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Comment: Re:Cut the Russians Off (Score 2) 643

by Lawrence_Bird (#47776827) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

So.. assuming it is "true" (and if you take at face value anything Ukraine or Russia says you are an idiot) and we apply your idea of penalties, are you also willing to apply those to western nations (ie, US, UK, France, etc...) who have use air assets to bomb other countries, sent special forces into another country (invasion!), sent military "advisors" to help rebels/"freedom fighters", etc? Or shall we just ignore the hypocrisy of it all?

Can only imagine if Ukraine were some country bordering on the US/UK/France/Germany and a similar unstable political situation existed which was at least in part fostered by Russian political meddling (as opposed to Western in Ukraine). The tanks and planes would have rolled the border long ago.

Comment: Isn't this obvious? (Score 1) 239

by Lawrence_Bird (#47764629) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Ok, I don't have the time to RTFA right now but isn't this completely obvious? Nuclei, atoms, molecules all vibrate (if not more) all the time. From the macroscopic point of view these all are so tiny as to be an insignificant error in any measurement of location but none the less, the "error" does exist.

Comment: Re:What is it good for? (Score 1) 36

by Lawrence_Bird (#47738393) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

The POTS were live and the IP down because POTS are powered by the local exchange while IP bases equivalents are unpowered except in the customer's home.

While it is true that some areas with POTS still failed (Battery Park), most were ok.

Telco response to this is they are considering incrasing the size of the standard backup battery to an amount that still does not even cover one day of outtage. But why should they care when they have for all intents become cable companies?

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 1, Informative) 316

by Lawrence_Bird (#47738369) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit


They are paying taxes on them. In the domiciles abroad. Near the end of TFA is:

The report also found that “28 these corporations reveal that they have paid an income tax rate of 10 percent or less to the governments of the countries where these profits are officially held, indicating that most of these profits are likely in offshore tax havens.”

It is conveniently politically correct to refer to other countries with lower tax rates as "tax havens". The reality is if the US tax rates were at (or at least near) the foreign rates than funds which could be repatriated would be. Note the word could. No company would bring home 100% as they are operating businesses overseas and need to invest there too.

Comment: What is it good for? (Score 2) 36

by Lawrence_Bird (#47736389) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

I've heard and read a lot of people say how this will let them keep their phone a longer time but to me that doesn't seem likely. Too many things need to be replaced as the phone ages. Seems to me much better suited to customization of the original purchase, much like build options on a car.

Comment: UK moves into German territory (Score 1) 391

by Lawrence_Bird (#47728347) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Germans can't read Hitler's stuff because.... omfg they might get naughty ideas and start killing jews again!
Brits can't watch videos made by terrorists because... omfg they might be come scared! or radicalized! Crusades 2014!

I long ago decided never to set foot in the UK again. Not that the US is any wonderland but the UK (with Australia right on its heels) is a complete pukefest now. I'm not even sure what comes after the "Daddy" and "Mommy" state but the UK is certainly flirting with it.

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 1) 232

by Lawrence_Bird (#47720857) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

But it already did stop if you are waiting for a response when the person returns.

Why are you (and others) assuming I am waiting for an immediate response? Perhaps I am the pointy haired boss telling the vacationing employee "this is your next assignment, start when you finish XYZ" "this came in and has ramifcations for your project" "John here is the results of the marketing survey"

Why should the person sending those info/requests be forced to say "oh I can't send those now, John is away and his email gets deleted. Let me mark it down on my calendar to send all this when he is back. Hopefully I remember all the details that are fresh in my mind now too".

Deleting e-mail sent to you because you are on vacation or otherwise unavailable is the height of arrogance.

Comment: Re:Goddammit! (Score 1) 97

It is very sexy to posit PBTSM. And those physicists working in SUSY have seen their world continue to close in as the acceptable SUSY parameter space continues to shrink so there is a vested interest in keeping hope alive.

Just as Diract started out with a g of 2 and then QED improved on that and others further, I find it far more likely someone finds a higher order correction which has been overlooked than PBTSM.

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by Lawrence_Bird (#47694317) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Have some respect. You can wait until the person returns to work to send them messages.

My world should not stop because you chose to get off. And waiting until the person gets back is far worse - they are going to be flooded by all the emails which nobody sent while they were out. Far better to be able to triage what came in while you were away at your own pace.

Comment: Re:Enough (Score 1) 421

by Lawrence_Bird (#47646737) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

All that you have said is true. And this "extend the school year" stuff is just about that. And where does the burden fall? On the people who pay taxes but have no children. If parents had to pay the full cost of sending Johnny to school (and all his brothers and sisters) you would see a significant change in the education industry.

Comment: Re: Translated into English (Score 1) 306

Protective if its grid is more like it. The power system is designed to be decentralized only at its highest levels. Pushing power backwards through a transformer creates variable voltage is for everyone else under that transformer.

The power company doesn't give a darn if you don't connect to their grid. Your neighbors might complain about the bright reflections from your panel but that is definitely a local community issue.

Very true. And why should anyone be surprised that any company would fight to protect its legal rights as well as its own property? Likewise, why should the company and its nonsolar customers have to pay a significantly higher cost for electricity generated by home solar and fed back to the grid? So that is just another way in which solar is being subsidized.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold