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NASA Says Moon Has More Water Than Great Lakes

yogibaer There's also Gold in the Sea (255 comments)

Even lots of metric tons. But still you would be filtering water all your life to get some reasonable amount. Isn't that what we are looking at here?

more than 4 years ago
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Giant Guatemalan 'Sinkhole' Is Worse Than We Thought

yogibaer Any Stranger on a surfboard in the area? (357 comments)

Looks like the holes the silver surfer drilled in the last Fantastic Four Movie....

more than 4 years ago
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Broadband Rights & the Killer App of 1900

yogibaer Thank god broadband at least won't fry an elefant (565 comments)

Like Edison did in 1903 to prove that alternating current was a bad idea (http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/01/dayintech_0104) So we more enlightened folks can stick to posters and foul language...

more than 4 years ago
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Mars Express Captures Phobos and Deimos

yogibaer Pitch black. (84 comments)

What is really creepy about these movies and pictures is, that somehow you always expect stars in the background (like on a ship at night). Instead you get two rocks hanging in a black void. Just one vast emptiness. Scary.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

yogibaer The next big new shiny thing... again. (434 comments)

This seems to be the next "big new shiny thing" in crime prevention. In Germany a trade union of law enforcement officers and a foundation called "German forum for crime prevention" pushes for a system called "web-patrol" since the beginning of 2009. You can find a blog (http://webpatrol.wordpress.com/) and a presentation here (http://webpatrol.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/2009-06-09-vortrag-web-patrol-auf-14-dt-praventionstag-hannover.pdf). Nice (fake) screenshots with the panic button integrated in a browser menu bar. Sorry, but german only. Does anybody know about similar initiatives in other parts of the world?

more than 4 years ago
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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s

yogibaer Re:Why buy the whole PS3 (144 comments)

That's an interesting point. You do not need the blue ray drive either and a lot of other components as well (harddisk, antennas etc. see here: http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/211942/how-to-take-apart-the-ps3-slim-in-6-steps-page-2/) It would be a lot of work but for a system this massive it could even make sense to build a custom frame for the mainboards only (power consumption? Cooling? Space?) and use some kind of flash drive for the OS. Buying just the mainboards could make sense, I guess.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

yogibaer Re:Misquoted (512 comments)

You are right, sorry. Another reminder for me to always check the quotes I use. Mod parent up, please.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

yogibaer Re:Google simply does not care. (512 comments)

A few precedents come to mind: - Google scans and publishes online millions of books without consulting publishers or authors or estates of those. it is just done. Moral pretense: Preserve knowledge, make unpublished books readliy available. The deal offered after the international outcry is a kick in the teeth for most publishers. I might be wrong here, but no teamplay with any of the manifold digital library projects (not even LoC). Sponsorship of a few libraries in exchange for access to their repositories. There has been a lot of discussion here on Slashdot as well about the quality of the "library". That is not my opinion alone, cf. for example the writings of Jean-Noel Jeanneney. - Google Streetview - remember all those people who tried to get their faces and properties erased? - Google ignores most data protection regulations that I know of (and all data protection agencies and lawyers in my neck of the woods agree) and uses every bit of data they can lay their hands on to profile and market user beahvior for advertising dollars. (and it amazes me how everybody happily tags along, but then again I do not have even a single customer loyalty card) A "Google Dashboard" has been introduced only a couple of days ago to create some transparency. From my own experience "Googleplex" looks all furry and friendly, until you start to talk (or try to negotiate) with the natives, I had an instant flashback to my happy university days and an exceptionally fruitless discussion with a group of fellow students who were members of a maoist group. That may be just my european view of the world, and I am aware that most business is a cutthroat affair. My problem is, that when you have a look at Ellison/Ballmer/Chambers/etc. they never pretend that it would be unwise to play on their turf, if you have not engaged full battle mode before doing so. If they are interested in what you do, you either will be bought or crushed if possible. Google's figureheads on the other hand cultivate that slightly nerdy (all those kindergarden-like happy places I remember) and positive image that successfully camouflages the titanium alloy endoskeleton underneath all that fluffiness. Again that might not be enough proof, but then I would have to write an article (hmmm, come to think about it...). Again: Naming the language Go is another expression of Google's general attitude. My (humble) opinion.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

yogibaer Re:Google simply does not care. (512 comments)

