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EPIC Files Motion About Ignored Body Scanner Ruling

Froze Re:Fool (183 comments)

Anonymous Coward in name and in deed.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Speech For Computers?

Froze determinism (228 comments)

The only way I can see this working is if the computational results are non-deterministic. Otherwise, it is just people telling a machine what to say and the people who do that are in fact culpable. On the otherhand if this passes then regulation should (rightfully IMHO) be placed on what we can program computerized results to be, in otherwords we will have rules on how to make rules.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Responds To SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN

Froze Re:Payment never is or was about costs. (517 comments)

This is a classic argument made in favor of capitalism. However, it also ignores the skeleton in the closet, and that is that external cost are not accounted for and those costs include things like policing your property, prosecuting violators, maintaining records of ownership, etc. If you as a creator are willing to bear all those costs then you are entitled to indefinite profit from your work, but if you offload the cost burden onto the populace then at some point the value added to the economy by your creation is outweighed by the cost of protecting it and it rightfully should fall into public domain.

more than 2 years ago
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The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC

Froze IMO: misleading (271 comments)

Right?! Because it is not news if I choose to subscribe directly to things like the county school board news letter instead of watching/reading commercial laden media hype.

Trying to imply that the Internet is to blame for the downfall of investigative journalism is ridiculous, I have seen more expose's as a result of rapid information spread on the Internet than I ever saw from some local yokel reporters drek on how bob's bakery was vandalized last night.

If anything this means that the FCC should be pushing the protections afforded to journalists toward the more independent sources like bloggers and whistleblowers.

more than 3 years ago
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Astonishing Speedup In Solving Linear SDD Systems

Froze Re:Grain of salt (157 comments)

Math typo:
I think you meant for all j != i

more than 3 years ago
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The Moon Is Shrinking Like a Wrinkled Apple

Froze Re:Tides? (116 comments)

I think the idea is that tidal distortions would be almost exclusively limited to the equatorial regions, this appears to be radially isomorphic, indicating that it is not the result of tidal stress.

about 4 years ago
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Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality?

Froze Re:No (735 comments)

This is the crux of the issue. First assume that a list of instructions, under normal operating circumstances, is to be executed in order. This is necessary to the test, otherwise instruction 1 may not be performed first.

1. (implicit) execute this instruction: parse remaining instructions, but do not execute. ...read/parse...

As you never get to execute step 5 or 6, you never perform the behavior that satisfies the implicit (but erroneous) intent of this test. The default fall back intent of an instruction set remains in effect, thus the inherent sequential nature of the instruction list is valid and should be executed in order. Unfortunately instruction 5 is now no longer meaningful, as it is impossible retroactively un-execute an instruction. The reasonable thing to do in this case is to ignore any instruction that cannot be performed and either proceed to the next instruction or stop executing altogether, but in this case the next instruction actually results in the same behavior. So the logical and reasonable thing to do is the opposite of the intended result, which is paramount to saying that the creator of this test is an idiot.

more than 4 years ago
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Schools To Get Their Own DARPA

Froze Re:!acronym (151 comments)

Because acronyms are just a compression scheme to pack more information into the same space as a name. If you don't like acronyms, then ignore the compressed content and just use the letter sequence as the name (many common acronyms currently are treated in just this way: when was the last time you thought of laser or scuba as an acronym?).

more than 4 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

Froze Re:This makes sense (502 comments)

sudo -s

even easier.:wq

more than 4 years ago
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Fusion-io IoXtreme's Consumer-Class PCIe SSD — Impressive Throughput

Froze In the right place (110 comments)

This is the proper place for memory, on the system bus.

Putting memory behind a drive controller is just like making your gas pedal respond to a buggy whip (OK, car analogies aren't my strong point).

more than 4 years ago
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Heart of the Milky Way Photos From NASA

Froze this is beautiful (111 comments)

and yet, somehow darkly disturbing.

more than 4 years ago
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Tired of Flash? HTML5 Viewer For YouTube

Froze flashdotted (372 comments)

Cool, all of the youtube videos have been replaced with

"Connection Interrupted
The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.
The network link was interrupted while negotiating a connection. Please try again."

What an improvement in load time too!

more than 4 years ago
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Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

Froze Rules on implimenting legislation (762 comments)

1. Never regulate the means, only the end result.
2. All legislation must specify a metric by which an implementation may be measured to be compatible with desired result.

Thats is it. Follow those rules and a huge amount of f#$%^ red tape will be avoided.

more than 4 years ago
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Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

Froze pedantics vs technicallities (650 comments)

Personally I favor technical correctness.

