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Comment: Re:So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by catmistake (#48639275) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

the UEFI standard which is nothing to do with Microsoft

Since its inception, Microsoft has ever been trying to control open standards, and UEFI is merely one example of their success at doing so. If you think Microsoft is not actively attempting to control every standard conceivable, you're a shill or an idiot, and probably the latter. I understand software is complicated, but Microsoft intentionally mandates their vendor lockin with every single thing they release, from new versions to updates to patches. I'm not going to bother with providing a trolling AC with examples, because since the 1980's there must be thousands if not tens of thousands of examples of Microsoft pushing this anti-competitive agenda. I'm not anti-MS, either. There's a lot of great software they have. But Microsoft is BAD for EVERYONE because of their business practices. Adobe, IBM, Apple, and Google have many examples of similar shenanigans, but all pale in comparison to what Microsoft has done and continues to do. We can only imagine how good Windows could be if Microsoft wasn't obsessed with fleecing everyone.

MS bad

Comment: Re:The Legit Bay (Score 1) 78

by catmistake (#48639163) Attached to: Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

if you think you can just suck the MONEY out of the system

This isn't stealing bread from a starving family. The sales inventory at all the studios remains constant. Explain to me how all the non-enterprise copyright violators cost production studios or entertainers even one cent? Theft it is, but it is not the same as crime because the victim has NO DAMAGES.

Comment: Re:So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by catmistake (#48592011) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

but it certainly does not BLOCK it either:

To put it politely, Microsoft does have a knack for "inadvertently" yet periodically breaking competing and usually free technologies in enterprise, and recently... competing OS on consumer hardware. The Linux guys keep up with them and fixes role 'em out, but I doubt the home user will fare so well. I don't even know if its possible to purchase new hardware that I can do what I want with, thanks to Microsoft.

Comment: Re:One good turn... (Score 1) 235

by catmistake (#48569501) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

You cannot debunk what he said by just calling it racist.

It is far easier to debunk on its face: race does not exist in hard science, but only in sociology. Genetically, there is no "race trait." Biologically, it is not a characteristic that is used. Its really a crap concept and eventually we'll stop using it. But I have deep concern for them because most people find that biologists are not as smart as other races. (See? I can talk nonsense, too!)

Comment: Re: Better known as... (Score 2) 45

by catmistake (#48540685) Attached to: A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos
I also think they're underestimating cats. But If they're connecting deep learning systems to telescopes (which is not explicitly stated), when a cat is positively identified, perhaps somewhere millions of light-years away and hundreds of thousands of light-years across, I guess we'll be sorry.

Comment: Re:obviously they should track the sun (Score 1) 327

by catmistake (#48512849) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
you're right.. I see the flaws in my proposal. thanks... esp. the part about how "Crazzy Eddies Plastic Clockwork Solar Tracker Hacked OneOffs" might not market so well, nor do such good business compared to doing it right with safety and the economics of the homeowner in mind, not the cheapest possible solution.

Comment: Re:obviously they should track the sun (Score 1) 327

by catmistake (#48512323) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
true... but you're not making one. I don't get to build many bridges in a control booth, but seems like once you sorta gettit rite, when you mass produce it, that cost is spread out so much...

assuming the $100Ks per installation for trackers meant they might at least be $2K-5K per panel... I bet I could design something a lot cheaper that would work fine for 5-10 years.... out of even off the shelf stuff. I was thinking of something that worked like those plastic clock wall wart things that turn your lights on and off. At $200, does it really have to be such an accurate clock? Does it even need a powered motor? "Sun (should be) over that way... sorta... " and breaks in 4 years 2 months for $200 might whoop the pants off "Sun is exactly there to +/-0.00003% deviation" that lasts 10 years (or what have you) and is Hurricane Rated Z3.4 and 80mph winds for $2000.

Comment: Re:obviously they should track the sun (Score 0, Troll) 327

by catmistake (#48511885) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

But adding trackers can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars

hmm... sounds like there's a good reason why it might be expensive... it has an eye or something, detects where the sun is, and uses some microcomputer technology and patent encumberd logic to do things the way they do things in the 25th Century, we imagine.

But it just needs to be a clock. So I don't see why it would cost even $200 per panel to install a single axis "tracker" that is actually just a friggen clock. Seems like this space might be ripe for taking out all possible competition with one amazing "dumb" product.

I love engineers. But maybe we have too many and their bored? Maybe not enough and their bored? idk. No excuse for overengineering a problem with a really simple/cheap solution.

Comment: Re:is it really bad in the first place? (Score 1) 342

by catmistake (#48502413) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU
This is what I'm talking about. Look, resources are limited. THERE IS OTHER, REAL CRIME. Lets put resources into fighting THE WORST and most popular crimes. Lets not waste resources and time going after offenders that probably cause .01% of car accident deaths. Its just common sense: don't waste time trying to find and police things that aren't worth the effort. More people are killed by second hand smoke than a stoned driver. More people are killed by tripping and falling than intoxicated cannibis drivers. I'm not saying they're ok, I'm saying IT ISN'T WORTH THE MONEY, it will not be effective, and the courts are going to destroy these efforts. But you go ahead on your cruscade against nothing.

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