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Comment: Re:Who did they compare against? (Score 1) 167

by russotto (#48948641) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Who were these "one million disadvantaged middle-school students" compared to in order to determine that there was a "persistent decline in reading and math scores"?

You want a control group? With sociological studies you're lucky they actually measured real people and not proxies... control groups are asking for way too much.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 1) 274

by mrchaotica (#48941319) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

What support does it need to add? It should be acting exactly like a generic x86 machine; the new OS should be written to support it as a matter of course.

I mean, sure, the fancy stuff (mouse pointer integration, cut-and-paste between VM and host, etc.) are nice, but it's not as if they're necessary.

Comment: Re:Pollute the air twice. Once to make bio fuel, (Score 1) 216

by mrchaotica (#48940413) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

It's really quite trivial on a mechanical level to convert literally any gasoline vehicle to run on methane. They get less mileage per unit of mass, but the output is of course vastly cleaner, the crankcase lubricant lasts longer, and so on. The fuel can be stored in relatively inexpensive tanks compared to hydrogen, or of course compared to the energy density of batteries. Propane conversions are common in off-roading. Range becomes an issue, but I see a lot of Jeeps with conversions up here in the sticks. Gas will work at any right-side-up angle even when the tank is mostly empty, unlike gasoline.

Or, of course, you can use the fischer-tropsch process to turn the methane into actual gasoline and not have to bother converting the vehicles.

Comment: Re:Patenting genes (Score 1) 494

by mrchaotica (#48940219) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

So, does additional patent infringement occur when those children reproduce?

What if instead of humans, they were some other species and a third-party human caused them to reproduce -- would that third party human be liable?

Normally, a legal remedy for claims of patent infringement is for the infringing party to cease infringing. Would that be ethical -- or even possible (if, for example, the modified organisms escaped into the wild) -- in this situation?


Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the worried-all-the-way-to-the-bank dept.
An anonymous reader writes: China is putting into place a new set of regulations for how banks interact with technology, and it has many companies worried. While the rules might enhance security for the Chinese government, they devastate it for everyone else. For example, not only will China require that companies turn over source code for any software sold to banks, the companies building the software (and hardware) must also build back doors into their systems. The bad news for us is that most companies can't afford to simply refuse the rules and write China off. Tech industry spending is estimated to reach $465 billion in 2015, and it's projected for a huge amount of growth.

Comment: Re:Still not good enough. (Score 1) 427

by mrchaotica (#48934029) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Yeah, but voters are getting big government anyway! It's just that it's the even worse kind of big government -- the kind that spends all its money unaccountably on the military-industrial complex (and increasingly, the prison-industrial complex) instead of providing services to constituents.

Do you suffer painful hallucination? -- Don Juan, cited by Carlos Casteneda