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Comment If you don't like the game, change the rules (Score 2) 189

If you don't like the fact that the current journals charge the rates that they do you have to take your research to a new journal that doesn't. When enough people do this the present journals will change their policies or be left out of the market.

Right now your trying to be the tail that wagged the dog. Stop being the tail and start realizing that there are far more academics than journals and organize a new journal. With the Internet it is absurdly easy to communicate with like kind peers and set up a self publishing site for very little money.

At some point you have to realize that the journals need the academics more than the academics need the journals. A small number of professional journals are holding up millions of academics. Stop being the tail, start being the dog.

Comment Re:POLICE STATE OF THE FREE! (Score 0) 321

Anyone who says Obama is a Chicago politician reveals themselves as an ignorant nutjob who hasn't taken the tiny amount of time to read Wikipedia. Obama lived in Chicago, that was about his only connection to the politics of the city. He never held an elected office in city government. Daley, Jesse Jackson and Blagojevich especially wanted nothing to do with him.

Comment Re:Electric cars are *not* more energy efficient (Score 1) 327

Very little electric is used for fuel. Musks source on that was basid on pure wrong what ifs. Look at the cost to get a idea of the true waste, since the cost per btu of fuel is 1/5 that of electric, unless processing plants operate at a loss... compare the cost of what crude is sold at to what fuel is sold at a gas station, you'll find gas infrustructue to be 70% efficient. More cost eficient than just the electric grid. Also since most electric is produced from petrolum, grids maintained from petro. Cooper produced using mostly fuel. Until cars can be charged largely without the grid, you'll have a hard time getting a good hybrid to be worse than a pure electric.

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Comment Re:I can't wait until we vote Bush/Cheney out (Score 1) 321

Here is an idea.. learn something, anything, about what you are talking about. As it stands you dont seem to know even the basics.

The only way a default is currently possible is if the president specifically orders the treasury department not to service the debt, regardless of what congress does with budgets and debt ceilings.

if you don't like those facts, you can work to change them. Perhaps you could support moving the treasury department from the executive branch to the legislative branch, and with your support it might happen.

Oh, wait... an ignorant person supporting something doesnt actually make it likely... does it?

Comment Libraries (Score 2) 189

Nothing yet. I ended up emailing a professor of mine from school, and I'm waiting to hear back from her, while at the same time asking her, "Is there a more reasonable way for me to do this?"

Some people told me to go to the local medical school library and download the articles from there. I don't know if it's feasible for me to go to a library of a school I don't go to! And at the moment, I don't really know any students who I could ask.

That should have been the entire article right there.

Almost all specialty libraries I've heard of offer visitor access or special (paid) access to professionals in affiliated fields.
It sounds like this Doctor didn't put a lot of effort into trying to find a way around the pay wall.

I just checked the websites of Medical School libraries in my State and neighboring States,
they almost all have a way for people unaffiliated with the school to gain onsite access.
/Though one requires an annual membership and charges extortionist prices for photocopying articles.

Comment Re:Uh... anyone check electric grid capacity? (Score 4, Informative) 327

Sigh. Then you push the big 'start charging now' button on the dash. I know this is Slashdot where perfect is the enemy of good, but for the majority, charging the car in the wee hours of the morning is perfectly fine, and is the solution to the OMG THE GRID WON'T HANDLE IT response.

Comment Two further things— (Score 1) 189

"irritating," not "irritable," my apologies for the misuse of the word (it's late where I am); and I should note that the department had to change the name of the journal and all of its graphics as they brought it entirely in-house and severed the Springer relationship, since Springer held the rights to everything, including all past issues, meaning that the new journal is just that—a clean slate, post-Springer (and good riddance).

Comment Re:Can someone remind me? (Score 1) 321

You HAVE read 1984, right? We are actually in a Forever War. The War on Drugs has become the War on Terrorism, and every year our "police forces" become more and more militarized.

We aren't living in the book 1984, and al Qaida isn't a plot device. Liberty, the US Constitution, the American people, and the West are still worth defending. If you stop defending before they stop attacking, the result will simply be more dead people and damage to the liberties Americans enjoy. Or do you have some theory about how they will give up their goals of a Muslim world if we stop defending ourselves? Or have we simply reached the point referred to in this quote?