No. I just said that the statement "do no evil" loses its meaning, if you presume, that everything you do is good per se, for all mankind, and thereby you presume again that you cannot do evil and simply do not have to care or check anymore if you are violating somebody's rights, privacy or whatever. You are always right, what's good for you must be good for everybody else. So naming a language "Go" when even a superficial search with your own engine shows you that somebody had this idea before may not be evil (that is a very strong word) but simply an expression of this attitude. Google, IMHO, has developed quite a few borderline sociopathic tendencies which are in sharp contrast with the innocent, play- and colorful "do no evil" image they promote.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

yogibaer Google simply does not care. (512 comments)

Google does whatever it damn pleases. The "do no evil" slogan has lost its meaning because Google is convinced that it simply cannot do evil and everything it does is for the good of mankind and everybody else is a heretic anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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Find DARPA's Balloons, Win $40K

yogibaer Re:Floating? (252 comments)

Obvious: Find and hide a number of crashed alien spacecraft. Remember Roswell! It's always just a "weather balloon"....

more than 4 years ago
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Singer In Grocery Store Ordered To Pay Royalties

yogibaer What really gives me the creeps. (645 comments)

How in the known universe did they find out that somebody is singing in a shop in Scotland? Big Brother is watching you...

more than 4 years ago
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Why the FBI Director Doesn't Bank Online

yogibaer Re:After reciving an e-mail that appeared... (360 comments)

According to an Article on CNet (http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10370164-245.html?tag=nl.e703, includes video) his wife banned him, giving the expression "better half" a whole new meaning....

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer: Don't Expect Simpler Licensing Soon

yogibaer Dastardly Customers! (260 comments)

So it's official. Everyone's a pirate, always on to lookout to pay less for more... So, in conclusion the real copyright problem (and licensing is a part of copyright) is the customer! Solution: Get rid of customers! Save Copyright! License as complicatedly as you like, never again worry about fine print or versions galore, be all you can be...

more than 4 years ago
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Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

yogibaer Re:Deja Vu (625 comments)

There is also a Website about the procedure called "Gesetzlicher Jugnedmedienschutz" (Which very oughly translates in to "legal protection of minors from Media". The "Bundespruefstelle" (again very roughly translated: Federal Monitoring Authority) publishes the various lists with media which are deemed as containing youth endangering and/or criminal content. http://www.bundespruefstelle.de/bmfsfj/generator/bpjm/jugendmedienschutz.html (german only)

more than 4 years ago
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Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

yogibaer Re:Deja Vu (625 comments)

Yep, both previous versions went on the "Index" -which basically allows personal posession, but not distribution in Germany. A court ordered all copies of Wolfenstein 3D in Germany to be confiscated in 1994 (german wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfenstein_3D). Confiscation hit the PC and the later ATARI Jaguar Version as well. (Which, of course, made it one of the hottest game of the season) The Prequel "Spear of Destiny" got a "R" equivalent rating, but was not forbidden. Castle Wolfenstein (1981) was one of the first computer games on the "Index" and distribution was also forbidden in Germany. (German Wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Wolfenstein. Again: personal posession, was not, hottest game of the season and a star of the early disk swapping networks around the Apple II. Aah, those good old Crackin' Days )

more than 4 years ago
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SGI Rolls Out "Personal Supercomputers"

yogibaer Re:PS3s (303 comments)

Or an IBM Bladecenter , where you have a choice between Intel, P6 and Cell (PS3's processor) Processor Blades (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/servers/index.html) Not a lot cheaper than the SGI solution but more value for money in my opinion.

more than 4 years ago
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French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads

yogibaer Anorexia as a role model is the problem... (512 comments)

not Photoshop. As long as fashion models have to be under normal weight to be accepted for the top fashion shows and magazines, young girls will follow this role model and that is the real problem, not photoshopping bad skin. If you type "anorexic models" into any search engine you find a lot of gruesome stories about girls who literally starved themselves to death on the job. Alternatively: force yourself to watch "Fashion TV" for an hour. That's not a new problem ("Twiggy" turned 60 last week, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twiggy) and not one likely to be changed by any law.

more than 3 years ago
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Risk Aversion At Odds With Manned Space Exploration

yogibaer Re:Somehow the world is upside down... (371 comments)

As long as you accept this as "reality", it will be. Who says so? Where is the natural law that forces us to fight in some godforsaken desert, jungle or whatever when there is no enemy that can be defeated in open battle (or commando raids, or smart bombing some third world country) and when any reasonable objective has been the first casualty in the field. So maybe it sounds naive and "not-of-this-world" but if we do not start walking down this road, it will never happen. Free will and the ability to use it intelligently is maybe the only think that makes us special on this rock. "That's the way it always has been" is not an argument, it is the acceptance of defeat, it is the denial of the ability to change and lastly: free will itself. I would never deny that byproducts of military research are sometimes (many times) useful, beneficial, even groundbreaking. But just imagine for a moment that the same effort had been used on the byproduct and not on the actual product. BTW: I have a masters degree in history and not a bad one either, so I am well aware that our past record is a sad one. But nobody is past redemption :-).

more than 4 years ago

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Buy a 27" LED Cinema Display, get a free Mac

yogibaer yogibaer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yogibaer (757010) writes "Jeff Mancuso makes an interesting point about the new iMac in his blog (http://blog.expandrive.com/2009/10/20/apples-releases-new-27-led-cinema-display-comes-with-a-free-mac/): The new 27" iMac is actually 100$ cheaper than the slightly dated 30" Cinema Display, with comparable resolution and a bidirectional mini-DVI port, so it can be used simply as a monitor. In Euros (german Apple store), the difference is even greater: 1499 for the "smallest" 27" iMac vs. 1799 euros for the 30" display. Not really a bargain, but the question remains: Intentional or just strange? In other words: Why design an 27" iMac that can be used as a monitor in the first place and not release a new line of LED displays as well?"
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Reviving old school recording

yogibaer yogibaer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yogibaer writes "Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v461/n7262/full/461351a.html, subscription necessary) in its current issue has an interesting Q&A with engineer Duncan Miller from Sheffield, who is on a one man mission to revive the art of recording music on wax cylinders. He re-publishes old recordings but also produces new recordings with recording horns (you can find a picture of those and some historical background here: http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/node/37). In true geek style he reverse-engineered Edison's manufacturing process, using even court records, and modifying it to use modern materials and technologies to improve durability. (Website of his company: http://www.phonographcylinders.com/)"
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The sixthe MP3 Experiment

yogibaer yogibaer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yogibaer (757010) writes "Another pearl "From the desk of David Pogue": An interesting in the truest sense of the word report about the sixth MP3 Experiment conducted by "Improv Everywhere" ([spam URL stripped]) in New York last Saturday ([spam URL stripped]). Sounded kind of fun and certainly a cool idea, but although the first impression was very positive on second thought I did not feel all that comfortable about going into a large crowd on remote control without knowing what to expect. For one they seem to have understimated the number of people (1400 Inflatable weapons for 3000+ people? but that's only a guess) and then inciting a crowd of that size (no matter how good the mood at the moment) to hit each other and in the end "bludgeon to death" somebody in a funny furry costume? "It was hilarious" are not the words that come to my mind, but that's only me maybe. Did anyone of the readers here participate? What did you think? How did you feel?"
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"The Sarah Connor Chronicles" - Terminated

yogibaer yogibaer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yogibaer (757010) writes "BBC reports that Terminator "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" has been axed by Fox — The latest in a long list of Victims of the network. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/-/1/hi/entertainment/8056959.stm). That leaves the question : What has Fox againts its own SciFi shows? (As /. asked a little while ago: http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/11/1245229)"
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2nd German IPv6 Summit May 14th-15th

yogibaer yogibaer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yogibaer (757010) writes "A regional note concerning IPv6 adoption: Today and tomorrow the 2nd German IPv6 Summit takes place in Potsdam. Adoption plans are really gaining momentum here and even the federal government is a staunch supporter (election year, yay!). Nice touch: the Webiste tells you if you are using IPv4 or IPv6 for browsing. From the Conference Website: "Hosted by the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, the German IPv6 Summit provides two days of International, European, and German experts to address IPv6 technology at work. The first day includes talks about IPv6 strategy and deployment status worldwide, with a focus on USA, Europe, Asian (sic!) and Germany." (More info: http://www.ipv6council.de/events/2nd_german_ipv6_summit.html) What happens in your neck of the woods conerning IPv6?"
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3rd party iPod Shuffle Headphones on the way

yogibaer yogibaer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yogibaer (757010) writes "As an update to http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/14/0225200 "The Register" reports that 3rd party headphones for the iPod Shuffle are under development by Scosche (http://www.scosche.com/). Among those one which adds a microphone, turning the headphones into a headset for voice memos. URL: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/03/13/scosche/. I guess that won't be the last supplier. The Register even has a picture of something that looks like an adapter for standard headpones."

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