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Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 158

by Carewolf (#47945201) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

(Somewhat related: according to a Reuters poll, one in four Americans want their state to secede from the union.)

Didn't South Park point out that 1 in 4 Americans are idiots?

At least in polls they are. Ask any question, no matter how stupid and one in four Americans will support it. I think it is safe to say: One in four Americans are either idiots or trolling. I could believe either or even both.

Too bad there is so low support for independence though. I think US politics would work better if the states could have their own two party separation and could try different legislation and FAIL instead of being bailed out. Europe has it's share of "challenged" southern states, but it is pretty obvious which nations are succesful and which are not. Also though nepotism imight behigher, monetary corruption is smaller in smaller nations.


U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music' 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the role of album artwork. Marco Arment has some suitably skeptical commentary: "Full albums are as interesting to most people today as magazines. Single songs and single articles killed their respective larger containers. ... This alleged new format will cost a fortune to produce: people have to take the photos, design the interactions, build the animations, and make the deals with Apple. Bono’s talking point about helping smaller bands is ridiculous ... There's nothing Apple or Bono can do to make people care enough about glorified liner notes. People care about music and convenience, period. As for “music that can’t be pirated”, I ask again, what decade is this? That ship has not only sailed long ago, but has circled the world hundreds of times, sunk, been dragged up, turned into a tourist attraction, went out of business, and been gutted and retrofitted as a more profitable oil tanker."

Comment: Re:So influence is the most important? (Score 1) 175

by Carewolf (#47944287) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Joining the EU again will not be as easy as many may think. The EU still has to welcome them in, and not every EU power may be that eager to reward an independence movement like Scotland's. Spain in particular won't want to encourage Catalonia to do the same.

Not true, we already have precedence. New independent territories remain part of EU after seceding. Don't believe the UK and Spanish FUD on the matter.

Comment: Re:Jews (Score 1) 66

by Carewolf (#47943613) Attached to: Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

"Ashkenazi Jews, had more Near East ancestry than anticipated" What!? Off the cuff I'd think they would have 100% Near Eastern ancestry. How much did they anticipate? Apparently a number less than 100.

I would have expected close to but not quite 100% German and Polish. Considering most Ashkenazi look in every way Polish and German and spoke a German dialect, the original semetic genes are likely thin.

Comment: Re:Sanity... (Score 1) 460

by Carewolf (#47941615) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

a foundational principle for justice in the US is that it's better for ten guilty men to go free than one innocent man to go to prison. Another principle is it's legal for a man to protect himself and his family. it's not really a grey area. America, love it or leave it.

Why bring the US into it? That is the founding principles of justice and used everywhere which is why the US copied the idea.

Comment: Re:Sanity... (Score 1) 460

by Carewolf (#47941567) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Law enforcement began as [any given region's] largest street gang, long before recorded history.

You mean that that was in the brief period where it was a relatively popular idea to make law enforcement something better than that

Bullshit. Don't make up your own history. Police is a modern invension, and guards that came before them were often privately hired or worked for a city which is usually run as some sort of republic. Even if you include the state, and the army, many nations started by democratically electing their kings (Most of north-west europe for one).

Comment: Re:Misleading slashdot headline (Score 5, Insightful) 355

by Carewolf (#47926905) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

As usual, the headline is misleading. What's less usual is that they totally undersensationalized the news.

Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
Torvalds: UNIX Philosophy is Obsolete

I think you missed the micro-kernel vs macro-kernel debate that happened when Linux was born. That Linus likes things more monolithic and practical is OLD news.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 149

as a non-american, your country probably has\makes the same deal with major industries, you probably just dont know about it

Yes, but it is bending the general rules that apply to everybody in a direction that is helpful to specific major industries. Making rules that only apply to a named individuals or entities is specifically outlawed by most constitutions. Sure there is still lobbying and the effects of it, but not this overt, out in the open, blantent corruption.


Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon 147

Posted by timothy
from the going-up? dept.
StartsWithABang writes Hydroelectric dams are one of the best and oldest sources of green, renewable energy, but — as the Three Gorges Dam in China exemplifies — they often cause a host of environmental and ecological problems and challenges. One of the more interesting ones is how to coax fish upstream in the face of these herculean walls that can often span more than 500 feet in height. While fish ladders might be a solution for some of the smaller dams, they're limited in application and success. Could Whooshh Innovations' Salmon Cannon, a pneumatic tube capable of launching fish up-and-over these dams, finally restore the Columbia River salmon to their original habitats?

Comment: Re: Not a chance (Score 1) 254

by Carewolf (#47832505) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

The advantage of SCTP is that it is not a retarded implementation of go back N. Which means it can operate efficiently at high speeds on unreliable networks. Also the channels could be easily and automatically used with HTTP to replace the inefficient pipelining. With TCP something like SPDY had to reimplement channels on a higher level.

Comment: Re:Can anybody tell me, please (Score 1) 161

by Carewolf (#47811409) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

Desktop screens have had two sizes in the past 10 years to my knowledge: 4:3 and 16:9 (or close to it), so they have not been getting wider and wider.

I you start at 4:3 moving over whatever the hell 1280x1024 was, then back to 4:3 a too short flirt with 3:2 then settling on 16:10 before dumping it for 16:9, and now trying to argue 32:9 is what everybody (should) want. Sounds like the desktop screens are getting wider and wider to me.

Comment: Re:It's the 1990s all over again. (Score 1) 161

by Carewolf (#47811317) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

<img lowsrc='...' src='...' ...>

That was never standardized, and its implementation was removed for reasons described in bug 92453.

Or, you could could go with the 2000s route, and use CSS's media queries so that you don't try to push large images down to small-screen devices.

Do media queries allow changing the effective src of an img element, or do they work only with background images?

You could combine it with the CSS 'content' property if supported, or just pretend the background is the foreground, which it tends to be unless you put something in front of it.

Seriously. This would be better solved by going back to trying to standardize CSS 'content' that way IMG could be implemented using CSS.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 1) 254

by Carewolf (#47801341) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

The maps doesn't really disagree, they are just painted differently. If you double check with google maps on the side, the areas where the BBC map and Russian propaganda map disagrees are uninhabited areas of corn field that probably neither side bothers to defend. Pick you poison. The BBC maps was more informative as it showed Luhansk to be surrounded which it was.

Comment: Re:PowerVR graphics (Score 1) 88

by Carewolf (#47801307) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

What makes you think they aren't providing drivers?

That they are providing their normal drivers which are no good. They either need to make better drivers (which I don't think they can), or they need to help the production of open source drivers which this could have been a good move to do, but as it is, they just going the NVidia route without the manpower, quality or anything.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.