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Comment What about the enevitable knock on the door? (Score 1) 100

There are people that don't want this to happen.

1 - A lot of the hardware documentation that was open 5 years ago has disappered.
2 - If they came out with such a device - you can count on a trip ti FISA court.

Take the Ubuntu phone - it is not really Linux - it is an Android kernel with binary blobs that are there for our protection...

'They' put an end to this about 5 years ago - read about core boot...

Comment Look at the market - not the hype (Score 1) 245

I've programmed in more languages than I want to count. In the end it is all code and what matters is the market.

Code I like:

Machine code (ARM core is interesting)

But what I like isn't important - it is what will provide work.

A better question is to ask yourself what the return on investment is on learning a new language?
I thought a lot of the stuff I learned would make me more valuable than it did - most of it is obsolete now or pays very poorly.

The other thing to consider is with a lot of code work going overseas would it be better to look at stuff that can't leave?

Comment So how to get more seaweed? - more CO2 (Score 1) 283

Seaweed grows faster with more CO2 - just one of those facts that interferes with the dominate narrative.

That being said - Instead, they should feed seaweed to chickens instead of corn - chicken meat is super high in LA(the most common O-6) - I think LA is the likely cause of the obesity pandemic and the great increase in depression after the 1960's when it was introduced on the market. Concentrated veg oils are obviously not human food.

The increase in CO2 has slowed - in part due to the great increase of plant mass:


"Over the past 50 years, the amount of CO2 absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial biosphere annually has more than doubled"

Not sure how this can be happening - as everyone says the science is settled...

So what happens if it doubles again over the next 50 years?

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 340

You seem confused - I've never promoted coal.

My point is that wind replacing other power is a false narrative - solar is also a false narrative for now (until the installed cost is $.025/kWh..)

Battery storage is also a false narrative. ( Misses by magnitudes )

The fact that people die in coal mines doesn't make false narratives true.

There is a measure of the cost in kWh/life-lost - Solar and wind are not at the top.

I don't think it is that hard a concept to understand that you need a source of power generation for nights when the wind doesn't blow...

Did you intend to provide an example of a bed of Procrustes?

Submission + - Oracle Will Officially Appeal Its 'Fair Use' Loss Against Google (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The massive Oracle v. Google litigation has entered a new phase, as Oracle filed papers (PDF) yesterday saying it will appeal its loss on "fair use" grounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. For a brief recap of the case: after Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems and acquired the rights to Java, it sued Google in 2010, saying that Google infringed copyrights and patents related to Java. The case went to trial in 2012. Oracle initially lost but had part of its case revived on appeal. The sole issue in the second trial was whether Google infringed the APIs in Java, which the appeals court held are copyrighted. In May, a jury found in Google's favor after a second trial, stating that Google's use of the APIs was protected by "fair use." Oracle's appeal is no surprise, but it will be a long shot. The four-factor "fair use" test is a fairly subjective one, and Oracle lawyers will have to argue that the jury's unanimous finding must be overturned. There are various ways a jury could arrive at the conclusion that Google was protected by fair use. The case will go back to the Federal Circuit, the same appeals court that decided APIs could be copyrighted in the first place. That decision overruled US District Judge William Alsup, the lower court judge, and was extremely controversial in the developer community. However, the same decision that insisted APIs can be copyrighted clearly held the door open to the idea that "fair use" might apply. Unless Oracle pulls off a stunning move on appeal, its massive legal expenditures in this case will be for naught.

Submission + - A Radiologist Has the Fastest Home Internet In the US (vice.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Jason Koebler via Motherboard has interviewed James Busch — a radiologist and owner of "the first 10 Gbps residential connection in the United States" — at a coffee shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Motherboard reports: "For reference, the Federal Communications Commission officially classifies 'broadband' as 25 Mbps. His connection is 400 times faster than that. Busch found a way to make good use of his 1 Gbps connection, and now he's found a use for 10 Gbps, too. 'An X-ray averages around 200 megabytes, then you have PET scans and mammograms—3D mammograms are 10 gig files, so they’re enormous,' Busch said. 'We go through terabytes a year in storage. We’ve calculated out that we save about 7 seconds an exam, which might seem like, ‘Who cares,’ but when you read 20,000 or 30,000 exams every year, it turns out to be something like 10 days of productivity you’re saving just from a bandwidth upgrade.' While 10 gig connections sound excessive at the moment, Busch says his family quickly started using all of its 1 gig bandwidth. 'We ballooned into that gig within eight or nine months. With my kids watching Netflix instead of TV, with me working, we did utilize that bandwidth,' he said. 'There were situations where my daughter would be FaceTiming and the others would be streaming on the 4K TVs and they’d start screaming at each other about hogging the bandwidth. We don’t see that at 10 gigs.' So why does Busch have a 10 Gbps and the rest of us don’t? For one, 10 Gbps offerings are rare and scattered in mostly rural communities that have decided to build their own internet networks. Most companies that have the technology offer gigabit connections (a still cutting-edge technology only available in a handful of cities) at affordable prices and 10 Gbps connections at comparatively exorbitant ones. In Chattanooga, 1 gig connections are $69.99 per month; 10 gig connections are $299. Thus far, 10 Gbps connections are available in Chattanooga; parts of southern Vermont; Salisbury, North Carolina; and parts of Detroit and Minneapolis. But besides Busch, I couldn’t find any other people in the United States who have signed up for one. EPB, the Chattanooga government-owned power utility that runs the network, confirmed that Busch is the city’s only 10 Gbps residential customer. Rocket Fiber, which recently began offering 10 Gbps in Detroit, told me that it has 'no customers set in stone,' but that it’s in talks with prospective ones. Representatives for US Internet in Minneapolis and Fibrant in Salisbury did not respond to my requests for comment. Michel Guite, president of the Vermont Telephone Company, told me his network has no 10 Gbps customers, either."

