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Comment Re:Oy (Score 1) 451

(It's like antilock brakes, they increase the stopping distance for those who properly apply brakes, but reduce it for those that don't, but nowadays everyone has to adapt to a different technique that is a greater stopping distance.)

"Tekniikan maailma" which is a leading and highly respected auto/general tech magazine in Finland tested this back in the day when ABS was a new thing. Rally drivers who are by definition should have excellent driving skills and reactions time were just barely able to mach ABS in straight braking distance. When other factors such as random timing requirement (even though they knew to expect it at some time) or requirement to steer during braking to avoid collision ABS beat every rally driver.

And tech has evolved since. I really don't believe you or any other Internet Guy who thinks they can "apply brakes properly" can beat professional drivers.

Comment Re:Statists will not go quietly into the night (Score 1) 330

Insurance is mostly for the car damage (both cars) and it is required by the law.

Not true. The mandatory insurance covers also healthcare expenses. Sure, in typical setting nowadays the costs of the twisted metal are greater and few broken bones and a night in hospital is indeed covered from our tax-funded healthcare system.

BUT when someone is seriously injured, and suffers a trauma that causes disability and makes then unable to work or a need to train themselves to a new profession, our system definitely does NOT cover those, and those and funded from your insurance. And these are the big bucks, google what courts have awarded for loss of ability to work in these cases... (And if you are uninsured or there is malice the common insurance pool which pays these damages will go after you for those damages...)

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 295

Companies making GMO seeds have already resorted to very slimy tactics regarding their product - even if the patents expire they can use dirty tricks like making their seed incompatible with pesticides other than their own, use licensing clauses to prevent usage of their seeds with other products, make slight modifications and patent the modification again (we have seen pharmaceutical industry doing this - sometimes succeeding, sometimes not) - so I'm not confident at all that patent expiration will solve anything.

I'm with parent - GMO is OK for me as food, I'm not afraid of it and in fact when properly used it could solve many yield problems and reduce waste / energy needed to produce food. BUT the business around GMO seed is just evil, and therefore right now GMO is not helping where help is needed the most (third world countries - in fact it can make situation there worse).

Comment Re:I never understand the point of that (Score 1) 480

This is not restricted to military. I was raised (given the basic instructions on what to do where) in 1980s and then at home and in elementary school the rules were simple:

- Man wearing hat indoors is not considered a gentleman. In classroom wearing hat was prohibited. Normally one should take hat off instantly when going indoors.
- You don't eat with hat on. Even outdoors when you are primarily eating (sitting down).
- You never, ever wear a hat to a place of worship. You also respect rules of the religion regarding clothing when visiting a church / temple of not your own religion.
- When raising a flag or singing a national anthem you take off your hat. You do this out of courtesy even when abroad and a foreign flag is raised / anthem is sung in event you are participating in.

Comment Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (Score 1) 101

840 and 840 EVO are using TLC NAND which is "early SSD" all over again in some respects, and the bug itself is not in the wear-leveling, but on read-retry on cells which are not written to for a certain period of time. Agressive wear leveling (by shifting the data around) can get around this problem, but it is not desirable, especially on TLC NAND which has fewer P/E cycles than MLC or SLC.

So hopefully the fix is really in the read calibration to get "right" results from cells without retries, and not a workaround which would lower the life expectancy of the drive.

Comment Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (Score 1) 138

This is still pretty far-fetched from your original assertion of saying as his opinion that Finland should never do or say anything that could be construed as being antagonistic to Russia. If that would be the case, he would not assess the situation against what Kremlin says the situation is, would he?

Saying that he doesn't support stronger and more permanent NATO bases in Baltic countries is a very different thing. Finland still has politicians and public figures who think that the best way would be the official line from 30-40 years ago which indeed included "pragmatic" stance towards Soviet Union but Tuomioja in his old days is now much more honest and direct than before, and Finland is highly divided when it comes to NATO so his comment is perfectly reasonable coming from person (and party) who is opposed to applying for NATO membership.

For comparison, look at the comments from Paavo Väyrynen (also former foreign minister).

Comment Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (Score 1) 138

This is simply not true. Just by using Google translate on his home page ( you can see that on his analysis on the situation at Ukraine he puts Russia as supplier of weapons and as part of the ongoing armed conflict. A fact which official Russia (and their supporters) still firmly deny. I can understand your ...umm...criticism with Tuomioja because of his background, but what you say is simply not true.

Comment Re:Too good to be true? (Score 1) 196

This has been used already by Nokia in Symbian devices and also on N900 (Maemo).

Granted, memory might have been even more expensive then (even relatively to requirements on what is considered much) and this could have been seen as a "smart choice" and not so surprisingly what happened was that Nokia would squeeze the fast "application" memory to a bare minimum, and it left users complaining that their "C-drive" is full on their mighty 16 GB device with 13 GB free. No premium manufacturer concerned with user experience today would do this (unless they can get away with it transparently and hide the fact from the end user) .

Comment Re:Knowledge is Power (Score 1) 157

Those cases where forewarned doesn't help are definitely at issue. The classical example is Huntington disease. It's an autosomal dominant death sentence and there is no treatment or way to alter the course of the disease. Some people don't want to know. There is actually a very elaborate three-phase commit for testing/getting results for Huntington disease, and geneticists won't perform the test on a minor.

On the other hand - in case of Huntington's there is a 50/50 chance of your children inheriting it from you if you have it. So it can be argued that is it not ethical to test yourself if one of your parents has it in case you are planning to have kids?

I can understand some people do not want to know and still have kids and are ok with that, however I would not be in the case of Huntington's specifically (no cure, very, very nasty disease - although depending on the repetition count of the gene pattern that causes the disease the age and severity of when the disease manifests itself vary).

Comment Re:If it's not broke, don't fix it (Score 1) 101


I see this all the time with tech-oriented people as well. They say that we don't need IPv6 because IPv4 and NAT works just fine, and XP is the best thing ever and it is just greed by Microsoft to not support it. What separates tech people and managers is that managers count money. IPv6 and DNSSEC implementation cost money.

Techies who oppose these often cloud their inability or non-desire to learn something new and "complex" in "if it works, don't fix it". Which of course also comes down to investment - if you have to invest your time to learn something new with no immediate (as in pay raise *now* opposed to "able to get a job in 2 years") reward it is easy to write off improvement as unnecessary.

Comment Re:When you have a bad driver ... (Score 4, Informative) 961

Yeah, every *novice* race driver claims that they can stop faster without ABS.

This has been debunked even on 20 year old ABS systems. In Finland - with professional rally drivers. Yes - on perfect conditions when the driver has the power to start whenever he likes - the non-ABS braking distances were a little bit shorter. But when you introduce even 1 unknown variable (not knowing when to start braking, unknown traction below the wheels, distraction during braking) even the professionals failed to stop faster on non-ABS car.

I've got a bad feeling about this.