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Comment: Re:Herpin' the Derp (Score 1) 599

For example, sketching a picture of a dead president on a napkin and handing it to the nearest bystander doesn't typically appease the magic paper enforcement officers.

You are wrong, and you are right. You will find the following of interest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._S._G._Boggs

Comment: Re:life-long updates (Score 1) 687

by sam_nead (#43232263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?
I suggest that you _not_ spend time thinking deeply about DRM: every minute thinking about DRM is a minute not spent coding up your project. If you can contact a sufficiently large audience then Kickstarter is worth trying. Otherwise you could offer updates. Both are ways of asking for money in advance for product/service later.

Comment: Re:Hello, economics (Score 2) 223

"The piece that everyone forgets about this is that while the raw mineral resources themselves have some value, they have another feature that is extremely valuable, which is that they are outside of a deep gravity well."

And so we deduce that the resources, outside of the deep gravity well, are only valuable to communities living outside the deep gravity well. Ie, nobody. There is nothing up there worth something to people _down_here_.

I believe that this is a highly non-trivial bootstrapping problem. You need unimaginable technologies in orbit (power satellites? nano-materials that can only be built in zero-gravity?) to make it worthwhile to go up there and start the process. However, nobody will come up with those technologies until there is a huge industrial base in orbit... So it is impossible to get started.

Sorry to be a downer. (No pun intended.)

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 301

From the article:

The organization says that the system "consists of an Intranet designed ultimately to replace the international Internet and to discriminate between ordinary citizens and the 'elite' (banks, ministries and big companies), which will continue to have access to the international Internet."

If that is accurate and if I follow your naming scheme correctly, in this case the "bad guys" want continued access to the wider world. It is the "ordinary citizens" who need to be "left alone" by the "good" guys. Did I get all that right?

Comment: Re:Open Access and Old Business Models (Score 2) 220

by sam_nead (#39408721) Attached to: Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

Unfortunately, within the academic world, the quality of publications on your CV is determined by the perceived quality of the venue (e.g., high-impact journals, low-acceptance conferences, etc.), as opposed to the quality of the actual work getting published.

This is true and unfortunate, but there is a serious lack of more accurate means of measurement. I'm curious - what do you suggest as a better way to compare 400 candidates applying for 4 jobs? Don't forget the most important constraint: you are not an expert in any of their fields.

Comment: Re:Open Access and Old Business Models (Score 3, Informative) 220

by sam_nead (#39408673) Attached to: Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

you publish articles in prestigious journals so that others read your work.

No, no, no. In maths, cs and physics, that is what preprints are for. The journal process can take years -- it is much too slow to be used as a means of communication.

And a big part of how professors are judged for tenure is how many good articles did they publish in prestigious journals.

This part is correct. Classy journals are used by tenure and hiring committees as a way of measuring quality across sub-disciplines of a larger field.

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