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Comment: Re:Bigger != Better (Score 1) 660

by A Life in Hell (#40717701) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

What I miss is phones that had actual batteries instead of the whole iSliver crap we have now. i don't know about the rest of you but I'd happily take a phone that's a little fatter that gives me 30% more time. I'd just rather not have the "thin is in" if its gonna make me carry around a damned charger all the time that takes up more space than if they'd just put a decent size battery on the damned phone!

At least we still have plenty of choice in that matter in the laptop/netbook arena but I wonder how long that will be the case, I just don't see what is the point of putting these ever more powerful CPU/GPU combos into phones if you are gonna cripple them with teeny tiny iSliver batteries just to rip off the iPhone look.

You can actually buy this for a lot of the HTC and Samsung android phones - there are battery kits which replace the back cover which something larger, in order to hold a larger battery. I have one of these for when I go away... I get a week on my mytouch 4g slide using it, vs a day with the stock battery.

Comment: Re:Holy bug exploitation (Score 1) 101

by A Life in Hell (#35189566) Attached to: NESBot: Tool Assisted Speedrun On Real Hardware

Yes, but the c64 can't actually use that, for the most part, if you're also using a sprite multiplexer, which eliminates its use from almost every game since there is only eight hardware sprites and no hardware multiplexer like on the nes and friends, since the engineers assumed you could just do that in software (it's documented as such in the PRG, for example).

So most c64 games also suffer hitboxes.

Comment: Re:Article makes wrong assumption about software. (Score 1) 773

by A Life in Hell (#32610304) Attached to: Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

This is not true. I actually worked for a couple of years in an Australian government department with a coleague who had a mononym name (i.e. only one name). Passport and everything. Caused no end of problems with some of the databases, though I believe she enjoyed that aspect...

Comment: Re:Shhh ... (Score 2, Informative) 327

by A Life in Hell (#29239265) Attached to: Crime Expert Backs Call For "License To Compute"

I'm an inhuman monster who things we should sterilize everyone at 12. If they want kids some time later, have them pass a simple parenting test, and the process is reversed.

Deal! You rush off and solve that little "And the process is reversed" impossibility, and then we will open discussions on the rest of your plan.

reversing both vasectomys and tubal ligations are solved problems

Comment: Re:Two key differences (Score 1) 408

by A Life in Hell (#27633319) Attached to: What the Pirate Bay Verdict Could Mean For Google

Trackers and .torrent files indeed do facilitate file sharing, illegal or otherwise, but do not in themselves contain copyrighted material. Trackers provide the means for sharing of material, but so does Google's filetype:torrent search. Google, on the other hand, contains loads of copyrighted material in the form of cached content, yet few have a problem with this.

To some this might seem like nitpicking, but the distinction really isn't clear-cut here. We can't say that TPB is illegal and Google is not, and just use a plea to so-called common sense. Easy arguments such as "but TPB link to more illegal files" or "they have a Pirate in their name for chrissakes" just don't cut it here.

You are suffering the standard slashdot disease of "the law is a like computer and i can interpret it as computer code" syndrome. In reality, the law cares very deeply about intent - as you would expect for a system designed to deal with humans, and not code, and hence far cares less about technicality than would be nessesary for your argument to hold water.

This is why there are the crimes murder1, murder2, murder3, manslaughter, and negligent homicide, as well as the non-crime of self defence. They are all the same activity (killing a human), but the intent and motivations are what matters

Google shows a very clear intent, to indiscriminately index the web. They have been completely consistent in this regard. The pirate bay crew, on the other hand, have repeatedly said _publically_ that they exist to facilitate piracy, as a form of civil disobedience. As maddox says, civil disobedience is still disobedience, and the law treats it as such.

I do believe the law should be changed. But to say that the TPB crew did not break it as currently written is folly at best. And, to be honest, I think they knew that - it wouldn't be civil disobedience if they did not.

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New Paper Offers Additional Reasoning for Fermi's Paradox 774

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the better-odds-if-we-would-just-start-colonizing dept.
KentuckyFC writes "If the universe is teeming with advanced civilizations capable of communicating over interstellar distances, then surely we ought to have seen them by now. That's the gist of a paradoxical line of reasoning put forward by the physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950. The so-called Fermi Paradox has haunted SETI researchers ever since. Not least because if the number of intelligent civilizations capable of communication in our galaxy is greater than 1, then we should eventually hear from them. Now one astrophysicist says this thinking fails to take into account the limit to how far a signal from ET can travel before it becomes too faint to hear. Factor that in and everything changes. Assuming the average communicating civilization has a lifetime of 1,000 years, ten times longer than Earth has been broadcasting, and has a signal horizon of 1,000 light-years, you need a minimum of over 300 communicating civilizations in the Milky Way to ensure that you'll see one of them. Any less than that and the chances are that they'll live out their days entirely ignorant of each other's existence. Paradox solved, right?"

Work continues in this area. -- DEC's SPR-Answering-Automaton

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