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Comment: Re:Do we need another open source browser? (Score 1) 165

by gronofer (#48872401) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Otherwise it's just a huge duplication of effort, a lot of time wasted at MS.

Of course Microsoft are already spending their resources developing IE. You have to wonder whether they are getting value for money: why not just ship Firefox or Chrome with their OS?

Open sourcing it as abandonware (or nominally to some new or existing "foundation") is an option they should take seriously.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 105

What do you mean? Is the lag on satellite Internet connections too high to do anything interactive? Low-orbit satellites would avoid that. Or is the uplink capacity too low to do anything other than request downloads? I'm not sure that there'd be any technical reason for such a limitation.

Personally, I'd love to have more options in Internet connectivity. Not every location in the world is supplied by the perfect ISP at a low cost.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 170

by gronofer (#48842103) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

If I remember correctly, they did have a scientific explanation for that. The explosion that separated the Moon from the Earth was so powerful that its relative velocity was close to the speed of light, so distance was contracted according to the theory of relativity.

However, I don't remember any explanation for how the moon and its inhabitants could survive intact with such a powerful explosion and rapid acceleration. Maybe I need to go and rewatch the series to find out.

Comment: Re:Why all the complexity? (Score 1) 484

by gronofer (#48824611) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce
In theory, since the "free market" is suggesting that that's where the greatest labour shortages are, and you'd think companies would be keen to cut their costs in this area. However I'm not really sure that these people's salaries are set by anything resembling a free market, and they don't seem to have much trouble crossing national borders anyway.

Comment: Why all the complexity? (Score 1) 484

by gronofer (#48815915) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce
Immigration systems are always unbelievably complex. The intention is apparently to allow immigrants to fill labour shortages. Labour shortages can be seen when people are getting paid well over the median wage. So create a visa that allows working in any job paying over three times the median wage, or whatever.

Comment: Re:What Bullshit (Score 1) 391

Artificial life forms could be resistant to many kinds of accidents. All they have to do is keep an offsite backup of their mental state and restore to new hardware after the accident.

There's no reason to think that every form of high-speed data transfer must be susceptible to viruses.

Comment: Re:Don't be passive, DO something (Score 1) 312

by gronofer (#48537091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

I don't think games are the answer. Sure you can concentrate on a game for hours on end, but games are designed to be addictive and hold your attention. You can't expect that experience to translate to any real-world activity, and the game will just be an additional distraction.

I don't see anything wrong with queuing up a few web pages to read because they load slowly, as long as there's a good reason to be reading those pages in the first place.

Comment: Re:Haters gonna hate (Score 3, Informative) 187

by gronofer (#48536421) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

Never say never. But how about they stop extorting royalties from software patents first? That's pure evil by many programmers' standards. I'd also like to be clear that they are no longer in the business of inventing "standards" that are intended to make their own products incompatible with anything else. I see that their office software still doesn't use the Open Document format by default.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923