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Comment Not doomsday (Score 1, Insightful) 745

Climate change is not doomsday nor does it in any way compare to nuclear holocaust. It is a different climate, one in which humans and life can continue to prosper. Comparing that to total destruction of half of the world while the half would have to live in nuclear fallout for thousands of year is just a joke.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 3, Insightful) 200

The government can subsidize the costs and offer service for well below the actual costs, which is unfair competition.

The issue in high costs with broadband come from partial or complete monopolies of ISPs. ISPs like Comcast can charge whatever they want in many areas because they are the only viable option.

In order to reduce costs, the government can help introduce competition. When many companies offer similar service, they compete for customers in price and customers win. I really like this idea in Virginia of providing a means for municipalities to introduce competition rather than become competitors themselves. It provides a means to offer lots of competition to companies like Comcast. This is something Comcast fights with a passion since they won't make as much money.

Comment Re:In other words, Moore's law will continue (Score 3, Informative) 133

Google it, you'll get that it has to do with number of transistors, not complexity.

"The observation made in 1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future."

Comment Re:Obviously.. (Score 1) 323

For those who are not aware, the American dream is the opportunity for prosperity and success through productive work, regardless of class in society. It's not working to death at 60 hours a week for $13 an hour. It's not working one day a week at $100 an hour and being lazy the rest. You can do that if you want, but it's your choice. A successful person chooses a field in demand and becomes productive in that field. Or perhaps finds a need for a product, and invents and markets that product. There's an infinite number of ways to become successful, and everyone can do it. Being an Uber driver for life probably isn't one of them (though Uber driving may help you along the way of getting to success, such as paying for college).

Comment Re:The horse is way out of the barn (Score 2) 173

You're over simplifying a cruise missile.

Can you put together a reliable propulsion system for long flight?
Can you make it take off vertically reliably?
Can you make it fly fast?
Can you create accurate flight control to impact a target?
Can the vehicle accurately verify it is the correct target before impact?
Can you make a jammer that won't interfere with it's own communication?
Can you make a warhead from off the shelf components that have a real impact on a target?
Can you show in flight testing that it will be reliable for years to come?
Can you set up constant communications as it flies hundreds of miles over the ocean?
Can you REALLY guarantee that it can't be hacked?

A cruise missile is a difficult thing to design and make for these reasons and many more.

Comment Rights (Score 1) 188

A right is a liberty, a freedom to do something without the government interfering.

The internet is a service, someone's labor for which they need compensation.

You never have a right to another person's services or goods. At best you could say it's a good idea to pool resources. Even that involves forcing those who do not want to pool resources into giving up their resources. As a result, a byproduct of pooling resources is a gradual reduction of individuals choosing what to do with their own resources.

It worries me that so many politicians are giving away our resources as if it's a gift (we're paying for it after all, not the politician) and calling that "gift" a right. In this case, I can get internet access without the government "gifting" me with it. A program to make internet available to all areas is certainly a better way to frame the proposal (but not for free).

Comment Misleading Summary (Score 3, Insightful) 488

Being that the program was classified, they would have just ordered are large number of assets without telling her the reason for them. If I were HP and the NSA wanted to buy a large numbers of servers, I would sell the servers to them as well.

From the article

Fiorina said. “They were ramping up a whole set of programs and needed a lot of data crunching capability to try and monitor a whole set of threats... What I knew at the time was our nation had been attacked.”

The summary makes it sound like she purposely did it to screw over Americans. There's nothing to indicate that. The waterboarding issue is added on even though it is not related. This is a flame bait summary, and a misleading article. We really don't need articles on Slashdot that demonize people like this.

Comment Black Box Software (Score 4, Interesting) 166

The best way to test the emissions software, and the best from an engineering validation perspective, is to compare the Volkswagen software readings against direct measurements of the emissions (out of the tailpipe). This is a much more accurate method of regulation, and would have prevented this Volkswagen fiasco from the beginning. Regulators should test it this way rather than assume a vehicle manufacturer wrote software correctly, or even deliberately miswrote it. Access to software source code becomes unnecessary.

Submission + - Light-based memory chip is first to permanently store data (

sciencehabit writes: Today’s electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today’s chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers reports that it has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, a critical step in that direction. If a more advanced photonic memory can be integrated with photonic logic and interconnections, the resulting chips have the potential to run at 50 to 100 times the speed of today’s computer processors.

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