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Comment: Re:Since when is NYC in Alaska? (Score 1) 226

by staalmannen (#49343763) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC
I think the idea is to hook up 3 already existing trans-continental highways. Europe's E30 is already connected to the Trans-siberian highway (so basically a road all the way from Ireland to Vladivostok). The big idea here would be to hook this up to trans-continental highways in North America (the trans-canadian something?).

Comment: The nice features of English as a world language (Score 1) 667

by staalmannen (#49264895) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'
As a non-native speaker using English daily with other non-native speakers, I must say that it is the ideal global lingua franca. First of all, it is very open-minded about "broken" pronounciation and minor grammatical errors ("Bad English" is actually a thing). In contrast to other big languages, it is not as obviously tied to a single nation or culture - so everyone can make it "theirs". (Other large languages expect perfection and a non-native speaker will be treated as intellectually inferior) I think one explanation for this could be that English itself stared off as a hybrid language (Germanic Saxon/Scandinavian mixed with Latin midevial French - and possibly some ancient Celtic in the mix).

Comment: Different EU political instances (Score 1) 71

by staalmannen (#49194499) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy
The EU comission (basically "federal government") and EU parlament have voted for. It is stuck at the council of ministers (basically the second chamber representing the national governments). It is very popular for national politicians to use EU as a scape goat, but here the blame is on them.

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 210

by staalmannen (#49146619) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

The problem, even with a spinal cord cut intentionally and carefully, is that the surgeon has no way to know what connections in the head go to what connections in the body.

It sounds like he's simply hoping it all sorts itself out somehow. Or maybe that the brain could eventually remap everything. Seems unlikely. Especially within two years.

The basic idea would be physiotherapy afterwards to make the brain re-learn how to move the body

Comment: Re: One thing right in my book (Package management (Score 1) 489

by staalmannen (#48854397) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
Hopefully there will be an easy list with "trust scores" for 3rd party repositories easily available to users (and with the chocolatey already activated, the need for addotional repos for FOSS might not be needed). Btw OneGet is also open source and on github ... Not the same MS that we love to hate...

Comment: One thing right in my book (Package management) (Score 4, Informative) 489

by staalmannen (#48850441) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
That they finally start with a package manager (or package manager manager) : OneGet which will integrate with Chocolatey is a big "right" in my book. As a Linux user for a decade, one of the strangest things in Windows-land has been that users still need to go to web-pages and download installers manually - which in it self poses a security risk since the average user might not verify that the web page is genuine. With an efficient software management (keep everything up-to-date) and installation eco-system, we can hope that a lot of the crapware littering download sites will go extinct (I have had to clean up various computers for friends and family running Windows - those running Linux did not need much support apart from the occasional upgrade). As a GUI front-end I find Chocolatey Explorer user friendly enough, but other options will most likely pop up later.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 129

by staalmannen (#48555273) Attached to: Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

There has been plenty of people here who have claimed that Linux and open source provide an architecture which is by design more resilient against malware than proprietary solutions.

It is. That is why a Linux malware get to be news whereas yet another Windows malware does not register above the noise as news because there are so damn many of them. The same thing with the Bash, GnuTLS, OpenSSL etc vulnerabilities. "More resilient" does not mean immune - claiming immiunity would just be silly. News of Critical Vulnerabilities in Windows are about as frequent as every Patch Tuesday.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming