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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

InPursuitOfTruth How about the cell characters? (281 comments)

I have one of the first HSPA+ ("4G") phones, the T-mobile G2, and it still works 100%. But, it seems lately that getting a solid 4G connection is getting harder in the same places I've been using it for years. Shouldn't it be improving? Obviously, the carriers benefit from phone upgrades, too, as they are he primary retailers of them.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

InPursuitOfTruth Preventing corruption (293 comments)

History has shown that the strong governments get, the more corrupt they become (power corrupts). Yet, they can hit a point where the people can no longer hold their government accountable (e.g., Stalin). So, how, with technology advancing, and the government having access to it all while the people have limited access, can you prevent corruption in the future?

about 7 months ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

InPursuitOfTruth Re:Odd... (186 comments)

That's what I was thinking. You have Centos in production, but now decide you want RHEL support. Why should you have to choose between reinstalling your production environment, or just giving RHEL their money and being done with it? I suspect that RH will remove this barrier to paying or support by offering support for Centos.

about 8 months ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

InPursuitOfTruth Makes sense, but weird (186 comments)

Those of us who've been using Centos understand that if you use it to deploy, and ultimately in your data center, often in place of Windows, then it is just a matter of time before you begin to use RHEL to get support for at least their mission critical production boxes. Centos and RHEL are a nice mix. So, this definitely makes sense for RH. Plus, they have nothing to lose since Centos thrives with or without their endoresment.

Yet, the back and forth relationship RH has taken over the years with the community-driven open source from which it was born and has built its business suggests that, despite this move, they only seem to consider relationships that produce pofits from no more than one degree of separation. This makes the end to this very long estrangement, where Centos only referred to Redhat as the "upstream provider" to keep RedHat's trademark legal team at bay, just plain-old WEIRD.

The question is, how will RH help Centos? That isn't very clear from this announcement.

about 8 months ago
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CentOS joins Red Hat

InPursuitOfTruth Makes sense, yet weird (1 comments)

Those of us who've been using Centos understand that if you use it to deploy, and ultimately in your data center, often in place of Windows, then it is just a matter of time before you begin to use RHEL to get support for at least their mission critical production boxes. Centos and RHEL are a nice mix. So, this definitely makes sense for RH. Plus, they have nothing to lose since Centos thrives with or without their endoresment.

Yet, the back and forth relationship RH has taken over the years with the community-driven open source from which it was born and has built its business suggests that, despite this move, they only seem to consider relationships that produce pofits from no more than one degree of separation. This makes the end to this very long estrangement, where Centos only referred to Redhat as the "upstream provider" to keep RedHat's trademark legal team at bay, just plain-old WEIRD.

about 8 months ago
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Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android

InPursuitOfTruth Re:Is this really patent trolling? (150 comments)

But the companies themselves are not suing Google themselves, and are not claiming that Google infringes any of their products. In fact, these patents could apply to things for which no product exists, or could be so general, that nearly all products in that category use them. Unless you are claiming that another company is hurting your sales, you are a patent troll. Rockstar has no product sales and will not bring up the sales of its shareholders in court.

Either way, they are trying to dodge accountabilty by using a shell company to sue. Besides hiding, they limit their own liability should Google prevail. Rockstar is clearly setup with one purpose -- to sue with impunity.

about 9 months ago
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Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android

InPursuitOfTruth Re:Why is Sony in bed with Microsoft and Apple (150 comments)

Why do two theives work together on a heist? Sony, plain and simple, has pushed patented solutions where they have a licensing interest over open ones that are not patent encumbered for as long as I can remember, such as MPEG over VP9.

Considering that Sony doesn't have much hope in phones and tablets with Android, and their hardware interests go far beyond that into things like camcorders and blu ray players, taking down Android would return us to a world of large patent licensing fees in products.

It's too bad because if Sony ever supported the better codecs and containers, such as MKV, H264 and VP9, then their devices would be highly competitve.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

InPursuitOfTruth Obviously, it is running the Windows OS (424 comments)

I bet it uses more electricity each night as time progresses. If they are connected to the Internet, then the next question is what percent of SPAM originates from the Tesla Model S?

about 10 months ago
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Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

InPursuitOfTruth Murder is not terrorism (242 comments)

Nor is assassination. Glad to see /. use the right word. Are we ever going to hear a politician speak intelligently?

about a year ago
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Muon Neutrino To Electron Neutrino Oscillation Conclusively Shown

InPursuitOfTruth Why does it matter? (46 comments)

Anti-matter rules!

about a year ago
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Patenting Open Source Software

InPursuitOfTruth Re:How to reform patent law? (60 comments)

In addition to that, I think we should decrease the # of years to 5 for all but pharmaceuticals, the poster child of patents. For that industry, 15 years. You have to create a position that threatens the establishment if you want to gain momentum because only then will they be motivated to compromise to protect their interests.

about a year ago
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Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

InPursuitOfTruth Re:Hopelessly off-target (409 comments)

Great post! I remember BP Solar, a division of BP, in the 1990s, always investing to bring down the cost of solar, yet, never quite bringing it down enough to replace oil.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

InPursuitOfTruth Worth considering? (409 comments)

First, the critique:

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1> On what basis does he conclude that private enterprises cannot invest that much? The first question I have is cannot or will not? That said, I've seen them invest plenty over the years to bring down the price of solar and bring wind production to the world. They problem is that the ROI for the past 20 years has not been as high as hoped. Who says the ROI on deficit spending will be any better?
2> Until we eliminate our deficit, does it make sense to spend money on non-essential high risks?

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That said, if we are going to subsidize an industry, I'd rather see it go into research than something like Ethanol production. The question is, how, in today's world, or tomorrow's world, can you guarantee this can help America? What's the detailed plan for turning this research into an American benefit? I understood how this worked 50 years ago. I'm not sure I understand how it is supposed to work today with global companies, and China and Europe investing a lot in this.

about a year and a half ago
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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

InPursuitOfTruth Re:So what did it do all that time? (409 comments)

Would a Windows 3.1 machine with 3737 days uptime do the trick?

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla, Ford, Amazon Hint At Cloudy Future For Cars

InPursuitOfTruth THE PRIVACY CAR (231 comments)

Here's an idea: THE PRIVACY CAR. Yes, a car with no GPS, no Internet connection, invisible to radar, a license plate that cannot be read by a camera, no RFID tags in the wheels or anywhere elase, and tinted windows.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Take Most Accurate Reading Yet of Universe's Cooling

InPursuitOfTruth Universal cooling (91 comments)

We need to start pumping more carbon dioxide into the universe!

about a year and a half ago

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Bitcoin Vs Paypal In Court

InPursuitOfTruth InPursuitOfTruth writes  |  about 8 months ago

InPursuitOfTruth (2676955) writes "According to TerraHasher on BitcoinTalk,.org, PayPal is discriminating against sellers of Bitcoin related items. TerraHasher claims to have a recording of a PayPal manager saying, "well its all the same and bitcoin is direct competition with paypals business model therefore we do not condone, anything bitcoin related." After describing a pattern of PayPal repeatedly holding funds possibly explained by this bias against Bitcoin related sellers, he lawyer-ed up and is preparing to file suit against PayPal. This brings up a question. Is BitPay, with over 15,500 merchants in December, the next PayPal?"
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Pardon Snowden Whitehouse Petition could set record

InPursuitOfTruth InPursuitOfTruth writes  |  about a year ago

InPursuitOfTruth (2676955) writes "The Whitehouse petitition requesting that Edward Snowden be pardoned not only surpassed the 100,000 signatures last weekend required to solicit a response from the Whitehouse that is pursuing him as he travels the globe with criminal charges for leaking of NSA documents revealing the widespread scope of domestic surveillance in the US, but if it keeps going, it could set the record for the Whitehouse petition with the most number of signatures, currently 366,000. Todays' /. poll shows those who think Snowden is a hero (spoiler coming) beating those who think he's a villain by 8 to 1."
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White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity

InPursuitOfTruth InPursuitOfTruth writes  |  about 2 years ago

InPursuitOfTruth (2676955) writes "Shortly after we began celebrating the victory of the cybersecurity bill failing in the senate, those tasked with the tough job of finding novel ways around our Bill of Rights protections suggested the creation of an executive order to overcome the ridiculous limitations of democracy. In order to ensure that companies have the opportunity to "volunteer" their customers' private information over to the government without having to inform or obtain the consent of the people themselves, or having to worry about being sued by the people or prosecuted by a theoretical future government that protects the people's rights, the White House is circulating a draft of executive order on cybersecurity."
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