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Comment Re:Fan Base Development (Score 1) 66

Without the free streaming how would there be any fans?

I have several New Yankee Workshop books but never paid to watch Norm on TV.

Fast-forward 15 years, and my daughter has never directly paid for a Dr. Who download but her room is full of merchandise. Heck, her closet door is a 3/4 size Tardis.

Since they pulled it from Netflix, though, she hasn't bought any more as it wasn't fresh and exciting in her mind. Now she's on to YouTuber merchandise (I'll let you in on a little secret - she doesn't pay for YouTube either).

I don't get why this is hard to understand, but then again the PBS/NPR funding model has always been to DoS themselves and hold their own programming ransom.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 3, Insightful) 504

When Bush was president 200,000 new jobs was considered anemic as it didn't cover the rise in working age adults.

Currently we need 215-220K per month growth to remain even with population growth. Everything else is a loss, and the lies are covered up with the "discouraged worker" nonsense.

Don't be played for a fool by official propaganda - the math will set you free. Once you understand that this drain on the economy is the real cost of endless war, it starts to make quite a bit more sense (and it's also much more depressing). But, "hey, the unemployment rate is down*!" so go back to soda pop and television. #include officerbarbrady

Comment Re:If I Was An Insurance Investigator... (Score 1) 135

Any launch failure makes other launches more expensive due to higher launch insurance costs.

Insurance only spreads out the cost. The only increase is the profit made by the insurance company, but that's their fee for providing the cost-smoothing service. If the launch companies wanted to do their own cost smoothing they could (but they know that a watchful third party is also a good idea, to keep everybody honest). OK, that's two services they provide.

Comment Re:What contract? (Score 1) 101

not a operating SERVICE

Uh, no, as a virtual machine reseller they are selling a broken copy of Ubuntu as a service. Canonical is within their rights to ask them to stop using their software's name (say, to OVH Linux) if they aren't going to fix the issue.

For a car analogy: If an independent Ford dealership started filling up their cars' gas tanks with sugar you better believe Ford will come in and put a stop to that real fast.

Comment Re:Wait until they find out (Score 1) 113

What I keep wanting to see IRL is the stuff they keep showing in concept videos for probably 20+ years now. You sit down at an empty table and set your phone down on it. It connects to the desk and the surfaces light up, a touch sensitive keyboard and screen is drawn in front of you. A stack of folders to your right, you touch the stack and it fans out, letting you navigate through the folders to find the document you're reviewing for your meeting this morning. Tap it and it opens in the editor on your screen. To your left, a picture of a cup of coffee. You slide your finger around it as it changes from black to brown, you stop at two creams then tap the sugar cube once (or maybe it would already know your preference?). 30 seconds later a robot brings you a cup of coffee, which you enjoy as you page through the document using touch controls conveniently located nearby your hand's resting position instead of having to gorilla arm the screen. Then you pick up the phone, instantly cutting the connection with the surface, and head to work leaving nothing but an empty cup behind.

Back when these concepts started showing up, security and privacy wasn't as big of a thing as now. I'm pretty sure it's impossible to do something like this securely (has the MPAA figured out a way to stop people from copying video yet?) but that doesn't mean I can't dream.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 4, Informative) 558

The original banning of cannabis was from The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, where the government declared that any sold in the US had to have the appropriate tax stamp, and then did not print any tax stamps.

This law review from 1968 covers a lot of the early cases such as how the supreme court decided whether or not American Indians can use drugs for their ceremonies and such, as well as somewhat-related cases like regulation of LSD under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. It concludes that the most likely avenue for a successful challenge would be a freedom of religion argument, but would require an established religion to have a sincerely held belief in the use of cannabis specifically (as a person claiming to use it independently of a recognized, established religion for the religious/spiritual experience lost their appeal because they were held not to have a sincere belief requiring its use).

Comment Re:Nature varies (Score 5, Insightful) 244

If there's no mass then E=cp (from E^2 = c^2 p^2 + m_0^2 c^4)

So you've still got a problem with infinities

You've asserted that Energy is still conserved so E=hf should still hold (for a photon). Assuming Planck's constant doesn't change then \lambda must become infinite if c becomes infinite which, in turn implies that the universe must be infinitely large.

The problem with all these hairbrained schemes is that people throw them around without working through all the consequences and explaining exactly how they are all dealt with.

When that is done it's almost always the case that there's something apparent that we already know to be false.

(I'll leave it as an exercise to see what happens if Planck's constant also changes :-) I don't recall if it was Fantastic Voyage or Asimov's sequel but I vaguely remember that the basic theory was that they wanted to reduce h but it turned out that this actually increased c at the same time - so the idea isn't new, it's already been played with by SF authors. What would turn this from SF to science is working through all the implications instead of just handwaving them away)

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