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Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 448

Computers are different here. I now have a Dell Latitude 14" machine (I can't find the model number now... On older model the model number was printed over the keyboard, but it isn't anymore), and it came with two mic's built into the top of the display bezel, next to a reasonable web cam. With Skype and similar apps on Linux, the audio is really good.

My old machine (also a Latitude, but a 7-8 year old model) had the mic on the main body of the machine, above the keyboard. That meant it picked up all sort of keyboard and fan noises, making an external webcam with a built-in USB mic completely necessary for internet telephony.

Comment: Re:What logic! (Score 1) 139

by kyrsjo (#47350593) Attached to: Norway Scraps Online Voting

Exactly - they are equivalent except for the ease-of-use. And voting in Norway is already pretty easy (source: I am a citizen) - you have voting booths at basically every primary school during election day with quite short queues, and you can pre-vote a lot of places (which was my preference a couple of times - go to the booth in the corner of the university canteen). They also come around to hospitals, retirement homes etc. so that even if you're stuck in bed, they bring the ballot box to you.

Where is mail-in voting the default?

Comment: Re:Wait, trials? (Score 1) 139

by kyrsjo (#47337179) Attached to: Norway Scraps Online Voting

You're wrong.

In Norway, the standard system is that you get into a private voting booth, which is stocked with ballots for different parties. You may if you wish rearrange this ballot (cross out candidates etc. using a normal pen), before you put the ballot in a closed envelope. You take this envelope, together with an ID, to the ballot box, show the ID and get crossed off the list, and put the envelope in the ballot box.

It is also possible to cast the vote a few weeks earlier at some locations (local government offices, universities, embassies/consulates etc.), basically using the same system except that the protocol (the list which you are crossed off from) is electronic.

Finally it is possible to mail in a ballot (you need not use the official forms, it is acceptable to write the name of your favourite party on a sheet of paper) if you are living abroad, but the process is somewhat complicated. This probably corresponds closest to the electronic system.

Comment: Re:Heard a talk from a CERN physicist (Score 1) 31

by kyrsjo (#47077169) Attached to: CERN's Particle Smashers List Their Toughest Tech Challenges

Luckilly most of that is done in the trigger of the experiment, where dedicated hardware solutions filter out a lot. These boards typically sits physically close to the experiment, monitoring a few key subdetectors. When one of a list of pre-programmed conditions occur, they read out all the data from that event, and pass it on to higher levels of sorting. This has to happen very quickly, as there is a new collission every 25 ns, and each of the subdetectors can only hold the data for a few events before it "rolls off the pipeline".

It's kind of a very very fast spamfilter...

Comment: Re:Why not car company? (Score 1) 301

I was answering to your comment, which seemed to imply that they are never point-to-point, when the system as a whole often are. And for the on-demand thing: If it leaves every 10 minutes or so, that's close enough.

But shure, if you live out on the contryside, it gets harder, especially during the night. However it's funny that you mention airports, as they are often quite well served by public transport. I have myself several times taken the airport express train or bus to catch an early flight.

Comment: Re:Has this ever happened to you? (Score 1) 216

by kyrsjo (#46997181) Attached to: Who controls the HVAC at work?

Actually, to me it always made more sense that the indoors temperature should to a certain degree follow the outdoor temp - during the winter I have more clothes on, so I preffer a bit colder. During the summer I work in a t-shirt and shorts, so make it warmer please!

In the end, we end up only running the AC a few months in the middle of the summer + running the heat (waterborne radiator under the desk, perfect to rest my feet on when they're cold :) ) through the winter. We do have AC in this corridor (top floor facing the sun), but it's not really standard here. Luckilly it's each and every office has it's own thermostat, the only common control is whether it's set to cooling or heating (useless...) - and all the people in the office agree on what is a comfortable temperature.

Oh, and no reason to excuse yourself for using sane units :)

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