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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

zoefff Re:why no 9? (204 comments)

:-)

Too bad of the typo though: Nein!

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

zoefff Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
  Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

To bad the middle ages lasted a few centuries

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

zoefff Re:Mandatory features: (427 comments)

ok, but what would you use it for... as a wrist thingy, I mean. What you describe, is just hardware specs, not much short of describing a general mobile device.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

zoefff Re:In Sovjet Russia... (142 comments)

the System comments you! ... sorry... had to....

about 3 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

zoefff Re:HFT = a cost to society (342 comments)

To be the devils advocate:
The beneficiars are the manufacturers of said equipment and warehouses, which pay their employees and their suppliers for the work done, who in turn will pay their employees as well. And by the way these employees will buy houses, cars and food from other companies, which .... Need to go on? And every part will pay some tax as well.

The investments are probably paying themselves off. One can debate if the service delivered is a usefull one, but in the end it translates to 'real' economic value in terms of production of other goods. Because economy is about pumping money around. The faster, the better. And if the investment pays off really good, then there is money for investing in improved banking services as well. A win-win situation here.... Ok, I'm a bit sarcastic here.

So, my conclusion, yes, there is a cost, but yes, there is also a benefit to society in terms of economic activity (real). And I think it is better to focus on the unfairness part of it, which is on the part of the big, fast, but not so fast traders. But it is a rat race and I'm confident it will be sorted out. The end result is no one will make money this way and that again there will be a fee asked for trading. Problem solved.

about 6 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

zoefff Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Fly cheap airlines, they don't do seat reservation

about 6 months ago
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Happy Pi Day

zoefff Re: 3/14/15 (218 comments)

Even better to wait another year, if you round the number correctly ;-)

about 7 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

zoefff Re:Limited money supply is a problem? (691 comments)

Money: that store of value needs to be stable in terms of real world items. That is what the central banks take care off (indeed at will, look at QE, look at the promised bond bailout in Europe to ease the minds in the financial world). Inflation and deflation should not be high.

Limited or not is not the issue. It is a bigger problem that you don't know what you can buy today or tomorrow with a fixed amount of bit coins.
But because it is limited, you can buy more and more ->deflation.
And the various crack downs lately -> inflation.

So bitcoin, as has been mentioned before, is not suitable as money, but is more like a commodity

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

zoefff Re:Timewarp (573 comments)

Yes, but one or two things have changed in the mean time...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

zoefff Live distribution (573 comments)

Since you're good at breaking stuff :-), try out one of the live distributions: put it on a flash disk, boot it and play around. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_live_CDs.

And enlightenment is best to be obtained via bodhi linux.

about a year and a half ago
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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

zoefff Re:None of the above (359 comments)

postulate: most people:
-lookup to the people north of them
-think that the people south of them are a bunch of idiots (weather not withstanding)
-feel that people west of them are a herd of unregulated cowboys
-see the people east of them as corrupt as humanity can get.

Now how's that for a poll?

about 3 years ago
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Kids Who Skip School Get Tracked By GPS

zoefff Re:8PM? (515 comments)

Don't need to call. We can have an app for that....

more than 3 years ago
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The First Truly Honest Privacy Policy

zoefff Re:Finally a good find here... (119 comments)

That means that nobody really bothers about privacy policies enough to tweet about, even this one...

more than 3 years ago
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A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

zoefff Re:Isn't this sort of obvious. (276 comments)

That is under the assumption that the first shot is aimed right....

about 5 years ago
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Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook

zoefff Re:Australia's 911 number (380 comments)

yeah, next time it better be like '000 (Australia's 911 or 112 number)' so europeans can understand this as well....(and americans learn even more [ducks] ) ;-)

about 5 years ago
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Intel Receives Record Fine By the EU

zoefff Re:From the horse's mouth (469 comments)

It depends on which side is determining the decision to become an exclusive supplier. The vendor looks to its competitors as well and knows it cannot compete, if intel is not an exclusive supplier, since it raises the price.

more than 5 years ago
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Time To Cut the Ethernet Cable?

zoefff Re:I can think of a few (496 comments)

You do have the cooler job, but I can't say I envy you.

more than 5 years ago
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US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles

zoefff Re:Do a taste test?!? (922 comments)

it solves at least the gordon ramsay problem.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Poll: How 3d do you want your tv?

zoefff zoefff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

zoefff (61970) writes "-polarized glasses ready
-blue and red glasses ready
-no glasses ready
-about 3 cm
-about 10 cm
-tubes all the way: 1 m
-I'm already satisfied"
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ACDC videoclip in excel

zoefff zoefff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zoefff (61970) writes "It's ascii art revisited: Excel has been transformed to a videoplayer for the latest clip for acdc. Since you can actually download the xls file, it's nice to play around. You'd have to accept sony's macro, though,to see the video, but would you trust them? Anyway, it appears to be a merged cell displaying ascii art like the Beck clip"
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Evolution without gene changes: Evo-devo

zoefff zoefff writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zoefff (61970) writes "NY times has a fascinating article about 'evo-devo': evolution not through the alteration of genes, but through the alteration of the processing of genes during growth. All with master genes commanding a hierarchy of other genes, revisiting Darwin's finches and providing an explanation for mimicry.
From the article: '
New forms can arise via new uses of existing genes, in particular the control genes or what are sometimes called toolkit genes that oversee development. It is a discovery that can explain much that has previously been mysterious, like the observation that without much obvious change to the genome over all, one can get fairly radical changes in form.'"

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