      "... when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners,
      they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” Samuel Adams

Perhaps the culture is moving past being decadent to debauched. Time will tell.

The "militarized" part of the police tends to be mostly limited to the SWAT team. Few police forces in the US are under centralized control, they almost all belong to either the city, state, or county, with some at the state level. If you don't like what a particular police force is doing, take it up with the local jurisdiction controlling it. It is rarely going to be the Federal government.

Comment Re:Patriot Act (Score 2) 321

It does not. It comes from the will of the people, the constitution is the compact by which the authority the people have ceded for mutual benefit is spelled out. It is a proxy to measure against that generations of the people have accepted as reasonable enough.

A government that ignores the will of the people is tyranny. Unfortunately, tyranny also has a way to derive its authority - violence.

Comment Re:UNDER THE POLICE STATE ... (Score 5, Insightful) 321

We have very similar stories, except I am from Africa, and the bit about the swimming. I agree with you entirely.

I have noticed that people born in the USA take their liberty for granted, and are careless with it. On the other hand, those who have seen oppression (and I have seen the trajectory we are once already) understand the real and present danger we face.

Some of us who were born there do love and cherish our liberty and recognize the many ways in which it is being trampled with impunity. The problem is, we are drowned out by so many who think that professional sports, pop music, consumerism, television, and personal dramas are much higher priority. It's a problem of values and a problem of dehumanization as explained by Erich Fromm.

You absolutely must have a broken people with malleable values and loyalties before you can have a police state. A strong, intact, whole people who are relatively self-sufficient and value ideals far beyond their own convenience cannot be trampled in this manner.

Comment Re:Problem? (Score 1) 170

You sound just like some idiot child but it's OK mommy because everyone does it. Hacking into computers and interfering with computer networks is a criminal act, it should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, end of story.

Right now various security agencies around the globe should be having their heads handed to them on a platter for the incompetence in securing their countries essential infrastructure. They should now, each and every individual be required to prove that they were not individually corrupted by a foreign intelligence agency into circumventing their countries computer security and just fired for gross incompetence and prevented from ever working for the government again. Of course those security amateurs are also screwed when it comes to working for private industry computer security as they have only proven their incompetence.

Many countries gave the carrot to employ computer security specialist to secure their countries computer systems. Now should come the stick. Many countries intelligence services and police forces failed to prevent or detect that major security intrusions and hence more heads should roll. Want you systems secure then the very first thing you do is fire those who failed at it and replace them with others with the knowledge that should they fail they will be fired.

The hunt should be only to detect, capture and prosecute as many individuals as possible, for the criminal acts they committed. As obviously the US will blatantly shirk their responsibility for extradition of those individuals (even when they were committing the same criminal acts inside of the US against US citizens) should be black flagged and apprehended as soon as they cross international borders.

This is no shits and giggles matter, this is 10 years to life imprisonment and deservedly so. It is entirely criminal and should be treated as such. First comes message interception. Then comes blackmail and extortion to make maximum use of it. Then comes murder to keep it secure. Once you start down that criminal path, each little step only becomes a tiny change in policy and before you know it you are murdering people for their resources.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 3, Interesting) 189

Taxpayer-funded research should be accessible by taxpayers.

Seems publishers would have no problem with that if taxpayers are also prepared to pay the cost of publication.

One of my clients is a "legacy" academic journal publisher. They actually offer an open access publication option for researchers where researchers can pay the publishing costs and have their article available freely online. It's priced lower than the open access journals, by the way. Seems they don't get many takers, though.

Comment Having worked for a Springer journal, (Score 5, Informative) 189

as a managing editor, I can tell you that they do not incur substantial expenses, and that academics provide the important parts of the service, essentially for free in the cases of most journals. It's not like putting out a magazine; we didn't even have copy or layout editors for our journal, the most inexpensive components of editorial labor. It paid the university department that hosted the journal a mere thousands (single digits) per year. There were two "paid" staffers—myself and one other person, The rest of the "editorial board" consisted of faculty of our and another several universities doing the work for free, under the auspices of the "professional duties" of the academics involved (not as paid by Springer, as paid by their respective institutions). Peer reviewers—free. Editorial labor (copy, layout to production files according to specs, submissions queue, even rough line editing, style work)—graduate students looking for a title to add to their emerging CVs.

