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Comment Re:make the punishment fit the crime (Score 1) 124

So a few months ago, because I could not find the information anywhere on the entire internet, I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation to estimate how much more polluted the air in the U.S. is as a result of the VW emissions cheat. The answer is that the air is about zero percent more polluted because of that cheat.

The reason for that is that baseline emissions of diesel exhaust pollutants in the U.S. is so enormous. Commercial diesel tractor trailers emit pollutants at a much higher rate than do VW cars because the engines are so much larger and consume fuel at higher rates. The trucks run many more miles per years than the cars. There are many more diesel trucks than diesel cars. (There a lot of trucks and VW diesel cars are not huge sellers in the U.S.) So the net percentage increase in pollution because of that cheat calculates out to about zero.

VW is worth a lot of money and has not much political clout in the U.S. so this turned into feeding frenzy for lawyers. Penalties of this size are entirely unjustified by the degree of harm.

There should be a price for polluting, based strictly on the types and volumes of pollutants, and it should be applied to all, regardless of the type of vehicle or its nation of origin, or its owner. The right solution here is to tax vehicle exhaust emissions at a single universal rate and let manufacturers and buyers decide what to make and what to buy.

What we have instead is sanctioned pillaging.

Hear! Hear!

I'm not letting go my diesel car.

I have a great range on a pretty good size car: less trips to refuel, which is nice when you drive a lot. I have plenty of torque to pass slow vehicles.

And any redneck pickup rollin' coal (rollin' coal https://youtu.be/JGYc0wCP7oQ ) or any plain 16-wheeler outputs way more pollution per mile/gallon/vehicle/year than any "bad bad bad dirty VW Diesel".

Comment Numbers (Score 1) 32

Writting "around 500,000" is quite controversial: the BBC article you link points to authorities' provided numbers.

"Local police said 1.4 million people turned out but the Spanish government put the figure at no more than 550,000".

So either you don't say anything or provided the number provided by the article.

Comment Re:300-400 dollars buys a lot of paper books (Score 2) 415

Like 75-100 books. Do you really need an e-reader just to read? Plus many e-books are overpriced, where used books only cost 1 penny plus shipping.

If it were me I'd buy the cheaper e-book available which is the Kindle for $79. I wouldn't go spending hundreds of dollars on a device.

The problem with $300-$400 in books is: where are you going to put them?

The poster is already an avid reader, thus (s)he surely has a sizable amount of books. As you cannot buy (yet) 400sqf on Amazon to expand your home, space becomes a premium.

My 2 cents.

Comment My experience with Nook Color (Score 3, Interesting) 415

I had this same problem. I *love* to read, but I was hardly reading anything.

Then my wife got me a Nook Color. And it's awesome

- Decent price
- B&N reader (very good!)
- on-line dictionary (English is my 3rd language)
- I can read ePubs and PDFs fine
- New Nook Color has Netflix
- Rooteable and good Nook Rooter community
- B&N has free ebooks every week
- If you root it, you can install Kindle Android App
- MicroSD slot
- Decent battery life
- Not awful reading outside
- I can read at night
- (...)

So in those last 2 years I've read a lot, a little bit during lunch and some week-end marathons when wife is at work.

All in all, I love it and give it my OpKool Seal of Approval.

--- Peace!

Comment On TwiT.tv (Score 4, Informative) 97

I'll watch it at TwiT.tv -> http://twit.tv/2012/07/30/mars-landing-special-aug-5th-10pm-pdt

The presenters/guests to this event will be:

Jonathan Strickland (How Stuff Works) -> http://www.howstuffworks.com/jonathan-strickland-author1.htm
Dr Kiki (Dr Kiki Science Hour) -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiki_Sanford
Phil Plait (Bad Astronomer) -> http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/07/20/mars-attacks-of-the-show/
Steve Sell (JPL, Sky Crane) -> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/30jul_skycrane/

Hope they do a good job!


Comment Re:What (Score 1, Troll) 722

So not ALLOWING Flash, even when Adobe does all the work is being good? How about FORCING publishers to sell their content at a 30 percent loss on the App Store, that is being good?