Submission + - Everything You Need to Know About the Apollo Missions (omni.media)

An anonymous reader writes:

The Apollo missions took place between 1961 and 1975. These missions were part of a NASA program to put a man on the moon. This was to fulfill a promise made by John F. Kennedy in 1961 to place an American on the moon before the end of the decade. The program ultimately resulted in just that, but it was not without its share of setbacks. This list covers all the manned Apollo missions. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Apollo missions.

Submission + - FCC Imposes ISP Privacy Rules and Takes Aim At Mandatory Arbitration (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Communications Commission today imposed new privacy rules on Internet service providers, and the Commission said it has begun working on rules that could limit the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in the contracts customers sign with ISPs. The new privacy rules require ISPs to get opt-in consent from consumers before sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other third parties. The rules apply both to home Internet service providers like Comcast and mobile data carriers like Verizon Wireless. The commission's Democratic majority ensured the rules' passage in a 3-2 vote, with Republicans dissenting. Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn was disappointed that the rules passed today did not include any action on mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from suing ISPs. But Chairman Tom Wheeler said that issue will be addressed in a separate rulemaking. In the case of privacy rules, the FCC passed the NPRM in March and the final rules today. Clyburn argued that the FCC could have imposed mandatory arbitration restrictions today, because the privacy NPRM sought public comment about whether to ban mandatory arbitration. Under the FCC rules, ISPs that want to share consumer data with third parties such as advertisers must obtain opt-in consent for the most sensitive information and give customers the ability to opt out of sharing less sensitive information. Here's how the FCC describes the new opt-in and opt-out requirements: "Opt-in: ISPs are required to obtain affirmative 'opt-in' consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information. The rules specify categories of information that are considered sensitive, which include precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, Social Security numbers, Web browsing history, app usage history, and the content of communications. Opt-out: ISPs would be allowed to use and share non-sensitive information unless a customer 'opts-out.' All other individually identifiable customer information—for example, e-mail address or service tier information—would be considered non-sensitive, and the use and sharing of that information would be subject to opt-out consent, consistent with consumer expectations. Exceptions to consent requirements: Customer consent is inferred for certain purposes specified in the statute, including the provision of broadband service or billing and collection. For the use of this information, no additional customer consent is required beyond the creation of the customer-ISP relationship." ISPs must clearly notify customers about the types of information they collect, specify how they use and share the information, and identify the types of entities they share the information with.

Submission + - Dinosaur brain found preserved in a pebble (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: A decade ago, a fossil hunter was combing the beach in southeastern England when he found a strange, brown pebble. The surface of it caught his eye: It was smooth and strangely undulating, and also slightly crinkly in some places. That oddly textured pebble, scientists report today, is actually an endocast—an impression preserved in the rock—that represents the first known evidence of fossilized brain tissue of a dinosaur (likely a close relative of Iguanodon, a large, herbivorous type of dinosaur that lived about 133 million years ago).

Submission + - A tiny startup called SnapRoute has overthrown HPE from its own project (businessinsider.com)

mattydread23 writes: The OpenSwitch project to create a new Linux-based switch, which was started by HP Enterprise, is being turned over to a startup of ex-Apple engineers called SnapRoute. They are due to announce the change on Monday, according to Business Insider. "OpenSwitch has been decimated," one person told the publication. "HP killed OpenSwitch. SnapRoute is taking it over."

Submission + - The FCC just passed sweeping new rules to protect your online privacy (washingtonpost.com) 1

jriding writes: Federal regulators have approved unprecedented new rules to ensure broadband providers do not abuse their customers' app usage and browsing history, mobile location data and other sensitive personal information generated while using the Internet.

The rules, passed Thursday in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, require Internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, to obtain their customers' explicit consent before using or sharing that behavioral data with third parties, such as marketing firms.

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