Essentially Springer's total cost for putting out the journal amounted to the several thousand (again, single digit thousands, split between myself and one other individual) that they (usually belatedly) paid our department annually for the entire journal in its substance, plus printing/distribution (a pittance given the circulation size of academic journals and the cost per print subscription—not to mention the increasing number of electronic-only subscriptions). They had one liason that handled our entire "account," and the level of labor involved allowed this person to be "over" several _dozen_ journals as just a single person. That's as much a labor footprint, in its entirety, as our journal actually had inside the "publisher."

And for this, they held onto the reprint/reuse rights with an iron fist, requiring even authors and PIs to pay $$$ to post significant excerpts on their own blogs.

Seeing the direction the wind has been blowing over the last half-decade, the department decided (and rightfully so) that it's basically a scam, that academic publishing as we know it need not exist any longer, and wound down both the print journal and the relationship with Springer several years ago, instead self-publishing the journal (which is easy these days) to much higher revenue for the department, and the ability to sensibly manage rights in the interest of academic production and values, rather than in the interest of Springer's oinking at the trough on the backs of academics.

Oh, and many university libraries (particularly in urban areas) do not admit just anyone off the street; you must generally hold an ID that grants access to the library (often student or faculty, plus a paid option for the general public, either monthly or annually, that can vary from somewhat affordable to somewhat expensive). Not to mention that for many people, yes, it is a significant professional hardship to lose a day or two of work to be trekking into foreign territory and sitting amongst the stacks—and that this hardship is made much more irritable by the fact that the very same articles are sitting there online, in 2013, yet can't be accessed at reasonable cost.

As an academic, I have the same frustration. We bemoan the state of science in this society, yet under the existing publishing model we essentially insure that only a rarefied few scientists and the very wealthy elite have access to science at all. $30-$60 is not a small amount for the average person—and that is the cost to read _one_ article, usually very narrowly focused, and of unclear utility until they've already paid the money, that is borderline unreadable for the layperson (or for the magazine author hoping to make sense of science _for_ the layperson) anyway. Why, exactly, would we expect anyone to know any science at all beyond university walls, under this arrangement?

Comment Re:Could US Attorney Carmen Ortiz Help Her? (Score 2) 189

No, no, no: Swartz was able to download JSTOR articles at all because, as a research fellow at MIT, he had the exact same kind of access agreement. All he did was scrape stuff from the JSTOR site using that access. The submitter was wrong to write that portion of the summary.

...and at any rate, (most) NIH-funded research must become publicly accessible via PubMed Central within 12 months of publication, so this, too, is something of a non-story. Paywalls aren't quite as thorough (or elite) as we sometimes think.

Comment Re:Useful information sometimes costs money (Score 2) 189

She does explain that the problem is there's no guarantee that any of this information will be useful ("Topics in Language Disorders, for example, has a $122 subscription for four issues. But there's no guarantee that the articles I'll get in the four issues next year will be useful for me-and that's just one journal!"), and goes on to suggest she'd consider shelling out thousands for unfettered access, but that's not an option ("Even if I had to pay an acceptable yearly fee-if for $300 a month I could access everything-that would be better than how it is today).

Comment Re:This will only fix the shiny object (Score 2) 250

Gerrymandering doesn't help Dems, but it's only part part of the problem. Much of the problem is that Dems live in areas that vote Obama at ridiculous rates, whereas Republicans tend to live in areas that vote GOP at high rates (but not overwhelming rates). In gerrymandering terms Dems tend to pack themselves into highly Democratic districts, which means that they have a lot of wasted votes in their urban core, whereas strongly conservative rural districts waste just enough votes that Dems shouldn;t bother campaigning there.

Here's a made-up example that shows how the math works:
There's a state with 2.25 million people. 750k live in the big city, 1.5 million live in rural areas. That's worth three Congressional districts. It's a D+10 state, which means it usually gives 55% of it's vote to the Democrats. That means there's 1.65 districts worth of Democrats in the state.The natural district lines are one for the Big city, and then cut the rurals in half.

