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Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

IDarkISwordI Pfft, microphone? (430 comments)

Rather than the microphone, Verizon is more appropriately positioned as the mixerboard that everyone plugs their microphone into. And they want to play mixerboard operator and have a say on how loud your microphone by playing judge in how important your message is.

more than 2 years ago
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The Venus Transit and Hunting For Alien Worlds

IDarkISwordI Re:What the Transit of Venus tells us (41 comments)

And yet Kepler has already recorded hundreds of planets, more than ever before observed, using this exact method.

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Meet The Man Who Designed a Tablet Computer 15 Years Before the iPad

IDarkISwordI Re:There's always a bigger fish. (374 comments)

As far as i am aware, it is the first functional, mass-produced, all-in-one, handheld, battery powered device, that we would recognize as a tablet or a slate computer today. As for concept, we can see a lot of ideas coming from far back into the early1960s.

more than 2 years ago
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What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

IDarkISwordI Re:Well (756 comments)

I think masternerdguy was getting more at the idea that humans have always endeavored to explore the unexplored. It is why people eventually left Africa, some type of instinct to go the distance, risking everything in pursuit of knowing what lie just a little further away. We've somehow lost that initiative, and have become a sedentary world, saturated with gadgets and meaningless news and gossip while just above our heads, an entire universe lay unexplored by us. How very sad it is to know that once upon a time, we were able and willing to fund an adventure dreamt for thousands of years, sending people on an over half million mile journey to the Moon and back, and yet in a more modern era, we can't even decide whether scientific research, which could and will benefit everyone around the world, is worth the public dollars. What a fucking shame.

more than 2 years ago
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All French Nuclear Reactors Deemed Unsafe

IDarkISwordI Re:Wait! I know this one (493 comments)

Just thought I would point out that solar isn't as green as you might consider it to be. First, a lot of heavy elements go into making the photovoltaic panels themselves, which last at best, 20 years before needing replacement and this is without any incidence of weather phenomena (hail, etc.). Second, they only work in the daytime so to store the energy through the night, batteries are the most viable option for most locations with the least annual cloudiness. Current battery tech also has a pretty short lifespan and also includes the use of many hazardous elements to produce. Solar really isn't viable at all in my opinion, when yyou have to replace elements at such a rapid pace. The cost balance tips too far into the red to maintain a grid on solar, and that is without even considering the land necessary to locate enough panels to power an area.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Releases Geothermal Potential Map of the US

IDarkISwordI Re:Geothermal issues (401 comments)

Well geologists theorize that the Earth maintains iits liquid interior due to fusion in it's core, which is roughly the size of Mercury. The chance that humans could impact such a large object in an way, is pretty slim. A lot of heat escapes naturally anyway in the form of volcanic eruptions. As for the heat being pumped into the atmosphere, it won't happen. Power stations have cooling towers where the waste steam condenses back to water form and is cleaned and reused.

Really geothermal plants operate just as any other heat driven plants do, by directing super heated water through turbines. The benefit is that you don't have to burn anything to get the steam so it's practically no pollution.

more than 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

IDarkISwordI It's entirely disheartening... (1797 comments)

to hear someone speak of taking away a chance to have a better educated population. While it is almost a certainty that student loans have lead to some inflation of institutional costs, he completely neglects to inform (if he even knows) that the largest cause is the consistently reduced state funding in more recent years. Most private universities are increasing tuition at a yearly rate of 4.5% while public facilities average closer to 7%. Public universities have to pick up the slack somewhere. Unfotunate for students these days, they're the ones who have to shoulder much of the burden upfront. These are the people who should be innovating, opening business partnerships, getting well paying jobs to buy consumer items so the economy can continue to operate and function.

Meanwhile, many of less-taxes-less-revenue-less-government bunch that are advocating reductions to financial aid and university funding, are the same ones who suggest businesses take their factories and offices overseas, leaving them much at the helm of the problem with the lack of jobs and absence of regulations for businesses to operate ethically in the US. No jobs in the US means less people to buy all the stuff being produced which in turn means less demand from a factory which can mean either lesser wages to factory workers or less positions in factories, which means even less people to buy items. Somewhere, someone has to be willing to inject money into the system by investing in the future, that means education.

more than 3 years ago
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Rendering Synthetic Objects Into Old Photographs

IDarkISwordI Re: (134 comments)

Often software releases for submission to SIGGRAPH, don't appear until the following year. The number of individuals working on the software is quite limited and it may be too buggy still for release. Another possibility, and very unfortunate if so, is if they intend to market this to an interested buyer, which would likely be MANY.

more than 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

IDarkISwordI Re:I like his IRS plan! (2247 comments)

This blog appears to be a tad bit... biased. Have a better source because I'm not persuaded by this individuals rhetoric.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Stem Cells to Save Endangered Species

IDarkISwordI Re:End the Bailouts (73 comments)

I get that this is likely satire but the fact that many feel rather similar to this position, really just makes this sad rather than humorous. I'm sure without more intense intervention we will continue into a steady collapse of local ecosystems followed by more wide spread collapse until the human population is no longer sustainable and begins to fade out as well. The planet will likely bounce back into an even more lush and diverse planet than before and so goes it until the Sun will engulf our former globe.

