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Comment: Re:As I said above, "open" is a state, (Score 1) 321

by spirit of reason (#36217844) Attached to: Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market

Looks like some mods got confused and thought Troll meant Disagree.

Agreed with the spirit of your open source vs open platform issue. Though, I'm not sure support for user modification is necessarily part of the definition of open platform. I think Google fulfilled the requirements by allowing anyone to create a new Android device without licensing (provided you don't consider the Android Market part of the platform). Guess we'll need some other term.

An open source operating system doesn't do much good (for a power user/developer type) if the bootloader and root file system are locked. There are some devices that leave the bootloader open, but they're exceptions to the rule. And needing to exploit an unpatched security vulnerability to get root is unacceptable.

Comment: Re:Bad. (Score 1) 932

by spirit of reason (#36040030) Attached to: Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

What reasons would there be other than public money and environment issues? What would governmental leaders gain?

It seems like you're only suggesting a flexing of power ("Look at this--I made everyone pack into a train! Isn't it awesome?!" ...doesn't sound like a very motivating ending). The pursuit of order for its own sake seems rather lame too. I prefer my conspiracies involve reasons that appeal more to greed or ambition, heh. /shrug

Comment: Re:Goodnite x86 (Score 1) 70

by spirit of reason (#35958810) Attached to: ARM VP To Keynote AMD Developer Conference

I feel like x86 compatibility itself doesn't matter anymore either. The majority of users seem to depend on only a very small number of applications. You pretty much get all the average folk with a web browser, Flash, Microsoft Office, and maybe iTunes. Adobe, Microsoft, and Apple have demonstrated a willingness to work with whatever platforms are popular.

There are certainly large niches that matter too, like video games, but would companies/developers for those applications hold things up? I don't know.

Comment: Re:2 kilowatts? (Score 1) 438

by spirit of reason (#32888528) Attached to: Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid

But electric motors have nothing to do with charging the batteries... While electric motors are very efficient compared to the ICE, a more realistic number would be 85-90%. I've seen peak efficiency as high as 98% in some hub motor data sheets, but that's only at particular speeds.

As far as charging efficiency goes, I imagine there are losses from the voltage converter and the internal resistance of the battery cells. How much effect they have, I can't say...

Comment: Re:2 kilowatts? (Score 1) 438

by spirit of reason (#32883222) Attached to: Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid

If you're assuming 100% efficiency and constant power (probably quite wrong on both counts), just have a look at the capacity of battery packs and divide by the charging time. We can look at 3 battery packs: the Prius (1.3 kWh), the Chevy Volt (16 kWh), and the Tesla Roadster (53 kWh). For an 8 hour charge time, that's approximately 160 W (Prius), 2.0 kW (Volt), and 6.6 kW (Roadster).

Comment: Re:Ok, but (Score 1) 1138

by spirit of reason (#32215366) Attached to: Too Many College Graduates?

These days, the kids barely show up to class unless there are attendance points.

It would help if going to class weren't a waste of time. Too many professors simply read their slides and ask only very basic questions. The net effect is students that are either distracting themselves or struggling to stay awake and pay attention. The textbook is a much better format for this type of material.

Then again, I have a feeling this lecture style is made to accommodate the lazy student. Reading the text--before an exam or homework forces it--seems rare...

Comment: Re:really? (Score 1) 379

by spirit of reason (#31878382) Attached to: Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct

I can't remember the last time I went out of my way to look up a movie trailer to see if I wanted to see the movie. It HAS happened, but not nearly on the same scale.

I do this all the time. The trailer often picks some of the most interesting sequences of the movie. If it isn't good enough, the movie is binned to rental or exclusion.

Comment: Re:I hope it's under the BSD or MIT licenses. (Score 1) 205

by spirit of reason (#31854056) Attached to: Lightworks Video Editor To Go Open Source

> Why do you label him a "troll"? What he says is absolutely true; the MIT and BSD licenses are basically the most-free licenses around.

And pointless.

They aren't entirely pointless. They force new developers to give credit to those that came before. I figure this is what a university is most interested in (i.e. their reputation).

Comment: Re:I hope it's under the BSD or MIT licenses. (Score 1) 205

by spirit of reason (#31854038) Attached to: Lightworks Video Editor To Go Open Source

Putting aside your whining about being unable to monetize your changes to someone else's code, I think you can expect a relatively permissive license. In TFA, EditShare mentions they intend to let developers sell plug-ins and such. While some device drivers demonstrate you can make binary blobs interact with GPL code, I imagine it would make things much simpler if they stuck with a BSD or MIT license.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.