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Comment: Re: Poorly Designed Roadways Addressed By This (Score 5, Informative) 243

by Lucky_Norseman (#47191991) Attached to: New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally
Some drivers did not like it. Others loved it for roadholding in curves that exceeded any other street-legal car. The Citroen Xantia Activa still holds the speed record in the Teknikens Värld Moose test. (The one that cause Mercedes to halt the launch of the A-class) A 2000 Citroen Xantia faster than the latest Porsche. The link to the table seems to be down right now, but it should be on

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 818

by Lucky_Norseman (#46765573) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
In Norway the political parties have all the power.
The voters are only allowed to choose between a few prepared lists, one for each party. Not really as democratic as it seems.
Especially when the two major parties decide that in a few cases they will unite and just pass into law whatever they want regardles what the people want.

Comment: Re:This is why nobody reads the articles (Score 2) 476

by Lucky_Norseman (#46098377) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

I'd advise Slashdot readers to take their typical tack, and not read the linked articles. They are crap. However (again, much like Slashdot), the comments can be enlightening.

What I'm seeing there is: .....

d) Norway's power grid is so dirty that it is fooling the cables. That's the issue, near as I can tell.

The power grid is not dirty, but uses a different system with no neutral wire and the voltage will therefore be floating with respect to earth. Tesla cables detect this as an earth-fault and disconnect.

Comment: Re:It's almost as though cars need winterizing (Score 1) 476

by Lucky_Norseman (#46098365) Attached to: Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold
Norway has a different system for electric power.
Most countries use what is called TN, where you have one live wire and one neutral.
Norway uses mostly what is called IT, where you have two live wires and no neutral.
(some regions of Norway have converted to TN, presumably there is no problem there, but those are also the warmest regions so it may be hard to tell)

+ - Senator files bill prohibiting phone calls on planes->

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike (242293) writes "U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today filed legislation to prohibit cell phone conversations on commercial flights.

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing today on a potential rule change, having recently eased restrictions on the use of other wireless devices during flights.

"When you stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies — babbling about last night's love life, next week's schedule, arguments with spouses — it's not hard to see why the FCC shouldn't allow cell phone conversations on airplanes," Alexander said in a news release. "The solution is simple: text messages, yes; conversations, no.""

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+ - The Tyranny of the Clouds->

Submitted by porkrind
porkrind (314254) writes "Cloud computing is a way for the technology "empire" to strike back at smaller end users and developers, taking away the rights and freedoms we won via the establishment of Open Source ecosystems. That they're using the very open source tools we helped create just makes it that much more painful. Now that we know that open source was never about innovation, what leverage do we have to bring about the open cloud? And what is the best way to project the four freedoms onto the cloud?"
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+ - Massive surge in Litecoin mining leads to graphics card shortage-> 1

Submitted by Kenseilon
Kenseilon (3462441) writes "Extremetech reports( that the recent price hike of Litecoins has triggered yet another arms race for the *coinminers out there, leading to a shortage of AMD graphics cards. While Bitcoin mining is quickly becoming unfeasible for GPU rigs with general purpose graphics cards, there are several alternative currencies with opportunities. The primary candidate is now Litecoin, which has the aim of 'being silver if Bitcoin is gold'

Swedish Tech site Sweclockers also reports( that GPU manufacturer Club3D have told them that miners are becoming a new important group of potential customers. However, concerns are being raised that this is a temporary boom that may hurt AMD in the long run since gamers, their core consumer group, may not be able to acquire the cards and instead opt for Nvidia."

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Comment: Re:Human-like? (Score 2) 238

by Lucky_Norseman (#45480013) Attached to: Mystery Humans Spiced Up Ancients' Sex Lives
If you are questioning the Bible then you already assume that it is the work of men.
Even if it is not the literal Word of God it can still have value as a source of the knowledge and beliefs of the men who wrote it long ago. And they will naturally have different viewpoints since it is not the work of one singular author, but written by many at different times.

Comment: Re:Already considering uninstalling firefox (Score 1) 362

by Lucky_Norseman (#45211571) Attached to: Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

And what is the problem. If your banks are braindamaged and use an applet, you have to generally authorize them to use that piece of shit Java *once*.

My bank have BankID in sweden, but for me it's installed like a plugin in the browser (it took forever for them to make it even compatible with firefox >4). That plugin calls a standalone application, probably still java but the browser dont get to know that.

Anyway, generally warning people before loading any java applet: "This plugin is insecure" is great.

You may not like the GUI, but java is not secure, you can't say that, it just is not that.

Is the standalone application compatible with Linux and Mac?
When I load an application from my bank I assume it is secure. If the bank itself is compromised then java is the least of my problems.
Requiring permission the first time I run it is ok, but once I have authorized my bank that should be enough.

Comment: Re:Definitions (Score 3, Interesting) 395

If this should in any way be termed fair, an additional requirement should be that any attempt to classify a document to conceal a crime should be considered High Treason and be punished as such, Also any attempt to classify a document that does not require confidentiality should be considered Treason and punished as such.

Comment: Re:Standard Procedure? (Score 1) 191

by Lucky_Norseman (#44323115) Attached to: Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM

BB10 devices use ActiveSync to do mail pushes. Now it just goes over the standard 4g/3g networks like iPhones/Androids do. The only connection that I've seen be required to RIM servers is if you use their BES10 software and that's just for policies and suchlike.

OR if you connect to a POP3 email server. ActiveSync can do mail push by itself, POP3 cannot. If you have av device that gets push email from a POP3 server, some proxy will have had to have logged in for you,checked your email and then pushed it. No matter if you are using Android, iPhone or BlackBerry.

POP3 cannot push email.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 191

by Lucky_Norseman (#44323083) Attached to: Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM

They then use a very efficient communications mechanism (SMS) to tell your phone that new email has arrived and the phone wakes up and establishes a connection to RIM (all BB traffic is routed through RIM, including BES) and transfers the new data.

What you are describing is called poke-and-grab. BB Push is even more efficient.
The message is sent directly to the device without any preceding SMS to wake up. The message itself is the wake-up.

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