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Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 342

by Dcnjoe60 (#47767435) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Adding an additional data point - Jesus's woodcrafting tools measured in cubits so it's not that either. In fact his penis was said to be several millicubits long.

That would be Noah's woodcrafting tools. By the time Jesus came around, nobody was quite sure what a cubit was anymore.

Comment: Re:Two dimensional? (Score 1) 34

by Dcnjoe60 (#47767401) Attached to: Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

For sufficiently small values of 3 dimensions, it effectively becomes 2 dimensions. ;-)

So, when you draw a line on paper, it's a line on a plane, even though the ink has some depth to it and the paper has a surface which isn't completely flat under a microscope.

Or, something like that.

But what you are drawing is only a representation of a line on a plane, not the actual line on a plane. If all of these 2-dimensional sheets were stacked on top of each other, would they still be 2D? If not, then technically, they aren't 2D to begin with. You would think that scientists would be more accurate with their articulation of complex concepts.

Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 2) 342

by Dcnjoe60 (#47766385) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Because of the size of the population (which exceeds that of all Europe)

It always surprise me how americans see the world: in their head.

Europe: population is 742 millions
USA: population is 352 millions

Yes, there are people outside the USA, and MUCH MUCH more than inside. And you still don't know it and display your ignorance right out there for everyone to see... Nice job, really.

To be fair, Europe is a continent while the United States is a country. A more accurate comparison would be North America versus Europe, which would be 742M to 565M. Of course the continent of Europe includes Russia, which most people don't include. Take out Russia and the two populations are very closely matched. If you want to compare by country, then the US still is many times larger than most European countries.

Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 342

by Dcnjoe60 (#47766299) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

No, it's flamebait. It mentions no less than four additional points not relevant to this discussion simply in an attempt to troll Americans. Take out those four other points and I would agree it's a valid criticism, or perhaps include other points that ARE relevant/related.

I'm sorry, but the point regarding the imperial system is relevant. Only the irrational "logic" of religion would explain why the hell we refuse to convert.

The Vatican, while obviously not representing all religions, but being a major one, uses the metric system, so I'm pretty sure that imperial vs metric has nothing to do with religion.

Comment: Better question (Score 1, Insightful) 767

by Dcnjoe60 (#47750751) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Who really needs systemd?

It may provide some features not previously existing, but it also breaks a lot of stuff that people "knew" were there.

A better question is why does it matter. Nobody is forcing systemd on distros. They are free to use whatever init system them want. The only reason this is an issue is because debian change to it and all of the derivatives, including the *buntus are now changing because of debian's change. However, nobody is forcing anybody downstream to change.

Distros are free to use whatever init system they want. Now, if they don't want to expend the effort and use the upstream init system, well, that is a design decision on their part. But, they aren't being forced into it.

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 272

by Dcnjoe60 (#47747279) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

You mean like gmail and youtube, which were initially built and operated almost entirely with money obtained from Google's search service?
I'm still wondering why nobody filed a complaint for that.

Because when gmail came out, Google wasn't a major player and there were already other free mail services. As for Youtube, didn't they buy them out?

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 272

by Dcnjoe60 (#47747265) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Google's current cash cows (AFAIK) are search, email, and android.

Close. Google's current cash cows are search. That's it. Just search. As of their FY-2013 statements, search was still 91% of their total revenue. Android is a loss leader to keep people tied into their app ecosystem, which keeps the data & advertising machine fed. Paid email (a la google apps) is a mere drop in the bucket.

Actually, their cash cow is selling information. Search is just how the primary way they obtain it.

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 272

by Dcnjoe60 (#47747251) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Your reasoning sounds very similar to what Microsoft said about internet explorer vs Netscape in the 90s. Maybe what makes such giving the service for free anti-competitive is the market share of the the one giving it away. Obviously Google and Amazon are huge players in the market. If giving their stuff for free eliminates the other competition, then it can be anti-competitive.

Walmart did this in its early expansion days. They would come into a small town sell products much cheaper than any other store and once those stores closed, WMs prices were raised. What's to keep Google or Amazon from doing the same thing?

When you are the little guy, it is permissible to undersell to gain market share. When you have the majority of the market, and you decide to do so usually means there are other motives.

Comment: Re:Turn it around: (Score 1) 129

- Campus Christian Ministry decides to start spamming the entire campus with pro-life messages.
- Young Republicans club start spamming the entire campus with messages calling for the impeachment of Pres. Obama.
- ROTC program starts spamming the entire campus with messages encouraging students to sign up for military service.

Where's your unfettered free speech now?

Why anybody would be worried about those groups or any other boggles the minds. If the content isn't illegal, then why censor it? Surely if kids are smart enough to be in college, they are smart enough to hit a delete key for content they don't want.

Comment: Maybe... (Score 1) 441

by Dcnjoe60 (#47730051) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Maybe tech firms should hold on to some those dividends paid to shareholders and use them to train their employees if the employees are just "sort of ok." Or, maybe the government should say for every foreign worker you higher, you need to pay 20% of gross wages and benefits into a fund that will be used to train those "sort of ok" workers. That way, the short-term solution of hiring foreign workers leads to a long term domestic solution. It also keeps companies from having a windfall profit from the practice.

Comment: Re:Or (Score 1) 82

An mp3 file is not considered tangible personal property... I can buy a book and somebody can inherit it. I cannot buy a pattern of electrons called an ebook and somebody inherit it.

Nobody except the RIAA, MPAA, et. al. has ever made a legal argument that such a distinction exists. I do not believe it exists. I do not believe that any court has ruled that such a distinction exists or that any law has been enacted that creates such a distinction. I think you are an RIAA (et al) shill, spreading FUD.

Now put up or shut up.

It doesn't matter what you believe, only what the law/courts say. There are ample court cases, most of it under state sales and use tax laws to show that electronic content is not a sale but a contract agreement to use it. That's one of the reasons there are federal proposals to tax edelivery of content -- because current tangible property laws don't apply. It has nothing to do with the RIAA or MPAA. It has to do with 200 years of property law. Like all laws, if you don't like it, work to change it.

Comment: Re:Or (Score 1) 82

The deceased, unless they created the music, does not own the music. The purchased a license for them to listen to the music.

Bullshit. They most certainly do own that copy of the music, and none of your ridiculous FUD and RIAA shilling will change that.

It has nothing to do with the RIAA. An mp3 file is not considered tangible personal property, the media it is on is, however. It is also not considered real property (ie land and buildings). As such, there is nothing to transfer or inherit. Now, if the files are stored on a local computer, that is personal property and you can inherit that. However, your remote hosted drive is not owned by you and cannot be inherited.

I can buy a book and somebody can inherit it. I cannot buy a pattern of electrons called an ebook and somebody inherit it. You can only inherit tangible personal or real property. An ebook or other electronic media may have a license that allows it to be assigned to another person, in which case somebody else may have access to it after your death, but 1) most do not and 2) if they do, you still don't inherit it. Like the original purchaser, you don't own it, you just have a license to use it.

Comment: Re:Sale by another name (Score 2) 82

Chances are it was sold to them with a buy button and the description of the product was the product not the licence to the product. Chances are the payment was one time payment for permanent access to the copy. This is the definition of a sale. Calling a sale by another name does not change it from being a sale.

Unfortunately, it does. You also don't usually buy software. It may look like a sale and even be called a sale, but you are accepting a license to use the product in a manner that the owner of the product deems appropriate. If it were a true sale, you would be the owner and thus could do with it whatever you want. Also, for a sale to take place, there has to be an exchange money for tangible property. Electronic distribution has already been determined by the courts not to be tangible personal property, so again, there cannot be a sale.

In reality, it makes no difference what the transaction is called, it is all about who retains ownership and with electronic content, it is not, usually, the person paying for it.

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