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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Gr8Apes Re:Expert. (289 comments)

Lars already patented that approach, except maybe his patent stated "awful" and Bono had to go with "bland" instead?

3 hours ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Gr8Apes Re:Link (314 comments)

Perhaps I'm not interested in the centralized broadcasting, err, "broadband" service, but rather would like to do interactive things. I know what I could do more than a decade ago, and what I can do now. The only thing holding it back is the abysmal upstream connectivity provided by 90+% of the providers. That's an arbitrary percentage allowing for the rumored FIOS and Google upstream speeds, here it's more like 100% of the provider(s).

Spoiled has nothing to do with it. A carrot was held out and a promise made about this wonderful internet thing that the US taxpayers plowed billions into. I'd like to at least see part of the promise fulfilled, rather than yet another cable style broadcasting service with some individual control over what gets sent.

3 hours ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Gr8Apes Re:"forced labor" (182 comments)

I thought Obama was running more middle of the line than Hillary, wasn't she for single payer since the 90s?

Single payer is where we should have gone for basic services. It relieves a whole set of current issues, including using the ER as your regular doctor for the uninsured.

yesterday
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NASA Inspector General Lobs Big Rocks At Agency's Asteroid Hunting Program

Gr8Apes Re:90% (34 comments)

Compare now 10% of all 140+ meter asteroids are known and 95% of all 1 km asteroids are known. So 90% 140+ asteroids mean 100% for all 300+ meters asteroids

How on earth (pun intended) can you know that you've found 10% or 95% of anything that you don't know the full set of?

Note also that most of these efforts looks at the plane of the solar system, what about extra-planar objects? Granted, most of those are comets, but then again, comets can be big too.

yesterday
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Gr8Apes Re:Link (314 comments)

Old and ridiculous news. I'd say 10Mbps is actually too slow. 10Mbps up is a bare minimum, 50+ each way is closer to what needs to exist. If you don't think so, just try showing Grandma that 4K home movie you take in a couple of years. We shouldn't be looking at what the minimums should have been 5 years ago, but what they need to be in the next 5. 50-100 Mbps up is going to be a minimum, if we are to see real use of the internet. All those phones shooting 4K video will need to share it somehow, and going across a 4Mbps uplink (yeah, show me where I can get that reliably around here) you'll spend more time waiting on the upload than you did shooting, editing, and compressing it to try to make it smaller for the transit.

Honestly, 10 Mbps up right now is too slow for today's needs, if you're doing any of the related things just with a simple communication with Grandma. Video calls? You need a good upload link if you're going to make that work, or the quality is so crappy it won't be workable.

yesterday
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

Gr8Apes Re:trust (85 comments)

I only have to trust them to hand out the IP once. That's all, certainly not with any other details.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Gr8Apes Re:Experience counts (231 comments)

Considering the unemployment rate in our industry, you should never put up with a hostile environment. It is relatively easy to get a job, getting one you might like can take a while. You might have to move, depending on where you live, but that's true of a lot of jobs these days.

2 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Gr8Apes Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

Repeat it yourself when you are the victim of prosecutorial misconduct, etc. That's what these laws are for. To prevent that. The only issue is that they don't punish the real offenders strongly enough. Generally, there are enough crimes committed that if there is sufficient evidence, they'll get the perpetrators for one or more of the other ones. If not, See the AC reply above and place your blame appropriately. Illegal activities by law enforcement and those on the side of the prosecution should never be rewarded.

3 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Gr8Apes Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

Sorry, that's the penalty for not following the law - the evidence gets thrown out and cannot be used, ever. This is the only thing that can prevent large scale abuse by law enforcement, as long as it is applied consistently. Lately, that latter assumption is being called into question quite frequently.

4 days ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

Gr8Apes Re:So they'll suffer from TMI (266 comments)

Then you'll love Apple's iOS 8 random MAC plans Wonder why this isn't on Android yet? (Other than apps that require root, etc) Yes, I'm aware of Apple's Beacon network that is in competition with those that run MAC tracking software. That can be turned off.

4 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Gr8Apes Re:It's not your phone (608 comments)

That's actually incorrect, as anyone getting an account prior to Oct something or other will also receive it for free. And interestingly enough, it was marked free when I looked at it, and was not in my account.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Gr8Apes Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

In the 700K range you'd have to be at least . . . 12? dunno if that's "old" these days.

about a week ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

Gr8Apes Re:"they will need to pay the publisher" (102 comments)

The other interesting thing about this is that now libraries will never "lose" a book, or have it wear out, etc, as long as they have good backups. Probably another reason publishers were against it - once bought, no repeat business.

about a week ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

Gr8Apes Re:Great... (82 comments)

...who can't pee, filling up the pockets...

Comma, or no comma?

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Gr8Apes Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (527 comments)

I'd say at this point a minimum 10Mbps up is required. Down has to be equal or higher, with low-latency, although I'd prefer down around 50Mbps, to handle more than 1 HD stream.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Gr8Apes Re: Le sigh.... (167 comments)

Let's drop RoundUp from the discussion entirely and "shift the goalposts" back to where I started - the self-perpetuating nature of GMO. This still unfortunately revolves around Monsanto with a second reference in wikipedia that also notes this case:

In May 2013, glyphosate-resistant wheat (a GMO) that was not yet approved for release was discovered in a farm in Oregon, growing as a weed or "volunteer plant". The wheat was developed by Monsanto, and was a strain that was field-tested from 1998 to 2005 and was in the regulatory approval process before Monsanto withdrew it based on concern that importers would avoid the crop. The last field test in Oregon occurred in 2001. As of May 2013 there was no information as to how the wheat got there or whether it had entered the food supply; volunteer wheat from a former test field two miles away was tested and it was not found to be glyphosate-resistant. Monsanto faced penalties up to $1 million if violations of the Plant Protection Act would be found. The discovery threatened US wheat exports which totaled $8.1 billion in 2012; the US is the world's largest wheat exporter.[208][209] New Scientist reported that the variety of wheat was rarely imported into Europe and doubted that the discovery of the wheat would affect Europe, but more likely destined for Asia. According to Monsanto it destroyed all the material it held after completing trials in 2004 and it was "mystified" by its appearance.

That was just what I could find with a few minutes of searching. I'm sure you're perfectly capable of researching the rest yourself now that it has been shown to have been a problem at least twice.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Gr8Apes Re: Le sigh.... (167 comments)

I don't really give a rats ass if Monsanto actually sues someone because their patented gene jumped fields. That's not my point at all, and would be an extremely shallow point of argument. The point is that it does and can jump fields, and spread itself. That alone should give everyone pause...

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Gr8Apes Re: Le sigh.... (167 comments)

Regarding roundup - it's not so much that the roundup resistance gene may not be beneficial in nature, but that it may actually harm us. Look at how persistent that particular gene is, to the point that Monsanto is suing people who's crops get "enhanced" merely by being next to the modified one. That's the kind of invasive persistence I consider dangerous. As for the argument that it's not harmful, no one actually knows as there's only a few years of data. Some things take decades or more to develop into problems, or to be identified as problems.

Now for something I could support, it'd be wonderful if they figured out how to regress a mosquito to a previous non-bloodsucking form. That would be something good and defensible, with little downside as they are already major harmful pests, and aren't really a significant food source for anything. The only issue would be the carrier method.

about two weeks ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

Gr8Apes Re:Don't point that thing at me! (143 comments)

Orbital mechanics ... maybe, rocket science, not even a little.

Orbital mechanics is "advanced" rocket science (i.e. the science after you get liftoff without blowing yourself to smithereens)

about two weeks ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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