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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Ferzerp Re:Obama (704 comments)

Let me take that further.

It would be like saying Ford should pay for highway maintenance while still funding it through gasoline taxes, etc as well. Additionally, the roads would never be maintained beyond the bare minimum and rarely if ever expanded, even though they are double funded.

There is the car/road analogy that you were looking for.

about two weeks ago
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Ferzerp Re:No, wait, do-over! (95 comments)

You're accusing Amazon of colluding with.... Amazon? That word doesn't mean what you think it means.

about a month ago
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New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

Ferzerp Re: of course it isn't mobile (143 comments)

It emits a circularly polarized beam of light of course!

about a year ago
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Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

Ferzerp Re:A;; great until the kids are ill. (534 comments)

Good luck finding a hospital with a functioning circa 1986 MRI and requisite control systems that haven't been updated to with post 1986 technology!

Your other point still stands though.

about a year ago
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$20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

Ferzerp Ok? How is this new, or a big deal? (153 comments)

So can many universal remotes, so can a computer, so can anything else.

This is almost as silly as the "access to an unencrypted disk is access to your data!!!!!" story from a few days ago.

about a year ago
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Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

Ferzerp Re:Links ! (242 comments)

Not really. That was an *extremely* poorly controlled experiment by grade school students. Magically, no one else has produced similar results in an actual controlled study.

If your *only* evidence is a single experiment performed by individuals with barely rudimentary training in the sciences, you might want to consider that it is your bias causing you to readily accept the outlier as opposed to the norm.

about a year ago
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NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry

Ferzerp Let me guess, BIS (298 comments)

BES in theory can only be intercepted and cracked with a massive amount of computation time, limiting the functional use of any dragnet attempts.

Journalists never understand the difference between BIS and BES though.

about a year ago
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Patent Suit Leads To 500,000 Annoyed Software Users

Ferzerp Re:My give-a-darn meter is reading negative GADs (180 comments)

I think it's the hubris of Apple hurting the "software users" more than the patent holder. Instead of working something out, notifying its users, or something else, it just makes their app work poorly now.

Perhaps they can be told they are holding it wrong causing connectivity issues....

about a year ago
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Cold War Plan Tried To Put a Copper Ring Around the Earth

Ferzerp Re:That's actually...impressive (184 comments)

And yet it was the Soviet Union that spent itself in to oblivion and collapsed first. History doesn't support your position.

about a year ago
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iPhone Hacked In Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger

Ferzerp "Bastion of security" (170 comments)

Since when? iOS has had repeated and nearly constant flaws that have allowed for compromises both locally and remotely (via webpages). At this point it's such a given that this is mostly a non story.

I thought the RDF had dissipated, but I guess not.

about a year ago
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WY Teen Cut From Science Fair For Entering Too Many

Ferzerp Re:A working fusion reactor??? (204 comments)

Well, we also don't have trouble creating fusion reactions that put out *far* more energy than we put in to them.

The problem is doing anything useful with that energy other than making a really big boom.

about a year and a half ago
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DRM: How Book Publishers Failed To Learn From the Music Industry

Ferzerp Re:Now if we could just kill PDF... (212 comments)

The reason is, PDF and ebooks are really at odds with one another.

The point of PDF is to render the exact same on each screen. Like a physical book, each page should always look the same (only zoomed or not zoomed). An ebook needs to be able to reflow the text to support changing aspect ratios, font sizes, etc. When you do this with PDF, you can just zoom in or out. If your application is actually reflowing a PDF, that means it's not really displaying a PDF. Instead, it is taking the content, extracting it, and displaying it in some native format.

about a year and a half ago
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BSA Study Demonstrates Open Source's Economic Advantage

Ferzerp Re:Post Facto Economic Impact -- Not Productivity (87 comments)

It's funny that you call someone out with "[citation needed]" and then start making claims that you aren't backing with a shred of evidence either.

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

Ferzerp Re:Good to see intelligence rewarded for once. (241 comments)

Fear motivates the world (or at least the US) these days.

The media peddles it, the two political parties (I was tempted to say major, but they have a lock on it) *both* peddle it to great effect. They each have their own brand, but they're both villainous in their exploitation of it.

The public has bought in to it, and individuals and groups lacking in scruples have noticed that it can be used to rally support.

about a year and a half ago
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Working Handgun Printed On a Sub-$2,000 3D Printer

Ferzerp Re:3D-Printed Revolver? (521 comments)

It does appear that the goal is not to reduce crime, though that is used as a statistic. I do agree that the banning of guns appears to be an end on its own for these people. It makes little sense. There is an irrational fear, probably instilled at an early age. It is similar to the irrational fear that other people have towards people instead of objects. I think it is the same base motivation, and the separate groups each see their cause as just. It doesn't mean they both aren't delusional though.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

Ferzerp Re:Yes (614 comments)

This is an easy assumption to make, but it isn't always the truism you're making it out to be. Many software packages are highly specialized. There may only be a handful of options available that perform their function. Many of them may be difficult and far more expensive than you realize to upgrade, may have been abandoned, may have been ruined by "improvements" during upgrades, etc. When a piece of software is integral to a business, and there is no simple upgrade path, sometimes the cheapest (and *correct*) option is to stay on an "outdated" platform. Often, mitigating the issues with the old systems are cheaper than upgrading the software (if that is even possible).

about a year and a half ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

Ferzerp Re:A runtime system is an OS (201 comments)

And not a hypervisor at that point, but just an OS executing applications. Oh how novel!

about a year and a half ago
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Rapiscan's Backscatter Machines May End Up In US Federal Buildings

Ferzerp Re:Congress? (171 comments)

Incorrect. Backscatter machines use very low amounts of ionizing radiation.

You're confusing them with the models being left in place, the "millimeter wave" ones, which do not.

about 2 years ago
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Texas State Rep. Files 2 Bills To Ban RFID In Schools

Ferzerp Re:Can someone remind me why this is sinister? (297 comments)

In every example that you present, you are in the environment due to your own choice. You are free to refuse the badge and leave at any time. Therein lies the difference.

about 2 years ago

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