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Comment Re:Illegal phone running (Score 1) 137

Outlawing encryption may mean average citizens won't have it, but it'll be the beginning of an enormous arms race between govts and citizens. The War on Encryption, yes, will make the War on Drugs seem easy in comparison.

One factor at work is that justices obviously aren't going to bother to learn about anything that wasn't around when they started law school, so it's going to take quite a few years to fix that.

Comment Export, not electricity (Score 1) 281

Sell excess energy to foreignors, sure, but not as electricity across the Mediterranean. Since this plant operates at very high temperatures, use a bit of that high-temp heat to produce/reduce something, in effect shifting the energy content to Morocco. Keep Matthew McConnaughey there, we already have too many Lincolns.

Comment Solution: static ads from 1st party (Score 4, Insightful) 287

If you're complaining about me not watching ads on your site, how about showing me ads FROM your site, not a third party's; and static images and text, no video, no animation, no scripts, no multipage GIFs. Certainly never popups/unders/etc. I do NOT object to static images and text, for which I'm already paying the bandwidth to download.

Comment lack of money, influence (Score 1) 277

Those who install telescopes out of view of inhabited areas generally don't throw large sums of money at politicians. Those who build cell towers near inhabitants generally do, if needed, and generally get their way. Those who wish to strip coal from the tops of mountains generally do as well, and generally get their way. See a pattern?

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 3, Informative) 668

People act like there's only one problem, that is, political correctness or whatever name it has this week which prevents people from expressing themselves, but the other very large issue is the crazy notion that everybody deserves equal air time, equal coverage, etc. no matter the ignorance or illogicality of their words and ideas.

Comment Some decisions have huge effects (Score 2) 164

...in the long run. No cable company should ever have paid anything for any channel or broadcast that carried advertising. Either ordinary (ad supported) channels or premium (no ads) channels. Period. Now look what a mess we have. Cable companies caused this, and when they first did, they weren't even competing with anyone.

Comment Opportunity, maybe (Score 1) 276

There are some fairly inexpensive efficient V6s around now that could easily double the power. Unfortunately it's a rear-engine car. There wasn't a lot of bad news before because with limited power there weren't that many issues, but double the power and some people will be bitten, hard. DMC-12s are best for just cruising and looking cool. I'm sure some knee-jerk 911 owners will, well, jerk their knees, but they won't be buying DeLoreans anyhow. Rear engine designs with powerful engines are generally not compatible staying on the road pointed forward.

Comment inertia (Score 1) 311

Why are there a few high-quality news sources still around while a number of others have come and gone? Because the fairly small audience remembers and depends on those long-lived sources. Staying power is all-important. The longer you stay the more solid and loyal the audience. (Though SlashDot is obviously not paying for investigative journalism) why am I here and not in a dozen other forums with similar content? Because this one has been around a long time and hasn't changed all that much over the years and hasn't had any (IMHO) serious lapses in integrity, at least none that weren't mostly fixed in response to user outcry. I can concentrate on the content and comments without having to think about the structure.

That said, how do we finance such organizations when click-bait-infested sites return greater short-term profits? For public goods like roads, we usually have the government provide financing, but that wouldn't work so well for an organization reporting on government affairs. A quasi-independent agency like the US Federal Reserve Bank? Regardless of the conspiracy theories out the wazoo, there's a very high level of professionalism within. But still... board members are appointed by government officials. And part of the secret to the Fed's success has been that they can't be defunded at the whim of Congress or a pissed-off Executive. How would a news organization be funded without the shadow of government or corporate interference?

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