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Comment Re:Hierarchical purchasing and the netbook threat (Score 1) 312

has anyone here actually tried reading for prolonged periods of time on a kindle? It is vastly superior to any other display for that purpose. Sure the refresh rate is slow, but the whole time you're reading ITS NOT REFRESHING. It literally feels just like a book to your eyes.

I can't speak for anyone else, but reading for prolonged periods of time on a standard display tires my eyes out.

Apple might corner the market for cute toys that people believe to be handed down by god, but for serious readers e-ink is the only choice (besides dead trees)

I suspect a ways down the road there will be a convergence of e-ink and lcd/oled technology that selectively refreshes changed portions of the screen, with e-inks static image technology.

Comment Re:Is this really censorship? (Score 2, Insightful) 215

Completely invalid reasoning on so many levels. Curtailing supply NEVER diminshes demand.

Diminished supply does 2 things: it raises the cost of the item/service in question and it pushes buyers to other outlets to fuffill the demand.

Look at the meteoric rise in the sale and use of prescription drugs. The war on cocaine, which used to be a prominent upper class drug has now been largely supplanted by the use of prescription Ritalin, which is chemically very similar. Constricting the supply of cocaine did no reduce demand or the use of drugs but pushed people onto a cheaper and easier to get product.

Basically, you're wrong wrong wrong

Comment Re:Unless this was the intented behavior... (Score 1) 217

I haven't used a palm in a while but all my notes in college were taken on a palm tungsten M with an infrared folding keyboard. I calibrated the touch screen on the device 1 time and never had calibration problems. Maybe the difference is using quality parts vs cheapest since voting machines sole market is to government, who always go for the lowest bidder even though it always bites them in the ass.

Comment Re:What secrets could these possibly be? (Score 1) 904

Unfortunately this is not a story that main stream media will carry. As long as there are issues that average joe cares more about like the economy or the how our troops are being utilized, the continued trampling of our Constitution will not get complained about. Politicians are smart enough to know the only thing people care about "it's the economy stupid".

For the news to cover it would be to hurt their ratings with the general public and in the end only public news will cover things that would hurt their advertisers.

The weird thing about it is it's not just the US that is falling into this black whole of constant surveillance. Other western nations (see England and cctv system or Australia and the recent attempt at internet filtering) both are sliding in that direction as well. It seems like another case of our technology racing ahead of our morality (or common sense).


Submission + - Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored ( 2

Khashishi writes: Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?

Comment Re:And next up (Score 1) 467

I would love to see some evidence of this ridiculous assertion. Moore's law does not apply to every field in life and there is a huge difference between doubling the number of transistors and creating a new treatment, then going through rigorous test to ensure the new treatment doesn't kill people.

Just because this is /. doesn't mean Moore is god.

Comment Re:And next up (Score 1) 467

Yes you are right, we already are footing the bill when poor people wait till the they are sick enough that it is against the law for the ER to deny them care.

It has been empirically proven that preventative treatment is phenomenally cheaper then curative treatment. Having a system where the poor could get health care before their health degrades into a medical nightmare will save us money in the long run. Sometimes doing the right thing is also the fiscally responsible choice.

Comment Re:Been following this for awhile. (Score 5, Insightful) 1240

If I had found out that some school official strip searched my kid, regardless of age or sex; the officials involved would never have made it to trial.

For those that didn't RTFA:
After she had stripped to her underwear, "they asked me to pull out my bra and move it from side to side," she said. "They made me open my legs and pull out my underwear."

School is supposed to be a place where kids are safe. When the solution is worse then the crime you have a system out of control.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson