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Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 141

by ultranova (#48684987) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

If we do it, people say that no one loses anything if you make a copy, and that sharing has been part of human culture for ages. These people should have nothing to whine about if Sony then goes to do the same thing.

Sony has been one of the advocates for de facto life-ruining punishment for copyright violation. They will almost certainly continue being that in the future too. So why shouldn't they get hoisted by their own petard when it turns out they're not just cruel but also hypocrites? Avenge their victims and dethrone the malefactor.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 141

by mrchaotica (#48684769) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

Eh? If we do it, people say that no one loses anything if you make a copy, and that sharing has been part of human culture for ages. These people should have nothing to whine about if Sony then goes to do the same thing.

If Sony were an individual and wanted to play it at home in private, sure. But incorporating into a major commercial motion picture (i.e., for profit... at least in theory) is a little bit different!

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 124

by CBravo (#48683251) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"
There could be a P2P-like-sharing of cookies from those sources. Got to watch out for special cases (login stuff or after viewing private content). You could swap out cookies after every page visit (given certain pages).

I am still wondering why my browser would care for cookies from those domains when being on a whole different site. Or limits their lifetimes better (sure google maps can set a cookie when visiting a website, but after closing the page it should be gone).

Comment: Re:Supply / Demand curve (Score 1) 188

by roman_mir (#48682301) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

You are talking about super regulated markets, markets where governments are heavily involved and declaring that the way they are regulated and corrupted by the governments is something that would prevent a bakery from changing prices on the fly should their market conditions change, for example a giant influx of consumers wouldn't change the market conditions for bakery enough to change prices. I showed that as market conditions change the producers quickly modify their behaviour. I don't know what you are even trying to say, however comparing stable and predictable market conditions to changing market conditions and declaring that changing market conditions do not cause producers to changing prices is too silly.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 248

by Zak3056 (#48682115) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Yeah, I get the in universe explanation, what I question is why this was an issue in the first place. A mech carrying around a giant pistol should be all the inspiration you need to get from point a to point b , and it's not like it's a big engineering challenge given that you already managed to modularize the thing into a pistol form factor to begin with (especially when you civilization is keeping FTL travel going with spot and balling wire... You've got to have some seriously talented engineers).

Maybe they just had really aggressive patent attorneys in the star league era? Like "on the internet" patents turned into "on a battlemech" patents and ComStar held the IP with multi century terms, while the clans were the actual successor (no pun intended) in interest... The whole battle of Tukayyid thing was actually over who owned the omnimech rights, which is why they called it a trial. Make about as much sense as the actual storyline, I guess.

Comment: Re:this report is inconsistent (Score 1) 127

by radtea (#48682039) Attached to: New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

This is a scientific paper being written for the author's peers, none of whom would ever misinterpret it. I've seen this issue come up in a couple of places where laypeople are confused by the language of physics.

This is not a problem with the language of physics: it is a problem with laypeople.

I'm all for clear scientific communication, but at the end of the day, communication is hard and worrying about how some random person on the 'Net might misinterpret a term you use every day in your professional work is just not a good use of anyone's precious attention.

When I write poetry I do so in a pretty technical way. If people don't appreciate that, sucks to be them, because they are not my audience. I'm the same way in scientific communication: I write for my peers, and everyone else does the same. Let the popular science authors do the translation. They need the work.

Comment: Re:Difficult to reconcile with SN 1987A (Score 2) 127

by radtea (#48682025) Attached to: New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

The primary difficulty here is going to be the same data that was really tought to reconcile with in the OPERA experiment, namely the data from SN 1987A.

I had the same thought, but it turns out not to be the case. Given the model he's working with, the neutrinos will be as much above the speed of light as they would have been below it if they had the same real mass (0.3 eV or something like that.)

For ~10 MeV neutrinos this gives gamma absurdly close to unity, and it's as impossible to distinguish neutrinos traveling just over c from ones traveling at c from ones traveling just under c.

The paper actually mentions SN1987A and talks a bit about the time resolution required.

Comment: Counter-culture in full effect! (Score 1) 254

by PhrostyMcByte (#48681599) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

So many people are panning this movie. Have you guys posting negative comments actually seen it, or are you just reacting to the press?

I mean, I get it -- there's bound to be some sort of automatic counter-culture response to defend against the massive amount of press talking about how controversial and important it is.

Yes, it's a little controversial to target an actual country and an actual leader so directly. But you know what, their message while embellished for comedic effect isn't really far off base. I think the world could use some more of this controversy, and there's nothing saying this type of thing needs to be in dry journalistic form.

As far as the movie itself goes --- it's a Seth Rogan bromance dick joke movie. It really doesn't bring anything new to the table. It's not his best movie, but it's by no means bad. It's fun and entertained me the whole way through.

Comment: Re:Zero-Day Flaw? (Score 1) 81

by ultranova (#48681571) Attached to: Lizard Squad Targets Tor

This is why we can't have nice things.

Of course we can. Reality - including human nature - simply sets the design parameters for those nice things. For example, would it be possible to fit major torrent clients with built-in (non-exit) Tor nodes? That way, torrent traffick would not swamp exit nodes and would actually help hide the kind of traffick Tor was originally designed for.

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 2) 152

by ultranova (#48680703) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

At least if most of the learning happens at school, kids get mostly the same shot at it.

Those who aren't bullied, at least. Those who are get to spend some more mandatory time in Hell. And longer school days mean more stress and thus more bullies and less teachers willing to do anything about it.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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