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Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 148

as a non-american, your country probably has\makes the same deal with major industries, you probably just dont know about it

Yes, but it is bending the general rules that apply to everybody in a direction that is helpful to specific major industries. Making rules that only apply to a named individuals or entities is specifically outlawed by most constitutions. Sure there is still lobbying and the effects of it, but not this overt, out in the open, blantent corruption.


Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon 147

Posted by timothy
from the going-up? dept.
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Comment: Re: Not a chance (Score 1) 253

by Carewolf (#47832505) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

The advantage of SCTP is that it is not a retarded implementation of go back N. Which means it can operate efficiently at high speeds on unreliable networks. Also the channels could be easily and automatically used with HTTP to replace the inefficient pipelining. With TCP something like SPDY had to reimplement channels on a higher level.

Comment: Re:Can anybody tell me, please (Score 1) 161

by Carewolf (#47811409) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Desktop screens have had two sizes in the past 10 years to my knowledge: 4:3 and 16:9 (or close to it), so they have not been getting wider and wider.

I you start at 4:3 moving over whatever the hell 1280x1024 was, then back to 4:3 a too short flirt with 3:2 then settling on 16:10 before dumping it for 16:9, and now trying to argue 32:9 is what everybody (should) want. Sounds like the desktop screens are getting wider and wider to me.

Comment: Re:It's the 1990s all over again. (Score 1) 161

by Carewolf (#47811317) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

<img lowsrc='...' src='...' ...>

That was never standardized, and its implementation was removed for reasons described in bug 92453.

Or, you could could go with the 2000s route, and use CSS's media queries so that you don't try to push large images down to small-screen devices.

Do media queries allow changing the effective src of an img element, or do they work only with background images?

You could combine it with the CSS 'content' property if supported, or just pretend the background is the foreground, which it tends to be unless you put something in front of it.

Seriously. This would be better solved by going back to trying to standardize CSS 'content' that way IMG could be implemented using CSS.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 1) 254

by Carewolf (#47801341) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

The maps doesn't really disagree, they are just painted differently. If you double check with google maps on the side, the areas where the BBC map and Russian propaganda map disagrees are uninhabited areas of corn field that probably neither side bothers to defend. Pick you poison. The BBC maps was more informative as it showed Luhansk to be surrounded which it was.

Comment: Re:PowerVR graphics (Score 1) 88

by Carewolf (#47801307) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

What makes you think they aren't providing drivers?

That they are providing their normal drivers which are no good. They either need to make better drivers (which I don't think they can), or they need to help the production of open source drivers which this could have been a good move to do, but as it is, they just going the NVidia route without the manpower, quality or anything.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 1) 254

by Carewolf (#47798935) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Rebels consolidated control over their areas and also won several tactical victories before the 'invasion'. If anything, this 'invasion' can be associated with more aggressive push towards capturing Mariupol. I.e. with offensive operations.

Personally, I have a lot of doubts that the 'invasion' is really real. It looks more like Kiev tries to frantically shift the blame from the extreme stupidity of Ukrainian military commanders who simply use soldiers as cannon fodder.


The rebels were losing ground everywhere and suddenly resurged a place they had no men and no foothold, and exactly where we have pictures of more than a 100 russian tanks driving over the border.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 2) 254

by Carewolf (#47796997) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

My considered opinion is that the Ukrainian military is not motivated, not trained, not equipped, not professional, and not reliable. They are heading for the hills because they can't endure the battle which is their duty. They will have a long, long, long wait if they wait for mommy in the form of "international reaction" to punish their bullies.

My assessment does not rely on the completely unsupported phantasm of OMG Russian troops. I don't give it because it pleases me that the situation is this way, but I decline to warp my view of the situation to fit my fantasy of how things ought to be.

Actually it turns out I was wrong, they have been engaging the invading forces heavily and lost, though also it appears the group called "Mothers of Russia" are starting to report about missing sons and bodies coming back.

Comment: Re:How I know that Russian troops are not in Ukrai (Score 1) 254

by Carewolf (#47796865) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

100.000? I would suggest he send 200.000. Ukraine is not a small country like Georgia, a 100.000 is not enough if he wants to take all of it.

Still it would be a stupid thing to do. He needs to keep a soft hand approach to maintain whatever fig leafs that is his plausible denibilty and avoid reopening the iron curtain thereby completely destroying the modern Russian economy. When not only the US and Europe but also China and Japan strongly disapproves with your actions and are invoking sanctions, you are really setting yourself up for some serious isolation.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 3, Insightful) 254

by Carewolf (#47796819) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

As Ukraine is under military assault by Russia at the moment, they should abandon any complaint monitoring for the time being.

That turns out not to be the case. The Ukrainian army - which is rapidly running out of effectives who are willing to lay down their lives for billionaire Nazi oligarchs - has been severely mauled by the militias formed to defend the area around Donetsk and Lugansk. As Americans would form militias to fight for their homes if an army trundled into their state and began bombarding city centres.

Turns out? Turns out?

The legal government led by the newly democratically elected president of the Ukraine was winning and driving the rebels out of even their stongholds like Luhansk, before the Russians decided to openly intervene instead of just sending "soldiers on holliday" and anti-maylasia air systems.

Now, as in the latest few days the Ukraines are withdrawing, they havn't lost any engagements yet, but are moving to better prositions and waiting for international reactions before engaging the invading Russian troops.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 419

by Carewolf (#47794627) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

You mean "Kill every company on the internet's business that serves customers in Europe and America."

Legal precedent would compel Google, and everyone else, to do the same stupid thing this judge has ordered, who is apparently unaware of international laws and seems to assume that US law is the only thing that exists or even should exist. If MS loses, everyone loses.

Not really. The European privacy laws doesn't protect the data from court orders. As long as there is a legal process it should be fine. Anyway, if MS or any other wanted to protect the data from the US all they need to have is a switch a non-US residence can flip that disables US access to the data. Once there is no US access that means they will need cooperation from someone not in the US and it needs to go though international procedures.

Comment: Re:nail in W3C coffin (Score 1) 94

by Carewolf (#47792095) Attached to: Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Most of the HTML5 specifications gets developed here first:

Then eventually after a long process will end up here:

However Picture-tag actually came from the community first, not the W3C or the vendors directly: only later did it become and later became part of the HTML5-specification.

Ehmm. W3C is the community, WhatWG is the vendors. The whole point of WhatWG was to coordinated between browser vendors.

You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182