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Comment: An idea to get a contestant started. (Score 1) 212

by john_anderson_ii (#29062501) Attached to: Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard
Here's an idea for a practical use of the pressure sensitive keyboard, an idea which may put a team of contestants off to a good start. You know, most of the time you typo you know you are about to do it a split second before you actually do. Like while you are in the process of typoing, you can feel yourself hit the wrong key. It's like your brain screams YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG, but your body just can't stop pressing that wrong key.
This leads to a scenario where there is likely an abnormal amount of pressure on the "wrong" key press, like a light pressed keystroke (a 'checked swing' if you can deal with a baseball analogy), while at the same time there might be an even lighter pressed keystroke on the "right" key, or maybe a full on keystroke on the "right" key immediately following the checked swing on the wrong key.
This pressure sensitive technology might be useful after all. It may help develop a keyboard which aids humans in minimizing typos.
Just a hint contestants, just a hint.

Comment: Re:Won't the companies just move? (Score 1) 1505

Well, thank you for your input. Unfortunately, you have no clue on the subject you are talking about. To most readers of ./ I don't even have to point out your intellectual shortcomings, because they are pretty obvious. After all, you are the idiot who compared cost of living to a corporate move, as if they had any coincidence what so ever. I advise you actually read a book or two on the subject, figure out which way is up, and then get back to us. You just interjected a kindergarten equivalent of "Hey look at me!" into a somewhat serious discussion of adult nature.

The adults are talking now, and we aren't striken with any sort of lust for a particular politician. So why don't you come back and ask questions once reality sinks in, and you've developed some sort of clue. If you think every U.S. company who has the power to move out of the overbearing state has done so, and if you think that taxes, tariffs and mere U.S. Law is just some sort of impracticality, then I hope you stick around and follow the news as these formerly U.S. companies become foreign holdings en masse. Whenever you deal with the type of money our biggest corporations call pocket change, it's never relevant to brand those dealings as trivial. The world is a big place, and the world doesn't quite think like you. You need to abstract, way abstract your ideas, or you can continue to not understand anything someone else does. It's just kindof the way it goes. All 300 million people in this country have plans. However none of their plans will survive first contact with a force who will work agaist their plans. It's just the way of life, apparently you haven't picked upon that yet.

Comment: Re:Won't the companies just move? (Score 1) 1505

That would be a lot simpler than what we have, and I'm for anything simpler than what we have. I also wouldn't be opposed to a flat tax of some sort wherein only real-live individuals are taxpayers, and corporations may own no "profits". Meaning the CEO, the board and shareholds are taxed on the entire profits of the corporation, and the corporation itself can claim no profit or loss.

Whatever we do about the current issue in question, it won't solve the big problem. U.S. Taxes are too overbearing and too complex to be handled efficiently. That is the real problem. Current tax codes are so complex neither the IRS, tax law firms, the executive or even NASA can figure them out without a month of hearings on some item or another. That's no way to run a revenue stream, even for politicians.

What Obama's administration is trying to do is tackle one symptom of a defunct system, and I'm afraid it's going to break the system if it's attacked too harshly. Once the congress and the executive gets on the crazy train, they aren't very good at getting off until the train has derailed itself and landed on the The People.

Comment: Re:Won't the companies just move? (Score 1) 1505

Hey, I've got a better idea! Let's close all these loop holes, raise corporate taxes and lower individual taxes! Let's make the corporations support our entire overly extravagant government budget, the war state, the welfare state, and the credit market bailouts!

Now, just remember, no whining when you can't buy anything or find a job. Oh, wait! We could pass laws to *make* corporations hire you, and pay you very well!

But no whining when they go bankrupt because no one can afford their goods. Oh, Wait! We can pass laws to *make* people buy the goods.....

There are two sides to every extreme. My post was just a word of caution.

Comment: Won't the companies just move? (Score 3, Insightful) 1505

With the "free" (read "internationally managed") trade agreements we have with foreign nations, I don't think "fixing" these "loopholes" will have the effect this administration desires. "Fixing" these "loopholes" and thus increasing the over all tax burden of a corporation may have quite the opposite effect.

If it becomes more lucrative and less of a tax burden to be a foreign business inside one of these countries with managed trade agreements instead of a domestic one, what will happen? The business will move because tariffs and import taxes become cheaper than domestic ones. That means unemployment grows and tax revenues drop.

This administration would be well served to tread lightly, and ensure that conducting business withing the U.S. is cheaper than foreign alternatives, else the U.S. may find itself with very little businesses conducting any business at all.

Comment: Is this a purpose of today's FCC? (Score 0, Redundant) 161

by john_anderson_ii (#27526243) Attached to: FCC Seeks To Improve US Broadband Access
I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't think this is a proper use of federal authority. National broadband, national healthcare, what's next, nationalized gasoline distribution? It just never stops.

The modern, knuckle dragging, federal government has 3 tools in it's toolbox when it comes to nationalizing any market. The ban, the subsidy, and heavy-handed regulation are the only tools it understands. They either ban it, like illegal drugs, or they subsidize and regulate it, like pharmacological industry. What ever happened to lazziez faire in this Country? The government has no interest in efficiency, or the bottom line. If national broadband costs too much, they'll subsidize the providers and tax the people on the back end, or increase public debts. Either way, the people will still pay the costs. The government has forgotten that the public does not own, and is not entitled to everything anyone else has in this country. The routers, switches, and cables are physical assets of the companies who own them, and it's certainly not up to Congress to decide how those assets are utilized, unless used in a crime.

