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Comment: Govermental oversight (Score 2) 343

by philmarcracken (#47138559) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot
Just like water and power, internet needs regulation on a governmental level; a service utility provided at a fixed wholesale cost which the government
takes its share to maintain a standard contention ratio that ISPs can retail their services on top of.

Connectivity should not be left in the hands of corporations with shareholders to please.

Comment: As an aussie (Score 1) 213

by philmarcracken (#47074101) Attached to: Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke
I agree with him. Those areas he mentioned are north of bumfuck egypt and have absolutely no value whatsoever.

Even if you were to build a bigass tower for collected solar power the distances are so great the transmission losses, even with stepping down the amps/increasing volts wouldnt be worth doing.

Comment: Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (Score 1) 302

by philmarcracken (#44650113) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges
True, but it is quantitative which allows for a better measurement of how well the course material is delivered which rises the qualitative 'status' of the institution.

And if its status or reputation is high then its overall perception value is higher regardless of how it tries to game the ratings.


Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture 216

Posted by timothy
from the it's-no-fermat's-but-hey dept.
oxide7 writes "A Texas banker with a knack for numbers has offered $1 million for anyone who can solve a complex math equation that has stumped mathematicians since the 1980s. The Beal Conjecture states that the only solutions to the equation A^x + B^y = C^z, when A, B and C are positive integers, and x, y and z are positive integers greater than two, are those in which A, B and C have a common factor. Like most number theories, it's "easy to say but extremely difficult to prove.""

Comment: Well.. (Score 0) 1121

by philmarcracken (#43289037) Attached to: USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise
..Not everyone is atheist. Least of all in the United States.. I always thought such people were a minority there.

'Surely the majority will look favorably on this brandname.' Way to rock the boat. What do you mean phil, should the minority just roll over and take this discrimination? No.. but i don't think this is the way to go about it. Baiting religious folk into these pitfalls seems quite petty to me. You could have chosen any of a hundred names for your product.

There was a yoyo craze when i was in primary school, everybody had to have a 'brain' yoyo.

Would you choose that name during a zombie apocalypse? I didn't think so.

Comment: Re:It's a VR helmet. (Score 1) 69

Indeed. My friends are always trying to find little things like this that are my 'saviour'(i have severe right shoulder bursitis, can't grip and move things without pain).

I've tried evolent vertical 4 with no success. Everything else i've seen is either wireless and garbage or is unsuitable for gaming.

If they happen to make a simple pad and a special glove that works with that pad, maybe... but my gaming days appear to be over.

Comment: Finally (Score 5, Interesting) 155

by philmarcracken (#39741465) Attached to: Australian ISP Wins Case Against Movie Studios
I'm gladdened that the courts saw the logical fallacy of allowing one corporation legal rights to force another corporation to lose profits through direct cost or degradation of service based on a failure to adapt to market changes.

While i agree there is value being lost through piracy it just seems the courts were the easier path to take instead of adaptation and new delivery methods. That might require some planning and work after all.
I'm in 100% agreement with Gabe Newell from Valve that piracy is largely a service problem.

But since these fellows at the RIAA and the MPAA seem hell bent on using the copyright laws like a club to beat the ISPs and potential customers over the head with in order to get their way, will anything change?

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