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Comment Re:good luck with that (Score 2) 89

If the D-star repeater is on an amateur band, it is part of the problem. There's no experimentation with D-star. There's just paying for a hunk of proprietary equipment. But, hey, we need yet another repeater on 2m and 70cm. The ones already there are just so overloaded with traffic!

No, what we need is more free space on these bands for experimentation with digital and analog modes, including some wide-band modes. But for that you need to get rid of some of the bandwidth dedicated to unused repeaters.

Comment Re:ISPs can do the same thing. (Score 1) 200

Anyone that provides the hardware and software from which you access the web can do this. My work does it. Your local library can do it. The internet access kiosks can do it. Any device manufacturer can do it. Those cheap Android computers-on-a-stick can do it. Your TV can do it. It's a real problem because people trust the devices they use. If you cannot trust the device, you are royally screwed.

Comment Re:Hey, Apple has browser competition! (Score 3, Interesting) 251

I think the world would be a better place if [Apple] were forced to be slightly more open.

The question is "who is going to force them?" In this case (browser choice on smartphones), I think that market forces can do that just fine. There are enough choices available right now. That said, I can certainly see where Apple could be considered guilty of tying in this case since an argument could be made that the browser is a distinct program and that this is harming competition and innovation.


Submission + - Hubble and Spitzer Telescopes Find Most Distant Galaxy Yet (space.com)

Penurious Penguin writes: At a distance of 13.3 billion light-years from Earth and approximately 600 light-years wide, the MACS0647-JD is the most remote galaxy yet discovered. Combined application of the Hubble and Spitzer telescopes were able with the help of a natural "gravitational lens" (cluster of galaxies), to find what what would have otherwise been extremely unlikely. Space.com has an article on the subject along with a video locating the galaxy in the general direction of Ursa Major and Polaris.

Comment Re:no p2v for unix? (Score 1) 193

Seriously, systems this old need to be retired.

Seriously, that isn't always an option.

Seriously --it is *always* an option. Anyone who thinks otherwise isn't thinking. Look -- failure is always an option. Trust me -- failure is something that will get an executive's attention faster than anything. Failure is such an option that quitting your position -- or sticking around just to witness the beautiful consequences -- are sometime exquisitely worth the price. I would pay money to work anywhere that still depends on Unixware just to watch that fail unfold.

Comment Re:so what? (Score 1) 265

Unions, while fine in principle, will soon become a bureaucratic organization whose only goal is to screw the administration (country, company, whatever) over, not look after workers.

A neutral party should look after everyone's best interests. Goverments could take on that role, but tight and inflexible controls or excessive interference in what should be strictly business are the sad reality.

Unions and representative governments reflect the character and will of their constituents.

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