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Comment Re:Only a year? (Score 1) 256

I did pretty much the same thing after high school. After a few years of working thankless, low paying, no future jobs, the company I worked for went bankrupt. I took the opportunity to go to college and got straight A's. I never would have been able to do that right out of high school as I didn't have the right attitude and the right motivation.

Comment Re:I want trn style "Kill Files". (Score 1) 215

Reminds me of my favorite BOFH story involving killfiles:

"Excellent. What is a killfile?"
"Uh. It's a list of usernames/topics/news items etc. that you wish the news-reader to automatically skip so you don't have to wade through rubbish."
"Uh. No. Remember I said pertaining to Operations. A killfile is in fact a file with a list of names of people you are going to have killed."
"Oh. Of course."

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 232

It seems like this is a good place for a new app. It could display only your driver's license but not allow access to the rest of the phone without a PIN being entered. It would also have to shut off the data port, NFC, etc to prevent the other ways of getting data off of the phone with physical access.

For me, I'll stick with my plastic license.

Comment Re:Hidden agenda that might bite us? (Score 1) 379

From Coyote Blog:

The phones that were in my home at my birth in 1962 were identical to the one in my dorm room when AT&T was broken up in 1982. We are turning the Internet into a public utility -- name three innovations from an American public utility in the last 40 years. Name one.

And all you free-speech advocates, do you really think the Feds won't use this as a back-door to online censorship? We are talking about the same agency that went into a tizzy when Janet Jackson may have accidentally on purpose shown a nipple on TV. All that is good with TV today-- The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, etc. etc. etc. results mainly from the fact that cable is able to avoid exactly the kind of freaking regulation you want to impose on the Internet.

Apparently the 1934 Telecommunications Act imposes a legal obligation on phone carriers to complete calls no matter who they are from. Sounds familiar, huh? Just like net neutrality. It turns out this law is one of the major barriers preventing phone companies from offering innovative services to block spam calls.


Nuclear Power Could See a Revival 415

shmG writes "As the US moves to reduce dependence on oil, the nuclear industry is looking to expand, with new designs making their way through the regulatory process. No less than three new configurations for nuclear power are being considered for licensing by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first of them could be generating power in Georgia by 2016."

Comment Re:Whatever it taks! (Score 2, Insightful) 911

"If *I* think it's crap, but the marketplace thinks it's vastly superior, the only way to resolve this paradox is to assume that the marketplace is profoundly stupid and duped by Apple's svengali-like marketing. Because it couldn't possibly be that I don't have a freaking clue what people want."

I believe the US elections of the past few years show that as long as the average consumer is distracted by shiny toys, nothing else makes any impact on their brain. Apple products are the ultimate in shiny toys, thus, they are wildly successful.

There are many other shiny toys that target people with more money than brains, and most are also wildly successful: almost every heavily advertised movie or video game (regardless of actual quality), "premium" automobiles that are just re-badged versions of cheaper makes, and, of course, casinos.

I think anyone (including /. readers) should be proud if they are not one of the sheep, but rather a thinking human being. Even if you are an Apple fan (which means you likely aren't a big thinker...I kid) it's pretty easy to figure that an iPhone plus some other device (netbook, eReader, etc.) is a better bang for your buck than an iPad.

Comment Re:Another energy-diffuse, capital-intensive syste (Score 0) 203

Well, if you can design a windmill, solar cell, tidal turbine or other naturally-powered generator so that you can leave it alone for decades (centuries?), it can pay itself off compared to the cost of operating a traditional fuel-burning plant, although the payoff time would be so slow it may need subsidies to get investment going.

I do agree that, beyond research/prototype funding, government shouldn't subsidize these technologies until they are able to compete commercially on their own merits. Until it's cost effective, the money is better spent on clean coal or nuclear.

Comment Re:Hardcore players (Score 1) 459

Nonsense. Law is simply morality that's been codified.

That's a false equivalence, which if accepted creates a tautology.

The law in some jurisdictions provides for a death penalty. The fact that a death penalty is authorized by law does not automatically make it moral -- it is moral to some, and immoral to others. This is but one example.

The law may reflect particular versions of morality, but it is even more frequently amoral. Building codes specify how your house must be built. There is nothing inherently immoral in building a non-compliant structure or owning a non-compliant structure (excluding fraudulent sales to others), yet the law does not allow it.

The law of copyright is 300 years old. The morality of copying is subject to debate. Your general proposition appears to be that it is immoral to copy a work. If so, one must question why it is immoral to copy a work the day before a copyright expires yet moral to copy the same work the day after the copyright expires. Note: the morality of complying with copyright is not in question -- you've argued that law is codified morality, and not than that it is immoral to flout the law.

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