As to the intent of th GP I can not speak, and unless you are the original AC, neither can you. However, the GP clearly states "...recharge that fast or hold that much energy and what you have is a BOMB", which I infer to be about the inability of all battery technology to function in that capacity. To make a carte blanch claim of that magnitude implies an intimate knowledge of the field, which the GP then precludes by their failure to correctly apply the units of energy.

The respondent then replies (admittedly in a somewhat snarky fashion) that the GP was technically meaningless. The AC (probably the same person based on the apparent vitriol of the remark) responds with one fact and one falsehood. Another technical failure.

Great claims require great support. The AC provided no foundation for their claim and was deservedly, IMHO, shot down for their lack of technical correctness.

As to my Mona Lisa simile, I was not attempting to equate bovination with Davinci, that would be absurd. What I was attempting to disseminate is that the standards of rigorous communication in the advanced fields of study require years of training, and to belittle those years is disrespectful.

HTH

more than 4 years ago
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Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range

Froze Re:cue exploding battery packs.... (650 comments)

No mod points, so I befriend you instead and post this:

This is a "News for Nerds" Forum, being technically correct is something that the majority of this community favors, nay, requires in their daily lives. If more people would take the time to learn about the details, they might understand that spouting nonsense is as disrespectful to the efforts of the educated as having some tagger spray paint over the Mona Lisa.

more than 4 years ago
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Armadillo Aerospace Claims Level 2 Lunar Lander Prize

Froze Good Jorb! (134 comments)

This is really good nerd news. Does anyone know of a more detailed account of the event? I used to follow their weekly news updates on all their internal progress and that was really enjoyable. However, it seems that lately they quit posting almost entirely, the last update was for May (http://www.armadilloaerospace.com/n.x/Armadillo/Home). I really wish there other technologically oriented blogs that detail development and results the way they do (did?).

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Releases Linux Handset

Froze Re:No OGG Vorbis support (484 comments)

OGG is faster when it runs a floating point decode, but it has an integer decode engine (tremor http://www.xiph.org/vorbis/) that will run on anything fast enough to keep with the bitrate you are using.

about 5 years ago
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Nokia Releases Linux Handset

Froze Re:WiFi? (484 comments)

(me clicks 'see all specifications') and poof... Right at the end of data network I see 'WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g' OK, I am exhausted, will quit posting now.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

Froze Another stroke of genious from MS (212 comments)

A keyboard that can actually detect when someone presses on a key! Will wonders never cease.

about 5 years ago

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Google advocates for a free and open internet

Froze Froze writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Froze writes "A message from Vint Cerf at Google claims;

A closed-door meeting of the world’s governments is starting today. The future of the internet is on the agenda. Some governments want to use this meeting of the International Telecommunication Union to increase censorship and regulate the Internet.

I am concerned, and I am not alone. More than 1,000 organizations from 163 countries have raised concerns about this upcoming closed-door meeting in Dubai. They are joined by hundreds of thousands of Internet users who are standing up for a free and open Internet. These people are in just about every country around the world — take a look.

If you agree and support a free and open Internet, join them and raise your voice: google.com/takeaction

Together, we can protect the free and open Internet. Please make your voice heard and spread the word.

Vint Cerf
Google"

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Trademark asserted against Hollywood sign painted on hockey helmet

Froze Froze writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Froze (398171) writes "Breaking sports news for slashdotters: Jonathan Bernier, a goalie for the LA Kings hockey team, is being forced to remove Hollywood sign he had painted on his mask to celebrate LA's film industry. The Hollywood chamber of Comerce claims trademark and threatens NHL with legal action.

Clearly, if Bernier is forced to remove the Hollywood sign from his mask, there's only one sensible reaction: Creating a new mask that's a tribute to the illegal downloading of movies on the Internet.
How does one visualize a torrent?"

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Supercomputers provide insight into Parkinson's

Froze Froze writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Froze writes "Using Oak Ridge National Laboratories' Jaguar, the largest supercomputer in the US, researchers at North Carolina State University have figured out how copper induces structural changes in the protein implicated in Parkinson's disease. This finding provides important insight into Parkinson's onset and progression, and has implications for future treatment. The research is published in Nature's new open access journal Scientific Reports. ORNL has also posted a release about this as well.

Disclaimer: Submitter is also first author of this work."

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Froze Froze writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Froze writes "If you had to be wired wouldn't it make sense to only have a single wire? While searching for that next bit of useful hardware I found this link claiming that DSP Design(I am not affiliated with them in any way) has produced the first Power over Ethernet (PoE) laptop. Much to my dismay, it turns out to be more of a flat panel, touch screen information terminal (PDF Spec Sheet). Are there any actual portables/laptops in development right now that take advantage of the PoE design? How about computers/laptops that use Power Line Communication (PLC)? Personally, I like PoE as it requires efficient power use but PLC doesn't necessarily rule out efficiency."

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