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Comment: Re:EUgle? (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by Bigjeff5 (#48476623) Attached to: Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

If your bank forces you to open savings accounts and credit cards with them to have a mortage that bundling is anti-consumer and illegal... period.

When did Google ever start forcing users to sign up just to search? I'm pretty sure that's not a thing. Just like banks don't force you to have savings accounts and credit cards with them in order to have a mortgage with them, Google doesn't force you to sign up for anything to either search, or to show up as #1 in search. For the latter, all you've got to do is be the most popular thing for that search query on the internet.

If you want to show up in a prominent place on the search page for a particular query, even though you aren't #1 (or even #10, or whatever) on the internet for that query, well, that's going to cost you.

For Google's services, I don't see what search has to do with any of it. Is Google artificially bumping themselves in the rankings? I'm not sure if the EU is aware, but Google is absurdly popular. I'd be shocked if Gmail didn't come up #1 in a search for email, and low and behold it does. #1 on Google and #2 on Bing, somehow Yahoo comes up first on Bing, while MS takes up #2 and #3 on Google. However, Google's cloud service comes up #4 on their own engine and #7 on Bing. iCloud is the first commercial service on both (actually #1 and #3 on Bing).

So pretty similar results, and MS certainly isn't going to fix Google results in Bing. The EU is full of shit. Bundling isn't harmful unless it is exploited, period. It often leads to a greater overall benefit, as products are more likely to be able to interconnect. If there is evidence of exploitation, that's different, and the EU should drop the hammer on them. But there isn't any evidence that that is going on here that I've seen, so this is almost certainly just politicians being dickweeds at the behest of people who paid them a lot of money.

Comment: Re: Lies. 100% Lies. (Score 1) 143

by bzipitidoo (#48470325) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

No, I do not agree with that defeatism. They have not won. In fact, their cause is a losing cause. And they know it. Secrecy and treaties tried as attempts to bypass legislatures are not signs of power, they're signs of weakness. Enforcement is utterly impractical. No organization has the power to force everyone to obey copyright. It only works somewhat because people are willing to obey it, thinking that doing so helps artists.

What can we do? If we do nothing, they lose. The only way copyright cartels can win is if we help them win. Don't help them. That's all you and everyone else has to do. Don't buy DVDs or CDs, or devices that play them. Don't buy devices that enforce DRM. If you want to help, we can do a bit more than that. Use your public library, and not corporate bookstores (*cough* Amazon *cough*). Help crowdfund art projects. Tell your schools to use open, libre textbooks. Tell the library and politicians you want libraries and schools to have digital options for everything, as soon as possible.

Comment: Niche energy (Score 4, Insightful) 87

by amorsen (#48468587) Attached to: WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Median energy density in waves is too low in most places. You need way too large machines to extract useful amounts of power. The few times you get sufficiently powerful waves they tend to rip your equipment to bits.

Wave energy is one of those ideas which seem really obvious from a distance, so the fact that project after project fails does not seem to dissuade anyone. They were obviously just doing it wrong.

I really hope that I am wrong and this turns out to be a great success, but I am not holding my breath.

Comment: Re:Lies. 100% Lies. (Score 1) 143

by bzipitidoo (#48464545) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Copyright infringement is not stealing! It should never have been criminalized. It should not even be a civil violation, or thought immoral or wrong. Sharing is a public good, and as such should be encouraged. Yes, encouraged. The government should never have tried to regulate sharing. Restricting copying was a terrible way to raise revenue for any purpose, and as for the stated purpose of enabling producers to profit and thereby encouraging more production, it is failing miserably. Instead, copyright and patent law are frequently misused to censor and suppress the very arts and sciences it was supposed to encourage.

The real greedy scum in this show are the RIAA and MPAA members. Many people, and apparently you too, have swallowed their line of reasoning. They are nothing more than slimy monopolists. They squelch most art to keep the rest small enough for them to manage it all themselves. They own it, or they bury it. In doing so, they hold us all back. Who knows what scientific advances we would have now-- cures for cancer, solutions for famines, and so much more, if they had not created this climate of denial of knowledge.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 428

by jedidiah (#48462635) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Exactly. RAID prevents a drive failure from being an immediate data loss.

Plus, RAID allows me to keep all of my bulk storage online while I am replacing a drive. That portion of my data hoard is not completely unavailable to me while I am copying data to the replacement drive.

Of course you want at least 2 copies of your data.

This is where the relative cheapness of HDD wins the day. You don't just need 1x of what you think you need but at least 2x.

Yes. Take that large number associated with SSD tech and DOUBLE it.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 428

by jedidiah (#48462163) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

It's not disingenuous at all. It merely demonstrates the primary problem here, namely the price gap. Larger SSD drives are low capacity and expensive. They are priced outside the range of most consumers while also being inferior in terms of bulk storage. A larger SSD is less able to justify it's price premium than a larger HDD.

Even if SSD prices get less ridiculous, chances are that HDD prices/capacity will keep pace and continue to keep HDDs relevant.

Comment: Re:The Same Game (Score 1) 429

by jedidiah (#48458239) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Most of the kinds of people that immigrate to the US illegally have a total 3rd world worldview and aren't scofflaws in the conventional sense. The idea that they have to comply with the rules of some central government while going out their daily lives is an alien concept to them. They see things completely differently. They don't even understand things like borders, or national citizenship, or something as basic as a marriage license.

A lot of people will take advantage of them because of this too (not just employers).

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 429

by jedidiah (#48458013) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

100K is only a high degree above the poverty line if you avoid popular high density urban areas.

Furthermore, ANY professional position SHOULD be "far above the poverty line" as such jobs require a high degree of costly preparation. They require more than a pulse. Their price should reflect that.

The price of labor should reflect the financial overhead of being eligible for the job in question.

This sort of "You should expect whatever crumbs your betters offer you" kind of attitude is sick and depraved and economically unsustainable.

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 429

by jedidiah (#48457949) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

I think a question like this should be more about the applicants ability to "do something" as opposed to just being overwhelmed by the situation. The answer need not be perfect, it just needs to work.

It's really just a low bar to see how helpless a person is.

Can you take care of business?

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra