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Comment This would be cool if... (Score 1) 200

I'd love to see one of these little guys with six cores, dual nics, up to 16gb ram, and an external sata port. With an x86 based cpu they would make beautiful super cheap nodes for a private openstack cloud. Since people would be buying several of them and some companies might even considering building very large stacks on them the volume would allow them to be cheaper than this.

Comment Re:The beatings will continue until morale improve (Score 1) 133

Again, begging the question: you still accept the theory that it is enforcement of rights that motivates people to create. You just shift the goalposts a little by saying that there are enough honest people to make it work.

The simpler model is that people like to create things, and given decent access to creation, enough people are willing to pay that this is a viable living for creators. The commercial artists who experimented with a low-threshold access to material (by not enforcing copyright) showed us empirical data that this is in fact a more likely explanation of reality.

This study merely confirms what people like Eric Flint already told us 16 years ago.

Comment Re:The beatings will continue until morale improve (Score 1) 133

The problem we have at the moment is that we have this bizarre situation where the law says creators have certain rights as an incentive, and a lot of people do create and share work on that basis, yet actually enforcing your rights is impractical in many circumstances so there's no real deterrent.

Logically speaking you're begging the question here: if people can't enforce their rights, you can't say that the expectation of enforcement is the basis of their creative activity, because if they really couldn't enforce it, they would not do so in your view. And yet we see creative activity everywhere.

Comment Re:What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 324

So you'd have no problems citing a source for that, then? A photo of an epipen showing an expiry date of 2021 or something?

Epinephrine degrades steadily with time and expired doses are not as effective as fresh ones. I've not been able to find anything to suggest a 5-year shelf life for an epipen anywhere, so if you'd be so kind...
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Comment Re:What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 324

Ibuprofen isn't quite the same thing. Most drugs absolutely lose potency over time, and in the case of common over-the-counter analgesics that's not a huge problem since, at worst, you'll be getting a slightly lower dose than the label indicates. No big deal.

But in some cases, like with adrenaline shots, a lower than needed dose could be fatal.

As with food, "expiration date" is usually another way of saying "sell by" date - it is not a magical date when the food becomes inedible, but there are legal requirements to not sell food that is old to eliminate the possibility that spoiled food is sold... completely different from the rationale behind putting expiration dates on medicines.
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Comment What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 324

It's my non-expert understanding that epinephrine has a short shelf life, and that the dose is fairly critical so using expired vials/doses is not really an option... the recommendation is that Epipens be replaced after 12-18 months but apparently the vials/normal syringes only last about two months. I can only imagine that in a system like this, the exposure to oxygen would shorten it even more.

So you'd probably need to replace the syringe and dose daily, or every other day, for both dose freshness and sterility reasons. I'm sure you're still saving money in the long run but it's now a lot more effort, time and material to make sure it's ready to use...
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Comment Re:3.5 a month? (Score 1) 151

Most of those will come with the phone. At 3.5 a month that would cover a couple months maybe even 4 months at that rate if you really hate default apps but you'd really have everything in a month. Where are all these other apps coming from? 3.5/month is 42 apps in just the first year with a 2 year upgrade pace that is 84 apps. Insane to think you'd remember what all that is. Maybe these are 6 month phone switchers who have a decent number of apps and automatically redownload everything with each new phone and that gets counted again with each phone. That would be 24 apps downloading with/over the course of each phone which sounds somewhere in the ballpark of sane. Especially because people tend to play with new things when they get a new phone.

Comment Re:Intent (Score 1) 74

Which is ridiculous. The republican centric news sources are so ridiculous nobody with critical thinking skills believes in them. The D flavor spin actually tries to sound intelligent and appeal to people who've taken a critical thinking course, relying on logic and avoiding obvious logical fallacies and rhetoric.

The D media dropped all pretense during the Sanders v Clinton thing right through the convention. Of course D and R are really just two faces of the same ruling party designed to keep us divided.

Comment Re:The man is a traitor and should be shot (Score 1) 343

"If you take a look at the two parties, they differ on a lot of issues, including health care, abortion, equal rights for people with nonstandard sexuality, social programs, and the role of government in the US. They agree on many issues, including some I disagree with, but that's how it's going to be with the two-party system our election processes implicitly mandate."

You seem to have this odd idea that what they say to you to get elected and/or divide you is what they care about/stand for/etc. Stating two positions and pretending to be competitors means the things they want can pass while the things they don't but said they did can fail and be blamed on "the other guy" who is really just part of the same team.

Look at the illegal NSA domestic wiretapping. Whose interest did it serve for some to pretend outrage, some to claim support, then pass a bill to "reform" that actually just gave congressional blessing to unconstitutional and illegal actions? Whatever congress had the authority to legalize was legalized by the bill and the bill has language legalizing all sorts of things congress doesn't have the authority to legalize. Somehow both parties were on board with "reforming" by blessing in reality and lying to the public indicating they were putting a stop to the illegal activity on the other?

 

Comment Re: Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1) 337

That is a failed analogy. T-Mobile did tell him he could come in.

This is more akin to you unlocking the door of your house, giving me permission to go in and use the phone and me using the bathroom while there.

Second, T-Mobile might have intended speedtests built for that purpose but one could argue loading non-optimized content gives a better indication of performance and therefore his proxy IS a speed test. At least one could argue it if the idiot hadn't posted about hacking free data publically.

Comment Re: Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1) 337

"Like it or not, theft of services is a thing, and this kid would be guaranteed to have been found guilty of it regardless of how desperately you may wish to try and mis-read the law in your favour."

First this is an American website, the correct spelling is favor. Second, this kid probably would be found guilty of theft of services but that is only because judges have been misreading the law in corporations favor.. not just in these cases but pretty much across the board.

Comment Re: Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1) 337

I don't see exploitation here, this is a whitelist not a bug. T-Mobile intentionally opened this door, doing something T-Mobile didn't anticipate when you walk through it is beside the point, you are using your own device but one T-Mobile created to access their network and you are using it through a T-Mobile created hole.

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