven't picked them up, and added them to their respective browsers.

What you consider "essential" obviously isn't that essential for a large part of the web-surfing public.

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

wvmarle Re:Its really too bad... (306 comments)

Maybe it's time to reanimate (D)ARPA - the guys that gave us the Internet.

about three weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

wvmarle Re:All programming languages? (306 comments)

They forgot to add the distiction "... your average script-kiddie has ever heard of".

about three weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

wvmarle Re:More than one (204 comments)

I'd prefer to rephrase that last sentence a bit.

... those spies did it for a foreign, enemy power. Snowden did it for his own country.

about a month ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

wvmarle Re:Well known brands? (160 comments)

Huawei is one of China's main phone manufacturers. The brand is quite well known around here, and apparently they try to expand globally. Their advertising is probably to create brand awareness in other parts of the world, such as where you happen to live - and considering your comment, they're succeeding.

about a month ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

wvmarle Police sponsoring piracy now? (160 comments)

Unless they have some special powers, I suppose the police will have to pay for those ads, just like the regular advertisers do. This would result in the police actively sponsoring these allegedly illegal sites. Can have interesting political repercussions.

about a month ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

wvmarle Re:OKC's match algos suck (161 comments)

Well, of course. They're digging too deep in that. In the real world, I believe that there is no such thing as "the one" or "the perfect match". Maybe it feels like it, but that's in part thanks to the "pink glasses" effect of being in love and because both parties tend to adopt to one another, especially when a relationship lasts long (years, decades).

People probably can form lasting romantic relationships with a large number of other people, after the following basic matches are followed (assuming heterosexual relations but some will apply for homosexual relations too):

  • Geographic proximity.
  • Speaking the same language, or at least share a second language.
  • Similar age, preferably the female 1-5 years younger than the male.
  • Similar educational level, or the male having higher education than the female.
  • Similar political/religious views (left/right wing, Muslim/Christian/Buddhist/etc).

The above are true for the vast majority of heterosexual relationships. Another major factor in partner choice is also the availability of the person, as in, that s/he is not in another relationship already. The fact that someone is active on sites like OKCupid fulfils that requirement. Coincidence plays a great role as well: whether you meet a person now (when he's single and looking) or in half year (when he's just got a girlfriend). Whether you meet the person at all. He may be a perfect match for you on all fronts, yet unobtainable due to living 1,000 km away.

about a month ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

wvmarle Re:Not everything that shines is gold... (158 comments)

At least in this case they made significant savings - or at least, so they claim. The question is now of course, how was this calculated, and will it pass muster if an independent accountant checks the figures.

It's harder to give economic returns of a F1 race track; even harder to make an overall profit on one.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

wvmarle Re:Role reversal (398 comments)

Those customers will just get disconnected.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

wvmarle Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

They forgot one thing, though; their residential customers. They are the ones who need the additional capacity, and without it their service will continue to degrade.

You're giving Verizon too much credit: the way you write this, you imply they care about their customers and the service they offer.

about a month ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

wvmarle Re:Cubic Inches? (260 comments)

You can easily convert to more useful measures using Google.

Of course it'd have been nice had they use their own tools to advance science. Or maybe that should be: to have the US catch up with the rest of the world.

about a month ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

wvmarle Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

Google requires AC output, so even if you're adding batteries in the mix, you still need to build the inverter, with even less space for your inverter part as added bonus.

Also Google provides a DC input, and a conversion efficiency. So they'll measure what goes in and what comes out. Having batteries in the box providing the power will show itself quickly there and then.

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: backup solution for small business

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "For my small business I am looking for a reliable backup method, allowing me to relatively easily recover my data from a crash. This includes email (Cyrus IMAP), LDAP, /etc, user home directories, and other user generated data. This is all stored on a single server; users mount /home over NFS. No important data on the work stations.
There are two issues I am struggling with: first of all the backup method. Currently I'm making a simple tarball (daily updates, weekly updates, monthly full backups); while reasonably effective it's not easy to recover data and ldap/mysql databases don't like to be recovered that way. I've been looking at software but there are so many solutions that I do not know where to start. Something reasonably easy to manage, and reasonably easy to restore, with a scheme similar to the above.
Secondly the storage medium. Currently my backups are on a separate hard disk inside the server. Again not the best solution. I have been looking to use e.g. flash drivers for external storage, but my .tgz monthly dumps are about 30 GB and the largest USB drive that I found is barely bigger, doesn't make me feel happy. Also too much for DVD-Rs. And it's not enough to think about tape. Removable hard disks I wouldn't like to just toss in my bag to take them home for off-site storage, just hoping they survive those trips. I'm not really looking for permanent backup, 3-6 months while rotating the media will do."
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Chinese surfers see red over Microsoft black-outs

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "Microsoft has decided to take action against Windows systems in China that fail the "Windows Genuine Advantage" check. Since the latest automatic updates, many users find their desktop background to be changed to black. This has left many users fuming and looking for alternatives. Also Microsoft Office is targeted, and Chinese software producers supplying competing products see their downloads soar by as much as 50% already. One of the main complaints is that Microsoft is hacking end user's computers, and users are afraid that if today Microsoft changes their background, what will they do tomorrow? More news reports available here and here."

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