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Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 4, Interesting) 173

It isn't a normal laser, it is a gravity laser. The gravity laser compresses all of the matter in the way to the point where fusion occurs between all elements. This lets you poke a whole through the planet since the beam can get past the matter it has already compressed. While the beam is still on it will be pulling more and more of the planet into it. When you get enough captured in the beam, turn it off and left the compressed matter explodes via nuclear fusion.

Comment Re:Family reunification vs STEM (Score 1) 142

The rules for this were more lax when they came about twenty years ago. I believe the work requirement was five years back them. They did get minimal type jobs helping out in businesses connected to the family (which I am fairly sure was done specifically to qualify for Social Security).. Their children more or less supported them during this period. Currently all four are receiving Social Security and Medicare and will probably do so for another decade. Pretty certain benefits being paid will be 10-20x what they put into the system.

The 10 years, 40 quarters rule applies to everyone, it is not specific to green cards.

Comment Family reunification vs STEM (Score 4, Insightful) 142

Prioritizing family reunification visas is worse. I know of two people that have used family reunification visas to bring in their parents. All four of which went onto Social Security and Medicare shortly after arriving. The US would have been much better off if those four slots had been given to STEM workers.

Comment Netflix needs to fix this (Score 5, Insightful) 181

If the last mile ISPs are going to only allow balanced traffic for free (and last mile traffic is clearly not balanced by its nature) then we should fix the problem for them and generate enough upstream traffic to balance the equation. This is simple - answer one idiotic position with another idiotic position. Have Netflix go peer to peer and then manage traffic flow to create balanced traffic at all of the last mile ISPs. It's what they want ---- we should give it to them.

Comment This policy is ridiculous (Score 4, Interesting) 290

I have two Facebook accounts, a real one with with my real info and another one I just use for playing games. I don't want to mix 'friends' from casual games in with my real friends. I used a pseudonym on the second account. Facebook just locked my second account this week and wouldn't release it until I sent in a photo of my driver's license. I consider that a huge invasion of privacy. I had be using the second account for a long time under the pseudonym. After receiving my driver's license they changed the name on the account to my real name (now no one in the games knows who I am) and they entered all of the data from driver's license into the profile. This is just a total mess which is going to cause me to use Facebook even less than I do now.

Comment Re:It not very hard (Score 1) 167

120 years, 200 years does it matter? Nothing is going to come out from under copyright until we're all dead.

I am a strong advocate of 20 year automatic copyright, then allowing the purchase of 20 year extensions for escalating renewal fees. Years 20-40 could be $1000 and then 10x for each successive renewal. This simple change would completely fix the orphan work problem and put millions of less popular works into the public domain. But the copyright industry doesn't want that to happen - they don't want these less popular works flooding the market for free.

Comment How quickly everyone forgets (Score 1) 469

Microsoft and IBM ended up in a spat over OS|2 and parted ways. That left IBM very angry at Microsoft and without an x86 operating system. IBM spent $1B on Linux in the early 1990's and made a major marketing campaign out of doing it. They even ported Linux onto their sacred mainframe - the Z-series. This IBM support legitimized Linux and propelled it into becoming what it is today.

Comment get to the end of the article (Score 5, Informative) 301

'Initially, he feared that Schacht would take out an injunction against the book, preventing its publication altogether. Determined to avoid the destruction of any books “on the grounds of a claim from Goebbels”, he agreed to pay her 1% of the net retail price.

He said: “When she wanted to cash in on that agreement, I said that agreement is null and void It’s against the moral rights You haven’t been entitled to sell me any words as those words lie within the Bavarian government.”'

The author agreed to pay a 1% royalty and then reneged when the heir tried to collect. Of course that triggered a lawsuit.

Comment Re:It has its places (Score 2) 64

I just can't see any use for this that beats radio except for situations where security concerns trump the hassles with line of sight.

The AP in every room part is easy. Companies working on this want to build it into light bulb controller chips. But then how do you get the data to the light bulb? Powerline is too slow and very error prone.

The nicest thing about the Alto is that it doesn't run faster at night.