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Comment Re:Fight Fire With Fire. (Score 0, Flamebait) 35

If you receive a notice of high bandwidth usage after a pattern of never going over a specific amount in a month. Whats your problem?

Profiling of bandwidth use would be a very good tool. And I feel completely legitimate. Your a 68 year old parent who is using 40 gig a month of bandwidth. This is after a pattern over several years of only 1 gig a month. You think that shouldn't be questioned???

And based on your snotty response to the previous person. Yes, I expect you to flame me. Go for it, I'm waiting with a reply already typed.


Submission + - Boeing Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Phantom Spy Plane ( 1

Elliot Chang writes: Targets of espionage beware! Planemaker Boeing just unveiled its new hydrogen-powered spy plane yesterday, and the strangely cute and chubby aircraft is capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet for a period of four straight days. Called the Phantom Eye, it will be able to travel at 150 knots (170 miles per hour) and has two 2.3 liter, four-cylinder engines, each of which provide only about 150 hp (about the same as an average car). The Phantom is one of the greenest planes out there since its only byproduct is water!

Comment Re:"intellectual property" laws:barf (Score 1) 99

Jefferson had serious doubts about the Patent office, some of which are expressed in this part of the discourse. The entire exchange was somewhat long for a /. post.

He was opposed to the argument, popular at the time, that there was a natural right to the fruits of intellectual labor.Jefferson writes in that same letter that real property is not a natural right, and thus what was called at the time industrial property, was, like ALL property, a social construct.

And on this too i agree with Mr. Jefferson. Your point being?

Using the quote to say that patents and copyrights aren't property is no more accurate than saying that real estate isn't property.

Real estate isn't property per se. Stolen, squatted, ill-gained, abandoned etc. real estate would under circumstances not be seen as (your) property, even by law.

In nature, the only property that exists is that which you can physically defend from others who would want to obtain it. There is no form of property in civilized society that meets that criterion.

Au contraire, all forms of property in modern society meet that criterium. Property is defined by law, laws are defined by nation-states, and i think most nation-states can will try to physically defend themselves and their laws.

Comment Re:Poor Mandrake (Score 1) 167

I switched back from Ubuntu to Mandriva, and think Mandriva is still at least as user friendly.

Ubuntu has an edge in software installation, in that the GUI installer (synaptic) has better search, allows you to select suggested dependencies individually, and is less likely to throw errors (Mandriva often refuses to install stuff because it is checking for updates). The Ubuntu repo is somewhat bigger.

Everything else is easier to configure on Mandriva thanks to the Mandriva Control Centre. For example, I have network problems (I think some weird config at my ISP) if I leave the MTU at 1500. Changing this in Ubuntu is difficult, in Mandriva it just requires opening the "advanced" tab in the network applet and typing in the number I want .

The KDE version of Mandriva is MUCH more polished than Kubuntu.

Comment Re:Piracy is indeed for the most part meaningless (Score 1) 249

That is not at all what I'm saying or have said. I guess I'll have to repeat it... again. I have no actual proof any piracy has happened.

I did read your post. If cracks, seeds, and other records aren't enough to prove that piracy has happened then I don't know what is. Your inability to find that piracy has happened because of these facts is both naive and irrelevant. People are using your software without being authorized to. I don't care if they are lost sales or not. I'm just saying what's obvious.

Comment Two different market segments (Score 4, Insightful) 457

I dropped 300 bucks for my netbook last year on a whim. I had a pretty burly laptop at the time...then the nVidia sli bug kicked in and fried my video cards. I had nothing else and I had another project come up, so I took my netbook in and used it for development (obviously hooked it up to a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.). Worked like a charm for me. And I do a lot of .NET development and SQL stuff, but that little Atom processor and the 2GB of RAM was plenty enough for my needs (and actually, I was able to catch a timing bug that I couldn't replicate on a higher end Win7 notebook, but I digress).

See, I can get actual WORK done on a netbook. I can do paperwork, make website edits, do a whole lot of other things without having to lug around (or pay for) a much more expensive high end laptop...and I don't see myself replacing that netbook with a bigger laptop anytime soon unless I'm stuck using higher end systems for a client. If I need to do something really high end, I use my desktop at home or whatever a client dumps on my desk for work purposes. Otherwise, the netbook is all I'd need...the only real reason I had my old laptop was for gaming, and I'm better off doing that on my desktop at home anyway.

The problem that a lot of folks have with understanding why tablets just aren't that much a threat to netbooks is that netbooks and tablets sate two different market segments. Tablets are fun, show-off things that you use to waste time (though just like netbooks, they really suck for gaming). But you can actually get work done on a netbook and a good one will cost you less, too. Sorry, tablet fans, but that's how it is. They may be super cool to you and you think that you paid 500 bucks for a great thing, but you know in your heart that you paid 500 bucks for a goof-off device.

Comment Re:Just under three thousand people would disagree (Score 2, Interesting) 280

First of all, it is clear to anyone who actually reads Schneier's article, that he said nothing of the sort. Secondly, the popular leftist and anti-American narrative that the US' response to 911 is responsible for fostering more terrorism is equally specious and circular, especially the equine excrement fairy tales of oppressed muslims in the US treated as "second class citizens" by "racist extremist groups." I call BS. BS. BS. BS. Propaganda unanswered is nothing short of complicity.

Comment Incentives (Score 1) 175

The PTO should be punished for issuing bad patents. Say, if a patent is invalidated by court, PTO returns the patent fee to the owner, and PTO must pay the plaintiff's attorney. Make it expensive enough for them that it hurts more than doing the job proper to begin with.

It is all about incentives, not the price of patents. Someone will always have enough to buy their ridiculous ways.

Comment Re:Hardcore players (Score 1) 459

But isn't opportunity cost just code for hypothetical questions?

No, opportunity costs are very real. For example if for a given 4 hour period you can work and make $100, but instead play video games, your opportunity cost is $100 to play games. Likewise, your opportunity cost to work is 4 hours of enjoyment. The question, of course, is if those 4 hours of enjoyment are worth $100, or if you are better off spending that time working and using the $100 at a later time for more enjoyment.

You could claim that this isn't an opportunity cost issue, but you'll have to have a better argument than 'opportunity cost is fake'.

"Hypothetically if he wasnt a thief, and hypothetically if he had morals, and hypothetically if he had money, he may or may not have purchased that game..." Hypothetically they should be paying me cause hypothetically i'm the owner of the business... see, gets kinda silly quick.

Good work on the straw man, just add hypothetical to everything. Although, I find it interesting that you call pirates 'thieves' yet don't have an apparent problem with it. Usually that word is called out as pure rhetoric...

But isn't that the same way 'shrinkage' in a store works? If the person who stole the item wasn't a thief, and had money, they would have made $X more. The only difference is there is no loss of inventory, just the loss of a customer, but it still adds up over time.

The simplest proof that piracy can have a real cost? If there's 100% piracy, they make $0 in sales. That's a very real cost, even if the sales they should have had are purely 'hypothetical'.

Even if only 10 people out of the 1 million who pirated would otherwise have purchased the game, the company has still lost money to piracy (about $600). The goal is to quantify that cost accurately, and determine what is acceptable and reasonable. It seems most people on /. are angry that the game execs are being unreasonable with the numbers, yet mistakenly rail against any quantification of them.

Comment Re:Nice work, but... (Score 1) 87

Looked at the prices of newly-developed medical equipment lately?

To get technical, this is lab equipment, not medical. You're spinning blood, not installing a shunt.

Looking at the various devices in question, you could probably convert the 4 tube centrifuge to a larger one simply by putting a different 'top' on the unit. Perhaps increase the size of the crank/shaft a bit. Heck, it might start slower, but with a uniform disc and good bearings, the larger unit wouldn't be significantly harder to turn either. Might even be easier, what with having lower air resistance at ~3k RPM. No real need to get fancy with magnetic bearings or clutches

They already have them, it's just that the 30+ tube centrifuges are all electric from my quick search - I'm sure China would be quite happy to produce a number of manual ones if somebody was willing to order a thousand or so.

The key to healthcare reform was to cap profits for suppliers to the healthcare industry. None of the dance around insurers was necessary, and none of it did anything to stop the real cost driver.

