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Comment: Re:Strange (Score 2) 163

by Fuzion (#45390555) Attached to: How Silicon Valley Helped the NSA

Neither are required for life in even the slightest way. Plenty of fully functional people have jobs, homes and families and they never fly and don't have Internet access.

Just as a reminder, since it seems to be forgotten so often.

Airplanes are barely a 100 years old.

The Internet, or more specifically, the web, is only about 20.

These are not 'requirements' for life. You will survive without either.

Technically no freedoms are 'requirements' for life, you can survive without them. 150 years ago people of a certain skin colour didn't have any freedoms in the US yet they were alive. Even now, in many countries, plenty of people have jobs, homes and families without ever having the chance to freely express their political views.

The standard for freedoms isn't what's a 'requirement' for life, and it'd be a very unfortunate world if it was.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 642

by Fuzion (#41645635) Attached to: Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

A regulation allowing anyone to legally work around its intent is more than ridiculous -- it has no substance and is the same as if it didn't exist at all.

I don't think that statement is actually correct. There was an experiment done where people where told to eat until they were full out of a bowl of soup. And the amount people ate was strongly correlated to the size of the container, despite everyone believing they only ate the amount they needed.

I believe intent of the law may be served nearly as well even if one or two additional drinks were free. i.e. $2 for the first 16-oz drink, and then second drink was free.

There has been a lot of research in this area, that shows that the slightest nudge in the right direction can actually change people's behaviour quite a bit.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Insightful) 642

by Fuzion (#41644555) Attached to: Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

No one's banning anything. The only thing being limited it the size of a single container. You can buy a hundred 16-oz containers of any sugary drink if you wanted to.

It's very unlikely that a black market rise because I don't see anyone willing to pay any significant amount for a single 32-oz container instead of two 16-oz containers.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 747

by Fuzion (#41496127) Attached to: <em>Innocence of Muslims</em> Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed

The fact that he has spoken at length in multiple speeches against this film, without one word in support of the concept that even hateful speech is Free Speech and protected in America.

Are you sure about that? The below is a direct quote directly from Obama's speech at the UN:

"The amateur anti-Muslim film made in the U.S. that sparked anger was crude and disgusting, an insult to Muslims and America. It must be rejected. But the U.S. won’t ban it because the Constitution protects free speech. Taking that right away threatens the rights of all to express their own views and practice their own faith."

Patents

+ - Congress Asks Patent Office To Consider Secret Patents-> 2

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Fluffeh writes "The USPTO is considering a rather interesting request straight from lobbyists via congress. That certain "Economically Significant" patents should be kept secret during the process (PDF Warning) of being evaluated and granted. While this does occur at the moment on a very select few patents "due to national security" for things like nuclear energy and the like — this would allow it to go much, much further. "By statute, patent applications are published no earlier than 18 months after the filing date, but it takes an average of about three years for a patent application to be processed. This period of time between publication and patent award provides worldwide access to the information included in those applications. In some circumstances, this information allows competitors to design around U.S. technologies and seize markets before the U.S. inventor is able to raise financing and secure a market.""
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Comment: Re:Telus (Score 1) 146

by Fuzion (#39610713) Attached to: AT&amp;T To Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones

This whole unlocking thing should be mandated as soon as the contract paying for the phone is done.

Why wait? I mean in my country the phones only come locked in a very limited set of circumstances and can often be unlocked for a small fee.

I'm in contract with my mobile phone company. If I use my phone with them I pay the phone + my monthly plan. If I don't use my phone I pay the phone + my monthly plan. While I was overseas for 2 months using my phone with another service provider on a pre-paid sim card, I still paid the phone + my monthly plan. Whatever I do with my phone these guys extract $43 out of me every month.

Where's the incentive to lock?

The incentive is that when you're overseas for 2 months, if you're not unlocked, you'd have to pay roaming charges to your current mobile company to use your phone. Otherwise you'd have to get another phone. Once they unlock it they no longer have that revenue stream. I'm not saying it's right, but I'm just saying that's their incentive.

The Courts

+ - Supreme Court rules Congress can re-copyright publ->

Submitted by Fuzion
Fuzion (261632) writes "In a 6-2 ruling, the court ruled that just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.” For a variety of reasons, the works at issue, which are foreign and produced decades ago, became part of the public domain in the United States but were still copyrighted overseas. In dissent, Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito said the legislation goes against the theory of copyright and “does not encourage anyone to produce a single new work.” Copyright, they noted, was part of the Constitution to promote the arts and sciences."
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Comment: Shad Valley (Score 4, Informative) 177

by Fuzion (#38624668) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech-Related Summer Camps For Teenagers?

If you're open to considering locations in Canada, then Shad Valley is a great program that a lot of my friends have gone to. It's hosted by a university in Canada and is well suited for someone interested in tech. I'd recommend the University of Waterloo location as it probably provides the best exposure to the tech companies in Canada.

Comment: Re:Adaption... (Score 1) 328

by Fuzion (#35921568) Attached to: German Company To Install Linux On 10,000 PCs

The non-technical user is a creature of habbit. I've seen them in a confused panic ... when the ribbon came to office you'd thing the world was ending

I will admit, I still haven't figured out the ribbon thing. I've used the hell out of Office 2003 and before. But, every time I sit down to a machine with 2007 or later I get frustrated and either go back to a machine with an earlier version I get frustrated and just install OpenOffice.

I am a "quick key" user (or keyboard short cuts) and none of them work the way I was used to in earlier versions of Word, so I have to "Icon Hunt" which is such an unproductive feeling.

Anyway, my point is even technical users are creatures of habit and can feel this frustration. In the case of the above posting, I think the real problem won't be non-techies (who are simply directed to the icon and application they need), it'll be the techies who want root access (and won't be granted it) and want to install every social networking and widget app known to man. They're so used to all the little windows hacks (that they never needed in the first place) and will get so frustrated they can't hack their system they'll stand around at the printer and bitch and moan about how "they can't do anything they used to."

Tamran

All the versions of Microsoft Office that I've used with a ribbon (2007 & 2010) automatically recognize shortcuts and treat them like Office 2003. For example in Excel 2007, if you enter Alt+E, S that brings up the Paste Special dialog just like in Excel 2003. It's not obvious at first that the shortcuts will work, but give them a shot and it should function in the same way.

Comment: Re:Still north of $12,000 (Score 1) 126

by Fuzion (#35397736) Attached to: Graphs Show Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast

While $12,000 is quite a bit of money, it's certainly much lower than the July 2001 cost of $100,000,000. Also, my understanding is that most uses don't require sequencing the entire genome, but rather just a small subset of it. The cost per megabase has dropped from nearly $10,000 to less than $0.20, which does seem quite cheap.

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