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Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 262

The difference is that When Ford brings out a new model, you can usually count on the old one working for another 5, 10, even 20 years. iPhone, not so much. Usually when Apple ships a new product, they target updates to the operating system for the latest platform, while failing to address manufacturing defects (yes, bad software is paramount to a manufacturing defect) and ceasing support the previous generation. In fact the updates are ofter to the detriment of the older platform, causing huge performance degradation, despite the fact that the phone is perfectly suitable for most people's needs, thus people are in fact forced to buy the new phone.

  At least with a car, once it is out of warranty, and the manufacturer has ceased to support it, there are plenty of after-market vendors that are still willing to support it. I can still buy newly manufactured parts to operate and maintain my 1972 vehicle without getting sued into bankruptcy and thrown in jail.

So to counter your supposition,

Submission + - Explainer: Ten facts about supernovae (symmetrymagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Ten awesome facts about supernovae Excerpt: Just as your voice echoes when its sound waves bounce off a surface and come back again, a supernova echoes in space when its light waves bounce off cosmic dust clouds and redirect themselves toward Earth.
Because the echoed light takes a scenic route to our planet, this phenomenon opens a portal to the past, allowing scientists to look at and decode supernovae that occurred hundreds of years ago. A recent example of this is SN1572, or Tycho’s supernova, a supernova that occurred in 1572. This supernova shined brighter than Venus, was visible in daylight and took two years to dim from the sky.
In 2008, astronomers found light waves originating from the cosmic demolition site of the original star. They determined that they were seeing light echoes from Tycho’s supernova. Although the light was 20 billion times fainter than what astronomer Tycho Brahe observed in 1572, scientists were able to analyze its spectrum and classify the supernova as a thermonuclear supernova.
More than four centuries after its explosion, light from this historical supernova is still arriving at Earth.

Submission + - UNC scientists open source their genomic research (opensource.com)

ectoman writes: The human genome specifies more than 500 "kinases," enzymes that spur protein synthesis. Four hundred of them are still mysteries to us, even though knowledge about them could spark serious medical innovations. But scientists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have initiated an open source effort to map them all—research they think could pioneer a new generation of drug discovery. As members of the Structural Genomics Consortium, the chemical biologists are spearheading a worldwide community project. "We need a community to build a map of what kinases do in biology," one said. "It has to be a community-generated map to get the richness and detail we need to be able to move some of these kinases into drug facilities. But we're just doing the source code. Until someone puts the source code out there and makes it available to everybody, people won't have anything to modify."

Comment Re:Latency not a deal breaker (Score 1) 194

actually latency is a HUGE issue for ALL internet connections. It's know as Bandwidth Delay Product and high latency links create problems with TCP window sizing, such that a typical internet link using geostationary satellites is limited to under 200Kbps. So that 20MB Power Point presentation is going to take about 15 minutes to download.

Comment Re:High-frequency trading=respctable insider tradi (Score 1) 113

HFT is not about reaction times to public information. It is about exploiting timing so that a customer placing a single large order that can be fulfilled only through many different stock exchanges is taken advantage of by predatory stock scalpers. Scalpers, upon noticing the order would not be able to be fulfilled by one single exchange, instead buy the securities on the other exchanges, so that by the time the rest of the large order arrives to those exchanges the scalpers can sell the securities at a higher price. All these events happen in milliseconds not perceivable to humans but perceivable to computers. It really is about exploiting information before anyone else has had a chance to see it, which is essentially insider trading.

Comment License to Kill! (Score 1) 116

Just because PayPal decides to tell you that they have the right to murder your baby and eat your dog, doesn't mean they can do it without consequence. PayPal does not have the authority to dismiss federal legislation.
In Canada, at least, we still actually have some semblance of a real justice system that is not for sale to the highest bidder. Robo-calling and spamming are quite explicitly opt-in only in Canada, and they MUST provide a means to opt-out.

Comment Re:This makes me feel safe (Score 1) 357

Something similar was done by Miami drug smugglers in the 80's. They used to spray entire warehouses with marijuana residue so the dogs would trigger on every single box. Eventually, the cops just gave up using the dogs. Well, that, and the drug smugglers eventually just bought off the cops.

Submission + - CRTC issues $1.1 million penalty to Compu-Finder for spamming Canadians

zentigger writes: Canadians rejoice! It looks like the new anti-spam regulations might actually have some teeth! Today, the CRTC issued a $1.1 million fine to Compu-Finder for violating Canada’s anti-spam legislation by sending commercial emails without consent, as well as messages in which the unsubscribe mechanisms did not function properly. Furthermore, an analysis of the complaints made to the Spam Reporting Centre of this industry sector shows that Compu-Finder accounts for 26% of all complaints submitted.

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