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Comment: Hmmm. (Score 1) 45

by jd (#47921793) Attached to: Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

If Kip Thorne can win a year's worth of Playboys for his bet that Cygnus X1 was a Black Hole, when current theory from Professor Hawking says Black Holes don't really exist, then can Professor Thorne please give me a year's subscription to the porno of my choice due to the non-existent bet that this wasn't such a star?

Comment: Re:i like idea, but likely prohibitively expensive (Score 1) 138

by Overzeetop (#47914405) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Everything has a price, and if the buyer and seller come to an agreement then it's worth it. If you're a lawyer making $350/hr and you decide that it's worth $20 to have someone hand deliver your lunch instead of you going out and getting it, is that okay? If you're a driver getting 5 of those orders and hour and are grossing $100/hr, is that okay? What if you're just having a shitty day and $20 means getting a meal you *really* want without having to go out in the rain. You don't have to be rich to be lazy every once in a while.

Comment: Re:Screw Uber (a rant) (Score 1) 138

by Overzeetop (#47914379) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

To be fair, both Uber and Amazon don't *want* to have people working for them in absolutely horrible conditions for little pay. On the contrary, they'd like to eliminate those positions entirely and automate everything. Which really doesn't bode any better for local service people.

OTOH, this shouldn't be a surprise. The computer geeks have already put many, many typists, calculators (people, not boxes), secretaries, drafters, and similar people out of business just as the industrial revolution put many laborers out of a job. Do you really think that self-checkouts and ATMs have increased the number of employees in checkers/teller positions?

Taxi drivers are not going to be happy about self-driving cars, and though it's not possible now, it will be in the future. The bar on what can and can't be done automatically raises each year. Those close to the line need to see the writing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who have already been passed by the line and will never / can never catch up to it. It's going to make for a very bumpy ride over the next half a century.

Comment: Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (Score 1) 129

by Hal_Porter (#47906759) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Nobody forced Mozilla to make the stupid decisions that they did. In fact, a lot of Firefox users very vocally said, "No! We don't like that!" time and time again, release after release. But Mozilla didn't want to listen. Mozilla did everything in their power to ruin the Firefox experience. And now the entire web has to suffer.

Opera did the same thing. I still like Opera 12.x. But I prefer Chrome to the newer, Chromium based, versions of Opera. And the problem is that Opera 12.x is doomed in the long run.

Comment: Re:Encryption (Score 1) 104

Ahhh, but as soon as it's an emergency, then the rules are suspended and you don't need to be a HAM to broadcast and would not be limited by the regulations that HAM operators are required to follow. And, let's face it - in a true emergency situation all the rules go out the window anyway. When it comes to saving a life or following the written word of regulation, life safety will always trump.

The only real thing that keeps encryption from being on the airwaves is hardware support - i.e. the availability of radios which both encrypt and allow operation on HAM frequencies. Most manufacturers are obligated to respect the rules, though clearly some Chinese versions tend to not disallow operation that goes afoul of the US regs.

Comment: Re:Apple? (Score 1) 418

by Overzeetop (#47889955) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

If OSX comes "free" with their hardware, but is also sold separately - or even just has a defined value separately - they will likely fall afoul of the law. Unless, of course, the judge is an Apple user in which case it will be swept under the rug.

iOS is definitely a different beast. You can't run any other software on an iDevice, and you can't buy it (developer licenses are not quite the same as an operational license). Same with Android and Windows Phone edition - the OS is arguably integral with the phone. At least, for now!

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Insightful) 81

by causality (#47885343) Attached to: Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Man, when personal citizens' rights and powerful corporate interests align, amazing things can happen.

Now if we could only get powerful corporations to do the same thing on NSA overreach, CIA overreach, money in politiics, ...

If the majority of people would vote (at the ballot and with their wallets) for their own rational self-interests once in a while, and not what the silver-tongued TV sound bite sold to them, this would happen much more often. My cynical side tells me that few will ever appreciate the value of abstract principles in and of themselves, but the self-interest angle should be at least achievable.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson

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