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Comment: Explaining API copyright to lawyers/judges (Score 1) 211

You're honor, you probably don't want to read the case. "Why not. It's a matter of public record". Yes, but the index is copyrighted. It's $5000/copy. Good luck finding the case without the index. "$5000 per copy? That's preposterous. Indexing is trivial compared to the arguments in the case". Why yes, yes it is...

Comment: Just then... (Score 4, Funny) 321

by istartedi (#49778647) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

Just then there was a concussive shock. Momentarily the Post's reporter was transported into a netherworld of pounding, blinding light as his office exploded in a cloud of acrid smoke and swirling documents. He lost consciousness momentarily. When he awoke, there were several men standing over him with solemn, angry looks on their faces. Their black paramilitary uniforms were outlined in stark contrast against the white-boards and family photographs. "Who... who are you" he struggled to speak.

"We're the Power Point Rangers".

Comment: Re:Getting rich (Score 1) 106

by istartedi (#49769637) Attached to: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

Not sure why you're getting slammed by mods. This is truth. If big oil disappeared, you'd be up a creek. If big pharma went away, you might die. If the industrials went away, our infrastructure would rot.

If FaceBook disappeared? The world would actually be a better place. Tesla isn't perfect; I like electric cars but I hate some of the big brother that's coming along for the ride. Same deal though, we could live without them and somebody else will eventually pick up their patents and make electrics that are more affordable.

That's beside your point though. Your thesis is valid--buy value when it's priced properly. Futuristic vision and trends aren't value. Stuff people need is value, but it's overpriced now due to Fed manipulation.

Comment: Re:Twenty five years of science destruction... (Score 3, Informative) 118

This is the same kind of thing that was said in the US. The space program had more "spin-off" benefits than I can list. Computers, solar cells, etc. were all advanced by contributions from space research. If it hadn't been for computers in particular, I don't know what kind of work I would have had. It probably wouldn't have been such a good ride for me, and I was never directly employed by NASA. Yes. There are still poor people in the USA... carrying pocket computers.

Comment: Re:toxic microbeads? (Score 1) 247

by istartedi (#49756749) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

It turns out that when you take materials that are usually not a problem, and change their surface chemistry, they can become problems. Take carbon, for example. Pencil "lead" is graphite. Not a problem. OTOH, take a look at a bottle of graphite lock lube. It's the same element, in a fine powder form. There are all kinds of warnings on it because it can get into your lungs.

IANAChemist but I think a real chemist would agree that surface chemistry is an exciting new field, and we don't know enough about it. Sometimes you can get exposed to things in weird ways because they're small.

To take an oddball analogy here... jumping up and down on a mile high peak is not a problem. People do it all the time. Now shrink the mountain down to six feet and try jumping up and down on the peak. Ouch.

Comment: Just up the registration (Score 1) 827

by istartedi (#49739665) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Just up the registration renewal fee. I'm assuming Oregon already has an annual registration fee similar to other states. The vehicle weight, age, and fuel type are already information the state has. You could tax electric vehicles just slightly more, but not so much that it hurts. This could be phased in gradually, until we might get to a point where there are few gasoline-powered cars on the road, and infrastructure is funded mostly from registration fees. It would also be a helluva lot less Big Brother.

Comment: Re:Yep, pretty much (Score 1) 361

by istartedi (#49698391) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I'm not going on a fishing expedition for new music. That's probably part of being middle-aged and having priorities. It's also not my job to wade through all the crap and get to it. I qualified "died" with "virtually" because I still get exposed to interesting things through musician friends (Jazz) and community radio, where "the last DJ" is still allowed to "play what he wants to play".

Comment: Are we still trucking hives? (Score 1) 220

Honest question, I really don't know. Are we still trucking hives all around the country? IMHO that should have been one of the first things to stop when this crisis started. It seems like the opportunity for pathogens to spread multiplies when you truck colonies 500 miles.

I can see this being a vicious circle: Not enough local bees. Truck some in. Trucked-in bees whack local population. Hey, things are worse. Now let's truck in MORE bees...

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning