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Comment: (Score 1) 140

Can't we muster a popular appeal against posting vapid articles from here? Please? Or at least post them with a mandatory icon warning people that this is heavy on glossy pictures and light on worthwhile information?

Who writes this stuff anyway? Clearly somebody with a strong interest in big photos of impressive looking things; whereas I suspect that most of us would be far more interested in good, solid, factual information, without illustrations, unless strictly needed. Is it 'samzenpus'? Does he/she have a glycerine complex?

Comment: Alert! (Score 1) 87

by ortholattice (#49789967) Attached to: Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity
Much better is the KentuckyFC guy who scours for interesting NEW physics ideas, discoveries, and speculations. Some of his stories were posted on slashdot in the past, but it seems this StartsWithABang guy has replaced him. So now I just go there directly.

Comment: Re:Ahh (Score 1) 271

by jandersen (#49789937) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Why? Since when is it a court's business to protect some business model that doesn't work out?

What you seem to fail to understand is that there is a difference: rich people DESERVE to be rich and therefore DESERVE a better standard of legislation that doesn't interfere unfairly with their right to further enrich themselves. Plebs on the other hand are lazy and probably communists or worse, and should be kept down with any means possible. Surely you can see that?

Comment: Re:Websites are slowly catching on (Score 1) 271

by jandersen (#49789909) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

At the moment I am a bit divided over this issue. I understand their desire to collect revenue to fund a site. But I do need to balance that against the opening up of my system to all sorts of tracking. And at the moment my privacy trumps the websites revenue.

Well, look at it this way: This is Capitalism, right? We're told that under Capitalism, the value of any product or service is whatever you can persuade others to pay. If nobody wants to pay, then it is worthless. If I come across websites that refuse to serve their content unless I allow adverts, I just move on; there are plenty of sites to choose from, usually, and often the ones with the best information are the ones with the least pollution.

And then you get sites like Slashdot, which have this wonderful checkbox that says because I am such a good user, that they will disable advertising for me if I want. Which even if I do, I still get ads served up to me - hence another reason for ad blocking software.

Well, that's the thing - how can one enter into any sort of trust-based relationship, when the other party so clearly can't be trusted?

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 110

by jandersen (#49789517) Attached to: Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics

Except that this substrate is not being used for Si based semiconductors, but for GaAs instead

Apart from that, there is the whole, emerging, organic and printable semiconductor industry:

These things are not necessarily meant for servers or even consumer electronics as we know it; there is a huge number of things that different industries are interested in using computer technology for, where things like price, flexibility and low power consumption are crucial factors. Just imagine if it were possible to print something like thousands of largely autonomous computers on stickers for, say, $.01 each; I think this may very well be possible quite soon. In that situation, you want electronics that are bio-degradable.

Comment: Re:A few things here... (Score 1) 227

by Lumpy (#49787033) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

"Can people afford to put a solar array on their house with $70k income? No"

No? only a doofus thinks that. I put one on my home when I made only $40K It's not expensive if you don't use the overpriced made in america solar panels.

I bought China 200 watt panels for less than $1.50 a watt. then installed a syncing inverter and use the grid as my battery. I actually run the meter backwards.

If you make $70K and cant afford solar, then you are either a fool, or someone that can't budget money very well.

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