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Comment Re:Except, government ISN'T government (Score 1) 338

I love it when some utopian statist poses such a question - "should the government take over X for the benefit of all?" - as if government is a neutral, rational entity that has the best interest of the public at heart.

The very deep problem with your statement is that this is a binary proposition. Currently private companies are unable to offer an affordable and workable 100 Mbit solution. So deductively, that must mean that the other option of government taking over must be what is needed.

I know that such a thing is possible, because the South Koreans have it already - among others.

Comment Re:Kill it with MAGMA! (Score 1) 281

There are no easy answers, no low hanging fruit.

From an engineering standpoint, it is unacceptable considering that there are too many unknown "vectors." So much as the hole to the mantle is concerned, it doesn't make sense cost wise as the hole would cost more (far) than a traditional reprocessing means (whatever that may be).

This is one reason a huge amount has been spent on fusion energy and that incredibly exotic technology. Smaller reactors like Bill Gates travelling wave reactor are promising, but yet unproven technology.

Probably the way forward over huge monolithic reactors from the past - which can not be built unless government doles out money to them. Because the free market does not accept them on their own merits.

As you aptly said, no low hanging fruit that can be seen.

Comment Re:Oh please, Indeed. (Score 1) 331

Note how none if it is being done by "the invisible hand" but by actual government and industry backed efforts.

The large number of people who continually remain long term unemployed or dropping out of the workforce (and its subsequent shrinkage) indicates that this is simply not the case i.e. there are no meaningful government or industry efforts in this area.

Comment Or maybe there is too much homework? (Score 1) 278

Why do the books need to be piled on in the first place? Does it make students somehow better? Does it help them get a job after highschool - in a world where a college degree doesn't get a job anymore?

Instead of calling B.S. on whether parents should not help with homework, let's call B.S. on the whole notion of homework in the first place.

Finland has no homework.

Comment Re:Kind of an empty gesture (Score 2) 250

What would have been a lot more meaningful of Fluke to do would be to cancel the trademark.

I wonder if it should have been granted in the first place. Yellow rubber meter holders existed far before 2000 when this color trademark was granted. Which means that Fluke may have not been entitled to it in the first place. Maybe the fine legal minds on Slashdot can help explain it to me.

I understand Fluke's desperation at wanting to stop low cost meters from undercutting their business, but let's face it, China has been undercutting everyone's business. I don't see what makes them so special to avoid it other than making better products, certainly not through a yellow rubber holder that's been used since nearly the beginning of digital meters.


Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote 208

yakatz writes "Microsoft announced that OneNote, including the full desktop program, will be free for anyone who wants to use the program. A version of the program for Mac also appeared in the app store yesterday. This means that a native edition of OneNote is available for most platforms (including iPad, iPhone and Android, but not Linux or Blackberry). Microsoft will continue to offer a paid version of OneNote with 'business-oriented' features (including SharePoint support, version history and Outlook integration). The partial rebranding of OneNote also includes some new tools like a program specifically designed to make it easier to take a picture of a whiteboard.
Is this a signal that Microsoft decided that they need to compete with Apple by making their productivity applications free?"
(Over at WineHQ, they're looking for a maintainer for their page on OneNote. Anyone running it on a Free operating system? What are your favorite alternatives that are "libre" free, rather than only gratis?)

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