Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

+ - Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "It appears that the cable tv bill is guaranteed to be a victim of inflation. According to the Washington Post article, ESPN and TNT have signed a new $2.6 billion annual contract to carry National Basketball Association games. All of it will have to be paid by cable subscribers. Let's do a simple math here: let's assume there is a 100 Million households in USA who have cable service, which amounts to $260 of costs, per year, attributable to each subscriber, or approx $22 per month. Of course, some of the expenses are reimbursed by advertisers, but the amount is staggering.

The word is that such a record amount will increase monthly bill? Or perhaps more people will be encourage to disconnect "zombie box""

Link to Original Source

Comment: Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 2, Interesting) 145

by Trachman (#48873393) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

One could understand and expect that intellectually stimulating discussions among 18 Noble prize laureates will yield to unspecified doomsday due to the climate change. Or, in reality, this became a free networking event with good food and interesting contacts, all under the guise of saving the humanity.

Meanwhile, this year alone in violent death there were approx 2 thousands of casualties in Nigeria, approx 1 thousand of casualties in Ukraine and Iraq. There are real wars that are being waged at this time.

In United States from cancer and cardiovascular diseases almost 4 thousands of Americans are dying every day. Not that the death is avoidable, but proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle can prolong life by a decade for many.

So what exactly is the purpose of ever-frozen clock showing the risk of super-fast destruction combined with super-slow climate change risk for some reason commingled and culminating to decision to keep 5 minutes to the noon.. So why exactly 18 Nobel prize laureates are gathering to decide if it is 6 minutes or 4 minutes to the end of the world.

How about using talents and energies on real problems, identified using old fashioned scientific method called prioritization, in IT world knowing as function "sort".

Comment: As always, dick measuring between agencies (Score 3, Informative) 382

by Trachman (#48856857) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

NSA and others do it and will do it no matter what the law says, while their dime eyed lawyers continue telling that they are defending our liberties. FBI was also doing it, but now that the discussion is public, there are same voices, probably in-house lawyers, who foresee a case in the future where the litigation is lost if FBI will continue lying using the paralel construction, like they (and all others) always did.

So now they want to legitimize something that is not legitimizable.

Comment: Little cup is not a punishment (Score 4, Interesting) 348

by Trachman (#48856217) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Little cup is not a Burger King punishment. It is their management decision to limit the water cup size to make attempts to have soda in water cups impractical.

While stealing soda in Burger King sounds like a ridiculous idea, this option has been considered and addressed by reducing paper cup for water size.

Comment: Unlisted Identity (Score 1) 33

by Trachman (#48819407) Attached to: First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK

Addresses will be collected. In fact a lot of addresses were available albeit not in an organized manner. The next thing could be the open list of identities and professions, .... well to reduce the marketing costs, of course and target ads better. However officers in law enforecement and spy agencies will not like that and will either force to unlist some of the addresses, or will take fake names and identities.

Somewhat similiar to google earth, where some areas are artificially blurred by the company which pledged not to make no evil.

Comment: Investment oportunity (Score 1) 289

by Trachman (#48748187) Attached to: Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

At some point the earth will stop spinning.

The one who will build a forecast model will know which side of the earth will be .... "sunny way up".

Appropriate investment decisions can be made to purchase a land in the twilight zone, where is not too hot and not too cold.

Some sources say, that earth is slowing down 1.7 milliseconds every 100 years. However the last leap second adjustment took place in 2012, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Anybody know a quick and dirty way, a good formula, that would tell us when the earth will really stop rotating?

+ - 5th generation intel processors are unveiled->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "Lenovo has announced two new business flagships at CES 2015, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad X250. These laptops are built for the road warriors who need to do a lot of work while they’re away from home, and need to do it fast.

Both the X1 and the X250 are powered by Intel’s latest 5th-generation Intel core processors, and offer optional 4G and LTE connectivity depending on your region.

It is a 14nm CPU. It has integrated 4k graphic processor. Mobile internet, 4G/LTE, will be available. Truly impressive progress."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:It is the taxation issue, really (Score 1) 840

I am economist by trade and by education. There is an entire schoold of econmics, called Austrian economics (one of the bright scholars was , which is standing behind. The caveat, is that Austrian economics thinks that informed individual will make a better choice than somebody else.

If you have no chance to hear about it, I am recommeding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

People in UK and anywhere else where something is socialized, for example medicine, have an illusion, a false sense of security that they "got covered".

