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Comment: Re:A photograph? (Score 1) 848

by Olorion (#47778189) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Ukrainian tanks don't have reactive armor, as the article points out.

The article is probably wrong. Ukraine manufactures tanks with the explosive Kontakt-5 reactive armor, so it's irrelvant whether Russia has ever exported it. The Ukrainians have it. Besides, where are the pictures of "long columns" of invading tanks?

Comment: Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (Score 1) 110

by Olorion (#47579041) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Probably payback for the U.S. raking Chinese company Huawei over the coals.

In case you've forgotten, a congressional committee accused Huawei of installing spyware into the equipment it was selling, and even hauled the company president into the Capitol, forcing him to give testimony. Uselessly, of course, as that was a hanging committee, and there was no way the poor guy could prove his innocence. It's impossible to prove a negative. There was an enormous media circus, totally humiliating the company.

Worse, thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know that the U.S. corporations (like Huawei's competitor, Ciso) were the ones installing spyware into their products.

So now it's payback time.

Comment: Re:Study is flawed -- compares cities to countries (Score 1, Insightful) 263

by Olorion (#45588247) Attached to: New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates
PISA does show how much U.S. schools suck, on average. I think that was the point of the test: to prove how rotten the inner cities are -- and how cold and heartless the average American is, that they can allow such rot to continue in the richest country in the world.

Comment: Re:not with a bang, but a little heard whimper. (Score 1) 265

by Olorion (#41773887) Attached to: Chinese Rare Earths Producer Suspends Output

China is nowhere near mining out all their rare earths.

Not every country is as short-sighted as the U.S. The Chinese government can see that they will soon exhaust their rare-earth reserves. Total depletion might be 30 years off, but to the Chinese that is every soon indeed. So their government is doing something about conserving their supplies.

Comment: Re:Free2play in games... (Score 1) 321

by Olorion (#38597776) Attached to: Why Freemium Doesn't Work

The days of becoming another Bill Gates are gone.

You can't become another Bill Gates or Larry Ellison because of Bill Gates and Larry Ellison -- not because of Open Source.

You can''t pull in huge monopoly rents like Microsoft and Oracle, because if you start looking even remotely successful, these companies will eat you. But you can make a bit of money: notice that Red Hat, an open source company, earns a billion dollars a year.

Comment: Re:Why China won't take the lead in space (Score 1) 218

by Olorion (#38539384) Attached to: China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

Continuity is more important than high tempo.

A country need only do enough to keep the engineers in practice and the aerospace infrastructure healthy. More than that is unnecessary -- it's nice to have, but not strictly needed.

Lack of continuity, however, can be fatal. Due to Congress's unreliability, NASA has no launchers left. The space shuttle is gone, and so is the Saturn V. Probably permanently gone, as a lot of knowledge has been lost. The U.S. is like a manic depressive: it's unstoppably giddy one year, suicidally gloomy the next. As I look back at all the lost decades since Apollo, I conclude that slow and steady, a continuous progression, would have been better by far.

Slow and steady is what I see from China. In the end, they may win.

Comment: Re:doubt it (Score 1) 389

by Olorion (#38322380) Attached to: Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps
Ten years ago, the Internet, especially the high-speed Internet you need for comfortable downloading, was not as pervasive as it is now. Software bought as retail boxes was still important. So MS could not have forced a walled garden on everybody; I have little doubt that they would have done it if they could. They can now.

Comment: Re:Definitely is graphene (Score 2) 159

by Olorion (#38288826) Attached to: Graphene Spun Into Meter-Long Fibers

No, the one being misleading was you. You wrote: "Graphene oxide and graphene are two different materials. As different as iron and rust, particularly in electrical properties."

The Nature news article says explicitly that the Zhen and Chao material is "conductive"; graphene oxide is an insulator. So the new material, however imperfectly reduced, is undeniably closer to graphene than to graphene oxide. It's definitely closer to iron than to rust, to use your analogy.

Implying otherwise, as you have done twice, is deceptive.

Comment: Re:Another Kink (Score 1) 345

by Olorion (#38015008) Attached to: Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Actually, I want real network neutrality. I don't trust the government to provide it, they have proven to be entirely untrustworthy in that regard.

The U.S. government is only potentially an enemy of the Internet (and I will fight any encroachment on our freedoms). Whereas Comcast et al have already declared their intention to block websites when they are given the to power to do so: that threat is how they plan to extort some revenue from independent sites. Given a potential menace and an actual, proven one, I'll take the lesser of two evils.

I don't trust the ISPs, either, but every time there has been a problem with them blocking or throttling anything, it didn't last very long once people started complaining.

The blockages didn't last because the ISPs probably broke the law. If their actions ever became legal due to the death of net neutrality, look out. Do you really think our freedoms will be protected by the Great Firewall of Comcast?

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil