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Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 477

by JonBuck (#33888710) Attached to: FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

You know, up until your second paragraph you were making a pretty good argument, relating services rendered to customer charges. Then you had to add a political strawman at the end. Why? It didn't add anything to the point you were trying to make, which has merit, even to mild libertarians like myself.

Comment: Re: Good. (Score 1) 711

by JonBuck (#33234548) Attached to: Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

Our resources are not unlimited. We can't bring down every dictatorship, every theocracy, or stop every charge of genocide. We have to choose our battles, and commit to them fully. The reason why Afghanistan is as bad as it is that we stupidly made war on two fronts without the money or manpower to back it up. I remember photojournalist Micheal Yon warning we were losing Afghanistan as far back as 2006.

Comment: Apple =/= News Monopoly (Score 1) 197

by JonBuck (#32400294) Attached to: German Publishers Want Censorship Talks With Apple

The submitter seems to think that Apple somehow wields a monopoly over information sources. While they may have a degree of dominance in certain areas, there are far more choices of where to get your media than an iPhone/iPad. If you don't agree with Apple's "walled garden" approach, then you don't have to use their product. There's Blackberry and Android out there for you instead. Have fun.

Science

Half-Male, Half-Female Fowl Explain Birds' Sex Determination 117

Posted by timothy
from the fish-nor-fowl-except-fowl dept.
Kanan excerpts from a BBC report out of Scotland: "A study of sexually scrambled chickens suggests that sex in birds is determined in a radically different way from that in mammals. Researchers studied three chickens that appeared to be literally half-male and half-female, and found that nearly every cell in their bodies — from wattle to toe — has an inherent sex identity. This cell-by-cell sex orientation contrasts sharply with the situation in mammals, in which organism-wide sex identity is established through hormones." Kanan also supplies this link to some pictures of the mixed-cell birds.
Social Networks

Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users 251

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-benjamins dept.
jamie writes with a follow-up to our recent discussion of social gaming scams: "Mark Pincus, CEO of the company that brought us Mafia Wars, says: 'I did every horrible thing in the book just to get revenues right away. I mean, we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar, which was like, I don't know... I downloaded it once and couldn't get rid of it.'" TechCrunch also ran a interesting tell-all from the CEO of a company specializing in Facebook advertisements, who provided some details on similarly shady operations at the popular social networking site.

Comment: Re:In before the global warming discussion (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by JonBuck (#29665883) Attached to: Captain Bligh's Logbooks To Yield Climate Bounty

The thing is, those logs have already survived decades on a medium that requires no special equipment to read. How many records have we lost over the past 40 years simply because of changing hardware and file formats? In that time we've gone from delay line/ferrite core memory to 2TB hard drives. To say nothing of thousands of different file formats.

Call it a digital dark age. Will someone be able to read this post in 50 years?

Books

In Trial, Kindles Disappointing University Users 247

Posted by kdawson
from the write-on dept.
Phurge writes "When Princeton announced its Kindle e-reader pilot program last May, administrators seemed cautiously optimistic that the e-readers would both be sustainable and serve as a valuable academic tool. But less than two weeks after 50 students received the free Kindle DX e-readers, many of them said they were dissatisfied and uncomfortable with the devices. 'I hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool,' said Aaron Horvath, a student in Civil Society and Public Policy. 'It's clunky, slow and a real pain to operate.' 'Much of my learning comes from a physical interaction with the text: bookmarks, highlights, page-tearing, sticky notes and other marks representing the importance of certain passages — not to mention margin notes, where most of my paper ideas come from and interaction with the material occurs,' he explained. 'All these things have been lost, and if not lost they're too slow to keep up with my thinking, and the "features" have been rendered useless.'"

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