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Comment Re:Someone forgot to test (Score 1) 414

While renewables could certainly provide a fair portion of the power for EVs, even if you are burning coal or oil to power your EV, you are much better off having only one source point of pollution instead of 10's of millions of little source points (tail pipes)

If you have one source point for the pollution it is much easier to upgrade to cleaner technologies as they become available and make sure the very best pollution control devices are installed and working properly.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 329

The other issue I have been told about by an iOS developer is that often time, if you have a somewhat successful app, a larger, better staffed and funded development house can just essentially copy it and push their version of your app to their existing installed user base.

Obviously this is second hand, but considering well known developers have been caught doing exactly that, I tend to believe him.

Comment Re:Good that he reported it (Score 1, Informative) 249

Lefties don't respect property rights?

The most egregious abuse of private property rights I have ever seen was in Connecticut where the right wingers took private land to make sure the shopping mall developers could make more money.

It was the liberals on the US Supreme Court that tried to stand against such illegal confiscation.

For reference:
http://www.law.pitt.edu/magazine/fall-2007/taking-homes-for-a-shopping-mall-the-abuse-of-eminent-domain-in-a-post-kelo-world

God right wingers are delusional.

Comment Re:Good site for Raspberry Pi hardware? (Score 4, Informative) 178

I would check out the RPi forums and potentially the wiki. There are a lot of folks who use the RPi for robotics.

Here is a link to the sub forum that includes robotics, but I bet there are robotics threads in lots of other places on their forums as well:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=37

And here is the RPi wiki:
http://elinux.org/RPi_Hub

Feel free to ask on the forums, I have found them to be very friendly.

Comment Re:Missing the commissions (Score 5, Informative) 39

Nice right wing talking points there.

There is no evidence that "Community Reinvestment Act" loans ( the loans you are talking out your rear end about about without knowing what you are talking about ) are generally considered decent loans without a major percentage being defaulted on.

Instead it is commercial loans that are often underwater and being walked away from as regular business decisions (see: strategic defaults, it is always ok when businesses do it) and home equity loans, not CRA loans that were a major factor in the 2008 melt down.

For a good set of references on the actual facts see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Reinvestment_Act#Alleged_relation_to_2008_financial_crisis

Comment Re:What a specimen (Score 2, Insightful) 175

I don't see anything in the comment you replied to that indicates poster meant she was attractive or was in any way objectifying or sexist.

In fact quite the opposite when you read who is other two top females are, his mom and the Queen, women he presumably respects for reasons other than sexist reasons.

It read to me like he checked out her significant credentials in her chosen field and was very appropriately impressed.

Comment Re:I really fear this landing is not going to succ (Score 1) 114

I think it will fail because it is probably the most complicated robotic landing sequence ever attempted in the history of robotic space missions.

I also see no evidence they tested other than via simulation the heat shield blowing off, the parachute separation, the rocket hovering and the lowering of the rover from the hovering rocket platform.

I don't blame them for not testing it, I understand it is next to impossible to test those things, but that doesn't change the fact they are untested.

Hopefully I'll have egg on my face come Aug 6th, I am rooting harder than ever for NASA to pull this off, I am just really pessimistic about it succeeding.

Comment I really fear this landing is not going to succeed (Score 1) 114

Considering how complicated this landing is going to be, all the different parts that come into play, and the inability to really test the full blown procedure, I just don't think this is going to be a successful landing.

I understand literally some of the best minds in the world are working on this project, but that still doesn't negate the inherent difficultly of having such a complicated system work perfectly.

I really want this to succeed, but I just don't see the landing working out. The bad part is, this is a 2.5 billion dollar bet and if it fails I think it will be a serious set back to the funding that is so desperately needed for space research.

Patents

Submission + - The "Defensive Patent License" an open defensive patent pool

capedgirardeau writes: Via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:
Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin has an in-depth look at the "Defensive Patent License," a kind of judo for the patent system created by ... EFF's Jason Schultz (who started EFF's Patent Busting Project) and ... Jen Urban (who co-created the ChillingEffects clearinghouse). As you'd expect from two such killer legal freedom fighters, the DPL is audacious, exciting, and wicked cool. It's a license pool that companies opt into, and members of the pool pledge not to sue one another for infringement. If you're ever being sued for patent infringement, you can get an automatic license to a conflicting patent just by throwing your patents into the pool. The more patent trolls threaten people, the more incentive there is to join the league of Internet patent freedom fighters.

Comment If you are out in public why expect privacy? (Score 5, Insightful) 84

The law regarding this type of thing here in Switzerland drives me crazy.

You are out in public, you should have no expectation of privacy. Period, end of story.

What is next? Legislating that no one can look at anyone else in public? We all have to walk with our heads down so we don't accidentally see anyone else out on the street?

I am all for private data staying private, but when I am out in public, it is, get this: public information.

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