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Comment: Re:yea no (Score 4, Informative) 223

by jpatters (#46682155) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

Oh stuff a sock in it.

The cost for the infrastructural build out of basic telephone service, which is what the incumbent telcos are required to provide, was paid for decades ago and with significant taxpayer subsidies. None of the incumbents are required to provide universal internet service at all, let alone reasonably useful universal internet service, so your complaint is bull crap. Also, Comcast/Time Warner/Charter etc are not required to provide any level of universal service.

Comment: Re:Two Games (Score 1) 167

by jpatters (#46674187) Attached to: A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Re-read the GP. The claim is that when the opponent responds by playing scissors 50% and rock 50%, you will win 4/6 of the time when they play rock and you will lose 4/6 of the time when they play scissors, which makes it 50/50. The stronger claim is that the opponent can adjust to any consistent strategy that you choose, ultimately making it a 50/50 game.

Comment: Re:Would we... (Score 1) 824

by jpatters (#46608209) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

It is you who have made the astounding claim that "scientifically" there are "three races of humans", so the burden is on you to cite your sources. Current science makes no such claim, and you should stop spouting off on things about which you have no clue.

High school biology class is hardly a definitive venue to learn about science that is more current than the 1950s.

Comment: Disagree (Score 1) 459

by jpatters (#46003301) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Every convention on a modern computer keyboard is there because of a gradual process of innovation. Some things are for the best, like the inverted "T" arrow layout, and some things are for the worse, like rubber dome membrane actuation, cylindrical keycaps, and pad printing.

There is plenty of good innovation from the DIY community, see (workshop section) for some great examples.

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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD 408

Posted by samzenpus
from the real-cash dept.
angry tapir writes "The founder of the Silk Road underground website has forfeited the site and thousands of bitcoins, worth around $28 million at current rates, to the U.S. government. The approximately 29,655 bitcoins were seized from the Silk Road website when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) moved to close it in late September. 'The United States Marshals Service shall dispose of the Silk Road Hidden Website and the Silk Road Server Bitcoins according to law,' wrote Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in a court order that was issued this week. The ruling represents the largest-ever forfeiture of bitcoins. 'It is the intention of the government to ultimately convert the bitcoins to U.S. currency,' said Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York."

Comment: Abolish H-1B Visas (Score 1) 271

by jpatters (#45965307) Attached to: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

The problem with H-1B Visas is that they smell like indentured servitude. I say abolish them, and then create a visa program for skilled professionals that is not tied to a specific job or business sponsor. That way, the "guest worker" would have some actual bargening power and could change employers.


R2-D2: Mall Cop 139

Posted by samzenpus
from the these-are-not-the-sales-you-are-looking-for dept.
theodp writes "'The night watchman of the future,' explains the NY Times' John Markoff, 'is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 – without the whimsy. And will work for $6.25 an hour.' California-based Knightscope has developed a mobile robot known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods. 'But what is for some a technology-laden route to safer communities and schools,' writes Markoff, 'is to others an entry point to a post-Orwellian, post-privacy world.'"

Comment: Re:It can ALREADY print food... not so much (Score 2) 88

by jpatters (#45243801) Attached to: Is 3D Printing the Future of Disaster Relief?

Regarding your first example, it is a machine that makes bread (I guess in various shapes) out of dough, but if you have the dough, a regular bread machine would be more efficient, and a regular oven would be even more efficient as long as you have a human available to kneed the dough. And many kinds of ovens work without electricity.

Regarding the second example, it is a machine that makes shaped chocolates, which will be poorly tempered compared to molded chocolates, and once again, you have to have the chocolate as an input. Setting aside for a moment the question of weather chocolate is an appropriate thing to spend disaster resources on; if you are in a disaster area, who cares if the chocolate candies are shaped like turtles? I know this is just an example, and your argument is intended to imply that the state of the art of 3D printed food is constantly advancing, it still faces the fundamental limitation that you have to have the food already, there is no forthcoming breakthrough that will synthesize food from constituent chemical elements. You know, other than regular old agriculture.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson