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Comment Options (Score 1) 141

Make poor nations pay US$ 200 or 2000, buy a dongle, pay per seat or core, or rent per month.
Poor nations then have the option not to enforce software and copyright laws.
Don't peg anything to GDP. Just keep offering US brands at US$100 or 1000 or some other fee.
Digital enforcement is expensive in every nation. Once a nation is very low cost with exchange rates, whats keeping users globally from buying in that nation?
Per nation price enfacement with activation and per nation ip tracking per account?
Face local digital return laws and refund laws, tax collection per nation?
It will cost more to sell cheap than any poor nation can support in local profits after tax, support, lawyers.
Users won't pay US$10 or $50 for a "legal" version in a poor nation? What for? Support? The next version is "free"?
They can get their own translated copy for as a free download or on physical media for a few $ at a local market.
Games might be the only way to lock in users with multilayer per user accounts.
A $10 game pass in a poor nation vs $120 in a normal nation? The constant hunt for digital sales online of account details been used in wealthy nations?

Comment Re:most of those reasons have in common (Score 1) 252

But setting up a good VPN so your do not get letters is a bit more trouble, and slows things down. Or a seedbox, which again adds complexity and trouble... I will pay to not have to mess with all that. If they had what I wanted... But when they make the paid service as much of a pain as the free service...

Comment Re:There are some interesting ramifications. (Score 1) 166

Funding is the key. Who would want to risk some wisenheimer AI that needs to learn for years vs really fast sorting now? Would lots of really fast new cheap storage for a lot of information help more? What kind of AI? Something that can learn how to sort better? Recall from a lot of data more quickly? Learn something new from a lot of data given lots of questions? Sort a lot of data really quickly if asked in a new or different way?
Phrase the funding request to a gov/mil and enjoy decades of funding.
NSA, GCHQ, social media have a lot of data. Sort for interesting people on the net four hops away from other interesting people? Sort for ads? Track ads and users? Predict what people want to buy and have it ready to ship given past interests? Get around new ad blocking and track users?
How sentient does sentient really have to be for funding vs fast hardware, a collect of all the data and really good sorting?
If the AI gets too sentient and has topics that make it slow? Get argumentative, start prothletising or won't help a mil hunt down interesting people?

Submission + - Atomic clocks on 9 of 72 European GPS satellites have failed (yahoo.com)

schwit1 writes: The atomic clocks on 9 of the 72 European Galileo GPS satellites, designed to compete with the American, Russian, and Chinese GPS satellites, have failed.

No satellite has been declared “out” as a result of the glitch. “However, we are not blind If this failure has some systematic reason we have to be careful” not to place more flawed clocks in space, [ESA director general Jan Woerner] said.

Each Galileo satellite has four ultra-accurate atomic timekeepers — two that use rubidium and two hydrogen maser. Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not working, with one satellite sporting two failed timekeepers. Each orbiter needs just one working clock for the satnav to work — the rest are spares.

The question now, Woerner said, is “should we postpone the next launch until we find the root cause?”

That they are even considering further launches with so many failures of the same units seems absurd. They have a systemic problem, and should fix it before risking further launches.

Comment Re:most of those reasons have in common (Score 5, Interesting) 252

Most of those reasons for pirating are because they can't get the content very easily in a legal way. I guess most people are willing to pay, as long as it doesn't get too complicated.

I would rather pay in money than in time and frustration. I WILL NOT pay in both money and time/frustration.

Submission + - Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures (bbc.com)

elgatozorbas writes: According to a BBC article, the onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.

Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating. Three are traditional rubidium devices; six are the more precise hydrogen maser instruments that were designed to give Galileo superior performance to the American GPS network.

Comment Look at the doctors (Score 2) 153

Start a better database on doctors and all their medical procedures.
Find good pathologists to report on every case. Link all past complex work with a pathologist's reports over years.
Who ordered what procedures? What did a specialist do? What did an average doctor on duty do?
Over time the really good professionals who have the skills to save lives will get listed and the average doctors who do things wrong will really stand out.
Work out who your best specialist are, support them and get them working with the next generation of experts.
No new AI needed. Just track all your doctors and have pathologist's report on every interesting case.
Why some doctors just cant get the same average results as a specialist on duty is a question that can be discovered by looking at results.
If a hospital wants good results, stop funding average doctors and having average doctors try to deal with the same very sick people every shift.
Move the average doctors to other areas of medicine and ensure only the best staff get supported.
How to stop the flow of very average doctors into the wider medial profession? Stop accepting very average students into universities to study medicine. Make sure every doctor sits the same national exams and passes well.

Comment Re:SSL Decrypt? (Score 1) 210

Given the past help? (12 July 2013)
Recall the PRISM slides and the years for each US brand?
"Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages"
If you want a secure OS find one. Use Microsoft for games and DirectX 12 support.
Let Microsoft enjoy the computer game feedback on Windows 10.
Do any real computing with a more secure OS.

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