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Comment: Re:IE EIGHT? (Score 1) 134

by LordSnooty (#47064141) Attached to: New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered
The car analogy would work if MS were forced to release the source code once their support ends. That's how an old car would be dealt with - parts from the manufacturer until they stop making them, meaning a third party can step in and make the parts if there is a demand for them. the 'open' nature of a car allows this to happen. An open-source OS also permits this. A closed-source OS is different.

Comment: Re:Experiment proposal (Score 1) 97

by LordSnooty (#47044913) Attached to: Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars
I guess the point is that if these organisms can survive the trip to Mars then we will never be certain if a discovered species on Mars came from us or developed independently. Genetic analysis could help but there still might be uncertainty. Now we know there is a non-zero chance of survival maybe we should stop worrying about contamination and get on with some terra-forming, so that the planet might be more hospitable by the time we are able to send people there.

Comment: Re:Embedded transmitters (Score 1) 95

by LordSnooty (#42935645) Attached to: Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars
If we're 3 ft deep in snow then I think I'd prefer to take control myself, thank you. Indeed it applies to any situation where the environment is not what the computer might be expecting.

I like the approach here though, the human has to teach the computer once but then the computer can contribute as & when needed. I can take control quickly if I need to.

Comment: Booklet mode (Score 1) 285

by LordSnooty (#42455385) Attached to: Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices
The MFP in the office has booklet mode, which shrinks A4 sheets to 4 to a side, prints them in the right order, folds it and adds 2 staples. I'm in as long as I can keep this feature which is perfect for manuals, long dull reports and even source you want to study on the toilet. It's the mindless printing of email, finance batch import summaries for 'auditing purposes' and non-duplex wastage that needs to be addressed.

Comment: Re:Fermi Paradox (Score 1) 70

by LordSnooty (#41882511) Attached to: Killer Asteroids Are Good For Life
Where are all the aliens? They're just like us - stuck in their gravity wells trying to find economic ways to travel vast distances quickly, as well as trying to replicate their planet's environment on a spaceship. We already know that life needs volatile chemicals to exist - otherwise space would be teeming with life.

Air is water with holes in it.

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