'Cap profits' is about the worst thing you can do, by my thinking. The problem isn't just excessive profits*, it's inefficiency. What they really need to do is encourage more competition. Remove, or at least streamline/lessen obstacles to entering the market. Capped profits merely means MORE companies leaving the field, reducing competetion, reducing incentive to economize. Besides, profits can be hidden, transfered, and tweaked by a good accountant team.

*A healthy profit is a *GOOD* thing.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 385

I've never figured out why Chrome is as fast as it is on Linux while Firefox feels like driving an 18-wheeler dragging a stadium behind it (while on Windows and Mac it feels just fine)

Probably because Google spent the money on developers to optimize the Linux specific portions of the code. Mozilla has less reliable developer support, and needs to direct it to the areas that get the most use.

Comment Re:What I'd like to see... (Score 1) 220

What I'd like to see in the next wave of RTS games, then, is a method by which they screw with the various units just enough from game to game that simply being able to do the same thing over and over again as quickly as possible does not equal success in multiplayer -- somehow introduce a measure of creativity and quick-thinking rather than just "zergling rush the bitches until Blizzard patches us"-style tactics.

Play Company of Heroes. Unlike Starcraft, which is still an old-gen RTS, despite the new graphics, COH has things such as popcap, map control, directional cover, suppression, retreating, reinforcing, etc. Sure, there's a lot of luck involved, and it's not perfectly balanced, but in many aspects it makes SCII look like a kid's toy (and dare I say it looks prettier to, even though it was released a long time ago). Furthermore, it's not a clickfest nor a spamfest, so even people out of their teens are able to play it very well.

Comment Re:Maybe good... maybe bad (Score 1) 282

Apple isn't being douchey about video formats, unless you consider "we don't want to suck" as being douchey. It's that a dedicated H.264 decoder chip exists in the iPhone (and most new smartphones) and provides significant performance gains in terms of framerate, video quality and battery life vs. other formats that are decoded on the CPU, at relatively low hardware cost. As far as I'm aware, a Theora decoder chip is not in popular use, if it exists at all.

H.264 provides a better experience for the user, which is why Apple chose it. It's their same reasoning for denying Flash on their mobile devices. Flash, in their browser, degrades the performance to a level they are unhappy with. Flash, as a common programming target, becomes a lowest common denominator and hands API control and release cycles over to a 3rd party. I don't like Apple making those decisions for me, so I don't own their devices, but there are millions of people who don't care about this and just want the best experience.

While I'm happy Google is giving me a choice to use Flash on my phone, I'm not overly excited about its arrival either, I've programmed in Flash before, and I agree with many of Jobs' criticisms. My hope is that Apple's scorn will force them to improve their product.

Comment Disgusting bigotted commentary (Score 0, Troll) 286

I've never seen so much bigotted commentary in all my life. Slashdotters ought to be ashamed of themselves. I wonder would you be so quick to poke fun at Jews? It seems anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice. The way ye are going on, you'd think the great Utopia that is secular society (you know, the one that you slashdotters subscribe to and pay taxes towards) had never produced a paedophile or a cover-upping bureaucrat. Anyway, despite the bigotted commentary, I get the distinct feeling that there's also a lot of begrudgery towards the Catholic Church (an institution that is incredibly wealthy). A Church that brings too much attention to the failings of the modern society that you live in. Facebook is facilitating the Church to spread her message. No big deal. The message hasn't changed all that much - it's just the medium is slightly different. And it's obviously working: this year, the year of priests, vocations are up and are rising steadily. Some seminaries who haven't had students for over 10 years have students in their lecture halls once again.

Comment Re:Mine Nipples Explode With Joy! (Score 1) 472

Let my make this perfectly clear.
IE is a nightmare but...
Part of the problem really needs to be laid at the feet of the W3C. They moved so slowly when it came to creating standards that it was just painful.
Netscape and Microsoft where at one time stuck with a standards group that moved at the speed of molasses in Antarctica in June and people wanting new functionality. Of course that was a long time ago band Microsoft spend a long time ignoring the standards that where set so we can blame them for that.
But frankly the beginning of the problem had a lot to do with the W3C.

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