How long has it taken for Adobe to publish Flash for Android? For ever. And it is sub-par, to say the least.

And Flash is still not on the Xoom yet.

And about the 30%, how much does a bookstore keep per sold book? It is about 50% (heard it on a recent show form Leo Laporte's TWiT.tv ) . Also an interesting read on publishing industry is http://www.fonerbooks.com/

With Apple, Amazon and now Google, authors are finally allowed to sell directly to their readers.

Back to Flash, I block Flash on both FFox and Chrome on my Linuxes. And Sure as hell I will not install it on my rooted nook color. So if I had an iThing, I would not want Flash on it.

Sure, most of Flash problems is due to awful Flash developers. But always bad developers go in hand with bad tools that allow small flash banners to max your CPU.

It is a hard day when on Slashdot someone praises Flash, a platform that has a history of being very unfriendly to *nix systems.

And don't make me call good'ole RMS on you, or he'll chase you all the way to your Starbucks with an EMACS manual while chanting "who needs Flash? Flash is not GNU/Free Software!".


GNU is Not Unix

FSF Asks Apple To Comply With the GPL For Clone of GNU Go 482

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The Free Software Foundation has discovered that an application currently distributed in Apple's App Store is a port of GNU Go. This makes it a GPL violation, because Apple controls distribution of all such programs through the iTunes Store Terms of Service, which is incompatible with section 6 of the GPLv2. It's an unusual enforcement action, though, because they don't want Apple to just make the app disappear, they want Apple to grant its users the full freedoms offered by the GPL. Accordingly, they haven't sued or sent any legal threats and are instead in talks with Apple about how they can offer their users the GPLed software legally, which is difficult because it's not possible to grant users all the freedoms they're entitled to and still comply with Apple's restrictive licensing terms."

Comment Re:FindMyPhone Not Working? (Score 4, Informative) 492

Because Apple apparently wanted to wipe it to prevent the software from being usable/visible. Once you wipe it, the configuration for FindMyPhone is wiped too (the device has to be linked to an account in order to be found).

It's better to lose hardware that can only be looked at than lose the hardware and the software, which would reveal a lot more about features. Gizmodo couldn't even say what the screen resolution was, because all it does it ask to be re-imaged with software Gizmodo doesn't have access to install.

Apple never leaks prototypes into the wild for promotional purposes. If anything, the phone was stolen. Apple likes buzz, but is not going to benefit from two months of "don't buy an iPhone until this new one comes out."

Adobe slips mobile Flash Player 10.1 to second half of 2010

Comment Re:Eat my balls! (Score 1) 521

Thanks for clarifying that you think Flash is not a problem on a multitouch device like the iPad because it works just fine on your non-multitouch Pocket PC device, as long as you have a joystick type controller to move around the mouse cursor.

The point is that existing Flash content assumes a mouse pointer because it's all designed to work on a Windows PC. That makes it a poor choice as a mobile platform.

Even as a lowest common denominator platform, Flash isn't capable of being deployed on the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad, nor RIM's Blackberry. The Flash experience on Macs and PS3 and Wii and various other platforms that Adobe supposedly supports Flash playback on are similarly poor.

So unless you want to just drag a proprietary binary from the desktop to a mobile device and then kluge up the hardware to work like a mini-puter running Windows without any consideration of what makes a mobile device useful, Flash isn't any better than Windows Mobile.

Inside the iPad: Adobe Flash

Submission + - Palm Pre users suffer cloud computing data loss (appleinsider.com)

DECS writes: Palm Pre users have been hit by a new cloud sync failure resulting in lost contacts, calendar items, notes and tasks, which now means that virtually every major smartphone vendor has suffered significant cloud problems: Apple's MobileMe last year, Nokia's Ovi and Microsoft's Danger/Sidekick this year, and additional rolling outages suffered by BlackBerry and Google users. Will vendors dial back cloud-only sync, or at least begin providing more robust local sync and restore features along the lines of the iPhone's iTunes sync? Windows Mobile and Android are still pursuing designs that, like the Pre, expected users to fully rely on central cloud servers rather than defaulting to a local backup option.

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