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Comment: We still need to give credit where the credit is d (Score 1) 43 43

But we need to give credit for companies that open source their products, even if those products are no longer bringing in $$$ for them

There have been times I wrote to software companies asking them to open source their truly obsolete products, such as compilers that run on OS/2, just so that younger generations, at least those who are curious enough to look at the source, could learn a thing or two how a compiler works

They refused

Of course they have all their rights to refuse to open up the source codes of their long obsolete software - and what I am saying is that no matter what, we still need to give due credit to the companies which open sourced their products, no matter for what reason they do so

Comment: I do not think they qualified as 'organic' (Score 1) 256 256

First of all, the term 'organic' means much more than 'no artificial pesticide'

What Phillips is doing in this 'Growwise indoor farm' is wasting more energy than it needs to --- plants do not need green lights, that is why their leaves are green colored

The lights which plants need are blue light and red light - depending on the type of the plant, the percentage of red light versus that of blue light changes

From the picture of the "Growwise indoor farm" we can see that the LED used inside the farm give out white lights, and plants can only use 1% of the power of white light

In other words, this "Growwise indoor farm" has a much larger carbon footprint than it needed be, and thus, it should not be considered as 'organic'

Comment: Liquid Coolants (Score 1) 61 61

There have been plenty of 'submerge cooling' stories online, but most of the time the 'liquid coolants' turned out to be some exotic chemicals (flourine or something) which are very expensive and some are actually very bad for the environment

Has anyone here run any kind of 'comparison test' on those liquid, on the level of their efficiency, cost, and whether or not they are environmentally safe or not?

Comment: Forgot, or conveniently forgetting? (Score 0) 107 107

Unfortunately they forgot to enable a channel on Galileo and lost half the data on decent

There is a thing known as "Forgot" and then there is an entirely different thing known as 'conveniently forgetting'

They might be able to fool the joe sixpacks with the 'oh we forgot to enable that channel' but it ain't gonna be an easy sale on us geeks

Comment: How well you know about socialism? (Score 1) 260 260

It's not just Cameron. The people I know in the UK support this kind of thinking. A few years ago there was legislation introduced to assign a caseworker to *every* child in the UK. It didn't have as little support as you'd think. They are, broadly, a bunch of well-behaved socialist conformists who are afraid of the real world, and think that a panopticon surveillance state will make them "safe". It is disgusting

Just wow, socialism does not advocate panopticon surveillance, infact I don't think socialism has anything to say about matters relating to observation of the population. This is the sort of bullshit that got the US in the hellhole they're in now. I think the most applicable term for it is fascism

Tell us, my friend, how much do you know about socialism?

No, not the 'theoretical socialism' but the ones which had been implemented in real life

Do not tell us what you 'think', as what you 'think' doesn't matter in the whole scheme of things

But do tell us what you know, my friend

I am from China, a socialist country - in fact, I ran away from my own motherland because socialism had turned it into a hellhole

Massive social upheavals and people suffered greatly because under a socialistic society, it is the STATE (or whoever is in power) which dictates what happen, and the people must follow

Whoever dare to go against the grain will be tagged as 'anti-social' and even 'counter-revolutionalist' and are severely punished

I am not saying that capitalism is the panacea, but at the very least, under true form of capitalism, it is the individuals who are responsible for his or her own action, not the state

Those of you who never understand the real horror of socialism please understand this --- we who have gone through the baptism of fire under socialism will never sing hosannas praising socialism because we know how harmful it is

Comment: Dick versus total dick (Score 1) 1 1

Geeks are just like the others - we have nice geeks, nasty geeks, geeks who like to be part-time dick and then, there are geeks who are totally 100% pure every second of their lives

Since I've been around the block quite a few times I got the pleasure to know both Ballmer and Jobs

One of them a 100% totally unadulterated dick, and still is

The other? Sometimes he played the part of the dick, but other times, totally normal

Comment: Fallacy (Score 3, Interesting) 184 184

Privilege white people committing suicide? I'm playing my smallest violin in sympathy

1. Not all startup founders are 'white people' and not all of them are 'privileged' either

2. Most of the startup founders do not commit suicide

3. Stress level for startup founders - no matter what kind of startup - is high, but this is natural, as the journey of starting up a new company (in any industry) is a rocky road filled with a mix of excitement / trepidation / frustration

As for the percentage of the excitement versus that of trepidation versus that of frustration largely depends on

A. The regional / global industrial environment in which the startup is involved with

B. The structure of the startup

C. The corporate culture of the startup, ie, the attitude of the close-knit of people working in the startup

D. The personality type of the founder himself or herself

I personally have involved in quite a number of startups and every single one has their own perculiar 'pain of labor' - and for each of the 'pain of labor', if the founder sees it as a 'challenge' it would be tackled with zeal. However, if the same 'pain of labor' is seen as 'trouble' then the thing could become a protracted problem for the company

The above is based on my own experience


+ - ITER won't be ready until 2027->

Taco Cowboy writes: Started back in 1985, the ITER, (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project has suffered repeated delays and cost overruns, so much so that the first plasma originally scheduled for 2019 is "clearly not feasible", according to Dr. Bernard Bigot, the newly appointed director general

Part of the reason for the slow progress is down to the way the project is structured. The European Union, as host party, will contribute up to about 50% of the costs and the other parties 10% each. However, technical decisions require consensus and because those relating to the design of components will inevitably impact some parties more than others, it is difficult to reach. In one case discussions dragged on for six years without a definitive answer. Without that decision work did not progress

Dr. Bigot decides that ITER must gear up to take a more decisive role in the project. “What was plaguing the project before is that there was confusion between the best technical solution and sharing of the cost," said Bigot. “Now I want just the best technical decision. The cost will be covered according to the share of the parties, reflecting the spirit of the ITER agreement"

Dr. Bigot's current aim is to accomplish the deuterium-tritium plasma (previously planned for March 2027), to a more realistic date. “We are now considering the best way to move on from the first plasma and rush as much as possible to the DT plasma, which will please the scientific community," Bigot said

ITER intends to step up to the plate whenever some parties face difficulties complying with the schedule for delivery of equipment by putting the interests of the project first, and redistribute tasks. For example, the organization has already taken charge of procurement of some components on behalf of domestic agencies, although they still remain responsible for the costs

Dr. Bigot stresses that the project is too far advanced for design changes, with more than €7 billion of procurement contracts in place and over 1000 companies at work

“You could not just change [the scope] in the have to go, or stop." He concluded: "The time has come for the ITER Organization to demonstrate it is serious. The biggest risk is that we lose trust of the political leaders and public opinion, then the project would be dead"

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Comment: German/Asian education systems are flawed?? (Score 1) 256 256

They're not prizing education, but the ability to make certain tiers of education

If the German / Asian education systems are flawed, please tell me why they keep on producing innovative young people while America has to rely on immigrants from Germany and Asia to replenish its supply of innovative ideas?

As a Chinese I can tell you that we do prize not only education - but also knowledge and the use of knowledge to bettering the world at large

My primary education was in China. Secondary school and up, I got it in the USA - and the contrast is that in China we actually honor our teacher but in America it's the football stars and/or gangsters who got most admirations

In the secondary school that I went to in the States (near the Boston area) more than 80% were blacks. Decades have passed since I got out of that hellhole and I can tell you that it's the 20%, the non-blacks, who are contributing to the wellbeing of the American society via our taxes, our inventions and our companies that we started which are employing thousands of other Americans

Why can't the blacks do what we the 20%-ers are doing?

It's not that they can't, they do *NOT* want to, because for them, excellence in education isn't their priority --- they do not have to because they got their Jesse Jackson to speak out for them whenever there is/are troubles

As for the 20%-ers, we do not have our 'Jesse Jackson' to speak for us, we have to do it all by ourselves. That is why it is us, the 20%-ers, who are pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps

Comment: Ignorance? Who is ignorant? (Score 1) 96 96

Ever heard of Umm Qirfa?

Never heard of the name?

Read this link ---

Read how that old noble woman was killed

Read who was the one ordering the murder of that old lady


Comparing to the extreme cruel way that old noble lady was murdered, the beheadings carried by the ISIL assholes become lame and mild mannered

You don't even know what islam is!

Comment: There is a saying ... (Score 2) 89 89

... that 99.999% of the humans are idiots

At first I did not think much of that saying, but, reading TFA, especially the part about "... people realize that information is more likely to be accidentally emailed out to the wrong address then hacked ..." makes me wonder if there is a need for something far worse than the word "idiot"

Beware the new TTY code!