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Comment Re:Rural Montana ? (Score 1) 180

This is exactly right.

It's actually not a bad way to live if you're young. You can live in and get to know many different places, but once you start to get settled with a family, you can't be uprooting them to move somewhere else every time the company you work for gets bought, "changes strategic direction", or whatever.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 342

If the cable companies used to do this, then why do they pay royalties to the networks nowadays?

Because the television stations sued them and won on the basis that the cable companies were essentially offering a public performance of the television broadcast because they had one antenna and transmitted the input to many users.

Why is Aereo getting sued if they're doing the same thing the cable companies can do?

Cable companies can do it currently because they license the content from the providers (i.e. they pay for the priviledge). Aereo is trying to get around paying the content providers by providing every subscriber with her own personal antenna and saying it's not a public performance. We're just automating what the subscribers could do themselves by erecting their own antenna, attaching it to a tuner and a dvr, and putting the DVR on the internet.

Comment Microsoft just doesn't get it. (Score 4, Interesting) 248

Microsoft was trying to push smartphone before it was popular, but no one wanted or wants what they were or are selling. They have never really had the kind of charismatic salesman that Apple had in Jobs, so they weren't able to create convince people to buy this new thing and create a market. Now that the market's set, and Microsoft essentially isn't part of it, they're done. Just copying Apple or Samsung are doing by having hardware isn't going to make people want Windows Mobile (or whatever they're calling it these days) anymore than they did previously. The Nokia purchase is a huge waste of money. Most people aren't going to buy Microsoft phones. Microsoft needs to spend its resources building something cool (that isn't a phone) and a separate brand for it. That's the kind of gamble that big companies don't take though. There's too much to risk, and it takes a long term vision and commitment that investors don't have.

Comment Re:Very nice (Score 1) 136

They did. A couple of months ago. The problem is the ROI is so high on this kind of scam that there's always another scumbag setting up all over again.

The fines for businesses that break the law need to be "the revenue earned during the period when the conduct was occurring" that would eliminate the sociopathic calculus that companies use to determine if the potential downside of breaking the law is less than the upside. Stating the penalty as "all revenue" instead of "all profit" would ensure that they lose more than they gain.

Comment Re:Even if this was true... (Score 5, Interesting) 1009

You made an excellent point. It made me realize that economically tying the motherboard and the CPU will necessitate less choice.

Right now if there are X motherboards and Y CPUs compatible with those motherboards, a seller needs to stock X + Y items to provide buyers all possible combinations. In the new system if the same degree of flexibility is to be offered a seller would have to stock X * Y items.

There is no way that will happen. We will get less choice if this change becomes a reality unless as others point out someone offers CPU's soldered to something that's socketable that would then be put into a motherboard with a socket (assuming that this is possible and there aren't signal integrity reasons that are forcing Intel to solder the chip to the motherboard).

Comment Re:Must be nice (Score 1) 401

I'd be interested to know where the proof is that the increase in healthcare costs since AHCAA was passed are due to the act and not just the normal ridiculous growth in healthcare costs.

That said, clearly the provision that denies insurers the ability to deny coverage based on previously existing conditions is going to increase costs because those are individuals are known to have conditions that are going to cost the insurance company something. I guess the provision allowing children to stay on their parents plans might raise costs if the premium for dependents is less and/or the dependent is more likely to need healthcare.

On the savings side, however, there is a percentage of the population that could be paying at least some portion of their healthcare costs instead of waiting until things get so dire that they can't pay for hospitalization and declaring bankruptcy after the fact. Those costs get passed on to the majority of the population that does have insurance by the healthcare providers. There is some evidence from studies involving state run medicaid that having health insurance does in fact reduce the incidence of larger issues, so if that carries forward with AHCAA there will be some savings there too.

Clearly if things pan out in the increased cost or reduced cost category remains to be seen. There are good arguments for both cases. This act will help get people insured. That's a good thing. Insurance is just one part of the overall cost equation. More will probably also need to be done about constraining the cost of the healthcare itself of which the uninsured are just one small part.

Comment Re:This just in... (Score 4, Informative) 115

To add more detail to the AC's response.

AES is based on a subsitution-permutation network.
DKIM is based on the RSA signature algorithm which relies on the difficulty of factoring large integers.
Elliptic curve public key cryptography is based on the difficulty of solving a discrete logarithm problem.

The difference in the size of keys between one type of algorithm or another is an expression of the difficulty in solving the underlying problem. Factoring a large integer of X bits (RSA) is relatively easy compared to working through the substitutions and permuations of X bits of AES.

The link below provides a guideline for comparing the key sizes of AES, EC, RSA/DH.

Comment Re:My god, slashdot editors are retarded (Score 1) 365

I like how you left off the "Not to be confused with Windows RT." from immediately before the text you quoted from the article.

Here's another wiki for you:

"Windows RT (formerly known as Windows on ARM) will be a version of the Windows 8 operating system for ARM devices such as tablets. It will officially only run software available through the Windows Store or included in Windows RT. Among the applications included with Windows RT"

Comment There are better ways to spend our science dollars (Score 2) 312

What else could we be spending our money on? Projects like the James Webb Space Telescope or sending to humans to Mars would have certain benefits to humanity while spending money on SETI is likely to be a waste of money. If there were plenty of money to go around then I would have no problem spending the relatively meager 2 million USD on it. However, with things like they are, let's shelve SETI and direct our resources elsewhere.

Is there life on other planets in the galaxy? Probably.
Is there intelligent life on other planets in the galaxy? Maybe. There will be a lot more planets with only bacteria than there are planets with sentient beings.
Will we be able to detect planets with intelligent life? Even less likely.
If we find intelligent life then what? Presumably we're going to try to engage in a dialog. Is that really a good idea at this point in human development?

Comment Re:I don't think so. (Score 1) 1128

Your statement assumes infinite resources not finite resources. Steps 2 and 3 require energy which is not available in infinite quantities.

A limited amount of work can be done at any time. Work is limited by the number of people and machines available to do the work, the rate at which those entities can utilize energy, and the rate at which energy can be collected or extracted.

This is my problem with item 3. If it costs more to improve something than people are willing to pay, then you can not increase wealth by doing it. So there are practical limits on improvement.

Furthermore your item 4 is false. Wealth implies value, but something can be improved or better without being more valued. For example, a weapon capable of killing 10 billion people that costs twice as much to make as a weapon that kills 9 billion people. Producing such a weapon is not going to make you more wealthy because it is unnecessary even though it is improved. You should talk about value not improvement.

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