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Comment: resellinng (Score 1) 371

by sega_sai (#42856919) Attached to: Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes
I think the main reason for the problem is not the companies per se (because I still believe that it's up to the company to setup the prices for the products), but the problem is with the absence of the market of computer programs and music, so you cannot resell them easily. Because if you could, naturally companies would appear who would buy in US and resell them in Australia, with smaller markup then Adobe/MS etc. That would balance the prices everywhere. So I'd say that making the trading/reselling of computer programs possible could be the solution..

Comment: not a panacea (Score 5, Insightful) 176

by sega_sai (#40273209) Attached to: Audacious Visions For Future Spaceflight
Being an astrophysicist (and not american), I'm entirely pro-science, and would support spending more on NASA vs say on war. But for some reason, the video by Tyson make the case that spending on science (and particularly big PR projects like flying to Mars) is the solution to all problems. I don't think it is. I think spending a good chunk of GDP on science is very productive way to incurage innovation etc., but it is not a panacea. Furthermore, I'm a bit skeptical about projects like flying to Mars, which are good PR, probably very good for engineering and technology, but not that exciting from scientific prospective.
The Internet

+ - Man sued by author for giving negative reviews on -> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "A father of three from the West Midlands is set to appear in the High Court to defend himself against libel allegations over a book review he wrote on Amazon’s website last year.

The case is being brought by Chris McGrath, an online entrepreneur from Milton Keynes who wrote and self-published a little known book entitled “The Attempted Murder of God: Hidden Science You Really Need to Know”. He is acting as a litigant in person in a two day hearing which will decide whether there is a case to answer."

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Communications

+ - 15 years in jail for clicking "Like"-> 2

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patiwat
patiwat writes "Thailand has warned Facebook users that they could face 3 to 15 years in jail for if they press ''share'' or ''like'' on images or articles considered unflattering to the Thai monarchy. And it doesn't just apply to Thai subjects: a US citizen was arrested and convicted while visiting Thailand for posting a link to an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol on his blog. Convictions for virtual lese majeste have sky-rocketed in recent years as efforts to defend the widely revered royal family from criticism have ramped up."
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IT

+ - Why everyone hates the IT department-> 1

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Barence
Barence writes "Why are IT staff treated with near universal contempt? PC Pro has investigated why everyone hates the IT department. From cultivating a culture of "them and us", to unrealistic demands from end users and senior management, to the inevitable tension created when employees try and bring their own equipment into the office, PC Pro identifies the key reasons for the lack of respect for IT."
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Comment: Re:If I had say in the matter. . . (Score 1) 147

by sega_sai (#38128036) Attached to: 11 Amazing Things NASA's Huge Mars Rover Can Do
It is probably more effective to have many instruments instead of duplicating each one. Because if you have 10 instruments and 1 doesn't work, you still have 9 left, but if you have 5 pairs of instruments, and only one fails, what's the point of having 4 pairs of identical working instruments ? I think redundancy only make sense when you are talking about instruments which are absolutely crucial for the mission success. Otherwise it is better to just have more different instruments

+ - Which PhD degree should I get: Ivy League Biology

Submitted by soramimo
soramimo (2471874) writes "I'm currently a PhD student in Machine Learning and Biology at a pretty good european university. As my lab is moving to the US, I have the chance to get my PhD from an Ivy League university instead of the one in europe (without much additional work as I'm close to finishing). However, I would be getting a PhD in Biological Sciences rather than Computer-Science. As I'm planning to work as an applied statistician / computer-scientist / analyst in the US after graduating, I'm wondering which path to take. Is a PhD in Biological Sciences frowned upon by technology companies or is it out-weighed by the Ivy League tag? How big of a role does the type of PhD play in the hiring process in the US, compared to what you actually did (thesis focus, publication record, software)?"

