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General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

zzyzyx Re:I never felt right after tonsillectomy (90 comments)

This particular sentence is badly formulated, but the study concerned 6 to 11 year old children who had general anesthesia when they were less than 1 year old.

about 6 months ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

zzyzyx Great idea but limited (175 comments)

I think it's a great idea to make error reporting easier. I recently experienced an oops but didn't report it because there was no immediate way to do it. However relying on a framebuffer being present is a mistake, in my case it was on an embedded headless system, and framebuffers generally are available only on desktops which are far from being the majority of Linux usage.

about 8 months ago
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Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

zzyzyx Re:Solution: (157 comments)

It seems so but it is a large pool of highly radioactive water. I wasn't sure so I did the math:

Seawater contains about 12Bq/L of radioactivity naturally and this spill contains 230MBq/L, that's a factor of nearly 20 million. Bringing this back to the total volume of the oceans (around 1.3x10^21L), this spill has a radioactivity equivalent to around 1/650 millionth of the ocean's contents.

At first glance one in 650 million might not seem like a lot, but several other spills have already happened, and a very large amount of water is not even contained at all and directly spilled in the ocean or underground. It won't remain unnoticed if we keep this up for too long.

about 10 months ago
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Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

zzyzyx Re:TPB legit? (97 comments)

No, according to the decision hyperlinking is allowed as long as it does not communicate the work to a new public. Linking to protected work in a way that would make it available to a new public (torrent files make stuff available to people that is not otherwise available to them) would not be concerned by this decision.

about 10 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

zzyzyx Too much white space (237 comments)

Don't waste so much space everywhere. There are less articles per page, less comments, suddenly the line spacing is doubled, there is a blank column on the right of the comment page ... This makes browsing the site less comfortable. It also loses identity and looks like any generic flat UI news website.

about 10 months ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

zzyzyx Re:God needed? (337 comments)

1) There is not necessarily a beginning to all things. Weird things happen when we come close to the big bang, and time might exist only within our own "bubble".

2) Event the causality principle is not something that is 100% certain

3) Prolongating the reasoning, what caused the first-cause? What makes it exempt from the need for a cause ? Why does everything else need a cause ?

4) Assuming that first-cause exists, absolutely nothing says it would be the same thing as what religions call "god".

about a year ago
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Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

zzyzyx Re:you have the source (566 comments)

What if the numbers returned by RdRand are actively engineered to subvert the output of the RNG ? For example if it returns the value with which it is going to be XORed, like someone suggested? It is not impossible since the CPU basically has access to everything.

I'm no cryptanalyst but it seems that the assumption that mixing sources can only improve the entropy is valid only if there can be no correlation between these sources. If one source has access to the internal state of the RNG, it's not the case any more.

about a year ago
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How Joel Spolsky Shot Down a Microsoft Patent In 15 Minutes

zzyzyx Non-obviousness criterion (175 comments)

Ask patents is a step in the right direction, but the USPTO still assumes that prior art is the only thing that cna make something non patentable. The non-obviousness criterion is never taken into account.

about a year ago
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Group Chat Vulnerability Discovered in Cryptocat, Project Fixes and Apologizes

zzyzyx A valuable lesson (83 comments)

The last sentence of this article says it all :

Also I learned that it means nothing when I hear "it is open source and peer reviewed".

about a year and a half ago
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Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

zzyzyx Re:What wrong with you, (US) folks ? (536 comments)

Do you think the reaction would be any different in another part of the World, say Europe? Actually it takes place in the UK too, as revealed by the Guardian. And the silence of many European governments on the subject, with the notable exception of Germany, suggests that those countries are doing that too, but the public reaction is minimal. Citizens of the Western World keep electing people who lie to them, defraud them, exploit them for the benefit of an elite. Like you I do not understand why, but it is not a US-only phenomenon.

