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Comment Been there, done that (Score 0) 365 365

For me, the problem was not the cramped living space and lack of creature comforts, but rather that most good plots either don't have a road leading to them or there is already a house there. Maybe finding a good spot is a skill that can be acquired, and maybe you're aiming for more sparsely populated areas than I was. I ended up in parking lots, on camping grounds (which don't appeal to me), next to a noisy road or in the dark woods. As an exercise, try going for a drive and see what spots you find where you could put your future RV.

Comment Re:And this is different...??? (Score 0) 285 285

Though, it seems the Javascript designers must have liked Pascal. Why else would they use "function" and "var"?

Nah, JavaScript syntax has, as far as I have been able to tell, no differences from C syntax unless where functionality dictates it. "function" and "var" are cases in point: In a C program, these keywords are replaced by type specifiers. JavaScript doesn't specify types, so they had to come up with something else to put in those places. Technically, they could have used the same keyword in both spots, but I guess they didn't come up with one that made linguistic sense in both places.

Comment Re:Negative pressure at atomistic scale ? (Score 1) 292 292

I didn't read the article yet, but in general a negative pressure in a liquid means that you're trying to pull it apart with external forces, a bit like a solid under tension. Usually an unstable situation, since a cavitation bubble would be energetically favorable.

Comment Much easier solution (Score 1) 357 357

You just split off the hindmost car at each station. Or for those who enjoy spoon-feeding: Say you have a train line with 8 stations, call them station 0..7. Typically, station 0 and 7 are big cities, station 1..6 are small ones. Start the train at station 0 with 6 cars, call them 1..6, where 6 is at the front of the train, 1 at the back. If you're going to station no. n, get into car no. n. If you're going to station 7, get into any car. Car no. n gets split off from the rest of the train at station no. n. The split-off cars continue their journey after their stop and join up with previously split-off cars from the same train once they regain cruise speed. At station 7, the whole train stops.

Advantage: All stations 1..6 get connected nonstop to cities 0 and 7, while passengers going from 0 to 7 only need to stop once. Of course, this requires each car to be motorized and automatically controlled. Also, it only works if you're going from station 0 to n or from station n to 7, not from n to m. Additionally, the idea is surely not original so feel free to google that for me.

Comment Re:In my opinion (Score 1) 545 545

You can't revoke a non-revokable license agreement, i.e. the agreement between company X and anyone who's downloaded the product. However, the agreement only applies to whatever they've downloaded and nothing impedes the copyright holder from making different agreements with other licensees, in practice in conjunction with new versions.

Comment Copyright (C) who? (Score 1) 545 545

IANAL, but... I suppose there is a copyright notice in there somewhere. Is it Copyright (C) 20xx My Old Employer Inc. or Copyright (C) 20xx My Name? Whoever has the copyright gets to choose the license for future versions. If it's your name in the copyright notice, you probably have a better case than if it's theirs.

Comment Hostages (Score 2) 645 645

So, you're a pirate and the merchant ships have started firing back and sinking your colleagues. What's your next move? Might I suggest that you bring a couple of hostages, staff from one of the ships you currently have captured perhaps. Now, that makes everything a bit more complicated, doesn't it?

Comment North Korea (Score 1) 858 858

It seems people just don't want to contemplate the most likely sender of this packet. North Korea have launched numerous rockets in the past, some of them flying over Japan, causing a lot of anger and concern. They are predictably unpredictable and less than a month ago called a us-led naval exercise off its coast a "declaration of war". Whether this is a response or perhaps last month's harsh words were a run-up to a long planned demonstration. Either way, it's the only explanation that makes sense.

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