But Big Cities are very, very Democratic. This one votes 80% Democratic. This means that there's only .85 districts worth of Democratic voters to spread out among the two rural districts, which means in a strong Democratic state two of the three Congressman are Republicans who always get 57.5%. Basically the only way to get a state Congressional delegation that represents the will of the people of the state (ie: one Dem district, one district leaning Dem, and a GOP district) would be to gerrymander the big city in half. But in most states that would technically be against the rules.

You can fiddle with the numbers some, but as long as the truly big cities vote more strongly Dem then vast amounts of GOP real estate vote GOP the GOP is gonna have an edge in House districts.

As for political environment, I meant exactly that. A big part of the GOP's problem was that nobody was particularly unhappy with Obama, or worked up about ObamaCare. o Democrats, not even the ones who ran on an anti-Obama platform (ie: Manchin) were biting. The GOP were being major pains in the ass, and the mushy middle didn't see a good reason for them to be major pains in the ass.

In mid-January if we don't have 7-8 million people signed up on the exchange ObamaCare could look like a total disaster. The GOP could look like saviors for a) getting that annoying website news off our damn screens and b) having a potential solution to the website problem. Moreover in January if the problems aren't fixed Manchin/Landriue/etc. will be under intense pressure to throw Obama under the bus. The GOP will need six Dems to force Obama to veto a plan that solves the debt/budget problems while gutting ObamaCare, and under those circumstances they could get it. Especially if they do a brilliant thing and include some bribes like immigration reform.

OTOH the Exchange could be fixed. Or some new thing (like that Syria mess from August) could blow it off our TV screens. Maybe by January the media gets bored of blaming Obama, and starts blaming the various Governors who chose to give Obama the job of setting up their state Exchange. California and New York, for example, are doing fine.

Comment Re:I don't see the point of a $12M fine. (Score 1) 192

They did. It was their own money they lost.


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In addition to the loss of the $300,000 in personal property stolen from your house, which will not be covered by insurance;

We have determined to assess you with a $120,000 fine for homeowner negligence. This assessment will be due immediately, and if not paid, you will be subject to possible prison time and seizure of the residence.

Let this be a stern reminder to you, to not leave your front door open in the future, while you are not at home, after observing suspicious characters in the vicinity.


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Comment Re:Illegal, Not Undocumented. (Score 1) 391

You remind me of so many I have encountered before, those who have the skill to usually win arguments despite being dead-wrong. These are not people who ever admit they were mistaken and you never hear that old view from them again. They are true believers. I have acquired enough humility and experience to recognize that nothing I say matters much to such a person, for they have a faith in their beliefs that cannot be shaken by reason.

You made this a personal matter the moment you implied there were a "select few' and that I regarded myself as among such an elite. It so happens that those who see clearly often are not those with popular positions, but that is not my doing. Oh how I wish that were not so, but I accept that it is and has been for a long time.

It's a roundabout way of saying that the number who agree with a thing and whether this is generally apprecaited is relevant to the truth of that thing, which is simply and plainly false. I am sorry the clarity of this passed by you unnoticed, for I did try to bring this to your attention, but the feelings and motivations of such a position are not difficult to understand. It's comfortable and cushy to accuse someone of being some kind of elitist while never explaining where their reason is flawed, and so very difficult to refute because it amounts to proving a negative.

You're a rarity because I can't say for certain whether you just love being right, or whether you really understand what you're doing. But I don't doubt your sincerity for a moment. And if you were wondering, pride has no proper place in such matters, which was exactly my point with my previous post.

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Comment Re:Let's be clear. (Score 1) 321

So far they have found that the power for the President to authorize this falls under Article II powers for national security purposes.

In other words, they've shit all over the bill of rights by pretending that the President is allowed to exercise wartime powers without a declaration of war. The courts have failed in their duty to safeguard our liberty, and become nothing more than a rubber-stamp for usurpation.


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Comment This is the wrong way (Score 1) 327

They are pushing hybrids, not electric cars. If they have junk like the volt, which will encourage daytime charging, then our electric bills will go up.
Instead, you really want to encourage real electric cars, not hybrids. And they should have 100 mile range or better. In addition, the chargers should charge a tax if you use them in the busy time. By switching the charging to nighttime, it actually lowers the cost of electricity for all, and this not only cleans up the environment, but drops our imports.

