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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Jane Q. Public Re:whose payroll is the scientist on? It matters (498 comments)

... whose jobs are dependant on a federal grant getting renewed.

A recent GAO report said that $106 BILLION was spent by the US government through 2010 on global warming research. If you figure that was through the end of 2010, that was still 4 years ago, so the number is now much larger.

That number absolutely dwarfs even the imagined amount of money that fossil fuel companies have been accused of spending in campaigns against "climate change". I mean it's easily more than 2 orders of magnitude larger.

Even scientists are human, and they are smart enough to know which side of their bread the butter is on.

2 days ago
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VP Anthony Moschella Shows Off Makerbot's Latest Printers and Materials (Video)

Jane Q. Public Re:Cred? (45 comments)

Once they introduce the new head + materials, others will copy them. Then we can buy the products from those others.

So it isn't a total waste.

2 days ago
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Jane Q. Public Re:Corrupt. (77 comments)

Get in line.

4 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Jane Q. Public Re:Heh... (99 comments)

GPL and Creative Commons aren't public domain licenses.

Technically that is correct, which was the point of this whole topic. But that is the basic intent and they are about as close as it comes.

4 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Jane Q. Public Re: Regulation? (339 comments)

The greatest income inequality in the developed world can be found in probably the least statist country, the US.

Just two comments here, though there are many I could make.

First, income inequality is NOT the real issue. Why should you care who is or is not rich? The PROBLEM is poverty.

Second, my whole point was that it is very easy to show that income inequality has become WORSE, the more statist the U.S has become. I'm not saying that correlation proves causation, but the existence of a correlation is indisputable.

5 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Jane Q. Public Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

I'm very hesitant to download it much less sign up for it...the amount of info they seem to get from you is pretty bad.

Waze wasn't bad about collecting information until it was acquired by Google.

5 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Jane Q. Public Re:Heh... (99 comments)

hint: there's no such thing as a public domain "license"

This is a patently ridiculous assertion. A copyright holder can voluntarily place a work in the public domain (that's what GPL and Creative Commons are all about, for example). In fact that's what this whole discussion is ABOUT. Have you read any of it?

There is no law in the US that allows something to be appropriated from the public domain without modification

Another patently ridiculous assertion. There doesn't have to be a law "allowing" it. That's not how the law works. It would not be possible only if there were a law against it.

The FACT is, not many years ago Congress passed a law that put millions of works that were formerly in the public domain back under copyright. That is the incident that caused EFF to start pushing for a law that would make that no longer possible.

So you are WAY out in left field.

5 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Jane Q. Public Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (235 comments)

Ummm. Are you saying that the peoples' will is to keep the skies over the White House open to drones of all sorts? Really?

Or are you just looking for any vaguely political story onto which to dump your anti-government bullshit...

Don't be a jerk. The question is whether all drones should be restricted just because the President is a candy-ass.

A Federal court has already ruled that the FAA does not have authority to regulate drones, except those that enter "navigable airways". REGARDLESS of whether their use is commercial. Their regulatory authority is limited to interstate commerce, which is the basis for the definition of navigable airways.

The solution to the Whitehouse problem is simply to make it illegal to fly drones THERE. Not to regulate them everywhere else.

The FAA has appealed the court's ruling, but based on evidence and precedent it is pretty clear the FAA will lose that appeal.

5 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Jane Q. Public Re:Regulation? (339 comments)

Now that they've got theirs, it's fine if regulations hold back everyone else.

I have nothing against people being rich, if they got there honestly and without coercion. Government lobbying, for example, is one form of coercion because it influences regulation of others via money.

But let's face it: most of them did not get there quite honestly or without resorting to coercion. And in fact, regulations helped to get them there. Not only is that obvious on its face, you can see it in the statistics: the more "statist" and regulatory governments have been, the less well economies have done and the more income inequality we've seen.

Now they're proposing to try to fix the problem they created, by doing more of what created it. Typical government idiocy.

And as for "unrest", they aren't going to be able to regulate that away. On the contrary: at least here in the U.S., if they don't start lightening up on Federal regulation, they're going to see far worse problems and more unrest than they have so far.

5 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Jane Q. Public Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

The only way it would put cops in danger were if someone were out there with the sole intention of killing cops... and not some particular cop, but any cop. Because the app just says "cop", not who.

