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Comment: Re:non-recidivist (Score 1) 898 898

by Philbert de Zwart (#37396048) Attached to: UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet
That quote irked me as well. The fact whether his actions would be taken seriously by the authorities has nothing to do with this. He should have realized how hurtful his actions were to the people grieving for this girl, and based his moral decision on that. I'm not sure where to draw the line in cases like these, but I find it very hard to argue that this person does not deserve punishment.

Comment: Re:antimatter (Score 2, Insightful) 208 208

by Philbert de Zwart (#37016820) Attached to: Anti-Matter Belt Discovered Around Earth

Well, I will agree with you that atomic bombs require an enormous investment, but your reasoning fails on one account: in an atomic bomb, the potential energy is already there, provided by nature. Sure we had to refine it, but in the end it is supernovas that put all that energy in the Uranium (or what have you) for us. To create an antimatter bomb, we need to produce all that potential energy ourselves, in the form of antimatter. Not only do we need to put in the potential energy itself, but also excess energy to account for the inefficiency of the production process.

That is what makes antimatter too inefficient to be used as a weapon, let alone as a fuel source.

This changes if we could harvest it from space, as indeed it would be nature again who has stored that potential energy for us.

Comment: Expert? (Score 1) 371 371

by Philbert de Zwart (#36447734) Attached to: How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access
From the article: "One expert, who is part of the investigation and wants to remain anonymous because the inquiry is at an early stage, told The New York Times he wondered how the hackers could have known to breach security by focusing on the vulnerability in the browser. He said: 'It would have been hard to prepare for this type of vulnerability.'" Someone who says this is not an expert.

Comment: Re:Ow, ow ow. (Score 1) 113 113

by Philbert de Zwart (#35220036) Attached to: Facebook-Direct Phones — and Facebook Right On the SIM
Well, the term 'one of these SIM cards' is misleading: the text states that it can work on any SIM card. That implies that it can be installed on your existing SIM card. Likely the operators will try to hide that fact to make you purchase a new phone though.

Comment: Re:Which is more common? (Score 1) 442 442

by Philbert de Zwart (#34204866) Attached to: Why Unlocked Phones Don't Work In the US
Well, buying a USB cable from a charging store is a bad idea any way. Indeed I had trouble finding a store that carried them, and the store that did charged me 25 euros! I'm buying them online now for €4,50 and I have been told that Hongkongese online shops sell them for about €2.

Comment: Re:Um what? (Score 1) 570 570

by Philbert de Zwart (#26261603) Attached to: What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting
That doesn't happen. The big difference between most client server applications and SMS is that in SMS the server is actually capable of contacting the client. Your SMS client does not go onto the network to see if you have messages, but the SMSC (short message service center) will try to deliver your SMSes to you, and if you are not online, will try later or get paged when you get online so you receive your SMSes then. I'm not sure how that works with IM protocols.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."