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Comment: Re:Why so unknown? (Score 1) 57

by SputnikPanic (#44100597) Attached to: Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Richard Matheson Dead At 87

He was a master storyteller. He could craft a story in just about any genre, including fantasy romance (Somewhere In Time and, arguably, What Dreams May Come) and western (the novels Journal of the Gun Years and The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock). The range of his body of work is impressive.

Comment: Re:Here we go again with the "Climate Deniers" (Score 3, Interesting) 900

by SputnikPanic (#38506070) Attached to: America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

Natural climate fluctuation is pretty much indisputable, even with human historical periods (medieval warm period, Little Ice Age, etc). Likewise, the current warming trend is also indisputable, and it's fairly certain that even if it's NOT human caused, it's probably at least human exacerbated.

The US didn't ratify the Kyoto treaty because, if I recall correctly, China and India among others were exempt. The US would have taken an economic hit as a result of the treaty while China, which has only gotten bigger and bigger as a major industrial country in the years since Kyoto, would not have been saddled with the same regulations. This is a legitimate economic issue, but the political argument shifted away from the arena of economics, where perhaps it might have been a bit easier to arrive at an agreement or way forward. The political argument shifted instead to one about the scientific validity of the research. Skeptics deny the science as a way of trying to preempt the political conversation that necessarily follows. I think this is a disingenuous approach. If someone (or some organization) has an issue with the proposed political remedies -- as I sometimes, perhaps often, do -- then they should make THAT that their argument, not the underlying science.

Comment: Re:Um... (Score 1) 137

by SputnikPanic (#35590788) Attached to: NY Times Asks Twitter To Shut Down Retweeting Feed

Exactly what the Twitter account in question brought up: "Dear NYT: if you don't want people following your stories on Twitter then you probably shouldn't, you know, post 'em on Twitter."

And to add to the lack of logic and/or sanity, there's this gem mentioned in TFA: The NY Times spent $40 million on a paywall that can be defeated by clearing the browser's cache!

Comment: Re:You know... (Score 1) 201

I went to see Tron Legacy with the missus and had occasional geek-out moments but overall I thought the movie was just okay. I'm old enough to have seen the original in the theaters and to me, the experiences just didn't compare. Not that I ever expected them to. Tron Legacy may have been the superior movie -- maybe -- but there's really a lot to be said for seeing a fantastical movie at the right age. I saw the original Tron when I was something like 10 years old, and it blew me away. Similarly, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders might not be the best movie I've ever seen (although it's still very high up on my list) but no movie-watching experience will ever match seeing it on the big screen at 10 years old.

As for the movies this year, I didn't get out to see very many of them, but I did catch Inception and really enjoyed it. Between Dark Knight and Inception, Nolan has quickly put himself on my "go see whatever he makes" list.

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+ - Time to Loosen Google's Grip?

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Hugh Pickens writes "Steven Pearlstein writes in the Washington Post that Google has cleverly used its near-monopoly in Web search and search advertising and the profits it generates to achieve dominant positions in adjacent or complementary markets moving into operating system and application software, mobile telephone software, e-mail, Web browsers, maps, and video aggregation. The problem "is in allowing Google to buy its way into new markets and new technologies, particularly when the firms being bought already have a dominant position in their respective market niches," writes Pearlstein. That was certainly the case with the company's acquisitions of YouTube, DoubleClick and AdMob and with Google's proposed $700 million acquisition of ITA Software. "One at a time, these deals might appear to be relatively benign. But taken together, they allow Google to increase the scale and scope of its activities and to further enhance its controlling position across a range of sectors." It's worth remembering that aggressive enforcement of the antitrust laws has been a crucial part of the history of technological innovation in this country with enforcement like the ATT divestiture that led to a surge of competition in the long distance telecommunications market by companies such as Sprint and MCI. "So far, neither the Justice Department nor the Federal Trade Commission has been willing to use [anti-trust regulation] to mount a broad challenge to Google and its strategy of using acquisitions to expand and protect its existing monopoly," adds Pearlstein. "It's easy to see why Google would want to use well-chosen acquisitions to try to delay or prevent that next round of creative destruction. What's harder to understand is why we would let them do it."""

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.

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