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Comment: Smartphone with 50 Megapixel CCD sensor ? (Score 1) 64

by Taco Cowboy (#48674567) Attached to: Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

The only way Kodak can really make a difference in the already crowded smartphone market is to equip the Kodak branded smartphone with its own 50 Megapixel CCD sensor

If Kodak can do that then it has a fighting chance

If Kodak can't, hey, it won't be that much difference from yet-another-reference-design smartphone, aka, the " white-box "

Comment: TFA is a big bullshit ! (Score 3, Informative) 32

by Taco Cowboy (#48672391) Attached to: Inside China's 'Christmas Factory' Town, Yiwu

I am from China, although I am an American now, I do run businesses and some of them are in China

When I read the " ... for a maximum of £200 to £300 a month" I know that TFA is a big bullshit !

The minimum salary for even an unskilled labor in the China's eastern shore is at least £500 a month

While that figure is still minuscule by Western standard, nevertheless that figure is still much more than that " ... a maximum of £200 to £300 a month" bullshit !

Comment: Weaker bones and refined minds are not related (Score 1) 106

by Taco Cowboy (#48671679) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

... what we get in weaker bones, we get in more refined minds ...

There are a lot of evolutionary trade offs, but weaker bones and refined minds are the two things that do not trade off against each others

A refined mind (for example, such as the one in Homo Sapiens Sapiens) consumes 20% - 25% of the total energy intake of the individual

To obtain a more refined mind one does not need to make one's bone "weaker" --- on the other hand, supercharging the intake process, for example, eating meat instead of digesting straws --- can supply the additional "energy consumption" that a refined mind needs

If there is one trade off for weaker bones is that we humans are becoming better swimmers

As our bones become weaker, our bones become lighter, and lighter folks can float/swim more easily in the water

It is thus no surprise that the vast majority of those who have won Olympic swimming gold medal are mostly from the Caucasoid tribe --- for the Caucasoids have (relatively speaking) the lightest bones among all the humans

Comment: Not everyone was worshipping Japan (Score 1) 260

by Taco Cowboy (#48665625) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Back in the 1980's when anything Japan, including the stinky sushi was the in thing, I shook my head in disbelieve

At that time I was still relatively new in America, and the "blindly following the trend" thing that was happening in the US of A was in some way, comparable to what happened in China back in the "culture revolution"

We human beings supposed to have enough brain power to think, but looking at how people were/are behaving, no matter if it's in the US of A or in China, sometimes I have to wonder if that defect in the human beings would one day cause our own downfall

Comment: Keyword = 'Diversity' (Score 5, Insightful) 214

by Taco Cowboy (#48665555) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Whenever I scan a document or an article and the word 'Diversity' pops up ... sigh!, yet another useless Political Correctness piece of crap!

The theme is always the same --- no matter if it's tech, or business, or wealth, or whatever-you-can-think-of, their basic argument is that someone has been _WRONGED_ and we must do everything to right the wrong, to make sure that the disenfrenchised party is disenfrenchised no more !

The 'common theme' is 'GAP', and the adjective can be 'racial', or 'gender', or 'wealth', or whathaveyou

They never care to address the WHY, they only want to talk about the "injustice"

The society is not going forward if every time they come up with something new the rest of us have to stop everything in order to 'help the disenfrenchised'

Comment: The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 5, Insightful) 60

by Taco Cowboy (#48665505) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Disclaimer: I am a patent holder

I entered the field back in the 1970's and guess what? Patents were already there !

While it is true that patent trolling were not considered to be trendy back then, but the existence of patents in itself had already stiffen innovation somewhat

While we geeks and nerds kept on trying out new ideas, the institutions (universities and research labs) we worked for were sweating bricks and had to check with their attorneys to make sure that we were doing did not trespass on somebody else' patents

The idea of patents were good, when it was invented, however, that idea does not suit the present days environment anymore. Due to the abuse and trolling, patents have become a big hindrance to the society to move forward

+ - How a Wildfire Helped Spread the Hashtag->

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An anonymous reader writes "Chris Messina is credited with originating the use of hashtags at Twitter. What’s not widely known is the role of San Diego’s wildfires in making hashtags reach a tipping point. Messina, who was Twitter user 1,186, says in the fall of 2007, Web developer Nate Ritter started posting updates on the firestorms using the hashtag #sandiegofire. Other users, including the news media, glommed onto the handle and citizen journalism took a big step forward. From there, other world events and use cases (e.g., Instagram) would lead Twitter to make hashtags more searchable."
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+ - Citizenfour producers sued for aiding Snowden->

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An anonymous reader writes ""A retired naval officer in Kansas has filed a suit against the producers of the Oscar-tipped documentary, director Laura Poitras and the Weinstein Company for ‘profiteering’ from the ‘theft and misuse’ of documents leaked by Edward Snowden""
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Comment: China is not afraid of the refugees (Score 1) 360

by Taco Cowboy (#48657823) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

China is not afraid of the refugees

China is not afraid of the Kim dynasty of NK

China is not afraid of South Korea

China is not afraid of the Americans stationed in South Korea

What China is truly afraid of, is what the Japanese could do, and the ensuing reaction from the Chinese people against the Japanese

The Japanese could take advantage of the power vacuum and set up a client state in place of the Kim dynasty

If that happens, the Chinese communist regime is afraid that they could no longer contain the Chinese people's anger against the Japanese and the resulting all out chaos

That is the one thing that truly worries the Chinese government

+ - Republican lawmaker takes stand in favor of teaching "most up-to-date science"->

Submitted by Layzej
Layzej (1976930) writes "The National Journal reports: Republican state Rep. John Patton will introduce legislation early this week to overturn a statewide ban on a set of K-12 science-education standards that teach the scientific consensus on global warming. The standards were finalized last year by a coalition of scientists and educators. But the guidelines have faced fierce political pushback in states such as Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming. In March, Wyoming Republican Gov. Matt Mead signed legislation blocking the state Board of Education from approving the standards amid uproar over their climate content. Now Rep. Patton is hoping to undo the ban.

Patton is not a climate-change crusader. He believes the climate is changing but says that he does not know how much human activity contributes to that. But Patton says that his personal opinions are irrelevant. "What I believe about global warming doesn't matter. We want students to have access to the most up-to-date science. Kids should have a chance to learn the science," Patton said."

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Comment: Human in the value chain of Robot Economy (Score 1) 622

by Taco Cowboy (#48644977) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

The point of the robot economy is that effectively they will

... Or the robots will just make enough for themselves and take nights of to dream of electric sheep ...

In the human society, the animals that we human keep, from pets such as dogs and cats and tropical fish, to farm animals that we rear for meat, skin, fur, such as pigs, cows, chicken, sheeps, do have their respective intrinsic values

This leads to the central crucial aspect of TFA:

... hordes of citizens of zero economic value ...

When human beings end up having zero economic value they will have less value than a chicken in the farm

What kind of future you think those zero-economic value human will have?

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James