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Comment: Re:My prediction.. (Score 1) 173

my prediction is that they will build the network get some cash out of subscriptions for a couple of years and then sell it off to one of the big players.

exactly the same happened in my town during the late nineties with cable internet

And despite being AC you can't name the community so that we can check the story for ourselves?

Comment: Re:Dear Liza! (Score 1) 392

by unitron (#48191983) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Irrelevant. What would be relevant is whether most visitors who will be reading that article are proficient. The Americans in that group may be different than most Americans. Additionally, many in that group may have an education quite different than most Americans.

My preference would be for an education that results in them knowing that it's "different from", and that "than" is for comparing quantities of the same quality.

Comment: That was before... (Score 1) 15

by unitron (#48191967) Attached to: How the worm turns

...the Dixiecrats went over to the GOP.

Many things have changed since 1865.

Frankly, I wish there were some way to dissolve both the Republican and Democratic parties, ban anyone from ever using those as party names again, and ban anyone claiming spiritual descent from either party, and let all those suddenly partyless people hold long converstations to determine who has what in common from a political philosophy standpoint and let them form new parties (if they absolutely can't resist the urge) along those lines.

To accompany this I'd like the idea of governments conducting and paying for party primaries to become absolutely unthinkable, and for voting to be changed to getting to vote for or against every candidate, or abstain, so they get a -1, a 0, or a +1, with the highest total greater than 0 being the winner.

+ - 32 Cities Want to Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead.
The Next Centuries Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so."

Comment: Re:So really what's happening is that... (Score 2) 152

by c (#48187151) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Google isn't going to change anything, just charge legal sites to place their ads on piracy searches.

Seems reasonable. How else is Google supposed to know the difference between honest content providers and those dirty pirates?

The whole DMCA takedown debacle shows us that you clearly can't take someones word that they're a copyright owner; they frequently lie about it. But we've been told time and time again that those dirty pirates expect everything for free, so you'd expect that charging money for listings will obviously let the legit operators bubble to the top.

Comment: Re:The science is settled, stop doing science! (Score 1) 345

by osu-neko (#48174795) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Not at all. His message is, if you think it's real, then start doing science! He doubts it's real because the people who claim it is refuse to even try actual science -- you know, that thing where you document experiments and publish with sufficient levels of detail that allow the results to be independently verified.

Even if you think it's real, you have to admit that what they're doing is not science. Or at least, you have to admit that if you're honest and know what "science" is. It might be invention, but it absolutely isn't science.

Comment: Re:"repeatable independently verifiable reproducti (Score 2) 345

by osu-neko (#48174725) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

A patent will just be violated, and completely ignored. Keeping it secret is the way to go, similar to Heinlein's Shipstones. Place a tamper-resistant box at the client's location, set a meter to charge by the watt-hour, and be done with it. Someone tries breaking into the box, it completely obliterates anything inside showing how it works, or just does a big kaboom, Outer Limits, "Final Exam" style.

Ah, yes. One of Heinlein's most unrealistic, least believable premises ever, and that's saying a lot.

Meanwhile, in the real world, your invention will be reverse-engineered in a matter of months if not sooner.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.