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Comment: Re:More proof (Score 0) 661

by SydShamino (#48869811) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

There are strategies to cool the planet using atmospheric seeding. They are only political if you try to do them over territory of a given country. Do them over the open ocean, and it's (if anything) a military problem.

This assumes there's someone with enough money and power to fund and execute such a strategy by fiat, who isn't also part of a government.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 661

by SydShamino (#48869775) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Unless, of course, you're talking about a jury vote. That's the point of juries - to decide facts when they aren't otherwise apparent. Those facts better be limited to those relevant to the case, though, and are only limited in scope to the outcome of that case as it was presented to that jury.

Comment: Re:Not "like Slashdot" (Score 3, Interesting) 224

by SydShamino (#48867447) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Giving up mods to reply...

When something has been previously moderated "+1 Informative" but it is factually incorrect, then the previous moderation was wrong and the post is overrated. "-1 Overrated" corrects for the previous moderation in this case. This represents by far most of my use of the moderation.

When something has been previously moderated "+1 Insightful" but it is trite or inaccurate, then the previous moderation was wrong and the post is overrated. "-1 Overrated" corrects for the previous moderation in this case. This is pretty rare as I try to read deep meaning into even the shortest of "Insightful" posts.

I never use "-1 Overrated" for something that was previously rated as "+1 Interesting", as interesting is completely subjective. Nor do I ever use "-1 Overrated" for something that was previously rated as "+1 Funny", though if it's racist or sexist then "-1 Flamebait" might apply.

I rarely if ever use "+1 Underrated" at all, and never use "-1 Overrated" on something that has not previously been moderated up incorrectly.

Comment: Re:Not a bad idea... (Score 2) 125

by SydShamino (#48797453) Attached to: Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

No! Just no!

If you are a business in the business of making money, small or large, and you have taken my data for some business reason and are careless with it, you should be liable for whatever happens.

Isn't it amazing how businesses have managed to turn fraud - a crime perpetrated against them, for which they are responsible for preventing it, detecting it, and absorbing any losses because of it - into "identity theft", a crime for which the consequences are dumped onto a third party who has to prove his or her innocence?

I think the corporate model now is simultaneously both "we own customer data we collected" and "the customer is responsible for his or her own data", nonsensical doublespeak designed to let them do what they want with minimal consequences.

Comment: Re:bean counters ruin another company (Score 1) 230

by SydShamino (#48749533) Attached to: AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

If NVidia build a fab, it would be great for them if/when their fab had cutting-edge processes and NVidia chips were the most profitable thing to run. But... what happens when their fab is out of date? NVidia chip designers would likely be forced to design for the NVidia fab anyway, and their hardware would fall behind. Or... what happens when their fab is updated? If they are one of the few on a new process, assuming they aren't sued by Intel for patent violations, should the NVidia fab lose out on potential revenue by building NVidia chips instead of more profitable Apple or Samsung chips?

Basically, if you aren't big enough and so far ahead of everyone else to keep all your own equipment running (i.e. Intel), nor are you able to contract in work (i.e. TSMC, GlobalFoundries), you aren't going to be successful with your own fab any more. You're either holding back your design shop, or holding back your fab, and either way you're not making as much profit as your competitors, which means you can't invest as much into your design shop or your fab.

Comment: Re:bean counters ruin another company (Score 2) 230

by SydShamino (#48749469) Attached to: AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

Also, exploiting cultural differences. You won't get many Americans willing to live and eat in a dorm attached to the manufacturing plant, 800 miles from family, so they really have no distractions but work. (And of course you mention regulation, but having those workers for 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week, for 50 weeks straight can't hurt the bottom line - just the workers.)

Comment: Re:But ... but ... gas is below 2 bucks man! (Score 1) 168

That won't work, because it's much easier to mothball existing equipment, then bring it back online, than it is to invent, design, and build that equipment in the first place. Saudi Arabia would have to hold the price low indefinitely (increasing supply to keep up with increasing demand) or the price would creep back up until fracking is profitable again. And the cost for fracking will go down when you can recommission old equipment instead of buying new. (I doubt you can buy used equipment today because every piece every made is either broken or working a field already.)

In order for that strategy to work, you have to flood the market before alternatives are invented and designed. That's what happened in the '80s. There was a lot of talk about automobile efficiency after the oil crunch of the 1970s. While progress was made, the '80s oil boom and increased production slowed down a lot of the invention process. With solar efficiency where it is already, with viable electric cars here and more the horizon, and with fracking technology a sunk cost, I think it's too late. (Maybe it will slow the mindset shift necessary for the adoption of safer nuclear?)

Comment: Re:what if (Score 1) 168

Use the bone analogy. A fractured bone is a fault. After it heals, if you leave it alone, do you ever worry that the pent-up pressure will fracture it again on its own? And yet, if someone drilled into your (healed) bone fracture and injected it with high-pressure water, might it fracture again and then start moving?

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 5, Insightful) 168

They (the owners of the company, not the pseudo-person company itself) would happily agree to those terms, knowing that they are protected by investor and bankruptcy laws, and eventually their own deaths and inheritance laws. Those terms are thus meaningless. Long-term environmental protection must be done through preventative regulation, not through post-damage punishment, as the time scales ensure those responsible cannot be adequately punished.

I'm not making any claim as to whether fracking causes long-term environmental damage (though I'm happy it's not happening under my house), just pointing out that if it did, reactive punishment wouldn't stop it.

Comment: Re:Hello, Netflix! (Score 4, Insightful) 121

by SydShamino (#48731685) Attached to: Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

Netflix doesn't have a choice here; they get most of their content from licensing deals and likely were pressured into this by those providers.

The best thing you could do is support netflix and watch their original programming, so they can make more and cut out the established Big Content providers. (Until Netflix becomes one and we move on to the next new thing.)

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.