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Comment: Re:DRM? (Score 1) 74

by monkeythug (#43033809) Attached to: How Paid Apps On Firefox OS Will Work

Also ... #6 Merchandising! Works for Angry Birds and probably a few others I can't be bothered to think of at the moment.

Granted, it wouldn't work for most games, and is something you can get only if you're really really lucky and not something you can rely on when developing the game, but still ... it could theoretically work out for a FOSS game if it was super popular.

Comment: Re:DRM? (Score 1) 74

by monkeythug (#43033691) Attached to: How Paid Apps On Firefox OS Will Work

#5 Kickstarter or crowdfunding generally.

Ok, you could also fold that into #3 if you push hard enough, but the difference is you're not paying for something you already have, but for something that doesn't exist yet, that you'd like to see created. Don't know if there's been any triple AAA level games funded this way, but I like to think it could happen.

Comment: Re:Careful you don't run afoul (Score 2) 299

by monkeythug (#42190937) Attached to: Murder Is Like a Disease (No, Really)

I can't claim to be a shipping expert, but one of the reasons might be that our island is surrounded in many places by sandbanks and shallows of various sorts. This means the relatively few places that are deep enough for a sub to approach also tend to be well-policed shipping lanes ending in harbours and ports (or maybe estuaries which tend to have inconveniently large towns built on them).

Not to mention that we had this thing a while back where German U-Boats kept trying to sneak up on us, meaning there was good reason to make sure the authorities were well aware of all the places where this could happen.

Comment: Re:nothing new at all needed (Score 1) 717

by monkeythug (#41612141) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

I'll have to beg to differ on that one. I drive a 1.4L Ford Fusion (considered a fairly inexpensive family car over here). Granted it's far from being a sports car, but I've never had any problems accelerating when I've needed to. If you need a burst of speed pulling away from a junction you just stay in the lower gears for a few seconds longer.

If I'm reading these specs right this model is listed as 79HP (which I've neither known nor cared about until now!)

Comment: Re:No expectation of privacy (Score 1) 215

Better yet, stream it directly to the internet!

I can see scope for a website displaying live streams from camera phones etc. and allowing visitors to tag the "good" bits. That way by the time you're asked to turn off your phone, it's already too late for them to cover up whatever dodgy thing they were doing!

Comment: Re:Occam's razor? Please. (Score 1) 1226

by monkeythug (#40144113) Attached to: Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

At no point are they willing to accept the simplest answer: the authors of that passage were not mathematicians.

That's because they know full well that if they ever hint that the Bible (and other religious texts) are not the "literal word of God" but were in fact written by an assortment of priests and clerics of varying knowledge and ability, some almost certainly with self-serving agendas to boot ... then the whole house of cards collapses around them.

Comment: Re:What a dumb idea (Score 1) 589

Strictly speaking, I wouldn't think that it was abstinence as such that worked, except maybe to an extent in Catholic communities, so much as with increased education people started learning about the Rhythm method. The Rhythm method isn't a particularly reliable form of birth control by today's standards, but it's still much better than none at all.

Comment: Re:Oh fucking Christ (Score 1) 315

by monkeythug (#39547725) Attached to: Independent Audit Finds Foxconn Violates Chinese Work Rules

[...] is only slightly more expensive than the type of labor intensive manufacturing that we see in places like China. The problem is the high capital outlay for this equipment which no-one wants to front. It's not a problem while cheap labor is in plentiful supply.

Ultimately it's the 'slightly more expensive' part that's the problem here. There's a reason why no-one wants to front the capital outlay and that's because they can't expect to see a return on their investment if the company can't compete with others using cheap labour.

Automated manufacturing (ironically mostly pioneered in the East) has the potential to even the scales here - it doesn't matter how expensive workers are in the West if you only need a handful of them. It just needs someone to figure out how it can be done cheaper than outsourcing.

Comment: Re:Like the cat (Score 1) 324

by monkeythug (#38942545) Attached to: $100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible

Take for example the question of where an electron orbits the nucleus. QM says we can't say where, only give a probability.

More accurately QM says there *is* no precise location, only the probabilities. This isn't a matter of the electron being at a particular point, where we lack the ability to determine where it is exactly. In essence the electron *is* a field of probabilities and left to its own devices (e.g. in a remote part of space) is theoretically at every position simultaneously. Only in the presence of other quantum fields does that change - so when an electron interacts with a proton in a hydrogen atom for example, the two sets of probabilities interact with the result that the probabilities associated with the electron are constrained to positions more or less associated with the classical notion of an orbit.

When we attempt to observe an electron's position we necessarily interact with it in a way that constrains its position probability to something close to a single point - this is the only sense in which an electron becomes a "particle". So in the 2-slit experiment, if we don't observe it, the probabilities remain (relatively) unconstrained and there remain possible paths through both slits, whereas if we do observe the electron we narrow the field of probabilities enough to make it almost certain it will only pass through one slit.

(it is therefore meaningless to say "only observe after the particle has passed thru the slit" since there is no "particle" until the observation is made)

Comment: Re:And this is how (Score 2) 116

by monkeythug (#38302398) Attached to: The Unique Candidates of the New Hampshire Primary

The UK has a coalition government precisely because it has more than two parties! However it is also the first coalition we have had in decades, and it (arguably) only happened this time due to very particular circumstances that are unlikely to happen again any time soon.

This is most likely the reason why the LibDems were so keen on switching away from FPTP - it represented the only way they were likely to get another bite at the cherry in 2015. Sadly it was not to be, which is a shame as having more than two parties with a fighting chance of being elected would not only have been good for the LibDems, it would have been great for the UK.

Comment: Re:dont you mean 'union made goods'? (Score 1) 341

by monkeythug (#38301568) Attached to: Voyager 1 Exits Our Solar System

Unionized industries are typically those either in the public sector or where the industry is dominated by one or a small number of large companies.

Industries where there are plenty of companies competing in the marketplace tend to have less need for unions, because employees can easily move to the companies offering the best pay and/or conditions and companies can compete on offering that in order to attract the best employees.

Looking it at that way, unions are a symptom of a larger problem - the way capitalism seems to have a tendency towards markets being dominated by large players as industries mature, which is bad for employees and bad for consumers.

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