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Comment: Re:Right to be forgotten? (Score 1) 193

by Chuckstar (#47738753) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

The right to be forgotten should apply to Facebook as well. What it doesn't apply to is first-party stuff that gets covered by freedom of the press, as that is considered to trump the privacy freedom. Don't ask me how they decide whether or not to consider Facebook "press". I quickly get lost in the mind-boggling logic of telling Google not to list something in an index that is sitting publicly on a website.

Comment: Re:Get facts straight (Score 1) 193

by Chuckstar (#47738719) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

I think the point is that if you want access to stuff from an HD, it's got to be plugged into something. The more storage you have, the more of those "somethings" you need, along with the routers and logic to connect them all together. All of that stuff takes power, even when the HDs themselves are asleep.

You could do something similar to the Blu-Ray setup, where a robot plugged/unplugged hard drives instead. But I'll bet once you're going to accept that kind of latency, a robotic Blu-ray juke-box with lots of Blu-Ray disks would be a whole lot cheaper than a robotic HD juke-box with lots of HDs (the lots of Blu-Ray disks vs lots of HDs being where the savings would really be found).

Comment: Re:So there is a problem... (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by Chuckstar (#47683189) Attached to: Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

The point was that only the GM cars have the problem that heavy stuff attached to the key can turn your car off in the middle of driving down the road. It's especially a problem with rental cars, because they have heavy stuff attached to the keys as a matter of course.

Comment: Appears elsewhere? (Score 1) 349

by Chuckstar (#47384501) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

I don't know enough to comment on the validity of the claimed copyrights in general. But I do know one thing: The fact that material appears elsewhere online is not evidence that it is not copyrighted.

The important question is not whether the stuff appears elsewhere. The important question is only whether Oracle's claimed copyright is real/valid.

Comment: Re: Exactly (Score 1) 128

by Chuckstar (#47372401) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

The study only observed how many people used devices some time during the flight. It didn't particularly focus on during take-of/landing/taxi. So all it means is that allowing use during those extra times doesn't encourage the 65% who weren't using their devices to suddenly start using their devices. In other words, not a lot of people were saying "if I can't use it during takeoff, the I won't use it at all."

Comment: Point? (Score 5, Informative) 128

by Chuckstar (#47372321) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

I'm not sure I understand the point. I don't remember anyone claiming that more people would use mobile devices on planes if they could use them during taxi and takeoff. It seemed it was always just that the people who were already using devices on planes wanted to also be able to use them during taxi and takeoff.

Comment: Re: Can they make a 3D shade? (Score 2) 92

Gods thinking. But two potential problems that spring to mind:

The petal profile seems to matter, although I admit to not knowing why. You'd have to have your sphere replicate that outline from the various appropriate angles.

Controlling reflection of stray light back into the telescope is already identified as a potential technology problem. A sphere may make that even more of an issue.

Comment: Re: Aperture Science (Score 1) 92

You are correct that there is not an orbital alignment that would passively keep the telescope and shade in alignment with a star. They plan to put the system in a solar orbit (so that the speed at which alignment shifts will be slower than if it were in Earth orbit) and also they will have to actively guide the telescope using ion thrusters in order to maintain the correct alignment during an observation. Because of this, observation windows will be relatively short. This requirement for active guidance during observation is one of the technology risks identified in one of the links above.

Comment: Re:Make a good mobile site (Score 1) 244

by Chuckstar (#46851729) Attached to: Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

Agreed. I wasn't trying to imply that making a mobile site work that way was hard. Frankly, was trying to imply it was relatively straightforward. It's always possible a big company borks something easy, but I fully expect that the need to switch to the web to purchase a comic book will be only very marginally less convenient than in the app. (I admit that in the app would always be the more elegant system, but it really doesn't have to be a big deal if Amazon is smart about it.)

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