about a year and a half ago
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Kepler-62 Has 2 Good Candidate Planets In the Search for Life

zzyzyx Re:H2O Obsession.. (79 comments)

Life based on liquid water is the only one that we know of. Maybe other forms of life are possible, but we don't know what they are, so we can't search for them.

about a year and a half ago
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Kepler-62 Has 2 Good Candidate Planets In the Search for Life

zzyzyx Re:power level of a detectable signal at 1200 ly ? (79 comments)

Interesting question. I'll try: we're just barely able to detect the signal from Voyager 1, which is currently about 18.4 billion km, or 0.0019 light-year away. I couldn't find the exact emission power from the antenna, but the Wikipedia page mentions that the electric generator has around 250W of power. Let's say 200W of that go in the antenna. Translating this to 1200 ly, using the 1/r^2 rule, gives about 76 TW.

That's a lot, about 5 times the total average energy consumption of the World, but not out of the realm of possibilities. So if there was an advanced civilization with a lot of energy and a very big, very directive antenna that desperately wanted to talk to us, we might just be able to pick it up.

about a year and a half ago
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Internet's Energy Needs Growing Faster Than Efficiency Gains

zzyzyx The energy consumption weights ... (158 comments)

... assuming datacenters use 380V, just about
230TWh / 380V / (electron charge) * (electron mass) = 12.4 tons worth of electrons :-) (try typing the formula directly in Google!)

about a year and a half ago
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Twitter Sued For $50M For Refusing To Identify Anti-Semitic Users

zzyzyx Re:French judges are a farce (335 comments)

Maybe you aren't aware, but this "farce" is already happening. The USA is extraditing people from the all over the world (UK, New Zealand, Sweden), for actions that are crimes *in the US*, but not in those other countries.

Also you're suggesting that French judges should be punished for something that would be sanctionable in the US? Are you a troll?

about a year and a half ago
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Google Store Sends User Information To App Developers

zzyzyx It's a market (269 comments)

They changed their name recently, but it still operates as a market: it serves as a place for sellers and buyers to meet and make a transaction and it takes a fee for the service. You can't compare it with a grocery shop selling a box of cereal, the grocery shop has to buy in advance to have stock therefore there are two transactions, manufacturer shop and shop consumer. The manufacturer does not know who the consumer is, but he knows very well who the shop is, and the shop knows who comes to make purchases. in the case of the Play Store purchases are made directly from buyer to app developer.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents the Milkman

zzyzyx Re:Way to go, patenting the fucking obvious (365 comments)

Why is USPTO asleep at the switch?

A rejected patents entails a relatively small application fee, needs a motivated rejection memoir from the examiner, which can be appealed and ensures a long processing time of the patent application.

On the other hand, an accepted patent means recurring renewal fees for the USPTO, and a painless job for the examiner which is paid in part depending on how many applications he can process per month.

Does that answer your question?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

zzyzyx Re:English Melonfarmer, do you speak it?! (330 comments)

Vincent: Well, a NullPointerException's a NullPointerException, but they call it un NullPointerException.

Actually, exception is feminine, so we say "une NullPointerException" ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Apple Angers Mac Users With Silent Shutdown of Java 7

zzyzyx Re:Good (451 comments)

That annoyance has been there for a very long time, before Sun's acquisition. Oracle said they would remove it eventually. They're not being greedier than Sun in this matter.

about 2 years ago
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PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy

zzyzyx Re:invisible hand (175 comments)

Many have tried but there is an extremely high barrier to entry. Nobody is interested in an account with a service that no seller takes, and sellers see no point in setting up a service that has no users. There is also the added complexity, and reluctance to give your credit card details to multiple companies.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?

zzyzyx Re:Yes (776 comments)

they wanted to see how I handled myself in a stressful situation.

I don't really get this. Is it this supposed to be illustrative the most environment? A place where you are constantly under stress seems indicative of bad practices to me, and not a place where I would like to work.

about 2 years ago

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