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Comment Re:Doomsday Machine (Score 1) 638

Actually the idea in the article that it was to keep the USSR generals and stuff from doing stupid things like launching first attacks because it would make sure they could always strike back was quite interesting.

In other words, the whole point of a doomsday weapon was not lost because they kept it a secret.

I still think, however, that it's not a practical deterrent for reasons that movie makes all too obvious.

Comment Re:and yet NYC still has traffic jams (Score 1) 882

I was driving in France last week aswell, and I wonder... Why do the french insist on driving the middle lane in a 3 lane speedway, even when the right lane is completelly free. At one point I drove on the right lane, well within the speed limit, for at least 4 KM, passing cars that drove bumper to bumper on the middle and left lane.

Comment Re:Web-based admin night be nice (Score 1) 1089

Why stop with system administration through a web interface. Basically all types of applications, like their own office suite, could run through the web interface. Through a specialized local webserver, named application server, local and remote applications could run transparently for the user, Google could choose to store the most basic software units of their office suite at the clients computer for basic off-line usage (don't know if that is already a provided functionality). Think of a window manager with browser capabilities embedded.

Comment Smart decision (Score 1) 222

Sometimes it is good to have various standards within the same area, because of conflicting interests, etc. But when new or modified standards resolve these conflicts, the best this would be to merge with or adapted the new standard. It would be nice if this could happen with more standards (and licences for that matter), just to keep things a bit clean.

Comment Re:This is why there are closed source "solutions" (Score 1) 640

"Getting "everyone" to agree on a single standard often times proves to be next to impossible. What ends up happening is that a large player in the market *coughMICROSOFTcough* ends up doing things their way."

If all the others, including apple, implements ogg and youtube announces the conversion to ogg, Microsoft can't stay behind.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz