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Comment: Arithmetic Denialism (Score 1) 195

How many of the people marching in this protest have also marched in "No Nukes Shut 'Em Down" marches? How many agree with the anti-nukes? To power an industrial-technological civilization, the alternatives we have are (1) nuclear and (2) coal. There is no (3), no matter how much the arithmetic denialists claim that we can power our civilization on "sunny days when the wind is blowing" energy.

Comment: Re:Two factor authentication time! (Score 1) 203

by Mike Van Pelt (#47874621) Attached to: 5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise
Yeah... I tried that. It makes it near impossible to view Youtube videos on my TiVo. The TiVo doesn't stay logged in nor does it remember passwords, so I have to get a new OTP every time I want to view on the TiVo. (Though, now I also have a Chromecast, and I suspect it works more reasonably with 2FA... Time to give it another try, I don't use the TiVo to watch Youtube anymore since I got the Chromecast.)

Comment: Waze, the battery killer (Score 1) 167

by Mike Van Pelt (#47809753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

I used Waze off-and-on for a while. I didn't find the "social networking" stuff exactly appropriate while driving. Worse, it kept popping up screen-obscuring advertisements for things like Enema (however the rapper spells his name) albums that I have active antipathy to, and no way to get it to target ads less inappropirately.

Worst, though, was the battery use, and the fact that no matter what I did with the settings, it insisted on randomly re-starting itself and devouring my battery. That was why I eventually uninstalled it.

It did have some good features, but I sure hope Google doesn't incorporate its misfeatures into Google Maps.

Comment: Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (Score 1) 224

by Mike Van Pelt (#47632199) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

It isn't a 'public' hotspot, it is a hotspot for Comcast customers. And you are getting something - the ability to use those same Comcast hotspots.

They also increased the bandwidth quite a bit when the new modems were delivered, and removed the bandwidth cap.

$20/year for the electricity to run it? Is that really so outrageous? Seriously?

Comment: Re:Communist == Spy in America? (Score 1) 165

by Mike Van Pelt (#47583525) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

There was a certain celebrated folk singer. Communist, of course. In May 1941, he and his group published an album of "Don't send our boys over there to fight for the plutocrats" songs, against any involvement in stopping the Axis powers from taking all of Europe. ("Und tomorrow, ze VORLD!")

On June 22, 1941, he pulled this "peacenik" album from distribution, and quickly started cranking out "We must arm, fight, and save the world from Hitler" songs.

So, what happened on June 22, 1941? There's a reason I consider this folk singer to be Stalin's Sock Puppet.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 514

by Mike Van Pelt (#47576371) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

I really admire the way the CEO of Cypress Semiconductor refused to knuckle under to Jackson back in 2001 after Jackson labeled Cypress a "white supremacist hate group.’” I hope every Silicon Valley target of his does the same.

T. J. Rodgers. One of my very favorite comments on Jesse Jackson ever: "Jesse Jackson is like a seagull. He flies in, craps all over everything, then flys out again."

Comment: Requirements for a DMCA takedown. (Score 1) 157

What's really needed (short of scrapping the whole thing) is to change the law so that DMCA takedowns must be of the form "I declare under penalty of perjury that I am the owner of this copyrighted material, and it is being used here in violation of my copyright." And start putting some of these bastards in jail for perjury if they keep this crap up.

Comment: The Iron Law (Score 1) 538

by Mike Van Pelt (#47299747) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

College administrations are bureaucracies, and what's going on is the Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people:

First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.

(Thanks to Jerry Pournelle for this observation of emperical fact. Alas, without any sure-fire way to kill the damned thing.)

Comment: Re:Big deal (Score 1) 99

Note also, if you take him up on that referral link, not only does he get an extra 5GB, but you do, too. 20GB, not 15GB. (Rats, he beat me to it...)

Another feature of copy.com is that the storage accounting for shared storage is shared. So, if you have a 1GB file that you share with nine other copy.com users, you each get charged only 100MB.

Measure twice, cut once.

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