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Comment: Re:AWESOME! (Score 1) 372

by jader3rd (#49642745) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

You assume that I think taxpayers should have to rebuild those houses.

I'm not assuming that. Regardless of what you think about the issue that's the reality on the ground. A location gets hit by a hurricane, news stories float around about people who have lost everything, there's a public swelling of support, and before we know it the government is in the insurance business. It's happened with coast lines, it happened with fire insurance in LA/Hollywood, it happens in many, many places. Most people can't be cold hearted basterds enough to realize that in certain situations, helping people rebuild their lives creates dependency problems. And since we're in a democracy, that's the reality on the ground.

Comment: Re:AWESOME! (Score 2) 372

by jader3rd (#49635463) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

I'm sorry, but if you want to build a house at the beach, why should it be the government's business to stop you?

Because when inevitable destruction occurs to the beach property, you'll get an interview on TV and sob and whine about how much you love your house which was just destroyed, and then my tax payer dollars have to be invested in reconstructing the house that's in a dangerous place to build. That's why the government should stop the building of houses in dangerous areas.

+ - Skype's name too similar to Britain's Sky broadcasting->

Submitted by jader3rd
jader3rd writes: Apparently the last Sky vs. Microsoft ruling emboldened Sky to try again. But this time with Skype. From cnet.

A European court ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot trademark Skype, its popular Internet-calling service, in Europe because its name and logo is too similar to the longtime British broadcasting company.

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Comment: Re:What a bizarre statement (Score 1) 255

by jader3rd (#49524021) Attached to: Twitter Rolls Out New Anti-Abuse Tools

So to protect against silencing, you're going to silence?

Well, if one bully can silence 100 shrinking violets, by removing the bully, twitter will get less silence as the shrinking violets have conversations about how important everyones feelings are on whatever subject matter is worth tweeting about.

If your goal was to get as many eyeballs looking at ads on your platform, wouldn't you trade one bully for 100 shrinking violets?

Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 1) 247

by jader3rd (#49478451) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

This is a little bit different than Internet Exploder, which MS was forcing people to keep installed when using the OS. But one could just as easily type into the URL, or even into the URL.

But could just as easily launch Netscape from their desktop as they could IE from their desktop.

Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 2) 247

by jader3rd (#49478443) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

You couldn't buy a computer (and still can't) without Windows.

But with a computer you could always buy the parts and build your own. Slashdot will regularly feature posts from companies selling non-Windows computers. Just because IE is installed doesn't force you to use it.

+ - Fifty Years of Moore's Law

Submitted by writes: IEEE is running a special report on "50 Years of Moore's Law" that considers "the gift that keeps on giving" from different points of view. Chris Mack begins by arguing that nothing about Moore’s Law was inevitable. "Instead, it’s a testament to hard work, human ingenuity, and the incentives of a free market. Moore’s prediction may have started out as a fairly simple observation of a young industry. But over time it became an expectation and self-fulfilling prophecy—an ongoing act of creation by engineers and companies that saw the benefits of Moore’s Law and did their best to keep it going, or else risk falling behind the competition."

Andrew Huang argues that Moore's Law is slowing and will someday stop but the death of Moore's Law will spur innovation. "Someday in the foreseeable future, you will not be able to buy a better computer next year," writes Huang. "Under such a regime, you’ll probably want to purchase things that are more nicely made to begin with. The idea of an “heirloom laptop” may sound preposterous today, but someday we may perceive our computers as cherished and useful looms to hand down to our children, much as some people today regard wristwatches or antique furniture."

Vaclav Smil writes about "Moore's Curse" and argues that there is a dark side to the revolution in electronics for it has had the unintended effect of raising expectations for technical progress. "We are assured that rapid progress will soon bring self-driving electric cars, hypersonic airplanes, individually tailored cancer cures, and instant three-dimensional printing of hearts and kidneys. We are even told it will pave the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies," writes Smil. "But the doubling time for transistor density is no guide to technical progress generally. Modern life depends on many processes that improve rather slowly, not least the production of food and energy and the transportation of people and goods."

Finally Cyrus Mody writes that it seems clear that Moore’s Law is not a law of nature in any commonly accepted sense but what kind of thing is Moore’s Law? "Moore’s Law is a human construct. As with legislation, though, most of us have little and only indirect say in its construction," writes Mody. "Everyone, both the producers and consumers of microelectronics, takes steps needed to maintain Moore’s Law, yet everyone’s experience is that they are subject to it."

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