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Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 384

by ultranova (#47714125) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Thanks California. Human impact of using coal fired plants? Nope, think of the children has been replaced by "think of the birds".

It's not California. It's everywhere. Anything whatsoever has some impact, thus enviromental groups oppose it. Even damn wind turbines have been opposed on the grounds that they might chop up birds.

None of which means we shouldn't think about how this effect could be mitigated or prevented (maybe use optic fibers rather than open space to transport and concentrate light? Put a glass roof on the whole thing?) but no matter what, there's going to be some negative ones.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 146

by ultranova (#47714039) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

The soviet government was unable to keep the lie going. The USA government does not have that problem: They are funded by biased taxation and trade agreements, a monopoly on many forms of intellectual property, a monopoly on 'world police' duties, and sale of most of the international currency. When all that fails, they simply invent 1/3rd of their federal revenue from thin air.

The US government is hardly synonymous with capitalism. Whether that's a good or bad thing I won't get into, but it's entirely possible that US might survive the fall of capitalism and recover. However, should this not be the case, it doesn't matter how much money it can print for itself. Money only has value within a functioning economic system; all the money in the world can't buy anything is no one is selling.

All the people provide is disposable labour and babies for future labour markets.

And they're starting to admit that, too. Once you consciously admit that the promises offered by some Power that Be are lies, it no longer has any power to compel your loyalty. It might try coercion, but as the Soviet coup demonstrated, that's a desperate gambit that has low chances of working, even if the people who make up the army still stay under its spell.

In short, capitalism is going to fall for failing the same test it judges people by: can you deliver? And it could had avoided its fate by showing mercy for those who can't. There is irony in that. But the stupid thing is that it already got a stay of execution back when communism first arose by becoming lighter and softer with unemployment benefits and keynesian stimulus economics, and is really only dying due to abandoning those - and could still repent a second time, it's just bloody unlikely to.

Comment: SMTP; Alice v. CLS (Score 1) 91

by tepples (#47714037) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
Even if you ignore prior art from 1982, the Supreme Court of the United States recently decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank to strike down treatment of "with a computer" as an inventive step. I'm not a lawyer, but I'd recommend that nonpracticing entities reconsider their business plans in light of the opinion of the Court.

Comment: Re:NEWS FLASH!!! (Score 1) 89

by gmhowell (#47713837) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Or... and this may sound zany but hear me out. Maybe 51% of people did a risk/benefit analysis and decided that giving someone there password was actually beneficial for them.

Not possible. Only people who use devices in exactly the same manner as that proscribed by a /. nerd can be beneficial. (No wireless, less space than a Nomad...)

Comment: Re: idgi (Score 1) 207

by ultranova (#47713759) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

or, more practically, make sure your phone password turns on immediately after the phone is put to sleep, rather than there being a 5 min delay.

What would that accomplish, other than getting your phone "dropped"? Or maybe you just get tased until you voluntarily give the password. Or maybe you just get shot for assaulting the officers. That seems to happen a lot in the US.

Let's be honest here: does anyone really believe their rights will be respected by the law enforcement?

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