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Comment: Re: Build colonies on Earth (Score 1) 227 227

There were plenty of people with the same attitude in the early 20th century who said that we'd never visit the moon another planet. Or that the rockets would pierce the dome of the heavens and the stars would fall to earth (this was not an unpopular theory). I'd rather side with the unrealistic dreamers rather than the apocryphal patent commissioner who stated everything was already invented.

Humanity should always strive for what we do not have, it would still be stuck griming about in the mud if it did not. It's the old conflict between pure/theoretical science and applied science. Sometimes, when researching the 'impossible', you get it. And sometimes you find something entirely unexpected which might be far more practical.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

I'm sorry if you find it so hard to start a business that you don't find it to be worth it, but fortunately not everyone thinks that way.

I look forward to your entry into the state of the art chip fab sector and your rapid overthrow of Intel.

I was unaware that my corner bakery required a state of the art chip fab sector, or that the local chain of shoe stores had to overthrow Intel to be considered successful. Running a successful business doesn't mean you have to compete with the biggest, nor is tech the be-all, end-all. But if we're talking about tech, althought it doesn't apply to Intel specifically, plenty of tech companies were started in garages or as a project between like-minded people on the Internet. We hear over and over that small companies are the true drivers of the economy. If no one started them, thinking they couldn't possibly compete against the likes of Intel, we'd be truly screwed.

Comment: Re: Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

A law needs not to be respected to be obeyed. It only needs to be enforced by those who have the authority and power to do so. Or are you suggesting that a person may choose to obey no law they don't respect?

I'm saying we have a rich tradition in the US of civil disobedience over bad laws.

Comment: iOS users feel it (Score 1, Insightful) 303 303

I currently have a web radio transceiver front panel application that works on Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, under Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. No porting, no software installation. See blog.algoram.com for details of what I'm writing.

The one unsupported popular platform? iOS, because Safari doesn't have the function used to acquire the microphone in the web audio API (and perhaps doesn't have other parts of that API), and Apple insists on handicapping other browsers by forcing them to use Apple's rendering engine.

I don't have any answer other than "don't buy iOS until they fix it".

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 325 325

Pecos's comments make sense when you realize he doesn't live here on Earth with the rest of us. Pecos apparently lives in near a Jr. High physics class, where ropes and pulleys are massless and frictionless, so for him the entry and exit to capital and labor markets is costless.

I'm sorry if you find it so hard to start a business that you don't find it to be worth it, but fortunately not everyone thinks that way.

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 325 325

If you think that's the reason you really need to do some research. Until then it's pretty safe to assume you don't understand this topic in any great depth.

So having way fewer cabs on the street than needed, and never being able to hail an empty cab are just pleasant side benefits?

Comment: Re:I *know* anyone using a bs pseudonym online (Score 1) 410 410

(Should perfectly - it's only TRUTH about online weasels that hide behind bs names & are EASILY tracked sheep online here @ /., that's certain - you did THAT to yourselves!)

So what exactly is your point here? That's what I'm trying to delve down into. As far as I know you always post AC, so you're not against people posting anonymously. Is the argument that the "pseudononymous" nickname is not anonymous? Sure, I could agree with that, you responded to one of my posts where I said as much. I login to Slashdot for the convenience of easily tracking my posts, and I'm fine with other people doing so, as you have. You can call me an easily-tracked sheep if you want, that's certainly your prerogative, but maybe I'm fine with people tracking my posting history. I'm not ashamed of my posting history on Slashdot, whether I log in as "Rakarra Williams" or decide to just post as AC. Going through the history seems to me like it would be a waste of time, but I recognize that it's there if you want it.

Comment: Re:Randomness can't come from a computer program (Score 1) 64 64

Most of us do have a need to transmit messages privately. Do you not make any online purchases?

Yes, but those have to use public-key encryption. I am sure of my one-time-pad encryption because it's just exclusive-OR with the data, and I am sure that my diode noise is really random and there is no way for anyone else to predict or duplicate it. I can not extend the same degree of surety to public-key encryption. The software is complex, the math is hard to understand, and it all depends on the assumption that some algorithms are difficult to reverse - which might not be true.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.