In reality, if something is provided free, or low cost, demand will be very high. Thus it is rationed. I have a friend in EU, who needs heart valve transplant and was told that the wait is 4 month. He will pay the money that he does not have to get "expedited"service. Government does have a role to play and that role is to help innovation, efficiency, transparency, simplicity, absence of the middlemen to be a driving force.

Comment: It is the taxation issue, really (Score 1) 840

It is not the labor costs that have skyrocketed. It is the taxes that are being collected and they creeped in and their effect has a ripple inflationary impact where due to the taxation and regulation certain things just do not make sense anymore. I know it is not a popular speech, and I always wondered why nobody wants to talk it.

And i am not talking abou the taxes that are taken from my paycheck directly, which is 43%, in my case (fed, state, city). There are less direct taxes on the property and capital gains, which I also pay.

Now there are true indirect taxes which represent the taxes which you are paying when you get services and goods from others, that are raising the prices of services of the people who are providing them, for they also need to pay taxes on the services provided or value created, or buy services that are mandated and recognized as taxes for they are unavoidable (aka Obamacare). This price inflation has a ripple effect and is further passed through economy.

In my situation (and I do realize that there are individuals who are different), Simple mathematical calculation, Lim f (individual tax rate) = overal taxation burden, shows that, again this is my case, approximately 85% of my income is given back as taxes, which is overall taxation burden. This trend can be repeated for the rest of the economy which is driven and fueled by governmental taxation, waste and spending, and government will never be as efficient as private individual, not even close.

That is the reason why it is cheaper to have to buy something manufactured by robots and bio-robots, rather than pay someone a salary and 80% taxes on top of it.

Have you noticed that in less taxed communities (some erroneously call them less developed societies), where taxation is virtualy non-existent, people do take care of their things and do fix them.

Comment: First it was DRM. Now taxation (Score 1) 164

So, if on my Ipod i will set the living place by choosing the first country on the list, Afghanistan, and will pay with Paypal or Bitcoin, will the tax be collected? How will the living place will be determined? Complexities are staggering.

On the other hand, there are approx 500 million people living in EU, which gives an average $2 revenue per person per year, or less than approx 1.5 EUR per year. Let's make a non-scientific assumption that 10% of the population are actually using the services, which gives $20 per user per year. It looks like active audience with the age of 16-45 is being targeted.

It is not a lot to the governments, but it could be a lot, a huge difference, for the new companies new businesses who will be offering the service. The compliance aspect itself will be a costly component of doing business. For those who do not think it is a big deal, tax non-compliance or even allegation can completely freeze the business.

All things added together only one conclusion comes to my mind. Taxes will be collected, but In the long term, the pirates will win and information WANTS to be free. We had Hollywood whining, and soon we will have tax authorities whining about "lost revenues".

Comment: Russians had the most expensive olymic games (Score 0) 81

by Trachman (#48714071) Attached to: Private Russian Company Proposes Lunar Base

Russians had the most expensive olympic games in the history $50 Billion, while the living standard of the average russian, if measured by GDP per capita is probably 50% lower than average western country.

Clearly, those who were part of it, liked the taste of the money and want more "projects". In US they would start a new war, or would bring another entitlement program aka "Obamacare". In EU they are playing with the LHC. Russians want to colonize the moon now that Ukrainians kicked their teeth in East Ukraine.

At the same token, in Russia, significant part of population still uses outhouses, average life expectancy of males is 50 years, currently interest rate is more than 10% and inflation is more than 10%. Russia has 1/6th of the world's territory, but they have 1/50th of the population and have negative birth rate.

Yes, let them colonize the moon for their "lebensraum" is an issue #1.

+ - Post-Christmas surge of returns->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "Today I have stopped by the local Walmart to buy some stationary and I have noticed a long line, perhaps a dozen people, who were standing to return the merchandise.

The first thing I saw is 2 meter long box with the plastic toy castle. I get it: unwanted gift to the kid.

The next thing I have noticed is a plastic Christmas tree, in the box, clearly opened and taped with transparent packing tapes, and a middle age lady looking to return it. The article below cites that 5% of the returns are fraudulent, but the Christmas tree returned on Dec 26 is ... a bit too obvious.

I think that sellers should have a two tier pricing system, a la carte: one price if you want the right to return and warranties, another price is where sales are final, no right to return for any reason.

Here is the question: what will be the next step from who return a lot of merchandise and do not want to be included into the database?"

Link to Original Source

System going down at 5 this afternoon to install scheduler bug.

Working...