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Comment Back Bacon? (Score 2) 82

I you have my back! ZERO-DEGREES of!

I like back bacon.

As far as facebook goes, the point of 6 degrees is a hypothetical favor network. A friend is someone you can aska fvor from. maybe a small favor like an introduction. that's why the concept of degrees of separation makes sense. Facebook freinds are not freinds. In some case facbook can be useful for tracing the spread of social disease however.

Comment Article summary is rubbish (Score 2) 114

Empirically, things like Scratch are great learning tools. I taught my kids with it and then they went on to writing code. But they had all the mechanics worked out along with understanding of things like event dispatch, arrays, conditionals, string parsing, algorithms, the X-Y coordinate systems of the window. SO saying this is just sugar coated fruitloops is nuts.

At the other end of the spectrum with things like Labview many scientists can go a whole career without having to code. it's a fantastic language once you accept it's constraints. Extremely good for both rapid prototyping and embedded instruments. It is the only language I would trust to edit in the middle of an experiment. You won't be writing a word processor or accounting system in it but it's not meant for that. But it's not sugar coated in what is meant for. The results are not a Toy.

Comment huge savings on ink (Score 5, Funny) 146

e-ink is hugely expensive. This saves them a ton of money. but don't turn it on negative contrast or you'll be replacing toner cartridges like mad.

Seriously why is e-paper so expensive. even on placed like alibaba you can't buy e-paper for less than the cost of a kindle itself. You could probably buy used kindles just to re-sell the e-paper screens and turn a profit.

Comment Re:Why not call it the honor bit (Score 2) 102

Should it not be there choice? Let them decide their business model. As I said, I'm not forking my money over to Starz because I don't like their bussiness model. But I'm also using my dislike of their choice as a reason for pirating the show. In fact I respect that they are making it possible for me to see it if I choose to. The place where piracy matters is when it's the only option-- when something is not (practically) available. And as far as bussiness models go, I'm fairly sure Starz will be dropping their price point-- at this time they probably get most of their money from cable contracts not internet sales so it would be stupid to undercut that. I don't think they want to gouge me, it's just that's the bussiness dilemma they face. In the future their internet grows, cable wanes, and they face competition so they ddrop the price. Or if they don't there's plenty of other video out there.

Comment Why not call it the honor bit (Score 2) 102

It's asking you to respect your own honor and integrity by not taking something the owner is willing to share but not give to you. The logic that says because determined dishonorable people will do it that it should be honorable for me to do it beggars belief.

Furthermore even if you have no honor when the door is closed and your are anonymous at your computer then it still is highly effective. For example, I'd truly like to watch Black Sails. But it requires a Starz membership I don't think is worth the price. I could easily go over to some place like couchtuner to pirate it but then i'd get shit quality and some russian drive-by trojaning attempts. No thanks. On the otherhand if this were super easy to pirate there'd be a gazillion ways to see it in high def all without the russian trojans. Thus the fact that it's not worth the effort to subvert the process actually is a barrier to entry more than just relying on an honor system. it works for people inclined to honorable but never the less tempted by the lure of sticking it to the man and his outrageously high priced restrictions.

Steve jobs proved the point when songs became $1. Lots of people are happy to pay a reasonable price for convenience and feeling they didn't cheat.

Comment Scrappy Malkovitch (Score 0) 86

three problems scrappy solves:
1. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy? Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy.
2. Scrappy Scrappy: Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy!
3. Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy, Scrappy Scrappy? Scrappy.
4. ?????
5. Profit!

  Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy. Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy? Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy Scrappy!!!

Or watch being john malkovitch.

Comment Force sites to do it themselves (Score 3, Interesting) 117

Sites want to get indexed by google. If a site hosts ads that have bullshit Deceptive practices google can downrank them. Google doesn't have to be 100% effective. Even a crude system for spotting these is going to turn up hits if a site isn't blocking these kinds of adertisers. And so on. If a site doesn't do it's own ads but instead hosts ads from and advertising aggregator and they do this bullshit then the site will drop them to stay in google's good graces.

And so all google has to do is scan adds that show up in content providers and then punish them. so it's top down.

They can also try to go bottoms up, and seek out companies that do these kinds of ads but that's going to be impossible to block unless they are actually hosting the page. However that's not completely nuts. companies like Opera and Amazon who offer compression and caching of web pages in their browsers do have the capacity to edit the webpage to remove content from ad agencies they deem to be scum.

  Does google do that for android mobile? (I have no idea). But apple is talking about ad blocking. And thrid parties like ad block plus have the capability to erase ads from nasty advertisers.

Once these technologies start denting revenue and page views those ads will dry up by themselves.

Comment Very cool but has competition (Score 1) 33

It's very cool in it's portability and in real time. a traditional illumina has higher throughput. they processed 1450 samples in 6 months (their peak rate was much higher). An illumina can do many more samples in a single run, in batch. But you might not want to take it into the field and your latency would be higher since you would accumulate samples until you had enough to justify one run. The cost of that run per sample would be less but the cost of the batch run more which is why you wait. Another way this thing is superior is in read-length (50kbases) but they were only doing 2kB read lengths so not exploiting it's killer advantage over the illumina.

Comment Ethical electricty use (Score 1) 173

Hydro electric energy use has ethical issues. You are killing salmon and changing ecosystems. And if you consume more than neccessary then that electricity could have gone for other uses. Or fewere back-up natural gas plants might have been used. meaning less fracking. and so on.

So using it to produce wealth that doesn't actually change the GDP is highly unethical.

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