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Comment Re:Now.. (Score 4, Insightful) 321

haswell makes full windows with 100% backwards compatibility in a tablet device a desirable thing. Everything from photoshop to your VB app written a decade ago that you no longer have the developers or source code or funding to rewrite is now viable on a windows tablet device.

I don't think anyone is going to use a tablet for Microsoft Office. A tablet screen is way too small for Photoshop or a CAD program, and nobody's going to waste a $1000 license (Photoshop) on a tablet. The only thing a tablet is good for is media consumption, and what programs does Microsoft have for that that isn't already out there, usually for free and superior to Microsoft's?

Comment Re:Free Market? LoL (Score 1) 688

The problem here is Texas politics

No different than Illinois politics. Except, of course, that both of our previous Governors, one Democrat and one Republican, went to prison after office. The last Governor is still incarcerated.

But I know bar owners here in the capital city, you think selling cars is politically rough and dirty...

Submission + - US Income Distribution Worst Ever (

the eric conspiracy writes: In 2012 the highest earning 1% of the US population garnered 19.3% of the US total. This breaks the previous record set in 1928 at 18.7%. In the last three years, 95% of all income gains have gone to the richest 1%. Real income growth between for the top 1% was 86% between 1993 and 2000. For the remainder of the population earnings rose 6.6%. The study also noted that the top 10% of US families had 50% of the total US income.

Income distribution usually worsens as a country first develops due to a shift from agriculture to urban living, then improves as the economy matures. This is known as the Kuznets curve. The current regression of income equity in the US suggests serious social policy failings.

Submission + - The NSA's next move: silencing university professors? ( 2

wabrandsma writes: From the Guardian:

A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down.

A professor in the computer science department at Johns Hopkins, a leading American university, had written a post on his blog, hosted on the university's servers, focused on his area of expertise, which is cryptography. The post was highly critical of the government, specifically the National Security Agency, whose reckless behavior in attacking online security astonished him.

On Monday, he gets a note from the acting dean of the engineering school asking him to take the post down and stop using the NSA logo as clip art in his posts. The email also informs him that if he resists he will need a lawyer.

Why would an academic dean cave under pressure and send the takedown request without careful review, which would have easily discovered, for example, that the classified documents to which the blog post linked were widely available in the public domain?

Submission + - Spider Silk Turned Into Electrical Wire Lead To 'Green' Electronics

ewolfson writes: Florida State University scientists have crafted microscopic wires out of spider silk that can conduct electricity.

The goal is to create new electronics that are as tough as they are eco-friendly. Spider silk is supposedly as strong as steel and as "impenetrable as Kevlar" — but now it can also conduct electricity. To give the spider silk this effect, the scientists coated each silk thread with carbon nanotubes.

The results are super strong conductors that are also fully biodegradable.

Comment Re: Overzealous and incorrect "whom"-ing (Score 1) 222

Never use 'whom'. Simple rule that guarantees correct American English.

You and the guy who modded your offtopic, incorrect comment "insightful" should sue your educators for malpractice. "Who" vs "Whom" is simple: he who, him whom.

"Who did you get that from?"
"From whom did you get that?"

"From who did you get that" is NOT correct English in any English speaking country. Note that written English "ain't nothin' like talkin'".

Comment Re:Idiots are against Golden Rice (Score 1) 400

Wow, where to begin...

We tinkered around with our food system and 2/3 of the population is over-weight and 1/3 is obese. We suffer from heart disease, diabetes and related problems in epidemic proportions.

You think it's GM food that's making everyone fat?? What's making everyone fat is part chemistry (plastics) and other environmental changes (I'm 61, I never saw a single man with moobs when I was a kid no matter how fat he was) but mostly increased caloric intake. When I was a kid a small soda was 8 oz, medium 12, and large 16. Now a small is 20 oz. There were no half pound hamburgers. Restaurants didn't give you double portions of everything like they do now.

