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Comment Re:Cynically thinking... (Score 1) 128

I get a bad feeling for the transfer just from the list of supporters: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Cloudflare and Yahoo. It feels, to me, that they are not doing it for freedom but rather for money. They are going to have services or other means of making money off the transfer where they cannot do it currently.

The problem is the Congressmen trying to block the changeover aren't doing so in the interests of online freedom, but rather in the interests of maintaining control over the internet. Either way it's all about power.

Oh, yes! I concur. However, this comes to mind: Better the devil you know. ;) We would switch from one government in power to multiple governments, corporations and trade organizations in power. It is already hard enough to protect people as it stands now. After the switch, it would be much harder.

Comment Cynically thinking... (Score 2) 128

I get a bad feeling for the transfer just from the list of supporters: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Cloudflare and Yahoo. It feels, to me, that they are not doing it for freedom but rather for money. They are going to have services or other means of making money off the transfer where they cannot do it currently.

However, this is just a feeling. I would like to understand it better for why they want it. Time to read since the article is scant on details.

Comment Re:Competitive my a$$ (Score 1) 145

I just switched from Verizon to Google Fi. Verizon is still more expensive if that is the same plan I had (Unlimited Talk & Text & 1GB) since that price does not include the $20 charge for the account (or phone?). Anyway, I was paying close to $58/mo for 1GB on Verizon while I was not even using 100MB/mo there. If I had stayed, the change would have added $5/mo to my expenses with no benefit.

Comment Re:Which internet? (Score 2) 211

I drive on the roads but have not had the opportunity to use The Roads. If I visit there, I could use the roads of The Roads to explore the area.

Do you live on the Earth or the earth? Personally, I live on both. Technically, I live on the Earth and on top of the earth while relying on food grown from earth on the Earth. :)

I have used internets that are part of the Internet.

Comment Re:Slashdot is not far behind... (Score 1) 264

Slashdot has become a war zone. I do not mind heated disagreement, but there are many people that want you to conform to one side or the other even if you are on a third or fourth side. :)

I glance at Slashdot at times and sometimes go to OSNews to stay geeky with limited messages to read. My Slashdot ID is only as high as it is because I took forever before making it.

Comment Re:....shortly before she entered office... (Score 3, Informative) 348

Right, so that's the best Fox could dig up? Email from before she was in office? Before her duty to keep all the emails!

You mean Reuters. The only involvement I could see in the article by Fox was a poll.

People need to stop frothing at the mouth at the mention of Fox. Even some of the articles on their site are not from them; they are from other sources such as Associated Press.

Comment Re: Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 88

My XFX PVT80GGHD4 8800GTS 320MB is still working quite well on FreeBSD. I bought it almost eight years ago for $300.

My next system will have an Nvidia due to the quality of their drivers on FreeBSD and Windows. I have a laptop with an ATI card in it, but I had to wait a long time for it to be supported on FreeBSD. Pragmatically, I will have to stick with Nvidia unless something changes regarding drivers. On the bright side, I like the hardware and drivers, so it is good with me.

Comment Re:ah the anti-NSF crowd again (Score 1) 307

You know, frivolous stuff like robotics research.

I understand that he may not understand everything, but a lot of what is in his list is frivolous. Here is another NSF-funded robotics research "project": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hwBOBeDFHw If they want to play, then they can do it on the universities' dimes. The universities certainly charge enough to pay for this.

Referencing some more from here: http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.serve&File_id=2dccf06d-65fe-4087-b58d-b43ff68987fa

Comment Re:How to do real science (Score 1) 307

It depends on what is meant by duplication. If two groups are researching the same thing using the same means regarding the same factors, then that is doing something in parallel. I can see that as a (possible) waste of money that could be used to research something else concurrently. Only slight related, when it is different agencies funding the same party, then you have fraud: http://www.nature.com/news/duplicate-grant-case-puts-funders-under-pressure-1.9984

Replication is different and would not fall under duplication as it is done serially. First, one group does research into the topic followed by a separate group that tries to reproduce the results. Trying to replicate the results at the same time as another group that is unfinished with their research is potentially wasteful.

If the results are useful, then I am sure some entity will try to reproduce it without government funding. If the project was politically-motivated, then I am almost certain another party will fund research into that topic without need for government funding.

Personally, I wish the news would do a little research into past projects that were duplicated to either prove or disprove the issue with duplication. They just want a fight between the two parties to get more readers. I guess this was too hard for them to find: http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.serve&File_id=2dccf06d-65fe-4087-b58d-b43ff68987fa Page 20 talks about duplication between the various agencies. Skimming through that report really makes me want to have the NSF cleaned. For example, "An Indiana University (IU) professor received a $263,281 grant from the NSF to study the social impact of tourism in the country of Norway." Funding that over cancer research?!?

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