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Comment: Re:Could be a honest mistake from IT-people... (Score 1) 266

by Vegard (#45090541) Attached to: Azerbaijan Election Results Released Before Voting Had Even Started

Well. That's not *exaclty* what I meant.

But the actual particiants were known, so to test the post-election part of the system, all you need to do is to mock together some results.

Again: That might be a plausible, though slightly more boring explanation :)

Then again, it could also be a test of the procedures for reporting faked results...we'lll probably never know :)

Comment: Could be a honest mistake from IT-people... (Score 3, Insightful) 266

by Vegard (#45088949) Attached to: Azerbaijan Election Results Released Before Voting Had Even Started

I'm in IT myself, and I know how difficult it is to come up with good test-data for your testing...so what's better than production data?

I'm not saying it is so, but it could very well be that the testers have loaded into it this years candidates, made up some likely result, and run the software to see that it works...

And apparently it did! ;)

Comment: Turkey in sauna! (Score 1) 447

by Vegard (#42066187) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

1) Discover that the turkey that was supposed to be cooked at home by one of us is still raw upon arriving at the cabin. Remember, if it's frozen, this needs to happen a day or two before the turkey dinner! In hour case, that was the key to success.
2) On the morning of the dinner, stuff the sauna oven full of wood. Apply match, and heat.
3) Repeat 2 until you are beyond the useful range of the thermometer - for example 150 deg C/300 deg F (testet values)
4) To keep turkey from getting dry, apply water as normally. Dress in tin-foil (no idea if it helps...but it didn't hurt!)
5) Cover every bit of your skin. Take a deep breath, enter the sauna with the turkey, put it on the topmost seat of the sauna. Remember - breathing too deaply can burn your lungs!
6) About every halp hour, again cover every bit of your skin, enter your large oven (eh, the sauna), unwrap tin-foil, add water, wrap again in tin-foil. Warning: Spilling water on the sauna oven will create dangerous water vapour that could again burn your lungs!
6) Refill wood whenever the thermometer drops towards the useful range again.
7) Wait an appropriate amount of time. Example: 8-9 hours with a 9 kg/20 lb turkey.
8) Bon appetit!

NASA

Gamma Ray Mystery Reestablished By Fermi Telescope 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the back-to-the-drawing-board dept.
eldavojohn writes "New observations from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope reveal that our assumptions about the 'fog' of gamma rays in our universe are not entirely explained by black hole-powered jets emanating from active galaxies — as we previously hypothesized. For now, the researchers are representing the source of unaccounted gamma rays with a dragon (as in 'here be') symbol. A researcher explained that they are certain about this, given Fermi's observations: 'Active galaxies can explain less than 30 percent of the extragalactic gamma-ray background Fermi sees. That leaves a lot of room for scientific discovery as we puzzle out what else may be responsible.' And so we reopen the chapter on background gamma-rays in the science textbooks and hope this eventually sheds even more light on other mysteries of space — like star formation and dark matter."
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NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee 507

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-am-I-going-to-align-my-chakras-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, and so should no longer be paid for by the UK National Health Service, a committee of British members of parliament has concluded. In preparing its report, the committee, which scrutinizes the evidence behind government policies, took evidence from scientists and homeopaths, and reviewed numerous reports and scientific investigations into homeopathy. It found no evidence that such treatments work beyond providing a placebo effect." Updated 201025 19:40 GMT by timothy: This recommendation has some people up in arms.

Comment: Re:What did we expect? (Score 5, Insightful) 627

by Vegard (#27821599) Attached to: Office 2007SP2 ODF Interoperability Very Bad

Yah. The real heros bringing us the PC revolution was the guys reverse engineering the hardware/BIOS, and made cheap clones. The OS was just what became the de facto standard.

As we all know, DOS won over CP/M. CP/M was technically superior at the time, but lost for political and/or contract reasons, whatever.

Digital Research then went on to create a better DOS to compete. MS fought it with all means it could, and it went into oblivition.

At early stages, MS Windows was just a graphical shell on top of DOS. It wasn't particulary good either. There were competing graphical shells, for example Digital Research' GEM. Digital Research lost the patent lawsuit that MS essentially won, and GEM was limited to have only two windows simultaneously...who knows what it could have been.

MS has not had the technical best/superior solutions at any time. It was just better at legal and marketing stuff than anyone else.

The PC revolution would have come with or without MS. We'll never know how much innovation MS have killed on its way where it is, so to hail it as a savior is just plain stupid.

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