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Comment Success depends on simplicity (Score 2) 50

Using DNA for data storage is a real possibility but what they need to do more than anything is to simplify the encoding and decoding so that it is both speedy and more importantly, costs next to nothing. What this really means is building complex molecular machines which is something we have yet to manage. It might take 50 years before we manage to figure out how make complex molecular machines but the result will be amazing in the same way that graphics rendering thought up 50 years ago is amazing on modern GPUs.

Submission + - Prenda Law attorney disbarred (

lactose99 writes: One of the original copyright trolls finally got their comeuppance. From TFA: "John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer who pled guilty to perjury, fraud and money laundering resulting from alleged "honeypot" schemes, has just been disbarred by an Illinois court." John L. Steele, as you may know, is one of the principals of Prenda Law, a notorious copyright troll who has been featured on /. several times. The article goes on to describe how the Prenda lawyers used honeypot-like tactics to trick people into downloads and then subsequently scammed them for copyright violations.

Submission + - Eastern District of Texas No Longer Appropriate Venue for Most Patent Lawsuits

SlaveToTheGrind writes: In an 8-0 decision this morning, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in In re TC Heartland, holding that a corporation's "residence" under the venue statute of the Patent Act refers only to the corporation's state of incorporation.

The practical result of this highly anticipated ruling will be a significant reduction in patent cases that can be filed in the Eastern District of Texas, where nearly 40% of patent lawsuits were filed in 2016. Delaware was not available for comment.

Comment 4th generation reactors (Score 0) 380

Smart move. Nuclear Fission isn't cost-effective. That's the plain and simple truth. Nuclear Fission only looks like it works if it is cross-funded by obscene truckloads of taxpayers money and nobody looks too hard at centralized power cartels (funded by said taxpayers money), reactor runtimes and maintenance costs (also paid by taxpayers mones). Factor in waste handling, storage and the risks of nuclear disasters and the balance sheet goes really deep-red.

Current uranium breeder reactors weren't designed for to be cost effective, they were designed to generate weapons grade plutonium. If you want a cost-effective long-term energy solution then you should be doing R&D to make a fourth generation reactor which is more commonly known as LFTR or a Thorium reactor. A proper design could be completely autonomous, relatively small, consume existing nuclear waste but cannot meltdown/leak radiation.

People have to see the light: Nuclear Fission as we know it is a 60ies techno-romatic pipe-dream. And a dangerous one at that, with a 200 000 year waste problem attached.

This is foolishness of mdsolar proportions. We developed the technology to make weapons but if we invest and develop it further we can make the cleanest form of energy generation on Earth.

Comment open standards versus proprietary (Score 2) 66

I don't think it will be an issue to read many files because many of them use open standards. It's the closed source proprietary stuff that could be lost to time. However, it seems unlikely because we make emulators for all our dead hardware platforms and keep them accessible with their software.

Really, I think the worst case scenario here is that people in the future think that Comic Sans was used for everything. ;)

Comment Re:Where is MS Office's worthy competitor? (Score 0) 95

It sounds to me like he did pay for it to be implemented. He bought Office.

Then he has no need to drone on about it.

If open source wants to seriously compete with closed software, they need to do everything closed software does, better than closed source, and they need to be compatible with that same closed software while doing it.

An eternal game of catch up means you are always behind and have partially implemented systems that suck in comparison to the original. It's far better to innovate and make something that it better and let closed source software try to catch up with you.

Nobody seriously uses over Linux or BSD over Windows on their servers because it's free

Generalizations like this are easily proven false.

we use them because they do the same things and they do them better.

No, they do something similar but it's very different and everything that works great isn't compatible with Windows' proprietary shit. This proves my point, not yours.

Where that falls apart (running as an AD DC for newer versions of Windows, as a singular example), we use Windows because we need it to work.

Where it falls apart is where it's playing catch up with Windows. This proves my point yet again.

TL;DR: If Windows suddenly became better at running servers than Linux or BSD distros, there would suddenly be a whole lot more Windows servers out there. Oh, and the guy you're bitching at did pay for the features he wanted.

If Windows suddenly became better then it wouldn't be a Microsoft product, so I wouldn't hold your breath.

Also, it's quite clear that you don't understand what makes open source successful.

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