Maybe the solution isn't genetically modifying rice but something simpler as finding the right vegetables to grow alongside the rice that supplies the missing vitamin.

You might want to read some earlier comments; it isn't feasible.

Plus, vitamin A in excess is toxic and causes liver damage. Maybe we fix childhood blindness but instead give teenage cirrhosis.

You don't get vitamin A from food, you get beta carotine which the body converts to vitamin A, and your body will only produce as much as needed. You can only get too much vitamin A by taking artificial supplements or eating food that has vitamin A artificially introduced (breakfast cereal, drinks, etc).

Just because we can genetically modify plants doesn't mean we should go around looking for problems to solve with it

You don't have to look hard to see what vitamin A deficiency is doing to people in the third world.

Comment Re:Pirates are good for the economy. (Score 1) 133

If this is true, what is your conclusion as to why the RI/MPAA don't court the pirates? Free advertising is free advertising after all.

Because their competition, the independent artists and labels, rely on P2P and sharing. The RIAA labels have Clear Channel and the TV networks; they don't need file sharing. The indies do. The fight against "piracy" is actually an anticompetitive move against the independents.

The thing that really scares the hell out of them (or should) is that with the internet, publishers are no longer needed. Hell, there are several professional recording studios here in a town of only 110,000 and you can have a CD produced, mastered, and factory stamped in lots of 1000 for $1 per copy; I've had friends produce CDs this way. When Patty was a teenager she had a CD by some punk band that said "be kind, burn a copy for a friend."

As Doctorow says, nobody ever lost a dime from piracy but many have starved from obscurity.

Comment Re:slower internet if you KEEP stealing. Draco? (Score 1) 133

Look up Draco sometime.

Draco commonly refers to:

Draco is the Latin word for dragon.
Draco may also refer to:

Science and technology[edit source | editbeta]DRACO (antiviral), a group of experimental antiviral drugs
Draco (constellation), a constellation in the northern part of the sky
Draco (dwarf galaxy), a dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way
Draco (genus), a genus of gliding lizards.
Draco (programming language), a shareware programming language for CP/M and the Amiga
Draco (rocket engine), an orbital maneuvering thruster being built for the SpaceX Dragon and upper stage of the Falcon 9 spacecraft
Draco, the database engine used by FileMaker Pro
DraCo, a partly Amiga compatible computer built by MacroSystem AG
Draco GNU/Linux, a Linux distribution
Draco, name given by the U.S. cable channel The Weather Channel to the December 2012 North American blizzard
History[edit source | editbeta]Dacian Draco, a Dacian military standard composed of a wolf head and snake tail
Draco (lawgiver) (from Greek: ??????), the first lawgiver of ancient Athens, Greece, from whom the term draconian is derived
Draco (physician) (from Greek: ??????), the name of several physicians in the family of Hippocrates
Draco (military standard), a Roman cavalry military standard in the shape of a dragon, adopted after the Dacian Wars
Literature, film, and television[edit source | editbeta]Draco Malfoy, a character in the Harry Potter series of books and movies
Draco, the name of the last dragon in the film Dragonheart.
Draco, a warlord character in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess
Antares Draco, an Imperial Knight from Star Wars: Legacy
Jaq Draco, an Inquisitor who is the protagonist of Ian Watson's Inquisition War Trilogy
Games[edit source | editbeta]Draco-Hedron Ovinxer, the destructive dragon form of Ovinxer and the final boss of the game Gun Nac
Draco Centauros, a dragon-like humanoid from the Puyo Puyo video game series
Draco, a 9/9 Artifact Dragon from the card game Magic: The Gathering
Draco, a character in the fictional opera The Dream Oath: Maria and Draco in Final Fantasy VI
Draco, a black dragon found in the Kasumanium Mines in Dark Ages (computer game)
Other uses[edit source | editbeta]Draco Boats, Manufacured in Flekkefjord, Norway in the 70's and 80's
Draco, a supposed reptilian alien race that has been purported to exist by certain UFO conspiracy theorists
Draco Racing, a motorsports team
Draco Rosa, a Puerto Rican songwriter and former member of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo
A guitar built by BC Rich guitars. It has a cutaway V body with Rockfield or Duncan pickups.
A Romanian-made shortened pistol version of the AKM assault rifle

Well, that was helpful... not.

