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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

JWW Re: Let me help them (126 comments)

The year of the Linux Desktop.

5 days ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

JWW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

When you put it that way it sounds much more sensible, and tint as simple.

I do not disagree that technological advances will save us. I do disagree that carbon taxes and regulations will.

When these things you advocate outperform the old fossil fuel based variants, they will take over completely. Oh and those subsidies won't eventually matter. The new industries will get some of their own, and, this it the key part, if they outcompte fossil fuels on efficiency, there will be no way, subsidy or not, fossil fuels will win.

This just takes patience. Time will march on and in 30 years there will be no more gas automobiles. That process will not be simple, though. It will be a complicated evolution of both the technologies and the marketplaces they operate in.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

JWW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

Your "simple" plan cuts transportation by a huge margin, say hello to large price increases for anything transported further than a trivial distance. The food you eat is not just transported, but planted, and harvested using the energy whose price you massively increased. Increase food prices even more. Your plan for coal breaks the power grid. Brownouts, blackouts and mandatory rationing will be necessary. Oh and the impact on food refrigeration will help increase food costs even more again.

Your "simple" solution would cause massive chaos, social unrest, riots and death. I suppose if thats your simple goal, then you're fine.

about a week ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

JWW Re:Jon Katz (300 comments)

You know, sometimes I miss Jon Katz on /.

Then I get over it.

about a week ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

JWW Re: Lodsys has been very quiet of late (63 comments)

Whenever patent trolls get talked about, it always comes down to how much impact this is having on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

I think the patent trolls naturally tell us that this is "no big deal".

However, I can't shake the feeling that utterly abysmal rate of new small businesses being started these days is directly related to these fucking evil trolls.

I think any estimation of how much economic activity is being stifled by these trolls is quite possibly orders of magnitude off.

about two weeks ago
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Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic, and Blockly

JWW Re: Stop posting Code.org stories, it's a PAC (18 comments)

It's not in the best interest of those of us who are engineers. So naturally we get kinda snarky when they ask for our help selling these courses.

about two weeks ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

JWW Re:Technical People (194 comments)

The GAO's report is exemplar of what I've experienced...the government has no clue what requirements are or should be, how to execute, how to manage a contract. My contracts have routinely consisted of us contractors drafting requirements and handing them over to the government, only to have them ask us if they were sufficient and would accomplish the (loosely defined) task, then sign them, hand them off to contracts and they appear on our desk weeks down the line modified by contracts to be 1) more generic, or 2) incorrect. The government oversight at the program manager level is almost entirely a rubber stamping process.

Exactly. But what I love most about the study is how this ineffective oversight will be solved by ..... MORE oversight!

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

JWW Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Yep. Sure this seems to be acceptable to stop someone doing something that is considered REALLY bad, but what happens when Hollywood convinces Congress to make illegally downloading a movie or a song a felony?

about a month ago
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Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

JWW Re:Well (134 comments)

Yep.

I'm growing tired of counting all the things that supermajorities of the people want that the government will never ever allow us to have.

There are so many things that could be reformed/improved/eliminated/added in the context of government that the PEOPLE truly want (and want through large majorities) that it boggles the mind.

However, if any of these things have a negative impact on the power of our politicians, or the power of their lobbyists, or the power of their party leaders, or the power of their special interest groups, then screw us.

about a month ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

JWW Re:"mobile first" strategy (151 comments)

The problem I see with this is that even if Microsoft is starting to turn things around. "Employees are taking it in the shorts." That is what is really going to hurt. With the number being cut loose in the many thousands, and no clarification as who those thousands are, Microsoft now has pretty much everyone scared of losing their job.

That doesn't translate well into a strong improving company. People are going to spend a good amout of their time trying to find the exit, not making the company better.

about a month ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

JWW Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (582 comments)

Yeah, I mean c'mon. Also, Whats up with all these stories on slashdot about computers and computing devices?

