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Comment: Misleading title (Score 3, Informative) 159

by JigJag (#47556583) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

Hey editors, the City of London Police is NOT the same as the London Police. To get a good understanding of the difference, please view The (secret) City of London, Part 1: History (less than 5 min) and then The (secret) City of London, Part 2: Government (less than 6 min).


Comment: Re:So close, and yet... (Score 1) 118

[...] it's the Internet of whomever builds it

If only! But the reality is much different when you look at those laws that forbid municipalities from laying their own fibers or operating their own network. How many stories on Slashdot have we had about this issue already?

No, rather, it's the Internet of whomever greases the palms of lawmakers the best, at least in North-America (Canada included of course).

Comment: free tax for Canadians (Score 1) 386

by JigJag (#46757799) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

My taxes are very simple, so simple in fact, I was able to use TELEFILE (enter your taxes via telephone, it was amazing). For some unknown and probably stupid reason, the Canadian Revenue Agency decided to cancel this method, so I had to scramble to find a free alternative. Since I work on Linux, none of the software out there could help me out. Then I saw on the CRA website a list of certified NETFILE providers (enter your taxes online), and that's where I found A few questions, a few clicks, and done! Free to use regardless of income. They ask for donation at the end of the filing only if you have a return, so I ended up giving them $10 or so, since I really liked the simplicity. This year, they sent me ONE email, reminding me to do my taxes, with most of the relevant information pre-filled. Amazing!


Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin 469

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-you-tried-the-gold-cables? dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If you know only one thing about violins, it is probably this: A 300-year-old Stradivarius supposedly possesses mysterious tonal qualities unmatched by modern instruments. However, even elite violinists cannot tell a Stradivarius from a top-quality modern violin, a new double-blind study suggests. Like the sound of coughing during the delicate second movement of Beethoven's violin concerto, the finding seems sure to annoy some people, especially dealers who broker the million-dollar sales of rare old Italian fiddles. But it may come as a relief to the many violinists who cannot afford such prices."

Comment: Plague Inc. (Score 0) 49

by JigJag (#46418481) Attached to: Deadly Avian Flu Strain Penetrates Biosecurity Defenses In Seoul

This story made me think of the game "Plague Inc." by Ndemic Creations. I currently play it on my phone while in transit.
The idea is to mutate and spread a pathogen (bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite, prion, nano-virus, bio-weapon, neurax worm, and the zombie-making necroa virus) until the whole world is dead, mind-controlled (neurax worm), or zombified (necroa virus).

One of the ways to infect everyone is to acquire the ability to spread through birds, just like this article is about.

The game aims to be close to reality in the way things could happen. It's cheap too: In game, I spend US$0.99 to get the full version and then played the game through until all the bonuses were unlocked without spending another dime.

Comment: moon is now closer or farther away? (Score 1) 69

by JigJag (#46345183) Attached to: Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

I wonder if such a meagre impact has an measurable effect on the moon distance from the earth in the long run. I tend to recall that due to various forces, the moon is slowly escaping Earth's gravity, but maybe by happenstance, events like this just give this tiny nudge that puts it back in track.

Comment: Favourite piece? (Score 1) 66

by JigJag (#46285359) Attached to: Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

Hello George,

I love game soundtracks so much, that I have a folder dedicated to it on my drive, and it's one of my go-to when I do my work. I have played a number of games for which you composed the music, including Loom, Wing Commander II, Might & Magic III: Isles of Terra, Ultima Underworld, etc. and I love them all.

Which one of your work do you look back on with the most feelings? Which is your favourite piece?

Comment: Re:this story reads like Manna (Score 1) 888

by JigJag (#46275177) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

Before I start, please understand I enjoyed Manna and that's why I talked about it and linked to the essay.

The story is two-fold, one is the gradual shift into robotic "overlordship" (if you allow the term) in one part of the world, and the other is the gradual revealing of the panacean robotic semi-utopia in another part of the world.

While the first was rather convincing and for all intend and purposes I believe it could happen (has even already started in some ways), the second felt a bit naïve, as if the rest of the world would let such an "easy" solution elude their grip and control.

* spoiler alert *
"Easy" in quotation marks as gathering that amount of money, convincing country officials to sell a large portion of their land, setting up a new society based on a new set of values, etc, all this thanks to the benevolent dictatorship of what the others would label a radical, while at the same letting him run with it until the point were he successfully sets up a rival establishment, is refreshingly trustful in human nature (read childish). Note that I'm not addressing the technological prouesse of 100% recycling, neural implants for communication with all things electronic or full VR with brain disconnection, as those are for the realm of Sci-Fi and gave entertainment value to the story. But the socio-political solution was more hand-waving magic than workable solution for today's misery.

I applaud the author for giving some thoughts to it, however I would have preferred a deeper analysis of the obstacles and the way they were overcome for setting up Project Australia, as I think that's were the real meat of the material is found, but it was barely grazed at.

"A mind is a terrible thing to have leaking out your ears." -- The League of Sadistic Telepaths