So either this sherriff's association has their heads completely up their asses, or what they're really doing is boo-hooing over the fact that people are interfering with their daily traffic ticket quota. Which means they have their heads up their asses, because what they should be doing is solving crimes.

5 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Jane Q. Public Re:Heh... (99 comments)

I would also like to point out that the cited page about promissory estoppel did in fact use the word gratuitous, but then went on to explain situations that meet the definition of consideration on the part of the promissee.

Their actual example is clearly a case in which there was to be consideration on both sides.

Perhaps it is not a good example.

5 days ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Jane Q. Public Re:Heh... (99 comments)

No it is not. In this context, it simply means that by declaring something to be in the public domain, you should reasonably expect people to use it as though it is in the public domain.

There is a lot of gray here. For example, some "public" licenses promise that a work will remain in the public domain. Not all do.

Real-world example: rights to the Java programming language were "purchased" by Oracle while the license was public domain. However, Oracle chose to make later versions not entirely public domain. The original license was not sufficient to guarantee the whole product would be public domain in perpetuity.

There is currently no law in the U.S. which requires something in the public domain to remain that way, unless it is so stipulated in the license. There are a number of famous cases in which something that was once public domain is no longer, even though that thing remained otherwise unchanged.

EFF and others are working to change that. But until it is changed, the concept of Promissory Estoppel only applies in some cases of public domain licensing.

about a week ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

Jane Q. Public Re:Lift? (83 comments)

That is indeed a different matter.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Jane Q. Public Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

No, I'm not. You missed the whole point of my last post.

It doesn't matter how popular usage changes. The technical definition will remain the same.

And the technical definition is the "correct" definition, since it is the one used to MEASURE the attribute.

about a week ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

Jane Q. Public Re:Lift? (83 comments)

Care to cite any evidence of that?

Care to explain why you had to ask?

Google is your friend. (Sometimes, anyway.) So is Wikipedia.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Jane Q. Public Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

We're talking about blue ray, not broadcasting.

Will you at least attempt to read and understand the goddamned article? Look at the last sentence I quoted. It says In digital measurement, the display resolution would be given in pixels per inch.

Do you STILL need to have that explained to you again?

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Jane Q. Public Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

You are seriously suggesting that common use of the word for decades is in fact not a widely accepted definition of the word, but is an incorrect definition of the word because this wasn't a correct definition several decades ago?

No, I'm saying it's incorrect because it's not the correct definition RIGHT NOW.

Common usage of words changes all the time. But that doesn't make the technical definition of the word any different.

For example: people now use the word "schizophrenia" to mean something that is completely different from the actual, technical meaning of the word. But it's technical meaning still hasn't changed at all. People are using it incorrectly, and it will continue to be incorrect as long as they use it that way.

Common usage aside, the technical definition of resolution hasn't changed, and it's not going to. So you can use it however you want, but yes, you'll still be wrong.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Jane Q. Public Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

That doesn't make be wrong. It doesn't contradict anything I said. I only implied that most people under most circumstances wouldn't be able to see much if any difference.

I didn't say they wouldn't sell.

about a week ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Jane Q. Public Re:Heh... (99 comments)

Bingo!

You can't make promises or covenants of this nature with the intent of even remotely considering to revoke them. Your successors are also bound to them. Typically someone will bring up Promissory Estoppel and then raise Bad Faith- and then move to dismiss the case you brought against them...and most typically get it.

Says who? IANAL, but there's a hole in your reasoning. And that gaping hole is: putting something in the public domain is NOT a "contract"!!! By definition a contract, by ancient common law and still today, requires "consideration" on both sides. When you put something in the public domain, you receive no consideration. So it's not a contract by any stretch of the imagination. To quote the article you referenced:

Certain elements must be established to invoke promissory estoppel. A promisorâ"one who makes a promiseâ"makes a gratuitous promise that he should reasonably have expected to induce action or forbearance of a definite and substantial character on the part of the promiseeâ"one to whom a promise has been made. The promisee justifiably relies on the promise. A substantial detrimentâ"that is, an economic lossâ"ensues to the promisee from action or forbearance. Injustice can be avoided only by enforcing the promise.

