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Comment makes a twisted kind of sense (Score 1) 279

Since congress rushed to mandate electronic voting (despite warnings from all the experts that it would increase vulnerabilities) it is clear voting just isn't considered all that important.

Given that it seems quite appropriate to give responsibility to the useless and incompetent DHS.

Comment What law was broken? (Score 1) 105

I have read the complaint and the seem to be charging him with not getting permission to link to a file and for putting ads on his site, neither of which is, as far as I know, a crime in any jurisdiction. Which might explain why he didn't try to "hide his tracks" -- why should he? Oh yes, they do say he "stole" over a billion dollars, but that's like saying High TImes sold billions of dollars worth of pot. They don't claim he actually receieved any of this mythical billion, which makes "stole" hard to understand.

This isn't a troll: I actually don't see a crime being committed.

Comment Re:Maybe it is a good thing? (Score 1) 42

Times sure have changed if pole dancing and maggot eating are considered the modern equivalent of vaudeville or opera....

Vaudville was considered cheap entertainment at its time, and both pole dancing and maggot eating would have fit right in. Come to think of it I'm pretty sure both must have appeared on the vaudeville stage at some point.

Opera was the spectacle of its age (in essence the Michel Bay of its time) exploiting whatever advanced technology was possible, and plenty had risque lyrics (not necessarily Aïda, or any Wagner, but Mozart wrote plenty of opera buffa). Broadway shows are its natural heir. Tickets weren't cheap like vaudeville but that was because technology was expensive, not because it was in any way highbrow.

There's tons of great (and crappy) classical music, but a bunch of pretentous loser fans fucked it up early in the 20th century. If you think of Mozart and Lady Gaga as roughly equivalent smart pop musicians you will have a more accurate perspective.

Actually I prefer Lady Gaga to Mozart, but I prefer the sublime Bach and Grateful Dead to them both.

Comment The framing of this is disturbing and dangerous (Score 3, Insightful) 77

Accurate summary: "The cops siezed a network and other assets used by alleged criminals to facilitate crime. Oh and by the way it used encryption though despite that the cops we able to get what they needed to legally justify intervening without breaking the encyption."

Instead that scary "encryption" is right up front, though it was irrelevant. They might as well have said "computers" or "electrons"

Comment Re:Cheaper Maybe (Score 2) 224

All that research done by Pratt and Whitney... Boeing... Lockheed Martin...

If socialism were superior the Russians would have won the Cold War.

They didn't because its inferior.

In the case of the space program, you have it exactly backwards. The Soviet space program got very little government support. Korolev had trouble getting funding and had the factories building and selling non-rocket machinery in order to raise the money necessary to build rockets. In fact the soviets had several competing space efforts.

Whereas the US responded with a huge, centrally-planned bureacracy that still exists today, with all the success one can expect from such an approch

I agree with you that communism was a disaster, and a largely unmitigated one, but nothing is purely black and white.

Comment A possible solution (Score 1) 191

So the real value comes from publishing a significant paper -- i.e. one that is frequently cited, or is even so significant that it ISN'T cited (people doing CRISPR presumably don't bother to cite the original papers any more). Since so many papers are published, publishing in a prestigious journal increases the chance you'll be read and cited.

Those journals (and lesser journals, and bottom-feeding paper-spammers as well) make money by controlling access -- the more prestigious the more money (presumably) and by selling ads.

But AAAS, Elsevier, Springer et al could probably make just as much money by simply providing the prestige without the publication! Imagine that they kept the infrastructure of review. Scientists could pay to submit papers which would be subject to review and comment. Ones that were "accepted" could be featured on the web site etc. Troll papers would be discouraged by having to pay a fee and then not pass review (and therefore not appear on the web site).

ArXiv, PLoS etc don't have the same impact as an article in Nature. Why not remove the conflict?

Comment Re:DRAM (Score 1) 89

This is one of the key features of HP's much-hyped "machine": direct, on-chip optical interconnects.

(Frankly HP's marketing continues to suck: when I read the hype about the "machine" I just yawned. But then I ran into a friend who had moved to HP to work on it and learned that it has some pretty cool features. I guess things like optical interconnect and massive shared address space just don't make interesting news stories.)

Some stuff on their optical work: http://www.hpl.hp.com/techrepo...

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