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Comment: Re:Doomsday Machine (Score 1) 638

by hardburn (#29508151) Attached to: Soviets Built a Doomsday Machine; It's Still Alive

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

by Chris_Mir (#28868837) Attached to: Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams
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

by Chris_Mir (#28625755) Attached to: Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010
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

by Chris_Mir (#28572593) Attached to: XHTML 2 Cancelled
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

by Chris_Mir (#28563931) Attached to: Browser Vendors Force W3C To Scrap HTML 5 Codecs
"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.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.

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