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Comment Re:Honda Diesel? (Score 1) 355

Why? It's not like Slashdot is a US centric web page...

In all actuality, it really is. Slashdot covers US politics to an extent that it covers no other country (or even perhaps all of them combined). And it's not "politics in America affects everyone", either: I can't for the life of me figure out why, say, a Scandi cares about H1B tech hires in California.

Thanks to the wonders of new region-wide trade "agreements", corporations will soon be exporting US "business culture" everywhere. For "Scandis" it must be like looking into the grim, dismal, dystopian future.

Comment Trickle down - good for punishment as well! (Score 1) 355

Until we hold executive officers, whose title comes from the word "to execute" as in to make happen, or members of the BOD are personally held civilly and/or criminally responsible then nothing will really change.

But... but... then (borrowing from the argument for copyright-for-life-plus-95-years) - if corporate officers and board members can't commit crimes without impunity - how will they be incentivized to make profits? The entire economy will come tumbling down unless they are given free reign to "feed the invisible hand"!!!!

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 124

I had a 4 processor ARM workstastion with NT. it was the most unstable piece of shit ever made. Windows NT for ARM was so half assed it barely ran, but it had an advantage, it was mostly hacker proof and served as a gateway to our SCADA system back then. Virus proof, hacker proof for the most part as the only break in we had they kept trying to run X86 executables on it. after that we used a single direction ethernet cable to make it completely hacker proof. Yes, 100% hacker proof. the best hackers on the planet can not defeat the security of a unidirectional ethernet cable. (RX wires snipped, TX only and all data sent to the office systems was UDB broadcast.)

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 124

And nobody will buy them. There is a buttload of cheap china windows 8 surface tablet clone out there that are cheap, and they run linux very well and easily. so nobody in their right mind would buy a arm based android tablet. you want to stick with something that is far morepower and power sippy like what all the current android tablets use.

Comment Does your carrier zero-rate music streaming? (Score 1) 162

However, as time goes by, people use more and more data on their mobile devices. All of which requires additional investment or incentivising customers to lower their data usage.

A few years ago, average data usage on one of the UK's mobile networks was c. 2GB per month. This year, average data usage on the same network is c. 4GB per month. I have an unlimited (genuinely unlimited) plan with the same network and my average monthly usage has gone from 2GB to 15GB in the same period of time.

So, in spite of prices going up, we are probably actually seeing a decrease in the cost per unit used.

I'm wondering how much of that is streaming music or video? Over here in the US, on Tmobile, I average about 1.5GB/mo with a lot of streaming, email and maps usage, but my music is zero-rated so it doesn't show up as used bandwidth.

What's your usage pattern for 15GB/mo?

Comment Re:And this is what that means: (Score 1) 285

Hey, long time since someone dared to propose a solution to spam and make the following relevant again. With you low ID, you should know better.

So you didn't read what I wrote.

So, I repeat: No, it would not make spam go to zero. Just like making theft illegal has not eliminated theft. However, the fact that it is a crime and is prosecuted and people go to jail for it certainly contributes a lot to the fact that in general we don't have very much of it.

Sure, spam would come from Russia and China. So? Just because something doesn't work 100% doesn't mean we should give up. Oh yes, and a lot of spam does come out of the USA. And even more of the actual spammers (the people, not the mail servers) are in the US.

(X) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money

Bullshit. Follow the money. What is being advertised, who runs that business and who did he pay for sending spam? Yes, a lot of the crap advertised is itself illegal, but again, doing something is better than doing nothing.

(X) Users of email will not put up with it

You just put crosses at random, yes? Users of email will not put up with spammers being put in jail? I very much doubt anyone would be sorry for them.

(X) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once

Absolute bullshit. It requires nobody to cooperate. If it is a crime I can take the spam I got today and go to the police and that's it. You don't have to cooperate and neither does anyone else.

(X) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email

Not necessary. I'll stop at this point because it's becoming apparent you just put crosses at random without actually thinking about it.

Comment Re:And this is what that means: (Score 1) 285

Micro-payment, for example. There are a few prototypes out there already, sadly they don't have the reach they need. But I am absolutely willing to pay for things I like. If hitting a universal "I like this" button means an automatic, behind-the-scenes transfer of a few cents to the content creator, why not?

We don't notice that this "everything for free" attitude is also in parts a result of this advertisement poisoning the well. They've told us for years that we can get cool things for free, but they were lying to us. It's not for free at all. The price is just not in dollars.

The LotR movies made, according to a quick googling, a world-wide total of 2.9 billion $. Let's be honest with ourselves and say that a LOT of people saw them without paying. I know a bunch of people who did, because I bought the extended version DVDs and made a big home-cinema event for my friends.

I would dare to say close to a billion people probably watched these movies. That's $3 for everyone. Apparently, there is a lot of inefficiency in the system, because no legal source offers the movies for $1 a piece.

With less overhead in the system, we could bring these movies to everyone interested for a few bucks per person and without taking any revenue away from the creators. Sure, I didn't figure in the costs for operating a cinema or pressing DVDs. But I sincerely hope you are not trying to tell me that in those $15 cinema tickets only $1 is going to the studio?

My "I like" button is easily applied to media of all kinds. Duration of consumation is a perfectly good criterium. If I watch most or all of the movie, I pay a bit for it. If I watch it a second or third time, I pay less than for the first time, or not. Details TBD.

It is absolutely possible and normal to pay for content, and if it were priced correctly, I doubt so many people would opt out. We have seen it with iTunes already, which has made music reasonably cheap and comfortable to get and most people prefer it over hunting for a torrent.

We are beginning to see it with movies now with Netflix, and HBO and again iTunes / Apple TV.

We are beginning to see it with books as well. It won't work as well because physical books still have the better form factor, haptics and general appeal.

But the point is: People are ready to pay, if they don't feel extorted. People don't like to pay for movies because they are not priced fairly. 30 bucks to watch a movie with your GF? Seriously? For students, that's a lot of money. They could just pay the Hollywood stars a few millions less and make the movie half as expensive. Most people do not trick people of similar wealth, but when you see these guys driving to dream holiday locations in supercars, wearing designer clothes that cost more than you make in a month, there is much less of an ethical issue. That's just applied psychology. Heck, even Hollywood has understood this already and changed their anti-piracy messages to pointing out how many normal jobs depend on movies. It won't work if they don't make these normal people visible, though, but don't tell them.

Comment Re:core point (Score 1) 184

It's also easy to posit generation ships.

But that is the whole point of my post. For life one level up, where humans (or whatever we turn into) are merely the equivalent of cells, a trip of a few hundred years would not be a generation. It would be the equivalent of the week- and month-long sea journeys our ancestors took.

Comment Re:I don't like this at all (Score 2) 162

T-Mobiles 'unlimited' isn't.

It's near enough. Their highest tier 4G/LTE (yes, annoyingly called unlimited) allows for 21GB of high speed data before dropping down to 128KB/s. Same with AT&T's grandfathered plan. Don't know about Sprint, but I doubt its any higher.

You also get data stash - I have 20GB in my stash and build it every month. Occasionally I dip into it (like when I do a lot of driving around for trips or business).

With TMO, you get 7GB/mo of tethering with that plan - and the data stash can leverage that so you can in one month tether 10's of GB if you need it.

Also music streaming is zero-rated on TMO with most streaming services (Apple music, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc) covered. So you're not going to have to spend GB's on that either.

Maybe you can get unlimited with VZ, but do they allow for tethering as well? Do they zero-rate music streaming?

T-mobile is as good as you can get right now without going for the "unicorn" of truly unlimited.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky