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Comment: Re:Not due to Putin's ego (Score 1) 394

The second the first nuke flies, we'll see how wrong you are about this little fantasy.

A tactical nuke used in the Ukraine means two things:

Jack & Squat.

I'm not sure Russia would really use them, but you greatly underestimate how pacified and placid the rest of the world has become.

You should have had a bit of a clue with the worlds reaction to a jetliner of innocents dying (yawns all around), but then you are one of the Anonymous Clueless. Your prediction has SO MUCH WEIGHT behind it when no-one can tell it was your weazily self that got it flat wrong...

Comment: Re:Pumped storage and transport (Score 1) 217

by fyngyrz (#47812659) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

The advantage is that it will create a constant current in the canal.

Regardless of the length of the canal -- at least until evaporation becomes a factor.

The constant current can be leveraged to move boats, presumably fairly deep hulled so the really get in the way of the current, and said boats can carry whatever.

Two canals adjoining allows the boat to be moved from one to the other, and sent back to the other end, ad infinitum.

When you put a cork in a river, it'll go from the mountains to the sea, because the current carries it.

What I'm suggesting is create an artificial current using pumps. The two 'c's run in different directions, so you have a full transport loop.

All four ends are physically adjacent, so you only need one pumping station if you connect the two c's across one end.

Old time canals used donkeys and engines to navigate. This works like a river and a raft. You float to where you're going.

Comment: Re:Pumped storage and transport (Score 1) 217

by fyngyrz (#47812513) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

> You're assuming you'll get free energy out of this?

Um... no... where would get such an idea?

Think about it. If you put a transport thing in there (think boat) with a nice deep hull, and there's a 5 knot current along the entire canal created by the transfer at the ends of the C, what will the boat do? Now add another boat at a reasonable interval, say another boat length.

Do you imagine doing this will slow down either the current or the other boat?

That's the point, and that's all I am assuming.

Comment: Re:Can anybody tell me, please (Score 1) 129

by fyngyrz (#47812481) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

That depends on the DPI. My phone, very small indeed, is 1080x1920 (or 1920x1080 if I'm holding it funny.) One of the monitors on my 8-core desktop is 1280x1024.

The DPI difference between them is radical. Even so, any properly designed page will allow the user's browser to resize and reflow the content to fit the window if it's of any sane width (probably only wide enough to render the longest word in the content.) If it can't do that, the browser should hand you scroll bars. Be nice if the browser had a user setting "minimum width before scroll bars", too. That'd be a joy.

Fixed aspect / resolution webpages are horrible.

That, and "hover" menus and windows are the #1 reason why I surf away from web pages.

Tip to "designers": If I didn't CLICK on it, I didn't WANT it, and that means ITS IN MY FUCKING WAY

(cough) Sorry.

Comment: Re:Can anybody tell me, please (Score 1) 129

by fyngyrz (#47812357) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Desktop screens have had two sizes in the past 10 years to my knowledge: 4:3 and 16:9 (or close to it),

Irrelevant. All you really need to know is that pixels are square. It's been some time since we had to deal with non-square pixels. Everything else should be up to the user's browser window.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 394

Ironically enough, my source for this idea was Walter Wink's "Powers" series, which is about taking a close look at the Bible and what it has to say about power (hence the name) and social institutions, and how these can be regarded as living things in their own right. And even more ironically, that idea meshes quite well with Dawkin's ideas about cultural memes being analogous to genetics.

Comment: Re:Window size and pixel density in what header? (Score 1) 129

by fyngyrz (#47812283) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

> A single combination of web browser and operating system can be used on both low DPI displays and high DPI displays.

If the image is wider than the window, you get scroll bars; also, browsers can resize. It's not the server's job. We don't have a bandwidth shortage. We have a decently flexible content shortage. If you know it's a mac or a PC, you know it's got a desktop range of pixels. Likewise any particular smartphone. There's no mystery here worth noticing.

Don't resize images with the viewport. That's very annoying. They should reflow with the window according to the browser's settings. If you set a constant width, then you're asking for scroll bars if the window can't fit that width. This all works very well. It has for a long time. Stop trying to make it not work.

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do something. You could make both the text and the background black -- but you wouldn't, right? Because it's highly unfriendly, to say the least. Well, so is locking the user's browser view to particular widths and heights and sizes and positions. HTML was intended as the content provider; the browser intended to be the content formatter, using only hints -- lines, paragraphs, font styling, etc. The closer you can get to that in web page design, the better web page designer you are, because then the user gets to fit the thing into the window the user wants it to be in.