You could, you know, stop stealing after you get caught twice.

Copyright infringement is not theft, and I say that as a copyright holder who has issued DMCA takedowns. Your MAFIAA language makes you look like a MAFIAA shill, or someone they've brainwashed. If you download my book you have stolen nothing from me, any more than if you've stolen Asimov's books by checking them out at the public library and reading them for free.

Selling that book you download is theft, because the money you received should have gone to the copyright holder.

Your misuse of language completely negates any possible communication.

Comment Re:"The only problem? It's GMO." (Score 1) 400

Sounds nice in paper, and yet millions of people are expected to end their lives early at considerable taxpayer expense "simply" because they don't "want" to eat less.

Early death doesn't cost the government, it saves the government money. Everyone dies, it's just a matter of when. Let me use a real-life example -- my uncle and his mother.

Uncle Bill caught TB in his thirties and lost a lung because of it. Plus he used his remaining lung to smoke four packs of Kools a day while working in the city's garbage incinerator. He died at age 60 from COPD. He never collected a dime of his city pension or Sociual Security or Medicare.

My Grandma, OTOH, lived a hundred years. She collected Social Security for forty years, all the while seeing a doctor every two weeks on the Government's dime using medicare.

Early death saves the government money, living a long time costs the government.

Comment Re:"The only problem? It's GMO." (Score 1) 400

I don't know a lot about sweet potatoes (can't stand them myself) but I doubt you could grow them in places like where they grow rice -- parts of the world where there are two seasons, dry and rainy. Your choice of crops is limited in those places, which is why so much of the Asia eats so much rice. It's easy to grow rice in a rainy climate. When I was in Thailand in the USAF, they grew rice in the rainy season and something else (can't remember what) in the dry season.

Submission + - Google Encryption Plan to Make NSA Dragnet Harder Raises Stakes (

CWmike writes: Google's strategy for making surveillance of user Internet activity more difficult for U.S. and foreign governments — started last year, but accelerated in June following the NSA leaks — is as much about economics as data encryption, experts say. Eric Grosse, vice president for security engineering at Google, told The Washington Post: 'It's an arms race.' Kevin Bocek, vice president of product marketing for certificate management vendor Venafi, told CSOonline on Monday, 'This is a business strategy. A large part of Google's business is about [customer] trust.' The crux of the issue with Google making the NSA dragnet harder(knowing if the government wants in, it will get in) is that the NSA evaluates the tactic it uses by weighing the cost with the value of the information obtained. However, the agency does evaluate the tactic it uses by weighing the cost with the value of the information obtained. 'The NSA has turned the fabric of the Internet into a vast surveillance platform, but they are not magical,' Bruce Schneier, a renowned security technologist and cryptographer, wrote in The Guardian. 'They're limited by the same economic realities as the rest of us, and our best defense is to make surveillance of us as expensive as possible.' The NSA's capabilities for cracking encryption are not known outside the agency. However, the most secure part of an encryption system remains the 'mathematics of cryptography,' Schneier said. The greater weaknesses, and the ones mostly likely to be exploited by governments in general, are the systems at the start and end of the data flow.'I worry a lot more about poorly designed cryptographic products, software bugs, bad passwords, companies that collaborate with the NSA to leak all or part of the keys, and insecure computers and networks,' Schneier said in a blog post. 'Those are where the real vulnerabilities are, and where the NSA spends the bulk of its efforts.' Is this about citizen's rights, or a business decision (some might say an existential issue) for Google? Does it matter, and will it make a difference?

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