Note the second sentence. Particularly the part about "promise that he should reasonably have expected to induce action or forbearance of a definite and substantial character on the part of the promisee". That is a description of "consideration". In the case of placing your private works in the public domain, there is seldom any consideration. So there is no "expectation" of return on the part of the donor, which as your own article stipulates is necessary for promissory estoppel to occur.

about a week ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

Jane Q. Public Re:Lift? (83 comments)

Which helicopter-type craft are perfectly capable of doing.

about a week ago

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Global Warming Researchers Trapped In Antarctic Ice

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "Christ Turney, a climate researcher at University of New South Wales, and some other researchers chartered a ship to go to Antarctica to further their Anthropogenic Global Warming ("climate change") research.

The expedition, consisting of 74 researchers and crew, radioed for help on Christmas day, stating that they are trapped in the ice.

A chinese ice breaker called "Snow Dragon" came within a few miles of the stuck ship but had to turn back. The researchers and crew are now hoping that the ice breaker Aurora Australis, out of Australia, will be able to reach them."
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Airport Announcement Threatens Arrest For TSA Jokes

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "In this YouTube video posted just 2 days ago, the PA system in the Houston airport tells passengers that "... inappropriate remarks OR JOKES concerning security may result in your arrest".

Even under GWB, this would have been unthinkable. And the timing is — for lack of a better way to put it — very interesting."
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Slashdot Drastically Throttles Submission Frequency

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about a year ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "Remember when you could submit a comment in one thread, then submit a comment in another thread after 1 minute?

Slashdot has now limited your submissions to once every 5 minutes.

I don't know about you, but there have been rare occasions in which I found even 1 minute to be stifling. 5 minutes is ridiculous. Sometimes it's possible to browse through 3 whole new topics in less than 5 minutes."
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Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court To Not Hear Jammie Thomas Case

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  about 2 years ago

Jane Q. Public (1010737) writes "The Jammie Thomas-Rasset case has been in the news for years now. As of the last court ruling, she has been ordered to pay $222,000 for sharing 24 songs. Her attorney argues that you can buy the same songs on iTunes for $24, and imposing a penalty of almost 10,000 times as much is "excessive and oppressive". The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court to not review the case. Is this another example of this administration pandering to the copyright tro... I mean corporations, rather than The People they are supposed to represent?"

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The Best Dennis Ritchie Quote

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "

"Dennis Ritchie (1941-2011). His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0."

Thus spake James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm), on Twitter"

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MIT Prof. Says Power From Water is Near.

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "At the Aspen Environmental Forum yesterday, MIT Professor Daniel Nocera claimed that MIT research has found a more efficient way to hydrolyze water at room temperature with the use of cobalt and potassium phosphate, and that tomorrow's home will get its power from feul cells charged with hydrogen from plain water and a bank of inexpensive solar cells. If true, this is a major breakthrough in energy distribution and could solve many of our global energy needs."
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Apologies!

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "I admit that I was a bit less than diplomatic; frankly I did not think I would get your attention, and it really was the kind of error that can cause bad feelings.

I will do better next time."
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Hey, Editors!

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "Hey! Re: my article that you just posted, "FTC Warns Against Deceptive DRM"... webcasts are NOT available, and you should have checked before you changed the article to say that they were. Live streaming webcasts were available when the talks were going on, but they don't work now.

So now, you are going to get lots of readers trying to download webcasts, and blaming me when they can't. Thanks a shitload."
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FTC says "We'll 'come calling' about deceptive

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "At the FTC's Seattle conference on DRM, FTC Director Engle started off by referencing the Sony rootkit debacle, and said that companies are going to have to get serious about disclosing DRM that may affect the usability of products. She also said that the fine print in a EULA is not good enough, and "If your advertising giveth and your EULA taketh away, don't be surprised if the FTC comes calling."
The conference was webcast live from the FTC website."
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Scotty's Final Mission

Jane Q. Public Jane Q. Public writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jane Q. Public writes "According to a recent article at Ars Technica, the ashes of James Doohan, who played "Scotty" in the original Star Trek series and several movies, were aboard the SpaceX III launch yesterday and were lost when the launch vehicle failed.

A fitting epitaph might be: "The engines are not meeting specification, Captain! She kinna hold out much longer!""

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