Every time I run into a page that makes me resize my browser to make the damn thing work, I curse. Every time. Every time some whackjob decides that menus should drop or windows should open when my mouse pointer crosses some object, I curse. Every time I run into some page (like's) that won't run its cart or checkout through the usual standard ports and protocols, when everything else from Amazon to the tiniest little retailer and back to EBay will, I try to find somewhere else to shop.

Stop trying to be clever with the page. Instead, be clever with what you put on the page.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 394

War has been avoided many times.

So it has. Humans are, after all, also living creatures with their own agendas, such as survival. But every time war is avoided, how is that treated? Like we had won a terrible fight against a great enemy?

Or simply read what you wrote. Yes, war has ben avoided. You could replace "war" with "the Great Cthulhu" or "Slenderman" in that sentence and it would make just as much sense. War is not just an unfortunate failure of diplomacy. It's more, a pattern of behaviours inherited from our ancestors that are always there, suggesting a particular response to any perceived situation. And that pattern has been activated once again, and is guiding people's responses towards WWIII.

Comment: Edit much? (Score 2) 212

by Yaztromo (#47812079) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

"Although there are those who think the systems debate has been decided in favour of systems, the exceedingly loud protests on message boards, forums, and the posts I wrote over the past two weeks would indicate otherwise.

"Although there are those who think bacon is tasty, a loud protests I've posted recently on message boards, forums, and here on /. over the past two weeks would indicate otherwise."

(Yeah, I've been here long enough to know that nobody at /. does any actual editing. Still, can I make fun of the submitter for making it sound like (s)he's the one who is going around and posting all the loud protests, and then trying to make it seem like some sort of movement?)


Comment: Re:Manipulated by apple (Score -1) 119

by Yaztromo (#47811959) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

Well that sounds truthy, but I don't buy it especially since you're obviously a Mac nut (your email is I'm hitting 40 and my big fingers and crappy eyes have a tough time navigating my 4.3" screen so the almost 6" my Note 3 has, is an outstanding upgrade. Could the possibility be that people want more phone choices than one? Nah, must be because droids are that shitty.

I have at least seven different e-mail addresses on different domains, including Does that also qualify me to be a Google nut?

Android phones (particularly on the high end) are big for exactly the reasons I described. They were big because of technical issues making them small. But if as a by-product that means a phone that works for the fat-fingered four-eyed brigade, well, I have no problems with that. But it's somewhat silly to be overly proud of the fact that you carry around a large phone, when the reasons why it's large are due to technical limitations for it being small. That would be akin to claiming your portable record player is way superior to an iPod because it's bigger. This is still a technology site, isn't it? (I know -- hard to tell sometimes these days).

Oh, and FWIW, I don't own or carry a phone of any kind, so I don't have a horse in the race either way. I'm glad you found the right phone for you, but I wouldn't go around bragging about your phone being generally better just because it's bigger, particularly when the truth of the matter is it's primarily bigger as it requires more hardware to overcome software issues.


Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 4, Insightful) 394

It won't be the end of humanity... There's no chance that this will ever develop to that scale.

War is an archetypal situation. Once the possibility of one starting develops, it has "suction": people react to the archetype, and that threatens to overwhem rational thought. The archetype was worshipped as a divinity in many cultures precisely because war behaves as if it was a living thing seeking to devour people - or, in this case, the entire world.

So yes, there's every chance this will develop into World War III: Last Dance.

Comment: Not due to Putin's ego (Score 4) 394

Putin has a massive ego, yes. But he's also a realist.

He knows that no other superpower will do anything no matter what he does. Certainly not the U.S. No-one has or will do anything about a whole jetliner of people shot out of the sky with citizens from around the world, why would they about a war in the Ukraine?

Your notion anyone would join forces to invade Russia is the real madness...

So he does whatever he wants because he can. And people are surprised about that?

Comment: Re:Manipulated by apple (Score -1) 119

by Yaztromo (#47810007) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

Apple PR again. In light of good press from Microsoft and android simply having more apps. IOS is falling behind in both quality and quantity. Posted from a 5.5" phone

Let's try to remember for a moment why Andriod phones were bigger in the first place.

Andriod apps written against Davlik are garbage collected, however the garbage collection process on a phone with the typical quantity of phone memory requires a) frequent collection runs, and b) causes pauses. In order to alleviate this effect, Andriod device manufacturers started popping multi-core CPUs into their devices, simply to be able to handle garbage collection in the background, and make their devices appear closer to real-time performance and reduce UI "hiccoughs". Particularly early versions of these processors were more power hungry, requiring a larger battery to meet the same per-charge runtime as the iPhone. This required a larger overall package.

As such, the Andriod phones aren't larger because larger is better. They're larger because they couldn't compete with the iPhone in terms of performance or battery life if they were the same size.

Keep that in mind the next time you want to brag about your giant phone :).


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