Comment: linux users decline (Score 2) 203

by sega_sai (#38110124) Attached to: 2-Year Study Shows Mac Users Downloading More Open Source Software
My guess is that there are two main reasons for the decline from linux users -- one is that the old projects are already in distrib's repositories, while new projects don't really go to sourceforge, because of its insfrastructure. For the project admins code.google.com, github and etc. are way easier to manage comparing to sourceforge (I'm speaking as owner of a few projects on sf.net, code.google and github).
The Internet

+ - Schools buy .xxx domains in trademark panic ->

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "Schools nationwide, including The University of Missouri and Washington University, are snapping up .xxx domain names to avoid people making porn sites with their names in the url. The new .xxx domain will be launched later this year, and before that, everyone with a trademark will have the opportunity to reserve names during what's called a "sunrise period". Someone is promoting the possible horrors of what could happen as a way to sell these domains, which cost up to $200 dollars per domain per year. Even though these schools may already be protected from defamation and trademark infringement, they still feel compelled to buy these names."
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Businesses

+ - Is There an Institutional Bias Against Black Tech ->

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An anonymous reader writes "From CNN: The vast majority of top executives at the leading Silicon Valley tech firms are white men. Women and Asians have made some inroads, but African-American and Latino tech leaders remain a rarity. About 1% of entrepreneurs who received venture capital in the first half of last year are black, according to a study by research firm CB Insights. ... 'The tech industry is pretty clubby,' said Hank Williams, an African-American entrepreneur in the NewMe program who had success in the Internet boom of the 1990s. 'There are really no people of color in Silicon Valley.' Others say the issue could be rooted deep within the black community. The NewMe co-founders said African-American families don't typically encourage business leaders or programmers to pursue interests in tech."
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Science

+ - Crowdfunding for Science - Can it Succeed?->

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jearbear writes "Can crowdfunding work for science? Having raised nearly $40,000 for scientific research in 10 days for projects as diverse as biofuel catalyst design to the study of cellular cilia to deploying seismic sensor networks (that attach to your computer!) to robotic squirrels, the #SciFund Challenge is taking off like a rocket. Might this be a future model for science funding in the U.S. and abroad? What would that mean?"
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Android

+ - four strangest bugs in the history of Android

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An anonymous reader writes "Every mobile operating system has its foibles, but Android also has to contend with the whims a dozen device manufacturers and fragmented software. Taken together, this situation has resulted in some peculiar Android bugs. Whether it’s a camera that tells time, a screen that just isn’t right, or SMS flying though the ether, Android has a colorful history with software and hardware bugs."
Facebook

+ - Google+: Worse Than a Ghost Town->

Submitted by Pigskin-Referee
Pigskin-Referee (1389181) writes "When Google rolled out the beta of their "magical and revolutionary" social network (oops, sorry — that's Apple's line), I dutifully signed up like everybody else in the tech industry. I played around with it and found some features I really liked — and some that made me scratch my head and think "Why in the world can't I do that? I can do it on Facebook." I circlified my friends and acquaintances, followed a few people I knew only by reputation, thoroughly enjoyed the "instant upload" feature for smart phones despite its scary aspects, got thoroughly annoyed while trying to navigate the interface a few times, and then ... headed back to Facebook. It seems as if most others are doing the same thing; I've noticed a drop-off in posts on G+ lately (when I bother to go there). I haven't given up on it, but it's an afterthought, whereas Facebook is a part of my life. It's not that Facebook is technically better — in many ways, it's not (although Facebook as been hard at work, making improvements to give people the functionality they've found and like on G+). Ultimately, social networking is about the people, and in general, the people I care about and enjoy "hanging out" with (to borrow a G+ term) are on Facebook. I'll log onto G+ if I want to get into a technical discussion or a political argument. Many of my colleagues are there. But my friends are on Facebook."
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+ - PostgreSQL 9.1 released->

Submitted by sega_sai
sega_sai (2124128) writes "Today the new version of open source database PostgreSQL was released. This version provides many important and interesting features such as synchronous replication, serializable snapshot isolation, support of per-column collations, K-nearest neighbor indexing, foreign data wrappers, support of SELinux permission controls and many others. The complete list of changes is available here"
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