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Comment: No tech to see here...move along.. (Score 3, Insightful) 114

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#31151432) Attached to: How an Android Phone and Facebook Helped Route Haiti Rescuers

If the guy in Haiti had access to update his Fbook status, and was able to send and receive sms - why didn't he just contact the State Department directly?

This story isn't about technology, it's about personal access.

Guy in Haiti didn't have it - so he sends the equivalent of a smoke signal, and is lucky enough that someone notices it and does have access.

This all sounds really contrived, and I'm not impressed.

Comment: You have it backwards (Score 2, Insightful) 538

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#31031636) Attached to: Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

Price fixing is when multiple producers of a similar product collude to fix the price at which all of them will sell.

That's essentially what Amazon is trying to do.

It's not price fixing to sell to your wholesale customers in a contractual arrangement that includes a retail price floor.

This is called business.

Comment: Murdoch is odious - but correct (Score 1) 538

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#31031588) Attached to: Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

If anyone actually READ TFA....

He's a private party negotiating with another private party.

He objects to his customers cannibalizing his business through unfair competition.

At no point does TFA make any sort of reference to him trying to outlaw anything.

Amazon is putting downward pressure on book prices, and since Murdoch - like most slashdotters - expects old style book publishing to remain a viable business, it makes sense for him to want to resist long term devaluation of his product.

Comment: Re:reaping what you (do not) sow -Rubbish! (Score 1) 346

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#30984648) Attached to: China Is Winning Global Race To Make Clean Energy

There isn't anything to ramp up.
The tech and the infrastructure is already here.

We're talking large propellers, and big generators.

Fact is that there is no tech gap at all.

China's "lead" in this imaginary race is in terms of units produced - which is a simple business decision based on demand - not any sort of technological lead.

It wouldn't take 30 years to "catch up" - more like 3 months.

About the same lead time you would see if you wanted a large increase in aircraft production.

TFE was pure garbage.

Comment: Re:Settlement (Score 1) 229

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#30948696) Attached to: RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?

The monetary gain would be that I could gain more copyrighted material faster, and time is money.

The monetary gain is in gaining the materials without having to pay for them.

Uploading increases the rate of gain, yielding a greater overall gain for a given period of time.

Lawyers are pretty much required by statute to be full of crap.

Comment: too many lies (Score 1) 391

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#30486100) Attached to: The Social Difficulty of Saving Earth From an Asteroid

When I was a kid, we were told smoking marijuana would cause birth defects.

When we realized how badly our parents lied to us, we spent the next couple of decades assuming everything they said was a lie.

Environmentalists are in the same boat now.

Environmentalism cleaned up my air and water, then went on to spin so many lies that an awful lot of people are mistrustful of them - and rightly so.

The tech is simply not there to support movement from theorizing about anti asteroid systems to developing them.

The risk analysis of such endeavors is a massive fail.

It's insane to propose multiple systems with little chance of effectiveness, but which are so expensive that engaging in them would throw us back to the Dark Ages in terms of quality of life.

There is no hard decision here.

It's an easy one, and we've already decided "No - not at this time - check back with us in a century or so."

Comment: Re:Mikrotik RouterBoards (Score 1) 376

by Savior_on_a_Stick (#30252458) Attached to: Home Router For High-Speed Connection?

The new rb750 routes my 30mb connection at work just fine, and one night when comcast must have been dicking with something, it was routing in excess of 100mbs at home.

If I were buying one, I'd probably go with the G model, just to avoid any annoyance with thunking between gig-e to 100bt and back to gig e if I were bridging the ports.

Comment: Was it ever any better? (Score 2, Interesting) 383

by lymond01 (#30073738) Attached to: Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

I often wonder if the news was ever any better. I read recently in, I think, Time magazine an article about newspapers from the 1920s. They would also back candidates and bad mouth the opponents, take political sides when reporting stories (and which stories to report), etc. Nothing has changed there. I don't imagine papers weren't "making news" back in the day either -- it's hardly a novel idea. They need to sell papers and, just like Slashdot, there are slow news days. So you go and interview a politician or police captain or waitress and you hope that something more interesting comes out of it. If not, you have a nice "people" piece. But there wasn't any news until you started asking.

With the Internet news, it's likely not any different, it's just faster. 24 hour news can't possibly generate enough facts to keep people going, so even the "famous" journalists like Anderson Cooper are left with filling in the gap with their faces and open mouths. "Gosh, I remember when I was sick with the flu. I coughed and coughed. Really hurt. Really hurt my ribs when I coughed like that. With the flu. So...uh...so you don't want it. The flu. Or to cough."

I read Time magazine (paper edition) because they usually have one or two long, decently-researched articles (thrown in between what are essentially headlines for the rest of the "news" and some opinion pieces). Anything online is essentially under-researched nonsense -- I'd rather see constant updates, then, after a week, see a full write-up on the situation with sources, quotes, facts, etc. Let me know what's going on, as you hear it, but give me the NEWS at some point instead of just a bunch of repeated text.

Comment: Individual Discernment (Score 1) 383

by gedrin (#30073536) Attached to: Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?
Yet another article about how someone doesn't like what another person is saying and thinks it should be limited. It may be that we don't like the fact that the same channel shows news, analysis, and commentary, or that the lines of those are blurring. If you think it's a phenomenon of modern life, I direct you to the campaign that put Thomas Jefferson in office. The bottom line is that people will say all sorts of things. With the guaranteed First Amendment freedom to be one of those people, we all have the responsibility to be prudent in our consumption of information.

Comment: Publish or Perish (Score 1) 512

by WED Fan (#30073486) Attached to: Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

In academia, it's "Publish or Perish". The creator of "GO!" did publish. But, the problem is, he is in the world of IT/CS, and in that world, it's "Market or Perish".

Google is marketing their language, they have a working system, compiler, etc. and it is generally available.

This guy did some work, but unless he has a company actively pushing it, then all he has is a thought experiment.

Now, if Google, took HIS work, extended it and called it their own, then they have a problem.

When I was a kid I knew a woman who invented the "Barbie" doll. She had drawings that dated a year before the drawings that Mattel used to prove their ownership (she's been on TV a few times). Mattel beat her to market, they won. (There was another woman that claimed she created Barbie, but the problem was she worked for Mattel, before leaving to create the doll.)

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