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Comment: I don't get why the government is involved at all (Score 1) 221

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49502065) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

If digital radio is supposedly better for the consumer, why not just let the market decide? One would think the broadcasters would naturally migrate over as their customers demanded it.

And if consumers don't really care about digital versus FM - why does the government? Have the Norwegians solved every more important issue facing their people?

Comment: Re:Solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 140

Who walks around without $2 in their pocket?

I keep an "emergency $20" in my phone's wallet case - but that's generally the only cash I have on me most of the time.

On a side note - I wonder when I turned into that guy? I used to swear I would never, ever use a debit card. Now that's almost always how I buy stuff.

Comment: Re:Parody, right? (Score 1) 140

This isn't from the Onion?

Every work day, when I get off the Sounder train at King Street and am walking over towards the bus tunnel, there's a guy hawking those "Real Change" tabloids. I've never seen anyone actually take one, though - and I didn't realize they weren't free!

Comment: I'm relatively lucky (Score 1) 142

At least if the comp is other Comcast subscribers. I live in a semi-rural area that doesn't have all that many cable subscribers. We are on Comcast's lowest tier service, but when I measure the speed I consistently get 60MB+ down (only 6 up though).

For comparison - at my mom's house, in a residential area containing thousand of suburban houses, 6MB down is about the best you'll ever see - and a good bit of the time your queries are just hanging there.

Comment: No thank you (Score 1) 197

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49474701) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

I see enough of this crap on Safari - random web sites wanting permission to display "notifications" on my system when it's extremely unlikely anyone would find said notifications useful ("Hey! James Johnson just published a new article!" "Hey! BluePooper7 just commented on a story you read!"),

Thanks, Chrome, for taking it a step further!

Really, the only sites I think this might be marginally useful for is Gmail and Google Calendar - and they used to offer a much smaller footprint, targeted "biff" application (Google Notifier for Mac) that did exactly that. Now, if you want their notifications, you need the entire browser to stay in memory, apparently...

Comment: Re:These licensing deals (Score 1) 137

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49461081) Attached to: UW Scientists, Biotech Firm May Have Cure For Colorblindness

This is publicly funded research

That is actually a pretty big assumption you are making, there.

If you go to their lab's publications page, you can read through the acknowledgements for each paper - that tells you where the funding for each particular bit of research came from.

Looking at their first few papers it appears to me that they are mainly running on various public funds (e.g. research grants, other university monies) along with some money from not-for-profit foundations.

Comment: These licensing deals (Score 5, Interesting) 137

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49460703) Attached to: UW Scientists, Biotech Firm May Have Cure For Colorblindness

This is publicly funded research. It bothers me that faculty and universities - as well as their corporate partners - end up reaping millions (or even billions) of dollars in windfalls based on research paid for on the taxpayers' dime.

At a minimum, these deals should have a clause requiring the amount of public money spent on such research should get paid back from these corporate proceeds before the schools and companies start collecting.

Comment: Is that the best sales pitch they can offer? (Score 5, Insightful) 105

Ultimately it means you'll be able to find a recipe online, have the ingredient list and preparation instructions sent to your mobile device, and your smart oven will be automatically configured with the correct settings.

I fail to see where any of this is saving me much time or effort compared to what I can do today. We already keep our grocery list in a Dropbox file. One might argue that knowing you're out of something is an advantage; but in practice it's too late at that point - and "running low" is dependent on what you're planning to eat over the next several days.

Having a recipe displayed on my phone or iPad is certainly handy - but I can do that now, with no more effort than is described above ("find a recipe" is the only effort involved - and you have to do that either way).

Configuring the correct settings on my smart oven? That's like 5 seconds - tops - on my current oven. And my current oven is at least 25 years old! I have to turn a dial to set the temperature... oh, the humanity!

Seriously, as far as I can tell the only "advantage" this particular corner of the Internet of Things offers is either to 1) advertisers hoping to sell me stuff; or 2) other various parasites.

Comment: You have to be careful (Score 5, Insightful) 173

When your data size is 1, drawing conclusions is problematic.

Also, the blob itself went away last fall. There is a significant amount of warmer than average water that has appeared along much of the West coast this winter, but it's not in the same location as the blob.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.