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Comment: "Staff pick" on a copyrighted film (Score 1) 250

by MobyDisk (#49173295) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

The director's defenders rightly pointed out the absurdity of Vimeo removing the short film just hours after giving it a "Staff Pick" award, but the real absurdity runs in the opposite direction -- how did Vimeo's staff give an award to the film that they should have known was a knockoff? Presumably they had heard of the Power Rangers and knew that the movie was using the characters without permission.

Because knockoff videos happen every day and usually the copyright holder doesn't care. See "Mario Warfare", or any other group of people having fun with cosplay. The same thing goes with fan art.

Comment: Re:Well, Dice finally did it (Score 1) 85

by MobyDisk (#49146895) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

Also, the button colors are wrong. I think you meant for them to have a bubble around them. But right now "Post" and "Load All Comments" are showing as teal text on a teal background. Same with "post" "moderate" "moderator help" etc. I only found the post button by searching the page. Similarly, when posting, the buttons for "Preview" "Quote Parent" "Options" and "Cancel" look like regular links. There's no background color or button outline on them.

Comment: Re:Well, Dice finally did it (Score 1) 85

by MobyDisk (#49146871) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

You can get there by adding /comments to the URL. Ex:
http://slashdot.org/~NotDrWho/...

Also -- is the "Post" button nearly invisible for everyone else? On my browser, it is teal on teal. I only found it by searching the page.

Also - when posting, the "buttons" for preview, quote parent, options, and cancel are just regular link text so they kinda vanish too. They need to be buttons.

Comment: Proof this guy is crazy (Score 5, Interesting) 210

by MobyDisk (#49146661) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

TLDR: Skip to the last paragraph for the best part. I didn't find it until I wrote all this up.

Since this is the 2nd Slashdot summary talking about this seemingly wacky procedure, I I decided to look into him a bit. Unfortunately the hard transplant stuff is 99.99% of what the search results return. He even gave a TED talk on the topic of human consciousness. It is possible this guy is just trolling to sell his recent philosophy book since he left his job as a neurosurgeon.

Dr Canavero believes that the brain does not generate consciousness, but only filters it. His goal is to open the filter and see what lies beyond.

Perhaps the fields of neurosurgery and chiropractic draw people who have a fascination with human consciousness, like how some chiropractors think that they can cure any disease by cracking your back?

He claims to be part of the "Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group" which is "a Think Tank for the advancement of neuromodulation." It looks like that group is just him, and perhaps one colleage named "Vincenzo Bonicalzi MD" who co-authored a book with him in 2007. Together they wrote "Central Pain Syndrome: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management" But in 2014 Dr Canavero self published "Immortal: Why CONSCIOUSNESS is NOT in the BRAIN". If you read the summary, it looks like your metaphysical philosophy.

The best part: Doctor Canavero and his "group" believe that through a combination of electrical stimulation and head transplants that he can create a society of perfect immortal beings.

Comment: Re:Still using the power grid? (Score 1) 367

by MobyDisk (#49130711) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

but the transmission and distribution cost are rolled into the cost of your generated power.

If that is how your state bills, then fix it. Other states have.

I live in Maryland, and long ago they separated the "power distribution" from the "power generation" and so you are charged for each one. I don't have a bill in front of me, but I believe there is (1) a fixed monthly fee for the power distribution, then (2) a fee per kilowatt-hour for the distribution, then (3) a separate charge that is for the power generation. This is all part of what has been incorrectly called power "deregulation" and amongst other things it also lets you pick your power provider.

It would be logical, in this scheme, to still charge a homeowner (1) and (2) even if they have solar panels.

Comment: Re:Let's avoid FUD from both sides, please (Score 1) 367

by MobyDisk (#49130479) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

To my knowledge ALL power companies are willing to pay for the power returned to the grid. However, they often want to pay utility rates for it, not retail.

There are many places where, not only is the power company unwilling to pay, they are unwilling to take it for free. For a while it was illegal to put power onto the grid, which necessitated inverters and batteries. At that time, home solar wasn't worth it for anyone at all.

due to net metering aren't paying the maintenance costs of the wire they're using, while still not being a significant contributor to the grid.

I believe that states that have net metering also have a fee for using the grid. I know Maryland does.

Comment: Re:I actually have some sympathy for the utilities (Score 1) 367

by MobyDisk (#49129817) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

FYI: This varies by state. I live in Maryland, and they also do things as you suggest. I think some states still use the model where the "power company" and the "utility company" are the same, and they just charge per kilowatt-hour. Inevitably that will have to change everywhere.

(Maybe one day internet will be the same way.)

Comment: Re:I actually have some sympathy for the utilities (Score 2) 367

by MobyDisk (#49129793) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

They aren't paying for use of that battery, but the utility company is still expected to maintain it. If you're not buying electricity from them, then they are providing that service for no pay - and that's not a sustainable business model.

Oh no, that isn't the case.

Even in places that bill by net metering, the home owner still pays for the use of the grid during that time. Some states charge a fixed fee per month, others charge a "tax" per kilowatt-hour for the power that the homeowner puts back on the grid. Maybe both.

Comment: Re:Videos for future moments (Score 5, Insightful) 698

Please don't take offense, but I recommend against this. Those videos might be heart wrenching to watch after a while. Perhaps it would be better to sing with the child now, and take a video of that. Then the child has a memory of his/her father to look back on, rather than an expectation to watch a video every year.

Here's why I say this: Dispensing advice via video makes sense, because the child may not be ready to hear certain things. But who are the videos for? The living or the deceased? At some point, children need to move on. Holidays should be happy events surrounded by living people, looking forward to the future. I don't think I would want a reminder like this every year. Imagine seeing the same person, at the same age, with the same voice, singing the same birthday song every year. It would be a reminder of loss, of the unfairness of life and the detriments of aging. (Sorry if that got too philosphical.)

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