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Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 212

by ultranova (#47736235) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

I love them. And I will try to keep getting them.

Bragging about driving an overpowered sports car or a pickup might impress someone. Bragging about using an overpowered vacuum cleaner is very unlikely to. It might work as a comedy sketch, though.

But in return I have to actually plan out when I'm going to wash my clothes because it takes twice as long.

...Your point?

Comment: Cell phones with non-replaceable batteries? (Score 3, Interesting) 117

by Futurepower(R) (#47734115) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?
An even bigger issue than buying replacement batteries is replacing batteries in cell phones that are said to have batteries that aren't replaceable.

It shocks me that companies can be so hostile to their customers as to force them to buy new cell phones after the inevitable degradation of the batteries.

Comment: Re: Jurisdiction 101 (Score 1) 370

by ultranova (#47731613) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

When your head has been blown apart by multiple 9mm hits or you're rendered brain-dead by a thorough beating, you won't hear any "wooosh" anymore.

Everyone dies, Anon.

Try your armchair revolution tactics before a phalanx of well-armed cops, see what happens.

What happens is that the cops must choose between doing nothing or attacking unarmed people. Former means their weapons do them no good, the latter means they expose their evil for all to see, thus deligitimizing their authority. It's an extremely efficient tactic that turns the very armed might of your opponents against themselves, but of course it requires you to be ready to die - or spend the rest of your life in jail - for your cause.

You do realize that this has been demonstrated multiple times in the past century alone?

But I strongly doubt you would dare.

Nobody knows until the moment of truth comes. But I think it's more likely you're afraid they just might dare, thus exposing your worldview as a delusion held due to fear.

Comment: Re: Jurisdiction 101 (Score 2) 370

by ultranova (#47731363) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Might makes right: if someone with more power than you says you can't do something, then you cannot do it. There are no noble and high principles that can stand up to reality. It sucks, but that's the way it is. Get over it.

Which is why Pirate Bay has been shut down, just like Ghandhi's resistance was quickly and efficiently suppressed by the British Empire. Not to mention the hard-line communists who stopped the dissolution of Soviet Union through military power, and the US stamping out drug use through its War on Drugs.

Perhaps you should take a look at reality, and consider how well your own principles stand up to it? Then again, posting as AC strongly implies you already know you're spouting bullshit.

Comment: Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (Score 1) 375

by ultranova (#47730811) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

No, they want the science to be settled more-thoroughly before we re-model our entire society in response to it.

No, they want to avoid any change since that risks the status quo that works just fine for them and their buddies. Demanding more evidence is simply a delay tactic at this point.

But the bottom line is: people aren't as stupid as you'd like to think they are, and they don't need the science community usurping the decision-making power by internalizing the debate and lying to everyone.

And they're never more ingenious than when they're coming up with excuses for why they don't need to change. Which is their problem when it's their own body or personal life they're ruining, but becomes my problem when it's the entire world that's at stake.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 334

by ultranova (#47728903) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Republican, Democrat, WHATEVER, they're all saying the same thing to you (whatever they think will make you vote for them) now, and doing whatever the fuck they can to maximize benefit to their personal pocket book later.

It occurs to me that this is precisely what a corrupt politician would say to paralyze the public with hopelessness, so they won't be voted out. It's also what a lay Republican party member would use to excuse their support of a hopelessly corrupt and outright evil organization.

Comment: Re:No it will not. (Score 1) 365

by ultranova (#47728709) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Why not use the dollar, like everyone else?

Because US economy can't back it anymore. Income is concentrated on too few hands to keep up the demand without accumulating massive debt, which is ultimately an unsustainable model. And as they've demonstrated, the US government can't even pass a budget without turning it into a crisis. It would be unwise to tie your economy to that of a country on its way to the bottom.

+ - NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We've known for a while that NSA specifically targets Tor, because they want to disrupt one of the last remaining communication methods they aren't able to tap or demand access to. However, not everybody at the NSA is on board with this strategy. Tor developer Andrew Lewman says even as flaws in Tor are rooted out by the NSA and British counterpart GCHQ, other agents from the two organizations leak those flaws directly to the developers, so they can be fixed quickly. He said, "You have to think about the type of people who would be able to do this and have the expertise and time to read Tor source code from scratch for hours, for weeks, for months, and find and elucidate these super-subtle bugs or other things that they probably don't get to see in most commercial software." Lewman estimates the Tor Project receives these reports on a monthly basis. He also spoke about how a growing amount of users will affect Tor. He suggests a massive company like Google or Facebook will eventually have to take up the task of making Tor scale up to millions of users."
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+ - What is this $41.8 Million of Ice Buckets going to do for ALS 1

Submitted by turning in circles
turning in circles (2882659) writes " The New York Times reported that donations to ALS topped $41.8 million. This is great for raising awareness about this horrible disease. The disease is horrible because not only does it have no cure, no one really understands the causes of it. I have heard pharmaceuticals abused for not producing a cure, but they don't know how. Sorry to throw cold water on this party (ahem), but aren't there other worthy charities that are a little closer to actually helping people right now, or soon, that would be better to donate to?"

Comment: Re:Good questions - interesting answers (Score 1) 102

by ultranova (#47723323) Attached to: Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

I have to say, I agree with Bjarne's answers, especially his answer to the notion of dropping compatibility with older features. While it does make the language more complex to keep that cruft around, it's equally important to allow programmers to wrap up older libraries with newer interfaces, for example, and make sure the codebase still compiles cleanly.

Is there some reason you couldn't do backwards compatibility the same way every other data format does: just provide a version number so the compiler knows what you're trying to say?

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 1) 102

by ultranova (#47723259) Attached to: Interviews: Bjarne Stroustrup Answers Your Questions

I don't doubt they improve performance. But they can't improve above the performance of code that has no need for that.

That wouldn't be (good) C++ code, since C++ has inheritance and so faces the exact same problem.

But the real problem with "var" types is that the compiler can't check type safety for you, so you get a whole new class of bugs at runtime. Why not go the Haskell way: the compiler inferes type information where it can, you provide it where it can't, and you can optionally provide it where ever you want? That gives you the best of all worlds: short "script" programs are fast and easy to write, all functions and data structures are generic by default, and the whole program has run-time type safety?

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