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Comment: Re:old tech (Score 1) 165

by ecorona (#46751045) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi
I totally get it. This explanation makes sense. My first computer was a 100 Mhz Mac with Mac OS 7.5. I was so excited about the computer that I read an entire book explaining every detail of the OS. America Online was pretty much the only ISP. I used to love finding people of various professions, instant messaging them, and asking questions I could never normally get answered. About 9/10 times I'd get ignored, but those people in a good mood would explain fascinating stuff. I know how you C64 peeps feel. If I could recreate that original AOL atmosphere where I had a different epiphany each week, I would do so wholeheartedly.

Comment: Government ties (Score 1) 466

by ecorona (#46568401) Attached to: AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
Games Cicconi used to work in the white house. He is the dude they send over to promise campaign funds in exchange for getting government policy that suits AT&T's agenda. The fight of Net Neutrality is going to be the ultimate showdown between the people and lobbying efforts from the ultra wealthy. Who really wields more power in this country? Does choosing representatives really make a difference? Will the allure of $$$ always corrupt those we put in charge, no matter who we choose?

Comment: Insanity (Score 1) 466

by ecorona (#46568213) Attached to: AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
James Cicconi is a corrupt corporate elite if there ever was one. AT&T is trying to purchase T-Mobile. He's also claiming that consumers will be hurt and experience higher prices if the merge deal is blocked. This guy is head of lobbying efforts against net neutrality and for the T-Mobile merger. His points are quite easily debunked and if it weren't for the insane amounts of lobbying money being spent, even politicians would laugh at his face. Instead, politicians who agree and meet with AT&T should be voted out of office. I don't care if they're Democrats, Republicans, or any other party. It's insanity that anyone would even consider allowing AT&T to charge more for the type of content that is being served. As consumers, we need urgent protection from those that will keep the internet from progressing and fulfilling its potential. As consumers, we should pay for a gigabyte. If that gigabyte is a gigabyte of video or a gigabyte of a game download, it's none of their effing business. If I am a content provider, and I want to serve my video or games to consumers, why in the hell should I pay more because my 1s and 0s represent video? I will be the first mofo to volunteer to live on mars if net neutrality is destroyed. I firmly believe that this is the one issue that will wake the population up to kick the asses of those who, through lobbying, put the government in their pockets without giving a flying f what it will mean to society and technological progress for decades to come.

Comment: Re:P&T on handicapped parking (Score 1) 551

by ecorona (#38565170) Attached to: In New Zealand, a System To Watch for Disabled Parking Violators
> Absolutely. Especially when the most prolific computer book author in the industry, who is also handicapped, argues against them That guy is an asshole. Straight and simple. Would you like to know why? See, my girlfriend has a disability and actually needs a van accessible spot or she is TRAPPED IN HER CAR. Then she sees this asshole talking against handicap parking spots that she needs the way you and I need tires on our cars to use it. Without these spots she wouldn't be able to go anywhere. Here's the kicker, this asshole is disabled but he DOESN'T NEED a van accessible spot to exit his vehicle! So yes, it's much easier for him to speak out against these spots when he isn't 100% dependent on them to do anything other than stay home all day without the help of others. He's throwing other people who need handicap spots under the bus on that one.

Comment: Re:PC analogy (Score 5, Insightful) 278

by ecorona (#38295498) Attached to: EFF Asks To Make Jailbreaking Legal For All Devices
Because they want to charge you for the privilege. Remember, corporations are machines built to make money and that is all. They will fight anything that reduces the amount of money they can make no matter how completely idiotic and absurd it is. Politicians have already sided with corporations, democrats and republicans alike. Here's hoping judges are not as easily bought off and will have some common sense.

Comment: as a genome researcher (Score 5, Informative) 239

by ecorona (#38241826) Attached to: Genome Researchers Have Too Much Data
As a genome researcher, I'd like to point out that I, for one, do not have nearly enough genome data. I simply need about 512GB of RAM on a computer with a hard drive that is about 100x faster than my current SSD, and processing power about 1000x cheaper. Right now, I bite the bullet and carefully construct data structures and implement all sorts of tricks make the most out of the RAM I do have, minimize how much I have to use a hard drive, and extract every bit of performance available out of my 8 core machine. I wait around and eventually get things done, but my research would go way faster and be more sophisticated if I didn't have these hardware limitations.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this to me? (Score 1) 34

by ecorona (#37963412) Attached to: Google Maps, Disease Risk, and Migration
Red means higher risk and green means lower risk. There's a legend on the top left. Click on the circle that represents your ancestral origins. You can see the predicted increase in risk (likelihood ratio). It also traces the migration path your ancestors took to found your ancestral population. Click the other figure (Human Relationships) on the top left to see the same stuff but on a view that shows how all relationships on the map are related.

+ - Google Maps, Disease Risk, and Migration->

Submitted by ecorona
ecorona (953223) writes "This google maps mashup was published in Science this week. Paywall warning: It shows genetic risk for multiple diseases distributed across the globe. It's easy to follow the migration path and see which diseases increase/decrease in risk along human migration paths. Click on the populations to see the relative risk of the selected disease for each population. You can pick your a disease and see which populations are more susceptible. The article is behind a paywall, but the website is free to use."
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+ - 'Dump Your Bank Day' appears to catch on-> 3

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Customers are dumping their banks in droves ahead of the nationwide "Move Your Money" and "Bank Transfer Day" movements this Saturday. Given the recent spotlight on attempts — and ultimate failures — by some of the nation's biggest banks to tack on new debit card fees, thousands of disgruntled consumers have already either left or pledged to leave their current bank for a community bank or credit union, which are known for having fewer and/or lower bank account fees.

At least 650,000 consumers have already joined credit unions since Sept. 29, the day Bank of America announced plans to impose its controversial $5 debit card fee, according to a nationwide survey of credit unions by the Credit Union National Association. And while Bank of America and other banks have since backpedaled on imposing the fees, consumers are making it clear they are still fed up. More than 4 in every 5 credit unions said new customers cited days like "Bank Transfer Day" and new fees imposed by their banks as reasons for opening accounts.


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