Hey thanks Borlough! That "green revolution" really turned out to be a great long term strategy.

more than 3 years ago
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Bezos Discloses Failure of Blue Origin Rocket Test Flight

IDarkISwordI While he may have burned money doing this... (99 comments)

...it is valuable research for the next test flight. The stuff their working on is really somewhat innovative because it hasn't been explored much by NASA, RKK or ESA. Their vehicle is intended to be entirely reusable, albeit as a suborbital craft as well but it will be an impressive marit with ideas that stem from some of the earliest space-flight ideas. Should be interesting to see when the time comes that Virgin and Blue Origin are competing for customers.

more than 3 years ago
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NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

IDarkISwordI Hey New Zealand... (329 comments)

Just wanted to say, your welcome. -America

more than 3 years ago
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Russia Close To Findings On Soyuz and Proton

IDarkISwordI Re:Does Nasa have any plan to have 1 more shuttle (62 comments)

They're well on their way to being museum pieces. Much has already been removed from the shuttles, including the highly important Space Shuttle Main Engines; those are to be used on SLS whenever that gets around to being constructed.

more than 3 years ago
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ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

IDarkISwordI Re:Not again. (283 comments)

No, I'm certain that's an appropriate analogy. The internet does exist. I've watched them lay fibre in the ground. It was also on public ground, which I pay for with tax money. The ISPs have an agreement with the government to use this land.

Think of this, you are parked in your parking lot and need to go to the grocery store. To do this, you need a means to access the road, which this parking provides. You back your car out and drive onto a publicly funded road at 30mph to the grocery store, ending in their parking lot. You get your groceries and go back onto the public roads and then back to your private parking lot.

The next week, you decide to do the same errand. However, now the owner of the parking lot says you can only drive 1mph to that grocery store because the property management company doesn't like that grocery store. Alternatively you can go to this other grocery store at 30mph because they paid the company for the privelage. Under no circumstance though, are you allowed to go to the farmes market or any other locally run grocery stores.

Does this not seem problematic to you? I see it as a grave problem and one the shouldn't be allowed to occur. Alternatively, you could do the same scenario with the telephone/cellular phone system and equate it to not being able t talk to some people and only having fuzzy reception with people that aren't on our 'hot list' or corporate sponsors of your phone company.

more than 4 years ago
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ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

IDarkISwordI Re:Not again. (283 comments)

You have missed the point entirely. Corporartions such as ISPs hold localized monopolies, where in many cases the only available ISP is your only option to accessing the internet. Another submitter pointed to the false visual effect of multiple ISPs being present when all of them ran through AT&T an were subject to AT&T's policies.

ISPs are not a platform for accessing the internet. They are only a means of access, just as the network lines themselves.

Think of an ISP as a properrty management company that owns the parkinglot you park in every day. Do they get to tell you where you are able go or how fast you can get there?

more than 4 years ago
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ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

IDarkISwordI Re:Not again. (283 comments)

You are confusing a destination with a means to access. The means to access in your example is the road which is paid for by tax payers and accessible to all. Using your example, think of the ISP as a property management company that owns your parking lot that you park in. Do they get to tell you how fast you get to drive to the print shop or that you can no longer go to the print shop?

more than 4 years ago
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ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

IDarkISwordI Re:Not again. (283 comments)

What's it like to read a compelling hypocrisy claim only to be able to apply a literal meaning to this situation rather than an analogous intent?

It's clear that corporations get a pass an are able to do whatever they want in this country with little consequence. Most in fact build into their budgets, money they expect to have to pay out in fines for violating regulations they don't want to observe. These fines are the equivalent to a late movie fine or a late book for these companies leaving them basically to do what they wish, the country be damned.

It is entirely obvious this is a civil rights issue. Not one of race or gender or age, but one of every persons right to expression without oppression from the corporatations obsessetion to controlling this country.

more than 4 years ago
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ACLU Says Net Neutrality Necessary For Free Speech

IDarkISwordI Re:Not again. (283 comments)

Because in this case, the government contibuted a great deal of your tax money to building the network structure that stretches across the nation today. if we paid for it as a country then the first amendment applies fully and reduces an ISP fom being a 'platform'' to being a means to access the platform.

more than 4 years ago

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Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photograph

IDarkISwordI IDarkISwordI writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IDarkISwordI writes "A new abstract headed to SIGGRAPH Asia 2011, provides a method for rapid execution of computer graphics, synthesized into photographs with accurate lighting and physics based on limited input from a user and interpretation by their code."
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