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Comment: Re:Obama (Score 5, Insightful) 706

by Ferzerp (#48351155) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Let me take that further.

It would be like saying Ford should pay for highway maintenance while still funding it through gasoline taxes, etc as well. Additionally, the roads would never be maintained beyond the bare minimum and rarely if ever expanded, even though they are double funded.

There is the car/road analogy that you were looking for.

Comment: Re:Links ! (Score 4, Insightful) 242

by Ferzerp (#44814749) Attached to: Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

Not really. That was an *extremely* poorly controlled experiment by grade school students. Magically, no one else has produced similar results in an actual controlled study.

If your *only* evidence is a single experiment performed by individuals with barely rudimentary training in the sciences, you might want to consider that it is your bias causing you to readily accept the outlier as opposed to the norm.

Comment: Re:My give-a-darn meter is reading negative GADs (Score 2, Interesting) 180

by Ferzerp (#44742091) Attached to: Patent Suit Leads To 500,000 Annoyed Software Users

I think it's the hubris of Apple hurting the "software users" more than the patent holder. Instead of working something out, notifying its users, or something else, it just makes their app work poorly now.

Perhaps they can be told they are holding it wrong causing connectivity issues....

Comment: Re:Now if we could just kill PDF... (Score 5, Informative) 212

by Ferzerp (#43879091) Attached to: DRM: How Book Publishers Failed To Learn From the Music Industry

The reason is, PDF and ebooks are really at odds with one another.

The point of PDF is to render the exact same on each screen. Like a physical book, each page should always look the same (only zoomed or not zoomed). An ebook needs to be able to reflow the text to support changing aspect ratios, font sizes, etc. When you do this with PDF, you can just zoom in or out. If your application is actually reflowing a PDF, that means it's not really displaying a PDF. Instead, it is taking the content, extracting it, and displaying it in some native format.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"