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Comment: Re:Why excempt anyone? (Score 1) 218

by JWW (#49469079) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

Well, talk is excluded because they don't play music outside of the bumper music going into and out of commercial.

You could argue that they should pay based on that, but then a talk station with less than $1 in revenue would be paying the same as a 24/7 music station, and that hardly seems fair. Plus if that happened, it could spell the end of bumper music and the talk stations would claim that they play no music, why are they being charged.

The religious exemption, I have no clue. Religious music publishing and radio works the same as regular music.

Comment: Re:Honestly (Score 2) 587

by JWW (#49415327) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

The story is here: http://www.apex-magazine.com/i...

A word of warning. You will not get the minutes of your life wasted on reading this back.

To call it sophomoric drivel is an insult to sophomores.

It may have good and correct political intentions, but it is overtly cloying, snooty, and pretentious.

It is not good writing by any measure. That it is "award winning" is a travesty.

Comment: Re:Call me an old guy with a short attention span (Score 2) 87

by langelgjm (#49378661) Attached to: No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC
Just took a Stanford MOOC on statistical learning. The best part of the course was the PDF textbook that the authors made available free of charge. The videos served to reinforce what I had already read in the textbook, and were by no means a substitute for actually reading the book. But I did appreciate them.

Comment: Re:We aready have this (Score 1) 33

by langelgjm (#49378563) Attached to: Hand-Drawn and Inkjet Printed Circuits for the Masses (Video)

Yeah, soldering SMT is not that hard, at least for the larger packages and pitches. The no-lead stuff is hard without specialized tools, but with a decent iron, flux, good light, and a loupe you can accomplish a lot.

My strategy is to prototype on a breadboard, and use breakout boards for the SMT components. Then when the design has been thoroughly tested, design a PCB that either accepts the larger SMT stuff directly, or accepts the breakout boards. Requires lots of care in design, and all my projects have been relatively simple, but if you're patient, the result is good and not very expensive.

I've tried the print and etch process, but the pitches you can achieve are not small enough to make it worthwhile for me. The whole point of getting away from perfboard was to use SMT, and in my experience it's too easy to mess up small traces when etching at home.

Comment: Re: freedom (Score 2) 1089

by JWW (#49300033) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Do you realize just how many potential mandatory voters don't file taxes every year? Or move beteween voting locales between elections? It's much larger numbers than you think. Mandatory voting would require the authorities to find them and, and this is the truly larger point CHARGE THEM WITH A CRIME.

Voting is a right. Mandatory voting is a compulsion. It changes the power of the vote from being something of the citizen over the government to a power the government wields over a citizen.

You can believe that power would be wielded honorably, but you'd quickly be proven wrong.

Comment: Re: freedom (Score 1) 1089

by JWW (#49298039) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Bzzzt. Wrong. Voted in every national level election since 1988.

But of course you got it wrong because you have it backwards. Those the vote would be known, those that don't vote would need to be looked into, investigated, or dare I say, spied upon.

My post was relatively in jest, but partly serious.

The government can't know who didn't vote without keeping meticulous records, hmmmmm lets call them "metadata", about peoples voting habits and whereabouts on voting day.

And don't say that they'd just look at the voter rolls and compare them to census data, they'd need to be far more thorough than that in their tracking and monitoring to be able to effectively fine or charge someone with the crime of not voting (and it'd have to be a crime to not vote because "mandatory").

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.