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Comment: It's done on purpose (Score 1) 368

by alzoron (#48542011) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

A lot of sci-fi has its roots in an earlier era where it was risky to question the way things were. Authors of the time got around this by setting everything in an alien setting to disguise what it really was. Most sci-fi to this day continues the tradition of being more about social commentary than getting things accurate.

Comment: Re:What is it? (Score 1) 80

by alzoron (#48519037) Attached to: What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

This is a very good point. There's a very active campaign going on to confuse people about net neutrality. I've gotten into enough arguments with people that actually agreed with me but had been misled by some of these campaigns that I have to ask people what they think it is before we talk about it.

Comment: Too bad so much Creative Commons is poisoned. (Score 4, Interesting) 39

by alzoron (#48483411) Attached to: Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

When creative commons licensing first started gaining a lot of popularity I was excited. What a great way to share creative talent with on another and help to create even better works. Then I started looking on a bunch of music sites that host creative commons licensed material and was shocked by what I found. Song after song and sample after sample contained blatant sampling of other copyrighted works. I personally can't trust anything licensed under creative commons as I can't verify that what I'm using is safe to use without fear of a lawsuit. Unfortunately, the well has been poisoned.

Comment: Yeah (Score 2) 37

by alzoron (#47235903) Attached to: FCC Looking Into Paid Peering Deals

They keep saying that additional regulation will degrade service, raise prices and reduce healthy competition, yet the United States has some of the worst prices, service and competition with the little regulation that already exists. I don't see how adding additional regulation at this point is going to make things any worse unless modems and routers will start spontaneously catching on fire or service technicians are going to start shooting people's dogs.

Comment: Used as a Crutch (Score 1, Insightful) 310

Computers aren't the problem. The problem is buying a bunch of computers and thinking your job is done. Before computers we didn't just throw a bunch of kids in a room with text books and lab equipment and expect them to emerge 6 months later with a deep understanding of Biology. Why do we essentially do that with computers and expect any meaningful result?

Comment: Re:scientists? (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Every time you see a headline in the form of "Scientists discover new foo" you can pretty much stop reading right there. The author is most likely the sort of person that confuses science with wizardry and isn't very likely to produce an article of any real substance. You could actually just replace every instance of scientist with wizard and impart the same level of information.

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