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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

D4C5CE News from EU that've been thru:There's no long run (1146 comments)

All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run

...if they shine long enough to ever start saving - not so likely with all-too-tightly-packed cheap Chinese semiconductors that often fail within months, at least for much of the short-lived (and often annoyingly artificially-looking) light Europeans get to see since "their" ban on bulbs.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math

D4C5CE Dr. Floyd Ferris of the National Science Institute (264 comments)

...seems to be as real as Rearden Metal, and to have found yet another target in Tesla after writing Segways to shreds.

about 9 months ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

D4C5CE Critics begin! to recognize the film as a critique (726 comments)

How could anyone ever not get it?

A space-warring world forcibly united under a pax (versus bugs) (US-)americana, kept in check through brainwashing highschools (with a nod to Pink Floyd) and psi-ops staring at no goats at all, as well as gamified, interactive global military-state television (nicely imagined when few people had ever seen such things, Fox, or even always-on internet) - full of overidentification that probably even North Korea would recognize&ban, and not-too-subtle references to world events, history and plenty of other notably (anti-)war movies...

The big mistake (like for Highlander) was ever making sequels of it.

about 9 months ago
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RMS On Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

D4C5CE To teach nonfree programs is to implant dependence (319 comments)

To teach use of a non-free program is to implant dependence on its owner, which contradicts the social mission of the school.

Bertrand Russell's The Impact of Science on Society (1952) should probably be given another read:

Fichte laid it down that, education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished [...] to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.

Now consider when the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_Group met for the first time (1954) and who gets to attend... ;-/

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

D4C5CE eMailed once, never called - the way it should be! (232 comments)

My manager has my personal email address (I have hers). She has used it once: on the final day of a holiday last year she emailed to tell me that the office was shut to non-essential staff due to a problem with the water supply. That's the way it should be! She also has my mobile phone number, but she's never called it.

When and where are you hiring? ;-)

about a year ago
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Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices

D4C5CE Re:Why did Facebook limit distribution of their ap (124 comments)

For the same reason that European rules would plant potatoes in a "guarded garden for the king" so neighbors would want them too: ;-)
There's no better way than artificial scarcity to ensure accelerated adoption.

Plus, replacing the Home screen and interacting with the system at a lower level than probably e.g. Apple on iOS would allow, given the wide variety of Android versions (and hacks) out there that might be incompatible in unforeseen ways, Zuck probably does not want his company to go down in history as the one that (at least temporarily for Joe Avg. Users) inadvertently bricked a hundred million phones or so.

about a year ago
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Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices

D4C5CE Re:remove phone-home crap - Then how would it work (124 comments)

when he manages to remove every trace of phone-home crap in there, then it's maybe news worth mentioning

Then how would it work?

As a "leech-only client to Facebook" for the few who do actually care about their own privacy, but are nosy enough to want to read up on everybody else's every move (from the phones of all those to whom it couldn't matter less as they use an unpatched very verbose version).

about a year ago
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Nearly Every NYC Crime Involves Computers, Says Manhattan DA

D4C5CE Which is why Aaron's Law is badly needed... (108 comments)

...when every minor misdemeanor or even purely civil matter becomes a federal felony.
The legal response to progress must not be "harsher punishments for every new generation" to consider computers (including cellphones these days) evil because "even" organized crime uses them, and to treat everyone else (who inevitably has to use them as part of one's daily life as well) like a mobster too - until the whole world becomes a "prison planet". Good to see a DA (possibly unintentionally) acknowledge the real issue in the midst of fearmongering.
Cf. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/02/aarons-law-amending-the-cfaa/

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg

D4C5CE Collecting postage from owners of hacked accounts? (228 comments)

If you never give facebook your cell# or credit card#; its not a problem.

If Zuck doesn't know enough about most of his users to get debts collected, then on this Earth who does?

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg

D4C5CE Collecting postage from owners of hacked accounts? (228 comments)

A strange bot-herder it would be not to teach his one-click ponies how to hit "Oh, yes, PLEASE pester all my friends!" a millisecond after it pops up...
On someone else's machine, at the drone's users' expense.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Testing $100 Fee To Mail Mark Zuckerberg

D4C5CE Collecting postage from owners of hacked accounts? (228 comments)

users who like to send spam [...] typically aren't willing to pay for the privilege. Impose a fee – however small – and they probably won't bother.

But for different reasons: The spammers will find ways to avoid being billed themselves - having a habit of abusing the resources of others, they already are in people's PCs with their botnets, for crying out loud...

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Spy Agency Seeks Permission To Hack Third-Party Computers

D4C5CE Being seen as a 'front' for an intelligence agency (210 comments)

...may conceivably spell doom for some of the innocent (but possibly identifiable) "third parties" implicated by remote control without their consent or knowledge.

Shouldn't our taxes at least buy us the due diligence of authorities to consider the most obvious and grave dangers before trying to get such plans implemented?

about a year and a half ago
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How Verizon's 'Six Strikes' Plan Works

D4C5CE Sounds like a plan (505 comments)

1. Advertise top speeds and possibly (formerly?) even unlimited bandwidth
2. Slap a presumption of guilt on those who actually use what they paid for
3. Demand a ransom from anyone who cares to clear their names lest they be ratted out to the MAFIAA (and lose the access promised for their fees)
4. Profit?! (At least because networks will never need to be built out again, at forced ever-declining usage...)
Different in which way exactly from a racket scheme?

about a year and a half ago
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Cree Introduces 200 Lumen/Watt Production Power LEDs

D4C5CE Crappy or Cree, that is the question for importers (421 comments)

flashlights ... and the LEDs that may be used in them, it's crazy what details they keep tabs on

They have to, since these things are typically ordered from overseas, with prohibitive return postage fees, and many times some manufacturer or vendor will try to become the cheapest by changing to LEDs of a crappy (i.e. fake) rather than Cree variety. When the item arrives, one usually has just a few days to ascertain whether it is genuine or if a refund needs to be requested from the payment service.

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

D4C5CE Even if U weren't paid, won't get paid in new jobs (1051 comments)

Put your accepted kernel contribution on your CV and your CV will command a higher salary.

When every search engine on Earth returns allegations of incompetence by some Überhacker Himself as the first few hundred hits on your name, you can save the time for writing that CV in the first place as HR would often just send it to /dev/null (if they thought in these terms ;-)) unseen anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

D4C5CE Irreconcilable off-by-1 item index differences? ;) (476 comments)

This boils down to these three points:
1) To put it somewhat bluntly,

...to RMS, these absolutely had to be points 0 thru 2? ;-)

about a year and a half ago

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That much for Gorilla Glass, along comes Godzilla

D4C5CE D4C5CE writes  |  more than 3 years ago

D4C5CE (578304) writes "Technology Review reports on Caltech and Berkeley scientists' development of an unobtainium come true: "Glass, Jim, but not as we know it" — almost unbreakable yet barely affordable for using palladium as a key ingredient. Therefore the first applications are expected to be small enough to crown ... neither your house nor your next iPhone, but probably your teeth for a lifetime."
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