Solid state microprocessors have been around since the 1960's. All these computing devices are just modifications of that basic technology.

Oh, wait, those stories are interesting. Hey, some people may be interested in seeing how satellite technology has changed too. The satellites we have imaging the planet today are not that "same old shit" from the 60's and 70's. Sensors and their sensing capabilities have changed immensely over the span of 40 years.

This story is interesting in detailing how that monitoring technology can identify the sites launching the mortars and the sites being hit.

about a month ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

JWW Re: Slippery Slope (186 comments)

The problem is this:

There will be a case where a factual based post, possibly with added opinions, will be posted by an American, but the subject of that post, a European, will want it removed from the search results due to the right to be forgotten. If Google removes this result from google.com, the American poster will have standing to sue google for removing their post because of foreign law. Now google being a private company, can do what they want, but what if Google wants to keep the Americans post listed and is only removing it to comply with EU law? Then Google would not challenge the American posters case, they would let it go through the courts. The decision by the courts would be that Google be allowed to list the American's post so as to not violate the posters free speech rights.

Free speech is one of the most important natural rights of man. I don't give a damn about Europe's "right to be forgotten". That right is shit compared to the right of free speech.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

JWW Sad (165 comments)

What is really sad is that these congressional staffers show suck a lack of professionalism and honor in doing their jobs.

There used to be a time where you could politically disagree with some but still be great friends, or at the very least amicable colleagues. Nowadays, the other political side is just filled with inhuman enemies that need to be degraded and driven into oblivion.

The concept of a government and laws derived from debate and compromise and consideration of different sides of an issue has been wiped out in favor of "I am right and you are wrong, and since you are wrong you can shut the hell up."

So much of this shit looks like stuff a 3rd grader would come up with to insult their enemies.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JWW Re:Damn I used to like southwest (928 comments)

Exactly. Lately it seem that companies have become fully intolerant of bad reviews or negative feedback. Their next step is always to demand the person giving the negative feedback recant and seek penance with the company.

This ALWAYS blows up into a huge PR nightmare showing the company to be totally clueless about customer service.

Note to all companies: If you get a bad review, its a clue that your customer service has issues that need to be looked into and addressed. Handling this by apologizing and trying to do better with the next customer or the next interaction with the aggrieved customer is what should be done. Throwing a public temper tantrum is what you should NOT do.

about a month ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

JWW Re:Texas? (172 comments)

No state income tax for businesses.

Really, this plant is building components for the cars built in California. There is actually no relation from the manufacturing side to the selling side here.

This decision should be made puerilely on balance sheet issues that allow Tesla to make batteries and cars as cost effectively as they can.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

JWW Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

New blood??!! Seriously?

Slashdot cut its teeth on basing MS. From the very beginning. Especially during the anti-trust dustup of the late 90's.

about a month and a half ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

JWW Re:Stockholm Syndrome (140 comments)

Can it really be Stockholm Syndrome though?

That would be like saying that with Stockholm Syndrome you are paying the hostages.

I think when money changes hands you would go, IMHO, from "hostage" to "collaborator".

about a month and a half ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

JWW Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

The idea that the largest most powerful entity to ever exist on this planet is only ever just trying to be benevolent and good, but is in danger because some people think it is too large is laughable. The corruption and regulatory capture you speak of are only possible BECAUSE the modern US government is an enormous leviathan.

The idea that libertarians would instantly reduce the government to nothing if they took power is laughable. Over 100 years if progressive bullshit have given us this opressive monster, it'll take more than just a few libertarians gaining power to turn our government into something reasonable again.

about a month and a half ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

JWW Re: Reform to how we fund elections is primary (117 comments)

Thank you, that is a well thought out and reasoned answer. That's what I was looking for with my question to Lessig.

I can fully understand that term limits may be a "next thing" sort of activity for his PAC. But without an answer to my question, the answer could also be that he doesn't believe that they are important and will eventually be needed.

I really sincerely wanted to know his answer.

about 2 months ago

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