I'm with the posters above me who would rather see government exercise it's authority properly and break up the monopolies who's anti-competitive practices cause the lack of consumer satisfaction. Instead, the government plans to lie in bed with the very same providers who are currently screwing over said government's constituents.

Comment: Re:second amendment rights (Score 1) 546

by john_anderson_ii (#27220079) Attached to: Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case

People obsess over their right to bear arms, and I do no dispute the inherent importance of killing an animal or blowing off the head of your fellow person, but how long has it been since such primitive weapons as promoted by the NRA has actually really defended a country. The Iraqis defended themselves with IED. The Israeli's depend on missiles. In both cases an understanding of explosives is important, and in the later case the people must understand rocketry. sure, in some sense the NRA is right. If there is enough cannon fodder around with simple to use guns, of the type they support, battles can be won. This is proved by the weapons smuggled into Mexico from the US and used against the Mexican legal authorities. But really, such things are toys and the people who obsess over them are just playing games. The real action is rocketry, and anyone who infringes on our right to practice rocketry is risking the security of the free state.

Let the toy soldiers wear their camouflage underwear and play with their guns. Those of us in the know see the key in chemistry, physics, and the willingness to build a gadget that will solve the problem. For better or worse.

Every war ever won has been won on the backs of the boots on the ground. The assumption you are making is that rifles cannot compete with tanks and plans and missiles.

That assumption is simply wrong and anyone remotely familiar with tactics and military history would tell you the same. The insurgents in Iraq and the VC in Vietnam surely didn't agree with this line of thinking.

Q.) If the tanks, planes and rockets defend the country, who defends the fuel these tanks, planes and rockets rely on? The millions of gallons of fuels required to keep these things flying and driving isn't very mobile, yet these instruments are, so who defends, or can attack the fuel farm?

A.) Men with rifles.

Q.) Who finds targets for the planes and tanks and rockets? Sure satellites and P3's are good at narrowing them down, but there are good reasons reasons good reconnaissance units and forward observers are incredibly important in a modern military. Who then, could counteract the groups finding the targets for the planes and tanks, and how do these recon units and FO defend themselves while forward of the reach of the planes and tanks?

A.) Men with rilfes.

Q.) Who safeguards the maintenance and resupply of the planes and tanks and rockets? They break down, new ones need to be built, spare parts and munitions must be delivered from point A to point B in order for these things to be effective. Who can disrupt this supply line or defend it?

A.) Men with rifles.

These are just a few examples where properly executed maneuver warfare can completely break a technologically superior force, all accomplished with 'primitive' rifles. If one consistently masses their primitive rifles on the enemies weakest spots usually defended by men with rifles (fuel depots, logistical supply areas, etc), then the enemy must then use it's planes, tanks and missiles to defend it's supply lines. Who then is fighting in the front? Men with rifles.

Comment: Re:Re-usable libraries (Score 1) 278

by john_anderson_ii (#24588311) Attached to: Bash Cookbook
Why would they need to lean new syntax? We still use bash syntax when writing BPE scripts. They need only to learn the names, arguments, and returns of the function calls. Just like they would for any software product. It's not like the BPE implementation is restricting them from learning perl or python or anything else

Doing advanced things in bash is a personal hobby mine, and if it proves useful to other admins and the company as well, than that's just a bonus.
Linux Business

+ - Video interview of Linus Torvalds on Linux 2.7

Submitted by daria42
daria42 (866794) writes "ZDNet Australia has put up a video interview of Linux creator Linus Torvalds talking about the kernel development process, explaining why the unexpected resilience of kernel version 2.6 has delayed the move to kernel version 2.7. "One of the original worries was that we would not be able to make big changes within the confines of the development model ... I always said that if there is something so fundamental that everything will break then we will start at 2.7 at that point," Torvalds says in the interview. "We have been able to do fairly invasive things even while not actually destabilising the kernel. It has surprised me and other people how well we have been able to do big changes that did not cause havoc.""
Music

Apple To Play Fairer With FairPlay? 153

Posted by kdawson
from the all's-fair dept.
NewbieMonster writes "According to tech.co.uk, Apple is about to license its Fairplay DRM to Made for iPod accessory manufacturers. It's reported that Apple will also allow streaming of protected AAC content via USB. Could this signal a move to allowing other music players to access and play ITMS content?" From the article: "The expected announcements could signal a move on Apple's part to take some of the sting out of its Fairplay DRM which has come in for a great deal of criticism over recent months. It may also be a way of keeping Made For iPod makers onside, as the draw of the Microsoft Zune becomes stronger." Anyone noticed the draw of the Microsoft Zune becoming stronger?
Microsoft

+ - IE7: 100 Million Downloads, Still Falling Behind?

Submitted by
Kelson
Kelson writes "Internet Explorer 7 hit the 100 million download mark last week. Yet in the three months it's been available, Firefox's marketshare has continued to grow. Information Week reports that nearly all of IE7's growth has been upgrades from IE6. People don't seem to be switching back to IE in significant numbers, prompting analysts to wonder: has Microsoft finally met its match?"
Operating Systems

+ - MS allows free OS with DX10 support?

Submitted by
neersign
neersign writes "There appears to be a BSD-derived operating system under development claiming it will have full DirectX 10 support. The developer claims they have made a deal with Microsoft where the source must be closed but the operating system can be released for free, only with the request that users legally own one Microsoft operating system. The operating system is called XSOS and it uses what is assumed to be a modified BSD kernel released under the BSD license with Windows running in emulation on top of it. Discussions about the operating system can be found here and here. The home page for the project is here."

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