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Comment: Re:hoooray (Score 5, Interesting) 74

by Idou (#47896551) Attached to: Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells
This is absolutely right, and I would go further to say that this kind of technology cannot be perfected without mass adoption. For instance, there is priceless value to the smart phone industry of having billions of "testers," an expansive variety of users that drives a healthy community of app developers, and a high enough density of adoption to justify wireless infrastructure investment. In the end, the economic value of the combined smart-phone user base is probably many times more than whatever resources the 1%ers could pool together to invent a technology that only they would use.

Now, consider the fact that medical treatment carries significantly more intrinsic risk to the user than smart-phone usage (though user born risk varies. . .), and it is hard to see why 1%ers would try to monopolize this technology. On the contrary, I think any rational person with significant wealth and interest would invest in ways to bring this technology to a large enough population in order to ensure related treatments could be confirmed safe at a statistical level.

Comment: Re: "Hard redirect" (Score 1) 376

by buchanmilne (#47705317) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Similar logic applies to having the ISP cut off your connection entirely -- if they got statutory authority for one of them, I bet they could get the same kind of permission for the other (if the original language of the law doesn't cover both already).

I am not sure how it works in the U.S., but for example in South Africa, retail internet access products are usually provided subject to Terms of Service, which would allow for remedial action of some kind for abuses such as spamming, port-scanning etc.

Next up: Booting all of your connectivity -- mobile as well as hardline -- through one, integrated, Big Brother-ish app.

You say that as if there isn't a billion-dollar broadband policy (PCRF) and control (PCEF/"DPI") market

Comment: Ticketing tools rely on (Score 1) 232

by buchanmilne (#47696983) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

And the best way tools such as this have to communicate updates to those who shoupd get the updates is .... by email. And the Daimler solution would mean I wouldn't easily be able to see the updates I missed.

Surely there are other mechanisms to keep people stress-free while on leave? I just turn off email synching until the morning I return to work (with a suitable OoO message set).

Comment: Re:Erm, not so much. (Score 2) 142

by Idou (#47687543) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry
So flat coal consumption is misleading - this would imply coal is growing as a percentage of energy mix given the economic situation.

Actually, I think it is more complicated than that. For instance, a small decrease in electricity demand would not prompt Germany to start dismantling plants. Some plants can easily be used less, while other may not. Older coal plants designed only for base load face significant challenges when trying to operate to accommodate turbulent demand. Accordingly, a downturn in demand could result in a higher mix of coal vs gas, but only because the gas generators are more flexible than the coal plants.

Another point worth mentioning is that improved efficiency is also the cause of decreasing demand. Unfortunately I am not able to find an actual percentage breakout, but I would guess that it is not insignificant due to recent trends like LED lighting. Accordingly, I think it would be unfair to exclude the efficiency improvement portion from the mix and then say that Germany was getting less green because of an increased coal mix. We should be comparing the work accomplished by electricity, not just raw electricity production.

Comment: Re: Minor detail glossed over in the headline (Score 1) 72

On Android, access to the contents of the device requires the screen to be unlocked. Does iOS also require this?

(Access to the device without installing drivers isn't an issue, but the computer OS should prompt before automatically mounting the device too, which I believe Linux does but Windows doesn't).

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 1) 168

by mpol (#47487989) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

We had lots of trouble with WordPress bot-logins from Russia and Ukraine, so I decided to block those ip-ranges.
Turns out one such block was also partly being used by customers in my own country. I received some vague mails about some things not working correctly. So I removed that ip-block, and sent back some vague replies that it was a firewall that was too strict.

There might be other blocks listed as from Russia and Ukraine, that are actually being used elsewhere.

Anyway, with the advent of ipv6, the whole idea of ip-blocks might change.

Comment: Re:Say it ain't so. . . (Score 1) 63

by Idou (#47387867) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators
"Schmoozing is part of sales"
Exactly and when the regulated schmoozes the regulator, what else could the regulated be trying to sell other than various flavors of corruption? That is why, in this case, the schmoozing can only come at the detriment of society as a whole, and it is a significant example of how rampant regulatory capture is in our society.

"I've been invited to boxes by vendors before"
If I were a stock holder of your company then I would take issue with that because part of the price your company is being charged by that vendor covers such activities (which either reduces dividends or intrinsic value of the company). It is simply a form of wealth transfer to the corrupt and a textbook example of the principle-agent dilemma (unless you are both in this example).

Comment: Re:Say it ain't so. . . (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by Idou (#47380817) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators
I see, so because the poster (who could be supporting the agenda of either side) exaggerated, Comcast's invitation is now completely kosher (how many regulator have you schmoozed lately, regardless of the venue?), and the U.S. no longer has a regulatory capture problem that needs to be addressed. . .

You know, for awhile I thought it was the overwhelming power of the wealthy that prevented change, but now I get the sense that it is the underwhelming intellectual capability of people like yourself that are dragging us down. Happy 4th. . .

Comment: A landscape full of robot-cars (Score 1) 174

by mpol (#46866217) Attached to: Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

We're all aware that bots are all around us. Anyone with a website has probably more bot-generated traffic than human-generated traffic.
I wonder what will happen with cars. In 10 years we will not just have the occasional Google car filming the neighbourhood.
There will probably a whole industry of robot-cars without humans. Designed to look like cars, like a mini-car, but without seats, without stearingwheel and dashboard, etc.
It will be designed just for the robot. I cannot oversee just for what they will be used, but I reckon it's not just for Google-cars.
You could have a courier-botcar deliver a package, cheaper that a car with a human inside. Or maybe even cheaper than a bike-courier.
There will be new uses invented for cars. 20 years from now the landscape and the roads might look very different from today.

If it smells it's chemistry, if it crawls it's biology, if it doesn't work it's physics.