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Comment: Re:RIP, you cold cypherpunk (Score 1) 40

by EvolutionInAction (#47790763) Attached to: Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies At 58

I imagine some of the cryo houses are 'scams' in that they don't believe revival is possible, some are true believers. Regardless, I don't think that 'revival' is going to be possible until somebody figures out a protocol for actually freezing the bodies without damage in the first place. What is quite possible is instead us figuring out how to make exceptionally fine brain scans before some or most of these companies go bust. It's much, much cheaper to maintain a massive redundant storage server farm than a cryonics warehouse.

Then the problem is emulating a human brain, but hell, at least we know where to start with that. Fixing a freezerburnt body seems a hell of a lot harder.

Comment: Re: What makes this a gigafactory? (Score 1) 95

That defeats the entire purpose of the SI. The prefixes are fixed. They have definite meaning, and that meaning is constant through all units. All the units have the same base. Any violation of that and we might as well be using Imperial.

So no, it wouldn't 'make more sense.' The SI did the only thing they could. They adopted the units, and even went out of their way to make new prefixes to cover the binary byte use cases.
Yeah, it means a lot of old documentation is now wrong. But there's only one way forward if we want a sane system of measures.

Comment: Re: What makes this a gigafactory? (Score 2) 95

So? They weren't SI units, but they used SI prefixes (wrongly.) Now the SI has made SI units based on the old ones that do conform. They even threw in some binary units for the times that they are actually useful. You're just pissed because it turns out people respect the SI more they do grumpy old computer geeks.

Comment: Re:Hm. I wonder if the sintering can take a punch? (Score 3, Interesting) 71

If I remember this correctly, sintering is actually one of the favoured manufacturing methods for implants. Something about how you can make the material surfaces porous enough for tissue to hold on to, which traditional machining simply cannot match.

I've no doubt that sintered parts have undergone failure testing and found acceptable. Do you know the level of regulation for a medical implant? It's insane.

Comment: Re: What's the point? (Score 1) 129

Read. He says that if you can have a light emitting grid below the object of interest you could do some neat tricks with illumination.

Of course, if you could actually get pixels much smaller than a wavelength, the big application would be true holography. You aren't drawing images at that point, you're drawing interference patterns.


After Knocked-Down Damages Claim, Apple Again Seeks to Ban Some Samsung Phones 114

Posted by timothy
from the literally-anti-competitive-behavior dept.
Bloomberg reports that after Apple's patent victory in court last week over smart-phone rival Samsung, Apple is seeking a sales ban on several specific phones from Samsung; none of them are currently flagship devices. "The nine devices targeted by Cupertino, California-based Apple for a U.S. sales ban include the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3 and Stratosphere." Getting the competition blocked from the marketplace over patent claims is something that Apple's tried before in connection with its beef with Samsung, and the company has had mixed results, depending on jurisdiction. Last week's decision in favor of Apple hints that the jury didn't think the company deserved the entire $2.2 billion it was seeking, awarding (a mere) $120 million, instead.

Comment: Re:Users make the final decision ... (Score 1) 406

by EvolutionInAction (#47043549) Attached to: Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

Arguing with several people in the same thread is annoying.

I am not arguing against the security measures that Mozilla is putting in place. Those are good! I'm arguing against the violation of one of the principles that the browser was launched on. Maybe it is "bowing to reality" but I honestly don't care about that. Stick to your guns, or what's the difference between you and google's chrome?

Comment: Re:Users make the final decision ... (Score 1) 406

by EvolutionInAction (#47035941) Attached to: Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

This is the inclusion of closed source, liberty restricting software in a product that touts its open source, free and open internet stance. Not including software that restricts your freedoms is not restricting your freedom in any way. You are free to use another program to get that closed content. You are free to write a plugin that implements EME.

And yeah, I'm still free to chop out the cruft from firefox. Yay, I guess. What's wrong about this is that Mozilla is bowing to external pressure to break its principles.


by EvolutionInAction (#47034301) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

I'm kinda confused here. You say that killing a cop is a terrible idea because you get 500 police with guns coming to get you, but if the patrolman doesn't have a gun he'll get shot because he's unarmed?

It's still a bad idea to kill the cop! It's not like NONE of the police have guns, just the patrolmen. So if you shoot at that guy you're going to get taken down hard, if you just run maybe you'll get away.

Comment: Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (Score 5, Insightful) 450

by EvolutionInAction (#47027705) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

It's not that they don't trust the officers with a gun, it's that everybody knows that patrolmen don't have guns. Why spend money to get a gun when you know that you're not at risk of being shot at to start? And then why shoot at an officer who you know won't shoot at you?

The idea is that it lowers the stakes all around.

If you hype something and it succeeds, you're a genius -- it wasn't a hype. If you hype it and it fails, then it was just a hype. -- Neil Bogart