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Comment: Re:70 second advertisement???? (Score 2) 17

by stormboy (#44516003) Attached to: Jon Oxer Talks About the ArduSats That are On the Way to ISS (Video)
As for advertising, the only thing promoting his company, Freetronics, is the small logo on his shirt and a quick question from the interviewer about the availability of hardware to which Jon said "yes". The rest is about the tech and advancing open-source hardware and software in the satellite space. You are judging without watching? Unless you regard every story about a project as "advertising".

Comment: Re:I doubt most people will flinch but... (Score 1) 176

I refuse to install the latest update to Facebook's Android app because it wants to know what apps are running and wants to be able to make phone calls without my input. Both are completely unnecessary to me. I am getting very close to uninstalling the app from all my devices. First, I'll give the app a bad rating, wait a few weeks and then uninstall. This way I can pretend that I have some say in the way the app works.

Comment: Re:Sexual assault, huh? (Score 1) 1065

The Swedish prosecutors *are* able to question Assange on UK soil. Look under "Marianne Ny’s misleading statements about legality of questioning abroad" on http://justice4assange.com/Prosecution.html . Her statements about the suposed illegality of questioning abroad have been redacted.

Comment: Misleading use of percentages (Score 3, Interesting) 182

by stormboy (#36791292) Attached to: Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range By 300%
Looking at the stated figures for battery volume, the increase in range is "by up to 200%" NOT "by 300%" as the title states. The correct use of the 300% figure would be "increase range to 300% of current range". An increase of range by 300% would mean the range would be 400% of the original range. It may seem like a little difference between the words "by" and "to", but misuse of words and percentages occurs far too much to exaggerate things that do not need exaggerating.

Comment: Re:Hallelujah! (Score 1) 435

by stormboy (#32143896) Attached to: First Superbugs, Now Superweeds

Sorry, but backbreaking work in the fields is not seen as progress by any developing or developed country. If farming with modern techniques is an evil, it's still preferable to mankind having to do more work for less benefit. Much of my family right now is dealing with unemployment, but there are certain jobs they will not stoop to because it contradicts everything that was promised about life in today's high-tech world getting steadily more leisurely.

This is fundamental to the problems of "developed" nations. Food is essential to our lives, and people who grow and harvest food should be regarded as champions, and held in high regard for looking after (working with) the land that we rely upon. We who live in cities (most of the "civilised" population) are disconnected with the earth we depend on; we are surrounded by a man-made world that disrespects the mother that nurtures us, and promotes concepts that feed racketeers with money. Most people in these cities break their backs or psyche doing "work" that is in no way directly relevant to fostering quality life.

We should be living a lot closer to our food growing areas. Look at Cuba and its inspirational urban gardening structure.

Comment: Re:I'm sceptical (Score 1) 379

by stormboy (#31422770) Attached to: 50% Efficiency Boost From New Fuel Injection System

These measurements may also highlight a cultural difference between people who use distance/fuel (MPG) and fuel/distance (l/100km), besides the use of imperial versus metric systems.

"I have access to fuel. How far can I go?" versus "I need to travel somewhere. How much fuel do I need?"

In other words: "use what we have" versus "use what we need".

Comment: Re:Of course Financial Data cannot be published (Score 1) 234

by stormboy (#31133828) Attached to: Australian Judge Rules Facts Cannot Be Copyrighted

The suggestion in summary about financial data is, as Australian's might say, a "Furphy".

Sensitive data like your bank transactions are not protected through copyright, but trust arrangements/contract between parties, and privacy laws.

Financial data information, such as public company profit and loss statements would surely be reproducible without copyright constraints. Then again accountants have been known to be creative

Comment: Re:Down with Texas (up with commerce) (Score 1) 1252

by stormboy (#31121754) Attached to: Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

Texas is a huge purchaser of textbooks and the standards they set influence what the publishers are willing to print. They publish books in order to placate Texas and the rest of the country are stuck with them.

Supply and demand at its best. "Free market" capitalism is providing your truth.

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 1142

by stormboy (#31071070) Attached to: If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...
I agree on the comment that Economics is based on faith. It is a belief system. Having faith in an economic theory and acting accordingly affects economic outcomes. Most 101 classes in economics will build a shaky case on top of a bunch of unreasonable assumptions. For an interesting book that undermines the assumption that we all make rational, optimal economic decisions check out: http://www.predictablyirrational.com/

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