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Comment Re:Great graphic from Information is Beautiful (Score 2) 301

Agreed, the split is completely out of whack. For a retail CD where the label takes $1 and the artist takes $1 (for $10 album) the label is printing, distributing, and marketing. For the same album at the same price on iTunes, the label takes $5.35 with no printing or distributing and probably less marketing and gives the artist $0.94 to add insult to injury. It also suggests that a $10 retail album should sell for $6.70 on iTunes. And as you pointed out the split is even more ridiculous for streaming.

Artists: Be your own label!

Comment Re:Awful headline. (Score 1) 356

It does seem more likely that it's the Roundup itself that is the cause since both groups developed the same ailments. It would be useful to know if Roundup was used on the GM maize or not. Presumably it was, since that's what it's engineered for, but then the study comes down to Roundup causes tumors whether ingested through water or GM maize.

Comment Re:Problem with biometrics (Score 2) 98

Your driver's licence uniquely identifies you whether I have it or you have it. Copying your driver's licence doesn't reduce its ability to identify you. However, merely possessing your driver's licence should not be sufficient for me to authenticate your identity. Only you should be able to do that. So biometrics are useful for identification but not authentication.

Comment Re:how does this thing handle higher level decisio (Score 1) 295

Like:

Can it, like I do, notice that the baseball rolling down a driveway may be followed by a child who is currently invisible behind a parked SUV?

Can it, like I do, notice that the driver *behind* me is distracted by her cell phone, has started late at the last three lights, so I should give myself more than average room between me and the car in front of me, so in case it stops suddenly, SHE won't have to stop as suddenly and will be less likely to rear-end me?

Can it, like I do, notice that even though the road has been clear of ice and snow, the next curve up ahead is deeply shaded and is likely to be slick?

Can it, like I do, notice that the baby deer is one one side of the road and his mother on the other, and even though he isn't charging across, it looks like he's about to do so, so I better slow down? Because this happened to me not one week ago, and it DID charge across.

Can it react to the highly dynamic and unpredictable world in ways that require human intelligence? And before you claim it's going to be a better driver than I am, note that I got my license in 1973, and have YET to have any sort of accident. Because I can provide human intelligence to the task of driving, and unless you want to claim the machine is as smart as a person, I am not so sure I believe I want to leave these choices up to it. I'll gladly fly on a computer flown aircraft, because that's a very, very different kind of task. No children appear in the sky from behind parked vehicles, and the pilot stands by the entire time to take over if something doesn't go right. Car drivers won't be that alert: they'll just doze off or play with their phones and not even glance out the window the whole time.

To all of your questions, I would say 'Yes'. I can see no reason why an autonomous car could not be programmed to handle those situations. A major difference, though, is that as you gain more experience you become a better driver. As the autonomous car algorithms are improved, all autonomous cars become better drivers. New autonomous cars, unlike new drivers do not require experience before they become good drivers.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 558

I was recently selected for jury duty. I was informed outright that I was not to speak about the case as expected, but the judge also warned that I was not to use the internet to do any sort of research on the case, and that all questions should be passed to the bailiff.

Why isn't this a standard procedure everywhere?

It is. From the article:

Kaplan reminded her that he had warned the jurors every day during the three-week trial not to do any research on their own.

Apparently the woman didn't consider reading about psychological terms on Wikipedia as research.

Comment Re:Causality (Score 1) 484

When my company relocated last year I went from sharing an office with two other people to having my own office. I prefer the shared office. It allowed me to work more fluidly. I didn't have to get up and walk over to someone else's office to discuss an idea and it also allowed for interaction throughout the day. It also provided some accountability and kept me from wasting time on slashdot...
Data Storage

WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide 56

J. Dzhugashvili writes "New SSDs just keep coming out from all corners of the market, and keeping track of all of them isn't the easiest job in the world. Good thing SSD roundups pop up every once in a while. This time, Western Digital's recently launched SiliconEdge Blue solid-state drive has been compared against new entrants from Corsair, Kingston, and Plextor. The newcomers faced off against not just each other, but also Intel's famous X25-M G2, WD's new VelociRaptor VR200M mechanical hard drive, and a plain-old WD Caviar Black 2TB thrown in for good measure. Who came out on top? Priced at about the same level, the WD and Plextor drives each seem to have deal-breaking performance weaknesses. The Kingston drive is more affordable than the rest, but it yielded poor IOMeter results. In the end, the winner appeared to be Corsair's Nova V128, which had similar all-around performance as Intel's 160GB X25-M G2 but with a slightly lower capacity and a more attractive price." Thanks to that summary, you might not need to wade through all 10 of the pages into which the linked article's been split.
Microsoft

Submission + - MS Nailed with $200M MS Word Patent Infringement

nandemoari writes: "Microsoft has been slapped by a heavy hand for including a Canadian company's technology in Microsoft Word. A Texas federal court recently decided that the Redmond-based firm infringed on Toronto-based i4i's XML-based patent. Unfortunately for Microsoft, on Wednesday a Texas judge agreed with i4i's complaint that MS violated the patent through its system for processing Word files via embedded codes that show instructions on how information is presented. Microsoft's not taking the $200 million ruling lying down. According to Microsoft spokesman David Bowermaster, the company will request that the court overturn the order."

Comment Re:No, what it really means is that... (Score 1) 215

... while it's clear a conflict of interest has occurred here, at least the government has been forced to remove Ms. Neri as the heritage minister, since it's an apparent violation of ethics laws. Contrast this to, say, the US, where such things are the norm, and are practically expected from elected officials.
Except that Ms. Neri is not an elected official. She was the Director General of Copyright Policy, which means that she actually could have been fired, but instead was reassigned.

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