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Comment: A cynical PR ploy (Score 0) 230

by Scareduck (#47196621) Attached to: Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

The real interesting technology is going to be in the batteries. The chargers will be a place where he would invite competition and exploration, so long as he doesn't get hit with patent trolls (the point of retaining the patent in the first place). The chargers aren't all that interesting.

+ - Computer Model Helps Benin Vaccinate More Kids at Lower Cost->

Submitted by Ken Chiacchia
Ken Chiacchia (3651833) writes "Computer modeling has helped the Republic of Benin in West Africa determine how to bring more lifesaving vaccines to its children while adding the sorely needed vaccine for rotavirus, a major killer of children in low-income nations. The Hermes Logistics Modeling Team reports its findings this month in the journal Vaccine . Results from the HERMES model, designed by researchers at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, have helped Benin’s Ministry of Health pilot successful changes in their vaccine delivery system, says first author Shawn T. Brown of PSC. The government is now considering enacting those changes nation-wide, which could save them $500,000 through 2017 while vaccinating 99 to 100 percent of their children."
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Comment: So full of nope: Bruce Schneier on this (Score 5, Informative) 197

by Scareduck (#46325147) Attached to: US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Right here:

... given what we now know, do we trust that the government wouldn't abuse this system and kill phones for other reasons? Do we trust that media companies won't kill phones it decided were sharing copyrighted materials? Do we trust that phone companies won't kill phones from delinquent customers? What might have been a straightforward security system becomes a dangerous tool of control, when you don't trust those in power.

And this, ultimately, is the problem with those who keep repeating that we should just trust the government. It implies we should also disengage our brains.

Comment: One of the most obvious and false tropes (Score -1, Troll) 671

by Scareduck (#44997119) Attached to: Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

One of the constants about startups is their youthful employee base -- young people have less economic baggage and less experience, and so can be had cheaper. Obamacare makes it much more expensive to hire such individuals by forcing companies to provide increasingly expensive health care, if even one employee ends up in the individual plan! Obamacare is not liable to make entrepreneurial activity more likely, but less.

Comment: An explicit return to the failed timesharing model (Score 5, Insightful) 180

by Scareduck (#43311021) Attached to: The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

People pitched the timesharing computing model for a lot of reasons, lack of control of the hardware and the software rental treadmill being two of the largest. Every time I hear someone gushing over The Cloud and Software As A Service, it's history repeating itself.

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer