Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Pure Marketing (Score 1) 92

by sir-gold (#47684773) Attached to: Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

It doesn't matter anyway, since China will have hacked the encryption keys within minutes of generating them.

Or the NSA will have hacked them, passed them them on to Israel (NSA gives Israel raw intelligence access), who will then sell them to China in exchange for whatever weapons they can't get from the US.

Comment: Re:Isn't it the other way around? (Score 2) 224

by sir-gold (#47641669) Attached to: Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

It's not necessarily a new form of energy.

It's possible that there is a 5th force that we don't know about, different from the 4 forces that we already know about (gravity, magnetism, strong force and weak force.)

It could be a very weak force with an extremely long range that only manifests when the other 4 forces are beyond their effective ranges.

Comment: Sony is too selfish (Score 1) 172

by sir-gold (#47604521) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Sony tries too hard to be completely in charge of every tiny aspect of their products, even when they lack the expertise to actually accomplish it.
They could have partnered with Amazon or B&N right from the beginning, and they would have been a part of something big. But instead they have a tiny part of nothing, all to themselves.

This is what happens when you don't share your toys Sony. Everyone eventually decides to get up and go play somewhere else.

Comment: Like a Public Library (Score 1) 192

by sir-gold (#47494499) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

How is renting a book for a month any different than borrowing that same book from the library for a month (as far as the publisher is concerned)?

As long as Amazon has bought enough "copies" of the book to cover everyone who is reading that book at any given time, then the publisher has already made their money.

It's possible that amazon IS screwing over the publishers, by either paying too low of a price per copy or by not paying for all the copies in circulation, but that has nothing to do with the legitimacy of the rental service itself.

Comment: Re:Remote areas? (Score 1) 89

by sir-gold (#47472653) Attached to: Harvesting Energy From Humidity

It's easier to fix alien tech if you are living in an alien junkyard.

I don't know about those areas specifically, but there are many extremely poor areas of the world that are drowning in 1st world waste like plastic bottles and broken electronics.
Maybe the solution could use those "resources"

Some of this already exists, like the 20oz-bottle skylight (fill bottle with water and 2 cap fulls of bleach, drill hole in tin roof, stick bottle half-way through, and seal it somehow) The end result is a bright light that fills the area like a light bulb, and lasts pretty much forever.

If this new hydrophobic layer could be cheaply painted onto bottle plastic, it would take care of a large part of the raw material cost, especially if the hydrophobic layer could somehow also be made from whatever chemicals are in those old electronics.

It's cheaper to make lemonade if life hands you free lemons.

A freelance is one who gets paid by the word -- per piece or perhaps. -- Robert Benchley