Comment Re:Uh... anyone check electric grid capacity? (Score 1) 327

Build cars that have an option to only switch on their charging circuits after midnight, or, even better, after the meter 'tells' them it's time to start slurping juice.

This is no good, if you put the car on your charger, because you need to use it sometime within the next 18 hours and BEFORE some ridiculous time, such as midnight.

Comment Re:End of November (Score 1) 250

The pain it causes will reflect on what a true piece of crap the Obama administration has foisted upon the US, and hopefully, that will be reflected in the next election cycle.

Yes, that piece of crap that will allow me, for the first time in my life, to actually purchase insurance.

That's what I'd do if I didn't have insurance.

Only you deserve to have insurance, apparently.

I don't think the penalties at this point, are worse than paying for the insuranceâ¦so, it would make sense to anyone that does the numbers for themselves, and for many, that is EXACTLY what is going to be the best for them expense-wise.

Which is, uh, why you can't do that. You can only sign up from January to March. (Well, you can sign up early, but you only get insurance Jan 1.)

Comment Re:lavabit should have helped the first time (Score 1) 230

The UK was in genuine danger of being starved into submission by German U-boat attacks in WW2 that were sinking merchant shipping. It only reversed that because it was able to break the German codes and avoid or sink the U-boats. It was devastating for Germany to have its codes compromised. It would have been devastating for Britain not to have broken the codes. The current flavor of "information wants to be free" "patriot" would reveal the information that Germany's codes were compromised, and its messages were being read. The result would have been the starvation and surrender of the British isles, the transfer of the British government to another part of the Empire, some form of Nazi triumph, a much longer war, several genocides completed, and many more people dead.

Probably well over 100,000 documents of highly classified information on UK and US intelligence operations and methods were stolen and given to third parties. This is the same general type of information that was dealt with regarding the German Enigma codes, in some cases literally, since it is exposing encryption methods that the US and possibly UK can break - information that they shared in WW2.

I don't mean to insult you, but I think you show both incredibly limited insight and humility to say that what they are doing falls only into the category of "UK CLAIMS" it is damaging. How can it not be damaging for a government to have revealed what encryption systems it can break? How is it not be damaging for it to have its intelligence methods and operations exposed?

You should be clear that genuine damage to the security of a nation is a separate question of whether or not you personally approve of that damage. You should also consider the fact that there are likely to be consequences to it. It may take time, perhaps a couple of years, maybe more, maybe less, but there are likely to be consequences. You may find that you have been hasty in your approval.

On an off topic, I read today that a prominent nuclear expert thinks Iran could have enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in about one month if they surged, and Iran has recently announced a significant increase in the number of nuclear related sites. I also recall that about 10 years ago, maybe more, they had formed a brigade of suicide bombers to attack US facilities and military personnel around the world.

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Comment Re:Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillanc (Score 1) 234

Oh, Jesus fucking Christ, how many times can you guys talk in circles, here?

His point is that the NSA has justified all of the institutionalized violations of privacy because it somehow prevents terrorism (and for while, they were claiming they've stopped over 50 acts of terrorism when it turns out it was actually only two . . . and maybe not even that), yet with all of this surveillance and violation of people's rights, they weren't even able to stop an angry teenage boy with a pressure cooker.

You keep saying they weren't "tasked with this case", which has fuck all to do with anything. The FBI was tasked with hunting the kid down (and it took the shutdown of an entire city and yanking people out of their homes at rifle-point for several days to hunt down the teenager). The NSA and all of its nefarious sister organizations were tasked with preventing attacks. You know, the thing they keep using to justify their disregard for the Constitution. And, yet, they were not aware of this pending "act of terrorism".

But go ahead and reply with "but the NSA wasn't tasked with this case" for the sixth time.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 3, Interesting) 189

It's really as easy as that. If the government funds your research, a minimum requirement should be that it's freely available to anyone who wants it regardless of where else it might be published. It's probably incredibly sad, but I think I probably have more pirated research papers than I do music, movies, or other content. I find it surprising that "free open source" hasn't been widely applied to education in the same way that it has software.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 2) 189

No. It should be accessible to all.

Knowledge is like a road, even though taxpayers funded the building of it, tourists from other countries aren't forbidden to drive on it.

Luckily, there are some hackers out there who understand this, and work hard to unlock journal articles and books so that the whole world can read them.

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