Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 292

by techoi (#40240129) Attached to: FBI Used FedEx To Sneak Dotcom's Hard Drives Out of NZ

Also, if I was the NZ government, I would be asking FedEx some pretty hard questions. Like: "Considering that you helped a foreign power conspire to break NZ law, why should we allow you to continue to work in our country?"

The mistake you are making is the belief the US Government, FedEx, and/or, heck, the Kiwis themselves, actually give a shit about what is right or what is wrong. That said, I commend you for still believing in, and recognizing that which is right and proper.

Comment: Re:No surprises here (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by techoi (#39619711) Attached to: Major Textbook Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up

Not so much sue, but license. You will have to pay a "knowledge usage" fee each time you utilize your learned knowledge for monetary gain. With the correct "lobbying" this fee will be captured on your tax form and levied based on the work you do (engineer, doctor, etc) coupled with the money you earned (salary) and the cost of the education you paid to "gain" your knowledge.

If you just happen to be smart and able to have meaningful and well-paying employment, without any identifiable higher education, then you probably just stole the information and skills from someone and will be open to punishment.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 2) 897

by techoi (#36923244) Attached to: The End of the Gas Guzzler

Yes, they'll need to spend money to do it, but how is that different from any other R&D to advance your product?

Parent nails the issue I feel. This world is full of corporations that act as if R&D is a waste. The business environment has changed so that once a company makes a profitable something, they act if they shouldn't have to continue to evolve and adapt. It is laziness and greed all wrapped up with lawyers, lobbyists and the never ending patent/trademark extension scam.

Comment: Oh, Mr. Obama (Score 1) 278

by techoi (#36171834) Attached to: New Bill Ups Punishment For Hosts of Infringing Video Streams

Once again you have proved to me that I was wrong in supporting you (both in time and financially). It doesn't matter who we elect here as either party is beholding to special interests above all. And, hell, it is almost always the same ones - those that pay well. The only "change" I am seeing is the change I am going to keep in my pocket and never donate to any national political group or candidate in the future.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here (Score 3, Informative) 664

by techoi (#36111488) Attached to: Engineers Find Nuclear Meltdown At Fukushima Plant

In the case of Three Mile Island, and with approximately 50% of the rods in meltdown, the walls of the reactor pressure vessel were ablated about 5/8" (out of of a total wall thickness of 9"). So, yes a containment vessel can contain the material. Actually, considering that in just about 2 minutes, 15,000lbs of Corium (that molten mass of melted fuel, cladding, steel, and other fun stuff) was formed and pooled in the pressure vessel, a loss of just 5/8" of thickness is pretty impressive.

Now in the case of Chernobyl, the Corium was released and flowed downward. This Corium flow didn't make it outside of the facility build and into native earth though.

Comment: Re:Citation Needed (Score 1) 225

by techoi (#35537992) Attached to: WikiLeaks Cash-For-Votes Exposé Rocks Indian Government

No, what Wikileaks did was more productive and helpful.

It's not right from wrong, it's about the world moving on while the dinosaurs lie, cheat and steal to keep their power. A bunch of citizens in the middle east just figured that out. I suspect the average American will get to that point as well - especially as the middle class continues to be herded into the lower class. Government is supposed to fear their people...not the other way around.

Wikileaks shining a light on the lies, cover-ups and dirty dealing that is SOP for most governments is not only a good thing, but a necessary thing given that your vaulted profession of true journalism is pretty much dead - especially from the investigative side. Reporting on Charlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan just isn't going to cut it. Wikileaks is just filling a need that used to be met by that profession. It might look and feel different, but the need for transparency hasn't left and something will always fill it. And transparency sure as hell isn't going to come from our government - no matter which party is in charge.

Comment: Re:Citation Needed (Score 1) 225

by techoi (#35537312) Attached to: WikiLeaks Cash-For-Votes Exposé Rocks Indian Government

Oh, that...yeah, we can't have people letting out the names of, say, CIA operatives for political gain. No...that would be a horrible thing and no upstanding person or government would ever do that. Only a-holes like Assange would do that...right? Give me a break. The emperor (be it Bush, be it Obama, be whomever is running the United Corporations of America at the time) wears no clothes. Some are just mad that the masses are figuring that out finally.

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?" -Ronald Reagan

Working...