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Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 258

by Ichijo (#47922791) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Instead, tax-per-use: road tax...

You'd end up in a shit hole of a society in which things like roads and schools don't work and don't get funded.

So if we had a road tax, roads wouldn't work and wouldn't get funded? That's like saying if a restaurant charged for cheeseburgers, they would taste awful and nobody would buy any.

Comment: Re:Back up to optical media (Score 1) 257

by Ichijo (#47911517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Backing up the "master archive" is critical! The "derivative" files shared out aren't so critical, as they can be reconstructed from the "master archive". An example is MPEG-2 will preserve videos at high quality, but with large file sizes.

I agree that backing up the master archive is critical, but for video that archive should be the original file created by the video capture system, preferably a non-lossy archival format such as FFV1 or HuffYUV in order to reduce or eliminate generation loss and retain all the original data and metadata for future reprocessing. MPEG-2 tosses away potentially valuable information in order to reduce file sizes and is therefore better as a publishing format than as an archival format.


3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the print-and-drive dept.
An anonymous reader points out this advancement in 3D printing. This week, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local Motors stole the show. Over the six day span of the IMTS, the company managed to 3D print and assemble an entire automobile, called the "Strati," live in front of spectators. Although the Strati is not the first ever car to be 3D printed, the advancements made by Local Motors with help from Cincinnati Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have produced a vehicle in days rather than months.

+ - Who is buried in the largest tomb ever found in northern Greece?

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Excitement continues to build as archeologists dig deeper into a massive tomb discovered two years ago in northern Greece.

This past weekend the excavation team, led by Greek archaeologist Katerina Peristeri, announced the discovery of two elegant caryatids—large marble columns sculpted in the shape of women with outstretched arms—that may have been intended to bar intruders from entering the tomb’s main room. “I don’t know of anything quite like them,” says Philip Freeman, a professor of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

The curly-haired caryatids are just part of the tomb’s remarkable furnishings. Guarding the door as sentinels were a pair of carved stone sphinxes, mythological creatures with the body of a lion and the head of a human. And when archaeologists finally entered the antechamber, they discovered faded remnants of frescoes as well as a mosaic floor made of white marble pieces inlaid in a red background.

Archeologists believe this tomb is connected somehow to Alexander the Great and could very well be the burial site of one of his relatives or close allies. They will not know more until they actually enter the tomb."

+ - Researcher loses job at NSF after government questions her role as 1980s activis->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Valerie Barr was a tenured professor of computer science at Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a national reputation for her work improving computing education and attracting more women and minorities into the field. But federal investigators say that Barr lied during a routine background check about her affiliations with a domestic terrorist group that had ties to the two organizations to which she had belonged in the early 1980s. On 27 August, NSF said that her “dishonest conduct” compelled them to cancel her temporary assignment immediately, at the end of the first of what was expected to be a 2-year stint. Colleagues who decry Barr’s fate worry that the incident could make other scientists think twice about coming to work for NSF. In addition, Barr’s case offers a rare glimpse into the practices of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an obscure agency within the White House that wields vast power over the entire federal bureaucracy through its authority to vet recently hired workers."
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+ - California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews->

Submitted by ericgoldman
ericgoldman (1250206) writes "Some businesses are so paranoid about negative consumer reviews that they have contractually banned their customers from writing reviews or imposed fines on consumers who bash them. California has told businesses to stop it. AB 2365--signed by Governor Brown yesterday, and the first law of its kind in the nation--says any contract provisions restricting consumer reviews are void, and simply including an anti-review clause in the contract can trigger penalties of $2,500."
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Comment: Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (Score 4, Informative) 161

by Ichijo (#47874759) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

This is actually quite useful if you're on WiFi or have more data than minutes remaining on your plan. I'm on T-Mobile's $30/month unlimited data + 100 minutes talk plan, so if Google's VoIP works as well as Skype, I'll be making most of my calls from Hangouts.

Comment: Re:Talking Point (Score 1) 427

by Ichijo (#47864201) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

I think you'll find less resistance from me or anybody else if you focus on things that elicit a positive pushing increased research funds for cleaner burning engines, real fuel production alternatives like algae. Things that benefit everyone, AND reduce environmental impact.

You're hoping for some future technology to save us all--a deus ex machina. But there are things we can do now. For example, eliminate subsidies and favoritism for automobiles.

Oh, but this would hurt Big Oil and people who love to drive, so it wouldn't benefit everyone.

You can't please everyone all the time, so why should we even try?

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 0) 812

by Ichijo (#47846173) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

It is why Cities have always struggled. To many people to close to each other. The wealthy always purchase enough space to make themselves comfortable. However the poor can not and once you get so many people pressed together they fight.

I think the fighting is because downtown areas heavily subsidize the suburbs (source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4) and so the inner city poor are getting fed up because their money is leaving their neighborhoods and is spent on subsidizing the middle and upper class lifestyles. And because the middle class prevents economic mobility by keeping the poor out of middle class neighborhoods.

+ - Recommend a service to digitize VHS home movies?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Could someone recommend a service to convert old VHS home movies to a lossless archival format such as FFV1? The file format needs to be lossless so I can edit and convert the files with less generation loss, it needs 4:1:1 or better chroma subsampling in order to get the full color resolution from the source tapes, and preferably it should have more than 8 bits per channel of color in order to avoid banding while correcting things like color, brightness, and contrast.

So far, the best VHS archival services I've found use either the DV codec or QuickTime Pro-Res, both of which are lossy."

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+ - Former NSA Chief says "Isis are using Snowden leaks to evade intellegence"-> 2

Submitted by bobbied
bobbied (2522392) writes "Former NSA Deputy Chief Chris Ingles claims that the information that Snowden leaked is being used by ISIS to evade intelligence gathering by the NSA. He also said "militants in Iraq and Syria are 'clearly' harder to track down since the rogue agent made freely available a wealth of top-secret information about how the U.S. government hunts its enemies online."

The Ex NSA Deputy Chief is claiming that what was leaked by Snowden goes way beyond what was necessary to expose Snowden's privacy concerns and has severely damaged the NSA's ability to collect intelligence by exposing their methods so they can be evaded."

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