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Comment A life without steak ? (Score 3, Informative) 189

Look you can be vegan or whatever if you want, but I think I'll take the risk and eat my juicy barbecued steak. As for the methane : it contribute only roughly 25% of the warming that CO2 does. The reason are simple : the half life of methane in the atmosphere is short and the quantity of methane are 1/200 of those of CO2. And then enteric fermentation is barely above 16% of total methane emission (all farm animals counted, not only cows). Coal mining , oil drilling and treatment is above that , about 19%. Then there are other sources, rice cultivation (12%), waste treatment and landfill (12%), burning of biomass (9%) look up wiki if you wish for more details and more importantly : the sources of citations. Sure we should keep in check, as long as we don't concentrate on "cow" and follow other venue , like reducing coal and oil CO2/Methane emissions.

Comment xkcd is funny but does not always present reality (Score 4, Funny) 254

Think about it, our modern world mostly exists because of the huge automation processes going on.

I concur with the GP, if a problem is being repeated, then I seek solution on how to automate it. Over the year i automated a lot of stuff from testing, to revenue accounting. I also learned to always foresee additional cost equal to the initial development, over the next ten year, as debugging or maintenance, and when somebody ask me to automate stuff I ask them to sign it off with the knowledge and understanding of that maintenance cost.

Comment If true fuck them (Score 4, Insightful) 227

Look I know my local economy would suffer a lot (I live in germany) but there is a limit. This seem to be outright fraud, just after another scandal ? That reek of corporate corruption to the highest level. And no excuse : after a first software cheat was found, an audit should have uncovered any further cheats. This can only have had the tacit or implicit high level complicity.

Comment That old urban legend ? (Score 1) 212

The "detection van" urban legend has existed for decades. But OK, let us think about it : how much cost that tech and how much would it cost to *sweep* around single family home ? How much that would give back in money ? keep in mind the beeb license is "cheap" 150 pound per year and at worst they can only ask you, or make such hoax to try to convince people. Not sue you AFAIK. And that's not even counting if such evidence would even be acceptable. And that's single home family. not try to imagine that's a multi home dwelling. This is the license van hoax for this decade apparently.

Comment This has NOTHING to do with worker right (Score 2) 517

The article is about sciences grant, collaborations. Let us say you had a lab in Frankfurt wanting to have a 5 year collab on a subject, and they have the choice between an UK lab and a swedisch one. Which one do you think would be safe form them to take ? Excately : not the UK one. And to add , let us say you are a researcher in UK getting an EU grant. What hapenned afterward ? *maybe* the rgant runs to tis end, but afterward ? Well here you go . no more EU grant and now the Uk has to give more grants to *keep* the same funding amount of science, and the collaboration is not as easy anymore. What this has to do with worker right ? Nothing whatsoever.

Comment Youa re not supposed to joke as a candidate (Score 2) 177

Well at least not that sort of joke. There are certain joke which makes relationship with other country difficult, or makes you look like a fool, and you should avoid as a candidate for the highest office. this is one of those. If you want to see others , see Borris Johnson. Note that nominating such a person may be a political sign , a finger shown to group of people, I leave it up to slashdotter to decide which groups. But as a candidate for POTUS you should pretty damn fucking check what sort of joke you do, and joke about catastrophe or attacks (e.g. 9/11, pearly harbor), jokes about foreign president or countries, or jokes about attacks (be it physical or cyber) are certainly not something one should do.

Comment That sound wrong (Score 1) 182

The maximum allowed concentration in the table I see is 190000 microgram of 1,1,1âTrichloroethane per liter. That's 190 mg.Liter - 190 *grams* per cubic meter of water. Stay away from that water.... I hope i read that wrong or somebody bungled that. That seem way too high. Heck the PEL (although it is in gas form) is around 350 ppm, or about 1.9 mg per liter of gas (1900 mg per cubic meter). Somebody knowing the vapor pressure (100 mm Hg at 20ÂC) fancy calculating how much would go in the atmosphere near the river at such high quantities ?

Comment It depends on the number of backups (Score 1) 80

It really depends on how often the backups are done, and how long they are kept. I remember for an old mainframe system they were done hourly, but with only 7 days kept. Other will have a lower frequency. But usually they are not kept forever, are usually overwritten as a sort of rolling backup. Now I could be wrong and yahoo could be saving a few terrabyte forever on regular basis but it sounds dubious as there is no commercial interest for this, this is why most ISP and firms fought plans to be forced to keep backups of some data , including logs, for a long time. It cost a lot of money. So yes delete are not committed retroactively, but after a while they become a de facto reality.

Comment if you got nothing to lose (Score 1) 1145

Then you got NOTHING to lose. On the other hand those who have something HAVE soemthing to lose. tritte isn't it ? But it reflects that once a huge part of the population get rationalised away by automation, well guess what ? Assumign you are one of those "not mediocre not abusing" folk (already holding that kind of thought is all kind of wrong for a variety of reason but i disgress), then suddenly you will become a prey for those who have nothing to lose. Societal network will debgrade and it will end in blood and revolution. You can't have a huge part of the population left dropped and hope they will go lie in the street die for you.

Comment Reflash back to factory ? (Score 1) 141

I am not used to tablet OS, but I am assuming that they have an EPROM for the "current" OS and a ROM for the original one. I could be wrong. If it is the case cannot you simply reset back to factory build with factory OS and still exploit the vulnerability ? If it is the case why is there outrage ?

Comment multiverse isd not a theory (Score 1) 387

It is the interpretation of the mathematical measurement of the wave. There are many different interpretation and the Copenhagen one is the one I use (parsimony does not need multiple universe - wave function just collapse). until falsification through experiment of one or the other it is all a question of taste and how uch you want to use parsimony in your interpretations.

But again : all those are multiple interpretation of a mathematical artifact, the measurement. That those guy in with their book do not seem realize that and place it on the same level as string theory shows they are themselves "out there".

Comment " thus rendering relocation unnecessary" (Score 1) 621

Unfortunately for some firm (financial or engineering) some institution/testing/financial processing have to be done on EU soil. So retaining some EU market access would not be enough as per law they must be in an EU country. You would have to change that law first, and you can bet that this would be vetoes by country which have to win by having those institution forced to move.

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