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Comment: Re:It only takes one ... (Score 4, Interesting) 381

by _merlin (#48157977) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

When H1N1 was spreading around Melbourne, people wouldn't go to the doctor if they thought they had caught it, because if you did and they diagnosed you with it you were legally required to take time off work and isolate yourself. People just didn't want the inconvenience, and taking your chances with swine flu didn't usually kill you. Ebola's a bit more risky to play with.

Comment: Re:same here. Installed Linux, run Chrome OS (Score 1) 344

by _merlin (#48126999) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Seriously, what do you do with your machine? I need to run Photoshop and Lightroom for graphics, Apache, text editors and a collection of browsers for web development, Quartus II for FPGA development... None of this would work on ChromeOS. Do you even use your computer at all?

Comment: Re:One quote *is* the story (Score 1) 478

by _merlin (#48116443) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

I had H1N1 swine flu and my coworker's girlfriend had it. It was pretty widespread in Melbourne. But all it seemed to really do was make people feel like shit for a week. People weren't even taking time off work for it. Yeah, not taking time off work is likely to spread it, but it didn't seem to take out entire offices. It may or may not have been overblown, but it definitely didn't kill anyone I knew.

Comment: Re:PTT ? (Score 1) 153

by _merlin (#48025867) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

GSM push-to-talk is an abbreviated call establishment sequence with preconfigured recipients. It still runs everything via the base station and hence via the carrier's network, so you'd be paying. If the network didn't advertise the feature as being available it would disable it, even if you bought an unlocked phone directly from Nokia.

Comment: Re:Nvidia is shooting themselves in the foot (Score 1) 192

by _merlin (#48011937) Attached to: NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

"The FOSS community" is tiny. The vast majority of the time Linux is selected for practical or pragmatice reasons. Most people using Linux aren't using it for ideological reasons. There aren't enough people prepared to boycott NVIDIA over this to make a difference. Also, it's firmware that needs to be signed, not drivers.

Comment: Re:That she didn't call their bluff... (Score 1) 590

by _merlin (#47989693) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Means that she probably did take some nudies at some point.

So? I've taken nudies of myself and others. It's a natural result of technology combined with curiosity. Nudies are more prolific than ever since with digital cameras you aren't implicitly sharing your pictures with the minilab operator. Why do people make such a big deal of it?

Comment: Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (Score 2) 113

by _merlin (#47952987) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Yeah, SVG renderers have more chance of being around in 50 years than WMF or PICT. But you still need to actively go through your data archives, find things in "endangered" formats, and migrate them to more future-proof formats. This requires substantial effort that increases as the collection grows. Then there's verifying that nothing was lost in the conversion to consider.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.