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Comment: Does the real-ness really matter? (Score 1) 73 73

The original work may have special value since it was made by the original artist.. but.. sometimes these marvelous works are not suitable for handling/experiencing by interested parties. a book from the middle ages is probably going to be untouchable by Joe Public, but an exact duplicate on modern paper might be read by more people. I am FAR from approving of destruction of original works... That has been done by so many groups over time. so... Lets start duplicating objects of art so the destruction of the original does not mean much to the miscreants. Less motive to destroy original if there are many copies!!

Comment: Re:Different context switches (Score 1) 276 276

Hey, not for nothing, but does anyone remember Usenet and Dejanews, where you could search up on any technical string and you would find -help- with things, but now, its all about -buying- things.... It was a big part of the value of a search engine to me anyway. Search is all about money which is fine when I want o buy something. i just want a switch to select Buy/Learn/History/people etc...We need a way to filter the search results.

Comment: Re:But, the alternative was.. (Score 1) 24 24

Thanks all for the education... I always dug the mosasaurs at the museums. There seemed to always be bigger ones around the corner! having critter that big give birth in the skinny waters I guess could have been an option... but ... good to know how they lived. Frightening beast that they were. Any chance we could get enough DNA to remanufacture one?

Comment: When the last bit of ice does melt... (Score 1) 173 173

After decades of personal research on effects of minitature icebergs on environmental conditions, I've determined that the temperature rises rapidly after the last bit of ice melts. Lime or lemon does not make much difference, but the ratio of gin to tonic may be positively correleted with the rate of metling.. But, seriously, once the ice is gone... that balancing repository of chill is gone. S0unds like a wilder temp ride once they are gone.

Comment: Perfect time to consider paradigm shift (Score 1) 167 167

This is a great time to consider swapping out Windows-centric systems and making the break for the cloud and open source toolsets. There, I said it. The only thing lacking in this niche is inertia, but.. soon the schools will figure out that the students are intelligent and can be involved in the configuration/maintenance. Ok. well..maybe not K-12, but quite possibly grades 9-12. Whats local doesn't matter - this changes so much. Put data in a school cloud, and the schools will become just another place that hooks into the cloud resources. The pendulum swings again!

Comment: Re:I wish I had a device that... (Score 2) 389 389

That intimate connection to the skin could be an inductive pick up point for blood monitoring . Watching for spikes in blood chemistry would be great for monitoring cancer remission (calcium levels etc), blood sugar, (insert new IOT thing here). The ANT+ interface spec http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... could hook to a Phone in a flash though. Medical records? Pill handling?

Comment: I wish I had a device that... (Score 1) 389 389

If I only had a device that tells time, tracks steps. collects information, checks pulse, supports bidirectional communication in text, Email, video and voice formats, has a fat battery ( and requisite chargers with unique connections - Gah! ), does GPS, Traffic, predicts weather, has a huge developer base and global acceptance. Wait, I do.... Cell phone... many of you have them now. Will the FanBoy effect be enough to make 20,000,000 sales? The only different thing (it seems) is a continual proximity to the skin (might be niche?) for blood chemistry monitoring (There I said it.. prior art, though it seems obvious to me). I have a cell phone, and can get another in a variety of sizes...I am past the watch phase. Think most of us are, unless it does something that much better.. Do i want High def on a 1"x5/8" screen? Nope. Will wait till I get home for my garden variety 52" TV. It is interesting how MP3 Tech was scooped up and make into a proprietary format, but am skeptical that the same will happen for a format most of us keep in the drawer these days. Maybe medical monitoring will be the niche?

Comment: Re:Its time for Science to produce Information (Score 1) 517 517

I do watch Nova, and am generally satisfied, but not.. really energized. With respect their political views affecting the science they -do- put out, I am waiting for an objective review of weather/climate change. Even the PBS ombudsman calls them out: http://thinkprogress.org/clima... I winced at this one: "I watched NOVA last night, “Becoming Human”, and I was shocked and dismayed that PBS would air a show that is funded by David Koch and clearly supports his perspective: climate change is good for humans. " So much for Koch Funded science-broadcasts being balanced. New Word : Greenwashing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... - Betraying the publics' trust should be a crime. Lets see a piece from the Bros K about how to run industry, and look good. and from Scientists about things they find magical.

Comment: Great consolidation GWeihir! (Score 1) 765 765

There are many reasons Systemd is a departure from what makes Linux great. (see above) Those that were part of that explosion are disenfranchised because the system feels more cathedral than bazaar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... . What's good for a laptop is not necessarily good for a server. We can fix init, but don't have to change the ethos so dramatically. How Redhat will put systemd into its products is another matter. Systemd's scope of controls seem to spread like Kudzu. A RHEL release is supposed to be feature-static. Is this a good place to fork into a server OS branch and a laptop OS branch?? The latter festooned with Systemd, at least till it stabilizes for the former?

Comment: Re:Same old tired Spy V. Spy BS (Score 2) 517 517

Our Chinese friends (yes.. the capital-communists ) are beginning to figure out the need to have a balance between industry and pollution for the publics' good. http://thinkprogress.org/clima... The incessant back and forth of the Red Vs Blue (especially when fabricated) is not helping anyone. There is no guarantee that the earth can stay inhabitable... Its up to us to treat it as the gift that it is. Why an instinct to protect our environment is harpooned is beyond me. Here is the question..., Does the perfect net catch -all- the fish? Think about it.

Comment: Its time for Science to produce Information (Score 2) 517 517

We are blessed with a fair amount of light-duty science shows on TV... but... it seems to be financed by non scientists. Why is Nova paid for by the Koch Brothers ( http://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/d... )? Seems David and Charles are all for pushing the populace to see just enough science to not want to dig further. To displace science provided by scientists. I want to see Science TV shows that make me want to learn more about the topics ... to understand and even participate in the process of adapting / adopting. Why not feel part of science and not subject to it? How about science that seeks to inform. Rather than fascination with Mars, how about how pollution affects the living world around us... how ocean currents work, how to integrate my home, How to wire up a Raspberry Pi to do myriad things, what life forms am I made of? There is enough science to go around. Lets light our kids' imaginations!! Lets have some science with a capital S!

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