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Comment: USians need 2 jobs to make a living (Score 3, Funny) 82

by Urkki (#48175195) Attached to: NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

It's been said by many, that in the US you need two jobs to make a living. I guess for many people it is X-Mart job during the day, Mac Burger job during the night, but this proves, that also the rich people need two jobs to make ends meet. I suppose this is an equal opportunity thing, so good?

Comment: Re:Pixie Dust (Score 5, Interesting) 252

by Urkki (#48109207) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

Because Legos are made out of pixie dust, not oil.

While production of oil has its own huge environmental problems, at least Lego bricks themselves are very stable, so they are good for storing carbon and keeping it off the atmosphere and oceans. And if they were made from, say, metal instead of plastic, the environmental impact of production wouldn't be any less, I bet.

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 335

by Urkki (#48013055) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Buying used cars is a much better financial proposition in most (but not all) cases and it's only the cachet of having a new car that keeps people going into the showrooms.

Well, not really only that. It's a balance. If less people would give value to being the first owner, then either price of new cars would drop (but I don't think there's much margin for it to drop), or price of used cars would go up to match the higher demand.

No doubt the average lifespan of a car would also go up, so there would be a temporary (might last up to a decade if everything else stayed the same, but still temporary) lump in the sales of new cars. Still, after a time these now more popular used cars would be so old that maintaining them would no longer be economically sensible, and sales of new cars would pick up again to replace those.

Also, new cars might not be as tough or as cheap to maintain as the existing old cars (because old crap gets scrapped, there's selection...), but they certainly are better in many ways: quieter, more economical, more silent, safer, better equipped even with the entry level model, etc.

Comment: Re:Does life depend on the right twist of DNA? (Score 1) 120

by Urkki (#48007997) Attached to: Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

... and if right or left twisting DNA could equally support life, then the fact that all DNA is right-twisting suggests that life arose just once (or very few times).

Well, no. As TFA suggests, "electrons created in the subatomic process known as beta decay are always 'left-handed'. ". It could also be some other influence, but the point I'm trying to make is, even though life would work equally well with both directions, it always gets started with DNA twisted the same way.

Sort of like, all life on Earth can withstand the atmospheric pressure, all life in this universe could have DNA twisting certain way to better withstand beta decay electrons.

I'm not sure if this is related to /. beta, but I would not be surprised.

Comment: Re:It's been in bash a while. (Score 1) 318

by Urkki (#48005251) Attached to: Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

I am not even sure that this should be considered a bug in Bash. Why should we be surprised when a program whose sole purpose is to execute arbitrary commands is found to execute arbitrary commands?

Uh... A program interprets text which is not command as a command. Not a bug? Are you trolling?

Comment: Re:So influence is the most important? (Score 1) 192

by Urkki (#47939655) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Joining the EU again will not be as easy as many may think. The EU still has to welcome them in, and not every EU power may be that eager to reward an independence movement like Scotland's. Spain in particular won't want to encourage Catalonia to do the same.

Yeah, they'd need full negotiations of course, but being denied EU membership is, to me, unthinkable. It's a western country with laws already aligned with EU, and economy tightly tied with that of EU. Just because for example Spain might not be happy about it, vetoing them from joining would be a step towards breaking the whole EU.

Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 192

by Urkki (#47939613) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Scotland's independence, if it happens, is probably a bad idea. It'll cause all manner of short-term problems, and the long-term repercussions are hard to predict worldwide.

That said, I'm strongly in favor, for a simple reason. The Scottish people, like people everywhere, have the right to self-governance. Right now they don't have that, and even if they destroy their country in the process of gaining independence, they'll at least be free to choose their own destiny.

Scottish people is not one entity, it is composed of individuals. There are many of them who would really like to choose their own destiny to be part of GB still.

Anyway, for a major change like this, if it is tight vote, and not everybody votes, then actually it'll be that actually a minority of the people decide to change the destiny for everyone. I think for a big thing like this, the change should require at least like 3/5 or 2/3 of the total votes cast.

Comment: Re:Thunderbird too (Score 1) 112

by Urkki (#47939539) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Um, Thunderbird has not been killed. Release notes for current version, released last week:

It may not get new features any more, but that's not same as killed. In fact, many people would argue that this is a good thing. There's need for stable software too, and for mail clients, Thunderbird is that. Don't dis it just because you may want something more cutting-edge.

Comment: Re:Atheism offers no values - you have to add them (Score 1) 937

by Urkki (#47909867) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

And that's the problem; it's impossible to justify a value system purely from an atheist perspective;

And this is different from justifying a value system purely from a religious perspecive... how? Just because someone says their value system is 100% based on their religious canon, does not make it so. Every religion needs to... interpret some things to make them palatable, and just throw out other things as patently absurd.

Furthermore, how is that a problem?

Comment: Re:Drug addicts. (Score 1) 228

by Urkki (#47850507) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Coffee seems harmless, so EVERYONE uses it, EXPECTS you to use it.
We'll even eat it out of a cat's ass. That's true horror.

Actually, the coffee addicts will not do that. When they need a fix, they'll just drink from the bottom of the pot, whatever is left there from yesterday, no matter how it tastes.

I know I do.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.