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Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 1) 516

by Askmum (#48472759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

And what if the place you live in has a lot of trees?

I live in a country where there are virtally no aerial powerlines 10 kV (I would hazard a quess that there are less then 10 km of aerial lines in the whole country). Power outages are very rare. If it happens to you once a year than it is a lot.

Comment: Re:I use yahoo mail (Score 1) 400

So having all choices be "wrong" justifies calling people out for trying at all?

Yes, I do not believe that all choices are wrong. I think my provider does not do all of that. And specifically going to Yahoo because you dislike Google's privacy policy is plain wrong because Yahoo violates your privacy exactly as Google does. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Comment: Re:stupid germans (Score 1) 419

by Askmum (#48400521) Attached to: Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph
The ICE does not average 300 km/h at all. It has a maximum speed of 300 km/h which makes clear that it can never get that as an average speed between stops. And I don't really see why it has overtaken the TGV. TGV does 320 km/h (LGV-Est), has more dedicated lines and gets higher average speeds because of that.
As a comparison: Cologne - Frankfurt Airport is about the same distance as Lorraine TGV - Champagne-Ardenne TGV. But the first takes 49 minutes, the latter 36. That's 205 km/h or 278 km/h average (and I believe both are the fastest operating services of both networks).
I think even Milano - Bologna has a higher average speed than the ICE.

Comment: Wishful thinking (Score 1) 246

by Askmum (#48366455) Attached to: The Strangeness of the Mars One Project
How recent before man walked on the moon did people say that man would never walk on the moon? The fact that not all (or most of the) questions have not been answered does not mean it is impossible. Especially an astronaut should see that. It is clear that if Chris Hadfield were born 50 years earlier, he would not have been part of NASA because he couldn't begin to comprehend why it would have been possible. So yes: wishful thinking: if you think you can't, you probably won't. If you think you can, you'll build to make it happen. That's how you move forward, not by saying you can't.

Comment: Isn't this Modern UI thing a throwback to DOS? (Score 1) 681

by Askmum (#47366931) Attached to: Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop
"The new desktop will allow Modern UI apps to run in windowed mode". Like... Windows 1.0, 2.0 3.0 will allow MS-DOS programs to run in windowed mode? Look, I get (a bit) that windows apps on a touchscreen device are hard to implement. Even though they break a proper GUI (I use android and I hate the fact that there are no windowed apps, especialy since tablets are getting the resolution to support it) I can accept that it is just difficult. But what in the hell are you thinking of implementing a non-windowed environment on a desktop. That's just... going backwards in time 20 years.

Comment: Re:Real-world conditions (Score 1) 238

by Askmum (#47097423) Attached to: Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine
Not true. The NEDC has one cycle going up to 120 km/h, but even driving with a maximum of 90 km/h does not make one reach the official MPG figures. The problem is more that the NEDC is an artificial measurement created in an era that cars were lighter and less powerful. It is not an accurate representation of how people drive.

Comment: Re:Paltry (Score 1) 193

by Askmum (#47097403) Attached to: Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election
Not only can a paper voting system be hacked, incorrect or even malicious handling of paper ballots can have an effect on voting. Weblog organized a popular count of the vote for the EU elections on Thursday in the Netherlands. The government was not allowed by EU rules to release the total result before end of voting on sunday, but the Netherlands voted on Thursday. Because of Dutch law, an individual is allowed to observe the vote and can request a reading of the results.
Observed anomalies: voters having voted for a party and the party having 0 votes in the results. Or a counter leaving the room with ballots and returning again (with the ballots). No possibility to check what happened with those ballots during her absence.
From previous counts I have reports of tallies being added "to the wrong column" which resulted in votes for candidate #1 going to #2, votes for #2 going to #3, etc.

It bugs me that there are apparently one-count-only errors. If you count again, you would have caught those errors.

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 3, Interesting) 304

by Askmum (#47054189) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down
There is a difference between spying on your citizens and ordering businesses to help you spy on citizens and in the process sue them, deprive them of justice and generally treat them like they are Bin Laden incarnated.
I'm sure there are not a whole lot of countries that would go that far. Maybe countries like North Korea, Cuba and yes, the USA.

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